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important event! Back to School Kick-Off for parents 9/19

in this issue Playground Rules page 2 A service dog in training page 3 Desks? page 4 Michaelmas page 5 Health Alerts page 6 2 of the O’Hurley sisters at the Opening Day Rose Ceremony by, parent, Mark Eichinger-Wiese

Anne Mavor in the Sunflower Gallery page 8

PWS gets an update for our 30th Year Anniversary Dear Families and Friends, Thank you to all who joined us last Wednesday for the lovely Welcome Back Tea and our Opening Assembly.  And a big thank you to our Early Childhood teachers and Parent Council representatives for setting up for and hosting these two events.  After a busy summer preparing for the upcoming school year, it is so nice to have the school and playgrounds filled with the happy sounds of children learning and playing again.  We’re looking forward to a wonderful 30th year growing our school and celebrating Waldorf education!    Stop by and introduce yourself if we haven’t yet met.  You can find me each morning before school on the front stairs, or call or email to set up an appointment.  See you at the September 19th, Parent’s Back to School Meeting.    Christine Wolf, School Chair

Notice anything different? by Kelly Chappie Last year, PWS engaged in a process with the creative team co-lab (PWS parent Elizabeth Blades is a part of this power house of creative minds and great talent in this group). We began our work by reviewing our current materials and the “experience” that potential families go through as they are first introduced and then learn more about PWS. This work was presented to the Board, and a proposal to deepen this work was made. The Board agreed, and we moved forward with co-lab. A team (Nancy Pierce, Wendy Rea, Christopher Zinn and myself) was formed to shepherd this process. We met regularly and through each phase of the work, we presented our findings to the Board and College. By late May, we rolled out the first phase to the full faculty and staff and then to Parent fonts, new imagery that articulates who we are, an updated logo and more. cont. page 8




First Aid & Playground Reminders Here are some reminders about playground rules and stafety. If the school is open, a first aid kit is available on the north wall inside the front door. Designated Play Areas EC children should play on Walnut Hill, unless under close supervision by a teacher or parent. If older students are on the playground, EC children should be on Walnut Hill. First Grade may play in front of the school, but save the larger play structures and the hexamid for second grade. Asphalt area may be used for play by any grade, but basketball is only allowed for gr. 6 and up. The east wall of the blacksmith shop may be used to bounce balls against, including with small paddles. No ball or tag games are allowed in or close to the

playground equipment. Wading is allowed between the sets of steps in the South creek—the rest is reserved for waterfowl. Areas Off-Limits to All Students Both streams, including the cistern on the east side of the south stream (exception above) including a 5’ setback for waterfowl nesting * The cement “gardening shed” structure near the Monroe parking lot * Stream and waterfall area north of school * Railroad tracks * Space between the blacksmith shop and the main building Equipment and Play Structures We invite the following, or anything else that teachers deem safe: Jump ropes,

Back to School Kick-Off


On Wednesday, September 19th, PWS will host its first ever Parents’ Back to School Kick-Off. (in the PWS Gym) This is an opportunity to come together as adults, hear a “State of the School Update”, mingle, meet all faculty & staff, and get a look at the new materials from the recent branding work we’ve had done. Schedule for the evening New Parent Orientation 5:50-6:30 “State of the School” 6:30-7:00 Class meeting or social time 7:00-8:00 We’ll be having light snacks and beverages. We look forward to seeing everyone there! While the first portion is designated for New Parents, everyone is welcome to join!



playground balls, footballs, volleyballs, hoops, paddles, Frisbees, whiffle balls, and tennis balls. Jump ropes may not be tied anywhere. Tackling anywhere, including tackle football, is never allowed. Jumping off swings is allowed, but flips are not. Do not get on top cross bars of the swing structures. Only designated trees are allowed for climbing. The following are prohibited from 8:00 to 5:30 on school days: Sticks, soccer balls (except gr. 8—see below), baseballs, skateboards, scooters, bicycles, rollerblades, wheeled shoes, or kicking of any balls, especially off the school steps. Team Games Inclusivity and sportsmanship are essential and require close parental supervision and intervention to learn. Please be very active and vigilant if your children are involved in a team game * Four-square begins in 4th grade. * Softball begins in 5th grade, with parental participation. * Basketball begins in 6th grade, and close supervision and coaching to keep the competition sportsmanlike is strongly advised. * Touch or flag football begins in 6th grade. * Soccer begins in 8th grade




Meet “Jersey” As my daughter, Juno, readies to enter Grade Eight, she has given much thought to the decision of what her Eighth Grade Project should be. This summer, Juno attended a presentation by Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA). She came home with her eyes shining. She had found her project. She told us that she wanted to train a dog to be a service dog for an autistic child. We took her request seriously and looked into this opportunity. It turned out to be a great fit for her and one that we welcomed. Doing a task of service as a young adolescent seemed very important in our eyes. We agreed to be very supportive and hands on with her. The ASDA is located in Portland, and there is much support for our family. Soon after Juno applied to be a trainer for this organization, we were assigned a puppy a month before we expected, but got ready within the two days notice we were given. Luckily, Juno had been attending a camp that was held by the ASDA and was already familiar with the dogs and some of the training required.



known. He comes everywhere with us and is very calm while he is working. He also gets valuable non-working puppy time daily. We are so grateful to Ms. O’Halogan (formerly Garbarino) for her support of Juno and to the administration of PWS for making an exception to the animal policy of the school which makes it possible for Jersey to attend school with Juno. This is an essential part of his training as he will be going to school with the child he will be placed. His time at school will gradually increase as the year goes on. There are other ASDA puppies in training placed in both private and public schools around Portland, and we are delighted that he will be with Juno at school. Research and the history with these service dogs have proven the immensely positive effects they can have on the life of an autistic child

and their families. We are very proud of Juno for taking on the task of raising Jersey. We will have him for approximately eighteen months, and then will say goodbye once the perfect child has been found for him. He may go across the country, or he may stay close. As it will be difficult to say goodbye, Juno has held in her heart that the child he will go to will have a life changing experience by working with him. Please welcome Jersey to our community. And, thank you in advance to you all for supporting Juno in this project. *While Jersey is at school, he is working. It is going to be very difficult to not stop and pet him in the hallways, it is important for his training (and the focus of the students) that Jersey is not pet in the hallways. It will become easier as time goes on, and the children are accustomed to having him with them. Thank you for sharing this with your child.

About a month ago, we were given Jersey, a 9-month-old English Cream Golden Retriever. He has been in the training program since the age of two months and is already very well trained. He is also the sweetest and most well-behaved dog I have





In praise of our desks As the children and I looked back on our first grade year, one of the biggest changes they remembered was getting to sit at a desk. The class coming in doesn’t know what a treat they’re in for, yet. Our desks are exceptional, and it seems worth mentioning that they get used in some unconventional ways. Our whole school has beautiful, handmade desks. The set in first grade, designed and constructed by our own woodworking teacher Tom Myers and his alumni son Justin Myers, is perfect for this age group. They are cleverly designed so that the feet can be adjusted as the child grows. Besides the fun riteof-passage that involved a trip down to the woodworking room to borrow the socket wrench from Mr. Myers to adjust the desk after a first grader has eaten lots and run lots and slept lots and grown lots, this assures finicky teachers that the desk fits the child perfectly. This means that as a child’s muscular and nervous systems are developing and they are first learning to form their letters, their backs can be straight, their arms and shoulders are relaxed, and there is maximum circulation

and efficient mobility in their whole bodies. This, in turn impacts hand-eye coordination and even efficient pencil grip. The desks are made of beautiful solid maple and carefully sanded and polished until

they shine. We all naturally wanted to care for such things of beauty and get to know their funny, gruff, enigmatic, capable creator, who will someday teach us to make similarly useful and lovely things. Mr. Myers, who has earned a certificate in Applied Arts from Michael Howard (author of Art as Spiritual Activity) incorporated a forwardreaching gesture of interest in the shape of the front of the desk, and in the back,


where the student sits, a gesture of uprightness. Now: When someone walks into the classroom they may not understand how often these desks move around, and how we use them. Each morning, we sing a little song about “Many hands make light work,” and everyone knows how to partner up and carefully push the 50-pound desks aside, giving us the whole big room to move in. These desks are also useful for fortbuilding and obstacle courses. We lined them up and crawled under them. They are heavy and wellconstructed enough to crawl over, as well. And, if you carefully flip them over, the brace is strong enough to walk on! Our students actually do their academic work on the underside of a twofoot-high balance beam! So, dear incoming first grade parents, don’t fear that your child needs to sit still too much or must stop using furniture in creative play when you see desks in the classroom. Their desk supports them, in learning and in play. Photo caption: Hailey balances across the bottom brace of a desk, spotted by Keilan, as Jesse looks on. Photo credit: Nicole Spring




Why we celebrate Michaelmas The following is an abbreviated version of an article by David Mitchell, master Waldorf teacher The autumn is a rare time in Portland. The tree leaves   undergo their color changes, the air become crisp and clear, the evening skies show meteor showers visible even in our city skies.  Darkness starts to wrap around us, and we are moved inside to the comfort of our homes.  The dreamy mood of summer is replaced by a new vigor, and, for many of us in a school community, September is more a New Year than January 1st, as we establish our rhythms for a new school year. An ancient wisdom placed a festival at each of the four turning points of the solar year.  In autumn, this festival is named after a mythological figure, the archangel Michael.   The name Michael is Hebrew and its meaning is the question, "Who is like God?"   Legends abound about Michael, the most notable being of his confrontation in heaven with the rebellious angels, led by Lucifer, who sought to overthrow God.   The forces of Michael cast these angels out of heaven and held them in control in their earthly form as dragons.   Michael did not slay the leading dragon, but held it under his control through his own inner strength.

This dragon is not an external reality, but lives in all humankind, represented by cold, dead, overly rationalistic thinking. It is alive within each of us as a potentially negative, restrictive force.   Michael's message to humanity is not to try to slay the dragon within ourselves, for we would not live in freedom if we did, but to overcome the dragon with conscious thinking and strength of will.  Michaelmas is a festival of inner strength and initiative, an opportunity for our higher being to conquer fear and anxiety. The backdrop for the drama of history is the struggle between the powers that strive for the forces of Goodness against those that struggle for the power of Evil.  It is within each individual that this drama is enacted.  We live in an age of individuality and personal freedom.  We have a multitude of personal choices and live amidst the unsettling realities of shifting forms of social order, order that once represented stability for mankind.  We can no longer rely on outer forms but must give direction to our own lives out of our personal initiative and strength.



transformation and look towards that which is divine in every human being, the transformation and the battle with the dragon are uniquely individual. At Portland Waldorf School and Waldorf schools around the globe, children hear stories and legends of Michael. Then, this year on September 28th, our students and faculty will gather on our grounds and see the enactment of Michael's battle with the dragon.  Half of the student body directly participates as the pageant unfolds, and each and every child inwardly participates in feats of skill and courage. Please join us this year at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 28th, out on the hill by the third grade garden for our Michaelmas play, " Sir George and the Dragon."

In the legend of Michael we find he offers four gifts: strength, courage, the will to do true deeds, and love.  To those who are willing to undertake self-





Health and Illness Guidelines It is time to check your child/ren’s immunization record/s. There are specific grades that may require updates; prekindergarten, kindergarten, first, second and seventh grade students. If you have a returning child who has had additional boosters since our Re-enrollment Fair in March or over the summer, please bring this information, type of booster and date given, to the office. The school must have an up-to-date Oregon Certificate of Immunization form on file for your child by the first day of school. If your family has a different immunization philosophy, the immunization form has a “religious exemption” option. One of these options must be completed and form signed by the parent. For information from county health clinics, call 503-988-5183 for Multnomah

Grades Foreign Language Rotation




County or for Clackamas County 503-655-8471. If I can be of help, please call 503-654-2200, ext.200. Flu season will be with us soon and with that in mind we ask that parents be vigilant in adhering to our Illness guidelines Please keep your children home if they are experiencing flu or influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat). Children should remain at home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone (fever-free without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) If your child is without a fever, yet with symptoms that will interfere with classroom activities, for example, if the child has a continuous runny nose, persistent cough, fatigue, or the child needs to be restricted by not going outside, etc.,then s/he should remain at home.


Headlice Awareness BY HEIDI TATE


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11/12 -12/21



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Youth Tri-Met passes are $30 starting in September. They are available for purchase in the Main Office. Look for big changes next to the PWS campus starting this Fall as the Light Rail construction goes into high gear. For pictures of the project, info on materials and updates on construction progress check the new bulletin board in the downstairs hallway across from the Spring Creek Store.  Watch for more detailed information coming soon to your mailbox. 

Each September marks the start of the academic school year for our children. It also is recognized as “Head Lice Prevention Month!” As we enter into the 2012-2013 school year, please be proactive and check your child(ren) now for head lice and nits. Head lice prevention should be part of every child’s normal routine throughout the year. Regular screening takes only minutes and can mitigate a host of uncomfortable problems down the road. infections/common/lice.html




SAVE THE DATE: Auction set for April 20, 2013 On Saturday, April 20th, PWS will again put on its finest duds , shine up our shoes and come on out to celebrate a glorious 30 years! The auction committee will be forming soon. Please don’t hesitate to stop by and visit Sara Case (our new Development Director) if you’d like to lend your support to this great event. And remember that those class items are always the most precious offerings, so help in any way you can with those! Thanks in advance.

Bus Program Information 2012-2013 Our bus program is an important partnership between the PWS administration and families. Buses provide a safe, reliable, convenient and more sustainable student transportation resource. School buses are also used regularly for field trips and special events in which all PWS students participate. Rider families are responsible for understanding busing program procedures. Parents and students should read the School Bus Behavior and Conditions of Ridership in the parent handbook prior to the first day of bus usage. Bus fares Bus tickets are for sale on the bus and in the school office. Current fares are subject to change during the school year. Punch Cards can be purchased from the bus driver or the office.


News from AWSNA Waldorf Education has been recognized by Captain Planet Foundation as exemplary in transforming the environmental world by educating ecologists in a valuable way. AWSNA representatives will be fêted with Sir Richard Branson and President Jimmy Carter in December in acknowledgement of the work our schools do with young people. Although "Earth Science" is not always explicit in the Waldorf curriculum, it is most certainly a deeply implicit part of our curriculum. Patrice Maynard says, “In speaking with Becca Iverson from Captain Planet, I thanked her for the foundation's capacity to see beyond the specifics to the depth of our holistic approach. She answered that they are in awe of what we do for the earth in the way we teach.” for more news about Waldorf in North America visit

Individual bus fare (one way) $1.50 for one pre-paid ticket. Riders who do not have a prepaid ticket or punch card may pay exact change to the driver. cont from page 1

our newsletter, with the updated look and feel, is the first piece to highlight this. In the coming weeks (and months) you’ll also see other changes, some big, some letterhead, notecards, business cards, bumper stickers, clothing, and, at the end of this month a new website! We look forward to expanding ways for parents to become engaged in our community. Please feel free to ask me (or any of the team) about this process.





Mounds and Stones, in the Wildflower Gallery We welcome Anne Mavor, who worked in the office at PWS from 2005-2011 and is now a full time encaustic painter. She will show a selection of her Mounds and Stones series, which are impressionistic images of ancient stone circles and mounds. Most were inspired by old photos taken by her father, who studied these ancient monuments. When Anne was a teenager, her family took a trip to Ireland, England and Scotland and searched out all the Neolithic earthworks, mounds, and stone circles they could find. She never forgot the experience of walking among those stones and mounds. The stones were like groups of people meeting together and the mounds like large mammals hibernating. "When I began the series, I was drawn to painting the images to see what my father saw and remember our time together. But as I painted, I started to reclaim those sites as mine, despite the fact that it has been many generations since my ancestors lived in England or Scotland.  The work asks these questions: Where am I most connected? Who are my people? Where is my home? What would it mean to reclaim my background and love the land I came from?" Encaustic is an ancient wax-based painting medium. Anne has developed a technique that blends the transparency of watercolor and the luminosity and surface aliveness of wax. She builds up the images with water media suspended on the wax surface. Like finger-painting, the brushstrokes, scratches, pooling, and drips are all left behind documenting the history of the painting process. If you are interested in seeing Anne at work, please stop by her studio during Portland Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday, October 13, 14, 20, 21, 10 am-5 pm. Her studio is located at 333 NE Hancock St, 2 blocks north of Broadway at MLK Jr. Blvd.




Summer Work Party!



THANKS ! On August 25th, we had our Big back to school work party. Over 50 parents, students, faculty & staff were on hand to spruce up our school inside and out and make it shine for the first day of school. It was great to meet a number of new families and to see lots of old friends after our summer break. Some of the highlights of the day were cleaning the 2nd floor windows from a boom lift, a major clean out of our small creek, refinishing the tops of a number of desks and pressure washing the main steps and the gym steps. All this work was capped off by a great BBQ feast thanks to Pat Wojciechowski.

Spring Creek Store


Here we are. September is upon us and we’re back to school, with summer memories tucked away. In celebration of Michaelmas on September 29th. At the end of summer on hot August nights, Micha-el sends falling stars showing strength and light. In the late night hours you fall, showering your bright light on all. Falling stars, falling stars, shoot across the sky, Falling stars, falling stars, bring to earth your light. Falling stars, falling stars, shoot across the sky, Falling stars, falling stars, bring to earth your might. --Shared verse by Frontier Dreams. We have some wonderful St. George and the Dragon books, postcards, dragons and swords, as well as “Falling Star” kits. Stop by and have a cup of tea and catch up with friend.





September 2012 Mon



9.4 varsity VB, 6pm, @ SW Christina

9.5 School Starts for Grades 1-12

Thur 9.6 School Starts for PreK& K

9.7 Community Choir 8:30

6 PM Varsity VB @ Open Door

MS Girls VB Game @ Damascus Christian School 4:30 & 6 pm

Welcome Tea 9th & 12 Grade overnight


9.10 MS Girls VB @ Home Good Shepherd 4:00-5:30 pm

9.11 JV & V VB @Home, 5:15 & 6pm

9.12 Gr 3 Pt Mtg 7pm

9.13 JV & V VB @Portland Lutheran, 5:15 & 6pm

9.14 Community Choir 8:30

9.17 MS Girls VB Game @ Home 4-5:30pm

9.18 School Photo Day

9.19 School Photo Day

9.20 School Photo Day

9.21 Community Choir 8:30

6th Grade to Mt. St Helens

Back to School Kick-off for Parents 5:30-6:30 New Parent Orientation 6:30-7:00 “State of the School” 7:00-8:00 Class meetings or social time

3rd Grade Trip to Geercrest

Adult Eurythmy 8:45

JV & V VB @Columbia Christian, 5:15 & 6pm

3rd Grade Trip to Geercrest


9.27 V VB @Home 6pm

JV & V VB @Home Open Door 4:30 & 6pm

9.24 MS Girls VB Game @ Crossroads 4-5:30pm

JV & V VB @Home Life Christian 6 & 6:45 pm

9.25 JV VB @St Paul 4pm


MS Girls VB Game @ Rivergate 4-5:30pm JV & V VB @Home City Christian 5:15 & 6pm 9.28 Community Choir 8:30 Adult Eurythmy 8:45

9.29 9.30 -10.4 12th Grade Outdoor week @ Ekone Ranch

Michaelmas Pagent 11am MS Girls VB Game @ Country Christian 4-5:30pm



August S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 November S M T W T 1 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22

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February S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 May

September S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

October S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 

December S M T W T F S 1 6 7 8 2 3 4 5 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

January S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

March S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

April S M T W T 1 2 3 4 7 8 9 10 11 14 15 16 17 18 21 22 23 24 25 28 29 30

June S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 29 30 31 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

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July S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Blacked out dates represent vacations and no school days. Grayed out dates represent special school events. For other events such as open houses, parent evenings, and classroom activities, please refer to the monthly calendar in the Heartbeat or on our school website.

revised 9.4.12

September 5 First day of school for grades 1-12 6, 7 First day of school for Kindergartens and Pre -K 10 Parent-Child classes start this week 18-20 School Photographs 19 Back to School Kick Off (for parents) 28 Michaelmas Pageant October 10 Photo retakes 13 Harvest Festival November 1 Faculty In-service, no Pre K-8th grade classes, 1/2 day for the High School 9 EC In-Service (no EC school or EC aftercare) 15 Open House 19-21 Parent-Teacher Conferences, no school 22-23 Thanksgiving break December 21 Winter Celebration 12:30 dismissal, no K & Pre-K classes 24 Winter break begins January 7 21 31

School resumes Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day Grades 4-6 Music Concert

February 1 Grade 7-12 Music Concert 15 Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day & Shield Event 18 President’s Day, no school 19-22 Teacher Conference Week, no school March 1 15&16 25

Bring Your Parents to School Night Open House Senior Projects Spring Break begins

April School Resumes 8 20 Auction 25 Grades 7-12 Music Concert 26 Grades 4-6 Music Concert May 4 27

May Faire Memorial Day, no school

June 7 Farewell Assembly, no Pre-K & K classes 8 12th Grade Graduation 14 Last day of school, noon dismissal Community Appreciation Party

Child’s name ______________ Sibling of ______________

PWS Aftercare Registration

October 2012

Parent’s names ______________ Teacher’s name ______________

Kinder Grade

Please complete a separate form for each child attending aftercare. Indicate inside the box the Grade Level K or G and the time frame(s) (1,2,3) the child will attend aftercare. Return the completed form with payment to the office. Refer to the back of this form for rates, rules, and policies. To take advantage of pre-paid rates, return this form to the office by Friday, September 21. After the deadline, the drop-in rate goes into effect.

Time Frames Kindergarten only K-1 1:00-3:00 pm $12





























K-2 1:00-4:30 pm $20 K-3 1:00-5:30 pm $25

Grades only G-1 1:30-3:00 pm $10 G-2 3:00-4:30 pm $10 G-3 3:00-5:30 pm $15

Contact Info: Early Childhood Jamie Stief Voice Mail 503-654-2200 x475 Grades Charles Forster 503-652-5165 School Address 2300 SE Harrison Street Milwaukie, OR 97222 503-654-2200

K -10 @$12)_________ + K-2 (@$20)____________ + K-3(@$25)____________ = _____________ G -10 @$10)_________ + G-2 (@$10)____________ + G-3(@$15)____________ = _____________

Total Paid $_________

September 2012 Heartbeat  

Newseltter for Portland Waldorf School

September 2012 Heartbeat  

Newseltter for Portland Waldorf School