A Letter from the Board

December 5, 2018

  

Aloha Honolulu Waldorf Community –

The Board would like to share some fantastic news about the Honolulu Waldorf School Administrative Director position. 

We are very excited to announce that the school’s very first Administrative Director, Mr. Robert Witt, and Ms. Roberta Bishop will work together in a Co-Administrative Director capacity.  Robert and Roberta have both previously held the role of Administrative Director of our school and have worked together in various capacities since the 1980s - both at the Honolulu Waldorf School and the Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS).   We are truly blessed and grateful for their willingness to fulfill this much-needed role in our school’s community. 

Robert and Roberta will share this role throughout the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. During this period, our Board will refocus our Administrative Director search and continue to seek out a candidate that we feel is best equipped to perpetuate the school’s vision for years to come.  The Board’s Administrative Director Search Committee has worked tirelessly reviewing resumes and interviewing the many strong candidates.  We were unable, however, to find a candidate that we believe met all the qualifications needed to fulfill the role. 

We look forward to working with Robert and Roberta and will continue to do our very best in our search for a permanent Administrative Director. 

The Board encourages members of our Waldorf community to share their comments and ideas with us.  We can be reached at hwsboard@gmail.com.

We wish you and your families the very best this holiday season and we look forward to continuing to serve our school and greater community in the New Year!

 Mahalo,

 

Erika Takahashi (Alumni & Parent, Blaze Gr. 4)
Board President

 

2018 Parent Hui Swap

Aloha HWS Community,

Join us for The 3rd Annual Honolulu Waldorf School's Parent Hui Swap – Open to All!

· Bring your no-longer-needed-but-still-usable items.

· Take whatever you’d like from anyone else’s no-longer-needed-but-still-usable items.

· Clear your clutter, recycle some stuff, grab some goods, have some fun!


When: Saturday, Nov. 17th from 8 am – 1 pm in the Niu Hall


Where: The Honolulu Waldorf School, 350 Ulua Street, Honolulu, HI, 96821

Cost: FREE when you bring a bag of donations or $5 per bag.  NOTE: 1 bag = grocery shopping bag or equivalent.

Donate/Swap: 

Clothes & Shoes For The Whole Family

Accessories (purses, belts, etc.) 

Toys 

Small bikes, Scooters, Skateboards 

Board Games, Playsets (toy kitchens, workbenches, etc.) 

Strollers (and other baby/toddler items)

Books - kids, teens, adults 

Due to the Hall being used for classes, we ask that you only drop off donations at the following times:


Thursday, November 15 from 7:30am-Noon

Thursday, November 15 from 4:30pm-5:30pm

Friday, November 16 from 7:30am-9:30am

Friday, November 16 from 2:45pm-3:30pm

Want to Volunteer to work at the swap? Waldorf Parents can get First Dibs on all the cool stuff by becoming a Volunteer! If you would like to volunteer, please email parent hui at the address below, or stop by the Niu office and let Astrid know.  She will place your name on the google sheet.

Volunteers are appreciated during the above mentioned donation drop off times, and also from:

Friday, November 16 from 3:30pm-5:30pm for organizing tables.

Saturday, November 17 from 7:45am-11am for swap management

Saturday, November 17 from 11am-2pm for management and clean up.


Have Questions? Have clothing racks to lend? Please email parenthui@honoluluwaldorf.org

We look forward to seeing you there!


Tiffany Vasquez

Co-Teacher, Ōhi'a Parent-Child Program

11th Grade Watercolor Painting Block - Oct/Nov 2018

The 11th grade just completed their watercolor painting block in the high school. Their work covered landscapes and portraits, focusing on the Romantic and Impressionist period artists for landscape techniques and the Expressionist style for portraiture. They finished the block by painting self-portraits in the Expressionist style.

Teacher: Van James

Click each image to see full-size.

2018 Waldorfaire Heartfelt Mahalo

Kat here . . .

Before I turn the floor over to Chairperson Jana Moore to make her many thank yous, I would like to thank her for all the work she's done over the last five years as Waldorfaire Chair.

Her familiarity with the event was truly a blessing for me in my first year. Thank you, Jana!

And now a few heartfelt words from her:

 

Dear Honolulu Waldorf School Ohana,

I cannot thank you all enough for once again making Waldorfaire such a magical experience for

our keiki and guests. Whether you were a shift volunteer, helped prep a booth, purchased scrip, or created something with Mrs. Bryce and Mrs. Knapp in a Crafternoon session for the toy shop, YOU made this Faire happen!

The Waldorfaire Committee wants to extend a special thank you to the Faire’s hero, Kepa, who ensured a smooth start to our Faire, as well as the countless contributions he makes to our school and keiki every day.

We also want to share our gratitude for the following individuals who really went the extra mile to ensure this year’s Faire went off without a hitch:

 Andrea/Samadhi Hawaii, Rustin Smith, Jillian Gold, Kat Fitzpatrick, Jessica Takei, Erika Takahashi, Silvia Jaimes, Joyce McCarthy, Astrid Tommasino, Jason & Hillary Godwise, Yumiko Tamura Loose, Olivia Busenbark, Gretchen Valentin, Lu Morelli Vine, Tarah Nelson, Kimberly Hakola, Linda Fuiji, Tracy Packer, Svetlana Bianchetti, Tomomi Sydow, Junko Horiguchi, Heather Mohr, Junko Munakata, Arlene Sato, Will Temple, Ann Marie Brege, and MANY more worked diligently behind the scenes.

Also, great big Mahalo, to our very own high school students who took a hand in making Waldorfaire a unique and exciting time! They created a new version of an old favorite (jousting) and hand-made the beautiful new scrip signs you saw throughout campus. Also, Nikolas Bianchetti and Myla Smith did a fantastic job of emceeing!

As I pass on the torch to the next Waldorfaire Chair, I’d greatly appreciate if you'd take one minute to fill out this very brief survey to assist her in planning Waldorfaire 2019:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YD25XRV

It’s been an honor to serve as Chairperson and collaborate with so many passionate and talented people.

 

I look forward to supporting our school as a board member and behind-the-scenes volunteer, as well as seeing what our creative parent leaders produce in the years to come.

 

Thanks again and I hope you all have a Happy Halloween! :)

 Mahalo nui loa,

 Jana Moore

(Jillian, Gr. 3 & Jaxon, Gr. 4)

 

 

2018 Waldorfaire Heartfelt Mahalo

Kat here . . . Before I turn the floor over to Chairperson Jana Moore to make her many thank yous, I would like to thank her for all the work she's done over the last five years as Waldorfaire Chair. Her familiarity with the event was truly a blessing for me in my first year. Thank you, Jana! And now a few heartfelt words from her: ============================================================ Dear Honolulu Waldorf School Ohana, I cannot thank you all enough for once again making Waldorfaire such a magical experience for our keiki and guests. Whether you were a shift volunteer, helped prep a booth, purchased scrip, or created something with Mrs. Bryce and Mrs. Knapp in a Crafternoon session for the toy shop, YOU made this Faire happen!

The Waldorfaire Committee wants to extend a special thank you to the Faire’s hero, Kepa, who ensured a smooth start to our Faire , as well as the countless contributions he makes to our school and keiki every day. We also want to share our gratitude for the following individuals who really went the extra mile to ensure this year’s Faire went off without a hitch:

Andrea/Samadhi Hawaii, Rustin Smith, Jillian Gold, Kat Fitzpatrick, Jessica Takei, Erika Takahashi, Silvia Jaimes, Joyce McCarthy, Astrid Tommasino, Jason & Hillary Godwise, Yumiko Tamura Loose, Olivia Busenbark, Gretchen Valentin, Lu Morelli Vine, Tarah Nelson, Kimberly Hakola, Linda Fuiji, Tracy Packer, Svetlana Bianchetti, Tomomi Sydow, Junko Horiguchi, Heather Mohr, Junko Munakata, Arlene Sato, Will Temple, Ann Marie Brege, and MANY more worked diligently behind the scenes.

Also, great big Mahalo, to our very own high school students who took a hand in making Waldorfaire a unique and exciting time! They created a new version of an old favorite (jousting) and hand-made the beautiful new scrip signs you saw throughout campus. Also, Nikolas Bianchetti and Myla Smith did a fantastic job of emceeing! As I pass on the torch to the next Waldorfaire Chair, I’d greatly appreciate if you'd take one minute to fill out this very brief survey to assist her in planning Waldorfaire 2019:

** Please Click for Brief Survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YD25XRV)

It’s been an honor to serve as Chairperson and collaborate with so many passionate and talented people. I look forward to supporting our school as a board member and behind-the-scenes volunteer, as well as seeing what our creative parent leaders produce in the years to come. Thanks again and I hope you all have a Happy Halloween! :) Mahalo nui loa, Jana Moore (Jillian, Gr. 3 & Jaxon, Gr. 4)

Day of The Dead 2018

Aloha Teachers and Class Parent Representatives,


As you may know, our annual Day of the Dead celebration will be held this week Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Niu Hall and Grades Classrooms.  There will also an evening Performance on Friday night.  


This email is intended to bring each class (teachers and parents) at Grade level onto the same page for Fridays happenings.  Kat will be sending out an invitation to the entire HWS community.  This email is specific to classroom happenings. 


For Grades 1-8 (
Early Childhood does not participate in this event): 


Traditional Day of the Dead bread needs to be baked for each class as well as Mexican hot chocolate made.  This should be overseen by the class parent reps.  Bread Kits  and the chocolate are provided in the Niu Main office.  Please know, this is an active yeast recipe and will need time to rise. Hot chocolate can be made at home and brought back to school for the morning of the performance in a thermal type container if possible. Thursday there is no school, so kits should be picked up asap. They are available now. If you are NOT the person baking or making hot chocolate, please secure someone to hand the task off to.  If you need support in this, please email parenthui@honoluluwaldorf.org for assistance asap.

Mahalo


Friday, November 2:  

MORNING PERFORMANCE

7:15am:  Call time for performers:  Come dressed, so that prep is only face paint and flowers.  

8:15am:  Niu Hall  Morning Performance for Grades 1-8 

*Grades will then convene back in the classroom for hot chocolate and traditional bread.  The 7th and 8th Grade students will deliver the hot chocolate.  The bread should be in the classrooms.

EVENING PERFORMANCE

5:00pm:  Call time Girls:  Girls should be dressed and ready for hair braiding and facepainting.

5:30pm:  Call time for Boys and Musicians for face painting (6,7,8 graders if not Spanish Students, will be providing song and music accompaniment, concert attire)  


4 loaves of Bread and Hot Chocolate will need to be provided for this performance also.  So far, we have Frances Altwies volunteering 2 loaves, Michele Carr baking 1 more.  We will need 1 more loaf for evening, please email 
parenthui@honoluluwaldorf.org if you can do this.  Gretchen Valentin will do the Hot Chocolate for the evening.  

Finally, the altar will be set up in Niu Hall on Wednesday afternoon.  Children are asked to bring in labelled photos in frames of their relatives that have passed away, if desired, for the altar.

Thank you very much for your time and attention.  Please contact me if you any questions.


Gretchen Valentin

Parent Hui October 11 Agenda




Parenthui@honoluluwaldorf.org




        October 11, 2018

          8:00am-9:00am

        Niu Campus

        AGENDA


  1. Welcome Verse:

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.” - Rudolf Steiner

  1. Distribution of last meetings minutes.  Edits/Corrections.

  2. Jana Moore Waldorfaire Update

  3. Day of the Dead-Senorita Jaimes

  4. Marcy Polack:  The Process of Support at HWS

  5. Give Aloha Campaign

  6. Michelmas Review:

  1. How was breadmaking? Some kits were not picked up.  Did we have enough bread. Do we need to revise this process? Any other feedback?

  1. All School Swap

  1. Date: Nov 16-17

  2. Marketing/advertising

  3. Chairperson

  4. Parameters