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“Screenagers” Film Premiere

Ashwood Waldorf School is hosting a new documentary film at the Rockport Opera House on Thursday, April 14, at 5:00 p.m. The film showing is free, and everyone is warmly invited.

“Screenagers” is a personal look at how families are coping with kids and screen time and how being connected to devices is affecting relationships and even child development. The film was directed by Delaney Ruston, a Seattle filmmaker and physician who uses her own experience with her children as the central storyline.

“Screenagers” juxtaposes Ruston’s story with the experiences of other families as well as the insights of psychologists, brain scientists and authors. Beyond just the amount of time spent staring at devices, the film looks at a number of hot-button areas where screens come into play nowadays: phones in schools; violence in video games; the impact of social media on self-esteem.

We encourage parents, teachers, and high-school and college-age students to attend!screenagers flyer

Summer Camps at Ashwood in 2016

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Ashwood will offer four weeks of summer camps in 2016:

Jump for Joy!
July 11-15 * 9:00-3:00 * For children entering grades 1-4 * $200

Ultimate Frisbee and Archery
July 18-22 * 9:00-3:00 * For children entering grades 4-8 * $200

La Cuisine Française
July 25-29 * 9:00-1:00 * For children entering grades 2-4 * $135

Le Théâtre Français
August 1-5 * 9:00-1:00 * For children entering grades 5-8 * $135

Please download and return the Camp Registration Form 2016 to Ashwood no later than
June 13, 2016. Registration is first-come, first-served.

The Skinny on the Serve-A-Thon!

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By now you’ve probably been hearing about the Serve-A-thon weekend coming up April 29 and 30. Well, here, in one place, is everything you ever wanted to know about the great Ashwood Serve-A-Thon (and the fabulous party to follow)!

Between March 15 and the end of April, we are asking families to collect sponsorships for their participation in the Serve-A-Thon. Our goal is to raise $25,000. This money goes toward the 2015-16 budget and is already accounted for in the form of salaries for our wonderful teachers, tuition assistance, grounds maintenance, and more. You will be able to collect donations directly from sponsors or direct them to your individual Serve-A-Thon website page where they can donate online. There will be fabulous prizes throughout so get started right away!

On Friday, April 29, students will be volunteering with their classmates, teachers, administrators, and parent volunteers at a number of area nonprofits. Some of these include Youthlinks, Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.A.W.S., Tanglewood, and Loaves and Fishes lunch program. Saturday, April 30 will be a day of service from 10-2, serving many of the same nonprofits as well as Hospitality House, and a music program at Quarry Hill. We hope all Ashwood families will participate. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the larger Midcoast community.

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Saturday evening we will have a chance to kick back and relax after a job well done. Come dance the night away to the salsa rhythms of Primo Cubano. A little rusty on your salsa moves? Not to worry, there will be half an hour of instruction before the dance, not to mention a cash bar. Bring your friends and neighbors; come early (you don’t want to miss the door prizes!) and stay late! This is sure to be an event to remember!

Still have questions? Talk to any of your friendly Serve-A-Thon committee members:
Dana Anderson, Ronni Blaisdell, Erin Brainerd, Kate Chandler, Julia Dodge, Sarah Ewing
Lisa Newcomb, Amy Thompson.

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Tea and Puppets at Ashwood This Spring

Share the magic of an imaginative, colorful puppet play with your young children (ages 2-6 yrs.), enjoy some herbal tea and healthy snacks, meet new friends, and bask in the beauty of Ashwood’s early-childhood center. This spring, we invite you to join us on one morning or many: we’ll be offering programs on March 25, May 12, May 13, May 26, and May 27, all from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Suggested donation is $5.00.

We look forward to seeing you!royal puppets

Let’s Play! Puppets & More.

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“The ability to play is one of the principal criteria of mental health.” (Ashley Montagu.)

Play enhances language development, social competence, creativity, imagination, and thinking skills, as well as perceptual-motor abilities, in infants and young children. Play is a vital element of early-childhood education, and a delightful one!

Join Ashwood teacher Beth Lunt in a celebration of play for children ages 2-6 with an adult at venues around the midcoast. Beth will offer a simple puppet show, and lead circle and finger games you can learn and enjoy at home. $5.00 suggested donation.

January
1/8 Belfast Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Shingebiss
1/21: Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Shingebiss

February:
2/4 Ashwood Waldorf School, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Shingebiss
2/11 Ashwood Waldorf School, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter
2/25 Ashwood Waldorf School, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: The Turnip
2/12 Belfast Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter
2/26: Vose Library, Union, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter

March:
3/10: Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Mashenka and the Bear
3/11: Belfast Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Mashenka and the Bear
3/17: Toy Library, Rockland, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter
3/24: Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Old Gnome in the Winter
3/31: Toy Library, Rockland, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Mashenka and the Bear

April
4/1 Belfast Public Library, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Sun and Rain Fairies
4/7 Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Sun and Rain Fairies
4/8 Vose Library, Union, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Sun and Rain Fairies
4/14 Toy Library, Rockland, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Sun and Rain Fairies
4/15 Toy Library, Rockland, 10:00-11:00 a.m.: The Brave Little Rabbit
4/28 Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Brave Little Rabbit
4/29 Vose Library, Union, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Brave Little Rabbit

Grades 7 & 8 to Perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

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Ashwood Waldorf School’s 7th and 8th grades will present William Shakespeare’s comic tour de force Twelfth Night (or What You Will) at the Rockport Opera House on Wednesday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, February 11, at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, February 12, at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited. A $10 donation is suggested; under 16, free.

Shipwrecked twins, mistaken identities, love lost and found, and some of the most famous lines in Shakespeare’s oeuvre comprise this rich comedy that many critics have called the Bard’s greatest.

Viola has become separated from her identical twin brother, Sebastian, during a violent shipwreck and finds herself washed up on the shores of a foreign land. Believing her brother dead, she disguises herself as a man, names herself Cesario, and takes up service in the court of Count Orsino. It rapidly becomes apparent that Orsino is hopelessly in love with the heiress Olivia. Dispatched to woo Olivia for the count, Cesario only succeeds in winning fair Olivia’s love for himself. Meanwhile, Viola has fallen in love with the count!

All this takes place while Olivia’s carousing uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and his bumbling sidekick, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, torment Olivia’s steward Malvolio by drinking, joking, and singing late into the night. Then, to get revenge on the priggish Malvolio, Olivia’s maid, Maria, plots with them to convince Malvolio that Olivia is in love with him.

Two casts will be performing: Anikka Reinwand and Isabella LaBranche as the plucky Viola/Cesario, Sylvan Eichenlaub and Isaiah Doble as the lovesick Count Orsino, Rachel Sizeler-Fletcher and Morgan MacDougal as proud Olivia, Yonah Wienges as the twin brother, Sebastian, Caleb Edwards and Frances Ostensen as the conniving Malvolio, Kate Kemper as the Fool, Daniel Snider and Jasper Berryman Moore as Sir Toby Belch, Sofia Mott and Ocean Rancourt as the witty Maria, Cullan Hamilton and Michael Frampton as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Jacob Mills-Lightner and Jasper Louden as Antonio, Eli Moore and Andrew Levitt as Fabian, and Acer Van Dis as the Sea Captain.

Annual Winter Revels at the Camden Opera House

Singing, dancing, strings ensemble, skits, poetry, humor, and lots of fun! Ashwood Waldorf School students and faculty invite everyone to join us for our wonderful, annual winter assembly. Free, and open to the public. Celebrate the season!Revels winter 2015 flyer

Winter Spiral of Light for the Community

This year, on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m., Ashwood is inviting parents, alumni, and friends to participate in the Winter Spiral of Light celebration in the early-childhood center.

The winter spiral is a lovely tradition celebrated in Waldorf schools around the world. The theme is nonsectarian and embraces all beliefs; we honor simply the light that each of us brings to the world, particularly when we share that light with others. We especially need this as the days grow shorter and the light wanes earlier and earlier each day.

Participants quietly enter a darkened room. As soft music plays, each receives an apple “candleholder” bearing a taper. A large spiral of evergreens waits on the floor, adorned with golden stars. In the center of the spiral a tree stump supports a lighted candle. Each person walks, one by one, from the beginning of the spiral into the center and lights their candle from the central flame, then turns and walks back, setting their candle down on a golden star along the way. One by one, each small flame lights up the whole room. When everyone has walked, they leave the room silently to bask in the inner image of the glowing spiral as they wait in the foyer of the early-childhood center for the delivery of their candleholders, which all are invited to take home.

If you plan to attend, please arrive no later that 5:50; thank you!

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Alumni Forum Rocks the House!

Ashwood Waldorf School hosted it’s annual all-school meeting on Tuesday, November 17, featuring a conversation with alumni moderated by alumni parent, Sarah Baldwin, a Waldorf educator and proprietor of Bella Luna Toys, and online retail site based in Rockland.

Alumni Aidan Acosta (2012), Caroline Ginsberg (2000), Alden Robinson (1998), Abraham Stimson (1998), Emily Seymour (2006), Valerie Shepard (1998), and Jesse Snider (2012) spoke with gratitude and enthusiasm about their time at Ashwood. Ginsberg stated, “This [education] is one of the biggest gifts my parents could have given me. I feel so appreciative of my parents for that.”

The graduates addressed two common misconceptions about Waldorf education: that students don’t learn to read, and that they are at a competitive disadvantage because no electronic technologies are used during grade school.

Shepard, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, said that her development as a reader was gradual. “At Ashwood there was no pressure on me. I could take my time. I had the freedom to develop on my own. Now I am a fast reader. It might have hampered me if I had been pushed.” All the alumni read regularly for pleasure.

Two of the former Ashwood students are web designers; both cite the school’s emphasis on “learning how to learn” and on imagination and creativity as crucial elements of their education. Robinson noted that modern technologies are designed to be easy to learn: “If you know how to learn then you can learn technologies.” Abraham added, “Curiosity is so much a part of the Ashwood Waldorf experience. It becomes part of your DNA and part of how you navigate the world.” And, graduates spoke of the need for balance in how we use technology: “I grew up without technology; it’s taking over people’s lives now. Without it you can tune in to who you are and who you are with and be more present in the moment.” (Valerie Shepard)

Looking toward the future, the graduates all said that they would choose a Waldorf education for their children. They cited the values of community, academic excellence, respect for and love of the natural world, imagination, empathy, and wonder as the hallmarks of their experience at Ashwood.

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From Molding Beeswax to Shaping the World

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