Song, Sports, & Scholarship Fill Holiday Break

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.