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Reminder: No School November 25-29 – Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Reminder, there will be no School November 25-29 for Thanksgiving Break. This applies to all programs Grades Early Childhood (Preschool and Kindergarten) Parent-Child Wishing you joyous time with family and friends! Read More...
Board Announcement from Joe Anderson Friday, November 22, 2019 - Dear DVWS Community, Due to personal and family health reasons, effective immediately, I am stepping away from my role as President of the DVWS Board of Trustees. While I am sad to leave, I feel comfortable doing so given the great team of officers and board members stepping into leadership roles at DVWS. I am confident I am leaving the board and the school in good hands, and I am looking forward to the exciting level of energy and support the new leadership will bring to DVWS. I want to thank the entire DVWS community for the love and support… Read More...
Thanksgiving Letter from Marianne Fieber Friday, November 22, 2019 - Dear Da Vinci Waldorf School Community, We are heading into our first major break of this school year and I know it will be deeply appreciated by most everyone. I hope all of you find just the right way to celebrate this festive season of giving thanks. We receive many gifts from our Earth’s bounty as well as from the generosity of our friends and family. My wish is for everyone to find a place of peace and joy while spending time with loved ones. For me, personally, I wish to thank you as a whole community, for these first… Read More...
December 2019 Lunch (& Afternoon Snack) Ordering Monday, November 25, 2019 - AFTER SCHOOL SNACK ordering available for $2/day. Snacks for Aftercare or the ride home. Please try and be aware of class field trips etc. when you fill out your order form. Paper forms and payment box will be available in the lower right corner of the parent mailboxes. All food is lovingly prepared off site by Mrs. English. **PLEASE BE SURE TO NOTE DIETARY ALLERGENS** Many special requests can be accommodated provided there is enough advance notice.   Click here for printable menu. Please make sure to check the school calendar for field trips and scheduled outings before placing your… Read More...
2020 Waldorf Wall Calendar from Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm – Order Now Monday, November 25, 2019 - 2020 Waldorf Wall Calendars are available  from Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm. $10 each. See details below. Da Vinci Waldorf School will place a bulk order in mid-December for anyone who is interested.   to add your name to the list . Dear Friends, For the last five years our Waldorf Wall Calendar has reached an enthusiastic audience with the families and communities of Waldorf schools throughout North America, and even made its way to Europe and beyond. It has been so popular that we are doing it again and are delighted to offer it once more to your school! Sample pages can be seen here in low-resolution PDF… Read More...
Report, Prize Winners & Photos: Pancakes & Pajamas Monday, November 25, 2019 - Thank you to all who attended the first Pancake and Pajamas Breakfast. It was a rousing success, with over 100 people coming through the door. We saw many smiling faces, piled-up plates, and chocolate mustaches. We could not be more excited for the next breakfast. Please look out for a formal announcement with details and date/time for the next breakfast in January. Some housekeeping: A huge thank you to all who helped. We could not have put on such a wonderful event without the hard work of so many members of the community. We owe a debt of gratitude to… Read More...
Seeking Sleds for Our Fleet! Monday, November 25, 2019 - We are looking to add to our school’s Sled Fleet. If you have any sleds in good, usable condition that you no longer need, we would be most grateful for your donation. We specifically hope to gain a couple of plastic saucer type sleds and a couple of sleds with seats. Speak to the office if you are able to help or need more details. Thank you in advance! Read More...
Advent Garden Parent Evening—Monday, December 2, 7:00-7:30PM Monday, November 25, 2019 - Winter festivals are a special time in a Waldorf School. The season begins with the Advent Garden Spiral. We offer a special opportunity for parents to experience this heartwarming and soul-enriching celebration before the children experience it the next day.  Parents, alumni, and all adult community members are invited. You are especially encouraged to attend if you are new to Da Vinci Waldorf School and have not had the opportunity to witness this special celebration. Please Note: Please be on time. Late entry will be denied due to the reverent nature of this event. The event will be held at… Read More...
St. Nicholas Day In-School Celebration—Friday, December 6th Monday, November 25, 2019 - Celebrations of Divine Wisdom and Love will be celebrated during the school day on Friday, December 6 and Friday, December 13 The first of these celebrations is St. Nicholas Day on December 6. St. Nicholas of Patara was a third century Bishop of Myra (near the present day village of Demre in Asia Minor). He left anonymous offerings to the poor. Money and food was left in their shoes or stockings. In countries like Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Holland, St. Nicholas Day is also called Children’s Day and is considered just as important as Christmas day. It is a… Read More...
Santa Lucia In-School Celebration—Friday, December 13th Monday, November 25, 2019 - Celebrations of Divine Wisdom and Love will be celebrated during the school day on Friday, December 6 and Friday, December 13 The second of these celebrations is Santa Lucia on December 13. Santa Lucia Day is on December 13. Santa Lucia was an Italian saint from the island of Sicily. Santa Lucia is the complement to St. Nicholas during this time of Advent. Santa Lucia represents Divine Love and comes to the children with song rather than spoken word. In the Swedish tradition, Santa Lucia brings light in the time of darkness. Her head is crowned with lit candles, and… Read More...
Volunteer Opportunity This Friday 12/13 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Local Community Volunteer Opportunity - Filling Gift Bags for Seniors. If you're able to help, please meet us at the Wauconda Fire Department 109 Liberty Street, Wauconda this Friday at 5:00PM or contact Elizabeth English for more details. Read More...
Save the Date: Christmas Pageant, Friday 12/20 @ 2PM Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Save the Date: Friday, December 20th, 2:00 p.m. Christmas Pageant All community members and guests are invited!Location: St. John Lutheran Church 405 W State Road 176, Island Lake Watch here for more details and logistics, coming soon! Read More...
Rebate Sharing: Turn Shopping Into Earning for YOU & the School Thursday, November 14, 2019 - To receive more information: Read More...
Kindermarket Crafters Needed Monday, November 11, 2019 - … to create small, handmade gifts/crafts/toys which children may purchase for loved ones in our Kindermarket.   These items are priced anywhere from $1 - $5. Please email dvws.pto@gmail.com for craft ideas and instructions or feel free to create your own!  Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, and friends of the community are strongly encouraged to make crafts of your own choosing, such as lip balms, knitted/crocheted items, etc.  If you plan to craft independently, please bring your completed items to school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH.  Read More...
Kindermarket: Please Volunteer for a Shift Monday, November 11, 2019 - Kindermarket: Volunteer Needs Sign Up to Volunteer & Learn About Class Volunteer by Grade Visit links below to sign-up for a volunteer opportunity and for detailed instructions about what volunteers will need to do for each class activity. Deck out the Halls Decorating - Friday, December 6th After School - EVERYONE Sign-Up Genius Kindermarket Greeters and Star/Ticket Sales - DVWS Administration/Teachers Sign-Up Genius Informational PDF Kindermarket - DVWS Alumni & Friends/DVWS Grandparents Sign-Up Genius (for ALUMNI) Sign-Up Genius (for GRANDPARENTS) Informational PDF Baking/Shopping for Rudi’s Snack Shoppe - Apple Blossom, Sunflower Garden & Wonder Garden Sign-Up Genius Coat Check -… Read More...
Order Holiday Pies! Monday, November 11, 2019 - Read More...
Kindermarket – Activities Planned for Saturday, December 7 Monday, November 11, 2019 - The Da Vinci Waldorf School Kindermarket is a magical holiday event – fun for all ages! Children, parents, and even grandparents will enjoy hay rides, candle dipping, crafts, parent-merchants, children’s shopping, chair massages, and much more! Plus snacks, treats, warm refreshments, and live music. ALL are welcome Saturday, December 7th from 1-5PM! Map & Directions CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS STORY TIME: Come and enjoy TWO wonderful, spirited stories from one of our beloved Waldorf teachers. LOVED by kids of all ages, and one of the favorite activities at this event! CANDLE DIPPING: Dip, Drip, Dunk and Dry! Children create beeswax… Read More...
DVWS Giving Circle 2019-2020 Opens December 3rd! Thursday, November 7, 2019 - What is the DVWS Giving Circle? The Giving Circle is an invitation to invest your values and lend your voice to the future direction of Da Vinci Waldorf School. The DVWS Giving Circle is an annual opportunity for community members to share their dreams and intentions for our school and actively participate in making those dreams come true. As a non-profit organization, additional support is needed to achieve our mission. The Giving Circle process invites your participation in not only building up the fund but also in deciding how the fund will be spent. Your gift at any level allows… Read More...
School Closings – Update Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - That time of year has come upon us with a blast of frigid cold and snow. We wish to update you regarding our school closing procedure before severe weather is upon us. We also encourage you to check the website at www.emergencyclosingcenter.com if the weather is severe. We will be following the lead of Wauconda School District 118 for weather-related closings or late starts to the school day. We believe this will make it much more streamlined for communication. Da Vinci Waldorf School will also be listed on the emergency closing center as quickly as possible to ensure our families… Read More...
Before School Care – Program Launched – 7:30AM or 8:00AM Arrival Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - We are excited to officially open our Before School Care program! Thank you for your patience with our pilot program as we determined the needs of the community. Registration Now Open! We are prepared to receive children between 7:30AM and 8:30AM Monday - Friday. There will be two arrival options: EARLY: Arrive anytime between 8:00-8:30AM EARLIER: Arrive anytime between 7:30-7:59AM Pricing Structure (per child): Arrival Contracted 5-Use Pass Drop-in Rate Early (8:00-8:30AM) $10/weekor $2/day $12 $3/day Earlier (7:30-7:59AM) $15/weekor $3/day $20 $5/day Additional Details: This new program is available for children currently enrolled in the Grades and Early Childhood programs… Read More...
It’s cold outside! Reminder: Winter Recess & Movement Gear Requirements Friday, November 1, 2019 - Winter Recess & Movement As we  move closer to winter weather, an important reminder: students need to come to school each day prepared to participate in movement classes and have outdoor recess with weather-appropriate: winter coat winter hat rain/snow pants (for all cold days, regardless of snow) gloves or mittens rain/snow boots (it gets very muddy and wet between snows!) These items may be left at school so the children are always prepared. Please label all belongings! Thank you! Read More...
November 2019 Lunch (& Afternoon Snack) Ordering Friday, November 1, 2019 - NEW last month: AFTER SCHOOL SNACK ordering available for $2/day. Snacks for Aftercare or the ride home. Please try and be aware of class field trips etc. when you fill out your order form. Paper forms and payment box will be available in the lower right corner of the parent mailboxes. All food is lovingly prepared off site by Mrs. English. **PLEASE BE SURE TO NOTE DIETARY ALLERGENS** Many special requests can be accommodated provided there is enough advance notice. Click here for printable menu. Please make sure to check the school calendar for field trips and scheduled outings before… Read More...
Registration Now Open: Parent-Child Winter Sessions Friday, November 1, 2019 - You are invited to experience a lovely shared time each week with your little one(s) in one of our winter Parent-Child sessions. Winter sessions will run January - March on your choice of Mondays or Fridays.Classes meet 8:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Our version of "Mommy and Me" is a once-per-week class for children ages 18 months to 3.5 years. Come enjoy the wonder and magic of the winer season with your child in our natural, nurturing class. We would love to have you join us! The cost will be $342 for 9 weeks. Current & Upcoming Schedule Families are welcome… Read More...
2019-2020 Big Ugly Book Drive & DVWS—Helping Children Dream Bigger Dreams Thursday, October 31, 2019 - Da Vinci Waldorf School is honored to be partnering again this year with local activist Shari Gullo and Step by Step to assist with the Big Ugly Book Drive. Everyone is invited to help! How can I help? We are collecting children's books. Please bring in any children's books that you aren't using and donate them to the Big Ugly Book Drive. Simply bring books to school and place them in the designated box(es) in the foyer (or have your children do so). As we build up a big enough stash, Shari will pick them up and ship them to… Read More...
Important Parking Lot Safety Reminder for ALL Drivers Monday, April 29, 2019 - This reminder is for everyone who drops off or picks up students: Please be mindful of school buses. If a school bus is stopped in front of our school to load or unload students, do not pull into or out of our parking lot while the school bus has its signal arm extended and its lights flashing. This is not only dangerous to our students but is also unlawful. Thank you for helping to keep our children safe! Read More...
Parking Lot Rules – Keep Our Children Safe Friday, November 3, 2017 - Please take a moment to read this plea for your safe driving, awareness and cooperation in the parking lot. There is a lot to manage, but it can be done quite effectively if there is cooperation by parents, students and staff. PLEASE: DO NOT TALK ON CELL PHONES while you are stopped in the circle drive or driving in the lot. Cell phones can be a distraction. NO phone call can be more important than the safety of our students. If you have to make a phone call, please park in a parking spot. KEEP YOUR EYES FORWARD while you… Read More...

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