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This Week at RSSAA

June 14, 2017

Enjoy Your Summer!

LS Reminders

HS Reminders

Information on regular monthly events is available through the online school calendar.

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All School News

The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor would like to wish all our families, faculty and staff a fun, safe and happy summer!

We’ll see you in September

We’d Like to Hear Your Thoughts

Each year Parent Council works hard to contribute to our school community through coffee hours, the Teacher Appreciation luncheon, Winter Festival support and more!  We’d like to keep improving! Whether you’ve had any direct involvement with Parent Council or not, we’d appreciate your feedback on this quick, anonymous survey: Thank you for taking a moment to contribute your thoughts and ideas!

Thank You for a Record-Setting Year!

Your generous support of the Annual Fund helped us raise $132,101 so far, the most we have ever raised! Thank you all for making this year’s Annual Fund so successful. We still have a little more than two weeks to go in our fiscal year and are very close to meeting our Annual Fund goal of $140,000. We only need to raise $7,899 moreSo, if you’re ready to give to the Annual Fund this year, or would like to make another donation, you can give online or print a donation card and drop it off with your donation at the school office.

You may have received a phone call or email about your outstanding Annual Fund Pledge. We are requesting pledge payments be made before the end of school. You can give online or print a donation card and drop it off with your donation at the school office. To count toward the 2016/17 school year, all Annual Fund donations need to be made by June 30.

Contact Lisa Zuber, Annual Fund Director at or 734-669-9394 ext. 24 with any questions.

Build and Robotics Camp
June 26-30

At camp we will build non-robotic projects, a simple robot or device, create a 3D printed part or object, and work on simple coding.  We are offering two half-day camps: from 9 am to 1 pm and from noon to 4 pm.  Snacks are provided and lunch is from noon to 1 pm.  Camps are open to Grades 2-10.   The fee for the week, which includes project materials, is $140 for morning or afternoon, $250 for all day.  If you have an interested child and have not already done so, contact Karen Papierniak at

BoxTops for Education

Thanks to all of you who turned in BoxTops this year. The school benefits and this old Grandy has fun counting, sorting, packaging and sending them in.  Keep your eye out and collect them this summer.  I’ll be encouraging you to save them again next year.  Please go to and click on participating products for a complete list of the many products with the label/symbol and more information on how the program can help our school. If you have any questions, contact me at

Waldorf Ideas and Philosophies in the Mainstream Media

Is the U.S. Education System Producing a Society of “Smart Fools”?

Check each week for interesting articles, videos and information on how the techniques and ideas used at RSSAA are recognized outside of Waldorf education.
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Lower School News

Last Day of School at the Lower School
Thursday, June 15

School will start as usual, but parents have the option of picking up their students at 12:30 pm if desired.  Please check your student out with their teacher. School will be in session until 3:20 pm as usual, and students who stay the day will enjoy a wonderful end to the year with faculty and staff.  We will also provide Aftercare up until 6 pm.

Please collect all of your student’s belongings from his/her respective shelf, desk, hook and/or locker at the end of this school year.

Check the Lost and Found as well. Please stop by and claim your children’s items by Thursday, June 15. Items not claimed will be donated to charity.

If your student has medications in the LS infirmary, pick these up by Wednesday, June 14. Medications remaining at the close of school will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours
LS Campus

June 19 – June 30: Monday – Friday, 9 am to 3 pm
July 5  – August 18: Wednesday – Friday, 9 am to 1 pm
August 21 – August 31: Tuesday – Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm

2017 LS Summer Break Camp 

Summer Camp registration is open! Please visit our to register. Contact Kriste Brown at with any questions. Summer Break Camp Dates: June 19-August 18, 2017.

2017-18 LS Break Camps 

The Lower School is pleased to offer Mid-Winter and Summer Break Camps for the 2017-2018 school year. Mark your calendars and watch for more information to come.

Mid-Winter Break Camp: February 19-23, 2018

Early Childhood News

Thank you, dear parents, for your wonderful partnership! We wish you all a very happy summer with your amazing children!

With love and gratitude,
The Early Childhood Teachers and Staff

Grades 1-8 News

Last Call!

Registration for Basketball Camp at Steiner ends tomorrow, Thursday, June 15.  If you intend to register, please do so as soon as possible.  Registration can be done online at

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High School News

Last Day of School at the High School
Thursday, June 15

On the last day of school at the High School, all ninth, tenth and eleventh graders are expected at the High School Building at 8 am.  We will have class meetings, an assembly, and then travel over to the Lower School for the Rose Ceremony by bus.  Twelfth graders are to arrive directly at the Lower School at 10 am.  The Rose Ceremony will conclude at noon – at which time students have two options:

  1. Students are dismissed from the Lower School to either drive themselves or be picked up
  2. Students may return to the HS and stay until being picked up (the after school program will run until 6 pm, as normal).

Please, let us know by Tuesday, June 13 if your child will need a ride back to the HS – e-mail

Summer Office Hours
HS Campus

The High School front office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Senior Performance of “The Winter’s Tale”
Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16, 7:30 pm
HS Campus

The Twelfth Grade is excited to present their performance of “The Winter’s Tale”. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a wonderful show!  Due to some mature situations, this play is most appropriate for children in Grade 5 and up. Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for adults, and $12 for families.

Senior Graduation
Saturday, June 17, 2017 11 am -12:30 pm
The Michigan Union – Rogel Ballroom

No tickets are required for graduation or reception. These events are free of charge, and all are welcome. Reception is immediately following at the HS. All students in grades 9 through 11 are expected to attend.

Summer College Support
Every Wednesday, 9 am – 3 pm
HS Campus

Through the summer, Sian Owen-Cruise will be available for drop-in college support every Wednesday at the HS.  This is available for rising Grade 11 or 12 students to cover topics including SAT/ACT prep, applications, essays, and support in deciding on the right college.

HS Sports Announcements
Steiner Storm

Uniform Return: If you have not returned a uniform from any sport, please return them to Brent Schulte ( as soon as possible!

COACH NEEDED: We are looking for a  Boys Soccer coach for next Fall. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Katie Andrews ( for more details.

Storm Watch

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Upcoming Schedule

Subscribe to the Online Calendar for updates, game times and locations, as well as directions to away games.


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Library News

Have a great summer full of joyous play and happy reading!

Did you know that nearly 2500 books were checked out this year? That is over a 1000 more books in circulation than last year! Students from Golden Eagles kindergarten through 8th grade read everything from Waldorf picture books to popular fiction paperbacks, interesting animal books to intriguing biographies. We look forward to sharing lots of great books with you all again next year!

~RSSAA Librarians – Karen, Tim, Andrea, and Eileen.

*Interested in joining our Librarian team next school year? Contact us about volunteer options and also a new Librarian position (working with books and online catalog for 3+ hours per week).

Library Blog – read updates about RSSAA Library Program along with resources available to the community.

Library Online Catalog – access searchable information about our collections at both the Lower School & High School campuses.

RSSAA Library Program on the Extranet – find resources through our school website.

Questions or Comments? Email us any time at:, drop a note at the office, or visit us in person. We welcome your Feedback!

Hours of Circulation:

The Ellie Klopp Library (LS) & Parent Library (LS) are closed for the school year.

Students, teachers and parents, please return all books now overdue.

Your RSSAA Librarians:

Karen Totten (LS, Program Director), Tim Schramm (LS), Andrea Basso (LS, Parent Library), Eileen Ho (HS, online)

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Community News

Quiet Houseguest

Do you have an extra room for rent or in exchange for work around the house? I am a responsible hardworking student and graduate of the Rudolf Steiner High School Class of 2012. During the summer I will be working around town as a gardener/landscaper and preparing for classes at the University of Michigan in September. I am also available for house sitting arrangements. Please contact Başak Durgun at (734) 389-9784 or

Self Defense for Women and Girls with Heidi Sproull
Ann Arbor, June 19-29, or
Ferndale, July 11-20

These 12-hour self defense classes will be taught over four, 3-hour classes. They will consist of three areas of focus with the goals of mental preparedness, verbal skills and physical defensive skills.  For full details, please view the Ann Arbor or Ferndale flyers or contact Heidi Sproull at or 734-474-7746.

Cultural Art Strings Day Camp

This strings camp (violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar) is for ages 6-13 and will be in Manchester. Half-day or full-day, 9 am-3 pm. Session I, June 19-23, Session II, July 31-Aug 3. Music-Art-Movement-Projects!  Register on Eventbrite or download a brochure ​​​​at Teachers include: Robert and Aileen Rohwer, Phoebe Geltzer-Govatos, Ryan Seay, Jacob Warren and Emily Slomovitz (Steiner alumni), and Daniel Winnick. For more info contact Aileen at 734-223-6876 or

Anthroposophical Society of America – Great Lakes Branch
Rudolf Steiner House
1923 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor

The purpose of the Anthroposophical Society is to coordinate and promote events of interest to the anthroposophical and general community in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan, collaborating with the Greater Detroit Branch.  Events can include lectures, study groups, art exhibits and more! Please check our website regularly for information on upcoming events.

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

Learn more about AWSNA and find valuable information in their monthly newsletter, Inform, which highlights relevant news and events of interest to the Waldorf community.  Stay on top of important current topics related to children, families, and Waldorf Education!

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For Sale

One 1/2-size student cello with newer bow and soft case, $150.  Also one used 3/4-size student violin with bow and case, $100.  Both are ideal for beginner players.  For more information, please contact Ina at

Taiko Drumming Classes & Concerts

Ask your librarian about Taiko! Whether you’re already a taiko enthusiast, or perhaps just curious to see Japanese Taiko drumming for the first time, we invite you to visit the Great Lakes Taiko Center (GLTC) website at where you can check out our Summer Taiko Classes (including A2 Taiko Intro classes starting 6/26) and find out more about Taiko Drums at the Top of the Park next Wednesday 6/21 and other upcoming events. Feel free to contact RSSAA Librarian Eileen Ho, also a member of the Raion Taiko ensemble and instructor at the Great Lakes Taiko Center. Drum On!

Summer Joy Shopper’s Fair
Sunday, July 9, 2-6 pm
Rudolf Steiner High School

Shop local! Entrepreneurs will set up shop to give you excellent and fun products. All you have to do is show up! Free and open to the public.

Free Kittens

Five adorable kittens, born on May 25, are looking for loving families to adopt. There are 2 orange (one tiger orange and white the other all orange), 2 black kittens and one tortoise (but mainly black) available. Mom is the Ragdoll, the kittens don’t look anything like her, but they are super cute! If interested please contact me at or call at 617.308.7913. They should be available to go home with you in mid to early July (a July 4th gift perhaps?) You can come meet them and choose one whenever you want. Thanks!

Violin Lessons

My name is Clare Oliver-DiPaola, and I am a graduating senior who will be attending The University of Michigan in the Fall. I have taught violin privately in Royal Oak throughout high school and now that I am moving to Ann Arbor, I’d like to extend my availability to beginner students at the Lower School. Lessons would be taught at Residential College at East Quad on U-M campus. Rate $30/hour. Contact: or call 586-246-5769.

Housesitter/Dogsitter Needed

We are looking to hire someone – a paid position – for housesitting and dog care from July 22 – August 5 in our house near downtown Ann Arbor. Please contact Dilip or Janice Das: 734-709-1617.

Reflexology Special for Steiner Families

Certified reflexologist Yoshiko offers sessions utilizing a gentle and relaxing style of reflexology out of her home studio off of Miller Ave.  A standard 60-minute session includes a warm foot soak with Epsom salt, foot reflexology, leg and hand massage, and your choice of organic tea. First session is $40 for all Steiner families through September 30, 2017. Regularly $50. Online booking and inquiry available

For Sale

Used wooden sully – $20, metal and plastic unicycl,e 21 inch – $15, handmade baby cradle – Free.  Contact Karen at if you are interested.

Talking Colors Art School Summer Program

Taught by some of our own Art Teachers, Elena Townsend-Efimova, Barbara Hohmann, Caitie Shaughnessy-Parrish & Riccardo Capraro. A variety of classes are offered: painting, drawing, jewelry making, mosaics, dolls and book making and much more. Visit for more information.

Home for Sale

Wonderful family home for sale! 10 minutes from the lower school on country roads. Beautiful setting – 3 acres, expansive views of meadows and trees, amazing stars. Friendly, helpful neighbors – fresh raw milk just down the street. 5 bedrooms, open floor plan, many updates, flooded with sunlight, cheerful, welcoming space. If you’re thinking of moving, this could be the perfect home for you! We are listing soon, but call for a showing asap to possibly grab it before we list. 6364 Jennings Rd, Ann Arbor. Call or text Brooke 734-730-7235.

House Sitter

Hi Steiner friends! My name is Anika Sproull. I graduated from the Steiner high school in 2013 and will be graduating from Kalamazoo College this June. I plan to be in the Ann Arbor area for part of this summer (mid-June to mid-July) and am currently looking into living options for myself and my girlfriend. If anyone is planning on spending the summer away from Ann Arbor and is interested in live-in house care please contact me. I have experience living on my own and taking care of a house and I also have lots of experience taking care of animals (so that could be part of the equation as well). My email is and my cell phone is (734) 474 7941.


Looking for a fun, trustworthy, and experienced babysitter? Rose Dumbrigue, a Rudolf Steiner High School graduate, is available Monday, Thursday, Friday and all day weekends. She is also available for school breaks. Please contact Rose to learn more by email or phone 303­-638-­8021.

Craniosacral and Massage Therapy

Steiner parent Joy Van Bael of Homestead Healing Arts Studio offers craniosacral therapy and therapeutic massage at a discounted rate for all Steiner families.  First session is $50 for one hour, regularly $75.  Online booking is available

Office Space for Rent

Tuesdays and Thursdays and evenings Monday thru Saturday. Homestead Healing Arts Studio, 308 S. State Street, is in a beautiful and quiet setting in downtown Ann Arbor.  Ideal for massage therapy, private yoga instruction, Reiki, energy work, and or counseling. For more info call Joy at 586 944-3395.

Artikko Custom Cakes

Elegant or fun cakes and cake toppers for birthdays, holidays, events, and more. Styles available for kids, teens, and adults. Made by Steiner students Aiden Standke and Sylvia Gabriel. Orders and questions

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Capture your student’s beautiful artwork in a 2’x3′ collage on canvas. We will do the work for you! Just choose up to 36 pieces of art and we will take high quality photos and create a collage for you to display.  Easy way to preserve years of hard work and a perfect gift or graduation keepsake. $175. Other sizes also available. Email to get started!

Birth and Postpartum Doula Services

Whitney Kolongowski, mom of three Steiner Lower School kiddos, offers birth and postpartum doula services. She also teaches Childbirth Education classes as well as Dancing for Birth classes. Contact her to learn more or for an interview for all of your birthing needs.

Natural Body Products for Sale

Rica Casey, employee at the HS, sells natural body products at the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays from 3-7 pm. Shea body butters (enriched and raw) and a variety of body scrubs make for great gifts or pampering for yourself! If you can’t make it to the market, feel free to call her at 734-858-9497 or email to place an order.

Voice and Piano Studio

RSSAA graduate now teaching classical voice, musical theater and piano from home studio in Ypsilanti. I will be teaching out of the house and available on Fridays, Saturdays and possibly Wednesdays. I will also be working with Arbor Opera Theater. I would love to teach any Steiner students that may be interested!  Please contact Angela Hench at 734-846-2336 or

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We invite RSSAA families to use the button below to visit the Great! Schools website and rate/review our school. Many prospective families use this website to evaluate their education options. Make your voice heard!

Have a question about RSSAA?

Important information about our school including State of the School (financial), tuition increase statement, handbooks, meeting minutes, athletics, clubs and more, can always be found on the school extranet.

Amazon Customers can support RSSAA

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support RSSAA every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to RSSAA. You can use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select “Rudolf Steiner School Association of Ann Arbor” to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make from will result in a donation to RSSAA!

Shop for Steiner

Please remember to use our program for your regular household purchases to earn money for the school. Visit to see the offerings and register using our school code of 75LBF72699L. Arbor Farms Market offers the easiest way to participate: simply say you are from the Steiner School at the checkout. They donate 3% of all Steiner purchases which results in an average of $600/month! Please see the attached flyer for other grocery store programs. We do lots of fun things with our average $15,000 of scrip income each year. This past school year we contributed to the new Gaga pit at the Lower School, and we paid for the installation of a Disc Golf course at the High School. Both of these are being enjoyed immensely by the students and getting a lot of use. Any questions please contact Martha Leabu at

Support RSSAA through our Business Partners

When doing business with our Business Partners, please mention the Rudolf Steiner School. A donation will then be made to the school. For full information and a list of partners, please visit

Share Our School Through Facebook!

Are you on Facebook? So are we! When you visit the RSSAA Facebook pages and click “Like”, you’ll not only stay updated on what’s going on at the school and in the world of Waldorf Education, you’ll also help our school by raising awareness about Waldorf Education and the great programs we offer here at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

Past Announcements Newsletters are available on our school Extranet Communication Page

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