On The Web: Tech gets a time-out

Our thanks to Donna Brooks for forwarding this article along:

http://www.sanfranmag.com/story/tech-gets-a-time-out

As always, please feel free to share comments!

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On The Web: Playing to Learn

Thanks to Susan Love for sharing this find with our blog community:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/opinion/02engel.html?emc=eta1

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Brilliant Parenting Discussion Group

The Brilliant Parenting Discussion Group will meet at Water’s Edge Waldorf School, 150 W. Bonner Road at 7:00 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month to discuss a variety of topics of interest to parents who take a mindful approach to the choices they make in raising their children. The group is open to the public, and meetings are free. Please call Claudia at 224-612-4758 to register.

We have added a web page for this group’s events here.

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Day in The Life of a Waldorf School **CANCELLED**

Please be aware that tonight’s event, “Day in the Life of a Waldorf School,” has been cancelled. A new date has been scheduled for February 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please pass this information along to anyone who might have been planning to attend.

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On The Web: Research Finds No Advantage In Learning To Read From Age Five

Great article about a study about the ages children learn to read and whether or not late readers showed any disadvantages later on:

http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/research-finds-no-advantage-learning-read-age-five/5/33888

Thanks to Donna Brooks for forwarding this along.  Comments on the article are welcome!

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Article: "The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting"

This recent article has been passed around by a number of parents and teachers at our school.  We’ve decided to share it here, so it can be easily passed along to the rest of our community as well as friends and family:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1940395-1,00.html

Please feel free to leave comments here!

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"Art in the Waldorf School: Meeting the Developing Child" with Leo Klein

Saturday Parent Morning with Leo Klein “Art in the Waldorf School:  Meeting the Developing Child.”  9:00 to 11:00 a.m.   All parents should plan to attend.  Limited childcare will be offered for a fee by some of our older students and graduates, but we encourage you to make your own childcare arrangements if you can. If you do need us to provide childcare, please register in the office.  Sign up for the event by the parent mailboxes.

Don't forget to take a look at Leo Klein's artwork, on display outside the community room at the school!

Don't forget to take a look at Leo Klein's artwork, on display outside the community room at the school!

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Vote for Water's Edge School!

Water’s Edge School has been entered in the America’s Favorite Schools Contest sponsored by Care2.com and GreatSchools.net!  Please go add  your vote now and help us try to win $20,000 for the school:

http://www.care2.com/schoolcontest/1706718?refer=17494.02.1256047008.102874

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New Water's Edge School Fundraiser

Parents, check your school mailboxes for your information on this terrific fundraiser!

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Water’s Edge is starting a new fundraising drive.  We are excited to offer Equal Exchange: organic, fairly traded coffees, teas, chocolates, and healthy snacks! 

 Help us raise money to support our school programs. Our school earns 40% of each Equal Exchange sale!

 This easy and delicious fundraiser is sweet in more ways than one:  not only are you raising money for Water’s Edge, but Fair Trade also supports small-scale farmers worldwide.  Recent benefits of Fair Trade include micro loans for indigenous weavers in Guatemala, an ecotourism project in Nicaragua, new classrooms in El Salvador, and the use of organic farming practices.

 Today we are sending home a catalog and information to start taking orders.  Please help support Water’s Edge by contacting family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. 

 Orders are due November 23, 2009…for delivery the week of December 14, 2009.

 Make checks payable to: Water’s Edge

 Together we can make this the most successful fundraiser yet, raising money and building future global citizens!

 Thank you for your support,

Kathy Paczynski
Development Chair

 Questions? Feel free to contact Kristin DePue, 847-980-8750 or kdepue@comcast.net with any questions or to volunteer!

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Equal Exchange is a leading Fair Trade organization.  Through 22 years of long-term partnerships based on respect and transparency, small-scale farmers are staying on their land and sustaining their communities.  We invite you to share our vision for a better world—a vision that connects us more closely to the food we eat and to the farmers who grow it.  To learn more, visit www.equalexchange.coop

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Pardon Our Dust

Some people may have noticed one or two items on the web site not working recently.  This is due to a change in the hosting company that provides the server space for our web site.  While we have been trying to get things back up quickly, some things take a little longer than others.

Thanks for your patience!

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