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Ashwood Waldorf School Welcomes New Strings Teacher, Sophie Davis

Please join us in welcoming Sophie Davis to Ashwood’s faculty. Ms. Davis will be teaching strings classes to our fourth through seventh grade students as well as offering private lessons to individual students after school. During her interview and practice teaching, Ms. Davis impressed our faculty and students alike. She is a talented and enthusiastic musician who cares deeply about inspiring students to love music. She sees music as more than just the art itself, but also as a way to cultivate communication skills and bring people together. She expressed interest in integrative projects across subjects, an idea that is deeply rooted in Waldorf pedagogy.

We cannot give enough thanks to Hannah Miller. As we conducted a summer-long search for just the right teacher, Ms. Miller’s commitment to Ashwood’s students, its strings program, and to the school have been most evident. We are so grateful to Hannah for starting the year, for providing guidance to our new teacher, and for her willingness to substitute at Ashwood as needed. A special thanks is also due to Monica Kelly , Director of Education, Bay Chamber, and to Maho Hisakawa, parent and first grade aide, both of whom reached out to Ms. Davis on Ashwood’s behalf.

Ms. Davis will begin teaching in early to mid-October (details are still being worked out). Until then, Ms. Miller will continue teaching our strings classes. Read on to find out more of Ms. Davis’ life in music in her own words.

Jody Spanglet, School Director

A Note from Sophie Davis
I am a musician from Maine and am honored and excited to join Ashwood’s creative and welcoming community. I grew up in Waldoboro, playing music with friends and mentors and forming musical friendships that have lasted for many years. I am dedicated to teaching music in a way that nurtures a holistic love of music and the arts and am honored to be able to share my love of music with the students at Ashwood.
I received degrees in Violin Performance and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where I studied with David Bowlin. I am a passionate chamber musician and have participated in the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Program, as a soloist with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, and with my sister on NPR’s “From the Top”. I have performed at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, the Monte Music Festival in India, and with the Jordan National Orchestra (JOrchestra) in Amman, Jordan. In 2017, I was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant to spend nine months in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa where I explored the ways in which the arts can raise awareness of climate change. In addition to pursuing research, I taught and performed with the National Orchestra of Samoa, a government initiative established in 2013. I currently divide my time between musical performance and pedagogy, working as a crew member on tall ships, and working for the Pemaquid Oyster Company. In all of my work, I have found myself at the intersection between the musical and environmental communities: two groups that rarely collaborate. It is my goal to bridge this gap by using music and the arts to promote environmental stewardship.
Sophie Davis, Ashwood Strings Teacher

Make a Cuddle Doll!

Let’s Get the Rhythm! Film Showing at the Farnsworth.

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.

New Dollmaking Class, January 2016

An ideal doll for a very young child is the “heavy baby,” a soft doll weighted with millet that little ones love to cuddle, hug, and lug around with them. The doll’s weight provides grounding, and children can both nurture the doll and feel nurtured when it sits on their lap or rests in their arms.

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering a free, four-week workshop where early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will teach participants how to make a “heavy” (or ”bunting”) baby doll. Dates will be January 7, 14, 21, and 28 (all Thursdays), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register no later than December 30; space is limited. A materials list will be provided when you register.heavy baby flyer

Dollmaking Classes for Adults

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering an opportunity to create a beautiful, soft doll in time for holiday giving on six Thursday evenings: September 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes will be held in the Rosewood Early-Childhood Center on Ashwood’s campus in Rockport.

Ashwood early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will provide free instruction and guide participants in purchasing necessary materials.

Call or email to register by September 8.

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Ashwood at the Farnsworth Art Museum

This fall, Ashwood Waldorf School early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will be offering a series of crafting classes at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. These classes are for children ages 2-6 with an adult, and feature simple, artistic creations made from natural materials. Meet new friends and gain new skills!

Friday mornings, 10:30-11:30 a.m., beginning September 11 and continuing through November 21.

We request a $5.00 donation per project for materials. Contact us with any questions; we look forward to seeing you!

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Zoot Student Art Show

zootZoot Coffee on Elm St. in Camden, Maine is hosting an exhibit of artworks by Ashwood Waldorf School students during the months of December and January.

Ashwood’s professional faculty is devoted to challenging and engaging each student through a curriculum that integrates science and mathematics with literature, history, and the arts.

Every Waldorf student can play an instrument, paint, draw, and create handcrafts. However, we are not an art school. Waldorf schools around the world integrate the arts into every subject to bring lessons to life and draw out the children’s inherent capacities. The classroom atmosphere fosters interest, wonder, and enthusiasm.

In kindergarten and the lower grades, children paint with watercolors weekly. Younger children focus on the primary colors; later, they encounter more colors and techniques. They also have regular opportunities to color with crayons and model with beeswax. In the early grades, teachers emphasize the artistic process; as the children mature, the result of their artistic work becomes more important.

In the upper elementary grades, students continue with watercolor painting, and may also work with pastels, draw with pencils and charcoal, and paint in layers. Students paint and draw still-lifes and portraits and depict moods and landscapes. Students work with clay in many settings, integrating the arts into other subject areas.

Form drawing is a unique component of the Waldorf curriculum and has both pedagogical and artistic value. Form drawing in first grade leads to the formation of the letters of the alphabet. As the grades progress, form drawing hones fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which leads to later precision in free hand geometric drawing.

Stop by and feast your eyes!

Dollmaking Workshop

Ashwood Waldorf School is offering an opportunity to create a beautiful, soft doll in time for holiday giving on four Mondays evenings: Nov. 3, 10, 17, and Dec. 2. from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Ashwood’s early-childhood teacher, Beth Lunt, will provide free instruction, and guide participants in purchasing necessary materials.

Call or email to register (by October 20), or with any questions: 207.236.8021 info@ashwoodwaldorf.orgdoll

Seasonal Handwork Workshops

Creating beautiful handwork can enrich our connection with the changing seasons. Cherry Short-Lee, longtime parent-child class leader and one of Ashwood’s founders, has offered to share her enthusiasm and expertise with parents of children ages 18-36 months, with or without their children, this fall. In three sessions, October 7, 14, and 21, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., learn to create grapevine wreaths and decorate them with natural materials to reflect the changing seasons. Sessions are free of charge; fee for materials is $5.00.

Register no later than October 2 by phoning or emailing Judith Soleil: 236-8021 ext. 105; info@ashwoodwaldorf.org
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