Facing Anxiety: Cultivating Resilience AWSNA March Conference and Speaker

Conference and Evening Presentation are Open to the General Public with Pre-Registration!

Space is limited, please register early and share with interested friends.


Please find a more detailed e-brochure here including event schedule, conference workshops and conference leader biographies.  Feel free to download and share this PDF brochure with interested friends.


MWS is pleased to host the annual Regional Delegates Meeting and Conference for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).  This year’s theme is Facing Anxiety and Cultivating Resilience.  The Delegates Meeting is on Friday, March 23 and the Conference is on Saturday, March 24.  Additionally, we will host an Evening Presentation on Friday, March 23 by Kim John Payne, Simplicity Parenting author and educator, titled Facing Anxiety and Cultivating Resilience.  The Regional Conference and Evening Presentation are open to the interested public with pre-registration.  Space is limited.

Regional Conference, held at Meadowbrook Waldorf School, on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30am until 3:45pm.  Open to the public with pre-registration.

Evening Speaker Event with Kim John Payne held at Meadowbrook Waldorf School on Friday, March 23 from 7-8:30pm.  Open to the public with pre-registration.

Delegates Meeting, held at Meadowbrook Waldorf School, on Friday, March 23 from 9:30am until 3:30pm.  This meeting is for Regional Delegates only.


Registration Information

Conference Deadline and Fees

Early bird pricing through February 23.  Registrations close on March 9.  Space is limited, so please register early to receive your first choices for workshops.

AWSNA Conference Fees:

Evening Speaker Event Only:  $10

Early Bird Conference Pricing (Jan 8- Feb 23):  $95

Regular Conference Pricing (Feb 24- Mar 9):  $115

Conference Food:  $15

Note: Pre-registration is required.  Registration and payments will not be accepted at the door.

Lodging

Meadowbrook Waldorf School has secured a limited number of hotel rooms at a reduced rate.  This group rate expires by February 23.  Please contact the Hampton Inn of Coventry directly at 401 823 4041 for reservations or more information.

Registration

Registration for Conference Presenters and Meadowbrook Waldorf School Employees click here.

General Registration for Conference, Evening Presentation and Delegates, click here.

EXPANDED: Winter 2018 Parent Child Programs

Due to popular demand, we have expanded our Parent Child Program.  This Winter we are adding a Tuesday session to our regular Monday and Wednesday offerings.

We are pleased to announce Miss Julia will be holding the parents and children of this new 5 week Tuesday session.

Julia lives with her husband Jarod in Wakefield, and they are the parents of three children, two of whom are students at Meadowbrook.  Julia was a K-12 art teacher in the Cranston school district before becoming a mom, and when her children were young, she provided care for other children in their home.  She was also an Early Childhood assistant at Meadowbrook for a year prior to the birth of their youngest child and is a MWS Parent Handwork Group veteran. Julia is very much looking forward to getting to know the young families of our Parent Child program!

This Winter Ssssion begins January 3 (Wednesdays, 5 weeks),  January 8 (Mondays, 6 weeks) and January 16 (Tuesdays, 5 weeks).


In these sessions you explore the joys and challenges of raising your child in a supportive and nurturing environment. Caregivers and children share a lovely morning of play, snack and circle time. Siblings are welcome. Perfect for the new walker to the older toddler, and their caregiver.

For this Winter session, Parent-Toddler classes are held on Mondays, for 5 weeks, or Wednesdays, for 6 weeks, from 9-11am.

Click below for more Parent Toddler Program information and registration documents.

MONDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

TUESDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

WEDNESDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

Winter 2018 Parent Child Sessions

We are now enrolling our next Parent Child Program!  This session begins the week of January 3, and runs for 5 or 6 weeks.


In these sessions you explore the joys and challenges of raising your child in a supportive and nurturing environment. Caregivers and children share a lovely morning of play, snack and circle time. Siblings are welcome. Perfect for the new walker to the older toddler, and their caregiver.

For this Winter session, Parent-Toddler classes are held on Mondays, for 5 weeks, or Wednesdays, for 6 weeks, from 9-11am.

Click below for more Parent Toddler Program information and registration documents.

MONDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

WEDNESDAY Parent Child Class – Winter 2018 – Registration

St. Nikolaus Day at Meadowbrook Waldorf School

Saint Nicholas Day at Meadowbrook Waldorf School

The children in the lower grades were busy yesterday tidying their rooms and

placing their shoes out neatly in anticipation for a visit from Saint Nicholas.  This morning those eager boys and girls found treasures of clementines and small shells in their shoes waiting for them, sometimes with a hint of glitter left behind from their secret visitor.

 

Who is Saint Nicholas?

Today the children celebrate Saint Nicholas Day.  Saint Nicholas was a bishop

born in the 4th century. He was known for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas.  Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of

sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers.* Saint Nicholas day is celebrated throughout Europe and is honored by Waldorf schools and Waldorf inspired homes and homeschoolers as well.

Legends of Saint Nicholas

One of the most popular stories of St Nicholas tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman’s father had to offer prospective husbands something of value—a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man’s daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas.**

Saint Nicholas Felted

Our German teacher shares this poem about Sankt Nikolaus translated into English.

Knecht Ruprecht – Theodor Storm

From out of the forest I now appear, to proclaim that Christmastide is here!
For at the top of every tree are golden lights for all to see;
and there from Heaven’s gate on high I saw our Christ-child in the sky.

And in among the darkened trees, a loud voice it was that called to me:
‘Knecht Ruprecht, old fellow’ it cried, ‘hurry now, make haste, don’t hide!
All the candles have now been lit – Heaven’s gate has opened wide!

Both hong and old should snow have rest away from cares and daily stress;
and when tomorrow to earth I fly “It’s Christmas again!” will be the cry.’

And then I said: ‘O Lord so dear. My journey’s end is now quite near; 
but to this town I’ve still to go, Where the children are good, I know.’

‘But have you then that great sack?’
‘I have’ I said, ‘it’s on my back.
For apples, almonds, fruit and nuts for God-fearing children are a must.’

‘And is that cane there by your side?’ 
The cane’s there too,’ I did reply;
but only for those, those naughty ones, who have it applied to their backsides.’
The Christ-child spoke: ‘Then that’s all right! My loyal servant, go with God this night!’

From out of the forest I now appear; To proclaim that Christmastide is here!
Now speak, what is there here to be had?
Are there good children, are there bad?

Sources:
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas
**http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/