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Ashwood Waldorf School Welcomes New Strings Teacher, Sophie Davis

Please join our entire faculty 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!

Annual Citrus Sale: NOW!

Order delicious citrus fruits from Indian River Groves in Florida to help supplement the student activities fee for all Ashwood students. Fresh, delicious, and a great deal! Straight from the Florida citrus groves, the fruit is delivered within a week of being picked. In Maine, you can’t get any fresher!

Until Nov. 8, grades 6 and 7-8 will be coordinating the citrus sale. This is a much shorter sale than in recent years so DO NOT DELAY!!

There will be a sale table each day at pickup time from now until Nov. 6 where you can talk with a student salesperson and place your order. Be sure to bring cash or a check. The number of options to choose from are too many to detail — come see!

You can also order online, or talk with any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader to place an order.

Citrus will be delivered to the school in mid-December, before the winter break.

Be sure to spread the word! These class fundraisers benefit all Ashwood students, not just the classes coordinating the sale.

Parent-Child Classes 2017-2018.

Register NOW for our upcoming 5-week sessions of parent-child classes! Join a cozy, welcoming community of caregivers and little ones with a skilled parenting mentor.

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

Pulling the Plug: It’s Easier Than You Think!

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