Please Join Detroit Waldorf on Monday, May 14th as We Spring into Our Strategic Planning!
Dear Detroit Waldorf Families, Faculty and Staff:
Please join the DWS Strategic Planning team on Monday, May 14th from 5-7 pm in the Gym. This strategic planning meeting is a follow-up to the accreditation process conducted in 2017, and will help lay the groundwork for future growth of the school and fulfilling its mission for the next several years. Therefore all voices are welcome and encouraged. Topics under discussion will include:
1. Education program and mission
2. Diversity, equity and inclusion
3. Financial health and DWS future expansion
Please RSVP your attendance and need for free child care for currently enrolled students.
Thank you and we look forward to your insights!
You're Invited to Join Wellness at Waldorf for a Seasonal Pie Baking Workshop with Sister Pie's Lisa Ludwinski!
Students and parents are invited to join us in the DWS kitchen on May 16th from 3:30-5pm for a very special pie making workshop featuring local and seasonal fruits with Sister Pie founder and James Beard Award nominated baker, Lisa Ludwinski!
This workshop is open to students in grades 1-8 and one accompanying parent or guardian per child. Seating is limited to 10 students and 10 parents or guardians. RSVP today to reserve your space for this not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn from one of the top bakers in the nation!
Announcing "Screenagers" Support Group
As promised, following the powerful screening of the documentary "Screenagers" at Detroit Waldorf School in January, we are announcing a 4-week series of classes with child psychologist, Henry Traurig, M.A., where parents can gather together as a community in service to each other and the children who have been born into an era commonly called "technology".
This support group will meet at Detroit Waldorf School on Mondays for 4 weeks starting March 5th - March 26th from 4:15-5:45pm.
This series will focus on the following:
- The effects of screen usage on child ego and soul development
- How to respond to the feeling of entitlement children feel when engaged with "their phone, their game, their device", in order to bring gratitude to the center of their life experience
- The variances between male and female interaction with all manner of social media and games
- The very sad distortions in understandings of love and intimacy among teens stemming from overly sexualized images and videos online
- The problem of screen addicted, inaccessible parents
- Strategies to use to reinvigorate the cornerstone of every biography, the bond between parent and child, which has become increasingly infiltrated by screens
- The diminshed time for play and the loss of connection and involvement in the natural world for children and teens
- The loss of the fundamental work of adolescence: to explore purpose and meaning through a living sense of adventure
- The implications of the loss of face to face and ego to ego encounters among teens
- Practical questions for parents of when to allow what and for how much time
- The complexity of seeking consensus about technology among class parents, or an entire school's parent body
- How to pursue pledges among parents to protect childhood and adolescence
- Establishing a firm philosophy about technology within a marriage or couple bond
- Fostering Imagination, passion and curiosity at home - what teachers strive to teach in a Waldorf School
- The family circle as a place of hope and redemption