Raffle Winner Announced!

The “Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World” raffle was a great success, raising $20,000 for CAWS. The winner of the big raffle couldn’t be more excited! He lives in Boise, Idaho, and is uncle to parent Margie DeWeese-Boyd. Gary couldn’t be reached on Saturday night after his ticket was drawn, but he sent this kind email the next day. We love Paris in the springtime… Guess where we’re going? When Bev and I were dating (she 18, me 20), she went to Europe with her aunt. They traveled around to various countries and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I missed her so much that when she came back, I proposed to her at the airport… I always hoped I would get a chance to take her back to Europe and we could enjoy it together. That just never seemed to happen. We retired recently and have been talking about making that long awaited trip together. Imagine our delight when we heard we had won the drawing. Our 45th anniversary is coming up next April 1st. (Our anniversary date should give you some clue as to our personality.) We hopefully will be able to fly to Paris from San Francisco, spend 3-4 days there and then get a Euro Rail pass and go to Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and then back to Paris. We figure about three weeks. Our attitude has always been that whenever children are involved in fund raising, we buy in, never expecting to ever win anything, because that isn’t what is important. That is not to say we don’t enjoy winning this. We are ecstatic and will give...

Fifth Grade Returns from Ancient Olympic Pentathalon

The fifth grade traveled to Lexington on Friday, May 13, 2011, to compete in an Olympic pentathalon fashioned after the original Olympics in Greece. This annual event draws Waldorf schools from around the region for a day of festive competition that complements the fifth grade study of Greek history and mythology. Thank you to parent Scott Harlan for sharing this report from the big day. (Photos by S. Harlan and J. Poore.) The warm, sunny spring day and beautiful, green setting provided the perfect conditions to watch the festival unfold. This year, about 100 fifth graders from area Waldorf schools gathered in Lexington. The participating schools were: the Waldorf School of Cape Cod (Cotuit MA), the Meadowbrook School (West Kingston, RI), the Monadnock Waldorf School (Keene, NH), Ecole L’Eau Vive (Montreal, Canada), Cape Ann Waldorf School, and the host school, the Waldorf School of Lexington. This is the 24th year that the Waldorf School of Lexington has hosted this event (and it is the school’s 40th anniversary this year). After each school presented an offering to Zeus, students recited the Oath to Zeus to pledge good sportsmanship. Then, students warmed up and were mixed into ancient Greek city-states. Each city-state rotated through the events of the traditional pentathalon: the javelin, the discus, the long jump, wrestling, and two running events, the fifty-yard dash and the long run. Following the initial round of events, students were recognized based on their performance, and then invited to compete in a final round at each event. Five CAWS fifth graders were invited to compete in specific events: Jenna Hoch (javelin, discus); Matthew Rugo (long jump); Spencer...

CAWS Move in the Beverly Citizen

Beverly, Mass. —Botany and environmental studies might not seem like typical subjects for kindergarten to eighth-grade students, but according to the staff at the Cape Ann Waldorf School in Beverly, these areas of study play a crucial role in child development. “A major part of our curriculum is focused on connecting with nature and the elements,” said Waldorf School Board of Trustees President Robin Taliesin. “It’s important for children to be actively engaged with the world around them in order to develop into environmentally responsible adults.” It makes sense then that the school would be situated in a natural setting, and Moraine Farm, located at 701 Cabot St., provides exactly that opportunity. On Monday, April 25, the Cape Ann Waldorf School welcomed students to their first day the new location. The school had previously been housed on Hale Street for more than 19 years. The school’s new home consists of a building that was previously used as the administrative offices for Project Adventure, along with a newly constructed addition that houses the majority of academic classrooms for kindergarten through eighth-grade. Taliesin explained that the woods and meadows surrounding the school provide the perfect opportunity to study nature while connecting on a personal level with the earth, adding that younger students will participate in nature-orientated programs such as science and botany, while the older students will learn about agriculture. “Part of the reason Moraine Farm suits us so well is that we strive to connect children to nature,” Waldorf School Administrator Susan White said in a written statement. “Here we can do that by allowing the students to play in...

CAWS in the news

If you see this paper around, make sure to pick up a copy.  North Shore Children & Families has printed a great article on Cape Ann Waldorf School.  You can read it on their web site or by clicking on the image...