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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 1/24: DVWS Alumni Take Flight Grant 2020 Friday, December 27, 2019 - The Da Vinci Waldorf (DVWS) Board of Trustees believes in the school’s students and wants to help them to get a little air beneath their wings and make a difference in the world. A $250 fund has been created and will be awarded in full or parts to student alumni who meet the eligibility requirements and application guidelines, and are chosen by the board to receive the funds. Eligibility Requirements: The applying student must have graduated from Da Vinci Waldorf School (formerly Water’s Edge Waldorf School), and must have been enrolled for two or more years, OR attended Da Vinci… Read More...
Please RSVP: All-School Community Conversation 1/22 Sunday, January 5, 2020 - All-School Community Conversation Wednesday, January 22, 7:00-8:30PM Dear DVWS Community, This is a meeting not to be missed! Please join us for an important set of conversations regarding Da Vinci Waldorf School on Wednesday January 22, 2020 from 7-8:30 pm in the Apple Blossom classroom. In advance of re-enrollment season (which begins February 3rd) we wish to hold space for a discussion and exploration of how the Grades Program may evolve in the new year. We will hear an update on the current year's  budget performance from our treasurer, Christian Canga. Finally, there will be an introduction to our Strategic Planning process. Click… Read More...
Giving Circle Proposals Due 1/24 Sunday, January 5, 2020 - Friday, January 24th Giving Circle Proposals Due All Giving Circle members are invited to submit ideas for projects that benefit our school and our students. What would you like to bring to life for our students? Learn More & Join Today to lend your voice to the future of Da Vinci Waldorf School!  Read More...
Updated – First Day 1/27: New Parent-Child Monday Class Sunday, January 5, 2020 - Friday's class is full, so we are adding a Monday session. You are invited to experience a lovely shared time each week with your little one(s) in the Monday class of our winter Parent-Child session. 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 winter season with your child in our natural, nurturing class. We would love to have you join us! The cost… Read More...
Giving Circle Collaborative Gift-Sharing Event 2/1 Sunday, January 5, 2020 - Saturday, February 1st Giving Circle Collaborative Gift-Sharing Event Our 5th Annual Giving Circle event will be on Saturday, February 1st. Every member will have an equal vote, no matter the size of their gift. Giving Circle Members will meet at The Relationship Center in downtown Wauconda to decide how to best use the Giving Circle fund. Learn More & Join Today to lend your voice to the future of Da Vinci Waldorf School! Read More...
Join us for “Songs & Storytime," an experiential free preschool class for parents and their children (ages 2-5). Stop in for a fun Saturday morning play date and see for yourself what your child will experience in our Early Childhood classrooms. EC Families – Join Us Saturday, February 8th for Songs & Storytime Saturday Play Date Sunday, January 5, 2020 - We will be offering three Songs & Storytime events during enrollment season. Our Next Event is Saturday, February 8th. These events are geared toward prospective families, however currently-enrolled families are warmly welcomed to attend. A larger group of children creates a more authentic and engaging experience for our visitors, and these play dates are a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning! Please RSVP here to join us! Read More...
NOTE CORRECTION: Grade School Talent Show 2/13 Sunday, January 5, 2020 - CORRECTION: This was previously described as a Middle School Talent Show, however all grades students are invited to participate. Wednesday, February 13th, 1:45PM Grade School Talent Show Our Grade School Talent Show will be Thursday, February 2/13 @ 1:45. Proposals for acts need to be submitted by January 31 to Mrs. DuRocher. All Grades parents are invited to attend the show!Location: Wauconda Library, Lincoln Room801 N Main St, Wauconda Proposals for acts need to be submitted by January 31 to Mrs. DuRocher.   Read More...
More Details: Re-enrollment for 2020/2021 Opens February 3rd! Saturday, January 11, 2020 - Re-enrollment Re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin February 3rd with a late enrollment fee after April 17th. In case you missed the 1/17/2020 email: A Word From Our Board President, Matt Myren To the Da Vinci Waldorf community: As promised, this letter contains additional information regarding the re-enrollment process (beginning February 3rd through TADS) and the strides we are making in strengthening our school. As we move forward, a focus for our expanded Board will be communicating more frequently and with greater transparency around the budget. We will look for and cultivate more opportunities for community members to… Read More...
Monday, 1/27 @ 8:30AM – Coffee Talk Thursday, January 16, 2020 - Monday, January 27th Coffee Talk COMMUNITY | CONVERSATION | CONNECTION You are invited to Coffee Talk - a casual, come-as-you-are gathering of school parents. Coffee & refreshments will be provided. WHEN: Monday, January 27, 8:30-9:30 a.m., after drop-off WHERE: The Purple Room Young children with parents are welcome. Read More...
Welcome Baby Matías. Please support the family with a meal if you are able Saturday, January 18, 2020 - Welcome Matías Ponce Abdur-Rahman! Please support the family with a meal, if you're able... Rubi Ramirez and Jamil Abdur-Rahman welcomed Matías Ponce Abdur-Rahman to the world at 2:32PM on Monday, December 30th, 2019, weighing in at 8 lbs., 3 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches. Everyone is doing well! Let’s gather around the family & show our love and support with healthy, home-cooked meals during this big moment in their lives!  Meals are for Mom, Dad, big brother (3rd grade), and almost-five year old big sister (Sunflower Garden). View Dates & Sign Up Here DELIVERY: Deliver meals to school at any time on your… Read More...
Safety Notice: School Parking Lot Monday, January 20, 2020 - Safety Notice Our school parking lot is very icy and slippery. Our plowing service will be here this afternoon to salt.   Please use care when walking to and from the school building. Read More...
Reminder: Send Winter Gear Back to School (Recess & Movement Gear Requirements) Saturday, January 11, 2020 - Winter Recess & Movement Since children took all belongings home over the break, some have returned to school without the required winter gear. Please make sure to send appropriate gear to school every day. Important reminder: Students must come to school each day prepared to participate in movement class and outdoor recess with weather-appropriate gear.  The following are required: 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… Read More...
Bring in Your Garden Tools for Cleaning & Sharpening Friday, January 3, 2020 - As a service to the community, all are invited to bring in your garden tools (shovels, rakes, loppers etc.) by January 24th. In Farm & Garden class with Ms. Faden the children will clean them, sharpen them, oil them, and return them. Please be sure to clearly label your tools with your name so there are no mix-ups. Read More...
January 2020 Lunch (& Afternoon Snack) Ordering Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - LUNCHES & AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS are available to order. After school 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… Read More...
The Big Ugly Book Drive is Seeking a Champion Monday, December 30, 2019 - The future of the Big Ugly Book Drive is uncertain. Shari Gullo, who has been leading the effort in our area, is facing health challenges that make it difficult to take on every step of the process. She's seeking a dedicated individual to lead day-to-day efforts. She hopes someone will be moved to take up the cause alongside her. Learn more about the Big Ugly Book Drive here. If you are interested in learning more, you can get in touch with Shari directly by email here or inquire at the school office for her phone number. A word from Shari:… Read More...
Please Share Photos for Yearbook Sunday, December 15, 2019 - If you have taken photos of our events, such as Kindermarket, Fall Festival, Santa Lucia, etc. that you would not mind being used in our Yearbook, please share them (via email, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) with Elisa Kraus. Thanks so much! Read More...
Gift Cards for Sale in the School Office! Sunday, December 15, 2019 - We have select gift cards for sale in the school office. These were purchased through our Scrip program, so a percentage of each sale will go to the school! Please stop by the office this week to purchase a gift card (or several!) to Starbucks, Chipotle, and Panera in $10 or $25 increments. These make great gifts while supporting our school. Supplies are limited. Read More...
Raffle 2020 – Win a trip to MEXICO + $1200 cash! Saturday, December 14, 2019 - Da Vinci Waldorf School 2020 Annual Raffle Buy Tickets / Sell Tickets! Raffle Grand Prize: 7 night stay at Grand Mayan Resort in Riviera Maya, MEXICO for up to 8 people, plus $1200 CASH! 2nd Prize: $500 CASH      3rd Prize: $250 CASH RAFFLE TICKETS $10 EACH OR 6 FOR $50 Drawing to be held Saturday, April 25th, 2020 at our Trivia Night & Chili Cook-Off Annual Spring Benefit & Auction Contact any of our parents, faculty, staff, administration, or board for tickets! Raffle Rules: 1. Winners need not be present to win. 2. All proceeds benefit Da Vinci Waldorf School.… Read More...
Raffle Tickets – Sales Incentive Prizes! Saturday, December 14, 2019 - The raffle tickets have been distributed, and we thank everyone for selling! If you haven't received yours, please be sure to check your parent mailbox or get in touch with Caroline Setoodeh (she is in the school directory). Raffle Incentives & Prizes Early Childhood Prize:The top seller in each Early Childhood class will receive a week’s worth of passes, which can be used for either Extended Day or Aftercare (as space allows.) Grades 1-4 Prizes:After all students in a class sell all of their tickets, the class will have a special party to celebrate! (All three classes may win a… Read More...
Save the Date! Annual Spring Benefit—Saturday, April 25 @ 5:30-10:30PM Saturday, December 14, 2019 - Save the date! Our tireless auction committee is busy preparing for a fun night of celebrating and supporting our school! Da Vinci Waldorf School is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, and as such all donations are tax deductible. Read More...
Rebate Sharing: Turn Shopping Into Earning for YOU & the School Thursday, November 14, 2019 - To receive more information: Read More...
School Closings – Procedure 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...
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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