Thank You Matthew Andrae!

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. 

Santa Fe Waldorf Around Town


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!

Benefit Concert with Matthew Andrae

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!

Volleyball Team Heads to State Tournament

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.

Go Wolves!



8th Grade Raise funds for Class Trip

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! 

Volleyball team Wins 2nd Straight in District 5B Tournament Championship!

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 


Waldorf Wolves Varsity Volleyball Team Among the Best in the State

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!

All-Star Soccer Game

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.  

Perspective Drawing in the 7th Grade

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. 

Mandalas in the High School

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. . .

For more information about the ideas and intentions that shape the mandala study in Waldorf schools we invite you to read Mandala: The Encircling Round Holds Sway by Van James on Waldorf Today.

A sampling of Mandalas created by 11th and 12th grade students. 

Friendly Volleying

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!

Waldorf One World Supported by SFWS

Through-out the week students in grades 4 and 10 have created God’s Eyes (crosses bound together with yarn), for distribution during our annual Michaelmas Festival on Friday, September 27th. This is our second year participating in the Waldorf One World (WOW) project. We are honored to be involved in this life-changing global effort again this year, which is led by teachers Ms. Baudhuin and Mr. Otero.

Students from Waldorf schools in more than 80 countries come together on Michaelmas day to participate in the traditional festival and many choose to raise awareness for the WOW project. WOW was created, as a program, to support Waldorf social initiatives and build schools for children who otherwise would not have access to education in countries such as Pakistan, Israel, Vietnam, Nepal, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil and Peru. Since its inception in 1994, the WOW-Day campaign has raised nearly $3.7 million.

Please lend your support by bringing 50 cents towards the purchase of a God’s Eye on Friday during our festival. This project is one of many ways our students become aware of and involved in communities outside our region with local, regional and global projects through community service and awareness. Festival goers are welcome to join us, on campus, this Friday, September 27th from 10:30am-1:30pm. This is a free event.

Michaelmas Preparations Underway

The first festival of the SFWS school year is the last festival of summer. Michaelmas (pronounced “micklemas”) is a celebration of the abundant harvest season and a time to gather the strength of the sun before it begins to fade. As we move into the darkness of winter, the bright light of summer must shine from within us.

The archangel Michael was the protector of the ancient Hebrew people. As a guardian against evil, Michael inspires us to bravely stand against the darkness within and around us. The scales he carries remind us to carefully weigh the quality of our thoughts and deeds, and the image of the slayed dragon gives us courage to turn inwards to fight the dragons in need of conquering.

At school this week and next, children celebrate with stories, songs, dance, activities and a pageant. Their strong, lovely voices can be heard rising to the sun, reflecting its light.

We invite you to join us at our Michaelmas festival on Friday, September 27th beginning at 10:30am, near the SFWS Grades building, for the pageant and festivities. This school-wide event is open to the public and we encourage you to come as village-folk dressed in medieval costume.


Grade 4 Shares a Tewa Prayer

The SFWS Fourth Grade class is currently studying the geography and history of New Mexico during their Main Lesson. The block began by asking students to map their environment such as their bedroom, route to school, classroom, and the SFWS campus. Students hiked to Sun Mountain, where they were able to locate the school from a flag which was mounted on the rooftop before they left. These lessons provided them with a sense of relationship to their environment, SFWS and City of Santa Fe.

Daily lessons took students through the history of our state. They focused on the first inhabitants in our area and how the Rio Grande marked an important juncture of where, and the reason for, settlement to Native Americans. In studying the culture of our first inhabitants, students learned a ‘Tewa Prayer’ which speaks so deeply to the profound relationship and of the respect our Native culture and to the world around us.

Song of the Sky Loom | Song of the Tewa

Oh our Mother the Earth, oh our Father the Sky,
Your children are we, and with tired backs
We bring you the gifts you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness
May the warp be the white Light of morning
May the weft be the red Light of evening
May the fringes be the falling rain,
May the border be the standing rainbow
Thus weave for us a garment of brightness
That we may walk fittingly where birds sing,
That we may walk fittingly where grass is green
Oh our Mother the Earth, oh our Father the Sky!

The Tewa are a linguistic group of Pueblo American Indians, who speak the Tewa language and share the same culture. There are six pueblos around the Rio Grande and Santa Fe which are the Nambé Pueblo, Pojoaque Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara Pueblo, and Tesuque Pueblo.

The SFWS is proud to include the Tewa language for our students from Pojoaque Pueblo and to have a graduate from the High School in 2012. The fourth grade class will continue their studies in the next several weeks of New Mexico, the importance of the Santa Fe Trail, and the City and County of Santa Fe. The class will also enjoy an exploratory field trip to Pecos National Monument led by their teacher Ms. Baudhuin.

Waldorf Takes Hands-on Approach to Learning

“Parents all over, they wring their hands about the state of schools—and there’s this big debate about high stakes testing. Does it hurt creativity, or does it actually offer accountability? So, imagine a school then with no tests, no technology, not even traditional textbooks. It’s the Waldorf Way." View the CNN interview with Dr. Gupta on No-test, No-tech School: Waldorf takes hands-on approach to learning.