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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, work on an item for the School Store or just stop in for a visit. Small children are welcome, but must be supervised.
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!
Congratulations High School Music Instrumentalists: Audrey Rosier, Alden Rohwer, Jiyoon Lee, Kelly Bai, Clare Oliver-DiPaola, Maria Canzano, RJ Papierniak, and Evan Hill. Each musician received a First Division (1) -Superior rating at State Solo and Ensemble Festival, March 18, Chelsea HS. BRAVO INSTRUMENTALISTS!
Congratulations HS Jazz Combo: Ben Schaff, R.J. Papierniak , Stanton Greenstone and Spencer Harris on receiving a First Division (1) – Superior rating at State Jazz Festival, March 22, Jackson HS. BRAVO!
For the next month, a thoughtfully chosen assortment of student artwork and Early Childhood puppets will be on display at the Fifth Avenue branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. Please stop by and catch a glimpse of the magic of our school.
To date, a total of $113,745 donations and pledges have been raised for the Annual Fund!
CONGRATULATIONS to all the classes for their strong support. Total donations and pledges raised during the four-week class campaign were $39,344! A record 90% of RSSAA families generously supported this year’s Annual Fund Class Campaign. A RECORD-BREAKING nine classes reached 100% family participation. THANK YOU for donating and pledging to the Annual Fund Class Campaign.
We launch our Alumni Annual Fund campaign at the end of April, which culminates with the annual Alumni Basketball Game on Friday, May 26. We need to raise $26,255 to meet our goal of $140,000!
The Development Team will remind those of you who have pledged. We ask that your pledges be paid by June 30, 2017. You can fulfill your pledge online.
Investing in essential professional-development programs for our teachers and committing to diversity through tuition assistance is why your support of the Annual Fund is so important. Each of us has a stake in our school’s success. THANK YOU!
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
Depending on the number and age of students, one or more camps will be held. In the build camps we will build non-robotic projects and in the robotics camp we will focus on a simple robot or device. Camps are open to Grades 2-10 and are typically held for 4 to 5 hours per day. If your child is interested, please send your child’s name and grade along with hours of the day that would work best for you to Karen Papierniak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit shopwithscrip.com to register your family using our school code of 75LBF72699L to order all kinds of gift cards for gas, groceries, restaurants, gift giving. It’s one stop shopping here!! Order by Tuesday and the cards arrive on Friday. Visit Arbor Farms and say you are from the Steiner School at the register, and 3% or your purchase comes directly to us. Questions? Feel free to contact Martha Leabu at email@example.com or 810-923-0535.
Are you concerned about having your credit card info stolen when you use your card to purchase gas? Apparently this is a common occurrence. You can avoid this entirely by using our gift cards to purchase you gas. You limit your exposure to theft, and help the school as well. It’s a win-win!! We carry gas cards at both campuses for BP, Speedway, and Marathon. They can also be purchased on-line, and re-loaded on line.
Well here we go again, collecting for our next check. Take the BoxTops in an envelope or baggie to either school office or the school store. You will probably find some in your drawers or cupboard when you spring clean. (Does anyone besides old Grandys like me clean out drawers in the spring?) Hopefully we will have a lot of them to send in at the end of the school year. 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.
All are invited to attend a special workshop titled “Art and Science Integration in a Waldorf School”. All parents are welcome, and students in Grade 4 and up may also attend. Gary Banks, one of our science teachers at the high school, will demonstrate our phenomenological method of teaching science and how this relates to and complements the art curriculum. Participants will see several intriguing reactions and experiments. Participants will then take part in an art project guided by Elena Efimova, our high school art teacher. Registration is required for this workshop – please contact Lauren Hughes (email@example.com) to register you and your child.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please stop in the infirmary and check to see if you can find some of your children’s missing items. Items not claimed by March 31 will be donated to charity.
Monday Meals by Grade 7 now offers hummus, veggies & pita, whole burrito, half burrito and gluten-free mac & cheese options beginning February 27. 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 email@example.com with any questions. Summer Break Camp Dates: June 19- August 18, 2017.
Join us for our spring Early Childhood Open House! We will have teachers and administrators on hand to discuss our curriculum and answer your questions. Additionally, we will be presenting a puppet play in one of our kindergarten rooms at 2:15 pm and 3:30 pm. This beautiful performance will captivate young children and their parents.
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!
Get a glimpse of the Early Childhood magic at RSSAA! For the next month, the Ann Arbor District Library will be offering an art display of the beautiful and enchanting puppets that are part of EC experience. Be sure to stop by and experience these amazing creations, which are part of a larger display which includes student artwork.
Welcoming families with children birth to four years old. Registration is now open for our Forest Parent Child Class that starts in the Spring! Families are invited to join Waldorf Early Childhood teachers at Island Park for a morning of outdoor wonder! For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.steinerschool.org/early-childhood/forest-parent-child-program/
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/
On Friday, March 10, our Grade 8 students participated in annual Spanish and German Day activities. The 11th World Languages Day took place at the High School, with the participation of the English Language Learners, the Spanish, and Chinese students, Senora Perla’s 8th graders, and the 7th graders from the Detroit Waldorf School. It was a long but productive day brimming with creativity. Students led, and participated in, a diversity of projects and activities ranging from musical presentations to dramatic skits to graffiti. Once again, the event was a success. We are looking forward to many more!
The 33rd Annual German Day was conducted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus. Besides all HS students taking German, Grade 8 students of German participated in many competitive settings and received numerous awards: Olivia Rosier, 2nd place in extemporaneous reading, Level 1; Alex Coffey, 1st place poetry recitation, Level 1; Itzel Rosas, 2nd place poetry, Level 2; Alex Coffey, Maria Hunter-Shannon, Itzel Rosas, Olivia Rosier and Valeria Takacs, 1st place for their skit, Das ist die Jugend von heute. This group also performed their skit on the stage of Rackham Auditorium to fine applause from about 1000 HS and MS students from SE Lower Michigan. Congratulations to all on these wonderful achievements.
The Lower School Girls Basketball teams will be playing in their season-end tournaments this weekend. Please come cheer for the Stars!
The Grade 7/8 team plays at Ann Arbor Christian School, 5500 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday).
The Grade 5/6 team plays at Washtenaw Christian Academy, 7200 Moon Road, Saline beginning at 4:30 pm tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.
Please check the athletic calendar at www.steinerschool.org for updated information as it unfolds.
The Lower School Track team is getting ready for its upcoming season. Track is open to all students in Grades 5-8. The first practice is scheduled for Monday, April 10, 3:30-4:45 pm. Registration information and the season schedule will be sent directly to all parents of eligible students. Please register no later than Friday, March 31 in order to include your student in the team T-shirt order.
Grade 10 will be performing “The Trojan Women” by Euripides. “The Trojan Women” is considered one of the greatest anti-war plays ever written. Today, as our world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II, this story of people who have lost everything due to war —their families, their homes, their city — is as relevant as when it was written 2,500 years ago. Due to the subject matter, this play is appropriate for grades six and older.
We are in the final preparations of the Italy Trip here at the HS. Paperwork is due now! The following faculty members will be with the students in Italy: Margot Amrine, Robert Black, Siân Owen-Cruise, Brent Schulte, Sudee Taormina, Lawrence Mathews, Maria Mack, and Elena Townsend-Efimova.
Two weeks ago, the Model United Nations club traveled to the 2017 regional MAMUN conference in Kalamazoo. Our 15 students represented the countries of Sweden, Senegal and Vietnam as delegates along with approximately 500 other students from across the state (and some from Ohio). Our delegates did an excellent job arguing for their countries positions on a wide range of topics, as many of them submitted resolutions that were chosen for debate at the conference. Spencer Harris, representing Sweden in the Economic Committee, was recognized by his peers and committee chairs for his outstanding performance and was awarded second honors. Overall, our Model UN students learned a lot and enjoyed working towards solutions for many of the most pressing problems facing the world today.
Many of our students attended the University of Michigan’s German Day event on Friday, March 10, and experienced great success!
Level 1 – Esther Crawford and Thomas Gzybowski were awarded first place for their commercial and Thomas Gzybowksi was awarded second place for poetry.
Level 2 – The entire class was awarded third place for their skit “Wo ist Frau Zahn”
Level 3 – The entire class was awarded third place for their skit “Der bunte Planet”, Julia Graham won first place for both poetry and reading and second place for speaking, and Maria Canzano was awarded first place for art.
The students took part in many projects (videos, comics, art) and even those that were not awarded, did a truly wonderful job. All students were very enthusiastic to participate in the German Day and all put a lot of work in their presentations. A special thank you to our German instructors that were instrumental in the success of German Day: Walburga Zahn, Susanne Claar, and Angelika WalkerPlease join us in congratulating them all for their accomplishments!
The HS front office will be open Monday, April 3, to Thursday, April 6, from 9 am-1 pm and will be closed on Friday, April 7.
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!
Athletic Fees: All students participating in athletics are required to pay a $120 participation fee per sport. This fee helps the Athletic Department provide things such as facilities, equipment and uniforms. Please make checks payable to RSSAA. Either mail them in or drop them off at the front office.
Girls Soccer Requirements: An updated physical is required (ideally by next week; mandatory by first game). Long top and pants, hat and gloves are mandatory when the temperature is below 40 degrees.
Girls Soccer: Girls Soccer practice has begun! The girls are hard at work doing conditioning and ball skills in preparation for the upcoming season. Please remember to check the school calendar for all practice and game information. If you do not have a current physical on file with the school, please get one as soon as possible!
Uniform Return: If you have not returned your Basketball uniform, please return them to Brent Schulte (Bschulte@steinerschool.org) as soon as possible!
Subscribe to the Online Calendar for updates, game times and locations, as well as directions to away games.
5:00pm: Girls Soccer vs Marshall Academy
Note that the Due Date next week is Wednesday 3/29/2017
(instead of the usual Thursday)
Please return or renew your books by this date before Spring Break!
We have over 6000 books available to check out at the Lower School! Younger children often borrow books with their parents, Grades 1-5 students visit weekly with their class, and Middle Schoolers come to check out reading materials throughout the school year. Almost 5000 books are searchable on the RSSAA Library Online Catalog where RSSAA community members can browse book information, request specific items, and see the wonderful titles which were recently added to our collections.
March 28 Happy 93rd Birthday, Byrd Baylor! (b. 1924) – author of When Clay Sings (1973 Caldecott Honor), reportedly lives a simple life in Arizona, in an adobe house with no electricity but three manual typewriters.
Dear Parents and Teachers…Please help our wonderful volunteers maintain the Parent Library collections by returning or renewing books on time every month – Thank You!
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. We currently need parent volunteer assistance during Wednesday afternoon circulation hours (12:30-3:00 pm). If you would like to volunteer this year, please see Karen Totten at the E.K. Library or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com, drop a note at the office, or visit us in person. We welcome your Feedback!
Ellie Klopp Library (LS)
Monday through Wednesday: 12:30-3 pm
Thursday: 1-3:30 pm or By Appointment
Parent Library (LS Multipurpose Room)
Tuesday: 8:30 – 10 am (During Coffee Hours and Craft-Tea Group sessions)
Karen Totten (LS, Program Director), Tim Schramm (LS), Andrea Basso (LS, Parent Library), Eileen Ho (HS, online)
Come see Steiner teacher, Beth Gilford, and La Scoperta perform a program celebrating the intertwining instrumental colors of winds and strings. Free and open to the public!
Would you consider hosting a German high school foreign exchange student for two weeks, April 8-21? Fifteen German youth are coming to Ann Arbor this spring and we are looking for host families for three of the boys (two 15 year olds and one 16 year old). You just provide a bed, three meals a day, and a place to call home. Youth For Understanding USA is a nonprofit that has over 60 years history of youth exchange. This German program called “USA for You” provides German youth an opportunity to study English in an intensive immersion class and engage in activities focused on community service. We will arrange their activities and transportation. If you would like more information on this program and the boys in need of hosts, I will be happy to speak with you. Jenny McKillop, 734-369-6678, firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Jacob Nordin (Class of 2016) and I need to raise a ton of money! I’ve decided to take a gap year after a year in college in Alfred, NY. Going through their freshman art program has taught me that I’m not into art conceptually, and don’t want to work towards a BFA. I’m going to take a 3 month trip through the Where There Be Dragons program, which focuses on self exploration through learning about local current political trends, social movements, and environmental conservation effort in the various cities we travel through. The trip is $15k and all the juicy information is quoted and linked in my GoFundMe description. I believe this will be a crucial step in developing who I want to be and what I want to do, and your donation could be seen as buying me self knowledge and extremely appreciated. On top of any donations, before and after the trip for the rest of the year I will be making as much money as possible to put towards payment for the trip. Check out my fundraising page!! https://www.gofundme.com/jakes-fundraiser-for-south-america
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!
We are a French family with two little girls, 6 and 7 and we are looking for an Au Pair from September 2017 (for at least 6 months). We live close to Angers, a beautiful city surrounded by the Loire castles, 1h 30 from Paris by train and an hour from the beach. If you want to be part of our family, learn French, have fun with our girls, travel around France and even further with us, you are more than welcome! Our girls spent 5 years in a Waldorf school in Paris and we just decided to move to the countryside to be closer to nature. There is no Waldorf school here but we are willing to keep the Waldorf education inside our house, that’s why we are looking for an Au Pair who knows the Waldorf education. I’m an Interior Designer and Bertrand, my husband is an art dealer. We love nature, ecology, taking care of animals, art and travelling. We love life and meeting new people. We are very open minded and have already welcomed three Au Pairs with whom we’ve stayed very close. We live in a beautiful old house 10 km from Angers – very green and lovely city. We both work at home. Our girls are in a little school five minutes walking distance from the house. They come back for lunch every day and we want to spend a lot of time with them. We eat organic food and are mostly vegetarian. Our girls have a studio in the house where they can freely paint, sew, dance or sing. They practice dance, horse riding and swimming and spend a lot of time outside. We go often to the beach (once a month) and stay there for the weekend. We will consider you as part of our family. We are looking for someone balanced, happy, easy going, open minded and close to nature, sport and art to help us with our sweet girls. Marine Garnier, email@example.com.
We are looking for a full-time nanny to care for our three children this summer (ages 15, 13, and 7). $10/hour. Ideal dates are June 19 – August 11 and August 28 – 31. No experience required. Outgoing personality, sense of humor, and ability to relate to strong willed kids are a big plus! Contact Felix at 734-883-8701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For sale is a 100% organic wool fleece jacket from Hess Natur of Germany. Half-zip style in unisex beige color. Softest wool ever. Size 128cm or around a US size 8. Excellent condition. Asking $25. Call Jessica at 904-8600.
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.