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We are starting a Simplicity Parenting Group. There will be an introductory session, no commitment required, Saturday, May 5 at 9:30 AM at the first Universalist Church in Yarmouth and babysitting is provided .

simplicity parenting... the power of less
Simplicity Parenting Workshops Presented in seven sessions

by Group Leader Laina Clugston
Based on renowned educator Kim John Payne’s successful book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids, this workshop series invites parents to learn more about an effective pathway to simplify their home environments, family rhythms, schedules, and exposure to media to reduce stress and allow more room for connection, creativity, and relaxation with their children.
Simplicity Parenting Group Leader, Laina Clugston is an experienced Waldorf Parent Educator and group facilitator. She has an MA in Human Development, 20 years plus experience in Parent Education and is a group facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal. http://www/ She facilitates retreats for mothers, parents, clergy and others seeking renewal.
Contact: Laina Clugston Renewal Parenting PO Box 441 South Freeport, ME 04078, 865-0865. (04/24)

Renewal Courses: Traveling to New Hampshire this summer for a Renewal Course is a culturally rich experience, both during the day and during the evenings with lectures, music, drama etc. It may also be a great way for people to feel even more connected to their school and community! For example, Aonghus Gordon and his Crafters will be teaching for their third and final year and Christopher Bamford will offer a course titled “The Mystical Heart of Abraham” which will bring a wider perspective on current events in terms of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions that each stem from the root of Abraham. Christopher will bring a new vision of the evolution of consciousness and help us feel into the great tasks of today. Such a course might well appeal to a colleague, trustee or board member, a philosophical parent –– not to mention a high school teacher of history.
Parents who apply in groups of 2 or more may request a 20% group discount. (Individual full-time teachers, administrators, and staff may apply for comparable 20% tuition discount.) I urge you to go through the Renewal booklet, either the hard copy or the pdf. Renewal brochures are available in the faculty room and on the parent tables or through this link::

Sandy Pearson (05/01)

Alewife Count at Nequasset Brook in Woolwich
Alewives were recently listed as a “species of concern.” There are only 19 Maine municipalities that commercially harvest alewives, Woolwich is one of them! To ensure the long term sustainability of this important species, data is needed on how many fish attempt to access the spawning grounds of Nequasset Lake.
Join The Count!
~From late April – early June volunteers select a two hour period and count for TWO 10- minute blocks of time, of their choice, within the period.
~Sign up for counting HERE (links to a GoogleDoc) or visit our FaceBook page, Nequasset Fish Ladder Restoration Project or
~Equipment is provided to record fish count, time, tide and temperature.­­
~The job is easy and rewarding and connects you to one of the world’s great migrations.
~The site is easy to access in Woolwich, Maine. Get directions HERE.
~Specific counting procedures are available HERE.
~Volunteers of all ages from the community, schools, fishing clubs, Scouts, hiking groups, garden clubs, churches, retirement communities… are all encouraged to help! Alicia Heyburn (05/01)

Please find attached the AWSNA newsletter "Inform," a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally. Inform May 2012

It can also be found at (05/01)

July Puppetry Conference:

Dear Waldorf Puppet Enthusiasts,
Please see attachments for a July puppetry conference hosted by puppeteer and kindergarten teacher, Janene Ping, at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in beautiful rural New York. The conference willhost a variety of other puppeteer's work as well. In addition to the three attachments please visit Janene's website, to get a visual of the quality of her work.,
Hope you can join us, Jennifer Aguirre, (one of the puppeteers) (05/01)

Cover letter for conference. 

Conference Details.





Looking for a summer camp for your 10-18 year old? Wabun, a canoe tripping camp in northern Ontario, is one Lily and Finn Johnston (and their parents!) would strongly recommend. We've found it is a place where kids can unplug and be physically and socially challenged – and love it. Wabun has been guiding young people through the clean blue lakes and down fish-filled rivers in the Canadian North Woods since 1933. As the brochure states, "the children and young adults who leave home in June return in August more mature, with new friends, physically stronger, self-assured, and with a confidence that will serve them well through a lifetime of challenges." Please call us if you'd like more information (688-4715), or go to Wabun's website . (P. S. - Wabun is less expensive than Chewonki or Kieve...) Rosita Moore (04/24)


We have two courses planned for this summer - a public summer course in June and a course for science teachers in July.

Please click on the course titles below to read the course descriptions.

Coming Alive to Nature - The World of Color and Light, June 17 to June 23.
Bringing Science to Life - Coming to our Senses, A Course for Science Teachers, July 8 to July 14.



Michael Thompson: Parenting for Peace - Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Workshop for Educators and Parents, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Parent-Teacher Communication
Carter Hall @ Friends School of Portland
This highly interactive workshop facilitated by Michael Thompson, Ph.D, will offer classroom teachers, childcare providers, school administrators, parents and guardians, and community educators the opportunity to learn about the importance of family involvement in school and best practices for enhancing communication between educators and caregivers.

Evening Lecture, 7:00 pm, Free & Open to the Public
Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity and Social Cruelty in Childhood
Hannaford Hall @ USM's Abromson Center

Click here for more information about the workshop and lecture. (04/24)


Art Show featuring alumni parent, Grace DeGennaro.








Crystal Spring Farm Camp is offering volunteer program for Junior Counselors! Great opportunity for kids ages 13-16 to have fun outside during the summer, while learning about sustainable agriculture and gaining experience with young children. For more information see webpage at or contact Maura 729.1112 or (04/10)

Frontier Eurythmy Independent Training Course:
New Class Forming June, 2012
First Block: Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 30, 2012
School of Eurythmy
      Our Frontier Eurythmy Part-time Training Course at Eurythmy Spring Valley has been a doorway for many devoted eurythmy friends to start their professional training in eurythmy.
      The Frontier program is ideal for students who need to honor other existing commitments while beginning the training. The format also works well for those who live at a distance, as they attend the School of Eurythmy for six to eight weeks, in blocks, during the year. In addition to the June block, three additional blocks will be held during the fall and winter terms of 2012-2012 (exact dates TBD). Between blocks, students work on their own at home, with a local eurythmist as their mentor. The Frontier Part-Time Training focuses on the first year of the full-time training, learned over a two year period of time.
      Unlike the full-time training, we don't offer a new Frontier class every year, so if you've been thinking about beginning the eurythmy training, this is your best opportunity to enroll in our new part-time training program. Interested persons should contact the Student Services Coordinator at 845-352-5020, ext. 13, or by email at, for more information and an application. (04/10)