A springtime collection of stories has joined our online bookstore!
Thanks to a grant from ATHENA, Dr. Susan Johnson will be joining our Eurythmist, Melody Van Hoose, for a workshop on Developmental Movement and Learning. Please join us for this special opportunity. You can register here on the Santa Fe Waldorf School website.
"Eurythmy is now a part of my life. There are special movements for the soul that I love to do and can be taught to anyone who is interested." -Dr. Susan Johnson
Wonderful recent article from the New Yorker about Waldorf education beginning to blossom as an alternative choice in China. Writer Ian Johnson takes a closer look at that shift in a historically rigid classroom culture.
The article can be read in part below, and in full by linking to the New Yorker online at the bottom of this blog.
Ian Johnson, The New Yorker
February 3, 2014
In 1994, Harry Huang and his wife, Zhang Li, were running Lily Burger, a tiny backpacker restaurant on the banks of the Jin River, in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. The city wasn’t yet the sprawling metropolis of seven million that it is today, and many people still lived in the picturesque wooden houses of the old town. A thousand miles southwest of Beijing, Chengdu was a refuge from China’s big coastal cities, and a gateway to Tibet.
One day, an Australian couple came to the restaurant. The man, thin and ascetic, with piercing eyes, started talking about an idealistic education system that had been introduced in Central Europe in the early twentieth century. Emphasizing the need to help children develop as individuals, it was based on ideas of reincarnation, free will, and individuality. After four days, the couple left, encouraging Harry and Li to stay in touch.
Harry kept thinking about what the Australians had said. For Chinese of his generation—he was born in 1968—it was an unsettled time. In the nineteen-eighties, there had been a sense of great political optimism. After the death of Mao and the end of the Cultural Revolution, the broad-based reforms of Deng Xiaoping had made the future of China seem open. The crushing of student protests in 1989 ended these hopes, and the energy of the Tiananmen generation was diverted into other avenues, such as entrepreneurship. Harry graduated from college in 1992, and roamed China, unsure of what to do with his life. He settled in Chengdu after he met Li, who was an elementary-school teacher there. The Australians’ visit held out the possibility of a goal less self-centered than making money. And their educational philosophy seemed enticing. Li’s job had left her frustrated by the rigid methods and rote learning of Chinese education.
Join the Santa Fe Waldorf community for Animal Stories, Native American Stories, Folk Tales, Music and more at the Storytelling Festival!
School’s been out for more than two weeks, but the holiday break didn’t keep Santa Fe Waldorf students from a full schedule of high-spirited happenings from music, to sports, to award-winning writing. Our community’s official holiday season celebration began with the annual Winter Concert at the St. Francis Auditorium, December 17th, where grades 5 to 12 entertained family and friends with a celebratory year-end instrumental and choral music finale. Concert highlights included the 6th grade class’ rousing song selection complete with festive hand motions, and a new High School music club’s introductory piece, featuring a guitar duet, piano, and vocals.
Prior to early dismissal on December 20th, while many of the lower grades’ classes gathered to share informal snacks in their classrooms, the high school students, their teachers and staff sat down together over a luxurious holiday buffet prepared by appreciative parents to mark semester’s end. The school-wide merry-making continued into the evening of December 20th, when our State Championship qualifying girls Volleyball team gathered for a much-anticipated “All Star Game” to mark the end of their winning season. The JV and Varsity players handily defeated an ambitious team made up of their coaches and willing parents, then enjoyed pizza, posole and egg nog afterwards. Meanwhile, students and families in the younger grades enjoyed the reverence of the annual Shepherd’s Play performance in Hooper Hall.
Keeping fit for the holidays, both SFWS Middle and High School basketball teams continued play over the break, meeting tough opponents and collecting both wins and losses. The middle school boys team fell to the Monte del Sol Dragons, Saturday, January 4th, after a near-win over the Dragons the week prior to the holiday break. And both Wolves’ Varsity teams spent the weekend of January 2-4th on the road at the annual Wagon Mound Invitational tournament. Of their three games played apiece, the boys captured a win over Roy, and the girls, having added two new players to the bench, grabbed a second season win over local rival Academy for Technology and the Classics. Play continues this week, with Varsity games vs. Desert Academy at home, Wednesday, January 8th, and our school’s home invitational tournament, the Wolf Round Robin, at Christian Life, January 10th and 11th.
While on the court in Wagon Mound sinking 3-point shots from the outside, 8th Grade Varsity basketball starter Martine Perez’s award-winning writing was published in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Martine won 2nd Place in the Teen Category of the paper’s annual Holiday Writing Contest for her short work of prose entitled “The Rocky Shore,” a hauntingly chilly, beautifully atmospheric piece. The story was based on a painting Ms. Logue presented her 8th grade students during a pre-Thanksgiving creative writing Main Lesson, and Martine was surprised to learn that her parents had entered her class work in the contest—and to great acclaim! Like so many Waldorf students, Martine is a multi-faceted talent—a scholar, athlete, and musician. Congratulations Martine! We’re proud of you.
Waldorf Education stands solidly on a foundation of story and imagination. We are pleased to offer a selection of favorite books for both children and parents that help to weave these qualities into your home-life. In our new online bookstore, we have brought together a delightful selection of favorite picture books, seasonal and holiday stories, as well as resources for inspired parenting, festival life, and more. In the coming weeks we’ll be adding more categories for older readers. The store will be updated quarterly to reflect the changing seasons, with titles moving, as we do, through the year. Stay tuned!
Every purchase made through this online Amazon affiliate bookstore supports the school. Please share with friends and family looking for the perfect gift, and support your child’s discovery of the world, as well as your own unfolding journey as a parent, through these great titles.
Sunday, November 24th found nearly 50 members of our Wolves Booster Club, along with SFWS friends and sports fans captivated by the talents of Waldorf parent Matthew Andrae at a private benefit on Matthew’s “home” stage at the Inn & Spa at Loretto.
Described in Trend magazine as “one of those rare people who combine instrumental talent, instrumental innovation, and vocal talent with great songwriting…and (who) can fuse them all together in a single, powerful message,” Andrae plays Friday and Saturday evenings at the Inn . He generously donated his time for this one-time-only, limited attendance benefit for our High School Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams. Through Andrae’s generosity (and the appreciated donations from the school community-at-large), both basketball teams will don new uniforms beginning the week before the Holiday break.
The Uniform Benefit evening was pure celebration, with the predominately High School parent and booster crowd regaled by Andrae’s formidable entertainment skills. A guitarist who combines bass lines and rhythm guitar with percussive accents and honey sweet vocals, Andrae opened the evening with “Sweet Celine,” a song written for the birth of his daughter in 2007. “Sweet Celine” became a You Tube sensation, getting over 500,000 hits in the first five days after its release, and the beautiful tribute to fatherhood landed Andrae a recording deal and a full performance schedule. Hear this incredible Waldorf parent-talent most Friday and Saturday evenings, 8 pm, at the Inn & Spa at Loretto.
We're letting Santa Fe know that it's our 30th year! For the next few months look for our new 30th anniversary logo on Santa Fe Trails bus #806 as it travels about town. A special thanks to Desert Elements Design who kindly crafted this celebratory logo for our anniversary year.
There are many exciting plans in the works for our 30th year, beginning with the annual Holiday Faire which occurs this coming weekend (Saturday, December 7th) from 10am-3pm at our lovely 13-acre campus. Mark your calendar, invite your friends, and come join us as we celebrate the holiday season!
A benefit concert with world-renowned guitarist Matthew Andrae, is hosted by the Booster Club, to raise funds to outfit our Varsity Basketball team with new uniforms.
Join us this Sunday, November 24th at the Inn and Spa at Loretto at 5pm. Concert goers will be in for a treat with Brazilian, Flamenco, and classical sounds seamlessly coming together with bass lines, rhythm guitar and percussion accents blended together, and a natural rhythm and playing ability performed by Matthew Andrae.
Tickets are limited to 60 concert-goers and can be purchased at the High School office, by Friday, November 21st at 3pm or by contacting Coach Clifford for $40 each, which includes hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will be available to purchase libations.
The Varsity Basketball team will provide childcare for $5 per hour, with proceeds to go to their uniform fund. Arrangements should be pre-arranged with Coach Clifford.
Download the flyer and invite your friends!
SFWS Girls Volleyball team (1st Place in District 5B) are gearing up for the State Tournament this week and are prepared to bring home the top trophy!
Watch highlights from the District Championship game against Evangel Christian
The State Tournament Game Schedules as follows:
Thursday, Nov 14 - 1:00pm | Pool Play at Rio Rancho High School Gym in Rio Rancho
Friday, Nov 15 | Quarterfinals at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho
Actual game time is dependent upon the results of the Pool Play. We do know that the Quarterfinals are scheduled to begin in the morning.
Friday, Nov 15 | Semi-Finals at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho
Actual games start at 6:30pm. The specific time SFWS will play is dependent upon the results of Quarterfinals.
Saturday, Nov 16 | Finals at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho
Actual games start at 9:00am. Again, the specific time SFWS will play is dependent upon the results of the Semi-Finals.
Follow this link for directions to the game locations, or go to our Athletic's Calendar page.
We will post results and game times on our Home page. Stay posted or better yet, come out wearing our school colors Red and Black and cheer our team onto victory for the State Championship!
Information and travel arrangements for students to attend the games during the school day will be shared with parents by the High School Coordinator.
8th grade students are enthusiastically raising funds for their class trip in May. With help from their parents and teacher Ms. Logue, arrangements were made with Il Vicino restaurant on W. San Francisco Street in Santa Fe.
The restaurant will donate 20% of the proceeds from today's sales to the class. To ensure that proceeds go to the class, diners must mention Santa Fe Waldorf School and you have to show up. They are open from 11am to 10pm tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 12th) for dine-in or take-out, but make certain you mention WALDORF. Good luck to our students!
After beating the visiting Albuquerque Evangel Christian Lady Eagles 25-11 in the first game of the District 5B Tournament championship on Saturday evening, Santa Fe Waldorf had to do some digging, and not just the volleyball kind.The Lady Wolves (18-3 overall) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first game, but they had to come from behind in the second and third games en route to a 25-11, 25-23, 25-20 victory to secure their second straight district championship as well as their 15th consecutive win.
With many lead changes, Evangel Christian (16-4) was on top 22-20 in the second game before the Lady Wolves scored five consecutive points to get the 2-0 lead. In the final game, Santa Fe Waldorf overcame a 13-8 deficit.
The Lady Wolves were down for the majority of the last two games, but Santa Fe Waldorf head coach Josie Adams only called one timeout the entire match. That was done on purpose so the Lady Wolves can get used to playing with a deficit in the state tournament.
“In state, we’re going to feel that kind of pressure, and we’re going to have to learn how to dig ourselves out,” she said. “We can be 10 points behind and pull ourselves out.”
Even though Santa Fe Waldorf had to come from behind twice, no one on the team doubted that they were going to be holding the district championship trophy at the end of the night.
“I knew from that head start that we were going to win, even though in the last couple games we had some hesitations,” Santa Fe Waldorf junior Keifer Nace said. “But, you know, we just like to entertain the crowd a little bit.”
Despite the hesitations in the last two games, this was actually the fastest the Lady Wolves put away the Lady Eagles. They beat them in four games the first time they met and finished them in five games on the second. This third match, however, had a little more weight to it, so the Lady Wolves wanted to make sure to end it as quick as possible.
“They’re definitely the toughest team in our district, but I was confident that we could beat them in three,” Santa Fe Waldorf junior Cecelia Barnard said. “That was our goal from the beginning.”
That confidence led to another win for the Lady Wolves, and their hope is to continue that hot streak in the state tournament, but not in the first round.
“I’m expecting the 4-seed at this point,” Adams said. “I feel pretty confident that we can go past the first round.”
Regardless of where they’ll be seeded, the Lady Wolves are still guaranteed a spot in the tournament with the district championship, and Josie hopes she can leave that tournament with some hardware too.
“I’d like to come home with another trophy,” she said.
courtesy of: Santa Fe New Mexican - 11/10/13
Our Santa Fe Waldorf Wolves girls’ varsity volleyball team captured its second straight District Championship title October 29th, with a victory over rival Evangel Christian Academy at Evangel’s home court in Albuquerque. The 3-2 win over the Eagles—a team of six Seniors versus our starting line-up of four Juniors, one Sophomore, a Freshman and an 8th Grader, handed our Wolves the top ranking in our NM Athletic Association’s District 5B, plus gave our school home court advantage when we meet Evangel again next week for the District 5B Championship Tournament game (Saturday, November 9th at 5pm)—essentially a formality to cement the #1 spot overall in our district. Our Wolves have a guaranteed berth to the NM State Volleyball Championships in November given their regular season District Championship title.
The Wolves’ varsity volleyball team is led by Junior co-captains Cecelia Barnard and Keifer Nace, and supported by Junior starters Alex Chastenet and Brooke Reiche, Sophomore Gabrielle Chastenet, Freshman Sophie Linett and 8th grader Bea Lowe. A talented team of additional 10th and 8th grade Junior Varsity players rounds out the bench. This strong group of JV players ensures our school will remain a volleyball powerhouse in the next few years.
Perhaps most importantly, clenching this year’s District Championship catapults our school into the 4th place position in the entire state! The girls varsity volleyball team is Waldorf’s first-ever Top 5 statewide ranked team, plus the girls hold the #57th spot in the state overall, even when ranked against teams from New Mexico’s largest 5A high schools such as Santa Fe High School. Most impressive, five Waldorf girls’ individual statistics place them firmly among New Mexico’s very best volleyball players. Even before recording the strong stats the girls earned at the Evangel Christian championship game, our players’ prowess puts them in the Top 60. Junior Cecelia Barnard is ranked #2 in the entire state in Aces (unreturnable serves), third in hitting, and 11th statewide for her strong kills, or spikes. Freshman Sophie Linett holds the #3 spot statewide for Aces, and Junior Keifer Nace is ninth for aces and 34th for assists. Junior Alex Chastenet ranks 30th statewide for serving aces and is the school’s leader for blocks at the net, holding the #58 spot statewide, while 8th grader Beatrice Lowe ranks 26th statewide for her service aces.
The Wolves Volleyball team will face tough competition at the State Championships in Albuquerque, but the girls have proven their mettle in phenomenal regular season play under the skilled direction of Head Coach Josie Adams and Assistant Coach Sat Bir Khalsa.
Come out and support these amazing girls Saturday, November 9th, at Christian Life gym at 5:00 pm for the District Tournament championship game. Go Wolves!
A friendly-game of soccer between the SFWS student soccer team against SFWS faculty and administration, including parents was held this week under autumn skies. While the weather may have been a bit on the chilly side the teams were burning up the field during the All-Star game. Students demonstrated their agility and quick maneuvering skills against faculty and parents to win the game 7 to 1. Thank you to all who came out to play and cheer on their favorite team and players.
SFWS Volleyball Team
Perspective drawing is a wonderful place to begin the Seventh Grade. The students are either in or getting ready to enter puberty, one of the great life changes that happens. It is not always an easy journey, with bodies changing and thinking capacities changing and growing. The Age of Discovery and the Renaissance are major themes of the Seventh Grade curriculum. That was the time that the use of perspective really took hold in drawing and painting. Learning how to work with perspective can give the students the possibility of portraying the world in a more accurate and precise fashion, therefore giving them more confidence. Many students remember Perspective Drawing as one of their favorite and most used topics.
Perspective drawings by our 7th grade students are currently on display in the Grades building hallway near the Library.
Our 2012 District Championship Volleyball Team, Santa Fe Waldorf Wolves, take on District 5B rival Evangel Christian Academy Lady Eagles in a Dig Pink Volleyball breast cancer benefit match this Saturday, October 19th.
At the outset of the year the sophomore and junior classes undertook a three week block of study of the mandala form. Mr. Baker, our new School Administrator, led this course; initially working through a series of technical exercises with colored pencils that touched upon color theory, freehand drawing, patterns and different types of symmetry. For those students who had been a part of our elementary grades and middle school, the skills explored in the artistic geometry blocks from years ago were rekindled, with classmates turning to each other to offer support in the development of different geometric constructions.
In working with the mandala form, students were encouraged to consider depictions of the microcosm vs macrocosm, and how to express dualism using everything from complementary colors to seemingly contradictory symbolic imagery. The mandala's visual connection to the architectural plan of Buddhist stupas was shared, as well as other evidence of the circular form being used for spiritual purposes in cultures across the world.
How can a visual depiction promote healing? How can it depict something universal, or even something formless, through the use of recognizable objects? These prompts guided each student's efforts, and in grappling with them, very individualized designs emerged.
The results were nothing short of spectacular, and have been on display in the High School Great Room for the past few weeks. They will remain exhibited through the end of this week so if you find yourself on campus please take a few moments to stop in and see these beautiful images-- perhaps they will inspire you towards your own moment of quiet contemplation. . .
Fall is in the air at SFWS, and so are volleyballs. Throughout these crisp days our 8th grade students have been enjoying friendly volleys during recess times, undoubtedly inspired by the impressive achievements of our Waldorf Wolves this season.
Be sure to catch our volleyball game tonight at 5:30pm vs. Walatowa for the varsity district game. This game will be in Walatowa. Go Wolves!
Sophie Linett, ninth grader at SFWS, plays on the Varsity Volleyball team as a setter, even when she plays against her twin sister who attends a rival school. Today, Sophie and her sister are featured in the Santa Fe New Mexican. To read more about the twin volleyball players go to: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/sports/article_aff1740c-0275-5137-8740-29ec9c9d6caf.html