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december events 12/21 Holiday Presentation to students, parents welcome page 2 meet our board members page 6 parents doing great things in our community page 7 a camphill experience

photo by parent Nicole Spring (see page 6 to read about the award she just won)

The Light in the Darkness After thoughtful conversations in the Parent Council, College and full Faculty and Staff, we have decided to let the Shepherd’s Play rest for this year. Join us on Friday, December 21st at 11:00 am in the gym for a joyous and festive winter offering by our faculty and staff. At this time of year, we experience the autumn daylight hours becoming shorter as darkness spreads beyond the boundaries of the night. Slowly, we enter that time in the year when the endless days of summer heat and brilliant sunlight become a distant memory. Even the twilight hours in the early morning and late afternoon seem to be marching quickly into the darkness of night. With the growing darkness, we are called to connect to our own inner light so we may face the coming winter bravely. As comfort and joy is reflected in the brilliant starlight of the cold night sky, so is there solace to be found in the connection we have with our friends and families. In past years, the faculty and staff of the school have presented

“The Shepherd’s Play” for the children and their parents on the last day before the winter break. Now with a feeling of renewal and reaching outward, the teachers and staff want to celebrate the season of winter with the school community dedicated to the “Light in the Darkness”. This year, we will celebrate together the last day of school before the winter break by sharing a program comprised of songs from other cultures and traditions, a bit of storytelling, Eurythmy from the Grades faculty along with a Native American poem and a dramatic alchemical calling forth for the light to appear in the darkness of our gymnasium. We hope the changing season will be reflected in our wish to bring renewal in this way when we come together at the darkest time of the year. Francine Adams For the Faculty and Staff


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Automated External Defibrillator: AED Thank you again to Sara Case and the Emergency Preparedness Committee for working together to arrange for this new safety device. The company that distributes these will be coming soon to determine the best placement for it and give advice on who should be trained. AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson.

Meet Our Board Members

Barbara Andersen Barbara is an alumnae parent with twenty years of experience at PWS. Her son Brian graduated from PWHS in the second graduating class in 2004, and her daughter Katie graduated in 2011. After many years in the film production industry, Barbara changed careers and became a criminal defense investigator. She has retired from investigating and now does custom sewing while also being employed at the Mill End Store. While a parent at PWS, Barbara served for several years on the PCC Citizens Advisory Committee for the communications program and for six years on the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Citizen’s Advisory Committee. She also served on the Development Committee, the Capital Campaign Committee, the Light Rail Committee, and the Spring Creek Store Committee. She worked at the school store and led both the Wreath Sale and Heart of Advent for nine years. Scott Bergen Scott and his wife and daughter came to PWS from the Princeton Waldorf School. Sage joined Ms. Peirce's class in the Third Grade. At the Princeton Waldorf School, Scott served as network administrator and on the Long Range Planning Committee. He is a software engineer working for Caliper, a company that provides personality assessment services for hiring and employee development. He is also a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Boring/Clackamas Fire Districts. Scott has served on the PWS Board since the Spring of 2010. He is a past PWS Treasurer and continues to serve on the Finance Committee. Gia Davis Gia is a parent of a freshman at PWHS. She and her family moved to Portland from Chicago where she had served on Parent Council at the Chicago Waldorf School for two years. Once at PWS, she joined Parent Council where she served for over two years. Gia has completed her Waldorf Teacher Training and is committed to the continued studies of Rudolf Steiner’s work with anthroposophy and Waldorf education. She is the Lead Handwork Teacher at Cedarwood Waldorf School.

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Bruce Evans, Previous Board President Bruce and his family joined the PWS community upon moving to Portland in 2002. His daughters are members of the graduating classes of 2008 and 2013. Bruce is the Manager of Natural Gas trading for PacifiCorp Energy and has been in the commercial and risk management areas of the energy industry for 24 years. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees in 2007, Bruce served on the Finance Committee. Since joining the Board, he has served as Treasurer for two years, then as President for two years. Bruce attended Pennsylvania State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Economics. Tawnya Fox, Treasurer Tawyna has a daughter in the First Grade class at PWS. She first became immersed in the PWS family when her daughter Gibson entered the Trillium kindergarten in 2011. Tawnya currently serves on the Parent Council and Finance Committee. She is a graduate from Boise State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Oregon and has worked for CPA firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Moss Adams. Tawnya has been a senior level executive with extensive experience in finance, administration and public accounting in a wide variety of industries such as construction, not for profit, manufacturing, and forestry. She enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, boating and water skiing. John Harrison John's family joined the PWS community in 2003, beginning in the Parent Child Program. He and his wife Lisa currently have one daughter in Sixth Grade and one son in Third Grade. John is a digital marketing and client experience pioneer with over 17 years of broad experience architecting innovative and successful brand and business strategies. He has deep experience building, mentoring, and inspiring digital marketing teams to deliver customer-engaging, industry-leading, and results-driven programs for Fortune 1000 and large enterprise organizations. John has held various executive and leadership positions at Yesmail, GeoTrust, and Symantec. John began his work at PWS on the Light Rail Committee in the Spring of 2007, joined the Board of Trustees in the Summer of 2007, served as President from 2008 to 2010, Vice President from 2007 to 2008 and again from 2010 to 2012. John has a BA in Theatre Arts from the University or Oregon. Phil Lesch, Vice President Phil’s family joined PWS in 2007. His son Sean graduated in 2012 and his daughter Ellie is in Eleventh Grade. Phil works in higher education representing faculty at Portland State and in the Oregon University system in their relations with the State of Oregon, from university administration to the Governor’s office. He currently reports to an elected board and has reported to or served on boards for most of his career. This is Phil’s first significant service to PWS aside from being a regular driver/chaperone on class field trips. He is a graduate of Cornell University and a former airline pilot with American Eagle Airlines.

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Maya Muir Maya discovered Waldorf education in time for her son to join the First Grade at PWS; he graduated from PWHS in 2008. From 2003 to 2008, Maya served as the first full-time Enrollment Coordinator for PWS, where one of her priorities was helping to integrate the relatively new High School with the rest of the school on the new campus. Before that, she served the school as a volunteer in a number of capacities, including membership on the committee which laid the groundwork for establishing the High School (1997-1999), writing the annual report (2000), and serving on the first Development Committee (1999-2001). Maya has a Masters in Environmental Education from NYU, and prior to her position at PWS she worked as a free-lance journalist for regional and national publications, writing on education, the environment, medicine, and the arts. Nancy Peirce Nancy joined the PWS faculty in 1992 after some years in the mountains of California as a homesteader and public school teacher. She is presently in her third time through as a class teacher. Ms. Peirce served on the Board when PWS was starting its high school and purchasing the Milwaukie site. She is a longstanding member of the College and currently serves on the Site Vision Committee and Finance Committee. Wendy Rea, President Wendy's family joined the PWS community in 2009. She and her husband currently have one daughter in Third Grade and another in Bluebell Pre-K. Prior to being a stay-at-home-mom, Wendy's career was in the solid waste, recycling, and commercial composting industry. She served on the boards of the Association of Oregon Recyclers and the Composting Council of Oregon. Wendy began her volunteer work at PWS on the Finance Committee in 2010, joined the Board of Trustees in early 2011, and served as Treasurer from 2011 - 2012. Wendy has an MA in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BS in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oregon. Betsy Wright, Secretary Betsy began her aďŹƒliation with Portland Waldorf School as capital campaign consult when the school purchased and renovated its Milwaukie home. Prior to that, Betsy had worked in leadership positions in non-profits and hospital management, including serving as the Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Ronald McDonald House in Portland. When Betsy and her husband created C3 Strategies, she quickly found her primary focus of consulting for capital campaigns which she continues today. Having stayed in touch with campaign colleagues after the PWS campaign in early 2000, she was invited to join the PWS board in 2007. She has served as an advisor to the PWS Development department as well as Chair of the Stewardship Committee.

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Christopher Zinn Christopher and his wife Nathalia joined the PWS community in 1999 when their son Gabriel entered the First Grade. Gabriel graduated in 2011 and their son Sebastian is a member of the Class of 2014. Christopher grew up in Pine City, NY and was educated at Georgetown University and at New York University, where he received his Ph. D in English and American Literature. He taught Humanities and American literature at Reed College, directed the college's American Studies program, and was a Fulbright Senior lecturer in Turkey in 1993-94. He has also taught cultural history at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. In May 1997, he was appointed Executive Director of the Oregon Council for the Humanities, and continued in that position until 2006. In 2007, he joined the faculty of the Portland Waldorf High School where he teaches Martinmas Coat Drive humanities and directs the college counseling program. BY: LISA WEINER, 2ND GRADE Christopher has served on a number of non-profit boards and PARENT lectures and writes frequently on literature and culture.

Photo of the Month

The photo was taken during a recent beautification day at PWS. It received the most “likes” of any photo we’ve posted on Facebook. Which also (maybe coincidentially) was the same day that Mayor Sam Adams began following us on Twitter! Please email in your photos related to school life.

Last month, the second-grade class took up the Martinmas Coat Drive. Coinciding with the time during which the first, second and third-grade classes were singing the Martinmas songs, learning about Saint Martin and his generous heart and preparing for the Martinmas Play, the drive got underway. Collection bins at the entrances to the school were filled by the generous hearts of the PWS community. This year, we partnered with Human Solutions, a locally-based organization that helps individuals and families find pathways out of homelessness and poverty through a large array of services in Multnomah County and Gresham. My sons and I delivered the bounty to the Human Solutions main office last week and tallied our wooly deliveries (good arithmetic practice for my second grader!). Here's what we collected: 80 coats, 25 sweaters, 25 hats, 15 scarves and 13 pairs of gloves! That's a lot of warm layers for the coming cold winter days. Thank you to all who participated in this important PWS service tradition.

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Open House, a great success! Our all-school Open House in November was a lovely, fun evening – thanks to everyone who offered a helping hand!   The PWS high school drummers and tour guides, with their friendliness and poise, served as the ideal ambassadors to our school. With collaborative curriculum workshops, our faculty provided guests with a window into their classrooms of lively learning.  The school looked beautiful:  flowers (thank you parent volunteers!), artwork, main lesson book displays and sparkling lights connecting our lower school with our high school on a clear autumn evening.    We had guests who were visiting PWS for the first time…children who enjoyed building castles and kingdoms in our kindergartens, middle-schoolers looking ahead who sampled our high school curriculum and parents who were newly introduced to Waldorf Education.  How did they hear about us?  Through you - thank you for sharing the good news about PWS with your other communities!   In the next few months, we are offering a variety of more ways to experience the magic of PWS – please invite your schoolshopping neighbors and friends!  To refer a friend or to RSVP, please contact Mary Beaton at 503-654-2200, x209 or mary.beaton@portlandwaldorf.org.

Upcoming Events at PWS

Walk Through The Grades (for current & prospective parents and grandparents) Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 9:00-10:30am & Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 9:00-10:30am

Out and About ... Our parents are doing great things out and about in our community. Jewelie Randall (11th grade parent) for being chosen as one of four new pop-up shops for this holiday season. Wolf’s Apothecary is a homage to the wisdom of times past, a return to things that are perfect in their most pure state. Congratulations to Scott Churchill (9th Grade) and Mark Gamba (11th and 9th Grade) for their recent wins in the Milwaukie City Council races.

The image of the snow princess above was generously shared by Holly Shabati, a mom from Israel living in Costa Rica , who creates beautifully crafted Waldorf dolls. To view her etsy page click here.

  Lake Oswego Mothers’ Club: Preschool Forum Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 5:00-8:00pm At the Lake Oswego West End Building 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, OR 97035                    Middle and High School Concert (Grades 7-12) Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:00pm Held at the Milwaukie High School Concert Hall

Nicole Spring (1st Grade) for her blog (Frontier Dreams) being honored as the Best Home School blog by Homeschool Blog Awards.

Valentine Tea (for prospective families with children age 6 and under) Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:00-11:30am

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Spring Service: A Camphill Experience BY PHOEBE WAGNER, 12TH GRADE

This past spring, I spent three weeks living and working at the Weckelweiler Camphill near Stuttgart, Germany. This service practice was organized through the Waldorf School in Lörrach which I was attending during the time that I was on foreign exchange. There are many Camphills throughout the world, especially in Western Europe. A Camphill is a home and community for people of all ages with physical or mental disabilities, created by Rudolf Steiner and structured around a Steiner-based curriculum. The Weckelweiler Camphill which I worked at was specifically for adults, and was made up of seven different Camphill “villages” in a radius of about twenty miles. The service practice lasted a total of three weeks, the total of which I spent in the Camphill village. I worked five to six days of the week, depending on the schedule of the residents. In the mornings, we would join a group of residents whom we mainly worked with. After meeting together and having breakfast, we would begin our work in the Workshop. This work was done on Monday through Friday, from eight to noon. The Workshop was a place of creativity and craft, as well as a place of service that created responsibility and a productive purpose for the residents. Different crafts were made in the Workshop, including the making of beeswax candles, wool felting, and the craft of small wooden toys. The finished products would then be sold to different Waldorf school stores and Waldorf related shops in the surrounding area. My job during the time I spent in the Workshop was spent working on more difficult areas of a project, helping the other workers with odd jobs, and simply making conversation and spending time with the residents. In the Workshop, there was a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. The main goal was to have fun.

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In the afternoon, I had time to eat lunch, rest and prepare for the rest of the day. In the evenings, I worked with two women who were in their own family unit (there were many different houses at this Camphill, and the residents were divided into a family group depending on which house they lived in). This was often my favorite part of the day. The two residents and I would make dinner together, go for walks, and run errands. They were each wonderful, kind women whose company I greatly enjoyed during our time spent together. Spending three weeks as a volunteer seemed daunting at first, but my time at the Camphill turned out to be a unique, rewarding experience that will stay in my memory for a long time. Life at the Camphill slowed down greatly for me. Throughout the long day, I would notice small things that didn’t receive as much attention from me back at my home in Portland. On a walk through the woods with one of the residents, a shift in mood became almost instantaneously clear, or a difficulty with communication would suddenly be resolved. The amazing people I worked with taught me that sometimes making someone laugh and being a good companion is more valuable than the material work that we do in a day. I learned the beauty of stopping in a meadow and watching the birds take their last flight of the night for as long as it took for that pre-sunset magic to wear off. I learned that the bond that can be created with sharing such a moment can become the bond of communication and understanding, beyond that of speech or logical comprehension. I learned that those enchanting moments are the ones that stay with you, perfectly clear in your memory, ready to be replayed appearing in our memory month after month. I learned what it feels like to help someone and feel their deep appreciation for brightening their day. I am so grateful for these and all the many other lessons that the people at the Weckelweiler Camphill taught to me through their own actions, in the time in which I thought my service was onesided.

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Parent Council Parent Council was born out of the threefold social structure as described by Rudolph Steiner, which includes: the faculty, who hold the cultural sphere; the Board of Trustees, who hold the legal sphere; and the parents, who hold the economic sphere. The Parent Council at PWS holds a long and rich history, going into its 27th year. Parent Council supports the parents and faculty by coordinating parent involvement in festivals, fundraisers, initiatives, and other social activities. It is also committed to strengthening communication between the parent body and the PWS community. Parent Council Representatives - Front row: Stephanie Paris (Trillium Kindergarten), Jensy Hines (Grade 6), Ian Goodrich (Grade 4), Lisa Weiner (Grade 2), Gaby Krull (Grade 7). Second row: Amy Thelen (Grade 1), Erika Allen (Grade 7), Claudine Moreno (Grade 5), Lauren Johnson (Grade 9). Third row: Dionne Kane (Lily Kindergarten), Nicole Raymond (Grade 8), Alixx Hutsenpiller (Trillium Kindergarten), Connie Sutherland (Grade 3), Sue Conlon (Grade 12), Kathleen Taylor (Liaison, College of Teachers). Row 4: Stephanie Baartz-Bowman (Co-chair), Tawnya Fox (Grade 1), Sara Case (Liaison, Administration), Bruce Evans (Liaison, Board of Trustees). Back row: Michael Faletra (Grade 2), Phil Favorite (PC Communications), David Hines (Grade 6), Patricia Campabello (Rose Kindergarten), Dave Renzema (Co-chair). Not pictured: Miya Beeler (Rose Kindergarten), Carlye Bryant (Grade 5), Teresa Ramirez (Grade 9), Heesuk Steffen (Grade 9), Craig Baker (Grade 10), Robin Lieberman (Grade 10), Ann Craig (Grade 11), and Usha Noble (Grade 11).

Spring Creek Store

Heart of Advent Hours The store will be open during our annual Heart of Advent (Saturday, December 1st) event from 12:00 – 4:00 for your holiday shopping and craft making supplies. December “Make One Take One” Calendar: • 12/6 – Wool Roving Angel • 12/13 – Needle Felted Snowman • 12/20 – Wooden Peg Gnome couple

2013 Calendars The Chicago Waldorf School calendar is a collection of student art from all over the country. Organize your days with Waldorf Art. From the beloved books of Elsa Beskow ; Sun Egg, The Flower’s Festival and more. Tender and sweet for the Early Childhood home. Stella Natura Biodynamic Planting Calendar! This Calendar provides an introduction to basic astronomy and to the ways the cosmic rhythms can support your work in the garden and on the farm. It also offers a guide to following the movement of the planets among the stars in the night sky to awaken a feeling of personal connection with the heavens.

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HEART OF ADVENT

Beeswax Treasure Candles

Pocket People

Mulling Spices

As the weather changes and we find ourselves inside more often, our attention shifts to hearth, family and friends. Heart of Advent is a time when we as a community gather in warmth and celebration to share ideas and inspirations for hand made crafts and family traditions.

Portland Waldorf School Orchard Room Saturday, December 1st from 11am to 4pm entrance fee $5 refreshments served Lunch for sale at 1:00 (9th grade fundraiser) Transparency Silhouettes

Roving Star

How does your family celebrate the winter holidays? Bring copies of a story, pictures or even a simple craft idea to share at our Traditions Table.

Folded Paper Snowflakes

Sewn Wool Projects

This is an adult event. If you’re not able to leave your little ones at home, the 8th grade students will be offering on-site care as a fund raiser www.portlandwaldorfschool.org

Transparency Stars

No experience necessary. All Materials provided. Bring your needles and scissors if you have them.

2300 SE Harrison St. Milwaukie OR 97222

(503)654-2200

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Saturday December 15th 11am - 5pm

Local Artisans Fine Handcrafts Holiday gifts for all ages

Spring Creek Store

HOLIDAY MARKET

Unique Craft Supplies Fine Fibers & Yarns Books Dolls, Toys and Games

Candles Natural Beauty Products Jewelry

FREE ADMISSION Portland Waldorf School 2300 SE Harrison Street, Milwaukie 503-654-2200 ext 208 store@portlandwaldorfschool.org!

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Sat/Sun 12.1 10-11:30 Winter Tea for prospective families 11am-4pm Heart of Advent

12.3 Parent Council 7-9pm

12.4 Spiral of Lights (Grades & HS) 8:30am-3:30pm

12.5 Spiral of Lights (Early Childhood)

HS Girls Basketball, 6pm Home

12.6 St. Nicholas Day 1:30-3 Circus Skills Class (Grades 4-6)

12.7 8:45 Adult Eurythmy 8:45 Community Choir

12.8 Rose Kindergarten Class Mtg, 9:30-11:30 am 8

HS Boys Basketball, 7:30 Home

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12.11 HS Girls Basketball, 6pm Home HS Boys Basketball, 7:30 Home

12.12 Lily Kindergarten Parent Mtg, 7-8:30pm

12.13 Santa Lucia 1:30-3 Circus Skills Class (Grades 4-6)

12.14 8:45 Adult Eurythmy 8:45 Community Choir HS Girls Basketball, 6pm Home HS Boys Basketball, 7:30 Home

12.17 PWS Board of Trustees Mtg 6pm-8pm

12.18 HS Girls Basketball, 6pm Life Christian HS Boys Basketball, 7:30 Life Christian

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12.15 HS Girls Basketball, 6pm Home HS Boys Basketball, 7:30 Home Spring Creek Store Holiday Market, 10am-5pm

12.21 NO EC classes

12.22 -1.6 Winter Vacation

8:45 Adult Eurythmy

1.7 School Resumes

8:45 Community Choir Winter Celebration 11am 1/2 day of school HS Girls Basketball, 6pm Home HS Boys Basketball, 7:30pm

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