Calendar of Events 
September 17th - 21st - Give Back to Schools Week
Shop at the Ukiah Co-Op and 2.5% goes to local schools

September 21st - International Peace Day
12:30pm Assembly
Parents welcome!  Details below

September 25th - Hearing & Vision Screening
Details below

September 26th - Board Meeting
Open to visitors

September 28th - Michaelmas
10:30 Kindergarten
11:30 - Grades

Soup and bread potluck follows

October 2nd - School Picture Day
Photographs by Hollie Nass (WSMC Parent) -
Look for package order forms coming home with your child the week before pictures
October 17th & 18th - Doll Making Workshop
9:30am to noon in White Rose Kindergarten
Details below

October 26th - Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
Kindergarten through Grade 7
Details from your class teacher
October 31st - Pumpkin Path
More details about this magical evening coming soon

October 31st and November 1st - Parent Teacher Conferences
Childcare will be available to parents while they are at their conference and/or working their EPP volunteer shift, provided they have pre-registered.  Details in the next Heartbeat.

For our real time calendar:
Michaelmas is a wonderful time to show thankfulness for the gifts of the
earth, ourselves and others. While the Autumn Equinox and Michaelmas are
signs of the closure of summer and beginning of a darker season, our moods
do not have to grow dark. Instead, we can focus our energies during this
time just as the earth does; going within to quietly strengthen
ourselves and grow once again. We can rededicate ourselves to finding the
ever-elusive balance that we all seek. We can find new beginnings in
all realms of our life, including how we parent.

Michaelmas is the first festival of the school year, often celebrated on the last Friday in September.   At WSMC, all the grades classes present a pageant of the legend of St. George, who, with Archangel Michael’s help, tames the dragon.  At the height of the harvest season, anticipating the darkness of winter, we gather the bounteous gifts of summer’s light.  Michael wields his sword of light against fear and darkness brought by the dragon.  This inspires us to face the inner and outer darkness with courage and strength of will.  Each grade plays a certain part in the pageant, an experience that students enjoy, as they anticipate their turn to play important roles. 

Parents are invited to attend and enjoy a coordinated potluck meal of soups afterwards.  

 Ms. McCarthy will create a special Kindergarten celebration.  Following this, Kindergarten parents may take their children to join the rest of the school to watch the older students’ pageant and share in the all school potluck.  

Preschool students enjoy a typical morning program on this day. Many young children enjoy attending the pageant put on by our Grades students with their parents.  If you are not able to pick your child up at 11:30 and join the festival, Miss Amy will keep good care of her students for the entire day.  
  Because many Preschool families are new to our school and new to this festival, we don't ask for any volunteer time or potluck items, you are warmly invited as special guests.



8:30 - 9:30am        Michaelmas set up
8:45 - 9:55am        New Parent Orientation (Movement Room)
10:30 - 11:15am    Kindergarten celebration
11:30 - 12:00pm    Pagaent
12:00 - 12:30pm    Soup (bring your own bowls and utensils)
12:30 - 1:00pm      Games
1:00 - 1:30pm        Volcano explosions an presentations by 6th Grade (outside Movement Room)
1:30 - 2:00pm        Clean up


Volunteers make the school go round!

Sign-ups sheets are up, and are filling in (thank you to the parents who have signed up so far).  There is still space to help with set up and clean up.  Kindergarten and Class One sheets are by your classroom door. All the others are outside the office.  All parents bring something (listed on the sign up sheets).  Additionally, please volunteer to help with the following if you can: 
Soup, Setup and Cleanup

If you would like to be in the pageant, we have a few special roles available.  Please speak with Spring Senerchia for more information.  

School News

Craft Mornings
Join First Grade Parent Shanna Phillips on Wednesday mornings for Drop Off Coffee!  This is a great moment to linger a little longer, catch up, chat about your children, strategize play dates, formulate fundraising schemes and enjoy each other's company.  Please stop by, say hello and introduce yourself.  
Wednesdays 8:15 - 9:00am 

Then, linger on a few more minutes and help in the Craft Room.  The Enchanted Pumpkin Path crew is busy crafting small gifts and treats to share with our 500 visitors on Hallowwen Night.  They can use help, even for a few minutes if that's all you have.

International Peace Day

Friday, September 21st, 12:30pm  

WSMC is happy to join individuals, schools and community groups around the world to lend our hearts, minds and voices towards a peaceful world.   We will have a short performing assembly that parents are welcome to attend.  Students will eat their lunches on the lawn following the assembly.  Dismissal is at 1:20.  Aftercare will be available.

Hearing and Vision
Tuesday, September 25th

WSMC will again be visited by retired school nurse Laura Bayhnam.  She will perform vision and hearing screenings for students in Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th grades.  She will screen 1st Grade boys for color blindness.  (These grades are standard for school screenings.)  Un-diagnosed vision or hearing issues can hamper students' ability to learn.  It is our hope that this screening will give parents an early indication of the need for further evaluation by a professional. 

The Office will be printing a 2018/19 School Directory.  It will be ready for distribution in October.  If you have changes to your contact information, please be sure to let the office know as soon as possible so you can be reached by our school community.  If you would like to advertise in the Directory, please call Jennifer in the front office to get more details. There is a small fee scale for specific ad space.  If you've already submitted your interest, the deadline for business cards, and/or your graphic is September 23rd.

Dollmaking workshop
October 17th & 18th, 9:30am to 12:00 noon

Join Marcia Tichenor, long time Waldorf teacher, to use cotton and wool to make Waldorf-inspired dolls.  These dolls are designed to stimulate a child's imagination.

Class will be held in White Rose Kindergarten and is limited to 12 participants - register early!  Childcare available for an additional fee.  
It's Give Back to Schools Week - September 17 - 23

Every time you shop at the Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op and designate our school at checkout, we will receive a donation of 2.5% of sales that week.  (If someone in line doesn't mention a school, maybe you could tap them on the shoulder and suggest ours!)  
This generous offer by the Co-op gives significant funding to WSMC and other local schools.  A big thank you to them.  

Please plan to buy your groceries at the Co-op next week for the easiest donation ever!  


Fieldtrips are a much anticipated part of our unique education.  They offer students the whole world as a classroom.  They learn about the natural world, history, build their physical capacities, explore social relationships, perform service projects and have FUN!  Field trips require significant planning and work by Class Teachers and parents.  Thank you in advance to all the parent volunteers who will help this year!  We have several field trips coming up (Class 2 & 3, Class 4 & 5) and Class 6 & 7 just completed a trip to Mount Lassen where they hiked the peak of an active volcano, crawled through a lava tube and explored the depths of a cave along Shasta Lake.


To support the final field trip of a class, known as their 8th Grade trip, students (with help from their parents) will raise $1000 each to pay for their trip.  You will see fundraisers popping up in earnest this year to support these students.  The first snow cone sale was last Friday.  Beginning this week the snow cone syrups will be made from real, organic fruit.  $5/snow cone requested.  Thank you for your support!
Thank you!
Thank you to John Evans for helping schlepp chairs after the Rose Ceremony.
Thank you to Gabe Bixler for your work on Beautification Day!

Thank you to WSMC Parents, Grandparents, Friends and Supporters! Last week we received forty handmade chairs from Miles Woodworking in Washington State.  These solid, Eastern Maple chairs were made by hand for our students.  WSMC purchased these chairs after our Fund A Need portion of the auction last year.  We expect WSMC students to sit comfortably to learn for another 50 years!  
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