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An Inspiring Visit

Shabana and Susan

Shabana Basij-Rasikh, founder of SOLA, with Susan Viets, Administrator at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

The  7th and 8th grades were visited today by Shabana Basij-Rasikh.  Shabana shared that as a young girl in Kabul, Afghanistan, her parents, strong advocates for education for girls, dressed her as a boy in order for her to walk freely in the streets and secretly attend a school for girls. This was at great risk of death by the Taliban, which controlled the city. Shabana spoke to the students about her passion for education: “When you educate girls, you educate boys, too. For those girls become mothers who then have sons and share with them a passion for learning for all.”  She spoke passionately about students as leaders and told our students that they need to know that their work can change the world.

Eventually, Shabana came to the United States to attend Middlebury College. On returning to Afghanistan,  she founded the SOLA (School of Leadership Afghanistan), a boarding school for girls.  Students are taught in English and many find sponsorships to help continue their education in Europe and the United States.

We were happy to host Shabana today and her message served as an incredible reminder of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States — both in terms of educational opportunities and opportunities for girls and women.  She encouraged the students to travel and begin to get a perspective on their own lives by building their relationship to the whole world, and not just their town or country.

The following shares some of the stories from the young women at SOLA –


Letter from Our New Administrator


Dear Parents,

Welcome to the beauty of early September and all of the possibilities the beginning of a new school year holds. My daughter Maren, in fourth grade, and I are filled with joy at joining the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm community.

Having worked for non-profit educational organizations for more than 25 years I have come to realize that Waldorf Education worldwide is the healthiest model of education available today. At its highest striving, Waldorf Education serves as a vehicle for social change in our challenging world. On a regional level, it is a model for other school institutions in integrated curriculum and relationship building. And finally on a personal level, the teachers, staff, and parents who support Waldorf education are some of the most thoughtful, loving, and insightful people I have ever met, and we have consciously come together to raise our children as creative and engaged participants in life.

I know that even within such awareness there are struggles and challenges within communities; this is the wonderful tension of a growing and evolving group of people. As the new administrator, I look forward to facing these challenges with openness, honesty, and the willingness of heart to listen to other points of view. I know that amazing things can happen. In the few short weeks I have been at Moraine Farm I already feel an energy of positive potential all around. I feel blessed to have been invited to help support the next stage of development of this lovely school and school community.

I look forward to hearing from every one of you, your hopes and dreams, for your children and for the school.


Susan Viets



Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Alumni Stand Out in Science

Earlier this year, a graduate of our class of 2011 was selected as a finalist for this year’s Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair for her research on the Effects of BPA on the Regeneration Rate of Lumbriculus Variegatus (Effect of plastics on worm reproduction).  She presented her findings at MIT in early May.

A member of our class of 2014 was one of 5 students recently selected to represent his high school in the New England 1:1 Summit in Burlington, Massachusetts. This is a regional education summit where schools leading the way in technology-based education systems share their successes and challenges. Students are selected to represent the school based on their mastery of the technology and their clear perspective on its educational value.

Well done Waldorf School at Moraine Farm graduates!

Waldorf Education Featured on The Simpsons Season Finale

The Simpsons gave a comic shout out to Waldorf Education during their Season 26 finale for 2015 — “Mathlete’s Feat”, which aired May 17, 2015. The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) was pleased with the level of in-depth knowledge The Simpsons writers clearly possessed about pedagogy and stereotypes associated with Waldorf Education, which made this fun caricature both lighthearted and flattering.

So how did Waldorf Education end up in an episode of The Simpsons? After Springfield Elementary School is bested in a mathlete competition, a well intentioned group donates servers, laptops and smart boards to the school so that students can better compete. Shortly after this tech revolution, there’s a massive server crash and teaching is at a standstill. This is when Lisa comes up with an idea that will save the school — “Learning while Doing.” Springfield Elementary becomes a Waldorf School! From there the students learn by doing — in Simpson-esque, tongue-in-cheek fashion, of course. By the end of the episode, their new Waldorf Education helps them win a mathlete rematch.


AWSNA was honored to have been featured in such a positive light in The Simpsons Season Finale and several Waldorf schools are responding with tributes to The Simpsons. A collective of handmade hats is being created to send to The Simpsons writers. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is having students create beeswax figures of The Simpsons characters to share online and with The Simpsons execs.


First Grade at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm

We’re not exactly Finland, but we do agree that first graders need a balanced day (see link, below). First grade at Waldorf School at Moraine Farms starts with half days for the first six weeks. Full days start after Columbus Day, but afternoons are filled with painting, gym, nature walks, and even free play. If this sounds what you’d like your child’s first grade to be like, please call Erin Milner, Admissions Director, at 978-927-1936.

Link: First Grade in Finland: Every Day is a Half-Day – Taught by Finland

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