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May 2009




All Alumni Reunion; Lower &Upper School—10:00 am

The Rudolf Steiner School graduating class of 2009 demonstrated resilience and a keen 5/8 agility in navigating the college admissions process. The world changed dramatically in the fall of 2008 just as the students refined their college lists, edited their essays and tapped the SUBMIT key. As applications were filed all that was formerly accepted as rule became 5/15 precarious and less than predictable. The economic collapse thrust a new dynamic into all of our lives and altered the fiscal realties of many academic institutions. In spite of this climate of uncertainty, the Class of 2009 carried on with confidence and emerged this 5/16 spring with an impressive list of acceptances and most recently their college choice.

CA Meeting & Election—7:00 pm


Grandparents & Special Friends Day Spring Benefit at Tavern on the Green

One of the unique demands of students in the throes of the competitive college admisSchool Closed for Memorial Day 5/25 sions business is fostering a personal connection with an admission officer. Liberal arts colleges have moved toward holistic decisions whereby a student’s creativity, motivation, and their ability to compose an interesting essay becomes an important part of their proFor a complete and up-to-date Cal- file. Admission to college becomes an open and interactive process as a wide range of facendar of Events for the month of tors are considered. The cultivation of the relationship between student and college repreMay logon to sentative is an area where the Steiner student shines and excels. A typical Steiner student demonstrates an understanding of his/her interests and capabilities, and is able to articuJUNE DAYS RETURNS! late future plans while evaluating programs suitable for him/her self. The students are actively engaged in finding an inspirational learning environment for their specific goals. June Days is back. For the two weeks after school closes, your children can Finding the best fit in a college requires a commitment from the student to the decision join their beloved teachers for games in making process. While it is different for each student, the typical Steiner student apthe park, arts and crafts, and visits to proaches his/her college choice with creativity, focus and finesse. local sites.

There will two programs: a kindergarten program for children who were in the kindergartens this year, and an elementary school program for children who were in grades one through four this year. DATES and TUITION

Congratulations to Joseph Goodale for his achievement as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

Alfred University Bennington College Brown University Clark University Session I Thursday, June 11 – Friday, June CUNY 19 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $770.00 Drew University Session II Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $550.00 Eugene Lang College Fordham University Advance registration is required. Goucher College Spaces are limited and available on a first-come basis. Interested? You can Guilford College reach April at, at Hampshire College 212-535-2130 x235, or by leaving a note Hofstra University in her mailbox with your name, phone number, and your children’s names and Juniata College grades.

Manhattanville College Marlboro College Marymount Manhattan University of Michigan Ohio Wesleyan University Parson The New School for Design School of the Visual Arts, NYC Smith College St. Olaf College SUNY Albany SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Purchase College Susquehanna University University of CA, Santa Barbara University of Oregon University of Redlands University of the Arts Ursinus College Vassar College Wheaton College Whittier College

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This month the Development Committee is busy musing over… •

The exciting new possibility of a Steiner “campus” of three buildings on the Upper East Side! Wow.

Increasing Annual Fund Participation. With a possible new building on the horizon, now more than ever we need to increase participation. (Dollars too!)

The Spring Benefit at Tavern on the Green. Dancing the night away and strolling the flower-filled terrace—all for the benefit of RSS—seems perfect right about now.

The amazing $100 Spring Benefit Raffle! The lucky winner could select a $15,000+ African safari for the cost of a mere $100 raffle ticket. Now that’s really amazing. (Or the winner could choose a week in a Capistrano Beach house with four air tickets, or 10 days in Bali, or a week in a Saratoga Springs vacation house, or, or, or!)

And finally, we’re simply astonished by how fast the year has flown. June is around the corner and soon we’ll be saying goodbye until September. How the year has flown….

We wish everyone in the extended Steiner community a lovely springtime, and look forward to seeing one and all on the dance floor at Tavern on the Green on May 15!

PROPOSED AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM The school is currently working on a program that would offer families the option of extending their child’s day at the school under adult supervision. As you may recall, some of the proceeds from this year's Book Fair will support this endeavor. The goal is to have this program in place by the start of the next school year. Your input is invaluable to the programs’ organization and success. Parents in the Early Childhood program through fifth grade will receive a questionnaire asking about needs and wishes for this program. Whether you will be using this program or not, your thoughts and ideas are helpful to realizing this project. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, May 6th and return it to the Lower School Reception Desk. We are excited about this program as it will enrich our community and fulfill an important need for so many. If you have further questions, please contact Josh Eisen, School Administrator or Stacey Kelly (parent of Bryce, DK and Andie, grade 4).

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You can now dream Wield a brave dream, I’m in a world And I race past the uncertain world.

Have confidence Stronger than the strongest man, And determination More resilient than any metal.

It becomes saddening Frightening against reality. A hero is growing From within my heart.

Aim the bullet from the heart, At the cowardly, And pull the trigger; It’s ok if you do.

I saw a dream last night And the image it left me, Struck a plus and told me “Let’s go.”

The power that held me, Was brushed aside. Do I once again turn back To a past that has been broken through?

Defeat your own color and your shell; Will you keep a growing future? Locked up against its will? You can now dream Wielding that brave dream, Go in and try through troubles. Aggressively try to return, I’ll go towards the endless days along with you. Do you need to cry? Are you crying again? Show me the day and Fight! Your dreams will become firm. Each time you fight loneliness let the tears fall.

You can now dream A brave dream I’m in a world, and that’s the only weapon, That can surge past the uncertain world. My doubts have vanished to another day. We can’t know… We’ve struggled this far For the goal of the crown. We’re painting in a dream, There are so many things Beyond the new day. A vivid wish, A glittering map with no barren land, Is taking us, yearning, to our destination.

Parent Bulletin, May 2009  

May 2009 Parent Bulletin