The golden-rod is yellow; 
The corn is turning brown; 
The trees in apple orchards 
With fruit are bending down. 
The gentian’s bluest fringes 
Are curling in the sun; 
In dusty pods the milkweed 
Its hidden silk has spun. 
The sedges flaunt their harvest, 
In every meadow nook; 
And asters by the brook-side 
Make asters in the brook. 
From dewy lanes at morning 
the grapes’ sweet odors rise; 
At noon the roads all flutter 
With yellow butterflies. 

By all these lovely tokens 
September days are here, 
With summer’s best of weather, 
And autumn’s best of cheer. 
But none of all this beauty 
Which floods the earth and air 
Is unto me the secret 
Which makes September fair. 
‘T is a thing which I remember; 
To name it thrills me yet: 
One day of one September 
I never can forget.


Please don't forget......

Our new school schedule is as follows;


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:10am-3:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:10am-1:00pm

Preschool and Kindergarten:

Monday-Friday: 8:10am-1:00pm


Schedule for the first day of school, Wednesday, September 4th:

First Day for Grades  8:10 am – 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal, No Extended Care
Please pick up your child from their classroom at noon and join us for the Welcome Back potluck at 12:30.

All-School Assembly & Rose Ceremony  8:10 am, Middle School Field, all families encouraged to attend.

Cubby Day for Preschool & Kindergarten  Preschool and Kindergarten children will have a practice day to experience the routine of arriving at school and preparing for the day. Please check in with your teacher for arrival time.

Welcome Back Potluck* 12:30 pm, Prairie Hall 

* Please bring a potluck item to share:

Preschool & Kindergarten families bring grains

Grades 1-5 families bring fruit and salad

Middle School Families bring main dishes

Remember to bring plates, cups, silverware and something to sit on!

Schedule for the second day of school, Thursday, September 5th

First Day for Preschool and Kindergarten 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Regular Day for Grades 8:10 am – 3:00 pm

Gear Swap!
September 4th at 12:30 pm during the Back to School Potluck.

Donate your gently used outdoor gear and walk away with something new!
Please bring boots, rainpants, jackets, gloves, hats and any other outdoor gear to the school on Wednesday morning before school begins or directly to the Gear Swap. 

If you are dropping off items, please leave them with Mandy in the main office.
Please RSVP Here
Jobs Openings at
The Olympia Waldorf School

Substitutes Needed

Are you interested in substituting at the Olympia Waldorf School? New substitutes are needed this school year. A background in education and familiarity with Waldorf education is preferred. If you are interested, please contact Erin Twitty at with a resume or stop by the office.

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant Olympia Waldorf School
We are seeking a well-rounded, well-organized, enthusiastic, and experienced Administrative Assistant to provide a wide range of customer service and office support duties.  
Please see here for more information about this position.

Give Your Time and Talent

Volunteer Opportunities
Our school community’s long-standing tradition of volunteerism is strong. Opportunities to participate are numerous. Whether you have an hour each month or time every week, your support is deeply appreciated!

Each year, the Development Committee organizes fundraising events, including the Winter Faire and the annual Auction. Parents enjoy volunteering for these events as a beautiful way to support the school and get to know one another. If you are interested in joining the Fundraising Committee, please contact Mandy at

Building and Grounds
The Olympia Waldorf School Campus is continuously growing and in need of care. The buildings along with the playgrounds, gardens, and parking area, require regular maintenance. Volunteers are needed to help with everything from weeding to building repair. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tiffany at

Board of Directors
The Board of Trustees is responsible for oversight of the financial and legal matters of the school. The Board is comprised of a Faculty Representative and community members, with each member serving a three-year term. Board members are elected by a vote of the current standing members. If you are interested in joining the Board of Trustees, please contact Bary Hanson at

Parent Association
The Parent Association is a community of parents who support each other and the School in a variety of ways. We welcome and encourage parent participation in our activities, which provide fellowship, as well as funds for the school. Each class will have two Parent Association reps. If you would like to join the PA, please contact Laura Viik at

Volunteering in Your Child’s Class
Supporting your child’s teacher and class is a wonderful way to be involved in the school. Please speak to your child’s teacher directly about his/her needs. The teacher may need help during a celebration, on a field trip, or preparing for the class play.
Community Needs


We are seeking regular transportation after school for our first-grade daughter to our home in West Olympia. We would like to provide monetary compensation or trades (such as rides to school, etc.). Please contact Kelly Hanson via phone at 360.704.0330 or via email at
The school will be having a Eurythm block in the Fall! We are looking for housing for the visiting Eurythmist from November 1st-November 23rd. Please contact for more information.
My name is Allison. I recently moved here from Hawaii with my partner, Nathaniel. We are both Waldorf teachers and Nathaniel will be teaching kindergarten at OWS. Because I am pregnant with our first child, I decided to take this year off from teaching in the classroom. Instead, I hope to find work providing childcare for families in our community. Let’s connect if this is something that interests you. My phone number is (541) 690-4080
Please submit your community needs before Thursday mornings at 9:00AM

The faculty and staff at OWS came together to connect, inspire, and engage with each other for two days in August. We are all so grateful to have such a beautiful community!
Sitting under the whispering trees,
Melancholic Autumn is on the breeze
Hearts are opening
Tentative, yet bold
Angels are circling
Stories being told
Truly listening to each other
Here's my sister, my brother
An elder in my tribe
-Kolea Quincy
New Parking and Security Changes

We are making some changes around campus, upgrading and improving the safety of our buildings and grounds. Some of these changes are obvious like the new fence which runs from Prairie Hall to the Middle School. Some are not so obvious, like many more locked entrances.

During school hours, the only doors that will remain unlocked are.....
Prairie Hall Front and Back Door
Middle School Main Entrance
Kinderhaus Gate and Main Doors

You will also notice that some of these doors now have security lights and cameras above them. A few more will be added in the coming weeks. 

Because of these changes, we would like to make sure that families park in the appropriate place. 
  • Parking on Normandy St SE is illegal and a hazard to fire department vehicles (except right in front of Prairie Hall). If your car is parked on Normandy, it may be ticketed and towed.
  • The white zone in front of Prairie Hall is for the immediate drop off of students in 3rd through 5th grades. Please keep your time in the white zone to less than 1 minute during drop off and 5 minutes for pickup. 
  • There are two designated parking spots for families who purchased parking signs at last school year’s auction. Please do not park in their spots unless you have specific permission from them.
  • Marigold and Grades 1-5 families who need to walk students into the school, should park in the parking lot between the Middle School and Prairie Hall, south of Prairie Hall in the staff parking lot or along 82nd Ave.
  • Middle School families who are immediately dropping off students, should do so along the gravel road west of the Middle School (fire station side). If you are walking your student into school, please park in the parking lot between the Middle School and the Kinderhaus. 
  • Little Violet and Sunflower families may park in the parking lot between the Middle School and the Kinderwoods. Again, please be mindful that parking on Normandy St SE is not permitted. Parking to the north of the Kinderhaus is available for accessibility issues and the appropriate parking permit.

It is with your caring and mindfulness that we will be able to create a peaceful and welcoming transition for the children in the morning.

Than you so much in advance for helping this transition go smoothly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Facilities Manager, Tiffany Korn at
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