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Information on regular monthly events is available through the online school calendar.
The Early Childhood teachers will be putting on a Puppet Play at University Living, the assisted living facility which sends residents to visit our EC classes each month. All are welcome to support this outreach to the greater Ann Arbor community!
All are welcome to join us for hot drinks, sweet treats and warm conversation. Thank you to Grade 6 for hosting.
Save the date for the third Annual Alumni vs. Student Basketball Game! This is a fun event for the whole family. HS Students that would like to participate, please contact Coach Schulte at firstname.lastname@example.org, Alumni interested in participating should contact Ashlea Walton at email@example.com. Come cheer on your team of choice!
A new video celebrating the upcoming 100-year anniversary of Waldorf Education is now available on our school homepage. Please enjoy this inspiring short film at www.steinerschool.org
These sunny days keep me smiling. Another thing that makes my smile really big is when I pick up the BoxTops at school and there are a lot of them. Keep this volunteer grandmother smiling and turn in those BoxTops. Please go to BTFE.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Arbor Farms shoppers! Because of you, we consistently receive monthly checks which range from $750-$900. If you shop at Arbor Farms, you simply tell the cashier at checkout that you are from the Rudolf Steiner School. The school name will appear at the top of your receipt, and they will donate 3% of your purchase to us! If you shop at Kroger please register your Kroger Plus card to the school by visiting krogercommunityrewards.com. You only have to do this once, and they will donate to our school based upon sales volume. You are probably scanning your card already, so why not make your purchase count for our school? Their program has changed and does not require us to re-register each year as before. Over the break, I placed an on-line order with LL Bean for some jeans, a couple of shirts, and a raincoat. The total was $350. I went to the shopwithscrip.com website and purchased “Scrip Now” for LL Bean. Since I am already set up for the on-line payment plan, called PrestoPay, which takes the money out of my bank account, they processed my order immediately and emailed me gift card numbers which I used to pay for my order. LL Bean gives a 16% donation to the school, therefore I made $56 for the school and all it cost me was a 15 cent transaction fee. Please give this a try. It’s just one extra step, but it IS worth it. If we all did this, it would be amazing!!! Please remember, friends and relatives can do this to benefit our school as well. Pass the word!
Our annual Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon is coming up soon! What a great way to show our Teachers and Staff our gratitude for all the hard work they do for our kids! Please sign up to: cook, bake, shop, set up, clean up, perform, or make a monetary contribution. Our Teachers and Staff will appreciate it a lot! Many thanks in advance from the Parents Council Hearts Committee.
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming sign ups. Here’s how you can help:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp list: http://signup.com/go/9Y9p17
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. If you have any questions please contact Maribel Rosas at email@example.com.
Paper order forms will be distributed to each student; you can also download an order form here. Yearbooks will cost $28 and you can pay online through the downloaded order form. Payment by check is also accepted, payable to “RSSAA” and please write “Yearbook” in the memo line.
The 8th graders are hard at work to produce this year’s Lower School Yearbook. Please consider supporting the yearbook by placing an ad in the Business Section. All ads will be printed in full color! Ad sizes and prices are as follows:
|Quarter Page||4” x 5”||$30|
|Half Page||8” x 5”||$45|
|Whole Page||8” x 10”||$75|
Click here for the 2016-17 LS Yearbook Ad Order Form. Please make checks payable to ‘RSSAA’. Thank you!
Spring has sprung – what a wonderful time to gather as a school community outdoors! Join us for after school or weekends on the beautiful grounds of the Lower School. The first one is next week:
Friday, May 12 (3:45-6 pm)
Saturday, June 3 (10 am-1 pm)
Come learn about and work on school rain gardens, woodlands, permaculture, and more, together with Celia Larsen, special subject teacher of Gardening. We will dig and plant, weed and chat, mulch and munch. Meet at the vegetable garden tool shed, and stay as long as you’d like. Children who are supervised by parents and would like to help are welcome, or you can sign up for FREE child care. For the weekday dates, just sign up for aftercare using the registration forms in the front office (or call in advance): check the “charge exempt” box and note in the space provided that that you are attending the Gardening Event. To sign up for child care on Saturday, June 3, please use this google form. Events are cancelled if there is heavy rain at that time. Questions? contact Celia Larsen at 248-719-3219 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal is to fill only ONE trash can (instead of the usual 8!) for the Lower and Middle School throughout the month of April, and to create habits to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost beyond this month. Please, pack lunches with recyclable or reusable containers, cloth napkins, a small hand towel, reusable silverware, etc. Thank you from the Seventh Grade Earth Day Team!
Every year, RSSAA hosts the Grade 5 Pentathlon event where five Waldorf schools from Ohio and Michigan bring their fifth graders to participate in five events throughout the day. Ms. Jessica Singleton is looking for 10-12 people to help judge the Pentathlon events on May 19. You must be able to participate from 8 am-2 pm on that day. This is a great way for you to learn about how the Pentathlon works, enjoy a day outdoors, and experience the wider Waldorf community. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Singleton at email@example.com.
Monday Meals by Grade 7 now offers hummus, veggies & pita, whole burrito, half burrito and gluten-free mac & cheese options. Please see the attached order form form for full details.
You may participate in any of the Monday meal, Tuesday pizza slice, or Wednesday bagel fundraisers. When completing order forms, adjust the amount due to reflect the number of weeks remaining in the fundraiser. Please contact the Front Office staff if you need assistance.
Thank you for your participation! The funds raised will be used by Grades 6, 7 and 8 to support their respective Grade 8 class trips.
Summer Camp registration is open! Please visit our www.steinerschool.org to register. Contact Kriste Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Summer Break Camp Dates: June 19- August 18, 2017.
The EC teachers will be putting on a Puppet Play for the seniors at University Living. The children will also demonstrate songs and movement from their Language Arts Circle. We welcome and encourage you and your children to attend this event, as intergenerational activities are so precious for both our seniors and our little ones. It will be lovely for the children to visit their friends at UL who have been visiting them here at school throughout the year.
Everyone should bring some flowers to share to make floral crowns (the school will provide tape, scissors, ribbon and floral wire). When it is time to dance around the May Pole, we will invite parents to join their child’s class by holding a ribbon or the child’s hand. Please make sure to pack a lunch as we will follow our dancing by picnicking together. (Please bring your own lunches, plates, water bottles and whatever cutlery your family will need).
All current EC families are welcome to join us! There will be puppet plays performed by the EC teachers. Please invite friends and family who might be interested in seeing our school and learning about our program.
This year we will be hosting our end-of-the-year picnic at the Beach Center Pavilion at Independence Lake. This gives an opportunity for the whole EC to celebrate the end of the year as one large group.
This exciting venue will allow the children to run, swim, and play in the splash pad. Because we will be off-campus, there will be no normally scheduled class or care for EC at the school on this day. There is no childcare provided at the picnic. This means that a parent MUST accompany their children to the picnic. If you are unable to attend, you may make your own arrangements with another parent to supervise your child while at the picnic. EC staff will be in attendance, but will not be solely responsible for supervising the children while at Independence Lake. If you have any questions about this, please contact your child’s teacher. More information will follow about the details of this exciting event!
RSSAA welcomes families with children from birth to four years old to enjoy a morning of free-play, snack-time, and circle-time. Parents will love the welcoming atmosphere and mutual support from peers and the facilitator. For more information and to register, please follow this link: https://www.steinerschool.org/early-childhood/parent-child-program/
Grade 6 invites you to a Medieval themed May Faire beginning at 12:30. We will make merry, sing and dance around the Maypole, and then revel in all the glory that Medieval life has to offer. A variety of bake-sale
items and drinks will be available at the event for purchase. The event will be held rain or shine!
The LS Track team’s first meet last week was cancelled due to predicted stormy weather. The meet is rescheduled for May 17. In the meantime, the next meet is Wednesday, May 3, 5 pm at Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Road. Events will include dashes and runs, relays, long jump and shot put. All are welcome to attend and support the team!
Summer Basketball Camp registration is open. Please visit www.steinerschool.org and follow the links to the Camp registration page. Note that the sessions are limited to 12 players each. Questions may be directed to Ina Gerdenich at email@example.com.
Boys Basketball. Session 1: June 19-23, 9 am to noon
Boys Basketball. Session 2: July 10-14, 9 am to noon
Girls Basketball. Session 1: June 19-23, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Girls Basketball. Session 2: June 26-30, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Basketball camp is for all students entering Grades 5-8 who wish to play the game. Sessions 1 and 2 are designed to complement one another. A student may attend one or both sessions. The first session will begin with a focus on fundamental techniques, including dribbling, shooting, and offensive/defensive tactics. This will be followed by an introduction/review of the game rules and the concept of team play, as well as actual playing time. The second session will offer the same material, but a greater emphasis will be placed on team play. In all cases, the coaches will adjust the programming as needed to meet the players at their level. Students should finish the camp with a familiarity of the game and their own abilities, and an understanding of what they can practice to improve their skills. Players who wish to play on a middle or high school team in the upcoming school year are particularly encouraged to attend. Children should bring their basketball shoes and a snack. For more information, please contact Ina Gerdenich, LS Athletic Director.Coaches: Audree Davis & Tre Brooks (Girls); Koji Vroom (Boys)
All Grade 9 parents are encouraged to attend this parent information meeting for the Farm Trip. We will be discussing the planned farm activities, as well as answering any questions. This meeting will be immediately followed by the Glee Concert.
All Grade 10 parents are encouraged to attend this parent information meeting for the Survey Trip. We will be discussing the planned activities on the trip, as well as answering any questions. This meeting will be immediately followed by the Glee Concert
The HS Women’s Vocal Ensemble and Steiner Singers present their annual Glee Concert. Please join us in the HS Assembly Hall for an evening of song.
Grade 11 students will present their work from the Shakespeare Main Lesson block.
Save the date! Further details to come.
Join Dr. Owen-Cruise for an evening geared towards preparing to apply for college. Target audience is Grade 11; however, any interested HS student or HS parent is more than welcome to attend.
All High School students will perform in both their instrumental groups and the All-School Chorus. Come and enjoy an evening of music!
Let your student know how proud you are of him/her or showcase your business by placing an ad in the HS Yearbook. Please fill out the 2016-17 Yearbook Advertisement Placement Form with cash, check or money order (made out to RSSAA), to the HS Office.
If you would like to order lunches, please complete the Lunch Order form found in the school extranet High School section. Please feel free to call or come in to the main office if you have any questions or concerns.
MONDAY SPECIAL MEAL: Chef Magdiale Wolmark, parent of RSSAA students Raen and Gabrael, and the RSSAA 7th Grade are pleased to offer a delicious seasonal meal made from locally-sourced, organic and/or biodynamic food. The meal options include a whole or half bean and rice burrito, gluten free mac & cheese, or (NEW) hummus, veggie and pita, all with a side, dessert and fruit. If you would like this meal delivered to the HS, please complete the attached order form (pro-rate the amount for the remaining weeks ordered after February 27) and turn it and your payment in to the HS Front Office. The form must be received one week before your first meal delivery. Be sure to check back for next term’s delicious meal offering!
Uniform Return: If you have not returned a uniform from any Fall or Winter sport, please return them to Brent Schulte (Bschulte@steinerschool.org) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Girls Soccer: The Girls Soccer team has been working hard in preparing for their opening weekend of competition this Saturday at the Lenawee Christian Cougar Cup in Adrian. The girls are eager to begin what promises to be an exciting season!
Subscribe to the Online Calendar for updates, game times and locations, as well as directions to away games.
Girls Soccer @ Lenawee Christian Cougar Cup
5:00pm: Girls Soccer vs Charyl Stockwell (@ Lower School)
4:30pm: Girls Soccer vs Arbor Prep (@ Lower School)
5:30pm: Girls Soccer @ Calhoun
Did you know?! …that over 2,000 books have been checked out from the Ellie Klopp Library by students, parents, faculty, and staff this year (2,033 books were borrowed since our opening day on September 19, 2016 through the end of last month on March 31, 2017). The Librarians thank you all for reading so many books from our collections!
Remember that the last day to check out a book from the Lower School Library is Thursday, May 18, and all books must be returned by Thursday, May 25. What great read will you find this week?
The Parent Library is open (~8:10 AM ~ 10 AM) during “Coffee Hour” or “Craft-Tea Group” times on Tuesdays mornings in the Multipurpose Room (at the west end of the school, past the Ellie Klopp Library).
Do you love books and enjoy your time at the Library?
Volunteering for either the Ellie Klopp Library or Parent Library is a wonderful way to meet others with a shared interest in supporting these valuable resources at our school. If you would like to volunteer this year, please see Karen Totten at the E.K. Library, Andrea Basso for the Parent Library, or e-mail us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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!
Ellie Klopp Library (LS)
Monday: 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Wednesday: noon – 2:30 PM
Thursday: 1-3 PM (last day is May 18)
Parent Library (LS Multipurpose Room)
Tuesday: 8:10 – 10 AM (when there’s Coffee Hour or Craft-Tea Group)
Karen Totten (LS, Program Director), Tim Schramm (LS), Andrea Basso (LS, Parent Library), Eileen Ho (HS, online)
Gemini invites you to their annual spring family concert. Gemini, twin brothers, San and Laz Slomovits, have been playing folk music for children and families for 43 years and are now playing for their fourth generation of fans. For about the last ten years San’s daughter Emily (RSSAA alumna 2013) has been joining them on violin and vocals so often that they’ve now taken to calling their trio Gemily. Wonderful music, stories, and great fun for the whole family. For more info, please visit GeminiChildrensMusic.com and TheArk.org.
Beth Gilford (Lower School recorder teacher) and Joann Constantinides (LS office) are members of this all-women’s choral group. The Grail Singers will present a concert of sacred music from the Codex Specialnik, one of the oldest surviving collections of Czech renaissance polyphony. The music was in use in the Prague Ultraquist congregations of the Bohemian Reformation around 1500. For additional information please visit: www.AnnArborGrailSingers.org, or call Joann at 734-660-3338.
Are you looking for an easy way to support your child’s social skills and bring ease to academics?Are you interested in helping your child with focus, attention and impulse control?
A foundational course in Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training will be presented at the new middle school commons. BRMT is a movement program inspired by the innate rhythmic movement patterns that babies automatically make before they learn to walk. BRMT works to integrate these patterns (reflexes) by replicating specific developmental movements in a rhythmic way or with the use of gentle isometric pressure. This neurodevelopmental approach is easy to implement, effective, noninvasive, empowering and a non-drug approach designed to enhance neurological systems that are causing learning, behavioral, motor, visual and emotional challenges. Learn to experience and use the body and brain’s natural healing resources to support the senses of touch, movement and balance. Simple movements can improve sleep, digestion, memory, organization and emotional regulation. This course will be taught by Kate Wagner and Barbara Boeheim both practitioners of BRMT. For more information on this and future courses email: email@example.com. Barbara is the Waldorf Educational Support Extra Lesson practitioner at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor’s lower school and a pediatric occupational therapist.
Find your joy at this vendors’ market! We will have a variety of entrepreneurs, local businesses, and crafters to share their joys with you. We are still accepting vendors, so if you would like to sell, contact Rica at firstname.lastname@example.org soon! Tables are $30, and parents and staff of the school are given priority. Learn more at www.injoybe.com/findyourjoy.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com and my cell phone is (734) 474 7941.
Looking for a fun, energetic, experienced and reliable person to watch two kids (ages 5 and 6) through the summer. Weekday mornings 9:30 am -1:30 pm, June 20th through August. Must be 18 or older, have reliable transportation, and be comfortable with dogs and farm animals. Pay is $10/hr. Interested? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Metallic silver, power sunroof, back up camera, GPS options, solar air conditioning, transparent chip-guard shield on hood, dark gray interior, cloth seats, new tires, Manufacture warranty until 100K. $15,500. Excellent condition, one owner. Contact Debbie, 734-995-2323 or 734-678-2066.
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 email@example.com or phone 303-638-8021.
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 www.homesteadhealing.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our warehouse is tucked away here in Ann Arbor and we are open to the public. You can always order online at www.palumba.com and select “in store pickup” and we will have your order ready for you when you come in. Located at 221 Felch Street #C2, drive behind the JC Beal Construction building just west of Ashley Street. 734-995-1400.
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 email@example.com to get started!
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. www.whitneykolongowski.com
Aaron Magewick, parent at the LS, offers a wide range of services to support your everyday devices. He replaces shattered screens & unfaithful batteries, recovers missing data & forgotten passwords, fixes slow computers and much more. All of this while having very affordable pricing as well as flexible pricing for those on a strict budget. If you have any needs please contact him at Aaron@A2ComputerRepair.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.