On Saturday, February 1, our early childhood teachers will present a free puppet play for young children at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA at 10:30 and 11:30am. GBRSS puppeteers will enact the story with their own handmade, needle-felted puppets. Please join us!
The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Benefit Art Show opening on March 15 at the Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main Street in Lee, Massachusetts, and running through April 28, previews online from March 3 – March 14 on GBRSS Art Show Online at Paddle8.com, an online auction site.
Anyone can register and bid online, and bids will transfer to the gallery on opening night, March 15th. More artwork will be available on the Paddle8 site than the gallery has room to display, so interested art shoppers should be sure to visit both the online and live components of the show.
Visit GBRSS Art Show Online at Paddle8.com from March 3 – March 14.
Independent science fair projects, in which students work with a mentor who has expertise in their area of interest, allow a student to choose their own topic from earth science, physics, chemistry or biology. Their project can be an experiment (What are the physics of the lie detector test?), an exploration (What are the effects of grooming on the heart rate of horses?) or a project (constructing a robotic arm).
In 2014, close to 50 GBRSS 7th and 8th graders will demonstrate projects on such diverse topics as the physics of the pendulum, building an electric car and building a model ecosystem.
Please join us for an exciting way to learn how students learn science at GBRSS. To join the open house the same evening, contact Tracy Fernbacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-528-4015, x. 106.
Our early childhood teachers have created an original story book, The Hollyhock Dream, about a girl and her little brother who venture through the forest in search of the flower their mother dreams will make her well.
The fairy tale debuted as a puppet play at the school’s Holiday Handcraft Fair in November, and teachers will perform it again for the community at Mason Library in Great Barrington, Saturday, March 15 at 11:00am.
The Hollyhock Dream storybook, created locally in the spirit of giving to the community, is available at Matrushka Toys & Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington. Copies will also be available for purchase at the library performance.
All are invited to meet the artists at the opening reception of the GBRSS Art Show at the Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main Street in Lee, Massachusetts, on Saturday March 15, 5-7pm. Join in the festive atmosphere of good works with good purpose, including wine and small bites during the event. To learn more about the gallery, visit goodpurpose.org
Anyone needing childcare for the opening reception on Saturday, March 15th, is in luck, the Waldorf High School in nearby Stockbridge, MA is having a babysitting fundraiser from 4-8 pm. See babysitting details here.
The show runs through April 28th at the Good Purpose Gallery and works for sale include paintings, photographs, drawings and ceramics by artists in the community, with proceeds to benefit the programs of the and the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School.
We are also partnering with GBRSS Art Show at Paddle8.com, to bring you an online preview of the show from March 3-March 14th. The online show will be a bit larger than the gallery show, so be sure to visit both and tell your friends and family!
Support two good causes–GBRSS and the College Internship Program–while acquiring some fabulous artwork.
For questions or more information, contact Jenna Lamond in the Development Office at x104 or email@example.com
Our early childhood teachers welcome the community to a free puppet play for children on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30am, in the Early Childhood building on the school campus.
This special full-length marionette play for children up to seven years old will be performed by GBRSS early childhood teachers, followed by playtime and an opportunity to learn more about early childhood programs at the school.
For more information, contact Tracy Fernbacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-528-4015, ext. 106.
Join us for an evening of Waldorf Alums from 13 different schools! If you graduated from – The Waldorf School of Philadelphia, The Garden City Waldorf School, Waldorf School of Princeton, Kimberton Waldorf School, Hawthorne Valley School, Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, Rudolf Steiner School of NYC, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, Washington Waldorf School, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, or any other Waldorf school and you live in or near Philly–
Please join us on Saturday, November 9 from 6-8 p.m. at Pageant Soloveev, 607 Bainbridge Street, Phila, PA 19147. The venue is an art gallery in the Bella Vista section of Philadelphia, and will host a national Waldorf art exhibit that will be on display from Nov. 9th through November 10th. This alumni event and art exhibit are all a part of The Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s weekend event called the “Pop-Up Shop.” We can’t wait to see a vibrant mix of alumni from our many schools to share stories, experiences, and memories. This is a great opportunity to catch-up with old friends and network with new connections. Food, drink, raffles, and great conversation are provided. Hope to see you there! *
*Sponsored by: AWSNA, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, Kimberton Waldorf School, Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, Rudolf Steiner School, The Waldorf School of Garden City, The Waldorf School of Philadelphia, The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, Waldorf School of Princeton, Washington Waldorf School
Testing as Symptom
But despite never having taken standardized tests, a group of students at the Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School tested in the top 10 percent nationwide on the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test); one student tested in the top 2 percent.
“We are really fortunate that we get to know students on a different level than is often possible in large state schools, where teachers are changed more frequently,” says GBRSS teacher Pamela Giles. “We’ve got continuity; the class/teacher/student relationship can continue for eight years in core subjects. We’re constantly assessing every child through observation and written work—our students do a tremendous amount of writing. We give tests—essay tests, multiple choice tests, spelling tests, printed tests—we’re not afraid of them; they’re tools. We have many eyes viewing this one child, and if we see any red flags we give diagnostic tests, do oral testing. We just don’t use standardized tests.
“Testing in itself is not necessarily traumatic. We just don’t need those. I think our alumni worldwide prove that children thrive on expectation, not pressure, and being surrounded by people who are completely dedicated to them doing the best they possibly can. I think that’s what public school teachers want to do, too—all this testing is just a fingernail clipping of a larger social issue.”