Sweet blackbird is silenced with chaffinch and thrush,
Only waitcoated robin still chirps in the bush:
Soft sun-loving swallows have mustered in force,
And winged to the spice-teeming southlands their course.
Plump housekeeper dormouse has tucked herself neat,
Just a brown ball in moss with a morsel to eat:
Armed hedgehog has huddled him into the hedge,
While frogs scarce miss freezing deep down in the sedge.
Soft swallows have left us alone in the lurch,
But robin sits whistling to us from his perch:
If I were red robin, I'd pipe you a tune,
Would make you despise all the beauties of June.
But since that cannot be, let us draw round the fire,
Munch chestnuts, tell stories, and stir the blaze higher:
We'll comfort pinched robin with crumbs,
Til he'll sing us the very best song that he can.
Christina Rossetti, The Children's Year.
Did you know that we have a well-stocked parent library in the office? We have information on Waldorf inspired curriculum, a wide variety of parenting books, crafting and much more. Parents are welcome to sign out any books they are interested in. For more information talk to Alison Hunting.
WHAT IS THE SALTWATER PARENT GROUP? - By Emma Hutchinson, SPG Chairperson
The Saltwater Parent Group is legally equivalent to the Parent Committees of other schools. Our main objectives are community building and light fundraising (through community building events such as dances, etc.). Every Saltwater parent is automatically a member of this group. Becoming involved in this group is a wonderful way to connect with other parents and to take a supportive role in our amazing young school. It is also a place for you to express your creativity and ideas for the school and community. Please consider taking part, as many hands make light work and each person brings something new!
The Saltwater Parent Group began and has been evolving since February 2013. Here are some things we have done so far:
- We have raised $640 of gaming grant money to be used for the school;
- We organized a family dance last spring which was super fun and raised almost $1200 mostly for the school TAP programs;
- We organized the beginning-of-school picnic at Goose Spit;
- We brought Walter Daroshin here from the Vancouver Waldorf School in the fall 2013 to speak about the role of the parent in a Waldorf school;
- We started a book club on a book called Simplicity Parenting and bought several copies of the book plus the study guide for the school so that more book clubs can happen over the years;
- We helped with the organization of the Winter Christmas Faire.
SPG Supported Upcoming Events
-February 12 evening: Kathy Burnetta from the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America will be doing a talk for the parents.
-March Fundraiser Dinner (Date TBA): Fundraiser dinner and auction at the Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar
-Spring (Date TBA): Family Dance
If you would like to know more about the Saltwater Parent Group join us for a meeting or contact Emma Hutchinson at email@example.com.
CREEKSIDE COMMONS COHOUSING
Creekside is a community conceived, developed and managed by residents. We all have individual title to our homes and the front, side and backyards are landscaped to individual tastes. We share equally in the common house, workshop and large vegetable garden. Decisions about use of common facilities are made using a modified consensus process. There are currently homes for sale.
For more information about cohousing, our community or the homes available please check our website at www.creeksidecommons.net.
NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE - A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute
Interested in reading more about the value of Waldorf Schools? Here is an article found in the business section of the New York Times: