Welcome to our new website!

It’s here!  We are delighted to welcome you to our new website.  Please take some time to browse — we think you’ll learn a lot about Waldorf education and Water’s Edge Waldorf School.

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Michaelmas: Saturday, October 2nd, 1pm to 6pm

This year’s Michaelmas Festival will be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 1pm to 6pm.  This festival is open to the public, so feel free to bring your friends and family!  Pony rides, food and other fun activities will be available.  Tickets are sold at the door.

For more information on Michaelmas, please read last year’s great post from Donna Brooks, Water’s Edge School’s Early Childhood teacher:

http://blog.watersedgewaldorf.org/?p=340

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Welcome Back to School Pot Luck on Saturday

Just a reminder to all our currently enrolled parents to join us at the Pot Luck on Saturday, September 11th. The event will run from noon to 3pm and will give us all a chance to mingle with old and new friends while the children can enjoy free play on the playground. Everyone please bring a dish to share, based on the first letter of their last name: A-F Drinks, G-L Main Courses, M-R Sides/Salads, S-Z Desserts. We hope to see you there!

Please note – in the event of rain, the picnic will be cancelled. If you are unsure on the weather forecast, please call the school (847-526-1372) after 11 am, when a decision will be made.

UPDATE: as of 11 am Saturday, the potluck picnic IS still going to be happening!  Please join us for some food, fun and conversation!

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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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