The first month of school has raced by and while it's felt like summer this week, it is officially autumn--my favorite season in Connecticut and at a Waldorf school. Autumn at HVWS begins with daily, morning Michaelmas play practice for our grade school children. Because it has been so warm, we've kept our office windows open in the morning and each day the sounds of flutes and villagers imploring St. Michael to defend them against the dragon waft up on the breeze. Not a bad way to start the day! On our Early Childhood campus we've welcomed many new families this year and our smallest students have been adjusting to the life of the classroom. Fortunately for them, life in a Waldorf kindergarten still means free play, nature, stories, art, rhythm, routine, and of course, delicious homemade snacks!

The start of school also means the start of our never-ending calls for volunteer help. Our parents, grandparents, and friends are critical to our ability to offer a rich curriculum and community life. We've already had volunteers join us at the Newtown Arts Festival; our 5th grade parents are busily preparing for Michaelmas; current and former parents are busy organizing our Fall Fair and Market (October 21); parents organized and hosted a new (and we hope recurring) event, our Disc Golf and Potluck Fundraiser; one parent is hosting a weekly handwork group; another is getting our newly relocated school store (now in Star Meadow) up and running; our 8th grade parents are engaged in near-constant efforts in support of their class's trip to Costa Rica this spring; and so much more! Before we completely burn you out, thank you all for your hard work and dedication. We truly couldn't do all that we do without you.

Christina Dixcy
Communications and Outreach Director

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Michaelmas Festival
Friday, September 29, 11 AM
Grades School Campus

The Michaelmas festival honors St. Michael, the mythical Dragon-slayer astride a white steed, who bears a mighty iron sword flashing like a meteor. Michael's legend symbolizes the autumnal resurgence of human strength, willpower and striving to overcome our inner Dragons -- laziness, greed, doubt, fear of the future -- who may have crept over us unnoticed during summer's dreamy warmth and forgetfulness. Every September, our school honors the Michaelmas festival with songs, games, and a wonderful play featuring the grade school students. Grade school parents, please check with your class teacher regarding your child's clothing for the Michaelmas play.

All HVWS parents and the public are invited to join the festivities at 11 AM, on the South Campus playground at 1 Jacklin Rd.

You may park at the South Campus parking lot (1 Jacklin Rd.), the North Campus Taunton Hill parking lot, the North Campus Early Childhood horseshoe, the front and rear of the Fire House, and behind the deli on Rt. 302.

Please note:
  • We may not park against the fire house in the rear lot or in any way that blocks the bay doors. Additionally, the fire house has two parked cars in the rear lot which they have been using for drills. These will be cordoned off with cones. We apologize for this unavoidable inconvenience and ask that you keep children away from these cars.

  • We may not park in front of the deli, but behind the deli cars may park on the grass as well as in the parking spaces.

Please feel free to bring blankets and folding/lawn chairs for your convenience, particularly if bringing grandparents or others who may be more comfortable sitting rather than standing for an extended period. 

The Class of 2018 will offer a delicious Sweet & Savory Bake Sale immediately following the festival. The proceeds support their class trip fundraising efforts.

All Early Childhood families are invited to attend this celebration. If you plan to attend, please pick up your child at 11 AM from the Early Childhood playground and escort him/her across the street to the South Campus. The Rose and Sunflower teachers will escort remaining students to the celebration. If you do not plan to attend, please pick up your child at 12:30 from the South Campus parking lot gate (1 Jacklin Rd.).
Parent Enrichment: Connie Helms, M.Ed.
Thursday, October 5, 7 PM
Compass Hall (Grade School Campus)

What steps can we take to help our children, and ourselves, to navigate the stress and pace of modern life? Come prepared to learn about our twelve senses and how they can help guide us to provide a more balanced childhood for our children.

Handwork Group
Every Thursday, 8:30 AM
Star Meadow Cottage (Early Childhood Campus)

Please join HVWS parent Natasha De Castro in the Star Meadow building every Thursday morning for a Handwork Group. No experience necessary! Feel free to bring small children along. Leading up to the Fall Fair the Handwork Group will be working on making small items for the ever-popular Pocketman.
Danbury Women's Center Student Workshops
We are so pleased to continue working with the Danbury Women's Center this year. Volunteers from the Center will be visiting our grade school students to present workshops on topics ranging from social inclusion to cyber safety. These are in-school workshops for students and staff only.

October 2
2nd & 3rd Grade: Upstander Puppet Show
Lucy and Sebastian help students learn how they can go from being a bystander to an upstander when they witness mean behavior. Students will explore different tools for being an upstander and the differences between tattling and telling. 

4th & 5th Grade: Act Out 
Act Out is our live interactive theatre program that utilizes trained actors in theatrical scenarios depicting real-life situations. Facilitated by our educator, audience members are allowed to interview the actors who remain in character. This allows for lively and thought-provoking discussions. Within the context of the performance of the program, we educate and inform students about healthy and unhealthy friendships, boundaries, and how to advocate and speak up for themselves. 

6th-8th Grade: Cybersafety 
This program explores the permanence and anonymity of technology, and teaches students about online dangers such as bullying, online strangers, sexting, and geotagging. Students learn what they can do to stop these behaviors and protect themselves, and the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to the use of technology. 

March 6
6th-8th Grade: Challenging Stereotypes 
This program focuses on respect and tolerance. We will discuss with students what prejudice and stereotypes are, where they come from, and what they can do to stop them. Through an interactive activity, students will have the chance to practice challenging stereotypes and offering evidence that the stereotype is false.
Fall Fair & Market
Saturday, October 21
Grade School Campus

Now accepting vendor applications!
Adult Handwork Workshop: Felted Slippers for Children
with Isabel Gandara

Saturday, November 4, 9 AM-12 PM
Rose Garden Building, 40 Dodgingtown Rd.
Cost: $25 (materials included)
Our goal at this workshop is to complete the first step: knitting one slipper. Participants will take home a copy of the instructions and will be able to complete the second slipper at home. The final step involves felting the slippers by putting them through the washer.
If you don't know how to knit and would like to make the slippers, please approach Isabel at pickup time (12:15 on the Early Childhood play yard) during the month of October, so she can teach you how to knit.

The Rainbow Garden School Store is set to reopen!
Opening Tuesday, October 3
Star Meadow, 40 Dodgingtown Rd.

We have moved to a new location in the Star Meadow building. Please follow the gravel path (along Rt. 302) around to the back to enter. The store will be open Tuesday-Friday on regular school days from 8:20-9 AM.

NEW in the store is a selection of handcrafted Bolga baskets. We currently have large round baskets in natural and also mini baskets in natural or colored--perfect for collecting treasures from nature! We also have a lovely selection of colorful pencil holders. The baskets are made by artisans in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Proceeds from the sale of the baskets help to provide healthcare, education, and financial support to over 1,000 villagers and their children.

Of course we have our usual array of paints, crayons, modelling wax, toys, games and more! Any questions about the store, please feel free to write to volunteer school store manager, Natasha Daniels Peterson:
8th Grade Fundraising
Help the Class of 2018 get to Costa Rica this Spring!

Pura Vida Bracelets
THE CLASS OF 2018 IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THEIR FUNDRAISING PARTNERSHIP WITH PURA VIDA BRACELETS! Each bracelet is crafted from 9 multi-colored, wax-coated strands and an iron-coated copper “P” charm. They are water-resistant and fully adjustable from 2”-5” in diameter. Great for all genders, ages, and styles! Surf, snowboard, or even take a shower while wearing your bracelets--wearing them every day enhances their natural look and feel. Each bracelet is unique and handmade.

Hot Lunches
As part of their class trip fundraising efforts, the Class of 2018 is offering hot lunches to grades students and staff: Pizza Tuesdays and Burrito Fridays.
Fall Bulb Orders
Fall means it’s time to plant BULBS with your family, right? Or at least if you are like me that is the “plan.” Well guess what? The 8th Grade Class is sponsoring a SUPER easy bulb fundraiser to support their trip to Costa Rica. So spread the word!
Cooking Class with Chandrika Patalia
OCTOBER 7, 2017
Do you love Indian food? Do you wait for those special occasions to dine out at Indian restaurants? Would you love to cook your own Indian food but have no idea how to even begin…??? If so, this unique opportunity is for you!
Redding Roasters Coffee
Water Bottles
Disc Golf Fundraiser & Potluck
Pictured: Chris presents Vince with his trophy.

Congratulations to HVWS Class of 2021 teacher Vincent Vojack-Weeks, who was the victor at our first Disc Golf Tournament fundraiser. He shot, or threw, a cool two under par! Many thanks to Chris Howard and Jeff James for organizing and Chris Howard for hosting. 15 adults and 15 children participated in the competition and an undetermined number of non-participants enjoyed the gathering and potluck.

All had great fun on a beautiful day on the grounds of a beautiful property and raised more than $500 for the school to boot! Thank you to everyone who participated.
Wish List
Looking for a professional photographer who can donate their skills to photograph our grade school students' beautiful main lesson books. Contact Therese at or 203-364-1113 x102.
Exhibitor Tent
Our main pop-up tent is showing its age and we would love to replace it with one that includes removable sides for outdoor outreach events. If you, or your company, have one you could donate or if you have a potential tent connection, please contact Therese at or 203-364-1113 x102.
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Box Tops
Please clip and save your box tops and send them into the office so 4th Grader Oliver Exley-Seidel can process them for the school.
Lost & Found
Full-sized violin. Last seen on campus last year. If found, please call the office: 203-364-1113.

$10 was found on the Early Childhood playground last Friday and returned to the office.
Thank you to Robin Van Riper for donating a wagon and gardening tools to the Early Childhood program.

Thank you very much to Jesse Goode, Marcela Perez, Aliz and Paul Mihok, Alex Exley, August and Oliver Exley-Seidel, and Ken and Sophia Friedman for their help moving all the EC classes around this summer.

Thank you to Corrado Azzollini, new HVWS dad, for donating a color printer to the school.

Thank you to the Mihok family for donating books to the teachers’ and students’ libraries.

A big thanks to Nancy Disbrow for helping for so many years on the Puppetry Committee.

Thank you to Natasha Daniels Peterson for her work as volunteer school store manager.

Thank you to Natasha De Castro for hosting a Handwork Group on Thursday mornings in Star Meadow.

Thank you to our many Newtown Arts Festival volunteers (and their support staff): Robin Van Riper, Cristin Digregory, Josephina and Aslan Howard; Henry, Zinnia, and Jackie James; Rekha Terway (and family); Marcela Perez; Lori, Bobby, Bobby Jr., David, Kylie, and Khloe Hudak; Beatrice and Clement Tucker.

Thank you to Oliver and August Exley-Seidel for their help packing up for the Newtown Arts Festival and stuffing and posting mailings. Thank you also to Oliver for running our BoxTops program.

Thank you to all of the parents who have agreed to be class parents this year!

Thank you to the 4th grade parents for their work on the Michaelmas Festival, and to Jodi Knuff for her behind-the-scenes help. ;)
Best wishes to Class of 2022 teacher Laura Ghedina, her fiance, and their families. Ms. Ghedina is getting married this Saturday!
We send our deepest sympathy to the Terway family on the passing of Naveen's father late last month, and to Nigel Harrison and his family on the passing of Nigel's uncle early this week.
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Guided by the principles of Waldorf education, the faculty inspires in our students creative thinking, moral sensibility, and a passion for learning.

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