Upcoming Events:
 Beginning June 14th, Summer office hours: Tue/Wed/Thurs 9am-1pm
The office will be closed July 1-15
Board Meeting - Tuesday, June 7th at 6:30pm. All are invited for the first 10 minutes!
OWS Spring Concert - Wednesday, June 8th, 5:00pm, Rose Gardens at Squaxin Park (formerly Priest Point Park)
Grades/Middle School Last Day of School / Field Day - Thursday, June 9th
8th Grade Graduation - Saturday, June 11th, 1:00pm
Calendar of the Soul 

Week Nine
When I forget the narrow will of self,
The cosmic warmth that heralds summer's glory
Fills all my soul and spirit;
To lose myself in light
Is the command of spirit vision
And intuition tells me strongly:
O lose yourself to find yourself.
Our current 6th grade teacher, Sami Brisson, is in need of housing this summer while she pursues her Waldorf Teacher Training at Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is expensive over the summer months and it is incredibly hard to find reasonable short term rentals. Anyone knows of someone with a spare room where she could stay that’s on the more affordable side? Dates needed are June 27-July 15th. Please reach out to Sami at if you have a connection!
Our Pride Parade last week was a joyous event! Our Early Childhood classes led the way as they snaked the way through the field to pick up the grades and middle school classes. It was beautiful to see our school come together and acknowledge and accept all the diverse ways that human beings express themselves and their love for one another. 
Our 2nd graders took a field trip to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. A park ranger shared with the class that the refuge is located where the freshwater of the Nisqually River meets the saltwater of south Puget Sound, creating the Nisqually River Delta. The land is approximately 4500 acres and includes an estuary, grasslands, mudflats, woodlands and brush habitats. The ranger taught them how to properly wear and use binoculars and from the trail they used their binoculars to search for various animals, and birds. Sounds like a fantastic day birdwatching, building, trail walking, exploring and adventuring!
"What do little birdies say
when they want to fly away?
Mother, Father, may I fly away?"

In our Kinderwoods last Friday, families gathered to watch the rising 1st graders fly away from the their early childhood nest as they move on to the grades school. Congrats to all the soon to be 1st grade students!
8th grade graduation will take place at the Olympia Country & Golf Club (3636 Country Club Rd NW, Olympia) at 1:00pm. Because space is limited at the venue, the graduation is open to the 1st graders and their families, middle schoolers, faculty and staff and 8th grade families/friends.
Our 4th graders took a trip to the Foss Waterways in Tacoma. They walked along the shoreline, observed the geese, ventured through the boats, saw a sweater and beanie of team Cousteau and even saw Hemingway's oxygen tank!

Hello, my name is Katherine Willems, and I am from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Environmental Studies. In addition to my major, I also received a minor in political science and a certificate in sustainable food systems and have 18 credits in Early Childhood Education from Millersville University. Upon finishing my undergraduate degree, I decided to travel. Through my love of working with children I was able to teach English abroad, specifically in China. While there, I was able to travel all across Asia: South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand. After working for a year in China, I moved to Taiwan and taught English for another year there. I really enjoyed my time exploring the world, but after two years away felt ready to move back to the USA and find my place. I transitioned to working as a Kindergarten assistant at the Susquehanna Waldorf School in Marietta, PA. A short time after experiencing the Waldorf pedagogy, I found that I wished to focus on Waldorf and pursue a career in grades teaching. I am currently enrolled and will begin my Waldorf Grades training at the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy. 

In my free time I love to be outdoors. I was lucky enough to spend a summer working as a Park Ranger at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. While there, I gave dailly presentations about wildlife and history. As a lover of nature in all aspects, I am excited to explore the land of my new home and find ways to incorporate it into my teaching. I take a keen interest in hiking, camping, foraging, gardening and crafting from nature. I also spend a good deal of time crafting. I love to try new creative activities but spend a lot of time painting, drawing, embroidering, and sewing. 

I look forward to an amazing year with wonderful new experiences.

Handwork in 5th grade included learning to knit in the round. Students created hats or socks!

Why do we teach handwork in Waldorf education? Handwork gives students the experience of making something from the simplest of raw materials and transforming those materials into a practical, inspiring and beautiful item. The act of knitting provides a period of quiet focus and inner clam which contributes to the breathing rhythm between academics and practical work. 

A great article to lear more about the "why" of handwork:
Honor your family's time at Olympia Waldorf School with the purchase of a personalized legacy brick. The bricks will be used on campus to add to our school beautification and history. 

Choose your custom inscription. Honor a student, a teacher, a staff member! Share your favorite quote! 

Orders for this year will be accepted until June 18th, 2022 and can be placed at our school store:
Ready to help make business more equitable? One powerful way is to invest in small and black owned businesses. And local is even better for a lesser carbon footprint. For those of you who are already supporting, if you or someone you know is a black business owner, you might find the directories to be a great marketing opportunity. Check them out:

Forbes national list of black owned investment, businesses, entrepreneurs and more:

Video Content Production: (**AN OWS FAMILY!):

Olympic Oyster Co: (**AN OWS FAMILY!):


Artisans on Etsy: here 

Beauty and Body:
Food & Dining:

Mike's Beach Resort: (**AN OWS FAMILY!)

Black People Eats:

African and African American Fashion: here

Black owned General Shopping site:
Give Back to Support Community
Our Local Yarn Shop (OLYS) is a warm and inviting retail shop where knitters, crocheters and others who enjoy handwork can find supplies, community and support. Give Back is a simple way for you to help support the Olympia Waldorf School, at no additional cost to you. 
Experience feel-good shopping and when you make a purchase at OLYS you not only support a local small business but we'll donate 1% of your purchase price from eligible purchases to OWS. No added cost to you, offer excludes books and classes. When you come into the shop, or shop via phone, fill out our handy form and we take care of the rest. Let's see what we can do together!

1912 State Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98506
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