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Shingebiss Puppet Show 1/14

Shingebiss, an Ojibwa Native American Puppet Show
Saturday, January 14
Barnes & Noble West Towne @ 10:30 & 11:30
Free admission

The Madison Waldorf School presents our Waldorf-inspired puppet show rendition of Shingebiss. It is the traditional Ojibwa story about a little duck who defies the cold, harsh winter while others around him cower in fear. This story exemplifies the strength of the underdog and the virtue of perseverance and fortitude. A portion of all book purchases at Barnes & Noble during and after the puppet show will benefit the Madison Waldorf School’s tuition assistance program.



The Waldorf Way: Silicon Valley school eschews technology






The Waldorf Way: Silicon Valley school eschews technology.

MSNBC explores the Waldorf way in this segment which gives great insight into the way Waldorf education promotes a healthy relationship with technology, and so much more!

Waldorf Winter Festival Saturday 12/10

Waldorf Winter Festival Is Coming to Town Saturday, December 10th!

Our second annual Waldorf Winter Festival which will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Madison Waldorf School. This event is open to our community, as well as the larger Madison community. This year’s festival will include:

  • Puppet Show & Storytelling
  • Musical Performances
  • Craft Making & Children’s Activities
  • Handmade Gifts & Wreath Sale
  • Wholesome Food & Desserts
  • Warm Drinks & a Bonfire

We hope to see you there!

Please contact Christa Bruhn if you have any questions.

Lantern Walk Tomorrow, Nov. 11

Lantern Walk
4 pm @ Madison Waldorf School

Madison Waldorf School would like to invite all our students and their families to join us for our annual Lantern Walk at the school tomorrow at 4 pm.  The grade 5/6 children will have some herbal tea and homemade breadsticks for you to snack on while your grade school children gather in their classrooms for a few minutes to prepare for the celebration.  All families and EC children are invited to socialize in the front parking lot around the fire. The grades children and teachers will then join you around the fire for singing and flute playing. As darkness falls, we will light our lanterns and venture out into the night walking along the sidewalk on Schroeder Road to a path in the Spectrum Conservancy carefully carrying our lanterns in a mood of quiet reverence and singing.

Each November we have a Lantern Walk to celebrate Martinmas, a festival of inner light in the outer darkness of the approaching winter. St. Martin was a soldier in Rome in the 4th century. Legend says that one wintry night he met a poor beggar, half-naked and freezing. Martin removed the heavy military cloak from his shoulders and, drawing his sword, cut it in two, and gave half to the beggar. Celebrating Martinmas at MWS serves as a reminder that each of us has a divine spark that we must carry out into the world and share with others. Our lantern walk symbolically reminds us of a deeper truth, in the words of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (563-483 B.C.): “There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”  After our lantern walk is finished, we ask that you preserve the reverence and beauty of this event on your way home to enjoy your dinner together.  Also, we ask that you take “pictures with your mind” of this beautiful sight rather than with your camera.

See you there!

Alfie Kohn talk “Performance vs. Learning” 11/9

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. Kohn has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators — as well as parents and managers — across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the “Today” show and two appearances on “Oprah.”

Mr. Kohn is in Madison next Thursday, November 9th, join educators and education administrators for this thought-provoking session on Performance vs. Learning. Alfie Kohn will present his thoughts and research findings, followed by a moderated question & answer session. Details below:

Date: November 9, 2011
Check-In: 6:15pm
Time: 7-9pm
Location: UW-Madison Union South, Varsity Hall II
1308 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53715
Cost: FREE!
Registration Deadline: November 2, 2011

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