Summer @ Steiner

Summer @ Steiner, Great Barrington, MA

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Friday, May 9, 8:15 – 11:30am: Grandparents and Special Friends Day

On Friday, May 9th from 8:15-11:30am, we will welcome grandparents and “honorary grandparents” to our school for a brief peek into the life of a Waldorf student, as visitors join the children for Main Lesson and a Special Subject class. Refreshments will be served in the library to provide sustenance to our visitors.

Invitations were mailed to those whose addresses were given to the Development Office, and are also available to view on our website’s main page under Upcoming Events.

If anyone would like to still invite someone to the day, please tell Jenna Lamond in the Development Office at 413-528-4015 ext. 104 or . It is important we have RSVPs for the event so we can welcome our visitors in a streamlined fashion, and have enough food on hand!

Thursday, May 15, 11am & Friday, May 16, 9am: 7th Grade presents “A Smidgen, a Snippet, a Wee Bit of Shakespeare”

“A Smidgen, a Snippet, a Wee Bit of Shakespeare” –
Tragedy and Comedy abridged by the 7th grade;
Julius Caesar and The Taming of the Shrew” will be performed on Thursday, May 15 at 11 am. and Friday, May 16 at 9 am.

Friday, May 23: 5th Grade Olympiad

Once again our fifth graders will take part in a Greek Olympiad as part of their studies of ancient Greece. The students will be dressed in white tunics as they compete in the events of the pentathlon; running, wrestling, discus, javelin and long jump.

Students from five other Waldorf schools will join us. Festivities take place on Friday, May 23rd and begin at 10:00 with artistic presentations from all the schools followed by the athletic events. The day ends at 3:00.

Taking part in the ancient Greek Olympics is often a highlight in the fifth grade year.

GBRSS Spring 2014 Newsletter

Friday, May 30 & Saturday, May 31, 7pm: PA Movie Nights: ‘The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner”

PA Movie Nights: ‘The Challenge Of Rudolf Steiner’, Friday, May 30th and Saturday, May 31st, 7 pm, Main Building Auditorium and Library

It’s not the latest blockbuster, and there’s no foul language or car chases, but we know you still want to join us to see a fascinating documentary about the life and work of Rudolf Steiner.

This 2011 movie is highly recommended, beautifully produced and very accessible for those wishing to understand more about the bigger picture of Waldorf Education and why we are all here! The film has two distinct parts that we will screen over two nights; you can watch either or both as the two parts can stand on their own.

“For those fortunate enough to encounter them, the unique insights and research of Rudolf Steiner into subjects such as education, medicine and agriculture have long been a source of wonder and inspiration. Since his death in 1925, Steiner’s vision has grown in both relevance and urgency, yet there are many people still unaware of his life and work. The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner, from the British film-maker Jonathan Stedall, aims to take the story to a wider audience.”

Stay tuned for info on a possible tie-in Babysitting fundraiser at the High School on one of these nights

Running time for Part 1: 1:30; Part 2: 1:45

Wednesday, June 4, 8:15 – 10:00am: 8th Grade Portfolio Exhibit

All parents are invited. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the work of our soon-to-be graduates. Each eighth grade student displays his/her main lesson books, reports, art work, handwork and wood work projects from their recent years at Steiner.

Each class goes to see this display but we encourage parents of all grades to visit as it serves as an excellent visual of what is ahead for your child in grade 8. It is also a great opportunity to congratulate our 8th graders on their fine work.

Saturday, June 7, 10:30 am: Eighth Grade Graduation

8th Grade Graduation Saturday, June 7, 10:30am GBRSS Auditorium

All members of our community are welcome to attend and to wish our graduates well as they go on to high school next year.

Free Puppet Play for Children April 12 at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Waldorf Education in the Berkshires for over 40 years

Media Contact: Robyn Coe
c: 818.287.1237

(Berkshires, MA) April 2, 2014—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) presents “Akimba and the Magic Cow,” a puppet play based on a folktale from Ghana, Saturday, April 12 at 10:30am in the Early Childhood building on the school campus at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. This special puppet play for children up to seven years old will be performed by early childhood teachers, followed by playtime and an opportunity to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. Free. For more information, call Tracy Fernbacher, 413-528-4015, ext. 106 or visit

GBRSS Early Childhood teachers present Hollyhock Dream  puppet play

GBRSS Early Childhood teachers present Hollyhock Dream puppet play

Early Childhood at GBRSS—The Early Childhood program at GBRSS is based on the simple yet profound concept that young children learn most effectively through imitation, imagination and meaningful activity. GBRSS early childhood teachers, puppeteers for “Akimba and the Magic Cow,” often use puppetry in their classrooms to help stimulate and develop students’ capacities for imagination, creative play, movement and language. Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s warm, developmentally appropriate, hands-on education for students from preschool through early adolescence starts with parent-child classes for babies and toddlers, two nursery (pre-K) programs for young children and mixed-age kindergartens. Early childhood classrooms are situated in their own building, equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. Tuition for nursery and kindergarten programs is based on a sliding scale, and new early childhood openings are available for Fall 2014. For more information, call Tracy Fernbacher at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit

Interviews and high resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teachers, please contact Robyn Coe at or (818) 287-1237.

Preparing for Life

On October 23, 2011, The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education. This film picks up where that story left off. “Preparing for Life” takes viewers inside the Waldorf School of the Peninsula where the focus is on developing the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning. Entrepreneurs, Stanford researchers, investment bankers, and parents who run some of the largest hi-tech companies in the world, weigh-in on what children need to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century in order to find success, purpose, and joy in their lives.