PORTLAND WALDORF SCHOOL’S MONTHLY BULLETIN
News & Events
YOU ARE INVITED to the commencement of the Class of Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 2 pm Light refreshments following
11 Curriculum 12 Hearth Matters 14 Administration
15 Volunteer & Alumni 16 Extended Community & Marketplace 17 Calendar
Interview with graduation keynote speaker
Barry Lopez see page 6
Cian Accuardi Shelley
Raina Jung Bosanko
Save the date August 28
Florence Le Bas Jordan McCarl
All School Work Party
see page 18
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Gratitude & Goodbyes Grade 5 main lesson image Virginia Berg s the school year ends, the time comes to express our deep gratitude and heartfelt best wishes to a few special friends. These are colleagues here at the school whose time in their current roles is coming to an end. Heidi Vorst has been teaching Folkdance at our school for nearly 20 years. Her work ripples through melodies, steps, and a generation’s love of different cultures into the world. The students at the Portland Village School will enjoy her gifts full-time next year, and she will also continue with her Monday after-school class here at PWS. We are so grateful and will sorely miss your weekly Friday classes, Miss Heidi. Jill DeSantis first came to us as a student teacher in 1997. Since that time, she has ably filled many different classteacher support roles. This year, she went above and beyond the call of duty in a job-sharing role with 3rd grade teacher Alynn Nelson, who will be taking on the 4th grade role full-time. Thank you, Jill, for your patience, artistry, love, and support this year. Lauren Johnson came to PWS in 2001, back when “development” was still germinal, and over her seven years as Director of Development has created
a strong program of events, support, and presence in our larger community, as well as caring leadership in PWS governance. Her gifts with language and penetrating understanding will be sorely missed. However, we couldn’t be more pleased with her reason for leaving: to pursue her last year of teacher training through Antioch University. Thank you, and sincere best wishes, Lauren. Melissa Newirth came to the High School faculty the first year that her Student Assistance Coordinator position became full-time. Over the following three years, she’s had wonderful impacts on many students, enabled teachers’ work to be more effective, and left a strong structural legacy for her position. We owe you deep thanks, Melissa. In two years of teaching high school eurythmy, Laura Radefeld won over many students for this essentially Waldorf experience. Our students have had skillful, enthusiastic, engaging guidance into this vital body of work. Best wishes at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in New York, and thank you for leaving such a love of eurythmy in your path. Maria Zink, in her two years as Grades Assistant, has earned the love of students and teachers alike. Remarkably broad in her talents, she took the Heartbeat
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additional role of teaching 8th grade handwork in stride, and is continually calmly filling additional diverse roles in substituting, painting, fiber projects, grant writing, and the list continues. She will be attending graduate school full-time next year, and we’re delighted that she’s heading toward a career in integrating education into museum settings. Sarah Schwarz, in her year as Director or Annual Giving and Special Gifts, brought clarity, productivity, professionalism and a special quality—fun—to this important Development work. We’re grateful to her, and can we please, please, please have another PWS Shield Event? You’re a genius, Sarah. Teresa Ramirez has earned our thanks for her work in the Bluebell Nursery and Parent-Child classes. Teresa has afforded many grateful families a calm, smiling, empowered entry into our school through her work with these youngest children and parents. Your contributions to this positive beginning will echo a long time. Mr. Matthew Smith has quietly and capably assisted Miss Antonella with EC aftercare this year, and will be pursuing teacher training paired with other work next year. We hope to keep your gifts in our community and sincere thanks to you, Matthew. Valerie Pufahl has taught HS PE for three years. In addition, she has enhanced the HS outdoor program and brought her love of the visual arts to our school. We will miss her as a teacher, role model, and colleague, as she heads into a summer with Adventure Treks, and hopefully, a long career of guiding young people into the great outdoors. Thank you for your hard work, Valerie. In his two years as Athletic Director, Andy Goncalves has brought organization, inclusivity, and enthusiasm to our growing after-school sports program. Both student participation and the breadth of offerings have grown under Andy’s watch. He will focus more on movement in the therapeutic realm (physical therapy at the Takacs Clinic), and continued on page 3
News & Events 8th Grade Promotion
Welcome Back, Diane
June 15, 6:30 pm
Virginia Berg iane Rowley, our capable College Chair of seven years, will be returning to the job on July 1. Diane took this year oﬀ to relax, renew, and pursue other interests, and she appears to have done so in ﬁne style. One focus was family. She hails from a large family in Montana and Baker City, and has three grown children of her own, so she spent much of the year with them. She travelled, including two weeks alone in a cabin in Colorado—the ﬁrst two weeks alone since her marriage more than 25 years ago! She cooked (a passion of Diane’s—yum), including some catering, in consort with two of her children. Unsurprisingly, she also worked on behalf of Waldorf education, doing visitations to developing schools as part of an AWSNA team. We’re so grateful to Diane for the presence of mind to renew herself, and her steady commitment to our school. As the interim College Chair in Diane’s absence, I want to thank each person who has worked with me this year—teachers, parents, oﬃce staﬀ—for giving me your trust and patience. It has been a privilege to see the school year from the perspective of an administrator. I’ve been exposed to a whole new facet of the dedication and love that surrounds our children, and the rest of my career will be enhanced by this perspective. I’m grateful to have been able to serve in this way, and I’m likewise grateful that Diane, a woman of her word, is returning.
The May Heartbeat featured a congratulations to our 8th gradeers and their class teacher Kathleen Taylor. The PWS community is warmly invited to their promotion at Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele Street, Portland, OR 97202.
Senior Play: Peter Pan, or the boy who would not grow up The Class of 2010 proudly presents J.M. Barrie’s magical play Peter Pan, a tale of adventure not to be missed. Appropriate for students in Grade 2 and up. Tickets are $6 for students, $8 for adults, available in the Spring Creek Store. Performances are at 7 pm on Friday, May 28; 2 pm Saturday, May 29; 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 3, 4, and 5; and ﬁnal matinee on Sunday, June 6 at 2 pm. All performances are at Warner Paciﬁc College, SE 68th and Division, in the Cellar Theatre (enter from the parking lot on your right as you enter the driveway).
continued from page 2 we’re sure hoping to see him in a cameo role in the Shepherd’s Play next year. I, Virginia Berg, have collected up 13 years with PWS in various roles, and will be turning the College Chair role back over to Diane Rowley’s capable hands. I’m sure the community has appreciated my brevity in every single MC role. Thank you, PWS, for your trust, patience, and manifold support through this wonderful year. Goodbyes are bittersweet, and we’ll miss each colleague’s special gifts, but a resounding “thank you” follows each person, and an enduring place of warmest welcome in our community.
Seeking Choroi C-Flutes
Ms. Nelson is looking for used Choroi C-flutes for her class next year. Please let her know if you have a flute you’d like to donate or sell at a reasonable price. email@example.com
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PWS Summer Camp July 5-August 12, 2010 8:30 am-3 pm, half days till 12:30 pm. For children entering K-6th grade. For info contact Camp Director Antonella Henry 503-654-2200 x460. Week 1 July 5-8 Building wooden boats to float in the creek Week 2 July 12-15 Handwork (indoor & outdoor projects) Week 3 July 19-22 Making movable picture books Week 4 July 26-29 Making wool butterflies and other little creatures Week 5 August 2-5 Working with clay, making dairy-free coconut agave ice cream Week 6 August 9-12 Making medicinal salve Cost before June 21st: $150 per week for whole days, $100 per week for half days. Sibling discount is 25%. After June 21st: $165 for whole days and $115 for half days and space availabiity not guaranteed. Pick up registration forms at the school office or download from our school website.
Plant a tree, make a diﬀerence!
Mark your calendars now for a fun filled day. On Saturday, October 23rd, PWS will embark on our first ever Tree Planting Day. We’ve coordinated to work with the Friends of Trees to support the I-205 corridor beautification process. More information and sign-ups will be available starting this summer at the back to school work party. Please contact Kelly Chappie or December Carson for more information.
News & Events FROM THE L I B R A R Y Jan Zumwalt Please help us find lost books The following books are missing from the library this year. As you are gathering library books please keep your eyes open for the following titles: Building with the Breath of Life by Tom Bender Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston Crafts to Make in the Fall by Kathy Ross The Easter Craft Book by Thomas and Petra Berger The Great Valentine’s Day Balloon Race by Adrienne Adams Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling Sebastian and the Hair of the Dog Mystery by Mary Blount Christian Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and students who volunteered in the library this year. Approximately 125 volunteer hours were logged to help us circulate 3750 books (a 25% increase
Active Learning Series Teresa Ramirez he Jupiter Committee of the College started the Active Learning Series this year to give an active representation of several areas of the pedagogy. The Committee consists of faculty and administrative members whose job it is to create avenues for parent education. We meet once a month and talk about the areas of our work. The Active Learning Series rose from these discussions out of two separate impulses. The ﬁrst is that many parents have shared a desire to actively participate within the Waldorf pedagogy that their children are experiencing. The second is our desire for adult education. The Active Learning evenings are gifts from our school to adults. They are not only lectures, but actual hands on learning similar to what Portland Waldorf School
in check-outs over last year!) and raise money to purchase new books. Looking for 8th & 12th grade book projects The library would like to offer a special reference collection of 8th and 12th grade projects. If your child has created (this year or in past years) any type of book: novel, novella, collection of poetry, picture book, cookbook, etc. and you have a copy to share, we would love to display it in the library. Please contact Jan Zumwalt at 503-654-2200, x219 for questions. Reminder All library books must be returned by Friday, May 28th. Also, if you have been billed for a lost book, please make your payment right away. We would like to replace lost books before the end of the school year. Please feel free to visit and enjoy books (in the library) until school closes on June 15th.
oﬀers our children. It is open to all adults in the community and is primarily free. Invite your friends, invite your parents, invite your neighbors. This past year we ﬁrst oﬀered an evening of eurythmy with Ms. Radefeld, followed by an evening of wet-on-wet water color painting with Ms. Peirce, where each painter walked away with two separate paintings that were shown in the Wildﬂower Gallery. Mr. Cavin taught a science evening in the high school. Our last oﬀering was a storytelling evening and weekend workshop that unfortunately was canceled. The Jupiter Committee is in the process of developing next year’s series which we hope you will enjoy and ﬁnd something that will speak to you. We are thankful for those that sent their comments and suggestions. Have a wonderful summer, and enjoy your children! Heartbeat
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Gift Ideas for Grads & Teachers Beautiful handmade journals. Beeswax candles Handmade Silver Jewelry Music CD’s Summer Reading Many new and classic titles to explore during those lazy days of summer: The Wind Boy Wolf Notes First Aid for Fairies and other Fabled Beasts The Eight-Year-Old Legend Book A Complete Guide to Faeries and Magical Beings Last Week of School Sale June 14 – 18 - Everything in the store will be discounted 25% off with the exception of consigned items. Years End Thank you! Our store staff thanks you for your support over the past year. We value your patronage and have enjoyed serving you. We wish you all a happy and safe summer and look forward to a new school year in the fall. Summer Hours We will be open on these select days during the summer: Tuesdays; July 13, 20, 27, August 10 and 24 from 9 am – 1 pm Keep posted to our Blog for News and Events. Providing a window into Waldorf education with natural crafts supplies, books, toys and gifts for all ages. Every purchase supports the school.
Graduation Keynote Speaker A Conversation with Barry Lopez Tracy Trefethen n June, National Book Award winning author and naturalist Barry Lopez will speak at PWS’s graduation. It is the first time our school will have someone with international acclaim give such a talk. For over forty years, Lopez has travelled the globe, writing from his close observations of interactions between human beings and the natural world. His many articles, novels, short stories and essay collections have largely shaped the language and focus of the contemporary environmental movement in America. Taking us to the far reaches of the wilderness--from the Arctic circle to the outback of Australia, from the paleolithic sites in Africa and France to the desert Southwest, Lopez explores the human connection to nature. I spoke with Barry one warm afternoon in April at a cafe in Milwaukie. I wanted to understand how his work, developed over decades of exploration and consideration, connected to the aims of Waldorf education. I was curious about why someone like Lopez would agree to speak at the graduation of small private high school in Oregon. What follows are excerpts from that conversation. He began by telling about how he first learned the act of seeing from aboriginal peoples. “Years ago, I was with a group of elders in Australia. We had spent the whole day walking through the landscape. I was asking questions, taking notes, snapping pictures. . .trying hard to see the land, to take it in.” After some time, one of the elders pointed out to him how seeing requires much more than the rational mind’s demand for labeling and charting details. “I realized the people I was with were seeing and sensing things in the landscape that I could not detect. Not until they were pointed out to me.” In a way, he couldn’t see what there
was to see. “They possessed a kind of attentiveness–a keen awareness of everything from sky to ground–that will always be beyond me.” He learned early on that “you have to begin to understand and take into confidence your own imagination,” Lopez claims. “Make a marriage between the rational and intuitive mind.” Indeed, Lopez’s writing does just that. He inspires us through a scientific attention to detail married with a reverence for life to see beyond the known and become comfortable with the mystery of the world around us. Talking with him is like following a hawk catching thermals, one thought flies out from another, ideas about Darwin and Lewis Leaky, about Comanche horses massacred by American Civil War soldiers and the sea travels of Captain Cook. Lopez builds the wider pattern of a story about Western culture and what is needed to correct our current path of recklessness. “We are only just now measuring the damage from the Age of Enlightenment,” Lopez says. “Cook explored the Pacific islands by picturing the vast ocean as a grid. Longitude and latitude. All he had to do was sail back and forth across the grid to find and plot on his map the islands of valuable resources.” For Lopez, this grid mentality began “the capitulation to the rational mind over intuition, the privileging of the individual over the needs of the community.” “The problem with what’s going on now [in the world],” he says, “is we have
truncated imaginations.” He recently returned from another trip to Australia where he traveled with a team of artists, scientists and native peoples to study paleolithic rock art in the northern desert. He describes the expansiveness of the land, the shale colors of sky. A place of incredible beauty. But between the desert and the northern coast lie hundreds of miles of newly laid rail track. He had watched six engines hauling a mile of box cars filled with iron ore and other material drawn from the earth, material that would be shipped abroad. “China is vacuuming up the world with its need for resources” Of the shipyard, Lopez paints a grim picture. “It was like Mordor. They had bulldozed through many of the petroglyphs before anyone could study or document them. They believed they had to destroy those ancient sites because they needed the material, some of which they would use to make explosives for bombs.” “We want things to fit on a grid. We want to fix the world into known categories. But biology teaches us that the world is not so fixed. Things are constantly changing. In biology, there are only situations, not laws.” His idea is that we must develop better ways of seeing, of using our imaginations to move beyond the grid mentality. I wondered how he would address a group of young people, graduating into a complex world with so many problems. “Tell the young people it’s not their problem to fix. They don’t have to fix it. All they have to do is come to life and engage their imaginations.” But what about stopping those who continue to pollute and destroy our world on a vast scale? “It’s not about denoting the enemy,” Lopez says. “If you spend your life trying to identify and assess the enemy, then you only end up back where
“Tell the young people it’s not their problem to ﬁx the world. All they have to do is come to life and engage their imaginations.”
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Graduation Keynote Speaker continued from page 6 you started. The most you can hope to do is reduce the level of cruelty by making the enemy irrelevant. You do this by making something beautiful...by teaching students to become at home in the metaphoric universe.” While walking back to the school for a brief tour, Lopez admitted that he knew little about Waldorf education. Why then had this man with a reputation for avoiding public engagements said “yes” to giving a graduation talk our school? “I had a strong intuition,” he said. As we walked through the high school classrooms, he was captivated by the subtleties in the students’ work displayed on the walls. Renderings from the cave of Lascaux from 9th grade Art History, human heads sculpted in clay by 10th graders in the art room, the fine articulation of plant drawings on the walls in the science lab. It reminded him of his own classical education at a Jesuit school in New York City. He was taken aback by the beauty and skill of our students’ coursework. He turned toward a wall of charcoal drawings, bold copies of famous paintings from the 20th century, “I have learned that when I have a strong feeling about something,” he said, “I have to follow it. Seeing the work your school is doing with the students, I know now why I said ‘yes’.” To learn more about Barry Lopez, visit Bill Moyer’s The Journal website to download the podcast of his interview with Barry in April. Discover why Moyers chose him to be his very last interview before ending his show for good.
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Barry Lopez attended grammar school in the San Fernando Valley in California where he grew up in the 1950s, northwest of Los Angeles. He graduated from a Jesuit Prep school in New York City in 1962 and from the University of Notre Dame in 1966. After ﬁnishing a master’s degree in 1968, he spent a semester in the creative writing program at the University of Oregon before leaving to write full time. In 1970, he moved to the upper McKenzie River, east of Eugene, where he has lived ever since. He is married to the writer Debra Gwarty and is the stepfater of four daughters. He is the author of thirteen books, including Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Awards, and Of wolves and Man, a ﬁnalist for the National Book Award. His most recent collection of short stories is Resistance, and his essays are collected in two books, Crossing Open Ground and About This Life. For many years a contributing editor at Harper’s, he now writes most often for Orion, The
Hear Barry Lopez in person
Saturday, June 12 at the high school graduation.
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Georgia Review, Portlad, and Manoa. The author’s writing has taken him to more than sixty countries, including Namibia, Venezuala, Afghanistan, French Polynesia, China, and Lebanon. He has also traveled extensively in Antarctica and, with indigenous guides, in remote parts of Kenya, northern Canada and the Australian outback. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the Explorers Club. Mr Lopez is a recipient of the John Burroughs and John Hay medals, fellowships from the Lanan, Guggenheim, and National Science foundations, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Council for Geographic Educations, Literary Arts in Portland, and other institutions. Mr Lopez serves as an advisor to such groups as Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe, New Mexico, North American Cities of Asylum, and The Orion Society, and recently has begun to collaborate with educational institutions and international aid groups in support of their eﬀorts to redesign university education and to reduce the degree of human suﬀering in the world from war, ﬁnancial devastations and natural resource extraction.
Teaching What Makes a Good Teacher? Virginia Berg
hear this question from many angles of our culture, in private and public education. Every parent wants a “good” teacher for their child, every training institute wants to generate “good” teachers, and every school wants to hire them. Here, we usually see teachers who are obviously right for their roles, and very occasionally, teachers who aren’t. Wouldn’t it be great to ﬁnd some objective, repeatable criteria to train and hire, and sustain teachers? It is easy to attribute a good relationship between a teacher and a student to alchemy. That students of all ages learn better when there is a personal connection with the teacher is indisputed. Rudolf Steiner describes this quality as actual love for a student, but there is a strong element of objectivity and unsentimentality to this love, so that a student’s freedom is sacrosanct. He gives teachers many practical exercises toward developing this and maintaining objectivity; ﬁrst among these is the nightly meditation, in which the teacher builds a picture of the student in their mind’s eye and invites the student’s
higher being to inform the next day’s interactions. This invitation and listening goes a long way toward forming connection, and I invite you all to try it, even in parenting or adult relationships. Go about it empirically, and see what happens! Yet, there’s more. Individual relationships are part of the story, but not all. In our current College study, Steiner disparages then-common test-based methods of teacher training. He writes, “What the examinations completely ignore is the condition of the teacher’s soul, something that continuously transfers to the pupils.” (Education as a Force for Social Change, Lecture 4) The Jan/Feb Atlantic Monthly had an article that summarized more than a decade of data from “Teach for America,” a non-proﬁt that recruits college graduates into teaching. Outside the protective auspices of teacher’s unions, they have been relentlessly tracking large populations of teachers and students toward training and hiring teachers who will succeed. This huge body of data reads quite similar to Steiner. The strongest predictors of success are qualities of soul; “… people who rate high in ‘life satisfaction,’ (who demonstrate) zest and enthusiasm, (and show) ‘grit’–deﬁned as a track record
of perserverance and a passion for long term goals.” I saw this echoed again in an interview with brain researcher Gerald Heuter. He says that the brain is stimulated when “a person is enthused; when someone is invited, encouraged, or inspired by others to new learning experiences. Enthusiasm is crucial to brain development. That is why the rediscovery of enthusiasm in schools is a prerequisite for creating a diﬀerent kind of learning environment.” (Waldorf Pedagogy Today, April 2010) My career of 13 years resoundingly aﬃrms this. It’s a big part of the alchemy. So, as this (for me, at least) monumental school year comes to a close, I’d like to spend my last moment with the biggest audience I’ve ever had (this monthly newsletter article) on an image: When I was a 25-year-old in the Eugene teacher training, my dear, small, elderly Swiss lecturer, Willi Mueller, felt equally strongly about this quality. Of course, the word is extremely diﬃcult for a German speaker to pronounce, but over and over, he’d bounce around the room, hands ﬂapping, chanting, “Enzusiasm! Ensuthiasm! Enzusiasm!” I hope it colors your world.
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Social Inclusion Kim Payne on Leave Taking Carol Merwin s a person who greatly values connection with friends, and deeply feels every parting, Springtime is bittersweet. In June we say goodbye to 8th and 12th graders, beloved teachers who will not be with us next year, and to classmates who will not be returning. Each student brings a special gift to the class they belong to, and each class leaves their special mark upon the school. Teachers and administrators who have given so much to strengthening the school and nurturing our children will be profoundly missed. As each continues on their journey it is important to acknowledge this change in the “life force” of the school. In his work with our school, Kim Payne emphasized that “the life of the class” is changed any time someone joins or leaves, and this is a time to be very conscious of the social dynamic. When individual students leave a class he suggests a farewell book or farewell circle that acknowledges one particularly memorable event with “I remember when. . .” and one sincere hope for the child with “My best wish for you is. . .” Depending on the temperament of the child leaving, this may best be done face to face and hand-in-hand with each student in the class, or with drawings and writings put up around the room or put into a basket or book for the student to read later with family at home. Geographic and economic changes that alter the makeup of the class are hard, but the most diﬃcult situation arises when unkind things happened that contributed to a child leaving. If handled thoughtfully, and with planning in bringing a feeling to the class of wanting to make good on any unkindness, a healing ritual can occur where children in a class say to the child leaving “I wish I had. . .” When classes graduate he suggests a
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“leaving party” that both celebrates time spent together and creates a preparation for change. This will be a party that goes beyond cake and socializing. He suggests music/singing and a ritual of leave taking in addition to fun and festivities. As we go forward into June, let us remember to be conscious in our goodbyes. Let us acknowledge the gifts each relationship has brought into our lives and how we have perhaps grown most from the challenging relationships. This is a time we can reﬂect on how we have been changed by the connections made in our community. I am grateful for the
Alumni News portion of the newsletter that lets us stay connected with graduates. And I am grateful for the events that bring us back into contact with alumni families throughout each year so that we know we are really saying “good-bye until we meet again”. I leave you with two quotes that resonate for me. Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. ~George Eliot How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, from the musical Annie
THERE IS STILL TIME!
WS does not operate by tuition alone. Your family’s and friends’ donations to our school are cruciaI. It is not too late to participate in this year’s knit-a-thon and Annual Giving. Your contributions to the knit-a-thon are a vital way we
support our remedial support program for students. Your contribution to Annual Giving supports all parts of our school community – teachers salaries, maintenance, and our ability to provide tuition assistance. Thank you for your gifts. They are deeply felt and deeply appreciated. Gifts received by June 30 are gratefully applied to meeting the 2009-2010 school year’s needs. If you have a friend or family member that you think can help, please contact Lauren Johnson or Sarah Schwarz in the development office, 503-654-2200 x210. Thank you. Heartbeat
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May Faire 2010 Thank you Everyone Dena Higgins he May Faire Committee, on behalf of the Second Grade, sends a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to help make May Faire such a wonderful community gathering and celebration. How fortunate we were to have such a lovely day - from the morning chill to mid day sunshine - it truly felt like the transition of winter to spring. An enormous thank you to Nancy Peirce and the Fourth Grade families for the beautiful ﬂower decorations and neighborly bouquets. The class made fantastic animal masks and led the procession through the fabulous new castle their parents built! Our lovely May Queen, Jisoo Kim, and her court attendants. Kaliska Sweetwater, Audrey Wimmer and Taylor Holland looked enchanting as they gracefully proceeded to the Maypole, magically escorted by Sonia Boucher. Thank you to Laura Radefeld, as the High School liaison, for supporting the Queen and her Court, and also much appreciation to Babs Smith and the Early Childhood teachers for helping to orchestrate the procession. We are grateful to Jim Conlon and the Sixth Grade for the splendid Maypole dance. Thank you for the inspiration and guidance to do the enjoyable community maypole ““unraveling dance.” We appreciate you, Teresa Farrell, for stepping up to organize, and thanks to all the vendors that created the Vendor Marketplace.
With much gratitude we thank the following people: • The Entertainers: Julia McCarl and Bodacious, Corey Averill, and his ac-
delicious food. • Anne Mavor and Cheri Munske for the beautiful May Faire Poster. • Community neighbors: Nancy Wittig from the Ledding Library, Beth Ragel, Community Services Program Coordinator for the City of Milwaukie, and Key Bank, Chase Bank and The Bridge City Church. • Lisa Harrison, Sheryl Murray-Hansen and Carol Merwin for all the support they gave us from last year in both organization and decorative beauty! • Susannah England for her gorgeous silks. • Archery by John Takacs • Zoe Van Baaren and Aimee Pearson for photography. • December Carson for her Jisoo Kim, May Queen counsel and guidance. • Robert Cseko for his dawn to companists, Marion Van Namen and the dusk hard work and leadership! PWS Community Choir, Mr. Forester • The Second Grade families who came and Maestro Victor, Sue Carney, Henrik together with a tremendous amount of Bothe and the circus unicycle troupe. support and talent to pull oﬀ this event! Heidi Vorst and the Sussefusse folk dance Especially, Julianne Renzema and Amy troupe, and thank you to Heidi for choJack for the display case and map. Likereographing the maypole dance with the wise, Dena Zimbel, Claudine Moreno, sixth grade. Rob Burkhart, Stephanie and Greg • Eric Allen for setting/cleaning up and Baartz-Bowman for all their organization orchestrating the sound system throughand energy. out the day. • All the parents and students who did • Town Criers - Rodney Gunther, Amy baking, procured ﬂowers, helped decorate, Jack and Henrik Bothe. set up and clean up, readied the Maypole, • Pocket ladies and dude: Laura Brown, entertained, organized activities for each April Blair and Todd Stotts and Kate class, and managed the information, activTayor, for bundling the treasures. ity, and food booths throughout the day. • The early childhood team of puppe• And everyone else that helped, that we teers; Regina Loos, Elizabeth Jarvis, Laura may have inadvertently omitted. Brown and Cyndia Ashkar. A big heartfelt thank you to the entire • Amira Ashkar and “Hercules” with his community for participating, and keepcart and the two mini donkeys. ing the spirit of May Faire alive. It was • Great organization of scrip sales by Joan a magical experience for young and old Takacs alike. – Dena Higgins, Neriman Sagar, • The seventh grade for providing the Mary Beaton Heartbeat
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May Faire 2010
Thank you Aimee Pearson, Dena Higgins, and Zoe Van Baren for these beautiful photographs
10 June 2010
Curriculum HS Sports Wrap Up
Andy Goncalves e’d like to honor all of this year’s student athletes, coaches, and parents for all they put into making this year great for the sports program. Our spring sports season has come to a close, with track and field, tennis and ultimate frisbee winding down. We have summer basketball and volleyball to look forward to, but other than that it’s off until the fall. The PWS ultimate team has had a very strong showing this year led by team captain Raphael Hayes. They have not lost a single match and have had a lot of fun in both practices and games. The tennis team, coached by Wade Cavin, has had a successful year, though the rain has made it a challenge. Finally our track and field team just finished up with the district meet where the girl’s team took 5th place out of 15 teams. On both the boys and girls side, both school and personal records were dropping like flies, as these athletes kept pushing themselves all year long. At districts, both Britta and Mikaela Conlon qualified for the state meet in the triple jump and javelin. Britta ended up taking 4th place in the triple jump, and setting a school record in the process and Mikaela took 8th in the javelin. Congratulations!!! A huge thank you to our coaches Randy Fish and Katherine Creswell for all their efforts with the team this year. Lastly, as many of you already know, I will be stepping down as Athletic Director at the end of this year. I’d like to thank everyone for your support of the sports program these past two years. I thoroughly enjoyed cheering on your kids and trying to give them the best experience possible. The lessons learned and the community created through sports is invaluable, and I hope to see the program thriving for years to come.
8th Grade Handwork Curriculum: Meet them with humor and grace. December Carson n 8th grade, the student has arrived. They are no longer children. They have made their way through the grades and for many they are now in their final year of Waldorf Education. The students are more internally and emotionally balanced than the year before and they are more sure of who they are. They are ready to be challenged and they are ready to work. During this year the class curriculum brings them deep into US History and the Industrial Revolution where machinery begins to take over the task of making things by hand. This is a wonderful time to introduce the sewing machine to the students. 8th graders love the sewing machine and are pleased with how easy it makes accomplishing big tasks. Most students make an article of clothing for themselves on the sewing machine, such as pajamas. This project brings in all the skills they have learned in previous years of handwork class such as using a pattern, measuring, and sewing. But now they have the added excitement of using the electric sewing machine.
We spend a great deal of time in class going over the proper use of the sewing machine: how to re-thread the machine, wind a bobbin and sew in a straight line. The students are capable but they also need lots of supervision. They can easily make a disastrous mistake by forging ahead un-checked. The students must exercise patience as they pin, cut and baste the fabric. Students also learn how to read and use a store bought pattern and they take a field trip to the fabric store to buy their own fabric. They take great pride in the clothes that they make, often wearing them to school to show them off. Here at Portland Waldorf School, in addition to pajamas, the students make quilts as gifts for their 8th grade teacher and for another teacher who they feel has influenced their class. This is a wonderful project for the students to work on together, collaborate on color and design and to show their appreciation for their teachers. In 8th grade it is important to come to the class with humor. The students like to laugh at themselves, their mistakes and the world around them. Handwork class in 8th grade is a great time to talk to the students and remember all the beautiful projects they have made throughout all the grades. Heartbeat
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news about our home
Master Site Planning
Lauren Johnson The Master Site Plan Committee, a committee tasked by the Board of Trustees and College of Teachers, has been convening through the year to steward the final phase of creating a master plan for our 7-acre site and space needs. Starting in December, the committee held meetings every 6 weeks in which parents, teachers, staff, alumni and friends of the school studied the site and processed the recommendations set forth by the community over the past four years in our work with the firm Sustainable Systems Design and recent affirmations of pedagogical and community space needs for the future. On May 18, fifteen people gathered with Richard Higgins, PWS parent and architect at DLR Group for a charette to create the Master Plan that will be presented for approval by the Board and College. A charette (shu-ret’) brings together a group of people who are led through a short, focused study to intensively brainstorm possibilities and create visual designs of the ideas they generate. Richard brought two of his colleagues from DLR, Levi Patterson and Robert Esau to facilitate our charette. The schematic on the next page was provided by Richard to show the range of factors that have been incorporated to lead to this point. During the charette, each of three groups was given a large enhanced photo map of PWS and the surrounding area and a list of the space needs for the school in both list form and in square-footage templates. The square footage was divided into categories for ealy childhood, lower school, high school and community/administrative uses based on discussions with faculty, staff, parents over the past 2 years. Each group put its ideas down on paper–and presented to the others. The goal was to create a plan
Work Party Update
that is responsive and reflective of each of the three groups. The group was encouraged to find commonalities among each of the scenarios–to seek out the best ideas–and not the worst. Our final meeting to review the results of the charette and create the plan will be June 17. The Board and College will review this plan either over the summer or in the fall. It has been an exciting and thorough process–building and progressing carefully and steadily. Thank you to the following for their participation! Richard Higgins Robert Esau Levi Patterson Ed Parecki Nancy Peirce** Dave Renzema Ralph Merwin Robert Cseko Lauren Johnson* Sonia Boucher* Amy Jack Cher Levendosky* Mark Gamba Julien Ramirez Nathalia King Greg BaartzBowman Anna Lynch Fred Schwoebel Heartbeat
Terry Tebeau Patricia Lynch Tom Myers Lesley Cox* Mariama Loos-Diallo Michael Hitchcock Wade Cavin* (**Chair of committee, *member of committee)
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Brendan Eiswerth First, I would like to thank all the parents, students and staff that turned out for our spring work party in April. Thanks to these hard working volunteers we were able to spread two units of fine compost, one unit of cedar chips and literally a mountain of mulch that had been dropped for us in the Monroe parking lot. It was great to see a number of 8th grade students helping out plus a number of younger students came with their parents and pitched in filling wheelbarrows. All this hard work made the grounds look extra beautiful for our May Faire the following Saturday. I would like to invite everyone to our summer work party August 28, 9 am-2 pm. This is traditionally our largest work party of the year. This work party is not only a way to spruce up the buildings and grounds but also a great way for friends and families to see each other again after a summer apart. Assuming the weather is nice, we have a BBQ outside for everyone to enjoy. This is a great way for parents to see each other or meet parents from other grades and also a chance for the kids to have a fun time with each other before the school year starts. Let’s see if we can get a few folks out that have yet to make it to a work party. It’s a fun way to get to know other parents and have a good time while helping out your school. For more info contact Brendan Eiswerth 503-654-2200 x220 We will send out e-mail reminders before the big day.
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Administration Administrative Audit Task Group Report Cher Levendosky elf reﬂection is always a part of growth and reﬁnement. In order to move forward consciously as an institution, we here at PWS are continually committed to institutional growth and reﬁnement. Last spring the Board of Trustees contracted a review of the school’s administrative practices. Lynn Kern, current president of The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and a Waldorf Administrative Consultant, spent a week interviewing dozens of staﬀ, faculty and parents, attending meetings and studying the school’s administrative policies and procedures. She then presented her ﬁndings, both with commendations and recommendations to the Board in late May 2009. The goal of the review was to articulate the current state of Administration as it relates to the preparation of attaining the Board’s stated strategic goals. Ms. Kern’s report touched on several aspects of PWS administration. Her commendations included: • Portland Waldorf School enjoys a strong faculty with many years of experience. Work in the classroom is strong due to this high level of experience. • Teachers, administrators and parents all comment on the high level of goodwill that exists in the community. • People like each other and are passionate about their work and the school. er review of administrative activity at Portland Waldorf School produced recommendations in several areas, including College Chairperson, Director of Administration, Director of Development, Management Team, administrative staﬃng, and committees.
In June 2009, upon receiving this Administrative Review, the Board and the College of Teachers co-created an Administrative Audit Task Force who were responsible for making a plan for implementing these recommendations. These were prepared and presented to the College in March 2010 with ﬁnal adoption by the College and Board in April 2010. To paraphrase these recommendations, the College is reviewing and comparing various Governance models and has tasked the Administration with reﬁning job responsibilities based on our current needs and staﬃng in view of best
Recap of the year
Robert Cseko hank you to our incredible community of Faculty, Staff, Parents and Students. Due in no small part to your intentions and work, this Administration has continued to advance towards changes needed to better meet our growing community. Some items of note include: • Meeting the challenges of budget cuts and reduced enrollment through dialogue and strong leadership in critical areas. • Wonderful turnouts at all our school work days which improved both the grounds and facilities. • Continuing our monitoring of both lead paint and asbestos and will continue to do inspections over the summer months. • Working with a Master Site vision that will frame our campus for years to come. • Working with the City of Milwaukie in reviewing and drafting regulations that meet the Metro Title 13 requirement for Natural Resource Overlays. • Completed the initial stage of the Administrative Audit and are now on to the implementation phase. • As you can imagine, this was a very busy year full of rewarding work and challenges. I truly believe that all the
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practices. Individuals and groups within the Board, College, Administration, and Development are active in taking up these recommendations, and we will keep you informed as progress is made. Your questions and comments are welcome anytime-feel free to contact me Cher Levendosky, PWS HS Chair 503-654-2200 x 221, or cher.levendosky@portlandwaldorfschool. org.
people in Administration continue to work with the mindfulness of those we serve. Students, parents and colleagues have received the benefits of this dedication and commitment, items that we will continue to improve upon. Here are some items that we will be implementing during the summer months: • New web-based database to have better communication between the school and parents, improve our record keeping and tracking tools and in general allow for greater flexibility in meeting our growing needs. • Making administrative improvements in job descriptions and work flow based on the audit work to date and physically moving office personnel to create better work space functionality. • Continue to make building improvements where budget will allow. We will also continue with testing various locations to ensure lead and asbestos safety. Please remain confident that all the work will be ushered in with the thoughts of student and adult well being in mind. Thank you all for a wonderful 09-10 school year and here’s to looking forward to an exciting 10-11 year ahead.
Volunteer Spotlight & Development Volunteer Thank You December Carson pring is here and we are winding up another school year at PWS. Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful Community Appreciation Party on Saturday, May 15th. It was a gorgeous 80 degree day and we were treated to a wonderful BBQ lunch served up by our own faculty and staﬀ. The PWS band featuring Charles Forster, Maestro Victor and Mariama Loos-Diallo entertained us with their songs and Caroline Oakley and friends brought us all together with a wonderful square dance. We want to recognize the tremendous eﬀorts put forth this year by our parent volunteers. Last year our school logged 2375 volunteer hours. This year we crushed that number with a whopping 4073 volunteer hours logged so far this school year. This year, families at our school volunteered 125 hours in the library, 541
Dear PWS Alumni, The PWHS Graduation will be Saturday, June 12th at Portland Waldorf School. All PWS families and Alumni are invited. –December Carson Kira Burge (PWHS class of 2005) will be graduating in June with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fibers and Arts Administration from the University of Oregon. Her BFA Thesis Show title “modular exposure to a High-gloss sunset” opened in May at the University of Oregon to rave reviews. Post-graduation she will be relocating from Eugene to Seattle to begin a new chapter of her life as a professional artist. Her work has been exhibited at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts in Eugene, OR and at various art project spaces in the region. Images of her work can be seen
hours at work parties and 3407 hours in the classroom, on ﬁeld trips, with student electives, at student sporting events and serving on parent council and the school board. This year, we were all asked to tighten our belts and pull ourselves up by our boot straps. The huge increase in volunteer hours by parents shows how our
families are willing to help wherever they are needed and to pitch in to make our school a thriving vibrant community. It is with deep gratitude that I say thank you PWS parents and families for all your hard work and generosity in making our school a beautiful and loving environment for our children to live and learn together.
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mer for middle and high school students in July here in Portland for drawing (life), print making, and painting. You can find her classes at www.shiningstarschool. com. She is wishing for anyone who might like to visit NYC and can rent her large two-room portion of a Brooklyn Apartment (very nice neighborhood) for June, July or early August, to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Johnson (Mr.Thom’s class of 1996 grade 8) and wife Kelsey are in The Gambia as Peace Corps Volunteers, started in November 2009 and will be there 2 years 3 months. Joshua finished a 2nd Master’s degree in Ethno-Botany at WSU and is working with a large national park in Western Africa, leading a local Student Environmental Association, and assisting with a Cashew Nut Orchard Project. He is growing his own vegetables in a garden plot and helped construct 6000 liter holding tanks for 9 solar water pump systems in the remote village. He would love letters from PWS. Laura Johnson (PWHS class of 2005) is finished with her first graduate year in Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in NYC and will be offering Intensive Art Camps this sumHeartbeat
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Alwynn Accuardi and Sean Sparks (PWHS Class of 2008) – This past May, Alwynn and Sean performed in All In The Timing – A collection of six short plays. All In The Timing is the play of choice for the Spring Term production at Portland Community College. Directed by esteemed guest, Jonathan Walters of Hand2Mouth Theater, and assisted by PCC students Izzie Buckner and Mat Rivera.
EXTENDED Summer Sublet August 6 - 24, $2000. 4 bdrm + office space, 2 bath, nice yard, 1/2 blk from Sellwood Park/Pool. Walk to Sellwood shops and restaurants as well as Oaks Bottom & River. Call the Bothe Family 503-230-0089. Girls Lacrosse This spring, 19 girls from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades pioneered a girls lacrosse program in Milwaukie. PWS was our home field and we involved girls from 6 schools around Portland and Milwaukie/Clacka-
mas, including 14 girls from PWS and Cedarwood. We had a great time learning new skills and meeting new friends and look forward to continuing the team next spring! We play in the Oregon Girls Youth Lacrosse league with teams all around the metro area. If you have a girl who is going into 6th, 7th or 8th grade next year and would like to know more, please e-mail me, coach Lauren Johnson, with your interest (laurensjohnson@ gmail.com). There will be a mailer and an information meeting with more details in January. Official sign ups are in February,
practices start in March, and games go from April to early June. Does your child need help advancing their violin or viola playing this summer? I am a 2009 PWHS graduate currently studying at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and will be teaching music lessons as well as serving as a practice coach this June through end of July. I teach beginning through advanced levels. I will also be available for child care during this time. Please contact me at maya. email@example.com or 503-351-2659
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Advertising Rates Heartbeat Classifieds are for businesses and individuals that accept money for services or products on a regular basis. We reserve the right to screen for appropriateness. Payment and submission due by the 15th of the month before issue. Email submissions to email@example.com. Send payment to Portland Waldorf School, 2300 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie, OR 97222, attn. Anne Mavor. Note: Ad will not run without payment. • One Month. $15 for 50 words, .20 per each additional word • 3-months. $40 for 50 words or 10% discount off monthly rate times 3. • Full school year (10 issues) $100 for a 50 word blurb. Or 20% discount off monthly rate times 10. Heartbeat
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Yes, You Can make Art! If it’s in your heart I can help you to unlock your talent! No Pressure-Fun 8 week course. I guarantee framable art by your hand! Day-Evening-Weekend classes forming now!$100. maripurdieart@msn. com 503-719-9268 ALA Lighting consultant 12 years in lighting residential and light commercial projects. ASID from Art Institute of Portland. Homeowners, builders, architects and designers welcome! Mari Purdie 503-719-9268 maripurdieart@ msn.com Summer Book Arts Class Taught by PWHS teacher Katherine Pomeroy with alumni and RISD student Peter Durrant. In the two day workshop we will make decorative papers using both Turkish and suminagashi marbling techniques. Each student will complete at least one hardbound book using the Secret Belgian Binding. This structure is perfect for journals and sketchbooks. August 12 and 13 from 9 am-4 pm at PWS. All tools and materials provided. $100 tuition, $20 materials fee. 15% discount to PWHs students and alumni. Please email to register or if you have questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PWS Calendar of Events Date
Wednesday, June 2
Grade 3 Parent Meeting
Grade 4 Parent Meeting
Grade 7 Parent Meeting
Thursday, June 3
Senior play: Peter Pan
Warner Pacific College
Friday, June 4
PWS Community Choir
Senior play: Peter Pan
Warner Pacific College
Saturday, June 5
Cultural Biography Workshop
Senior Play: Peter Pan
Warner Pacific College
Sunday, June 6
Senior Play: Peter Pan
Warner Pacific College
Monday, June 7
Wednesday, June 9
Friday, June 11
PWS Community Choir
Farewell Assembly, no EC classes
Saturday, June 12
High School Graduation
Monday, June 14
Tuesday, June 15
Last day of school grades K-8 Noon dismissal Last Day of School Picnic
8th Grade Promotion
Reedwood Friends Church
Friday, June 18
Last day of school for high school
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