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Flatbread Pizza Benefit Night!

April 11 – Flatbread Pizza Benefit Night 5-9 p.m. Grab your friends and bring your appetite! This is a night for delicious pizza and a good cause. A portion of pizza-sale proceeds will benefit our Serve-A-Thon. We’ll also be selling raffle tickets to win $500 in gift certificates to fabulous local restaurants (winning ticket pulled at Primo Cubano dance party.)

Media and Young Children

 

boy-watching-tv_2Our early-childhood teachers are offering a parent evening on Wednesday, September 20, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. They’ll be discussing the effects of media on young children, and how to work with this as a family.

Here is a brief video on the subject, shared by the Marin Waldorf School in California. It’s well worth a watch!

Tea and Puppets

OG seashoreAshwood Waldorf School is hosting a puppet play and tea party for children 18 months-6 yrs. old with an adult in the Rosewood Early-Childhood Center on the campus at 180 Park St. in Rockport on Friday, July 22, at 10:00 a.m.

Join teacher Beth Lunt, who will share the tale of Old Gnome at the Seashore, followed by tea and a wholesome snack.

“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

“First Grade Readiness” and “Reading in Grades 1-5”

How can parents tell when their kindergartener is ready for first grade? How and when is reading taught in a Waldorf school? On Wednesday, February 10, Ashwood Waldorf School is offering parents two opportunities to explore these questions.

At 5:00 p.m., teacher Robert Kaczor will present an introduction to first grade in a Waldorf school. Early-childhood faculty Marianne Bockli and Beth Lunt will be present to enrich the discussion with insights into markers of first-grade readiness.

At 5:45, there will be time for refreshments and conversation in the community room; then, at 6:00 p.m., Robert, joined by grade 3-4 teacher, Jeremy Clough, will present “Reading in the Waldorf School, Grades 1-5, ” a survey of the literacy curriculum in the early grades.

The meeting will end at 6:45; at that time, school director Jody Spanglet and outreach and enrollment coordinator Judith Soleil will welcome further questions and discussion.

Free, and open to the public.
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