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“A healthy social life arises when the whole community finds its reflection in the mirror of each person’s soul, and when the virtue of each person lives in the whole community.”

  ~ Rudolf Steiner ~

Parents

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Rainbow Garden School Store

Shop now at the Rainbow Garden School Store.

The school store is located in the Star Meadow Cottage Rear Door, 40 Dodgingtown Rd.

The volunteer-run store is open Tuesday – Friday 8:20-9 AM on regular school days. We carry a range of beautiful wooden toys, art supplies, games, books, Bolga baskets, and more. We now have new Ostheimer wooden animal figures, an expanded range of Grimm’s Spiel und Holz wooden toys, and birthday rings!

Please contact Natasha Daniels-Pearson with any questions regarding the store.

2018-19 Press Releases

Rose Bertram

HVWS STUDENT RECEIVES MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

NEWTOWN, CT – MARCH 18, 2019

Congratulations to Rose Bertram of Newtown, CT, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School Class of 2019. Rose was accepted to High Mowing School, a Waldorf high school in Wilton, NH, and awarded the Founders Merit Scholarship.

In 2012, HMS Board of Trustees created the Founders Merit Scholarship in honor of Mrs. Emmet and the people who supported her in establishing and growing High Mowing. The competitive Founders Merit Scholarship recognizes academically exceptional students with excellent character as demonstrated through their academic achievement, activities, and community service. Rose is the second HVWS graduate to earn this scholarship since its inception seven years ago.

Laura Wittmer

Laura Wittmer

2019-20 1st GRADE TEACHER ANNOUNCED

NEWTOWN, CT – MARCH 1, 2019

The Teacher Search Committee, the Board of Trustees, and the College of Teachers of Housatonic Valley Waldorf School are delighted to announce that Laura Wittmer has accepted the position of Class Teacher for our incoming First Grade, the Class of 2027. At HVWS, grade school teachers accept teaching positions with the goal of remaining with their class as they travel from 1st through 8th grade.

Ms. Wittmer has been a teacher at HVWS since 2008, both in our Early Childhood program and Grade School. As she has demonstrated repeatedly while working with our youngest and eldest students, Ms. Wittmer loves working with children. She sees the potential in each individual and strives to help them master the skills needed to achieve their goals. Ms. Wittmer surrounds her students with an extraordinary dedication to beauty and excellence, and is tenacious in fostering a love of learning in each of them. Ms. Wittmer’s dedication to Waldorf education and to her students will support the growth of this next generation with warmth and firm guidance. We are so grateful that Ms. Wittmer will be leading this new class on their journey of self-discovery and development into successful, capable human beings.

Ms. Wittmer is an alumna of the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD, which she attended from 1st through 9th grade. She received her BS from Virginia Tech in 1993, majoring in Psychology and English and minoring in Sociology. After working for the Department of Rehabilitative Services for a year, she returned to school and graduated from Radford University with a Master’s in Social Work degree in 1996. She worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse services with adults and children for the next three years until the end of 1999 when she had her first child. Laura then became certified as a La Leche League leader, had a second child, and was active in the homeschooling community.

She discovered Housatonic Valley Waldorf School when she sent her daughters to the summer camp program. She worked at the camp and began subbing in the grade school in 2007. In 2008 she began working as an Assistant in the Early Childhood program and continued in that capacity for six years. In 2014, she began as a Grades Teacher with the class of 2019, then in 4th grade. She graduated from Sunbridge Institute with her Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education Certificate in March 2017. Laura lives in Sandy Hook with her husband, daughters—one of whom attends Virginia Tech—and dogs. Both daughters are HVWS graduates. Rising first grade parents are always eager to meet the incoming first grade teacher. Please consider coming to one (or more!) of our upcoming presentations by Ms. Wittmer’s current 8th grade class and witness the culmination of their Waldorf experience: Graduation Project Night, March 14, 6:30 PM; Shakespeare Play, April 11 & 12 (time TBD); Graduation, June 8, 10 AM

HVWS RECEIVES WALDORF SCHOOLS FUND GRANT

NEWTOWN, CT – DECEMBER 4, 2018

The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School (HVWS) is grateful for the generosity and commitment of the Waldorf Schools Fund, Inc. The Waldorf Schools Fund formally incorporated in 1948 with the aim of helping to rebuild the Waldorf Schools in Europe damaged by the Second World War. Today the Fund focuses on Waldorf Schools in North America. For the second year running, the Waldorf Schools Fund has awarded HVWS a grant.

Last school year HVWS received a $21,000 award for roof repairs on Compass Hall which houses grades 5-8. This year the Waldorf Schools Fund has awarded the school $5,700 to remodel the kitchen in Rose Garden which houses three early childhood classes, preschool through kindergarten.

In 2014 the Rose Garden building was beautifully renovated. The current kitchen update is necessitated by the significant increase in enrollment in the school’s early childhood programs. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, HVWS welcomed a total of 47 students into the preschool and mixed-age kindergarten classes. An integral piece of the Waldorf Early Childhood experience involves active participation in the preparation of meals to share and enjoy. A new full-size range, hood, and additional storage shelving will accommodate the expanded programs now and in the future.

HVWS RECEIVES NOVO FOUNDATION GRANT

NEWTOWN – October 23, 2018

The NoVo Foundation (New York, NY) has awarded the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School (Newtown, CT) a grant of $600,000 over three years.

From the foundation website:The NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society, moving from a culture of domination to one of equality and partnership. The foundation supports the development of capacities in people — individually and collectively — to help create a caring and balanced world. They envision a world that operates on the principles of mutual respect, collaboration, and civic participation, thereby reversing the old paradigm predicated on hierarchy, violence, and the subordination of girls and women.

The grant will fund three primary areas: variable tuition (tuition assistance), diversity work, and teacher development with the goal of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity within the student body and school community.

The NoVo Foundation’s generous support will supplement the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s variable tuition model, now in its second year. The school is committed to economic diversity as a major goal and partners with families to make a Waldorf education accessible to those who seek it, while also working toward school and community sustainability.

Funds from the grant will be used to expand professional development for staff and faculty in areas related to diversity.

The first such opportunity is a training titled: Talking about Race in the Classroom: A Training for K-12 Educators Committed to Racial Justice. The goal is to gain strategies to support a schoolwide culture of respect, equity, and inclusivity and enhance teacher understanding of how racism affects children.

Additionally, a significant investment will be made in the school library and classroom readers to update and expand the school’s book collection to better represent underrepresented communities.

The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is humbled and extremely grateful to receive this grant.

The NoVo Foundation is dedicated to building a more just and balanced world. Created in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, the Foundation’s deeply interconnected work seeks to advance adolescent girls’ rights, end violence against girls and women, promote social and emotional learning, support Indigenous communities and advance local living communities.

HVWS Fleece

HVWS Fleece

HVWS Fleece Jackets are Here! Click for a PDF Order Form or Order Online. Orders may be shipped to your home or picked up from Tiger Sports in Ridgefield. Sizing guidelines for youth sizes:

YXS 4
YS 6-8
YM 10-12
YL 14-16
YXL 18-20

Mr. Vojack-Weeks invites your 6th-8th grader to join the Middle School Book Club.

For the first meeting on March 28 at 6:30 PM, students should read and will discuss The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove.

Join the HVWS Biodynamic Gardening Club hosted by Marcella Kapsaroff

Hope is the Heart of Biodynamic Gardening. Fall in love all over again with Mother Earth and Father Sun. We will direct our love to the soil, flora, and fauna in our school yard. Come experience the Spirit of the Garden as we work with the soil, build a compost windrow, and apply biodynamic preparations. The Biodynamic Preparations will help channel the forces of the cosmos and the elementals to our school’s soil, gardens, trees, buildings, and our children. Come learn about the physical, soul, and spiritual aspects of soil, plants, and animals in relation to the cosmos and the effects on human nutrition. When we help bring balance and harmony to our earth we will receive nourishment to our etheric, soul, and spirit body. We will gather together and discuss our relationship with the earth, our school yard as a microcosm of this relationship and how we can bring these practices to our own gardens. Come join us to learn these practical gardening methods:

  • We will learn to use and make our own fertilizers.
  • We will build bio nutritious compost.
  • Learn how to identify native and invasive plant species.
  • Learn to mix and imbue the soils of HVWS with Biodynamic Preparations.
  • Learn how tending the garden is a bridge to communing with nature spirits/elementals.
  • We will learn to grow and harvest stinging nettle for a myriad of uses.
  • We will work with the rhythms of our gardening year using the Biodynamic Calendar
  • We will learn unique methods of pest and weed control

Come learn how the Biodynamic Preparations and love from the bottoms of our boots will help restore balance and harmony to our school yard and surround our children with a protective aura.

Meetings

Friday, December 14, 3 pm: we will build a compost windrow using BD compost preparation and we will bury our seeds for advent Friday, January 11, 3 pm: we will retrieve our seeds and apply the Three Kings Preparation Friday, March 29, 3 pm: we will plant seeds for our pollinator garden and spring garden clean up TBA: we will help create a Pollinator Garden in honor of our schoolwide Waldorf 100 Celebration TBA: we will host a Garden Pot Luck in July honoring our HVWS garden Contact: Marcella Kapsaroff

Click on any of the links below to read about some of the exciting activities that have been happening at HVWS.

2018-19

2019 News, Notes & Updates February 28

2019 News, Notes & Updates January 25

2018 News, Notes & Updates December 22

2018 News, Notes & Updates November 17

2018 News, Notes & Updates September 7

2018 News, Notes & Updates October 20

 

2017-18

2017 News Notes & Updates September 28

2017 News, Notes & Updates November 3

2017 News Notes and Updates November 22

2017 News, Notes & Updates December 21

2018 News, Notes & Updates February 3

2018 News, Notes & Updates June 22

 

Interested in Becoming a Part of Our Community?

On our school calendar you’ll find many opportunities to visit from festivals to lectures to class performances. Complete the inquiry form by clicking the button below or contact our Enrollment Director, Therese Lederer, if you would like to learn more about HVWS.