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This Week at RSSAA

December 7, 2017

A Magical Day Ahead!

RSSAA Helping the AA Community

Tuition Forums

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

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All School News

Come experience the Magic of Winter Festival
Saturday, December 9, 9 am-3 pm
Lower School Campus

Winter Festival is a magical community event for all ages! Enjoy children’s crafts and games, delicious food, and musical performances in a family-friendly atmosphere. Explore the various artisans and merchants in the Artisans’ Market. Come for a day of merriment and cheer while we celebrate the spirit of the season.

Toy Store • Puppet Theater • Artisans’ Market
Children’s Crafts Snow Queen’s Castle • Tomten’s Gift Room • Magic Show
Silk Dyeing • Jump Rope Winding • Cake Walk • Raffle Bake Sale
Face Painting • King Winter’s Cafe

NEW THIS YEAR – Magic Shows at 11 am and 1 pm!!

Craft-Tea Group
Tuesday, December 12, 8:20 am-10 am
LS Campus Multipurpose Room

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.

Tuition Forums
Wednesday, December 13, 7 pm
High School Campus
Thursday, December 14, 6 pm
Lower School Art Room

All parents are welcome to attend either of these open forums to discuss the 2018-19 tuition increase.

Fundraiser for Alpha House

The winter holidays are almost here and while we will all be sharing the warmth of our homes with family and friends, there are many families who will be in staying in shelters. Alpha House, a local group which supports families in finding permanent housing, is reaching out to us and those willing to help with a holiday wish list for homeless families. There will be an envelope in the front office for cash/check donations (made out to Alpha House) and or gift cards for Target or Meijer in increments of $25.  Parent council will collect the donations by December 15. If you’d like to participate in wrapping gifts, please email Ingrid at Thanks in advance!

Winter Coat Drive!

Thanks for saving your coats to donate!  AA Grassroots, our own local community-based engagement group, along with support from the RSSAA Parent Council, is warming those in need by providing gently used coats to our greater community.  You can help too!  Now through Friday December 22, there will be a drop-off box inside the lower school and the high school for clean, new or gently used coats.  We can accept coats for adults and children, but please no additional articles.  Your spare coats can provide fundamental warmth to those in need. Last year we donated just over 90 coats and we are hoping to surpass this goal!  SOS Community Services was so very grateful for our donations last year and they are looking forward to it again this year.  Please consider giving. If you have questions please contact Jenny Rajda at or Donny Likosky at  If you would like to donate money instead of coats, there is an envelope in each of the school offices. Warm Coats. Warm Hearts.

Parent Council Meeting
Saturday, December 16, 9:15 am
High School Campus

Join us for coffee, a treat and some lively discussion.The Parent Council works to help create a thriving, cohesive community. All are welcome! The RSSAA Parent Council invites you to catch up on what we’re doing this year.  Please visit our committees page to read meeting minutes and be sure to read this letter to our community about Parent Council’s direction this year!

RSSAA to Host AWSNA Conference

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.

Shop for Steiner

Do you give gift cards as presents?  Please consider purchasing gift cards through our program and earn the school a little money as well.  We have cards available for hundreds of retailers.  It’s one stop shopping here! Go to and register using our school code of 75LBF72699L.  Order on line by Tuesday at 11 am and your order will be at school on Friday morning for pickup.

The SCRIP program offers a kickback to the school for the everyday items you’re buying anyway!  You’ll find full information about this opportunity on our website as well as a list of local Ann Arbor grocery stores participating in SCRIP.

BoxTops for Education!

Thanks to those who brought BoxTops.  It is fun to check the envelope in the office and find some there.  Please stay on the “lookout” for them and remember to STASH BEFORE YOU TRASH.  Each BoxTop is worth 10 cents to our school. It is all profit.  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

Waldorf Ideas and Philosophies in the Mainstream Media

Student-Teacher Relationships Provide Essential Supports to Learning

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

NO SCHOOL for PreK-8
Tomorrow, Friday, December 8

There will be no school at the Lower School while we prepare for Winter Festival!

Pecan Order Deadline Tomorrow!

The deadline to order Pecans is also tomorrow, Friday, December 8.  Please submit your order and payment to the pecan envelope in one of the front offices by the end of the day.  Last-minute orders can be placed at the Winter Festival Information Desk!

Build and Robotics Camp for Grades 2-6
December 28 and 29, 9 am-2 pm
High School Campus

The Robotics Team is offering a Build and Robotics Camp for students in Grades 2-6.  In camp we will work on both robotic and non-robotics projects.  The camp fee is $110 and snacks will be provided.  If you are interested please contact Karen Papierniak at kp126472@yahoo.comLast day to sign up is December 21.

Early Childhood Sibling Priority-Admissions Deadline
December 31, 2017

With so many new applications for fall 2018 already submitted and many re-enrolling children in our Early Childhood classes, we wanted to share about our Sibling Priority Admissions deadline. If you have younger children and are considering having them join our Early Childhood for next year, please apply now or contact We offer three, four and five half, full and all day options. This Sibling Priority Admissions Deadline will ensure that all siblings of current students can get a spot in our program. On January 1, we will begin processing all of the new sibling applications in preparation for re-enrollment in February, after which we open any available spots to the greater community. Thank you for being a vital part of our school!!

Pinewood Derby Fundraiser
Saturday, February 3
Lower School Campus

The 8th Grade class is organizing a Pinewood Derby fundraising event!  To participate, all you need to do is purchase a Pinewood Derby car kit and then use your imagination and a little creativity to build your race car and get it ready for the race day.  There will be three classes of Pinewood Derby cars to ensure that everyone can have some fun: Grade 1-5, Grade 6-8, and Adults. The Pinewood Derby car kits are being sold for $20/each and will be available for sale at the 8th Grade table at the Winter Festival on Saturday.  You can also get your Pinewood Derby car kit by contacting Aaron Rajda at For those that might need some help with designing/building their car, we are planning to hold a couple build workshops where you can come and get some help.  Those details and other information will be shared via newsletter updates as well as at:

Share Your Photos for the Yearbook!

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.

Please Share the Road

At drop off and pick up, please be aware of the community members that ride their bikes to and from school.  We ask that you please drive slowly and keep an eye out for bikers and pedestrians that may need to cross the drive during these busy times.

Sandwich, Pizza and Bagel Orders

Grades 6, 7 & 8 are happy to offer Monday Sandwich, 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!

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

Caroling at University Living!
Saturday, December 16, 10 am

Please join us for caroling and mingling with the residents of University Living, our affiliated assisted living community, as we bring them joy through song and fellowship.

December Crafting

Spend a morning making a beautiful craft in one of our Early Childhood rooms on Thursdays and Fridays in December. One of our teachers will help guide you through your craft and supply materials. Children are welcome to play while parents work! Space is limited. Please email to reserve your spot.

December  14 Sew a Crown- $15
December 15 Crochet a Cap- Bring your own yarn and hook!
December 21 Winter Transparency- $10


Early Childhood Sibling Priority-Admissions Deadline
December 31, 2017

With so many new applications for fall 2018 already submitted and many re-enrolling children in our Early Childhood classes, we wanted to share about our Sibling Priority Admissions deadline. If you have younger children and are considering having them join our Early Childhood for next year, please apply now or contact We offer three, four and five half, full and all day options. This Sibling Priority Admissions Deadline will ensure that all siblings of current students can get a spot in our program. On January 1, we will begin processing all of the new sibling applications in preparation for re-enrollment in February, after which we open any available spots to the greater community. Thank you for being a vital part of our school!!

Grades 1-8 News

Chinese Language Open Classroom Days
December 14 & 15

Yikuan Chen, Chinese teacher, warmly invite parents to attend student language lessons. Please refer to the table below to choose which class or classes you wish to attend. All lessons will take place in each grades’ respective classroom unless otherwise noted. We look forward to seeing you!!  (Please note date change from previous Announcements)

Class TimeThur 12/14 & Fri 12/15
11-11:40Grade 1
11:45-12:25Grade 2
1:40-2:20Grade 6 (Friday only)


The Lower School Boys’ Basketball teams are half way through their season.  Today they play Christ the King at 4 pm (Grades 5/6) and 5 pm (Grades 7/8).  These will be tough games, so cheering spectators will be appreciated! Next week we have games on Tuesday, 12/12 and Thursday, 12/14 at Spiritus Sanctus-Ann Arbor and St. Paul Lutheran School, respectively.  At each location the games begin at 4:15 pm for the Grade 5/6 team and 5:15 pm for the Grade 7/8 team.  

The deadline for Lower School Girls’ Basketball registration is tomorrow, Friday, December 8.  The season will begin right after the Holiday break.

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High School News


The HS WILL have school on Friday, December 8.  Only PreK-8 are off school.

HS College Night – Facing the Anxiety
Monday, December 11, 7 pm

Dr. Owen-Cruise will speak about supporting your student through the college application process. Target audience is Grade 11, but any interested HS parent is welcome to attend.

Winter Choral Concert
Wednesday, December 20, 7 pm
Whitmore Lake High School

The Rudolf Steiner High School will present its annual winter concert at the Whitmore Lake High School Auditorium. The concert is entitled “From September to December: A Musical Journey of Fall to Winter”. The groups performing will be the Rudolf Steiner High School All School Chorus, Steiner Singers, Bel Canto and the Men’s Varsity Ensemble. We will be performing a wide variety of music from classical to pop. The concert will last about one hour followed by the Senior Class Cookie Walk to help raise funds for their Italy trip. We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening of music and enjoyment.

Spiral of Light
Friday, December 22
Lower School Campus

HS students will be bussed to the LS at 1:40 pm and then dismissed from the Lower School at 2:40 pm after the Spiral of Light celebration. The HS will still offer its regular aftercare program until 6 pm.  Please let us know by Wednesday, December 20 if your student will need a ride back to the HS after the ceremony.

Dante Evening
Wednesday, January 10, 7 pm
HS Campus

Please mark your calendars! Grade 11 students will be displaying their work from the Dante main lesson block.


HS Sports Announcements
Steiner Storm

Uniforms: Attention all fall sports athletes! If your season is over, please return your uniform to Brent Schulte ( in the athletic office at your earliest convenience.

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.

Storm Watch

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Girls Basketball: The girls basketball team notched their first win of the season on Tuesday with a 33-17 victory over the Ann Arbor Central Academy Falcons. It was the Storm’s first home game of the season, and they defended their home court well with easily their best performance yet. The girls played tenacious defense, including a second quarter in which they held the Falcons scoreless.  The Storm will look to make it two-in-a-row tonight when they play Christ the King at WLMS at 6 pm. Good luck, ladies!

Boys Basketball: The boys basketball team started off their season with a bang on Tuesday night with an impressive 45-32 victory over Ann Arbor Central Academy. The boys got out of the gates extremely quickly, playing a nearly-flawless first quarter and raced out to a 16-4 lead. The Falcons continued to try and mount comeback attempts, but the Storm held Central Academy at bay through the rest of the game and notched their first win of the season. The boys look to go 2-0 when they travel to face Greenhills this Friday at 6 pm. Go Storm!

Upcoming Schedule

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

Thursday, 12/7

6:00pm: HS Girls Basketball vs Christ the King (Home Game- @WLMS)

Friday, 12/8

6:00pm: HS Boys Basketball @ Greenhills

Tuesday, 12/12

6:00pm: HS Girls Basketball vs Charyl Stockwell Academy (Home Game- @WLMS)

7:30pm: HS Boys Basketball vs Charyl Stockwell Academy (Home Game-@WLMS)

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Library News

RSSAA Library Announcements for December 7, 2017

Several important celebrations are approaching

At this time of the year
the world is celebrating the light in our soul!
Learn more about our celebrations of light!
Saint Lucia, Hanukkah, Advent, Christmas or Kwanzaa?


Would you like to volunteer during circulation hours? We need help Thursdays from 1-3 pm.

We are looking for a volunteer that can help us shelving books one hour per week. CAN YOU?
No experience is required.
 Please e-mail

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 EducationParentingChild & Brain DevelopmentCraft & KnittingToys & GamesFestivals & Celebrations, or Health & Nutrition, that you are willing to donate to the Parent Library, please email Andrea Basso ( 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:, drop a note at the office, or visit us in person. We welcome your Feedback!

Your RSSAA Librarians:

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

Hours of Circulation:

Monday:          1 pm-3 pm
Tuesday:          noon – 3 pm
Wednesday:    1 pm-2:30 pm
Thursday:        1 pm-3:30 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: 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

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Community News

Crazy Wisdom Supports Steiner

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

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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Play Mornings
January 20 & February 3, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Great Oak Cohousing, 500 Little Lake Dr. Ann Arbor

A Great Gift of Warmth & Connection For Your Family. The fee is $18 per child. Click here for more information and to register.

Violin for Sale

3/4 size Hiroshi Kono violin for sale. My daughter outgrew this but it was a wonderful violin with good sound for developing students. Purchased at Shar for $1500. Comes with $129 bow, full-size case, lightly used strings and shoulder rest. Everything for $1200. Please contact Heather if interested or would like to take a look. or 734-717-6033.

Free Male Tortoise Shell Cat!

We have a sweet, affectionate, young neutered male cat that we found abandoned near our lake house. Up to date on all vaccines and healthy. Loves to be petted and doesn’t climb. No interest in play mice. Lil Bub mouth (his tongue always hangs out)!  For more information, call us at 517-914-8553.

Home for Rent – Dexter

3+ bedroom house with finished, walk-out basement and 2 additional rooms downstairs. Has attached 2-car garage, on 2 acres. It is 9 miles from the lower school and 12 miles from the high school. $1800/mo. Call Jan Parkes on (419) 420-3687 or (419) 306-8951 if interested.

Home for Rent – Ann Arbor

Beautiful 3 bedroom house for rent on Adams St. Near Hill and Main. Pets are possible. Available December 1. Rent $2,600 per month plus utilities. Contact Sue Shink at (734) 709-6223 or

Pure Raw Local Honey and Apitherapy Products

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

Sacred Nights of Winter Journal

Nurture your soul this season with these contemplative exercises and journaling prompts to help you meet the challenges and opportunities of the coming year.  Please open the flyer for full information.

Palümba – Visit Our New Location!
502 Farmer Street, Plymouth

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.

Mental Health Counseling

Naomi Avril, current Early Childhood Coordinator Assistant is now accepting clients of all ages in her counseling practice at the Family Counseling Center in Ann Arbor. Naomi attended RSSAA K-12, received her Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy, and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC), and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Naomi enjoys incorporating creative techniques such as art and play into counseling, especially with children and adolescents.  Please call the Family Counseling Center at 734-477-9999, or email for more information.

Do you love using all natural organic products for you & your family? 

SPECIAL for Waldorf families & friends, 10% off your total purchase of organic baby products, toys, eco home items, clothing, jewelry, etc. creates beautiful all-organic gift baskets or, if you prefer, make your own! use code: GIFT10.

Individual Yoga Lessons for Anxiety and Depression

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, 505-819-7848, or visit her Facebook page at 1:15 Yoga for more information on private lessons.

Classical Homeopathy – Be Healthy Naturally
Monica Gurnani, BHMS, CCH, RS Hom(NA)
2345 S. Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor 48104

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. You can also call and schedule a FREE 15-minute introductory phone consultation.

Homestead Healing Arts Studio

Self Care heals the deepest wounds. Are you looking for a nourishing and rejeuvenating self care ritual?  Joy Van Bael, Steiner parent and Massage Therapist is offering Cranio Sacral Therapy and Massage Therapy at her private office, Homestead Healing Arts Studio. Located in Downtown Ann Arbor.  Receive $20 off your first visit on any one hour service, regular cost is $75.  Joy also loves to barter and trade services. Please Call for details.  Call 586-944-3395 or book online  New at Homestead!  Now offering Counseling Sessions with Kate Hitchcock, PhD on Tuesdays. Call 734-646-3585 for appointments.


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Have a question about RSSAA?

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.

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.  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

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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