At the end of each school year, the Early Childhood children, teachers, and families gather for the Bridge Crossing. In this joyful ceremony, first-grade ready children, wearing silken capes and golden crowns, cross over a wooden bridge festooned with fresh flowers. The crossing symbolizes their readiness to enter the Grade School. They are then followed by the younger children, who wear different colored capes and cross the bridge into “Summerland,” receiving a hug from their teacher on the other side.
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One of the great joys of teaching at Ashwood is being surrounded by music almost everywhere I turn.
Walking the halls of the Grade School building is often like taking a musical tour of the world. The younger children play soaring tunes on their flutes and recorders. Morning math games echo in the halls with rhythmic taps, claps and stomps. The 4th & 5th Grade Chorus makes a joyful sound, indeed–pure voices strong and true. And then there are the strings, fiddling their bouncy tunes. I’m might also hear an odd French Canadian folk song, a beguiling round, or a silly jingle.
I have had the pleasure of teaching Ashwood’s Middle School Chorus this year. We started with folk songs, ranging from classic Americana like the Carter Family, to contemporary songwriters like M. Ward, and we sprinkled in a few Beatles songs for fun.
These were sung first in unison, and we then worked on harmony and upped the complexity of the music bit by bit. Some of our singers have even added their own sophisticated harmonies to jazz up our arrangements.
We have sung pieces from Africa, France, Russia, and England. We’ve sung gospel music, Civil Rights music, classic rock and roll, and some songs simply beyond category. I wish everyone could experience those moments when the Chorus is truly feeling the music, filling up the room with their youthful voices.
Please join the Middle School Chorus, as well as the 4th & 5th Grade Chorus and our String Ensembles, on May 22, 6 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House for our Spring Concert!
If you have a child performing at the event, we ask that he or she arrives at 5:15 p.m. in assembly dress. Students should have an early supper before arriving for the concert.
Gabe as Dr. Horrible
For his Eighth Grade Project, Gabe Ferrero decided that he would star in and direct the musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog.” After a year of planning and rehearsals, Gabe’s debut as a director will be at the Waldo Theater, 916 Main Street, Waldoboro. Show times are Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday May 11 at 1:00 p.m.
The show runs to about 50 minutes. (Please note that the very young might find some parts of the story too intense.)
Set in Dr. Horrible’s Lab, a city street, and a laundry mat, this musical weaves the sorrowful tale of superhero Dr. Horrible, played by Gabe. Horrible’s problem? He’s just not evil enough. To make matters worse, he accidentally introduces his love interest Penny (Ashwood Eighth Grader Chloe Isis) to his nemesis, “the too good and quite conceited“ Captain Hammer (Lincoln Academy senior Griffin Han-Lalime). But, not to worry! Horrible’s good friend Moist (Ashwood Eighth Grader Taliesin Peck) is by his side—along with a talented cast of actors and singers—to help Horrible reach his dream.
This weekend’s shows will benefit the Waldo Theatre as a thank-you for the many years of plays and friendships that have enriched the lives of the young people in the community. Many of the actors in this show first experienced the thrill of the stage while performing at the Waldo.
Gabe would like to thank Beth Preston, Linda Blanchard, and Griffin Han-Lalime for sharing their musical talents. Thanks also to Melissa Hearth for assisting with logistics and Cayleigh Hearth for lending her hand in tech support.
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Live event to follow on April 27th, 6:30pm at the Rockport Opera House
Example of what you might receive every month!
Creature a Month – Surprise yourself, or someone you love, with 12 magical monthly gifts. Once a month for a year, you will receive a felted item in the mail, handmade by the talented and creative Early Childhood teacher Liz Ferrero. If you’ve seen LIz’s remarkable fairy houses and charming little gnomes and critters, you know how incredible her work is, and how much children and adults love it. You choose the dates, the theme, and the recipient, and Liz will do the rest. All items will be handmade and felted, with the potential for some embroidered accents and other varying details depending on the chosen theme.
Home, Clean, Home!
Chemical-Free House Cleaning – It’s Spring, the sun is warm and strong… illuminating all the spots in your house that could use some attention! Treat yourself to the gift of 2 hours of Chemical – Free House Cleaning with Marlee Luehman! Using only non-toxic cleaners, Marlee will give you a jump start on your spring cleaning. She has been in business for 3 years and it can be hard to break into her weekly schedule, so this is your chance to pamper your home… creating a “Healthy Haven” for your family.
Everybody loves Toki!
Wearable Toki Art and Birthday Calendar – Everyone loves TokiArt, and you’ll especially love wearing it with these two 100 percent cotton white t-shirts, each featuring one of Maine artist and Waldorf teacher Toki Oshima’s lovely, folksy drawings. You’ll get “The Neighbor’s Tractor” (adult small), featuring a fabulous red vintage machine drawn in Toki’s trademark style, and “Afternoon Visit” (adult medium), featuring a sweet image of a cow with a blackbird perched on its head. Also,
Ashwood students in all grades will have art on display this year at ARTicipation, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art‘s annual pre-season community celebration of student art from the Five Town Community School District. There will be hands-on art-making activities for all ages throughout the galleries and in ArtLab. Join us for the Opening Reception, from 2 to 4pm on Saturday, April 27. Admission is free.
Dates and times to visit the exhibition will be April 27- May 12, 9-5 pm.
Image from the Class of 2012 graduation invitation
Save the date for Eighth Grade Graduation! The Class of 2013, along with their hardworking teacher, Mr. Eichenlaub, will be sending out invitations this spring to the event which will take place at the Strom Auditorium on Saturday, June 8, 2013.
Graduation is the culminating moment of each student’s time at Ashwood. It is the students’ last chance to share their talents with and be recognized by our school community. It is one last opportunity for the Eighth Graders to give to their community through performance and for our community to honor their growth and achievements.
At Ashwood, graduation is is seen as a significant moment for the whole community: for the younger children who are inspired by the Eighth Graders and who look forward to their own graduation, for the teachers who have all had a hand in their education, for the parents of children in other grades who have watched and helped the Eighth Graders grow through the years.
Our hope is that all parents and friends of Ashwood will also join us. It truly is a wonderful event!
Ashwood Waldorf School invites the public to attend its spring grade school assembly. Each class offers performances of skits, songs, poems, and music from its studies since the start of school. Prospective families are encouraged to attend the assembly to learn about the school. Call the School at 207-236-8021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join us for our May Faire and Open House on Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This annual festival welcomes spring and new friends to the campus, with a day of fun and frolics, including juggling, sack races, face painting and willow crown making for children of all ages. The highlight is the Maypole dancing with accompanying live music provided by the students.
Homemade food and refreshments available for purchase.
The Rosewood Early Childhood Center and Grade School building will be open for viewing. Guests are encouraged to bike or carpool to the event and, please, leave dogs at home.
This event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information call the school at 207-236-8021 or email@example.com.
Hats Off! Auction
Featuring the Music of the OffBeats
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 6:30pm
Have you heard? We are having an auction—online and live!
On Saturday, April 27 at the Rockport Opera House, we will gather to eat, drink, be merry, and benefit Ashwood.
It’s a night out on the town! The theme is hats. We’ll have a contest for the best hat—show off your artwork, show off your style! We’ll have a bartender extraordinaire and the best food our community can provide.
The special entertainment for the evening will be the OffBeats, a male a cappella group that includes some of our musical alumni. If you haven’t heard them, take our word for it: They’ve got talent!
To make a donation contact Elizabeth Lally: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kate Chandler: email@example.com.