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January 17, 2019

Keep track of dates and event information through the online school calendar.

All families should subscribe to both the All-School calendar and the calendar(s) for the grade level of their student(s). 
Please subscribe to any additional calendars that will be useful to you.
Note: By selecting multiple calendars and subscribing, all events will appear in one unified calendar on your personal device. To have multiple school calendars on your personal device, select and subscribe to each calendar separately.

RSSAA WEBSITE RESOURCES
 
  • Home Page News. Keep an eye on the Upcoming Events & Recent News section of the home page for posts about what's going on at school, links to interesting articles, sport and club updates and more!  You can also find this on our News & Announcements page.
  • Our school calendar. Accessible through the school website, the calendar page contains All School, Early Childhood, Grades, High School, Athletics, Parent Council and Board calendars. Please subscribe to the calendars that will be useful to you. We highly recommend that all parents subscribe to the 'All School' calendar and the calendar for the grade level of their student(s).
  • The "Current Families" section of our website. Found under "Our Community", this section contains parent resources, high school resources, information on extended care, and more! On the Parent Resources page you'll find access to our Information Portal (containing the school directory) and our Google Community Map, a link to our School Handbook, as well as interesting articles.
  • Information Portal.  By registering for the Portal, you'll have access to our school directory.  Email mrosas@steinerschool.org if you need an Information Portal signup link sent to you.
  • Bulletin Board & Classifieds. The Bulletin Board & Classifieds page lists items for sale and help-wanted posts from our school and the greater community.  Need a babysitter?  Have a sofa to sell?  Check out the Bulletin Board and Classifieds!
  • Around Town.  Our new Around Town page lists events and resources offered in the greater community.   Interested in a book club, fundraising event or raising community awareness?  Visit our Around Town page!
 
We hope you'll find the school website useful, but if you can't find what you need, please contact the Lower School Front Office at 734-995-4141 or High School Front Office at 734-669-9394. We're always happy to help!

 

All SCHOOL NEWS (PreK-12)
Subscribe to the School Calendars 
to have important school information at your fingertips.
 
All families should subscribe to both the All-School calendar and the calendar(s) for the grade level of their student(s). 
Note: By selecting multiple calendars and subscribing, all events will appear in one unified calendar on your personal device. To have multiple school calendars on your personal device, select and subscribe to each calendar separately.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No school
Monday, January 21

 

Waldorf 101
Lower School Campus

Learn more about our Waldorf Curriculum in Grades 1-8! We will be offering daytime and evening sessions in January and March. Please RSVP for the event of your choice.

January Sessions: 
Tuesday, January 22, 7-8 pm – Presentation. Adults only, no childcare provided.
Wednesday, January 23, 8:20-11 am – Come observe a Grades 2-5 Main Lesson Block from 8:20-9:10 am, followed by a faculty-led presentation about our Waldorf curriculum Grades 1-8, then stay to observe a Grades 6-8 Main Lesson Block from 10:15-11 am. Please contact akurlfink@steinerschool.org if childcare is needed.

March Sessions: 
Monday, March 18, 7-8 pm – Presentation. Adults only, no childcare provided.
Tuesday, March 19, 8:20-11 am - Come observe a Grades 2-5 Main Lesson Block from 8:20-9:10 am, followed by a faculty led presentation about our Waldorf curriculum Grades 1-8, then stay to observe a Grades 6-8 Main Lesson Block from 10:15-11 am. Please contact akurlfink@steinerschool.org if childcare is needed.

Contra Dance! Save the Date!
Saturday, January 26, 6-9 pm
HS Campus

Contra dance is similar to square dancing - only more fun! Nutshell, a local Celtic band, will be performing and we'll have a potluck dessert table to enjoy! Donations at the door. Grab your family and friends and come join the fun!
 

Film Screening
Tuesday, January 29, 7 pm
LS Campus

Your Parent Council is pleased to be hosting "Resilience - the biology of stress & the science of hope". Please join us for this one hour film.  Learn more about the film at https://kpjrfilms.co/resilience/


Craft Tea has moved to Mondays!: Crayon Wax Window Stars
Monday, February 4 from 8:45-10:30 am
Purple Finch Room
Cost: $5

Come and join other parents while making a craft to take home! Each Craft Tea will feature a set craft and all of the supplies will be here ready for you to use. Small children are welcome with parent supervision. Tea and a small snack will be provided.
 

Electronic Enrollment Contracts for 2019-2020

As announced on January 9, we are excited to provide parents with electronic enrollment contracts for the 2019-2020 school year! Contracts will be available online through our Information Portal on Thursday, January 24 and instructions will be provided. Electronic contracts provide parents with an environmentally friendly option that will save time and effort due to a faster completion process and automatic submission. Electronic contracts will also save the school the cost of paper, postage and staff time. A paper enrollment contract will be made available to any parent who requests one.

Electronic versions of other forms such as the Child Information Card, Art Release Form, etc. will follow later in the spring. Thank you for working with us as we implement this change.
 

Annual Fund Class Campaign KickOff

 

Tuesday, January 15, was the Kickoff of Classroom Campaign for the Annual Fund and it will go through February 15. Your support is crucial to our success. Many of you have already given - Thank you. We have already raised over $92,000 in donations and pledges towards our $165,000 goal. You will hear more from your Annual Fund Class Rep. and weekly campaign updates.
 
Your contributions to the Annual Fund support professional development for our teachers and tuition assistance for our families. 100% participation by parents is our goal, which also encourages major donors to support our mission. Your gift no matter the size makes a difference. Plus, when your class reaches 100% participation, our school will receive an additional $500 toward the Annual Fund. Several donors are supporting this generous challenge.
 
Remember a pledge counts toward participation, we ask that they be paid by the end of the school year. Also, one donation/pledge counts towards participation in all your children’s classes.
 
You can make your donation online, drop it off at the Lower or High School office or email your pledge to me at lzuber@steinerschool.org .For more information about the Annual Fund take a look at our  Kickoff video and go to our website.
 
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Calling all Bee-keeping Families!

We’d like to connect with anyone in our community who has experience keeping bees. We are making plans for next year’s celebration of 100 years of Waldorf education and one of the world-wide core projects is “Bees and Trees” – how to participate in keeping bees healthy. If you are interested in sharing your expertise, please contact Katrina Klaphake at kklaphake@steinerschool.org or 734-669-9394 x27.
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What’s In Store? 

Books! Our book cabinet is filled with a wonderful selection of great books. From the Waldorf Parenting Handbook to Grimm’s Fairy Tales to Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul. All you need next is a cup of hot tea, a throw blanket and a couch to curl up on. And, while you are in store to look for a good book, don’t forget to pick up an advent calendar, we still have several in stock with some lovely designs.
 

RSSAA Employment Opportunities

We are currently looking for a Full-Time High School Physical Science and Mathematics Teacher and Lower School German Teacher.  For details, please visit our Employment Page.
 

Farewell to Weekly Announcements

In January 2019, we will finalize the phasing out of the Announcements.  Rather than sending a weekly digest email, all events and news will be found on our school website and will be updated as information becomes available.  You'll still receive a reminder each
 week with links to check out what's new. We will also be introducing ParentSquare, a parent engagement tool that will help the school communicate and collaborate with parents.  You'll receive updates and reminders, class-specific information, 
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and urgent alerts via your preference of text, app or email. ParentSquare can be used through the free mobile app or on a computer.  Please keep an eye out for more information and an invitation to ParentSquare coming in January!
 
 

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Waldorf Ideas and Philosophies in the Mainstream Media

"Children Haven't Changed, But Our Expectations of Their Behavior Have."

Check each week for interesting articles, videos and information on how the techniques and ideas used at RSSAA are recognized outside of Waldorf education. 
Visit News & Announcements for past postings.

 

LOWER SCHOOL NEWS (PreK-8)
Subscribe to the School Calendars 
to have important school information at your fingertips.
 
All families should subscribe to both the All-School calendar and the calendar(s) for the grade level of their student(s). 
Note: By selecting multiple calendars and subscribing, all events will appear in one unified calendar on your personal device. To have multiple school calendars on your personal device, select and subscribe to each calendar separately.
 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No school
Monday, January 21

 

Mid-Winter Break Camps
February 18-22
Lower School Campus

RSSAA is offering a camp for Early Childhood children that will follow the routine of their typical school day. There will be songs, baking and plenty of outside play. The Grades 1-8 camp will spend a lot of time playing outside, hopefully in the snow! Inside we will have games in the gym and fun projects.  Please visit our Break Camps web page for information and registration.
 

Idle Free Zone

For the health and safety of all, please do not idle in the front drive of the Lower School. This reduces exposure to dangerous air toxins emitted in the exhaust of idling vehicles.  If you will be waiting for longer than one minute, we ask that you please turn off your car’s engine.  If idling is necessary for temperature control, please restrict it to no more that five minutes.

 

Hot Lunch Program

We are please to offer hot lunches to students in Early Childhood-Grades 8 through a partnership with Harvest Kitchen. Here are some important details to note:

  • The deadline to place lunch orders is Wednesday at 9 pm for the following week. 
  • You can sign up at www.harvest-kitchen.com - click "Sign-up/Log-in” and scroll down to "RSSAA Lunch Program".
  • Lunches are $8 a day (or $5 for our early childhood/younger ones w/tiny tummies option).
  • This program is a recurring subscription plan, similar to Netflix.

Feel free to contact Harvest Kitchen at info@harvest-kitchen.com if you have any questions.

Early Childhood

Class Parent Meetings - Childcare provided. Please RSVP to your child's teacher.
Chickadees - Wednesday, January 23, 3:30 p.m., Chickadee Classroom
Bluebirds - Thursday, January 24, 3:30 p.m., Bluebird Classroom

Reminder: No school on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We are working on setting up an optional special event for families. More information to come from your child's class teacher.

Waldorf 101
LS Campus

Learn more about our Waldorf Curriculum in Grades 1-8! We will be offering daytime and evening sessions in January and March. Please RSVP for the event of your choice.
 
January Sessions:
Tuesday, January 22, 7-8 pm – Presentation. Adults only, no childcare provided.
Wednesday, January 23, 8:20-11 am – Come observe a Grades 2-5 Main Lesson Block from 8:20-9:10 am, followed by a faculty-led presentation about our Waldorf curriculum Grades 1-8, then stay to observe a Grades 6-8 Main Lesson Block from 10:15-11 am. Please contact akurlfink@steinerschool.org if childcare is needed.

March Sessions:
Monday, March 18, 7-8 pm – Presentation. Adults only, no childcare provided.
Tuesday, March 19, 8:20-11 am - Come observe a Grades 2-5 Main Lesson Block from 8:20-9:10 am, followed by a faculty led presentation about our Waldorf curriculum Grades 1-8, then stay to observe a Grades 6-8 Main Lesson Block from 10:15-11 am. Please contact akurlfink@steinerschool.org if childcare is needed.


EC Experience
Friday, January 25, 9-11 am
Are you, or is anyone you know, interested in finding out more about our Early Childhood program? Our EC Experience is the way to get a firsthand look at what happens in our Early Childhood program. Participants are able to attend an Early Childhood classroom for our morning session and experience our outdoor play spaces, seasonal movement and language arts circle, snack time, and spoken word story time. Please Register.

Grades 1-8

 

Lower School Athletics

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Congratulations to the LS 7/8 and LS 5/6 Boys Basketball teams on completing a great season! The LS 7/8 Boys played very hard, particularly in their final season tournament. After fighting their way to fourth place and beating their opponent in overtime, they lost to the first place team, also in overtime. They ultimately finished in fourth place having played their best. The LS 5/6 Boys were not quite as successful in their tournament, but were a joy to watch play. Both teams have a relatively short roster, so we are especially proud of all they accomplished! Many thanks to Coaches Zach Laymon (7/8) and Spike Cowing (5/6) for their hard work and excellent coaching.

The LS Girls basketball season has begun. We again have two teams (5/6 and 7/8) and are looking forward to the season opener in our own gym on Wednesday, January 30.
 

SCHEDULESubscribe to the Lower School Athletics Calendars for practice times, updates, game times and locations, as well as directions to away games.

Please Come and Cheer at Our Upcoming Games!

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
Subscribe to the School Calendars 
to have important school information at your fingertips. 
 
All families should subscribe to both the All-School calendar and the calendar(s) for the grade level of their student(s).
Note: By selecting multiple calendars and subscribing, all events will appear in one unified calendar on your personal device. To have multiple school calendars on your personal device, select and subscribe to each calendar separately.
 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No school
Monday, January 21

 

Winter Instrumental Music Concert
Wednesday, January 23, 7 pm
HS Campus

We would like to extend a warm welcome for you to join us in the beautiful performances of our talented students at this year’s Winter Instrumental Music Concert! Students should dress respectfully and arrive by 6:30 pm. They will be directed to the appropriate rooms for warm ups.

International Exchange Information Night
Monday, January 28, 7 pm
HS Campus

Join Ms. Laura Shope and Ms. Gloria Mason for a presentation on the International Exchange opportunities available through the HS. This meeting is open to all interested HS students and parents.

Drop Off/Pick Up

Use the pull over for drop off and pick up of students. You may also pull forward into the parking lot or use the spot in front of the Frame House. Do not stop in front of the mailbox as it is dangerous for students and other cars.

Student Parking

Students are expected to park only in the second and third lots and, if those lots are full, along the exit driveway on the right side. They are not to park in the first parking lot, which is reserved for faculty, staff and visitors.

Lunch Orders Forms

Lunch forms will be emailed to all HS families before the start of each month.  Forms and information are also available on our website High School Resources page.  Click here for the January Form.  Please feel free to call or come into the main office if you have any questions or concerns.

High School Tours
Tuesdays, 9 am
HS Campus

Every Tuesday we will be offering weekly high school tours at 9 am. These tours are drop-in; no appointments are necessary. Please share the word with those in your communities that are interested in learning more about RSSAA and Waldorf Education.

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Storm Watch
Coaches Corner

SCHEDULE: Subscribe to the High School Athletics Calendars for practice times, updates, game times and locations, as well as directions to away games.

Please Come and Cheer at Our Upcoming Games!

 

Keep Up On the Library!
Visit Our Library Blog
for weekly updates. 
 
Please bookmark the page and check back often!

  

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

 The Library Page of our website is also filled with great information. 
Please visit and keep reading!  
Questions or Comments? Email us any time at: librarians@steinerschool.org
 
 

 

Don't miss out!
Visit Our Around Town Page
to find events and resources offered in the greater community. 
 
Please bookmark the page and check back often!
 

Waldorf Exchange Seasonal Program

 

BoxTops for Education

 

Our next deadline is February 28 for the April check. HAPPY COLLECTING! 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 questions, please contact Kathyhogrefe@gmail.com.

 

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 at  https://www.rudolfsteiner.org/annarbor

 

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!

 

Our Classifieds have moved!
Visit Our  Bulletin Board Page
to see our classified listings and instructions for submitting an ad.
 
Please bookmark the page and check back often!
 
 
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