Mayor of Beverly Participates in Ground Breaking Ceremony

The Cape Ann Waldorf School (CAWS) broke ground on this beautiful autumn day at its new home at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA.  Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr. was present at the ceremony, along with representatives from Windover Construction and Flansburgh Architects as well as most of the school’s faculty, staff and students. “Congratulations Cape Ann Waldorf School,” said Mayor Scanlon.  “This is a great day for education in the city of Beverly. ” Cape Ann Waldorf School has been renting space in Beverly Farms for 23 years and recently purchased an eight acre parcel with an existing office building at historic Moraine Farm.  The purchase was made to accommodate a growing number of students from across the North Shore.  Currently, CAWS students come from a variety of communities including Lynn, Marblehead, Swampscott, Gloucester, Byfield, Georgetown, Newburyport and Amesbury.  The new location will enable the school to serve a greater swath of North Shore families. “Our school searched many years for a new home,” said Gretchen MacKilligan, CAWS parent and Beverly resident.  “The goal was for the school to stay in Beverly, and we sought a peaceful, bucolic setting in which the children could learn surrounded by natural beauty.  We are so grateful, and now we have this tremendous opportunity to join in the stewarding of this historically significant property with our new partners, The Trustees of Reservations, Project Adventure, Essex County Greenbelt, and, of course, The Batchelder Trust.” Moraine Farm was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., who created dozens of historically significant parks, country estates, and government buildings in the United States, including Stanford...

Permit Approved, CAWS May Break Ground Soon

Last week, the City of Beverly officially approved our building permit for our new site at Moraine Farm. While we are still awaiting the approval of Essex County Greenbelt Association, which will evaluate whether our construction plans meet conservation restrictions, the city‘s approval signals that we will be able to begin construction very soon. We are working out the details of our ground breaking with Windover, our construction company, and we plan to have a simple ground breaking ceremony in the near future. Stay tuned for more...

Moraine Farm Open House: Our Journey Begins

The mood was festive. The excitement was contagious. Outside, children ran around the building, climbed trees and explored the woods. Jen Benoit, member of the Development Committee, eagerly welcomed families, poured cider, and filled the bottomless platter of cider donuts. On the grounds surrounding the school property, Anna Ozols served as our gracious tour guide. She escorted large groups down the winding carriage lane, and provided the back-story of this historic property which started out as a wind swept pasture and is now one of the premier examples of Frederick Law Olmsted‘s work as a landscape architect. Anna spoke of Olmsted‘s careful design and the sense of purpose infused into the details of the landscape. Anna, a Sunflower Nursery parent, is a graduate of the Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University and a Frederick Law Olmsted enthusiast. “Hello, tree,” called one small girl perched atop her father‘s shoulders. One parent later commented, “It‘s like the woods themselves were welcoming us.” Returning for a tour of the new school building, the group passed by parking lots, both filled to capacity, as was the great front room of the building where the welcoming ceremony took place. Current CAWS families, donors, dear friends, supporters, alumni, founding members from when our school began almost twenty-five years ago, all stood shoulder to shoulder as our Administrator, Susan White, led a singing round of “Rise Up O Flame” as the teaching faculty lit candles in turn. Like at any open house, people stepped tentatively at first into a space that felt a little bit like someone else‘s home. But it did not...