Thursday, November 14, 7:30 PM: Rudolf Steiner Study Group

Rudolf Steiner Study Group Tuesday, September 18, 7:30pm -GBRSS Library
The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner Study Group continues to meet monthly and all are welcome.

This group was founded by Paul Marguilies, and Kathy Bradley and Davina Muse have written a quick history of the group and Paul’s leadership to honor him and his work:

Gratitude to Paul Margulies, Steiner Study Group Leader

Paul, a parent of a Steiner School alumnae, has led the Study Group in the Great Barrington School library for many years. He is retiring to help look after his beautiful wife, Vicky.

When I called Paul to set up a conversation, he said, “Sorry, can’t talk now, I’m busy preparing for the Sixth Epoch”…. We both laughed: he was actually reading those lectures by Steiner when he picked up the phone; and “Preparing for the Sixth Epoch” is indeed what he has been doing as a student of Steiner and as a Study Group Leader, for more than 50 years.

Those of us lucky enough to have been in a group led by Paul will remember with a chuckle his sense of humor, his jokes and anecdotes, his magic tricks (to illustrate a point from the Philosophy of Freedom) and most of all the extraordinary devotion and humility he brought to the leadership of the group. He would write out by hand each chapter in his own words, in order to review it with the group, adding whiteboard drawings and summaries for clarity. Occasionally we would glimpse the inner work, prayer, and personal support – in other words, the LOVE – that he offered to the life of the group.

Paul began attending Study Groups in New York City in his twenties, in a group led by the remarkable Beredine Jocelyn, then in her eighties. His next experience, in an argumentative group without leadership, led him to a “real Study Group”, with George and Gisela O’Neill in Spring Valley, NY. This monthly all-day group was attended by 30 people, who were expected to analyze the thinking and structure in the texts they studied, in order to wring out “the juice of the meaning”.

Paul missed the depth and breadth of this experience when he moved to England, continuing his studies by correspondence, and then attending a group studying economics, and finally beginning a group studying basic Anthroposophy, which he led himself.

Back in New York, he began a new group, then when he moved to the Berkshires in the 1980’s, Paul was able to expand his work on behalf of anthroposophy. He initiated, with others, the Anthroposophy Working lecture series, bringing well-known speakers to gatherings of 70 – 120 people, and led a study group in Connecticut for many years, as well as the group in his hometown, Great Barrington. All students were given assignments to prepare presentations of their own understanding of the text.

Paul says that his hope for the study group in Great Barrington is that it will move forward, continuing the work together; that students will take assignments and “do it!” developing the will in the body by writing summaries of the text, as he has done for so many years.

Perhaps the most powerful form our gratitude to Paul can take, is to make this hope a reality.

Wednesday, November 27, 11 AM: Thanksgiving Assembly

Our students will be participating in our annual Thanksgiving Assembly, which is traditionally exceptional! Each of the grades presents work they are doing in class.

Prospective families are invited, the assembly is a lively and informative introduction to Waldorf education. We suggest you arrive at 10:45 a.m. for the assembly, which begins at 11:00 a.m.

Reminder to current parents: Students are required to wear assembly dress. Students are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to the Great Barrington Food Pantry.

Pumpkin PI at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Order GBRSS Hoodies Online

hoodie with order online
All sizes available online in both EcoSmart cotton blend and UnderArmour styles–even Adult!

To order your hoodies online, please visit the private group page at Stadium System and choose Rudolf Steiner. Enter the access code: RS75

This site will close on November 22nd, 2013 at midnight. All orders will be processed after that date and given to Bob Posey for distribution at GBRSS.

Please note: When ordering online you will need to enter your address as the shipping address, even though the items will be delivered in bulk to the school.

Thursday, December 12, 7:30 PM: Rudolf Steiner Study Group

Rudolf Steiner Study Group Tuesday, September 18, 7:30pm -GBRSS Library
The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner Study Group continues to meet monthly and all are welcome.

This group was founded by Paul Marguilies, and Kathy Bradley and Davina Muse have written a quick history of the group and Paul’s leadership to honor him and his work:

Gratitude to Paul Margulies, Steiner Study Group Leader

Paul, a parent of a Steiner School alumnae, has led the Study Group in the Great Barrington School library for many years. He is retiring to help look after his beautiful wife, Vicky.

When I called Paul to set up a conversation, he said, “Sorry, can’t talk now, I’m busy preparing for the Sixth Epoch”…. We both laughed: he was actually reading those lectures by Steiner when he picked up the phone; and “Preparing for the Sixth Epoch” is indeed what he has been doing as a student of Steiner and as a Study Group Leader, for more than 50 years.

Those of us lucky enough to have been in a group led by Paul will remember with a chuckle his sense of humor, his jokes and anecdotes, his magic tricks (to illustrate a point from the Philosophy of Freedom) and most of all the extraordinary devotion and humility he brought to the leadership of the group. He would write out by hand each chapter in his own words, in order to review it with the group, adding whiteboard drawings and summaries for clarity. Occasionally we would glimpse the inner work, prayer, and personal support – in other words, the LOVE – that he offered to the life of the group.

Paul began attending Study Groups in New York City in his twenties, in a group led by the remarkable Beredine Jocelyn, then in her eighties. His next experience, in an argumentative group without leadership, led him to a “real Study Group”, with George and Gisela O’Neill in Spring Valley, NY. This monthly all-day group was attended by 30 people, who were expected to analyze the thinking and structure in the texts they studied, in order to wring out “the juice of the meaning”.

Paul missed the depth and breadth of this experience when he moved to England, continuing his studies by correspondence, and then attending a group studying economics, and finally beginning a group studying basic Anthroposophy, which he led himself.

Back in New York, he began a new group, then when he moved to the Berkshires in the 1980’s, Paul was able to expand his work on behalf of anthroposophy. He initiated, with others, the Anthroposophy Working lecture series, bringing well-known speakers to gatherings of 70 – 120 people, and led a study group in Connecticut for many years, as well as the group in his hometown, Great Barrington. All students were given assignments to prepare presentations of their own understanding of the text.

Paul says that his hope for the study group in Great Barrington is that it will move forward, continuing the work together; that students will take assignments and “do it!” developing the will in the body by writing summaries of the text, as he has done for so many years.

Perhaps the most powerful form our gratitude to Paul can take, is to make this hope a reality.

Friday, December 13, 7:30PM: Nowell Sing We Clear

Nowell Sing We Clear
Nowell Sing We Clear are four musicians / singers who perform a concert of folk carols for the Yuletide celebration, playing fiddle, accordion and other instruments with four part harmonies and audience chorus to sing along and a Mummers’ Play in the midst of it all. Great family fun for all.

Nowell Sing We Clear will be performing on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm in the school auditorium. Book early as it will sell out! For ticket information, contact a 7th grader or Mark Eurich (413) 528 4015. All proceeds to benefit the class of 2015.

Thursday, December 19, 3:15PM & Friday, December 20, 7PM: The Shepherds’ Play

Rudolf Steiner recommended that the faculty give one or more of three Christmas plays as a gift to the children of the first Waldorf School. They were medieval plays that had been performed between the 8th and 16th centuries, carrying profound and universal themes of life’s journey to actors and audience alike.

In this tradition, our faculty and staff will perform The Shepherds’ Play to our children and community this holiday season. The Shepherds’ Play is a delightful portrayal of the shepherds’ journey to Bethlehem, filled with humor, love, joy and the awe-inspiring possibilities that birth brings.

If families elect to have their children stay afterschool Thursday, December 19, they are asked to pick them up promptly at 4:30 pm (at their regular dismissal areas). Faculty will be present for supervision and parents are not required to attend with their student (though they absolutely, positively welcome to attend any or all of the performances).

Friday, December 20,11AM: Holiday Assembly

On Friday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. parents and friends are invited to join us in song and celebration of the season. Early Childhood will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m., so that the children can attended the assembly with their parents.

Friday, January 10, 7PM: The Unfolding Science by Michael D’Aleo

We all acknowledge that the present environmental, economic and geopolitical events require something new. However, the best solutions may be found not simply in new thoughts but in new ways of thinking. The phenomena based approach to science offers us new insights into how to think differently about the world we live as well as about ourselves. Such an approach to science and to thinking is the foundation of the approach to science in the Waldorf School

Michael D’Aleo – Michael has taught and trained teachers of physics for many years at the high school and graduate level. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for seven years in the electronics industry. Michael lectures internationally on science, education and environmental issues. He is author of two books, Sensible Physics Teaching and most recently, Embracing Materialism and Letting it go – An Experiential Guide to Overcoming an Object Based World Conception. www.sensri.org
D'AleoPoster

Tuesday, January 14, 9am: Open House

GBRSS Early ChildhoodOur January Open House is Tuesday, January 14th from 9 am to 10:30 am. Prospective parents, please meet in the school’s library for coffee and muffins. We will tour the school buildings, step into elementary and middle school classrooms to experience Waldorf Education’s unique “main lesson” in action, tour dedicated art studios and visit Early Childhood classes for circle time.

Please contact Tracy Fernbacher with any questions at ext. 106 or admissions@gbrss.org

We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 17: Winter Parent Child Sessions Begin

GBRSS Parent Child GardenParent-Child Garden, for babies through children under age three accompanied by a parent or caregiver is currently taking registration for the winter session which begins Wednesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 16.

The eight weekly, teacher-led classes for babies, toddlers and pre-nursery children with a parent or caregiver are specially designed for each developmental stage, from brand new babies to two- and three-year olds, and are nurturing for both parent and child. During each class there is time for movement, free exploration, singing and games, beginning with lullabies for newborns and moving onto interactive games as the children grow. A brief observation period gives parents the chance to practice bringing quiet awareness to their children’s ever-growing capacities, fostering appreciation and bonding.

For your convenience, Register Online

The GBRSS admissions office will call to confirm your registration.

Contact Tracy Fernbacher at (413) 528 – 4015 ext. 106 for more information.