In the Classroom – Recent Glimpses

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6th, 7th & 8th Grades – Sculpture Thursday, May 24, 2018

The 6th, 7th & 8th graders have taken first steps in a very exciting sculptural handwork project organized by Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Ecklund.

Visit the 6th, 7th & 8th Grades page to see more.

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5th Grade – Pentathlon – Ancient Greek Olympic Event Thursday, May 24, 2018

In the fifth grade, Waldorf students learn that the original Greek Olympics were an expression of a golden age when the ideal of the human form, in physical beauty and inner grace, came together to create something heroic within the individual and bless all those fortunate enough to witness the event. As the stories brought by the class teacher take the children deeply into the imagination of this period in time, they begin to intellectually, physically and emotionally experience an entire culture. To this end, the fifth grade pentathlon emerges.

Annual Midwest Waldorf Greek Pentathlon Games, May 16-18, 2018

Last week, the fifth graders travel to Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland, Wisconsin to participate in this year’s pentathlon. The pentathlon is an incredible event, held each year for fifth grade Waldorf students from around the country. Each child is randomly placed (with children from other schools) into one of six Greek city-states (the teams of Athens, Ithica, Sparta, Corinth, Thebes, and Olympia.) The city-states then complete in five Ancient Greek Olympic events- javelin, discus, long jump, wrestling and foot racing. As they compete, the students strive with great intention to give form to the Greek idea of the hero (the union of the divine and human). On the second day of the three day trip, parents are invited to witness their child participate in the official events and join them for a special ceremony that honors their skills.

On the final day, laurels are awarded to select students to recognize their skills in truth and beauty. Like the ancient Greeks, the judges look for both who threw the farthest or ran the quickest (truth) and who performed the skills with the most grace in their form (beauty). Our school is proud to announce that three students received laurels this year!

Each child did an amazing job, made new friends, and enjoyed their trip!

Many thanks to Mrs. Faden and Miss DuRocher for coaching and accompanying the students, to chaperones Mrs. Tuffy, Joey DuRocher and John DuRocher (Miss DuRocher’s brother and dad), and to alum parents Suzanne and Mike Dooley, who served as this year’s Zeus and Athena. DVWS is charged with filling these two roles each year (open to all from the community except for current 5th grade parents.)

Enjoy a few photos, below, or you can enjoy the full album of 50 photos here.  Password: waldorf2016

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4th Grade – Animal Reports & A Special Visitor Thursday, May 24, 2018

The fourth graders had a delightful treat to see a five day old baby deer as part of one of the animal reports!

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2nd & 3rd Grades – Camping Thursday, May 24, 2018
Last week the second and third graders camped out at Marengo Ridge Campground.

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1st Grade – Spring Valley Nature Center Thursday, May 24, 2018

First grade took a field trip to Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg last week. They played, hiked, picnicked, milked a cow, and climbed inside an great oak tree!


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Apple Blossom Garden – Kindergarten Graduation Friday, May 25, 2018

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Your Mighty Oaks will cross the rainbow bridge out of our early childhood program on Thursday, May 31. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 in the Apple Blossom Garden classroom where the nine graduates will present a puppet show to their families using the puppets each has created over the past few weeks.

Please feel welcome to bring immediate family. RSVP with how many will be attending.

Following the puppet show and bridge crossing ceremony, we will enjoy refreshments at a reception outside.

This ceremony culminates the time in our early childhood program. On the first day of first grade in the fall the children will be officially welcomed into the grade school program with a Rose Ceremony. Wherever your child is going from here, they go with much love and blessings for much happiness and all the best on their continued educational journey!

Warmly, Mrs. Ieva

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Sunflower Garden Glimpses Friday, May 25, 2018

Children enjoyed presenting puppet shows during the last week of free play time in our classroom.

Mighty Oaks finger-knitted jump ropes the last week of school. Now they can jump all on their own!

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Wonder Garden – Goodbyes Friday, May 25, 2018

Miss Dina received so many lovely “good bye” hugs from her little friends on their last day of school.
And little friends sang a song for their teachers all by themselves! Our hearts were filled with love and joy!
What a beautiful year it has been!

Last hugs for friends and their beloved teacher. Little hands but capable of hugging many hearts…

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