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Information on regular monthly events is available through the online school calendar.
All are welcome to join us for crafting, tea and socializing. Experienced and novice crafters are welcome. Bring your own craft or just stop in for a visit. Small children are welcome, but must be supervised.
Re-enrollment contracts have been mailed to families and the deadline for submission is Friday, February 16. The school will send you a copy of the finalized contract after it is fully processed. Please direct financial questions to Carolyn Raschke, Finance Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For any other questions, stop by the Front Office at either campus. Thank you!
As noted on the 2018-19 enrollment contracts, the Tuition Assistance application deadline for returning families is Friday, March 2. Tuition Assistance applications are submitted online through FACTS Grant & Aid. See the Tuition Assistance section on the Tuition page of our website www.steinerschool.org/tuition for a direct link to the application. FACTS requires a copy of your 2017 federal tax return as well as related schedules and documents. Please make arrangements to have your taxes completed as soon as possible if you have not already done so. Contact Carolyn Raschke, Finance Manager, at email@example.com if you have other specific questions.
We are once again selling local organic seeds from the Ann Arbor Seed Company ($4/packet) and biodynamic seeds from Turtle Tree Seeds ($3/packet). Turtle Tree Seeds: Download the order form and for descriptions of the seeds visit the Turtle Tree website. The Ann Arbor Seed Company: Download the order form and for descriptions of the seeds visit the AA Seed Company website. All proceeds from the seed sale support our gardening program! Our gardening program strives to help our students become good stewards of our land. Activities include growing vegetables for Salad Day and Thanksgiving, planting and harvesting native edibles in our woods, and caring for our four rain gardens. ALL SEED ORDERS NEED TO BE TURNED IN TO THE LOWER SCHOOL FRONT OFFICE BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16. PLEASE MAKE CHECKS OUT TO RSSAA with “Seed Sale” in the memo. Seeds should be in by mid-March and will be distributed to the classroom of the oldest student in the ordering family to take home.
|RSSAA is committed to sustaining a relevant and evolving Waldorf curriculum designed to serve our students from the Early Childhood Program to High School graduation|
|There will be two opportunities for community members to have input on our new Strategic Plan, and to get involved in making the priorities of the plan a reality for our community over the coming five years.||RSSAA is committed to nurturing a strong, connected and warm school community that supports families and children|
|Each of these meetings will be a chance to give your perspective on our School’s priorities and direction, as well as see if you want to be involved in a working group or committee around a particular area of the plan.||RSSAA is committed to forging strong connections and bonds between the school and our environment – the local community, international Waldorf Education Movement, and the national education conversation|
|Saturday, March 17, 11 – 12:30 pm
(immediately after Parent Council)
Wednesday, March 28, 7 – 8:30 pm
|RSSAA is committed to ensuring that the school is economically stable and has the resources to support continued stability and healthy growth|
|There are five pillars which the new Strategic Plan has been built on.||RSSAA is committed to building administrative and structural capacities across the school community designed to support students, faculty, parents, staff and community members|
TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 16, IS THE LAST DAY OF THE CLASS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ANNUAL FUND! THANK YOU to all of you who have donated or pledged. You can donate online at the RSSAA Website. Email your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org or print a pledge card and drop it off at the office by Friday.
Your participation is very important. Please help your child’s class reach 100% participation. We have $5000 for class participation matches, enough for 10 classes reaching 100% participation. Your one pledge/donation will count for all your children’s classes.
Annual Fund goes directly to supporting professional development for our faculty and tuition assistance for families. Don’t let our teachers and children miss the opportunity for $5000 more in support of our programs. Please make your donation or pledge today.
How can you help your child navigate the media age? Natalie Dove, Eastern Michigan professor and current Steiner parent, will discuss the multiple influences on children and adolescents today, and share ideas and methods to help them protect themselves. Save the date for this important event.
This award-winning film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Visit the website to find more information and watch the trailer. Discussion will follow.
We are currently seeking multiple positions including Early Childhood Coordinator, Grade One Teacher and HS Humanities Teacher. Please visit the Employment page on the website for full information on these opportunities.
The RSSAA faculty is delighted to host the next regional AWSNA conference, February 22-24 , 2018, at our Lower School campus. The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America invites Steiner parents, teachers and board members from schools in the the mid-west to attend lectures, participate in conversations, and join in artistic creations. Please mark your calendar for this exciting event and visit our website for event information and registration.
There is only one more week before I need to send on our BoxTops for our April check. Please gather up all that you have stashed around and drop them off at either school office. Every BoxTop helps! You can find BoxTops on your Annie’s® food boxes, Hefty®, Kleenex® and many more products. Ask your family and extended family to clip them to help RSSAA. You can drop them at the Lower School or High School office. Please visit BoxTops for Education 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 email@example.com.
Hard copies of conference signups are available at the Front Desk through Friday afternoon. After Friday, all additions or changes to a respective signup must be made by contacting the respective teacher(s).
Congratulations to middle school instrumental music students who performed at MSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festival Saturday, February 10 at Livonia Franklin HS. Evelyn Rosier, Sylvia Hunt, Sylva Das, Eryn Marquardt, Katie Krushelnick, Mary Margaret Hatch, Hana Vroom, Tavyn Likosky, Jacob Frerichs, Evan Guzek, Tobias Hunt, Ben Axon, Levi Rajda, and George Theriot received either I (Superior), or II (Excellent) medals for their performances. BRAVO STEINER MUSICIANS!
Please check the Lost and Found during Parent/Teacher conferences to claim items. Any items unclaimed by Friday, February 16 will be given to charity.
Due to Parent Teacher Conferences. If you have not received an email to sign up for conferences and childcare, please contact the front office.
Early Childhood camp will follow the rhythm of our school days with winter-themed circle time, stories and crafts. Grades campers will be spending time out in the snow, making winter crafts and snacks. We will make ice lanterns, duct tape sleds and more! Before & After Care available from 8:30 am – 5 pm. Sign up here.
In order to fill our Lower School yearbook with fun memories we need the photos that families are taking throughout the school year. If you have some great photos from school events, athletics, festivals or even just day-to-day activities, please share them with us so that Grade 8 can turn them into a treasured book for your students. Simply title your photo with the name and/or grade of the person, people or event and drop your photos into this Dropbox account. No registration or login necessary.
Our Middle School classes are happy to offer Monday Burrito (NEW!) Tuesday Pizza and Thursday Bagels! These fundraisers help support class trips. Please the LS General Information Page for the order forms with all the information on these great lunch and snack options!
Golden Eagles Parent Meeting, February 28, 3:30 pm
We have a few spots still open in our upcoming Parent Child Class! The classes are Thursdays and Fridays from 9-11 am and run from March 1 until March 30. Please register here for a sweet morning of play, snack and circle time with other dear little friends.
The Lower School Grade 7/8 Girls basketball team play this afternoon (February 15) at St Mary’s Catholic School, 10601 Dexter-Pinkney Road, Pinkney. The game start time is 4:30 pm. Please feel free to come watch and cheer the girls on!
Three games are scheduled for the week after winter break! Spectators are welcome. On Tuesday, 2/27, the girls’ JV and Varsity teams play Christ the King (4000 Ave Maria Dr, Ann Arbor) at 4:30 and 5:30 pm. On Wednesday, 2/28, the two teams play Emerson School (5425 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor) at 4 pm. and 5 pm. On Thursday, 3/1, the action takes place at Spiritus Sanctus Academy (4101 East Joy Road, Ann Arbor). The game start times are 4:15 and 5:15 pm., respectively.
The Coach Cosey (Summer Basketball) Camp will run Monday, June 18-Friday, June 22 from 4-6 p.m., followed by a tournament on Saturday, June 23 (exact times to be announced). The cost is $180/participant, and includes lunch on Saturday.
The camp will be conducted in the Lower School gym by Bob Cosey, a long-time Steiner basketball coach. Beginners and advanced players are welcome! The camp is open to all boys and girls currently in Grades 4-7. Coach Cosey will focus on individual skills and team work during the week. Each participant will be assigned to a team with his or her peers. The teams will then be able to test their new skills at the camp tournament on Saturday. For additional information or to reserve a spot, please contact Ina Gerdenich, LS Athletic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for more information on a Girls Basketball Camp as well!
For everyone’s safety and as a reminder, please use the pull-off area of the driveway (before the mailbox) to drop off/pick up students. You may also pull up in front of the Frame House. Please do not drop off students in the driveway between mailbox and parking lot!
HS students in the Model UN club will attend the 2018 Mid-American Model United Nations Conference. The conference lasts four days, and students will depart the HS on Tuesday, March 6 and return on Saturday, March 10. Parents of club members are welcome to attend! To find out more about the MAMUN Conference, visit www.mamunonline.com
Join Dr. Owen-Cruise for an informational night geared towards helping students choose the colleges they will be applying to. Target audience is Grades 10 and 11, but any interested HS student and/or parent is welcome to attend. Please note the change of date from March 5.
The Rudolf Steiner High School All School Chorus will be presenting their annual Casual Classics Concert on Friday, March 16 from noon to 12:30 pm. This year the choir is very excited to present one of the greatest chorus works in the choral literature repertoire: Mozart Requiem in D minor. We hope that you will be able to take a few minutes out of your day to join us for this enjoyable event. Bring a friend and come and hear some incredible choral singing!
Please see “Sports Announcements” for further detail.
Language Day will be celebrated by the German classes attending German Day at U of M, and the Spanish and ELL classes will head to Lansing for a great experience.
The High School will be closed the week of February 19. During the break, the HS front office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm. We will resume regular school on Monday, February 26.
Winter Sports Banquet: Join us at the high school on Tuesday, March 20 at 5 pm for the Winter Sports Banquet, where we will celebrate our Boys and Girls Basketball teams!
Boys Basketball parents– We ask that you bring a salad or side dish to share.
Girls Basketball parents– We ask that you bring a dessert to share.
The school will be providing pizza and drinks.
All uniforms are required to be returned no later than the banquet! We look forward to seeing you all and celebrating our basketball teams.
Athletic Fees: If you are playing basketball and have not already done so, please turn in your $120 Athletics fee. These fees are used to offset a portion of the many resources it takes to run our teams. Checks can be made out to RSSAA, and turned in to the front office of the high school at your earliest convenience.
Girls Basketball: The girls basketball team is now 9-8 on the season after an exciting and emotional stretch of games. Last Thursday, the girls fell to Greenhills 43-31 in a game where they started off very slowly, and could not quite make it over the hump. The team then turned their attention towards the big rematch against Calhoun Christian in a key conference matchup on Monday, 2/12. The girls played their hearts out and took a 20-11 lead into halftime. The second half of the game took a very unfortunate turn for the Storm, as a combination of factors, most of which were well outside the girls’ control, led to the Storm being able to finish the game with only 4 players before ultimately falling 55-46 to the Cougars.
The girls returned home the following day to host Livingston Christian and attempt a season sweep of the Falcons. The girls were clearly exhausted from the emotional energy (and long bus ride) from the night before, and did not play their best game. However, the girls managed to keep the game close deep into the 4th quarter. The Storm trailed 25-23 with just over one minute remaining, but the girls kept fighting and outscored LCS 6-2 in the last minute to escape with a 29-27 victory. Great job, girls!
The Storm will look to make it two in a row on Friday when they host Pansophia Academy. Friday is also senior night, so please come out to support our wonderful girls basketball seniors!
Boys Basketball: The boys basketball team has suffered two incredibly close losses this past week, and is looking to get back into the win column. On Monday, the boys traveled to Battle Creek to face their conference rival, the Calhoun Christian Cougars. The boys played well and played extremely hard, but were hit with an unfortunate shooting slump. The boys struggled to knock down shots all night, and could not make enough plays at the end before falling to Calhoun 38-34 in a tough loss for the Storm.
The boys returned home to face Livingston Christian in hopes to avenge a loss from earlier in the season. The Storm and the Falcons are two extremely evenly matched teams, and the game was an exciting, back and forth affair all night. Both teams flashed some extremely hot 3 point shooting, but in the 3rd quarter, the Falcons built up a 9 point cushion. The Storm roared back in the 4th quarter, extending the game and cutting the lead to two on multiple occasions. LCS made enough free throws at the end to keep our boys at bay, and the Falcons ultimately won the game by a score of 63-61.
The boys will attempt to get back to their winning ways on Friday when they host Pansophia Academy. Friday is also senior night, so please come out to support our wonderful boys basketball seniors!
Subscribe to the Online Calendar for updates, game times and locations, as well as directions to away games.
6:00pm: HS Girls Basketball game vs Pansophia – SENIOR NIGHT (@WLMS)
7:30pm: HS Boys Basketball game vs Pansophia – SENIOR NIGHT (@WLMS)
6:15pm: HS Girls Basketball: HS Girls Basketball game @ Will Carleton
7:45pm: HS Boys Basketball: HS Boys Basketball game @ Will Carleton
Books checked out this week will be due back MONDAY, February 26, the day we return from break.
Please limit 2 books out at any time.
Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday on February 22.
The first President of the United States was born in 1732
and served as President from 1789 to 1797. “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage
than the promotion of science and literature.
Knowledge is in every country
the surest basis of public happiness.”
Do you have used books to donate? This year Parent Library has a goal to double its size, so if you have any books about Waldorf Education, Parenting, Child & Brain Development, Craft & Knitting, Toys & Games, Festivals & Celebrations, or Health & Nutrition, that you are willing to donate to the Parent Library, please email Andrea Basso (email@example.com) and we will be very glad to meet you! Thank you in advance!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, drop a note at the office, or visit us in person. We welcome your Feedback!
Karen Totten, Andrea Basso, Jim Johnston, Claudia Browne, Eileen Ho (volunteer), Tim Schramm (volunteer)
Monday: 1 pm-3 pm
Tuesday: 1 pm-3 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm-2:30 pm
Thursday: 1 pm-4 pm
Please, see Karen Totten or Lenore Pacitto for room-use requests.
The Parent Library will be open during Coffee Hour and Craft Tea Group: Every Tuesday 8:30-10 am in the Multipurpose Room, or by appointment (email Andrea Basso: email@example.com). Note: The Parent Library is no longer a self-checkout Library.
If you are interested in volunteering for either the Ellie Klopp or Parent Library this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re happy to announce another Art of Fasting Weekend! Join us from March 16-18 on a medically supervised retreat at the historic Anna Botsford Bach Home, where we will learn about the benefits of fasting by doing it. The weekend activities include art, meditation, stretching, nature walks, singing, nutrition lectures, and a limited liquid diet of fresh, organic juices and broths. Feel free to stay the whole weekend, or to join us for as many activities as you like. Call 734-222-1491 or visit www.steinerhealth.org/fasting for registration info, schedule and fees.
Get on the water and try an incredible sport with the Washtenaw Rowing Center! Rowing (aka crew) is flourishing in our community, with nationally competitive boys and girls teams in Washtenaw County, as well as top collegiate programs at universities throughout the state. Now middle school students also have the chance to give it a try, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere where they’ll learn basic technique and get on the water to experience what this exciting sport is all about! Classes are open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders and are held on the Huron River out of Concordia University’s campus in Ann Arbor. Summer programs start the third week of June. Any questions? Contact Program Director Kit Bennett at email@example.com or by phone (810) 610-7463. www.washtenawrowingcenter.com
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room on Main Street in Ann Arbor carries wonderful Waldorf-related books in sections devoted to Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy, Children’s Waldorf Literature, and Waldorf School. Come and browse our titles on Anthroposophy as a spiritual path, guardian angels, biodynamics, eurythmy, cooking and crafts, mothering as a spiritual practice, Elsa Beskow classics, Steiner classrooms, and more. For Steiner families, we also offer 15% off titles in these sections and 15% off all beeswax candles throughout the year. Just mention it at check-out. For more information, contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. http://www.anthroposophy.org/groups/ann-arbor-mi-great-lakes-branch/
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!
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a unique mentor-led, workshop-based approach to equipping kids with the entrepreneurial skills needed to start a business! Visit our website or download our flyer for more information. FREE needs-based scholarships.
Looking for someone who can housesit and stay with my sweet old 18-yr old cat sometime in the next month. Please contact Nika if you may be interested or to get more details. email@example.com
Elizabeth Whitton, parent at the LS and HS, is looking for a needle felter to make items that she sells online such as little animals, 3D rainbows, and flower motifs. Materials are provided and payment is based on finished pieces. The ideal candidate will be able to duplicate designs that are already created and won’t mind making the same items over and over again. Must be able to complete approximately 10 items per week that take an average of 1 hr. to felt. For more information or to apply, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Navy blue fleece jacket with embroidered “Storm” logo (Ladies Performance Tek Jacket by Edward Garments), Size S. $45. Contact Ina, 734-717-9079, email@example.com.
We are looking for someone interested in caring for our 2 1/2 year-old child in a Waldorf-inspired way at our home near the RSSAA lower school beginning mid to late March. Flexibility with schedule is important with an average 20-25 hours per week. Please text/call Holly at 734-645-5978 (no voicemail option so please text message) or email for questions/interest.
Aaron Magewick, parent at the LS, offers a wide range of services to support your everyday devices. He recovers missing data & forgotten passwords, fixes slow computers, does training and much more. All of this while having affordable pricing. If you have any needs please contact him at Aaron@A2ComputerRepair.com
Family with four children (ages 3-11) is looking for an Au-Pair with Waldorf experience for one year beginning summer 2018. Possibility to attend Rudolf Steiner Institute in same town. Language skills and experience with children needed. Please contact Johanna Knorr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0172/9660589.
Restore the mind, body, and soul with Therapeutic Massage and Cranio Sacral Therapy. Joy offers a warm and inviting healing space where one can find peace, stillness, and greater ease in the body. Joy Van Bael offers 18 years of experience in Massage and Bodywork. She is a graduate of the Upledger Institute and Irene’s Myomassology Institute. Her office is located in Downtown Ann Arbor, Homestead Healing Arts Studio, 308 1/2 South State Street, Suite #37. Call 586 944-3395 to schedule your next Massage. Discounts offered for Monthly or bi-weekly appointments. For more info and details on services offered, visit www.homesteadhealing.com available Friday evenings and Saturday 9 am-5 pm.
The Bees’ Knees Apiary is located 7 miles north of RSSAA. Our bees produce a range of healing products including 6 seasonal varietals of organic raw honey and specialty infusions with propolis to help treat autoimmune disease and conditions associated with infection and inflammation. We also have fresh honey comb and beeswax. Please drop by to tour our apiary and taste our bees’ miraculous creations! Call/Text Cecilia at 74-358-0525 or email email@example.com
Offering our exclusive line of natural toys, playroom furniture, plus woolens, art supplies, and much more. We have many new items and still offer a 10% discount on larger items (over $150) for in-store pickup. Since I, Judy Alexander, have a 5th grader at the Steiner school, smaller orders placed online can be delivered to your child at school. For information call: 734-927-5005.
SPECIAL for Waldorf families & friends, 10% off your total purchase of organic baby products, toys, eco home items, clothing, jewelry, etc. OurGreenHouse.com creates beautiful all-organic gift baskets or, if you prefer, make your own! use code: GIFT10.
LifeForce Yoga is a style of yoga that uses breath work, meditation, visualization, chanting, and postures to offer relief for anxiety and depression. This style is for those who have never before practiced yoga all the way to advanced practitioners. Brooke Pickrell is a Registered Yoga Teacher and LifeForce Yoga practitioner. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-819-7848, or visit her Facebook page at 1:15 Yoga for more information on private lessons.
Classical Homeopathy is a safe, gentle method to restore health; safe for children and pregnant women. Monica Gurnani is a distinguished practitioner of classical homeopathy and is known for her exceptional insight and non-judgmental presence in the healing process while providing compassionate, empathetic, free-flowing support to the clients. Check the website for more information, including classes/workshops. Mention this add and receive 15% off your consultation fee (20% seniors, students). 248-982-3642. www.mihomeopath.com. You can also call and schedule a FREE 15-minute introductory phone consultation.
Important information about our school including State of the School (financial), handbooks, meeting minutes, athletics, clubs and more, can always be found on the school extranet.
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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to RSSAA. You can use the same account on Amazon.com 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 smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to RSSAA!
Please remember to use our program for your regular household purchases to earn money for the school. Visit shopwithscrip.com 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. Recently, Shop for Steiner paid for an outdoor light to illuminate the walkway out to the middle school building. We also purchased a new couch for the Lower School teacher’s lounge, and new picnic tables for both campuses. The teachers really appreciate these items. Join in to help us continue to support our staff in this way. Any questions please contact Martha Leabu at email@example.com.
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 http://www.steinerschool.org/support-rssaa/scrip-business-partner-program/.
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.