IN THE LOOP Waldorf School Please share this newsletter with friends and family. Winter 2013 A Publication for the Alumni Community of Lexington The Threads of a School’s Legacy by Robert Schiappacasse, School Director From my office window I can see the kindergarten children playing in the snow, building structures, pouring water, digging holes and displaying the industriousness so natural to their age. Part of my work as School Director takes me to the other end of the spectrum of our students’ journeys, where I get to know alumni and alumni parents through their continued interest, affection, and support for the Waldorf School. I enjoy hearing the many stories that describe a moment in the school’s biography like the April Fool’s Day episode when a new parent gave a generous gift, out of the blue, that made it possible to purchase the Adams School building. Our various stories are part of the colorful warp and weft of the ongoing tapestry that is the Waldorf School of Lexington. With the first editions of “In the Loop” in 2012, we began to share stories of the students who previously walked the halls of WSL. Reading about the journeys of our graduates and learning from their insights holds an innate fascination for us. The stories of how they make their way in the world highlight their intelligence and character and diversity of interests. Our graduates’ lives are the best demonstration of how the Waldorf curriculum and culture distinctively provides a foundation for each stage of development. The result is that our students have the skills and capacities to adapt and meet the challenges of an ever-changing world in a thoughtful, ethical, creative, and responsible way. We were reminded of the efficacy of Waldorf education when kindergarten teachers, Wendy Margo, Leah Palumbo, and I were again invited by the Harvard School of Education to present to its students the principles that underlie Waldorf education and its approach to early childhood education. Both neuroscience and child development research continue to reaffirm that children succeed and thrive when they are taught and nurtured through a developmentally-appropriate curriculum. In this edition, we share with you the stories of graduates from classes 1993 to 2005. In addition, we look Upcoming Events Mendenhall Benefit Concert May Day March 8, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Reserve here. May 1, 12:30 p.m. Join us around the Maypole Gala: Twist & Sprout Fifth Grade Olympics May 4, 6:30–11 p.m. Details here. May 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cheer on the Olympians forward to upcoming community events where we hope to reconnect with both alumni and alumni parents. As we plan future publications we encourage you write to us and let us know what you are doing. On a side note, we wish part-time Development Director Linda Mack all the best on her own journey as she takes on a full-time position at Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts. She leaves us with a strong development office that will continue to support the mission of our school.