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Parent Organization

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Our Parent Organization is the bedrock of our vibrant community and provides a forum for parents to express ideas and concerns, while giving them the chance to join together with others to make EWS the best school ever for our children.  There is a place for everyone – just pick your place among Head, Hearts, and Hands – or dive straight into a leadership position!

 

Leadership

PO Chair 2019-2020: Kelly Woosley
PO Rep to the Board 2019-2020: 1 OPENING
Waldorf 100 Committee Advertising: 1 OPENING

Heads Group

The Heads Committee organizes groups and events to support parent education about our school, Waldorf education, and our community.  In previous years, this group has sponsored lectures by authors Kim John Payne, Jack Petrash, and Michael D'Aleo, as well as Waldorf 101, a Diversity & Cultural Film Series, a Nutrition Series, and several reading groups.
Sommer Sobin, chair; Committee: Betsy Huljev, 2 OPENINGS

Hearts Group

The Hearts Committee nourishes the community with food, socials, and support while nurturing a culture of mindfulness in which all feel welcomed and appreciated. These are folks who love to take care of others and have plenty of TLC to share. Katie Mentz, chair; Committee: Kim Black; Hospitality Committee: Nadia Heuberger, 2 OPENINGS; Faire Committee: Kelly Woosley, Marcos Prieto, Courtney Salamone, Christina Conrad, Janice Kirkland, Dylan Grewan, 3 OPENINGS

Hands Group

The Hands Committee contributes direct physical outreach to our school, from labor and handwork to gardening and site beautification. Imagine gardening together with friends while children play on our beautiful campus! Geoff Lewis, chair; Committee: Alex Haghshenas, (farm co-op); Green Team/Sustainability: Courtney Salamone, Christina Conrad; Intercultural/Diversity: 2 OPENINGS

2019-2020 Snapshot of Upcoming Events

Dates to be determined: WECAN Board & All-School Parent Meeting, Diversity Book Study Group (more details below), PO Tuesday morning tea at the farm.

SUMMER
August 29th: 8:30 to 10 am: Weekly Thursday Handwork & Coffee (Handwork Room)
August 30th: 3:15 to 5:00: Weekly Farm Friday
August 31st: Mom’s Book Club

FALL
September 4th: 8:30 to 9:30 am: All-School PO Meeting in the Gazebo
September 7th: 8:00 to 10:30 am: EWS Farm Co-Op (Meets Weekly)
September 14th: Parenting with Wisdom and Love Course with Karen Rivers, Ph.D. (additional dates and details below; for all EWS parents)
September 21st: 8:30 am to 1 pm: Fall All-School Campus Workday & Picnic
October 4th & 5th: Gunter Hauk, Community Talk: “What on Earth are we Doing?”
Workshop: “BD preparations: a blessing for the Earth" (Biodynamic Farming 101)”
November 1st: Half Day Early Dismissal: Faire Workday
November 1st: Holiday Shopping & Wine Tasting Night, 21+ event, 5:30-7:30 pm
November 2nd: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm: Fall Faire, Theme: “Bees & Trees”
November 26th: 2:30 to 5 pm: All-School Public Ice Skating @ Hillsborough Sportsplex

WINTER
February 13th: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Meal

SPRING
March 6th & 7th; Kim John Payne, Community Talk & Workshop Titles: TBD
March 28th: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Spring All-School Campus Work Day & Picnic
April 17th: 3:30 - 5 pm, Intercultural Festival at the Farm

2019-2020 PO Initiatives

Emerson Waldorf Goes TRASH FREE

Why Are We Doing This?

  • Low impact living and environmental stewardship are key tenets of the Waldorf curriculum.

  • Implementing this policy is a natural extension of the tenets that allows our children to further learn how to care for our planet, which they will carry into the world. In addition, we are all acutely aware of the need to make behavioral changes quickly to slow climate change. By upholding a Trash Free Policy, EWS will demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship and contribute to reducing damage to our planet.

What Does This Mean?

  • School activities (festivals, lectures, Parent Organization events, parent meetings, farm gatherings, etc.) are required to now be Trash Free. “Trash Free” means all food, drink, containers, supplies and decorations are to either be reused or composted post event. Literally nothing will go in the trash!

How Will We Do This?

  • The PO’s Sustainability Team will be attending the first parent meeting of each class to outline how we will implement the policy and answer questions.

  • We will be speaking with each class parent and teacher to ensure all are prepared to handle class specific events.

  • Vendor agreements will be made available on ParentSquare.

  • We will be engaged for larger events, such as the Faire, from early on, to help set us up for trash free success.

  • We are always available to answer any questions. The two main points of contact are: Courtney Salamone and Christina Conrad. Questions and feedback can be sent to parentorg@emersonwaldorf.org.

Watch for on-going campaigns to encourage and support environmental stewardship at home! Thank you, dear parents, for embracing our new Trash Free Policy with open arms as we all strive to try new things, learn from others, and grow closer to the oneness that connects all of us together and to our beloved Mother Earth. Please email us if you would like to get involved. It really does take the village!

Afterschool Family Playgroup

Who: Parents and their children
What: We encourage all to gather with our wonderful EWS community, develop relationships and let the kids play on our beautiful playground.
When: After school, Monday-Thursday
Where: EWS Playground!

Meet near the 8th grade classroom patio & picnic tables to check in. Children are to be supervised by their parents on the tree platform until EWS Aftercare program children are checked-in(~3:40pm), then the whole play yard is open. Families will gather at the 8th grade picnic tables at 4:00pm for a family provided snack. The playground will remain open.

FARM FRIDAYS

Location: EWS School Farm
Who: All families, staff, and faculty welcome!
When: Every Friday after school 3: 15- 5pm, August 30th-Oct 4; (Oct 11th 12:30pm-2pm); Feb 21-June 5
What: Each Friday all EWS community members are welcome to gather on the school farm for soul nourishment. Special events will rotate weekly and each gathering will allow for down home time to chat, time to lend a hand weeding the garden, make a craft, enjoy music...
What to bring: a picnic blanket, your family's after-school snack, water, a sunhat!
Weather: If inclement weather, gathering will resume the following week

Community Farm Co-op Foodshare

EWS FARM Co-Op
Coordinated by Alex Haghshenas

Who: Open to All EWS Families; We NEED a minimum of 5 families to join to get started.
What: Families come to work, learn and implement biodynamic gardening practices together on the EWS Farm and share the harvest. Come when you can; enjoy the benefits of working in community and harvest a bit each day that you do (when applicable)!
When: Saturday mornings, September 7th - November 9th, 8:30-11:00 AM (not including Nov. 2nd, EWS Fall Faire day). A Spring and Summer Co-op to follow.
RSVP: via ParentSquare
Cost: Fall co-op kick-start will request donations to our farm wish list in lieu of a membership fee.

EWS Mom’s Book Club

Coordinated by Metta Prietto
Who: Unofficial Monthly Meetup for EWS Moms and Friends of EWS
What: This is a group for moms who are interested in connecting with other moms over common interests! We are starting with a Book Club and have plans to expand to other activities as there is interest. Potential clubs include walking, running, hiking, crafting, yoga-ing, chess, poker, dinner, movies, the list can go on & on! Let us know what you're interested in and we'll see if we can give it wings! Thanks for joining us!
When: AUG 31st; Monthly
RSVP/ Details: Email parentorg@emersonwaldorf.org

Diversity Book Study Group

Coordinated by Katie Mentz
Who: All EWS Community
What: It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that the Parent Organization and the Diversity Committee announced a new group that will be commencing in the fall. The group was a suggestion of a parent at the March Diversity Meet & Greet and was widely supported by parents, faculty, and staff in attendance. All who are interested in this topic are welcome to join.

If you have an ever-evolving frame of mind. If you are on a journey of personal growth and development, then this group may be just what you are looking for. If the statement: "When you know better, you do better" speaks to you, this group may be for you. If you are either aware, or unaware, of how implicit racial and social bias negatively impacts our society as a whole, and you want to study more about what can be done, this group is definitely for you.

The focus of the Diversity Book Study group will be growing in our own knowledge and understanding about diversity and inclusion together, in such a way that we can support our school's efforts to recognize, attract, and support diversity in our school, homes, neighborhoods, and greater communities.

When: Email parentorg@emersonwaldorf.org for details to join!

Book Selection Fall 2019: Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race. By: Derald Wing Sue

Gatherings: 3-4 times per semester, dates/times will be selected based on the availability of the group that forms.

Prerequisite: There will be some suggested pre-reading to ensure all participants are using similar language and vocabulary.

 

For more information about the Parent Organization, please send an email directly to parentorg@emersonwaldorf.org.