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Upcoming Events:
 
Friendly Friday - Early Childhood classes, Friday, March 25th
Cubby Clean Out - Friday, April 1st
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break - April 4th-April 8th
Fun Run Packets Due - Friday, April 15th
Farm to Table Dinner in the Kinderwoods - Saturday, April 16th, 5-8pm
Calendar of the Soul 

Fiftieth Week
Thus to the human ego speaks
In mighty revelation,
Unfolding its inherent powers,
The joy of growth throughout the world:
I carry into you my life
From its enchanted bondage
And so attain my truest goal.
The 3rd grade and Sunflower kindergartners celebrated Holi on the front steps of the school on Monday. They had a fire going, a symbol of cleansing, into which they figuratively and some actually (written on pieces of paper) threw their negative will so that the spring brings new birth. Each child then received a handful of dried flower petals to toss into the air together and called “Holi Hai” which roughly means "It is Holi, let’s celebrate, let’s be reborn!"

Tuesday, the 3rd graders will make Zafran Chawal (Sweet Saffron Rice) as a treat for Holi to share with the Sunflowers.
Nowruz, also known as the Persian New Year, is an ancient festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature. Over the past week, the Thimbleberries have been reading books about Nowruz and decorating the haftseen table with seven items (since seven is considered a lucky number). Each item begins with S in Persian and is a symbol of spring and renewal: Seeb (apple), representing beauty, Seer (garlic), representing good health, Serkeh (vinegar), representing patience, Sonbol (hyacinth), representing spring, Senjed (dried fruit), representing love, Sabzeh (sprouts), representing rebirth and Sekeh (coins), representing prosperity.

Nowruz is also a time for spring cleaning and visiting friends and relatives. On the 13th day of the New Year, the celebrations end. Since the 13th is an unlucky day, entire families go on picnics and take with them the sprouts (sabzeh) from the haftseen table. The sabzeh is thrown into flowing water, symbolizing a "letting go" of the misfortunes of the coming year.
  
Our Fun Run last week was a great success! The students ran incredibly hard and did an amazing job cheering each other on. It was a beautiful day and a slight glimpse of pre-Covid normalcy.

And a big thank you to all our parent volunteers. Your help and spirit made the day seamless and fun!

Lap results will be sent to each family. Teachers have also received this information. Let your sponsors know the results of your hard work! Flat donations can still be collected.  **You can invite family/friends to complete a flat donation online using this form: https://forms.gle/BrNB6ty4Hvn4vy8b8

Completed packets are due back on Friday, April 15th. 

As a community, we want to see the promotion of a healthy and safe environment through a fundraiser that is student-led. 100% of the profits donated through the Fun Run will go back to your students!

If you have questions please email development@olympiawaldorf.org
Victoria leaves her position in Education & Visitor Services at the Olympia Hands on Children’s Museum to join us this coming Wednesday! Her experience includes enrollment management in the Portland Public Schools where she facilitated student enrollment & registration for a small elementary school. Her passion for working with children in a small school setting is what first attracted her to this position. 

Victoria's hobbies: "I own far too many books & enjoy reading, writing, being outside, and spoiling my rescue dog, Silas, in my spare time."
If you are looking for way to help, an emergency support fund is being coordinated by the Friends of Waldorf Education (Freunde) (Freunde der Erziehungskunt Rudolf Steiners e.V.), through which various and evolving needs of our Ukrainian friends can be addressed. At the moment, Ukrainian children and families are being supported in finding places in Waldorf Schools in Europe, and Waldorf families throughout Europe are opening their homes to them. Financial support is being sent to Ukraine to support the Waldorf teachers who have lost their income due to the closing of schools, and emergency pedagogy teams will be working with traumatized Ukrainian children. The types of support will continue to evolve in order to meet the most urgent needs.

To donate: https://www.freunde-waldorf.de/en/waldorf-worldwide/ukraine/ 
or via AWSNA : https://www.waldorfeducation.org/donate (in the dropdown menu select “Freunde/Ukraine Relief”)
 

Our hearts go out to those who are struggling during this time.
Spring Break is around the corner! Next break care? Break care registration closes March 27th. Register here: https://forms.gle/UajiaZSajA1Tfs6k8
 
Join us for a special night under the tents in the Kinderwoods!
Or better yet, buy a ticket for your teacher!


The event includes:
  • 5 Course meal featuring roasted turkey locally raised and donated by the Fluffy Butt-er Henhouse, vegetables from Sundance Farms and oysters from Olympia Oyster Co!
  • A knife forging demo by Mareko Maumasi of Maumasi Fire Arts
  • Beer and wine provided by Well80 and Triceratops breweries
  • All proceeds support the Olympia Waldorf School!
Tickets are limited and non refundable. This is an adult only event, rain or shine! Vegetarian main course available. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: https://www.olympiawaldorf.org/farm-to-table
 
Pizza this Friday for GRADES 1st -8th...with a NEW ORDER FORM!
 
How it works: Friday, Vic's pizza will be delivered to our school and we will deliver it to your child for lunch. (Faculty and Staff are welcome to participate as well!)
 
Cost: You can purchase a plain slice for $4 (or 2 for $7) or you can purchase a pepperoni slice for $5 (or 2 for $9).
 
Dairy-free and gluten-free options: You can purchase a gluten-free slice for $5.50 (or 2 for $10) or a dairy-free/vegan slice for $5.50 (or 2 for $10). 
 
Where to pay: We have a new order form! https://square.link/u/S59YvS9l
 
The last chance to order: We will be selling pizza all year! However, the cutoff for ordering is every Wednesday at 3:00pmThe form will reopen on Monday at 8:30. 
 
Thank you for all of your support as we work to make our 8th grade trip a reality!
 
Thank you,

The 8th Grade Class
Community
Healing gnomes, from our homes to yours!
Get a gnome of your own in the OWS office or online at www.ripples.us. Gnomes are $20 or 2 for $30. Bunnies are $25. Shipping is extra. 50% of proceeds will go to Aid for Ukraine and 50% for puppetry training. Thank you for your support!
~ Marjorie Rehbach for Ripples Puppetry
 
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:

https://www.ywcaofolympia.org/support-black-indigenous-and-poc-owned-businesses/

Forbes national list of black owned investment, businesses, entrepreneurs and more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/elisabethbrier/2020/06/05/75-black-owned-businesses-to-support/#22397e343814

Video Content Production: (**AN OWS FAMILY!): https://www.mediaroom.media

Cleaning: https://shoppeblack.us/2020/03/black-owned-cleaning-products/

Artisans on Etsy: here 

Beauty and Body: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/black-owned-beauty-fashion-canada_ca_5eda7f0bc5b66ef1a92480be
 
Food & Dining: 
https://vegnews.com/2020/6/the-vegnews-guide-to-vegan-black-owned-businesses

Black People Eats: https://www.blackpeopleeats.com/

African and African American Fashion: here

Black owned General Shopping site:  https://buyblackmovement.com/Store/index.cfm
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!

OLYS
1912 State Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98506
 360-915-6943
Full job descriptions can be found on our website: https://www.olympiawaldorf.org/employment.html
The Chime is sent out at 11am every Tuesday. If you have an addition to The Chime please send it to development@olympiawaldorf.org by the Friday before. Thank you!
 
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