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Sixth Grade Squires
Alumni Sam Gallagher (class of 2012) came back to get help suiting up for a joust from the sixth grade. The students are currently studying the Medieval era.
Eurythmy Assembly II
On Friday, March 15, we had our second eurythmy assembly. Congratulations to Ms. Peterson and to grades: 1, 2, 5, and 6 for your eurythmy work, it was a wonderful and joyful program!
8th grade play!
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Most families budget to give to one or more charities each year. As you likely know, tuition revenue (just like at any other independent school) does not cover the entire costs of our children's education.
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If you were to take your digestive system out of your body and lay it out flat, it would surprise you how long it is!
In this investigation, the seventh graders made models of their own digestive systems by measuring and cutting yarn to represents lengths of different parts of the system and knotting the pieces together to form one long string.
The Aerodynamic/Robotics club had test flights with the the planes they build.
The class built their own planes from building material (not a kit), added an electric motor, and used a radio transmitter/receiver to control the plane while learning to fly.
A special thanks to David Freitag (alumni parent and Board Member) for mentoring and inspiring our WSB avatars.
EURYTHMY ASSEMBLY I
On Thursday, February 28th, the birthday of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, we had our first eurythmy assembly of the year. Congratulations to Ms. Peterson and to grades: 3, 4, 7 and 8 for your collective and joyful eurythmy work, it was a golden program!
5th Grade play
JHU’s Tower of Power competition took place on the 15th. WSB came in 3rd (only middle school to place). The tower had a very complex, sturdy base and was still standing tall till the end. Congratulations to Rebekah 8th, Taaj 7th, and Jourdan 6th.
The 5th grade class performed Ramayana, a major Hindu epic of ancient India.
Check in to the blog to see what's going on with our Sustainability program.
Parent vs Student Annual Basketball Game
It was close but our top team (Rebekah 8th, Taaj 7th, Jourdan 6th) won with a height of 146 cm tall.
Our middle students work in teams of three to build a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows. The top 5 winning teams across all schools will be invited to JHU’s Tower of Power competition to build their towers again and compete with undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty teams.
The 7th grade and a 4500 mile journey!
If you walked passed the art room last Monday you would have ‘heard’ the silence of our 7th grade being taken on a 4500 mile journey by Ben Gallagher (8th grade Class of 2006) and Madi Landrum. Ben and Madi hiked the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails in 2018 and brought their stories to Waldorf. The 7th grade learned about getting scurvy, encountering wild life, enjoying the generosity of Trail Angels, navigating the realities of living in a tent for a year …. and the beauty of being in the wilderness.
Students enjoyed eating trail food (homemade fruit leather), finding out how the water purifier works, and asking questions about bear mace, what they missed most, why they did it…. and a whole lot more.
Thank you to Ben and Madi.
A favorite spot on the Appalachian Trail.
Family and friends mailed prepared food boxes to towns along the trail. Ben demonstrates innovative hiking techniques.
All Parents Evening
We are trying to determine whether to reschedule the event.
Please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested on attending on another evening.
6:30pm – refreshments and community conversations
7:00pm – program starts
Childcare will be provided.
Our faculty is pleased to lead a series of workshops and conversations in response to some of the most frequently asked question we receive. Join the conversation. Bring your questions. Choose from one of these important topics.
Ever wonder why we do things the way we do at Waldorf? Join us to explore the foundations and fundamentals of the Waldorf program your child experiences. Your questions will help guide this session.
Healthy Relationships and Boundaries
Children begin developing their social and emotional skills in early childhood. They continue to navigate this territory as they move into the lower grades and emerge as middle schoolers.
What are some of the ways we direct and guide them in school and at home to support their independence in developing healthy relationships and setting and following appropriate boundaries?
Raising Children in a Digital World
What does research and experience show that can help parents navigate a safe and wise developmentally healthy approach to their child’s exposure and interaction with electronic media? We will discuss this topic together and then divide into Children’s Garden, Lower School, and Middle School groups to dive deeper into tools and strategies.
Tower of Power!
Students had a practice session this week to prepare for the contest next week.Our middle students work in teams of three to build a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows. The top 5 winning teams across all schools will be invited to JHU’s Tower of Power competition to build their towers again and compete with undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty teams.
Winter Weather at Waldorf!
Students and staff enjoying
the first snow of the year.
Snowboard and photos courtesy of Perry Gross.
Second Grade Play
The Second grade preformed their play, Santa Lucia.
Santa Lucia is a a festival of light that heralds the Yuletide, celebrated on December 13, the Winter Solstice. In the Swedish tradition, Santa Lucia brings light in the time of darkness. Her head is crowned with lit candles, and she brings light and nourishment to all.
This year the 2nd Grade took a field trip to Sollers Pt. Tech High School to bake Santa Lucia buns with high school students and Jeff Smith, 2nd grade teacher Ms. Wolf Smith's husband. After the play the children delivered the buns to all the classes. In Waldorf schools, all children participate in plays in every grade, and share the benefits and joy of the process.
Braving the elements
in Forest Aftercare!
As the weather turns colder, forest aftercare is adjusting To a new season.
Campfires, hot cider, and stargazing are perfect for cool nights. Building a fire also builds an appetite of course, so we have to make time to roast marshmallows over the fire for our s’mores!
Blue skies, bright red everywhere, fiery dragon, warriors, farmers, townspeople, king, queen!
A pageant with a happy ending, games for all the children, bulbs planted around the trees, and ferocious tug-of-war.
Followed by delicious ice cream for all. What a wonderful Festival of Courage!
The Waldorf School of Baltimore is thrilled to welcome back our 4 chickens!