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HS Announcements, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Best wishes to Quinton Strader and Jessica Bradley, whose performance at Track districts last week qualified them to participate in State competition this week – Jessica in the 100 meter hurdle, and Quinton in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dash.  Go, Wolfpack

The Class of 2017 proudly presents Moliere’s The Prodigious Snob (Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme), a comedy suitable for ages 10 and up, playing June 2 through 4 at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday at the Alberta Abbey Theater, 126 NE Alberta Street in Portland.  Tickets are $10 adults, $6 students, and $25 family, available in the school store at 10 am tomorrow (Wednesday).

Senior Self-portraits are now on display in the Wildflower Gallery, upstairs in the main building of the school.  You’re cordially invited to the opening reception tomorrow, Wednesday, at 5:30 pm.  The self-portrait addresses the theme of Grade 12: self-reflection.  Their work reflects their creativity, thoughtfulness and sense of self as some students reflect their own faces, while others represent themselves through different images; some return to a known medium to deepen their skill, while others explore new materials.  Students in Grade 12 are asked to ponder deeply the question of identity:  “Who am I?  What is my place in the world?” The self-portrait emerges in response to these questions.

Best wishes to Grade 11, who depart this Sunday for their week-long backpacking trip in Olympic National Park.

Register your Junior for Oregon Private Colleges Week at http://oregonprivatecolleges.com/, to take campus tours and participate in admission information sessions for any of twelve private Oregon colleges and universities during the week of July 24 through 28.  No admission application fee when you visit at least four campuses.  Visit the website to request more information

The 2017-18 School Calendar (subject as always to change) is attached.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, May 17 Senior Portrait Art Opening, 5:30 pm in the Wildflower Gallery
Thursday – Saturday, May 19-21 OSAA Track and Field Championships, Hayward Field, University of Oregon
Sunday to Friday,

May 21 – 26

Backpacking trip, Grade 11
Friday – Sunday

June 2 – 4

Senior Play: Moliere’s  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (often retitled in English The Prodigious Snob), 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday at the Abbey Theater.
June 5 – 10 Senior Trip (dates approximate)
June 12 – 16 Senior Week
Wednesday, June 14 Sports Day, 11 to 3:45
Thursday, June 15 Farewell Assembly, 11 am
Friday, June 16 HS Assembly, Walkathon, Dismissal at noon, Community Picnic
Saturday, June 17 Graduation ceremony, 2 pm, followed by reception till 5 pm – all students participate in ceremony and set-up, service or clean-up.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Music Concert Friday!  A reminder that students are due between 6:15 and 6:30 this Friday, May 12, at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center, 11300 SE 23rd Ave (enter at SE 23rd from Lake Road).  We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful concert.  The Performing Arts Center is located on the south side of the parking lot, a large square white modern building, and there’s parking in the lot and down Willard Street, which runs from the lot up toward the playing fields, parallel to Lake Road. Students are responsible for bringing their instruments, if any, and should dress as instructed by their teacher.

Service Day next Monday:  Students and faculty will walk to several sites in the Milwaukie area next Monday to participate in service projects with our partners at Johnson Creek Watershed Council, North Clackamas Parks, Ledding Library, and Milwaukie Presbyterian Church (for habitat restoration on Kellogg Lake).  Students should bring lunch, a water bottle, and sunscreen or rain gear as the weather suggests.  They’ll be dismissed by 3 pm.

Guest passes are due Friday for Island Pirates, the PWHS Prom, happening this Saturday, May 13 from 8:30 to 11 pm at Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen Road in Happy Valley.  Guest passes must be signed by the host’s parent and advisor.  Guests should dress up a bit, preferably with a bit of tropical or pirate-style flair, but tuxes and formal dresses are not required.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and photo opportunities will be available, with prints for purchase after the event.

Tickets go on sale next week for the Senior Play!  The Class of 2017 proudly presents Moliere’s The Prodigious Snob (Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme), a comedy suitable for all ages, at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday at the Abbey Theater, 126 NE Alberta Street.  Watch for information!

The 2017-18 School Calendar (subject as always to change) is attached.  School is scheduled to begin next year on Tuesday, September 5, and we expect that Graduation will follow this year’s pattern and take place on June 16.  We are considering a plan to move the Grade 11 backpacking trip from spring to fall and will have more information about that in the summer mailing this August.

Register your Senior for Oregon Private Colleges Week at http://oregonprivatecolleges.com/, to take campus tours and participate in admission information sessions for any of twelve private Oregon colleges and universities during the week of July 24 through 28.  No admission application fee when you visit at least four campuses.  Visit the website to request more information.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Friday, May 12 HS Music Concert,  7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 13 HS Prom, 8:30 to 11 pm at Pendarvis Farm, Happy Valley
Monday, May 15 Spring Service Day
Tuesday, May 15 Eurythmy Assembly, 11 am in the gym
Wednesday, May 17 Senior Portrait Art Opening, 5:30 pm in the Wildflower Gallery
Sunday to Friday,

May 21 – 26

Backpacking trip, Grade 11
Friday – Sunday

June 2 – 4

Senior Play: Moliere’s  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (often known in English as The Prodigious Snob), 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday at the Abbey Theater.
June 5 – 10 Senior Trip (dates approximate)
June 12 – 16 Senior Week
Saturday, June 17 Graduation ceremony, 2 pm, followed by reception till 5 pm – all students participate in ceremony and set-up, service or clean-up.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The HS Spring Music Concert is coming up next week – Friday, May 12 at 7 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Milwaukie HS.  Students should dress as instructed by their music teachers, and arrive between 6:15 and 6:30 pm.  Performance in the concert is an important component of the music curriculum and grade. For those new to PWHS, the Performing Arts Center is the square modern building located in the parking lot of Milwaukie HS, off SE Lake Road at 23rd.

The HS Prom is also scheduled next week, Saturday, May 13 from 8:30 to 11 pm at Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen Road in Happy Valley.  The prom is open to all HS students and their approved guests (guest passes signed by the host’s parent and advisor must be submitted in advance).  The theme this year is Island Pirates – guests are highly encouraged to dress with a bit of tropical or pirate-ish flair.  Students should dress up a bit but tuxes and formal dresses are neither required nor particularly common.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and photo opportunities will be available for purchase after the event.

Honoring Mrs. Ashkar: Did you have a child in the Lily Kindergarten, or get to know Cyndia Ashkar in one of the many roles she took on in the life of our school over the years?  You’re cordially invited to her retirement party this Saturday at 3 in the Orchard Room, following May Faire.  Or leave a wish for her in the jar in front of the HS Office.

Register your Senior for Oregon Private Colleges Week at http://oregonprivatecolleges.com/, to take campus tours and participate in admission information sessions for any of twelve private Oregon colleges and universities during the week of July 24 through 28.  No admission application fee when you visit at least four campuses.  Visit the website to request more information.

Tickets go on sale for the Senior Play!  Watch for information

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Farm Week, Grade 9
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Outdoor Week, Grade 10
Friday, May 12 HS Music Concert,  7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 13 HS Prom, 8:30 to 11 pm at Pendarvis Farm, Happy Valley
Monday, May 15 Spring Service Day
Sunday to Friday,

May 21 – 26

Backpacking trip, Grade 11
Friday – Sunday

June 2 – 4

Senior Play: Moliere’s  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (often known in English as The Prodigious Snob), 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday at the Abbey Theater.  Watch for information!
June 5 – 10 Senior Trip (dates approximate)
June 12 – 16 Senior Week
Saturday, June 17 Graduation ceremony, 2 pm, followed by reception till 5 pm – all students participate in ceremony and set-up, service or clean-up.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HS Parent Evening and Eurythmy Concert tomorrow evening:  Please join us tomorrow evening, Wednesday, in the gym for the Senior Eurythmy Concert, an inspiring demonstration of the culmination of the eurythmy curriculum.  We’ll also honor the parents of our graduating seniors.  Class meetings will follow as usual in the HS around 8 pm.

Twisted Tales!  German Fairy Tale Mash-up.  You don’t have to understand German.  Hilarious fun for all ages at 6 pm in the Music Room!

Spring Work Day! 9:30 to 2, hearty lunch served at 1.  Model hard work and community spirit for your children! Join fellow parents, faculty and staff for our annual Spring Community Work Party in preparation for May Faire. There will be a variety of projects, both indoors and outdoors.  Please bring work gloves and an extra wheelbarrow & shovel if you have them. Childcare will not be provided – we encourage children of all ages to join in the activities.

Spring Curriculum Notes:  With just a few weeks left in the school year, Grade 9 students embark on their farm curriculum next week, a practical immersion at various working farms in the area that will teach them about tending and healing the earth that feeds us.  In our Outdoor & Wilderness curriculum, Grade 10 will spend next week at Oxbow Park studying animal tracking and related subjects, and next month Grade 11 will travel to Olympic National Park for their backpacking trip.  The Spring Music Concert is coming up on May 12, and when that’s completed Grades 9, 10 and 11 will prepare music that they’ll perform at the graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 17.

Construction on McLoughlin:  ODOT’s repaving and improvement project from SE Harold Street to Harrison is scheduling to begin shortly.  Please see the attachment for information, or visit the ODOT website here.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, April 26 HS Eurythmy Concert and Parent Evening, 7 pm in the gym, class meetings to follow in the HS
Friday, April 28 German Twisted Tales, aka Fairy Tale Mashup, 6 pm in the Music Room
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Farm Week, Grade 9
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Outdoor Week, Grade 10
Friday, May 12 HS Music Concert,  7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 13 HS Prom, 8 to 11 at Pendarvis Farm, Happy Valley
Monday, May 15 Spring Service Day
Sunday to Friday,

May 21 – 26

Backpacking trip, Grade 11
Friday – Sunday

June 2 – 4

Senior Play:  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (also known as The Prodigious Snob), 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday at the Abbey Theater.  Watch for information!
June 5 – 10 Senior Trip (dates approximate)
June 12 – 16 Senior Week
Saturday, June 17 Graduation ceremony, 2 pm, followed by reception till 5 pm – all students participate

HS Announcements, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Early Dismissal on Friday!  Students will be dismissed at 10:15 on Friday, for a teacher grading day.  Spring break begins on Monday, and will continue in the High School through Friday, April 21.  (Grades students will return to school a week earlier.)

HS Parent Evening April 26:  At 7 pm, Ms. Rem will present the Senior Eurythmy Concert in the gym, and we will honor the parents of our graduating seniors.  Class meetings will follow as usual in the HS around 8 pm.

Mark your calendar!  A reminder that all students participate in the High School Graduation ceremony and reception, which takes place this year on Saturday, June 17 (the day after the final day of classes).  Grade 10 sets up for the event, Grade 11 serves at the reception, Grade 9 cleans up, and all of the students perform during the ceremony in the orchestra or choir.  We will send out information about the students’ assignment schedule in May – please reply if you need earlier information.

Construction on McLoughlin:  ODOT’s repaving and improvement project from SE Harold Street to Harrison is scheduling to begin shortly.  Please see the attachment for information, or visit the ODOT website here.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Friday, April 7 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 am for teacher grading day
April 10 – 21 NO CLASSES:  Spring Break (two weeks for HS)
Wednesday, April 26 HS Eurythmy Concert and Parent Evening, 7 pm in the gym, class meetings to follow in the HS
Friday, April 28 German Twisted Tales, aka Fairy Tale Mashup, 6 pm in the Music Room
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Farm Week, Grade 9
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Outdoor Week, Grade 10
Friday, May 12 HS Music Concert,  7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 13 HS Prom, 8 to 11, venue to be announced
Monday, May 15 Spring Service Day
Sunday to Friday,

May 21 – 26

Backpacking trip, Grade 11
Friday – Sunday

June 2 – 4

Senior Play:  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (also known as The Prodigious Snob), 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday at the Abbey Theater.  Watch for information!
June 5 – 10 Senior Trip (dates approximate)
June 12 – 16 Senior Week
Saturday, June 17 Graduation ceremony, 2 pm, followed by reception till 5 pm

HS Announcements, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don’t miss it!  The Talent Show and Dinner this Friday, March 31, at 6 pm in the gym.  Indulge in a sumptuous pasta dinner with vegetarian and gluten-free options, then settle back for a highly entertaining show suitable for all ages, featuring a variety of acts performed by members of our community.  Admission (including dinner) is $10 per person or $30 for a family of four ($8 for each additional child) at the door.

Student Presentations:  Grade 10 is presenting the poetry they wrote in this quarter’s humanities class at 6 this evening, and Grade 11 will present scenes from Hamlet on Thursday at 7 pm in the Music Room.  The German classes from all four grades will present their fractured fairy tales on Friday, April 28.  We also have a couple of eurythmy performances coming up – watch for information – and be sure to mark your calendar for the HS Music Concert, Friday, May 12 at 7 pm at Milwaukie HS.

Thank you!  Passport PDX has come and gone and what a night it was!  With 170 people in attendance, the crowd was fired up to celebrate and support Portland Waldorf School, its students, and its faculty.  Together we raised over $60,000 for our school! And a HUGE thank you to the army of volunteers who helped to make this event a success – with a very special thanks to Gwen Holle and Vesa Holle who transformed the gymnasium into the beautiful scene it was!  Our online auction site is still open with a few items for sale at a deep discount.  Check it out to get a great deal – but only until midnight on April 6th!  Sign-Up Party slots are still available too – sign up online or on the boards in the front lobby.  Questions? Contact Crystal LawrenceONLINE CATALOG

Accreditation Visit Next Week: We are welcoming a team of Waldorf teachers and administrators from around the country to observe our school and our classes and talk with members of our community, as they review our application for re-accreditation by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.  They’ll arrive Sunday, and present their commendations and recommendations to the faculty on Wednesday afternoon.

Check your calendar: A reminder that we have a Teacher Grading Day with early dismissal at 10:15 am on April 7, followed by Spring Break, which is two weeks long for the High School – April 10 through 21 – since we made up certain missed classes immediately following the missed days.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, March 28 Grade 10 Poetry Night, 6 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, March 29 Track Meet in Canby, 12 pm
Thursday, March 30 Grade 11 Scenes from Hamlet, 7 pm in the Music Room
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  6 pm in the gym
Saturday, April 1 Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in Bend, time tba
Friday, April 7 Teacher grading day – early dismissal at 10:15 am
April 10 – 21 NO CLASSES:  Spring Break (two weeks for HS)
Wednesday, April 26 HS Parent Evening and Eurythmy Concert, 7 pm in the gym, class meetings to follow in the HS
Friday, April 28 German Fairy Tale Mashup, 6 pm in the Music Room
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Farm Week, Grade 9
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Outdoor Week, Grade 10
Friday, May 12 HS Music Concert,  7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Monday, May 15 Spring Service Day
Sunday to Friday,

May 21 – 26

Backpacking trip, Grade 11

HS Announcements, Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Passport PDX, this Saturday, March 25, 5-10pm! There’s something for everyone at the Passport PDX Auction – Online Bidding is now open.  Share the link with friends and family and share on your social media – anyone can bid! The Online Auction closes this Saturday at 6:30pm.  Can’t come to the Passport PDX event?  Be a Teacher Ticket Fairy instead! Sponsor all or part of your teacher’s ticket to the event. You can also support Portland Waldorf School by donating online to our Special Appeal.  Any questions? Ask Crystal!

Talent Show Next Week:  There’s still time to audition, Wednesdays from 1:15 to 2 pm and 3:45 to 4:30.  Then join us for the Talent Show and Dinner, Friday, March 31, 6 pm in the gym – $10 per person, $30 for a family of four ($8 for each additional child), vegetarian and gluten-free options provided.

Next up:  Mark your calendar for the German Fairy Tale Mashup, Friday, April 28 at 6 pm – suitable for all ages!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Saturday, March 25 Passport PDX Auction, 5 to 10 pm in the gym
Tuesday, March 28 Grade 10 Poetry Night, 6 pm in the Music Room
Thursday, March 30 Grade 11 Scenes from Hamlet, 7 pm in the Music Room
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  6 pm in the gym
Friday, April 7 Teacher grading day – early dismissal at 10:15 am
April 10 – 21 NO CLASSES:  Spring Break
Wednesday, April 26 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings to follow
Friday, April 28 German Fairy Tale Mashup, 6 pm in the Music Room
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Farm Week, Grade 9
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Outdoor Week, Grade 10
Friday, May 12 HS Music Concert,  7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Monday, May 15 Spring Service Day
Sunday to Friday, May 21 – 26 Backpacking trip, Grade 11

HS Announcements, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Please join us for Senior Project presentations this Saturday, March 18, from 9:30 to 3:00 in the Music Room. Seniors will describe their independent research and project activity in areas that uniquely intrigue each one of them.  These capstone projects strengthen skills of independent thought and study that last a lifetime.  The Class of 2017 has investigated everything from documentary filmmaking to building an ultralight engine and making alternative fuel. To browse senior research essays from years past, visit portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/senior-independent-research-essays/.  The junior class will provide beans and rice lunches during the noon break (proceeds benefit their senior trip).  We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Bidding is open online for Passport PDX! Browse the auction catalog and start your bid on selected items now – a farm fresh dinner for 2 at GeerCrest Farm, beautiful French wine gift box, sign-up parties for all ages,  gift cards for Portland businesses, and much more.  Share the Browse and Bid Online link with family and friends so they can pick up a Portland treat and support PWS from their phone or computer.  Live auction ticket sales and babysitting reservations are available online until next Monday, March 20, so buy tickets here – don’t miss your chance to attend the event and bid on a week in Hawaii, a beautiful handmade wooden music stand, or a family season pass to Timberline! Questions? Ask Crystal!  See you soon at Passport PDX!

Talent Show Coming Soon:  Seniors are auditioning acts tomorrow and every Wednesday in March from 1:15 to 2 pm and 3:45 to 4:30.  Come see the results at the Talent Show and Dinner, Friday, March 31, 6 pm in the gym – $10 per person, $30 for a family of four ($8 for each additional child), vegetarian and gluten-free options provided.

Report Cards have been mailed for most students – please let us know if you haven’t received one by the end of the week.  Please let us know if you have questions about your student’s reports.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Saturday, March 18 Senior Project Presentations , 9:30 to 3:00 in the Music Room
Saturday, March 25 Passport PDX Auction, 5 to 10 pm in the gym
Tuesday, March 28 Grade 10 Poetry Night, 6 pm in the Music Room
Thursday, March 30 Grade 11 Scenes from Hamlet, time tba in the Music Room
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  6 pm in the gym
Friday, April 7 Teacher grading day – early dismissal at 10:15 am
April 10 – 21 NO CLASSES:  Spring Break
Wednesday, April 26 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings to follow
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Farm Week, Grade 9
Monday to Friday,

May 1 – 5

Outdoor Week, Grade 10
Friday, May 12 HS Music Concert,  7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Monday, May 15 Spring Service Day
Sunday to Friday, May 21 – 26 Backpacking trip, Grade 11

HS Announcements, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Senior Project Presentations!  All parents, students and friends are warmly invited to hear our Seniors describe their independent research, including an essay and related activity, Saturday, March 18, from 9:30 to 2:30 in the Music Room.  These capstone projects strengthen skills that last a lifetime, including the ability to think for themselves and work on their own.  The Class of 2017 has investigated everything from documentary filmmaking to building an ultralight engine and making alternative fuel. To browse senior research essays from years past, visit portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/senior-independent-research-essays/.  We’ll have a schedule of presentations next week

Bidding is live online for Passport PDX! Browse the auction catalog and place your bid on select items – an overnight spa stay, skating at Oaks Park, gift cards galore and more, before the auction event even begins!  When you share the Browse and Bid Online link with family and friends they can pick up a Portland treat and support PWS from their phone or computer.  Buy tickets here individually, or coordinate a table of eight and email seating requests to Grace or Crystal on the auction committee.  You can also find  a babysitting package on the ticket link.  Questions?  Ask Crystal!  See you soon at Passport PDX

Talent Show auditions are here!  Seniors will be screening acts tomorrow and every Wednesday in March from 1:15 to 2 pm and 3:45 to 4:30.  Don’t miss the results at the Talent Show and Dinner, Friday, March 31, 6 pm in the gym – $10 per person, $30 for a family of four ($8 for each additional child), vegetarian and gluten-free options provided.

Mathfest:  Students interested in attending Reed College’s Mathfest on March 18th should contact Mr. Bates, jeremy.bates@portlandwaldorf.org.  This year’s workshop will introduce the Abelian sandpile model, a game played on a network with connections to combinatorics, probability theory, algebraic geometry, number theory, pattern formation, and the theory of networked computation.  Lunch and a campus tour are provided, no cost to participants.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Saturday, March 18 Senior Project Presentations , 9:30 to 3:00 in the Music Room
Saturday, March 25 Passport PDX Auction, 5 to 10 pm in the gym
Tuesday, March 28 Grade 10 Poetry Night, 6 pm in the Music Room
Thursday, March 30 Grade 11 Scenes from Hamlet, time tba in the Music Room
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  6 pm in the gym
Friday, April 7 Teacher grading day – early dismissal at 10:15 am
April 10 – 21 NO CLASSES:  Spring Break
Wednesday, April 26 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings to follow

HS Announcements, Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Veracross for Beginners and Parent Meeting Tomorrow Night:  Learn how to keep current with your student’s assignment completion and locate communications from teachers through your parent portal, 6:15 in Herodotus right before the parent meeting – please RSVP to shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org. At 7 pm in the Music Room, we’ll hear the presentation from our Health and Wellness instructor, Michael Johnson, on substance use and abuse in adolescence.  Class meetings will continue that conversation at 8 pm

Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?  This profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis will be shown this Thursday, March 2 at the Village Ballroom as a fundraiser for PWS and our Living Lab.   Please see the attached flier for more information.

Tickets are on sale now for Passport PDX, a party with a purpose, Saturday, March 25.  Buy tickets here, click here to volunteer, or click here to make a donation online.

Talent Show auditions next week!  Performers of all ages are invited to audition on Wednesdays beginning March 8, 1:15 to 2 pm and 3:45 to 4:30.  Mark your calendar for the Talent Show and Dinner Friday, March 31, 6 pm in the gym – $10 per person, $30 for a family of four ($8 for each additional child), vegetarian and gluten-free options. Watch for additional information!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, Mar 1 Accessing Veracross for Parents, 6:15 in the Music Room

HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings to follow

Saturday, March 18 Senior Project Presentations – watch for information next week!
Saturday, March 25 Passport PDX Auction, 5 to 10 pm in the gym
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  6 pm in the gym
April 10 – 21 NO CLASSES:  Spring Break

HS Announcements, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Girls Basketball District Playoff Game, tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3 pm at Multnomah University, 8435 NE Glisan St. in Portland.  Go, Wolfpack!

Welcome New Students! We’re pleased to welcome Brian Li and John Zhang to Grade 10, and Robby Mottern to Grade 9.

NO SCHOOL next week – faculty will be attending training and completing first semester grading.  We expect to have report cards out the following week.

Parent Meeting on March 1: We’ll hear Michael Johnson’s presentation on substance use and abuse, postponed from January, at 7 in the Music Room.  Class meetings will continue the conversation at 8 pm.

Last call for Timberline Ski Day!  Buy tickets by Sunday for our annual day at Timberline next week, Thursday, February 23.  Packages include lift tickets and a private luncheon (do not include skis or transportation).  Ski and enjoy the lodge with the PWS community.  Buy your tickets here by 5 pm February 19! Proceeds benefit PWS, courtesy of Timberline Lodge and the Kohnstamm family.

Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?, a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis, will be shown March 2 at the Village Ballroom as a fundraiser for PWS and our Living Lab.   Please see the attached flier for time, address, and ticket prices.  Suggested for ages 12 and up.   You can also support Living Lab with your biodynamic seed purchases by ordering from our Turtle Tree Seed fundraiser before March 1 – the order form is attached.

Polish your act – Talent Show auditions will be held Wednesdays beginning March 8, 1:15 to 2 pm and 3:45 to 4:30, and the Talent Show and Dinner is scheduled for Friday, March 31, 6 pm in the gym – $10 per person, $30 for a family of four ($8 for each additional child).  Watch for additional information!

Student volunteers needed for the Auction! We’re looking for help with decorating and set-up on Friday, March 24, 3 to 6 pm, and with clean-up on Sunday, March 26, 12 t 3 pm.  And we’re continuing to collect  donations for Passport to PDX on March 25 – Click here to make a donation online or send in the paper donation form.  You can also click here to volunteer to solicit donations and in a host of other ways.

Veracross for Beginners: How can you keep current with your student’s classes through Veracross?  Shanti McCarter will demonstrate how to check assignment status and look for communications from the teacher through your parent portal, 6:15 in Herodotus right before the parent meeting on Wednesday, March 1.  Please RSVP to shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, Feb 15 Girls Basketball District Playoff Game, 3 pm at Multnomah University
Feb 20 – 24 NO CLASSES:  School is closed for faculty in-service
Wednesday, Mar 1 Accessing Veracross for Parents, 6:15 in the Music Room

HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings to follow

Saturday, March 18 Senior Project Presentations – watch for additional information
Saturday, March 25 Passport PDX Auction, 5 to 10 pm in the gym
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  Watch for information!
April 10 – 21 NO CLASSES:  Spring Break

HS Announcements, Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Boiler Alert – the HS annex heating system requires repair, which if all goes well will be completed by tomorrow evening.  We’ve brought space heaters in for the affected classrooms.

Senior Night!  Please join us this Friday evening in the gym for the last home basketball game of the season and ceremonies to honor our Senior team members. JV game begins at 4:30, Varsity Girls at 6 pm, and Varsity Boys at 7:30.  Celebrate our Seniors and cheer our teams to victory – Go, Wolfpack!

HS Dance: The Class of 2017 will host a dance from 9 to 11 following the games.  Dances are chaperoned by teachers, sometimes with the assistance of parents. Entry is limited to PWHS students and their guests, provided that the guest is approved in advance by submission of a completed guest pass (copy attached), signed by the PWHS student’s parent and student’s advisor and turned in to the HS Office by Friday.  Students who leave the dance may not re-enter.  This dance is a fundraiser for the Class of 2017 – tickets are available in advance and at the door (flier attached).

Timberline Ski Day!  Our annual day at Timberline is back, Thursday, February 23 during February break.  Packages include lift tickets and a private luncheon.  Ski and enjoy the lodge with the PWS community.  Buy your tickets here by 5 pm February 19! Proceeds benefit PWS, courtesy of Timberline Lodge and the Kohnstamm family.

Mark Your Calendar for the Talent Show!  Friday, March 31.  Bring your family for dinner and a show suitable for all ages, and all ages are invited to audition! Gluten-free and vegetarian options as always, and family admission packages.  Auditions begin February 15.  Please see the attachment for more information.

Support Living Lab with your Biodynamic Seed Purchases by ordering from our Turtle Tree Seed fundraiser. Send in the attached order form to make your purchase – final seed order will be placed on March 1.  Please see the attached Info Letter for more information, and share it with family, friends and neighbors! Proceeds will help to deepen and expand the work of our Living Lab.

Auction Update:  Please help us find donations for Passport to PDX on March 25!  Bottles of wine, themed baskets, classes, lessons, personal services, class projects, sign-up parties, vacation lodgings, free airfare miles, tickets to all kinds of events – all kinds of classic and creative offerings can generate a tax donation for the donor and funds to support our school.   Click here to make a donation online or send in the paper donation form.  You can also click here to volunteer to solicit donations and in a host of other ways

Veracross for Beginners: How can you keep current with your student’s classes through Veracross?  Shanti McCarter will demonstrate how to check assignment status and look for communications from the teacher through your parent portal, 6:15 in Herodotus right before the parent meeting on Wednesday, March 1.  Please RSVP to shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.

Basketball Season:  Keep up with the Wolfpack with:

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, February 7 Basketball at St. Stephens, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Friday, February 10 SENIOR NIGHT! Basketball at home vs. North Clackamas Christian. JV at 4:30, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Friday, February 10 HS Dance following the basketball games, 9 pm to 11 am in the HS
Feb 20 – 24 NO CLASSES:  School is closed for faculty in-service
Wednesday, Mar 1 Accessing Veracross for Parents, 6:15 in the Music Room

HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings to follow

Saturday, March 18 Senior Project Presentations – watch for additional information
Saturday, March 25 Passport PDX Auction, 5 to 10 pm in the gym
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  Watch for information!
April 10 – 21 NO CLASSES:  Spring Break

HS Announcements, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Reminder:  Full school day tomorrow, Wednesday.  The early dismissal which was scheduled has been cancelled due to this year’s snow closures

It’s not too late!  Athletics Fundraiser at Pizzicato today:  At the Westmoreland Pizzicato, 1630 SE Bybee, 20% of the store’s total sales today (Tuesday) will be donated to PWS Athletics!  Round up neighbors, friends, and family for dinner, take the coach to lunch, buy gift cards!  Proceeds will support purchase of uniforms, equipment, and other team needs.  Go, Wolfpack!

Veracross for Beginners: How can you keep current with your student’s classes through Veracross?  Shanti McCarter will demonstrate how to check assignment status and look for communications from the teacher through your parent portal, 6:15 in Herodotus right before the parent meeting on Wednesday, March 1.  Please RSVP to shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.

Places still available for Adult Bookbinding and Indigo Dying Classes with master bookbinder Katherine Pomeroy:  Bookbinding 3 to 5 pm Fridays, beginning this week on February 3; and an Indigo Dying workshop with a user-friendly indigo process, two sessions this weekend only – this Friday, February 3 from 5:30 to 7 and Saturday, February 4 from 10 to 4.  Please see the attachment for additional information.

Auction Update:  Please help us find donations for Passport to PDX on March 25!  Bottles of wine, themed baskets, classes, lessons, personal services, class projects, sign-up parties, vacation lodgings, free airfare miles, tickets to all kinds of events – all kinds of classic and creative offerings can generate a tax donation for the donor and funds to support our school.   Click here to make a donation online or send in the paper donation form.  You can also click here to volunteer to solicit donations and in a host of other ways.

Support Living Lab with your Biodynamic Seed Purchases by ordering from our Turtle Tree Seed fundraiser. Please read the attached Turtle Tree Information letter and send in the attached order form to make your purchase.  Please share the information and order form with family, friends and neighbors! Proceeds will help to deepen and expand the work of our Living Lab.

Mark your calendar for Basketball Senior Night, Friday, February 10!  And keep up with the Wolfpack with:

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, Jan 31 JV Basketball at Portland Christian at 3:30

Basketball at home vs. Valor, Boys Varsity only at 7:30

Wednesday, Feb 1 There will be no early dismissal, regular classes will be in session all day
Friday, February 3 Basketball at Country Christian, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Saturday, February 4 Basketball at home vs. St. Stephens, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Tuesday, February 7 Basketball at St. Stephens, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Friday, February 10 SENIOR NIGHT! Basketball at home vs. North Clackamas Christian. JV at 4:30, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Friday, February 10 HS Dance following the basketball games, 9 pm to 11 am in the HS
Feb 20 – 24 NO CLASSES:  School is closed for faculty in-service
Wednesday, Mar 1 Accessing Veracross for Parents, 6:15 in the Music Room; HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings to follow
Saturday, March 18 Senior Project Presentations – watch for additional information
Saturday, March 25 Passport PDX Auction, 5 to 10 pm in the gym
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  Watch for information!

HS Announcements, Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Music Concert This Friday!  Students should arrive with their instruments at the Milwaukie HS/Arts Academy Performing Arts Center between 6:15 and 6:30 pm on Friday and report to their music teachers.  Directions and parking information are attached.  All students wear concert dress –  black tops and bottoms, no bare midriffs or hats, and the optional accent color chosen by the class, EXCEPT: African Drumming students dress as instructed by the teacher.  Students are expected to sit in the audience to support their classmates by watching the performance of other students in High School and Middle School without benefit of cell phone, and not to leave the auditorium before the concert is over.  Students are graded on the appropriateness of their participation as performers and audience members.

Athletics Fundraiser at Pizzicato on Tuesday:  Visit the Westmoreland Pizzicato, 1630 SE Bybee, next Tuesday, January 31, when 20% of the store’s total sales will be donated to PWS Athletics!  Bring your neighbors, friends and relatives for dinner, take the coach to lunch, buy a pie for your team, pick up some gift cards for teachers!  Proceeds will support purchase of uniforms, equipment, warm-ups, and other team needs.  Go, hungry Wolfpack!

Adult Bookbinding and Indigo Dying Classes begin next week with master bookbinder Katherine Pomeroy:  Bookbinding Tuesdays from 8:45 to 10:45 Tuesdays OR 3 to 5 pm Fridays, beginning January 31 or February 3 respectively; and an Indigo Dying workshop with a user-friendly indigo process, two sessions that weekend – Friday, February 3 from 5:30 to 7 and Saturday, February 4 from 10 to 4.  Please see the attachment for additional information.

Support Living Lab with your Biodynamic Seed Purchases by ordering from our Turtle Tree Seed fundraiser. Please read the attached Turtle Tree Information letter and send in the attached order form to make your purchase (your contact information goes in at the end – you may need to click on Enable Editing).  These biodynamic seeds come from the Kimberton Camphill community, and proceeds from these sales will help to deepen and expand the work of our Living Lab.  Please share the information and order form with family, friends and neighbors!

Health Alert – Lice:  We have a confirmed case of head lice in Grade 11.  Students in a similar situation should stay home until they are nit-free – please see the attachment for more information.  You should have received a separate email with the same information this afternoon.

Parent Meeting Presentation Rescheduled for March 1: Michael Johnson’s presentation on substance use and the adolescent, cancelled this month due to weather conditions, has been rescheduled for the next parent meeting on Wednesday, March 1.

Basketball season is underway!  Keep up with the Wolfpack with:

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, Jan 24 Basketball at home vs. Damascus Christian, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Thursday, Jan 26 Basketball at home vs. SW Christian, JV at 4:30, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Friday, Jan 27 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, Jan 31 JV Basketball at Portland Christian at 5:30

Basketball at home vs. Valor, Boys Varsity only at 7:30

Wednesday, Feb 1 There will be no early dismissal, regular classes will be in session all day
Feb 20 – 24 NO CLASSES:  School is closed for faculty in-service
Wednesday, Mar 1 HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, class meetings to follow
Friday, March 31 Talent Show!  Watch for information!

HS Announcements, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rescheduling Events and Classes: We have re-scheduled a number of math, humanities, and Grade 11 track chemistry classes during the school day over the next two to three weeks.  This amended scheduled was described in an email sent out by Shanti McCarter on Saturday – please reply if you did not receive it.  Tonight’s basketball game is postponed to Thursday, same time and place (see calendar below).  We have cancelled the early dismissal on Wednesday, February 1 – students will be in school all day.  We were sorry to miss last week’s parent meeting and winter dance as well as our service work yesterday – we expect to reschedule the parent meeting presentation, and no doubt the winter dance.  Meanwhile, we are all hoping to see your students tomorrow morning, but please check for possible school closure or late start, as well as road conditions in your neighborhood.

Music Concert on Friday Next Week!  A reminder that the HS Music Concert is scheduled for Friday, January 27, and Mr. and Mrs. Averill say that the show will go on, weather permitting (which it currently appears that it will).  Students should arrive between 6:15 and 6:30 and wear concert dress as directed by their music teachers.  The concert is held in the Performing Arts Center at Milwaukie High School, located in the parking lot at SE 23rd and Lake Road.

New Students:  Welcome to John Zhang and Brian Li, who are joining Grade 10 this week, and to their host families!

Host Family needed for 9th Grader Next Year: Our high school has accepted a very nice young man from the Eugene Waldorf School to enter 9th grade next year.  His mother is a teacher in Eugene Waldorf’s Early Childhood program.  It is not possible for the family to move to Portland, so they are looking for a family to provide room, board and care for their son during the school year in exchange for payment.  If you are curious about whether this could work in your family, they are happy to meet with you.  Contact Connie.Vera@portlandwaldorf.org for more information.

Basketball season is underway!  Keep up with the Wolfpack with:

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, January 19 Basketball at North Clackamas Christian, JV at 4:30, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Friday, January 20 Basketball at Open Door, Boys Varsity only at 7:30
Friday, Jan 27 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, February 1 There will be no early dismissal, regular classes will be in session all day
February 20 – 24 NO CLASSES:  School is closed for faculty in-service

HS Announcements, Tuesday, January 10, 2017

More Snow?  As we write, it looks like there’s a good deal of snow in tomorrow’s forecast.  Typically we’ll have the decision made and any closure communicated by approximately 6 am.  If you are not on our text alert system and would like to be, please reply! We need to know your cell phone carrier in order to register you in the system.

HS Parent Evening: Substance Use and the Adolescent.  Michael Johnson will address this perennially relevant topic at 7 pm in the Music Room, and we’ll continue the conversation in parent meetings following at approximately 8 pm.  If school is cancelled, then the HS Parent Evening tomorrow night will also be cancelled.

MLK Day on Monday!  Students signed up today for their service projects.  A reminder that families are asked to arrange transportation – we will send detailed information about your student’s project, including location, hours, faculty attending and what to bring, in the next day or two.

HS Music Concert January 27: A reminder that the Grades 7 – 12 evening Music concert is coming up on Friday, January 27, at 7 pm in the Performing Arts Center of Milwaukie HS.  The concert will begin at 7 pm and students should arrive between 6:15 and 6:30 pm. Concert dress is required , although African Drumming may be asked to dress differently than other groups – students should dress as directed by their music teacher. FYI, parent help with set up during intermission and breakdown after the concert is greatly appreciated!  Finally, please note:  participation in the concert is a substantial portion of your student’s Music grade.  If for any reason your student cannot attend, please be sure to notify the HS Office to excuse the absence.  Students who miss the concert for reasons other than illness must make arrangements in advance with Mrs. Averill for an alternative performance assignment.

HS Winter Dance:  Grade 12 is sponsoring a dance this Saturday, January 14 from 8 to 11 pm.  Attendance is limited to students and guests for whom an approved guest pass has been submitted by Friday at 3:30.  Guest passes must be signed by the parent of the hosting student and by that student’s advisor.

Host Family needed for 9th Grader Next Year: Our high school has accepted a very nice young man from the Eugene Waldorf School to enter 9th grade next year.  His mother is a teacher in Eugene Waldorf’s Early Childhood program.  It is not possible for the family to move to Portland, so they are looking for a family to provide room, board and care for their son during the school year in exchange for payment.  If you are curious about whether this could work in your family, they are happy to meet with you.  Contact Connie.Vera@portlandwaldorf.org for more information.

Basketball season is underway!  Keep up with the Wolfpack with:

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, January 10 Basketball at home vs. Portland Christian, JV at 4:30, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Wednesday, Jan 11 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the HS, Class Meetings at 8 pm
Friday, January 13 Basketball at home vs. St. Stephens, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Monday, Jan 16 MLK Volunteer Service Day:  HS students and faculty work on projects together around the metro area.  Watch for more information.
Tuesday, Jan 17 Basketball at North Clackamas Christian, JV at 4:30, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Friday, Jan 27 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, February 1 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 am for teacher grading day
February 20 – 24 NO CLASSES:  School is closed for faculty in-service

HS Announcements, Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fireside Reading:  Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4th at 6 pm, there will be a fireside reading of a Mayan tale called The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun as written by Martin Prechtel. The story is appropriate for ages 10 and up and will take about an hour to read.  Please bring comfortable chairs and blankets, dress warmly and feel free to bring a thermos of tea or hot soup.

 HS Parent Meeting Next Week!  The topic is substance use and abuse, beginning with a presentation by our Health and Wellness instructor, Michael Johnson, and continuing with conversations in individual parents meetings at about 8 pm.  We hope to see you!  Wednesday, January 11 at 7 pm in the Music Room.

Accessing Veracross:  How can you keep current with your student’s classes through Veracross?  Shanti McCarter will demonstrate how to check assignment status and look for communications from the teacher through your parent portal, 6:15 in Herodotus right before the parent meeting.  Please RSVP to shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.

 Martin Luther King Day of Service:  PWHS students and teachers will join in service projects around the Portland metropolitan area on Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King.  Students will be given an opportunity to sign up for their choice later this week.  We ask that parents arrange transportation for students to the project they choose – please check for an email with project information tomorrow.

 National Portfolio Day, Sunday, January 8:  Students interested in continuing in the study of art can meet with representatives from leading colleges of art and design from across the US and Canada at National Portfolio Day in Portland, noon to 4 pm this Sunday, January 8 at Oregon College of Art and Craft.  Find more information here.

 Early Dismissal on February 1: Students will be dismissed after main lesson, at 10:15 am, on Wednesday, February 1 for teacher grading day.

PASSPORT PDX, March 25, 2017:  The 2017 Auction is on the horizon, and the Auction Committee is hard at work planning and procuring for another evening of generosity and fun at PWS! This year’s theme is PASSPORT PDX, so save the date and get ready for an adventurous evening – invitations will be on the way and ticket sales will kick off shortly.  Sign up today to support the planning and procurement phases of the auction! There are a number of fun ways to get involved and support the event through a variety of volunteer tasks. Sign up for a task that suits your fancy and your schedule here. Contact Auction Chair Crystal Lawrence for more information about this event.

Host Family needed for 9th Grader Next Year: Our high school has accepted a very nice young man from the Eugene Waldorf School to enter 9th grade next year.  His mother is a teacher in Eugene Waldorf’s Early Childhood program.  It is not possible for the family to move to Portland, so they are looking for a family to provide room, board and care for their son during the school year in exchange for payment.  If you are curious about whether this could work in your family, they are happy to meet with you.  Contact Connie.Vera@portlandwaldorf.org for more information.

Basketball season is underway!  Keep up with the Wolfpack with:

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Winter break begins with early dismissal by 12:45 on Friday.  Happy holidays!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, Jan 3 Basketball at SW Christian, 4:30 JV Boys, 6 pm Varsity Girls,  7:30 pm Varsity Boys
Friday, Jan 6 Basketball at Valor Christian, Boys Varsity only, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jan 8 National Portfolio Day, noon to 4 pm at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Wednesday, Jan 11 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the HS
Monday, Jan 16 MLK Volunteer Service Day:  HS students and faculty work on projects together around the metro area.  Watch for more information.
Friday, Jan 27 HS Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, February 1 Early dismissal at 10:15 am for teacher grading day

HS Announcements, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Solstice Banquet:  Don’t forget your student’s food contribution for Friday!

Grade 9:  Eight COOKED sausage links each (the small breakfast-sized sausages).  If you don’t want to bring meat, bring a vegetarian sausage.

Grade 10:  Two generous cups of cut-up fruit each, ready to go into fruit salad.

Grade 11:  Ella, Jalen, Jason, Frances, Emma, Quinton, Aurora:  Two generous cups of cut-up fruit each, ready to go into fruit salad.

James, Rorie, Will, Tommy, Sheena, Lily, Haley, Austen, Karen, Bjorn:  One dozen fresh bagels each

Kobe, Vivian, Jackson, Benett, Veronica, Sam, Ying, Naomi, Zhang: Two eight-ounce packages of cream cheese each.

Grade 12:  Three bottles each of sparkling cider (Martinelli’s or similar).

Faculty will bring savory dishes.  All students will help set up before and clean up after the banquet – dismissal by 12:45.

Parents, you are warmly welcome to stop by on Friday morning for light fare and refreshments to celebrate the last school day of 2016. Parent Council and the Bakers Dozen volunteers are hosting a pre-assembly tea in the aftercare room in the lower school. Stop by between 8:30 and 10:45am for a cuppa, and join us in the gym at 11:00 am for a faculty performance of The Shepherd’s Play.

Report Cards are now visible on the Parent Portal.  Grades shown are final, except for those marked Progress Report.  Final grades for all mid-semester classes will be posted in mid-February

Holiday Basketball Tournament:  PWS hosts the Valley 10 tournament, December 27 to 29 in the gym.  Admission is $4 adults, $2 students, free for PWS students.  See below for game schedule!

PASSPORT PDX, March 25, 2017:  The 2017 Auction is on the horizon, and the Auction Committee is already hard at work planning and procuring for another evening of generosity and fun at PWS! This year’s theme is PASSPORT PDX, so save the date and get ready for an adventurous evening – invitations will be on the way and ticket sales will kick off after the holiday season.  Sign up today to support the planning and procurement phases of the auction! There are a number of fun ways to get involved and support the event through a variety of volunteer tasks. Sign up for a task that suits your fancy and your schedule through SignUp Genius. Contact Auction Chair Crystal Lawrence for more information about this event.

Basketball season is underway!  Keep up with the Wolfpack with

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Winter break begins with early dismissal by 12:45 on Friday.  Happy holidays!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, Dec 13 Basketball at home vs. Open Door Christian, 6 pm JV Boys, 7:30 pm Varsity Boys
Friday, Dec 16 Early dismissal by 12:45 for Winter Break
Friday, Dec 16 Basketball at Damascus Christian, 4:30 JV Boys, 6 pm Varsity Girls,  7:30 pm Varsity Boys
Sunday, Dec 18 Alumni Basketball game, 2 pm in the gym
Monday, Dec 19 through Monday, Jan 2 Winter Break
Tuesday – Thursday,

Dec 27 – 29

Valley 10 Basketball Tournament in PWS gym

Tuesday:  Girls play at 4 pm, Boys 5:30

Wednesday:  Girls play at 4 pm, Boys 5:30

Thursday:  Girls play at 2 pm, Boys 3:30

Tuesday, Jan 3 School resumes
Tuesday, Jan 3 Basketball at SW Christian, 4:30 JV Boys, 6 pm Varsity Girls,  7:30 pm Varsity Boys
Sunday, Jan 8 National Portfolio Day
Wednesday, Jan 11 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the HS
Monday, Jan 16 MLK Volunteer Service Day:  HS students and faculty work on projects together around the metro area.  Watch for more information.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

HS Solstice Banquet Assignments:  Our annual HS Solstice Banquet will be held Friday, December 16, the last day of school this month.  Students will attend Main Lesson, a HS assembly, and an all-school assembly (the Shepherds’ Play this year), followed by the banquet, with dismissal for winter break after clean-up at about 12:45.  Faculty members bring savory dishes to share, and each student is asked to bring a specific food item – Students are asked to bring the following items on Friday morning next week (December 16) for the banquet:

Grade 9:  Eight COOKED sausage links each (the small breakfast-sized sausages).  If you don’t want to bring meat, bring a vegetarian sausage.

Grade 10:  Two generous cups of cut-up fruit each, ready to go into fruit salad.

Grade 11:  Ella, Jalen, Jason, Frances, Emma, Quinton, Aurora:  Two generous cups of cut-up fruit each, ready to go into fruit salad.

James, Rorie, Will, Tommy, Sheena, Lily, Haley, Austen, Karen, Bjorn:  One dozen fresh bagels each

Kobe, Vivian, Jackson, Benett, Veronica, Sam, Ying, Naomi, Zhang: Two eight-ounce packages of cream cheese each.

Grade 12:  Three bottles each of sparkling cider (Martinelli’s or similar).

Faculty will bring savory dishes.  All students will help set up before and clean up after the banquet – dismissal by 12:45.

Basketball season is underway!  Keep up with the Wolfpack with

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Friday, December 9 Basketball at Mohawk HS, JV Boys at 6 pm, Varsity Boys at 7:30
Friday, December 9 Handmade for the Holidays: an opportunity to learn to make Waldorf-style crafts in an intimate community setting.  Check your Weekly Bulletin or reply for more information.
Friday, Dec 16 Main lesson, Solstice Assembly, Shepherds’ Play, Solstice Banquet, early dismissal by 12:45 for Winter Break. Watch for additional information next week.
Sunday, Dec 18 Alumni Basketball game, 2 pm in the gym
Monday, Dec 19 through Monday, Jan 2 Winter Break
Tuesday, Jan 3 School resumes
Sunday, January 8 National Portfolio Day
Wednesday, January 11 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the HS
Monday, January 16 MLK Volunteer Service Day:  HS students and faculty work on projects together around the metro area.  Watch for more information.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Early dismissal this Friday!  HS Students will present their projects and be dismissed at approximately 2:00 on Friday, as members of the JV Basketball team head out for their game with Portland Christian at 3:30 (see calendar for location).  The building will be open for students until 4:30 as usual.

Solstice Banquet on December 16:  PWHS students mark the turning of the year with a Solstice assembly and banquet on the last day of school before winter break.  Please check next week’s email for a list of students’ contributions for the banquet!  Students will be dismissed by 12:45 following cleanup.

Basketball season begins this week as the Varsity teams travel to CS Lewis in Newberg on Wednesday for a Jamboree and the JV team plays Portland Christian at 3:30 on Friday.  Regular season games begin next week.  Keep up with the Wolfpack with

All coverage provided by Sam Tidrick-Schmidt, three-year Varsity starter, as part of his Senior Project.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Mon, Nov 28 – Fri, Dec 2 Project Week!
Wednesday, Nov 30 Basketball Jamboree at CS Lewis HS, 4 pm to 9:30
Friday, Dec 2 JV Boys Basketball vs Portland Christian at KNOVA Learning Center (former site of Portland Lutheran HS), 3:30 pm
Tuesday, Dec 6 Basketball at City Christian, JV 4:30, Girls Varsity 6 pm, Boys Varsity 7:30
Friday, Dec 16 Main lesson, Solstice Assembly, Shepherds’ Play, Solstice Banquet, early dismissal by 12:45 for Winter Break. Watch for additional information next week.
Sunday, Dec 18 Alumni Basketball game, 2 pm in the gym
Monday, Dec 19 through Monday, Jan 2 Winter Break
Tuesday, Jan 3 School resumes

HS Announcements, Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Join us for a presentation on Financial Aid for College, tomorrow evening (Wednesday): One of the most imposing questions students and families have to consider is how to finance a college education.  Tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 pm, Sandy Sundstrom, the Director of Financial Aid at Reed College, will give a presentation to our community on the topic of financial aid for college study.  Ms. Sundstrom was the director of financial aid at St. Olaf College in Minnesota before coming to Reed this past spring.  She will give an overview of how to apply for financial aid and will also discuss some of the different ways that students and their families can fund their college educations.  There will be lots of time for questions. If you have questions about the event, please contact Christopher Zinn at christopher.zinn@portlandwaldorf.org.

Conferences:  We still have a few slots remaining for parent-student-teacher conferences, 9:30 to 4 on Monday and 10:30 to 6 on Tuesday.  Please reply or call the HS Office to schedule.

Why can’t I see a current grade in Veracross anymore?  Veracross has been reconfigured not to display the course grade (sum of the assignment grades) until the course has ended and grading is completed, because we do not want students focused on course grades and GPAs — we want them focused on critical and creative thinking, the quality of their work, looking for new ways to challenge themselves, and having a balanced and healthy life. If the student remains focused on being strong in class participation, the quality of their individual assignments, and their effective communication with teachers, their course grades and GPA will natural improve far more than calculating and recalculating their final grade day by day.  We hope that parents will support us in this effort to improve the balance and quality of our students’ learning and lives.

Reminder – Athletic Meeting tomorrow!  Meet the coaches, get the schedules, and find out expectations for the season – 6 to 6:30 pm in the Music Room tomorrow, Wednesday, November 16.

Bean and Rice bowls available now for lunch on Fridays!  Walk-in or use the pre-order form attached.  Proceeds benefit the Grade 11 class trip.

Calendar and this Week’s Sports

Wednesday, November 16 Winter Athletics meeting, 6 to 6:30 in the Music Room
Wednesday, November 16 Financial Aid for College Education, 7 to 9 pm in Herodotus
Friday, November 18 Grand Friends Day, 8:30 to 11 am
Sunday, November 20 Winter Market, 10 to 3 in the gym; Grade 12 will offer lunch
Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22 Parent-student-teacher Conferences, 8:30 to 4:30 Monday,

10 to 6 Tuesday

Wednesday to Friday

November 23 – 25

Thanksgiving Holidays
Monday to Friday,

November 28 – December 2

Project Week!

HS Announcements, Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Please join us at Wednesday night’s Parent Meeting for small-group discussions ranging from communicating with teenagers to learning differences, substance use, time management, goals, and healthy engagement with electronics.  Class meetings will begin at 8:15 pm.

Reminder:  Early dismissal at 10:15 am this Friday for teacher grading day.  Grades and progress reports will be available in time for conferences.

Parent-Student-Teacher conference sign-ups are open! We’re holding conferences on Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22.  To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by Wednesday, November 16. The HS Faculty requests that your student attend the conference – you and your student will meet with two to four teachers who have taught your student in different disciplines this fall, including his or her advisor whenever possible.   If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Ms. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  Conferences last 25 minutes and begin on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). Conferences are voluntary, not mandatory, and you are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

Wreath Sale Ends Thursday – Get your orders in! Wreaths, swags and garlands are available for purchase or sale to your friends and neighbors, and proceeds benefit your class fund and the Parent Council fund.    Order online through the PWS website or use the attached documents:  an order form for your own and your friends’ orders, the UPS order form for items to be sent directly to out of town recipients, and a form suitable to provide to businesses ordering wreaths as holiday gifts or decorations. Order deadline is Thursday, November 10, and the pick-up day for non-UPS orders is Thursday, December 8.  Write to David Renzema at renzianni@aol.com  with questions.

Open House this Sunday:  Do you have friends with students who would benefit from a Waldorf HS education?  Invite them to our open house this Sunday from 1 to 3 pm! We’ll have curriculum workshops, a panel presentation, campus tours, refreshments and live music by PWHS students.  RSVPs are appreciated to connie.vera@portlandwaldorf.org or 503-654-2200 ext. 221.

Financial Aid for College: One of the most imposing questions students and families have to consider is how to finance a college education.  On Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 pm, Sandy Sundstrom, the Director of Financial Aid at Reed College, will give a presentation to our community on the topic of financial aid for college study.  Sandy Sundstrom was the director of financial aid at St. Olaf College in Minnesota before coming to Reed this past spring.  Ms. Sundstrom will give an overview of how to apply for financial aid and will also discuss some of the different ways that students and their families can fund their college educations.  There will be lots of time for questions. If you have questions about the event, please contact Christopher Zinn at christopher.zinn@portlandwaldorf.org.

Grand Friends Day is Friday, November 18, from 8:30 am to 11.  It’s our annual opportunity for grandparents (or someone else who is very special to your student) to visit our school.  Please see the attached postcard for additional information, and please feel free to pass the invitation on to your student’s Grand Friends!

Project Week!  Students indicated their preferences this week from seven offerings in play production, literature, dance, construction, blacksmithing, cooking and Living Lab (creating the proposal for our school food cart).  Projects will take place the week following Thanksgiving.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Friday, November 11 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 am for HS grading day (does not apply to lower school)
Sunday, November 13 HS Open House, 1 to 3 pm, for prospective families
Wednesday, November 16 Financial Aid for College Education, 7 pm in the High School
Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22 Parent-student-teacher Conferences, see above!
Wednesday to Friday

November 23 – 25

Thanksgiving Holidays
Monday to Friday

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HS Announcements, Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Parent Meeting Next Week!  Join us at 7 pm in the High School for small-group discussions on a range of topics:  communicating with teenagers, goals, healthy engagement with electronics, time management, learning differences, substance use.  Class meetings will begin at 8:15 pm.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences:  Conferences are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22.  Conferences last 25 minutes and will be scheduled on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). The HS Faculty requests that your student attend the conference – you and your student will meet with two to four teachers who have taught your student in different disciplines this fall, including his or her advisor whenever possible.   Conferences are voluntary, not mandatory, and you are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by Wednesday, November 16. If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Ms. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  Please note that it will take a few days to confirm conference times this first week.

The Wreath Sale is Back!  Wreaths, swags and garlands are available for purchase or sale to your friends and neighbors, and proceeds benefit your class fund and the Parent Council fund.    Order online through the PWS website or use the attached documents:  an order form for your own and your friends’ orders, the UPS order form for items to be sent directly to out of town recipients, and a form suitable to provide to businesses ordering wreaths as holiday gifts or decorations. Order deadline is Thursday, November 10, and the pick-up day for non-UPS orders is Thursday, December 8.  Write to David Renzema at renzianni@aol.com  with questions.

International Host Families Needed – Includes Stipend.  PWHS partners with Ivy International to enroll international students in our high school and to find families in our community who can host those students.  Please see the attached document for details. Thank you!

Congratulations to our Cross Country team on a great season!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, November 3 Grade 10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm  in the Music Room
Sunday, November 6 Ultimate Frisbee Game at Normandale Park, 4 – 6 pm
Wednesday, November 9 HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8 pm
Friday, November 11 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 am for HS grading day (does not apply to lower school)
Wednesday, November 16 Financial Aid for College Education, 7 pm in the High School
Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22 Parent-student-teacher Conferences, see above!

HS Announcements, Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Dough for Dollars Right Now! Pick up a pizza, buy a gift card, or eat in at the Westmoreland Pizzicato all day today (Tuesday) and the Booster Club will receive 20% of today’s total sales.  Bring your friends and support our athletic programs!

Rice and Bean Bowls are Back!  Beginning this Friday, October 28, the 11th grade will offer Bean and Rice bowls at lunch for grades 4 through 12. Options will include black or pinto beans, brown or white rice, and choice of lettuce, cheese, cilantro, salsa and tortilla chips. Please use the attached order form, or look for order forms posted by the library or included in next week’s weekly bulletin. We are excited to bring this healthy, delicious lunch option back for our community!

Wolfpack Pride:  At Districts on Saturday, our girls won their first game, and although they lost the second game, their level of play was outstanding, according to our Athletic Director, Nicole Raymond.  Nicole also reports that our 2016 volleyball team placed 3rd among Oregon’s 1A schools for academic honors, 4th state and division-wide.  Congratulations also to Glacier Raymond, who was named to the Valley 10 all-league first team, and also to the league all-defensive team; and Grace Cromie, who received honorable mention in the all-league honors.  Best wishes to our cross country teams at their District competition on Thursday.  Go, Wolfpack!

School Closures:  There will no classes on Tuesday, November 2 for all-school in-service, and students from the High School only will be dismissed on Friday, November 11, at 10:15 (following main lesson), as HS teachers complete first-quarter grading.  Grades will be available at parent-student-teacher conferences November 21 and 22 – please see next week’s HS email for sign-up instructions.

Mark your calendar for a presentation on financial aid for college education by Sandy Sundstrom, Director of Financial Aid at Reed College, at 7 pm in the High School. 

A reminder that you’re invited to the City of Milwaukie visioning event in the PWS gym on Wednesday, November 2.  It begins with an open house at 6, followed by a Town Hall meeting at 6:30. Light refreshments and childcare are provided – Please RSVP at vision@milwaukieoregon.gov.

Donate Your Old iPhone:  Students with specific learning differences are allowed to speak their test answers rather than write them.  To meet the needs of these students, we would greatly appreciate donations of old iPhones that have talk-to-text ability and the ability to connect to internet via Wi-Fi so that the student’s answers can be emailed to their teacher.  PWHS is a non-profit, so you can write off this donation.  Contact Shanti.McCarter@portlandwaldorf.org if you’d like to make a donation. Thank you!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, October 27 Cross Country District Tournament, Bush Park in Salem, Women at 3 pm, Men at 4:20
Saturday, October 29 Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, 10 to 6 at Glenhaven Park
Tuesday, November 1 NO CLASSES:  Faculty In-service
Wednesday, November 9 HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8 pm
Friday, November 11 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 am for HS grading day (does not apply to lower school)
Wednesday, November 16 College Information Night – Financial Aid, 7 pm in the High School
Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22 Parent-student-teacher Conferences – watch for sign-up information next week.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, October 18, 2016

HS Administrative Staffing Changes:  We’re delighted to welcome Connie Vera, our new PWHS Admissions Coordinator.  Her Waldorf roots run deep – she graduated from Highland Hall Waldorf School, has just completed four years as administrator of the Waldorf Institute of Southern California (a teacher training program), and and expects to complete her own Waldorf teacher training next year.  Connie and her husband, Carlos, have three children, including Emma in Huckleberry and Ayden in Rose here at PWS.  Please join us in greeting Connie when she begins her journey with us later this week.

Shanti McCarter continues in her role as High School Chair, and will now assume the Student Assistance Coordinator responsibilities of working with students with learning differences.   Shanti worked closely last year with Tracy Trefethen in this role, and it’s an area of great interest to her, so we are grateful that she is willing and able to take this up.  For those Student Assistance Coordinator duties that fall more in the realm of counseling, we are arranging for support on a contract basis until a more permanent solution can be found.   If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Kelly O’Halogan, Faculty Chair, or Wendy Rea, Administrative Chair.

Dough for Dollars at Pizzicato Next Tuesday! Pick up a pizza, buy a gift card, or eat in at the Westmoreland Pizzicato all day next Tuesday, October 25 and the Booster Club will receive 20% of the total sales for that day.  Bring your friends! Last year we raised over $1,700 and the Booster Club was able to buy stunning new cross country/track uniforms for both the middle school and HS athletes.  There’s also a great opportunity this year for “budding chefs” to design the pizza special features on Wolfpack night.  Check out the attached flyer for more details, and help spread the word!

Donate Your Old iPhone:  Students with specific learning differences are allowed to speak their test answers rather than write them.  To meet the needs of these students, we would greatly appreciate donations of old iPhones that have talk-to-text ability and the ability to connect to internet via wi-fi so that the student’s answers can be emailed to their teacher.  PWHS is a non-profit, so you can write off this donation.  Contact Shanti.McCarter@portlandwaldorf.org if you’d like to make a donation. Thank you!

Volleyball Girls Compete in District Championships this Saturday at Country Christian School in Molalla – first game at 3:45, and a victory will put them in the championship game after that.  Go, Wolfpack!

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, October 20 Cross Country Pre-District Meet, Bush Park in Salem, Women 4 pm, Men 4:45.
Saturday, October 22 Volleyball District Championships, 3:45 pm at Country Christian
Sunday, October 23 NACAC College Fair, 1 to 5 pm at the Convention Center
Monday, October 24 NACAC Visual and Performing Arts College Fair, 7 to 9 pm at Portland Art Museum
Wednesday, November 9 HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8 pm
Friday, November 11 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 am for HS In-service

HS Announcements, Tuesday, October 11, 2016

SENIOR NIGHT! Please join us this Thursday to honor Senior Glacier Raymond of our volleyball team.  Please arrive by 5:50 to fill the stands for the ceremony at 6 and then cheer our girls to victory in their final home game of the season.  Go, Wolfpack!

Picture Orders Due!  Deadline for orders is this Thursday, October 13.  Pictures for most students are now online at www.hollandstudios.com (click on Client Galleries in the lower right hand corner and enter username 16PW).  You can order pictures online for a $6 shipping fee (pictures will be mailed to your home).  There’s no charge to order by phone, 503-238-5957 – have the jpeg number of your selection ready.  If you have prepaid, you must still call with your photo choice or they’ll select one for you.  Unless they’re ordered online, photos will be available for pickup at PWS on November 18.  IF YOUR STUDENT WAS ABSENT on picture day, his or her picture will be taken at school on Wednesday, October 26 and your order must be picked up at Holland Studios (unless you’re ordering online).  Please see the attachment for more detailed instructions.

Dough for Dollars at Pizzicato – October 25:  Help support PWS Athletics and have a great meal at the same time!  Dine at the Westmoreland Pizzicato all day on Tuesday Oct 25 and the Booster Club will receive 20% of the total sales for that day. This includes to-go orders, gift card sales, and dine-in, so get together with your friends and enjoy some pizza.  Last year we raised over $1,700 and the Booster Club was able to buy stunning new cross country/track uniforms for both the middle school and HS athletes.  There’s also a great opportunity this year for “budding chefs” to design the pizza special features on Wolfpack night — so check out the attached flyer for more details, and help spread the word!

Milwaukie Vision Town Hall:  PWS parents, faculty and high school students are cordially invited to attend a Milwaukie Town Hall in the PWS gym on Wednesday, November 2, to join with other members of the Milwaukie community in building a vision for the year 2040.  The gathering begins with an open house at 6 pm and the Town Hall at 6:30.  Please see the attachment for more information.

The HS Resource Website, portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com, has back-to-school information for all grades, syllabi, forms, and other information.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, October 11 Volleyball @ North Clackamas Christian
Thursday, October 13 Volleyball SENIOR NIGHT!  Ceremony promptly at 6 pm in the gym, followed by the game vs. SW Christian
Saturday, October 15 Cross Country Meet at Willamette Mission State Park, women at 10 am, men at 10:40 am.
Sunday, October 16 Ultimate Frisbee Game at Normandale Park, 4 – 6 pm
Sunday, October 23 NACAC College Fair, 1 to 5 pm at the Convention Center
Monday, October 24 NACAC Visual and Performing Arts College Fair, 7 to 9 pm at Portland Art Museum
Wednesday, November 9 HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8 pm
Friday, November 11 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 am for HS In-service

HS Announcements, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NO SCHOOL next Monday, October 10, for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Social Media Parenting Resources:  Here are the links that Chael Johnson shared in his social media presentation during the last parent meeting, including an app/TV/video game reviewer, parental controls on phones, and information about cyberbullying.  If you have questions, you can reach him at michael.johnson@portlandwaldorf.org.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/reviews/category/app

http://internet-safety.yoursphere.com/2011/09/mobile-parental-controls-att-verizon-sprint-t-mobile/

http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/parents/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV5v0m6pEMs

Picture Update:  Pictures for most students are now online at www.hollandstudios.com.  Click on Client Galleries in the lower right hand corner, and enter username 16PW to see them.  You can order pictures online for a $6 shipping fee (pictures will be mailed to your home).  There’s no charge to order by phone, 503-238-5957 – have the jpeg number of your selection ready.  If you have prepaid, you must still call with your photo choice or they’ll select one for you.  IF YOUR STUDENT WAS ABSENT on picture day, his or her picture will be taken at school on Wednesday, October 26.  The deadline for picture orders is Thursday, October 13 (next week), and photos not ordered online will be delivered to school on November 18.  Please see the attachment for more detail.

You can request retouching or a shift to black and white, but by phone only, not online.  If you are dissatisfied with your student’s pictures and want retakes, you must contact Holland Studios by noon on October 21 – see the attachment for instructions.

Honors and Achievements:  The PWS Quartet, including PWHS freshman Alden Baartz-Bowman, was selected to play in the Beatles tribute next Monday evening at the Newmark Theatre downtown. They’ll be interviewed today by KPTV, although we don’t know the air date of the piece.  The other members of the quartet are Alden’s brother Tadan, Addie Averill, and Dominic Burkhart, who are in middle school.  You can find more information about the event here.

Cancellations:   the volleyball game scheduled for this Friday has been cancelled, and the College Information Evening planned for October 12 has been postponed.  Please watch for the new date.

Save the Date:  Our annual Athletics Fundraiser at Pizzicato is scheduled for October 25, 2016.  This year we have a contest to design a pizza to be featured that day – see the attached two-page flier for details.

Watercolor Painting:  We have a few spaces left in the watercolor painting party this Thursday, October 6 from 6:30 to 9 pm with Robin Lieberman.  Please see the attached flier for information.

The HS Resource Website, portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com, has back-to-school information for all grades, syllabi, forms, and other information.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday – Saturday, October 3 – 8 Grade 12 Solo Sit
Wednesday, October 5 Cross Country  Meet at McIver State Park, Women 3:45, Men 4:30
Sunday, October 9 Ultimate Frisbee Game at Normandale Park, 4 to 6 pm
Monday, October 10 NO CLASSES – Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, October 10 Volleyball @ Valor Christian, 6 pm
Monday, October 11 Volleyball @ North Clackamas Christian
Sunday, October 23 NACAC College Fair, 1 to 5 pm at the Convention Center
Monday, October 24 NACAC Visual and Performing Arts College Fair, 7 to 9 pm at Portland Art Museum
Wednesday, November 9 HS Parent Meeting, 7 pm in the Music Room, Class Meetings at 8 pm
Friday, November 11 EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:15 am for HS In-service

HS Announcements, Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Outdoor Curriculum:  Ninth Grade is spending this week at the Oregon Coast studying survival skills through Thursday, and will be back in class this Friday, while Grade 12 will leave Monday for their Solo Sit.  We wish for them good weather and a rewarding journey.

Picture Update:  Retake day has been postponed to mid-October.  Pictures will be available for viewing on the website soon, and parents can request retakes as well.  We will notify you when they’re available.

Watercolor Painting:  We have a few spaces left in the watercolor painting party donated as part of our Benefit Event last spring.  It’s scheduled for Thursday, October 6 from 6:30 to 9 pm with Robin Lieberman, a PWHS alumni parent and artist, teacher and therapist.  Please see the flier, attached and below, for more information.

NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10, for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The HS Resource Website, portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com, has back-to-school information for all grades, syllabi, forms, and other information.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Sunday – Thursday, Sep 25-29 Grade 9 Outdoor Trip
Tuesday, September 27 Volleyball @ SW Christian, 6 pm
Thursday, September 29 Volleyball at home vs. Country Christian, 6 pm
Friday, September 30 Michaelmas assembly, 11 am on the front lawn
Friday, September 30 Cross Country Meet at SW Christian, women 4:50, men 5:20 pm
Friday, September 30 Volleyball @ City Christian, 6 pm
Saturday, October 1 Huckleberry planting at 7 am, Harvest Fair 11 to 2 pm
Monday – Saturday, October 3 – 8 Grade 12 Solo Sit
Monday, October 10 No Classes – Indigenous Peoples Day
Sunday, October 23 NACAC College Fair, 1 to 5 pm at the Convention Center
Monday, October 24 NACAC Visual and Performing Arts College Fair, 7 to 9 pm at Portland Art Museum

HS Announcements, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HS Parent Meeting tonight!  Our new Life Skills teacher, Chael Johnson, will give a presentation about social media: the most popular forums, up-and-coming apps, the benefits and dangers, and what we as parents can do. This is a great way to get to know Chael and the curriculum he is bringing to our HS students.  Please join us from 7 to 8 in the Music Room for Chael’s presentation – individual class meeting with sponsors follow from 8 to 9.

School Photo Update:  Pictures have all been taken, and thankfully everyone made it into their class pictures.  Retake day is Thursday, September 29 – students will be called for a retake if they did not have their individual photo taken or if the photographer feels the need to retake.  Eventually photos will be posted on the Holland Studios website – when they are, we’ll send out information about passwords and ordering options.

 College Visits:  Our annual visits from college admissions representatives began this week with Corban University.  Also scheduled:  Evergreen, Hendrix, Whitman, Pacific, Linfield, U of O, Marlboro, Hampshire, Ursinus, University of Puget Sound, Middlebury, Trinity, Cornell (Iowa), Quest, Earlham, McDaniel, Warren Wilson and University of the Pacific. These sessions are primarily for seniors and interested juniors, but students in other grades can attend any of the lunchtime sessions.  Reps visiting outside of the lunch hour are generally limited to seniors, or juniors with a specific interest in the school, and require students to be excused from class.

 Planting the Food Forest:  On Saturday, October 1 (Harvest Fair day), from 7 to 9 am, we will be planting huckleberry bushes around the spiral path leading to the memorial fountain at the north end of the courtyard.  This garden area is slated to become a food forest.  The work is sponsored by the parents of Dasan Marshall, a bright spirit and beloved member of the class of 2009. He died while doing what he loved most, in a climbing accident in the Chugach mountains of Alaska in 2015.  We invite you to come and help with the planting.

The HS Resource Website, portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com, has back-to-school information for all grades, syllabi, forms, and other information.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, September 22 Volleyball at home vs. North Clackamas,  6:30 pm
Friday, September 23 Cross Country Meet at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro, girls run at 4 pm, boys 4:45. Call for directions.
Saturday, September 24 Volleyball tournament at Sherman HS, first game 9 am
Sunday, September 25 HS Ultimate Frisbee game at Normandale Park, NE 57th and Halsey, 4 pm
Sunday – Thursday, Sep 25-29 Grade 9 Outdoor Trip
Friday, September 30 Michaelmas assembly, 11 am
Saturday, October 1 Huckleberry planting at 7 am, Harvest Fair 11 to 2 pm
Monday, October 10 No Classes – Indigenous Peoples Day
Sunday, October 23 NACAC College Fair, 1 to 5 pm at the Convention Center
Monday, October 24 NACAC Visual and Performing Arts College Fair, 7 to 9 pm at Portland Art Museum

HS Announcements, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Thank you! Thanks to all of the students and parents who came together to create a wonderful commencement ceremony last Saturday.   It was a beautiful day, a memorable ceremony, and the combined efforts of all involved made everything go so smoothly.

Locker Cleanout on Thursday: Students will clean out and wash their lockers this Thursday afternoon.  They’re welcome to keep necessary belongings in their lockers until Friday, but we encourage them to bring home as much as possible beforehand, including their art pieces.  Also, please make sure that all the math and humanities textbooks are returned to school!

Last Day of School on Friday:  Grades 9, 10 and 11 are in their final week of classes!  On Friday, they will have Main Lesson and the final High School assembly of the year, when they shake hands and say goodbye to their teachers.  Then they’ll participate as volunteers in the third annual PWS walkathon (click here if you’d like to donate).  They’ll provide music (a drum circle), certify laps walked, and cheer the walkers on, and be dismissed at noon.  You and your student are cordially invited to the all-school picnic, beginning at noon on the front lawn.

Grades and Transcripts:  We will mail report cards at the end of June, and will also forward six-semester transcripts to students in the Class of 2017, either in the same mailing or later in the summer, so that families can review them prior to beginning the college application process.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Friday, June 17 Last day of school – main lesson,  HS assembly, Walkathon, dismissal at noon.
Monday – Friday, June 20-24 HS Faculty In-service
Friday, July 1 (approximate) Report cards mailed
Monday – Friday, July 4 – 8 HS Office closed

HS Announcements, Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sports Day Tomorrow! It’s now Senior Week in the High School and time for the Tenth Annual Kim LaPre Sports Day!  Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen and High School Faculty will meet on the fields for a day of games.  Six teams were posted on Monday, each with a color or pattern that students may dress in for the day –there will also be headbands in the appropriate color to clearly differentiate them.  A barbecue lunch will be served with vegetarian options (students with specific food sensitivities please bring lunch).  Talk to your student about sunscreen and a water bottle!  The event begins after main lesson, and students will be dismissed at 3:30 as usual.

Senior Week and Graduation Timetable for Students: This week, Seniors will have their picture taken together, clean out their lockers, rehearse for graduation, and bid farewell to students and teachers during a series of gatherings, and an exhibit of their self-portraits is now on display in the Wildflower Gallery upstairs in the main building.  The week culminates in the graduation ceremony this Saturday, June 11, at 2 pm.  You are cordially invited to the ceremony and the reception that follows. All students have both music and set-up, reception, or clean-up duties on Saturday – here is the timetable:

All students in Grade 10, report at 10 am to Ms. Rem and Mr. Prado on the gym steps.  You’ll be finished before noon.

Orchestra members, report at 12:30 to Mr. Averill in the gym.

Choir members, report at 1:45 to Mrs. Averill in the gym.

All students in Grade 11, report to Ms. Pufahl, Ms. Shupack, and Ms. McGill in the aftercare room immediately after the ceremony ends.  You’ll be finished by 5:40.

All students in Grade 9, report to Ms. Blanchard and Mr. Wasko in the gym at 4:40.  You’ll be finished by 6:30.

Students should dress nicely in school-appropriate clothing (e.g., no strapless dresses).  All students are expected unless a parent has called the HS Office to excuse them.

Yes, we’re looking for more parents to help with their students, especially in Grade 9!  Please reply if you can participate. Thank you to those who have volunteered!

Next week:  Students will be cleaning out their lockers on Wednesday and should take as many things as possible home.  On Friday, they will have one hour of main lesson, followed by the High School final assembly, when they will shake hands and say goodbye to the faculty.  At 10:30 they’ll be participating in the school Walkathon – make your pledge at here.  At noon on Friday students are dismissed to attend the All-School Picnic, to which you are also cordially invited! Bring your basket of lunch and a blanket to the  front lawn.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on a fabulous play! 

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, June 8 Tenth Annual Kim La Pre Sports Day, 11 am to 3:30 pm
Friday, June 10 Farewell Assembly, 11 am in the gym
Saturday, June 11 Graduation:  All students participate in the ceremony and set-up, serving or take-down
Friday, June 17 Last day of school, Walkathon, dismissal at noon.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Don’t miss it!  Get your tickets for You Can’t Take it With You, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s hilarious, heart-warming, and Pulitzer Prize-winning play.  Grades 3 or 4 and up will love the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. Performances are 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 2, 3 and 4, with a special 2 pm matinee on Sunday, June 5, all at Egtvedt Hall at Warner Pacific College.  Tickets are $10 adult, $6 student, with a $25 family package, on sale now in the school store and at the door.

Ten days till Graduation!  Dress and Reporting Times for Grades 9, 10 and 11 on June 11

Musicians (all students): 

Parents of orchestra members should have received an email from Mr. Averill about report time for final rehearsal.

Choir members, report at 1:45 to Mrs. Averill in the gym.

Students should dress nicely in school-appropriate clothing (e.g., no strapless dresses).

Class Responsibilities:

Students in Grade 10, report to Ms. Rem and Mr. Prado on the gym steps on Saturday at 10 am.  You’ll be finished before noon.

Students in Grade 11, report to Ms. McGill in the aftercare room immediately after the ceremony ends.  You’ll be finished by 5:40.

Students in Grade 9, report to Ms. Blanchard and Mr. Wasko in the gym at 4:40.  You’ll be finished by 6:30.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 may want to bring different clothes for setup/cleanup duties.

Yes, we’re looking for a few parents to help with their students!  Please reply if you can participate. Thank you to those who have volunteered!

Volunteers Needed:  The Graduation Committee is looking for people who can pick up unsold flowers from Trader Joe’s on Thursday and/or Friday, June 9 and 10, usually around 9 or 10 in the morning.  If you live near a Trader Joe’s and can help, please reply!

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday – Saturday, May 30 – June 4 Grade 11 Outdoor trip (Memorial Day through Saturday)
Thursday – Sunday, June 2-5 Senior Play, Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, in Egtvedt Hall at Warner Pacific College.  Tickets available at the School Store beginning Friday.
Wednesday, June 8 Tenth Annual Kim La Pre Sports Day, 11 am to 3:30 pm
Friday, June 10 Farewell Assembly, 11 am in the gym
Saturday, June 11 Graduation:  All students participate in the ceremony and set-up, serving or take-down
Friday, June 17 Last day of school, Walkathon, dismissal at noon.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, May 24, 2016

School is closed next Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Senior Play Opens Next Week!  Call or visit the school store for your tickets to You Can’t Take it With You, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s hilarious, heart-warming, and Pulitzer Prize-winning play.  Grades 3 or 4 and up will love the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. Performances are 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 2, 3 and 4, with a special 2 pm matinee on Sunday, June 5, all at Egtvedt Hall at Warner Pacific College.  Tickets are $10 adult, $6 student, with a $25 family package, on sale now in the school store.

Service Projects Due: Class sponsors recently sent Notices of Concern for students who have not completed their service projects.  Please be sure your student has turned in his or her paperwork or secured an approved extension, and please let us know if you have questions.

Volunteers Needed:  The Graduation Committee is looking for people who can pick up unsold flowers from Trader Joe’s on Thursday and/or Friday, June 9 and 10, usually around 9 or 10 in the morning.  If you live near a Trader Joe’s and can help, please reply!

Don’t forget!  Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will participate in the graduation ceremony, Saturday, June 11 at 2 pm, and will also help with set-up that morning, service at the reception afterward, or clean-up.  If for any reason your student will not be available that day, please call it in as you would any other absence. (Juniors taking the ACT that morning will still have plenty of time to get to school for the ceremony and reception.)  Parent help is also deeply appreciated!

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday – Friday, May 23 – 27 Grade 9 Farm Practicum
Monday – Saturday, May 30 – June 4 Grade 11 Outdoor trip (Memorial Day through Saturday)
Thursday – Sunday, June 2-5 Senior Play, Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, in Egtvedt Hall at Warner Pacific College.  Tickets available at the School Store beginning Friday.
Wednesday, June 8 Tenth Annual Kim La Pre Sports Day, 11 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday, June 11 Graduation:  All students participate in the ceremony and set-up, serving or take-down
Friday, June 17 Last day of school, Walkathon, dismissal at noon.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Senior Play!  Moss Hart and George S Kaufman’s whimsical  Pulitzer Prize winning-play, You Can’t Take it With You introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. You Can’t Take it With You is that rare show that manages to be both genuinely funny and truly heartwarming!  Suitable for all ages.  Performances are 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 2, 3 and 4, with a special 2 pm matinee on Sunday, June 5, all at Egtvedt Hall at Warner Pacific College.  Tickets are $10 adult, $6 student, with a $25 family package, on sale now in the school store.

Join us for the HS Eurythmy Assembly, this Thursday, May 19 at 11 am in the gym.  Students in all grades will perform.

HS Prom this Saturday:  All HS students are invited to the Prom.  If your student would like to invite a guest, s/he’ll need a PWS guest pass signed by a parent and advisor, turned in to the HS Office by 4 pm Friday.  Although the event is titled “A Black Tie Affair”, traditional formal attire is not required (dressing up a bit is).  Hours are 8 to 11, the location is Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, and tickets and sartorial advice are available from members of the Junior class, who are organizing the event

Oregon Private College Week, July 25 – 29.  Discover why an Oregon private college is right for your student. Sessions are held concurrently on 12 campuses statewide. No admission application fee when the student visits at least four colleges.  Advance registration required; find more information here.

Graduation Responsibilities:  Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will participate in the graduation ceremony, Saturday, June 11 at 2 pm, and will also help with set-up that morning, service at the reception afterward, or clean-up.  If for any reason your student will not be available that day, please call it in as you would any other absence. (Juniors taking the ACT that morning will still have plenty of time to get to school for the ceremony and reception.)  Please watch for more information.

Congratulations to Quinton Strader, who will represent PWS in Track at State competition this week!

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, May 19 HS Eurythmy Assembly, 11 am in the gym
Saturday, May 21 HS Prom at Pendarvis Farm, 8 to 11 pm
Monday – Friday, May 23 – 27 Grade 9 Farm Practicum
Monday – Saturday, May 30 – June 4 Grade 11 Outdoor trip (Memorial Day through Saturday)
Thursday – Sunday, June 2-5 Senior Play, Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, in Egtvedt Hall at Warner Pacific College.  Tickets available at the School Store beginning Friday.
Wednesday, June 8 Tenth Annual Kim La Pre Sports Day, 11 am to 3:30 pm. Watch for information.
Saturday, June 11 Graduation:  All students perform at the ceremony and help with set-up, serving or take-down
Friday, June 17 Last day of school, dismissal at noon.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Final Parent Evening for Grade 12 parents only is tomorrow, Wednesday, 7 pm in Herodotus.  Bring your questions!

Senior Play!  You Can’t Take It With You. Don’t miss Kaufman and Hart’s classic comedy, proudly presented by the Class of 2016 – 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 2, 3 and 4, with a special 2 pm matinee on Sunday, June 5, all at Egtvedt Hall at Warner Pacific College.  Tickets go on sale in the School Store on Friday.  Watch for more information!

Graduation Responsibilities: Each PWHS student has a role to play in our graduation ceremony on June 11:  Grade 10 sets up on Saturday morning, Grade 11 serves at the reception, and Grade 9 does cleanup.  (We’ll ask a few Grade 10 students to switch to the cleanup crew.)  Parent help is always welcome!  In addition, all students sing in the choir or perform in the orchestra during the ceremony.  We’ll have more information about the ceremony and student responsibilities in the next few weeks.  If for any reason your student will not be available that day, please call it in as you would any other absence. Note:  Juniors taking the ACT that morning will still have plenty of time to get to school for the ceremony and reception.

Join us for the HS Eurythmy Assembly, Thursday, May 19 at 11 am in the gym.  Students in all grades will perform.  We’ll have more information next Tuesday.

Tri-Met has announced slowdowns and disruption to Max service through May 21 due to construction.  Fewer trains will be running and trains will be very crowded. Expect major delays and plan ahead for your student’s timely arrival at school.  See how your MAX trips will be affected.

Dear PWS families: Please open your hearts and home for a German High School student who would like to join us for the first three months of the 2016/17 school year. She is a current 11th grader who wants to join our High School to improve her English. There will be some compensation for your expenses during her stay.  Please contact Shanti McCarter or Wibke Fretz if you would like an international experience and could welcome this student into your home. Thank you!

Job Opportunity:  The Violet Garden Waldorf preschool in the Sellwood neighborhood is looking for a part time summer camp assistant for a few weeks during the summer. Call Jody Bothe for more information at 503-679-2777. Jody is a long-time Waldorf teacher and former parent at PWS.  The web site is violetgardenpreschool.com.

Good luck to our Track and Field athletes at the District Meet this week! Go, Wolfpack!

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday – Friday, May 9 – 13 Grade 10 Naturalist Practicum
Friday & Saturday, May 13-14 Track & Field District Meet
Saturday, May 21 HS Prom at Pendarvis Farm, 8 to 11 pm
Monday – Friday, May 23 – 27 Grade 9 Farm Practicum
Monday – Saturday, May 30 – June 4 Grade 11 Outdoor trip (Memorial Day through Saturday)
Thursday – Sunday, June 2-5 Senior Play, Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, in Egtvedt Hall at Warner Pacific College.  Tickets available at the School Store beginning Friday.
Wednesday, June 8 Tenth Annual Kim La Pre Sports Day, 11 am to 3:30 pm. Watch for information.
Saturday, June 11 Graduation:  All students perform at the ceremony and help with set-up, serving or take-down

HS Announcements, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

HS Music Concert: A reminder that students are due by 6:30 tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center, 11300 SE 23rd Ave (on Lake Road).  We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful concert.  The Performing Arts Center is located on the south side of the parking lot, a large square white modern building, and there’s parking in the lot and down Willard Street, which runs from the lot up toward the playing fields, parallel to Lake Road.

Dance the waltz with your student!  HS Parents, please join us! Adults and HS students are invited for a magical evening of Viennese waltz, this Friday, May 6, at 7 pm in the gym.  German students will perform one waltz, and then you are invited to watch or to dance as you wish, to the accompaniment of modern music with a 3/4 beat.  Fancy attire encouraged!  $5 entrance fee covers elegant refreshments, music, and the dance.

Tri-Met has announced slowdowns and disruption to Max service from May 8 to 21 due to construction.  Fewer trains will be running and trains will be very crowded. Expect major delays and plan ahead for your student’s timely arrival at school.  See how your MAX trips will be affected.

Dear PWS families: Please open your hearts and home for a German High School student who would like to join us for the first three months of the 2016/17 school year. She is a current 11th grader who wants to join our High School to improve her English. There will be some compensation for your expenses during her stay.  Please contact Shanti McCarter or Wibke Fretz if you would like an international experience and could welcome this student into your home. Thank you!

Job Opportunity:  The Violet Garden Waldorf preschool in the Sellwood neighborhood is looking for a part time summer camp assistant for a few weeks during the summer. Call Jody Bothe for more information at 503-679-2777. Jody is a long-time Waldorf teacher and former parent at PWS.  The web site is violetgardenpreschool.com.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, May 4 Grades 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performance Center
Friday, May 6 Viennese Waltz Evening, 7 to 9 in the gym
Saturday, May 7 May Faire, 11 am to 4 pm
May 9 – 13 Grade 10 Outdoor Trip
Friday, May 13 Track & Field District Meet
Saturday, May 21 HS Prom at Pendarvis Farm, 8 to 11 pm
May 23 – 27 Grade 9 Farm Practicum
May 30 – June 4 Grade 11 Outdoor trip (Memorial Day through Saturday)
Saturday, June 11 Graduation:  All students perform at the ceremony and help with set-up, serving or take-down

HS Announcements, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thank you to our students and faculty for their service last Friday in honor of Earth Day.  Also best wishes to our Seniors, who are at Orcas Island on their final trip together, and to the Juniors, who returned today from their Eurythmy trip to Seattle Waldorf HS.

High School Parent Meeting Tomorrow Night!  We’ll delve into the mysteries of Living Lab, permaculture and the like.  Kelly Hogan will lead us through a firsthand experience of what students are learning through this new curriculum – no gardening gloves required!  Mr. Prado and Ms. Shupack will describe how they connect their subjects into this exciting program. 7 pm this Wednesday, April 27, in the Music Room, with class meetings for Grades 9, 10 and 11 to follow.  (Grade 12 class meeting is rescheduled to May 11.)

Last Week to Bid on ExplOregon Adventures! There’s a wonderful array of experiences and items in our catalog waiting for your bid to support PWS! New items have been added, and participation begins at $10 on up, whatever your budget and interest. Sushi dinner for two at Bamboo Sushi, a four-pack of tickets to a local Portland Stags game, and a beautiful encaustic painting “Memory of Cascade Head” are the most recent additions.  Bid on your computer or smartphone all this week – silent auction items close this Saturday, April 30 at 6:45 pm (Pacific).  And don’t forget to send the link to family and friends far and near — anyone can get taste of Pacific Northwest adventure at ExplOregonHere’s the link:   Bid Online!

HS Music Concert next week:  A reminder that students are due at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center by 6:30 next Wednesday, May 4.  We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful concert.

Dear PWS families!  Please open your hearts and home for a German High School student who would like to join us for the first three months of the 2016/17 school year. She is a current 11th grader who wants to join our High School to improve her English. There will be some compensation for your expenses during her stay.  Please contact Shanti McCarter or Wibke Fretz if you would like an international experience and could welcome this student into your home. Thank yo

Viennese Waltz Evening!  Adults and HS students are invited for a magical evening of Viennese waltz, Friday, May 6, at 7 pm in the gym.  German students will perform one waltz, and then you are invited to watch or to dance as you wish, to the accompaniment of modern music with a 3/4 beat.  Fancy attire encouraged!  $5 entrance fee covers snacks, music, and the dance.

Job Opportunity:  The Violet Garden Waldorf preschool in the Sellwood neighborhood is looking for a part time summer camp assistant for a few weeks during the summer. Call Jody Bothe for more information at 503-679-2777. Jody is a long-time Waldorf teacher and former parent at PWS.  The web site is violetgardenpreschool.co

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

April 23 – 30 Senior Trip to Orcas Island
Monday – Tuesday, April 25-26 Grade 11 Eurythmy Trip to Seattle
Wednesday, April 27 Track & Field Meet at Sherwood HS, 4 pm
Wednesday, April 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room
Saturday, April 30 ExplOregon Benefit Evening, 5 to 10 pm at PWS
Wednesday, May 4 Grades 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performance Center
Friday, May 6 Viennese Waltz Evening, 7 to 9 in the gym
Saturday, May 7 May Faire, 11 am to 4 pm
May 9 – 13 Grade 10 Outdoor Trip
Friday, May 13 Track & Field District Meet
Saturday, May 21 HS Prom at Pendarvis Farm, 8 to 11 pm
May 23 – 27 Grade 9 Farm Practicum

HS Announcements, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ExplOregon Tickets!  Tomorrow, Wednesday, is officially the last day of ticket sales, so please go online to the PWS website here to reserve your ticket to join us for a night of food, fun and festivity, Saturday, April 30 in the gym.  Also available at the website:  a babysitting package for the evening, offered by Grade 9 to benefit PWS.  Bidding is now live on the website (click on Catalog, or just click here).   Or buy a Golden Ticket: $100 for a one-in-one hundred chance to win the Live Auction item of your choice – only 100 Golden Tickets will be sold.  See you at ExplOregon!

 Earth Day!  A reminder that students and faculty will take time on Friday to help out at Ledding Library and restore habitat around the shores of Kellogg Lake and Johnson Creek after main lesson.  Students should bring lunch and a water bottle, clothes and shoes that can take a little mud, and sunscreen or rain gear as appropriate.

High School Parent Meeting Next Week:  Living Lab? Permaculture? What does that mean?  Kelly Hogan will lead us through an activity to give you firsthand experience of what students are learning through this new curriculum – no gardening gloves needed.  Mr. Prado and Ms. Shupack will describe how they are connecting their subjects into this exciting program. 7 pm on Wednesday, April 27, in the Music Room, with class meetings for Grades 9, 10 and 11 to follow.  (Grade 12 class meeting is rescheduled to May 11.)

HS Music Concert May 4:  A reminder that the Grades 7 – 12 evening Music Concert is coming up on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 pm in the Performing Arts Center of Milwaukie HS.  Participation in the concert is a substantial portion of your student’s Music grade – if for any reason your student cannot attend, please be sure to notify the HS Office to excuse the absence.  Students who miss the concert for reasons other than illness must make arrangements in advance with Mrs. Averill for an alternative performance assignment.

Viennese Waltz Evening!  Adults and HS students are invited for a magical evening of Viennese waltz, Friday, May 6, at 7 pm in the gym.  German students will perform one waltz, and then you are invited to watch or to dance as you wish, to the accompaniment of modern music with a 3/4 beat.  Fancy attire encouraged!  $5 entrance fee covers snacks, music, and the dance.

Grade 11 ACT Prep:  Juniors are welcome to join ACT lab, working with an online tutorial program to supplement their ACT preparation (all Juniors had eight weeks of ACT test prep in the fall). This is not a class, it’s supervised study time with Chromebooks available for students to work independently, and there’s no charge.  The lab is open Monday afternoons from 3:40 to 4:40 until the test on June 11.  Students can also choose to work online at home:  https://www.march2success.com/.  PS:  deadline to register for the June exam without late fee is May 6.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Friday, April 22 HS Service Day
Saturday, April 23 Track & Field Meet at Portland Christian, 11 am
April 23 – 30 Senior Trip to Orcas Island
Monday – Tuesday, April 25-26 Grade 11 Eurythmy Trip to Seattle
Wednesday, April 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room
Saturday, April 30 ExplOregon Benefit Evening, 5 to 10 pm at PWS
Wednesday, May 4 Grades 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performance Center
Friday, May 6 Viennese Waltz Evening, 7 to 9 in the gym
Saturday, May 7 May Faire, 11 am to 4 pm
May 9 – 13 Grade 10 Outdoor Trip

HS Announcements, Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Eurythmy Concert April 15:  Please join us this Friday, April 15th at 7pm in the PWS gym, for the Senior Eurythmy Performance.  All pieces are choreographed and chosen by the seniors ranging from small groups to duos and solos.  The program encompasses a broad range of primarily tone pieces coming from Romantic and Contemporary periods.  Pieces include Yan Tiersen, Supertramp, Debussy, Satie and music from Star Wars!  This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to share this culmination of their work in Eurythmy with our community.  We encourage and invite all who would like to come!

HS Dance on Saturday: Yes, there is a dance in the HS on Saturday from 8 to 11 pm.  Guest passes must be signed by the PWS student’s parent and advisor and are due to the HS Office by 3:45 on Friday.  The HS Prom is scheduled for Saturday, May 21.

 HS Parent Social at Wine:30!  Drop your student at the HS Dance at 8 pm this Saturday, then join HS Parent Council members at Wine:30, 10385 SE Main St in Milwaukie, for wine and conversation between 8 and 11. Wine:30 has graciously offered a discount on each glass of wine for PWS parents.

Earth Day Service:  Students and faculty will volunteer restoring habitat at Kellogg Lake and the mouth of Johnson Creek, and with other chores at Ledding Library on Friday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day.  We’ve been working at most of these sites for several years and can see the progress that’s been made!  Students will attend main lesson, work from 11 to 2:30, and be back at school for early dismissal by 3 pm. The building will be open regular hours.

 Bake for May Faire! HS Parent Lisi McCarthy invites interested bakers to get out the mixing bowls for Cake/Bake Walk at May Faire. The more baked goods we have, the longer the little kids (and the big kids too) can have fun at this very popular MayFaire event. Any and all baked, bought and donated treats are welcomed and appreciated. Look for the sign-up sheet next week. In the meantime, just make a mental note about cakes, cookies and all things sweet!!! Thanks!

 Grade 11 ACT Prep:  Juniors are welcome to join ACT lab, working with an online tutorial program to supplement their ACT preparation (all Juniors had eight weeks of ACT test prep in the fall). This is supervised study time with Chromebooks available for students to work independently, not a class, and there’s no charge.  The lab is open Monday afternoons from 3:40 to 4:40 until the test on June 11.  Students can also choose to work online at home:  https://www.march2success.com/.  PS:  deadline to register for the June exam without late fee is May 6.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, April 13 Track & Field Meet at Milwaukie HS, 3:30 pm
Friday, April 15 Grade 12 Eurythmy Concert, 7 pm
Saturday, April 16 HS Dance, 8 to 11 pm
Saturday, April 16 HS Parent Social at Wine:30,  8 to 11 pm (see information above)
Friday, April 22 HS Service Day
Wednesday, April 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room
Saturday, April 30 ExplOregon Benefit Evening, 5 pm at PWS, see website for ticket information
Wednesday, May 4 Grades 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performance Center

HS Announcements, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Grade 11 ACT Prep:  Juniors are welcome to join ACT lab, working with an online tutorial program to supplement their ACT preparation (all Juniors had eight weeks of ACT test prep in the fall). This is supervised study time with Chromebooks available for students to work independently, not a class, and there’s no charge.  The lab is open Monday afternoons from 3:40 to 4:40 until the test on June 11.  Students can also choose to work online at home:  https://www.march2success.com/.  PS:  deadline to register for the June exam without late fee is May 6.

Eurythmy Concert April 15:  Please join us Friday, April 15th at 7pm in the PWS gym, for the Senior Eurythmy Performance.  All pieces are choreographed and chosen by the seniors ranging from small groups to duos and solos.  The program encompasses a broad range of primarily tone pieces coming from Romantic and Contemporary periods.  Pieces include Yan Tiersen, Supertramp, Debussy, Satie and music from Star Wars!  This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to share this culmination of their work in Eurythmy with our community.  We encourage and invite all who would like to come!

Service Day April 22:  Our annual Earth Day service day is coming up on Friday, April 22 – students and faculty will walk to our various service partners’ project sites in the Milwaukie area after main lesson, and will be dismissed by 3 pm.  Students should bring lunch and water bottles and dress for the weather.  Watch for more information next week!

ExplOregon! Please join us on Saturday, April 30 for our benefit event celebrating adventure and joyful learning.  We’re collecting indoor and outdoor experiences from snowshoeing to wine tasting and beyond!  Please click here to learn more about it, reserve your seats, and help us think of more opportunities to make available in our live and silent auctions.  (Do you know someone with a vacation cabin to donate for a weekend?)  Proceeds benefit our curriculum, faculty development, and Living Lab.

 Mark your calendar!  We hope you will join us for our last parent evening of the year, Wednesday, April 27 in the Music Room.  Then, the spring Music Concert is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, May 4.  Please watch for additional information about these events.

  Oregon Private College Week – July 25 – 29, come and ask questions and discover why an Oregon private college is right for you.  Sessions held concurrently on 12 campuses statewide.  No admission application fee when you register in advance to visit at least four campuses.  Information and registration at oregonprivatecolleges.com.

 HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, April 7 Track Meet at Life Christian School, 3:30 pm – 5585 SW 209th Avenue, Aloha
Saturday, April 9 Track Meet at Pioneer Memorial Stadium, 10 am – 1417 12th Street, Oregon City
Friday, April 15 Grade 12 Eurythmy Concert, 7 pm
Friday, April 22 HS Service Day
Wednesday, April 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room
Saturday, April 30 ExplOregon Benefit Evening, 5 pm at PWS, see website for ticket information
Wednesday, May 4 Grades 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performance Center

HS Announcements, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ExplOregon! Please join us on Saturday, April 30 for our benefit event celebrating adventure and joyful learning.  We’re collecting indoor and outdoor experiences from snowshoeing to wine tasting and beyond!  Please click here to learn more about it, reserve your seats, and help us think of more opportunities to make available in our live and silent auctions.  (Do you know someone with a vacation cabin to donate for a weekend?)  Proceeds benefit our curriculum, faculty development, and Living Lab.

Grade 11 ACT Prep:  Juniors are welcome to join ACT lab, working with an online tutorial program to supplement their ACT preparation (all Juniors had eight weeks of ACT test prep in the fall). This is supervised study time with Chromebooks available for students to work independently, not a class, and there’s no charge.  The lab is open Monday afternoons from 3:40 to 4:40 until the test on June 11.  Students can also choose to work online at home:  https://www.march2success.com/.  PS:  deadline to register for the June exam without late fee is May 6.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, March 17 Track Meet at Sam Barlow HS, 3:30 pm
March 21 – April 1 Spring break, no classes.
Friday, April 15 Grade 12 Eurythmy Concert, 7 pm
Friday, April 22 HS Service Day
Wednesday, April 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room
Saturday, April 30 ExplOregon Benefit Evening, 5 pm at PWS, see website for ticket information
Wednesday, May 4 Grades 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performance Center

HS Announcements, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Webinar tomorrow night:  Soul Journey: Awakening the “I”.  How the Waldorf Curriculum Unfolds Healthy Child Development in the High School Years, is scheduled for 5 pm PST tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9Please see the attachment for more information about the content of this webinar, which is co-hosted by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and the Anthroposophical Society in America.  You can register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2761694305694769668.

Spring Sports Meeting for athletes and parents is scheduled for next Monday, March 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Music Room.

Congratulations to Austen Henry-Biskup, who took first place at the Lego Convention in Portland last month with his very large Victorian steampunk castle!

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, March 9 Movement Arts Assembly, 11 am in the gym – Grades 6 through 10 will perform
March 21 – April 1 Spring break, no classes.
Friday, April 15 Grade 12 Eurythmy Concert, 7 pm
Friday, April 22 HS Service Day
Wednesday, April 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, May 4 Grades 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performance Center

HS Announcements, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Talent Show this Friday! Don’t miss the annual Talent Show and Dinner this Friday, March 4, at 6 pm in the gym.  Admission is $8, $30 for a family up to five, including the pasta dinner (gluten-free and vegetarian options, salad, dessert).  Tickets are available in the school store.  Final auditions for talents of all ages will be held in the HS after school tomorrow and Thursday from 3 to 4 pm, or by appointment. Proceeds from the Talent Show benefit the Senior class trip.

Congratulations!

John Paul Takacs placed first in trombone in the OSAA district competition last month and will move on to State competition.

Jonah Livermore and the Cleveland HS swim team came in first in boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay in their Varsity district meet, and ninth in the State championships..

PWHS Student Work On Display at OCAC:  Oregon College of Art and Craft’s High School Juried Exhibition continues through March 10 at the Hoffman Gallery on the OCAC campus, 8425 SW Barnes Road, including pieces by seniors Carter Averill, Alex Braunstein, Cici Xiao and Emmett McCarthy; sophomore Veronica Rousseau; and freshman Leo Goodrich.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, March 9 Movement Arts Assembly, 11 am in the gym – Grades 6 through 10 will perform
March 21 – April 1 Spring break, no classes.
Friday, April 15 Grade 12 Eurythmy Concert, 7 pm
Friday, April 22 HS Service Day
Wednesday, April 27 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, May 4 Grades 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performance Center

HS Announcements, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Don’t Miss Senior Project Presentations, this Saturday between 9:30 and 2:00.  Topics range from aortic stenosis to teaching Taekwondo, with a little meditation and metal sculpture and a number of other amazing adventures in between.  We hope to send out a presentation schedule later this week.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Beat the Devil! this Thursday evening:  Glen Williamson’s acclaimed one-man presentation of Faust will be presented during the school day to High School students, and to the community this Thursday evening, February 25, at 7 pm in the Music Room.   Glen Williamson is a founding member of The Actors’ Ensemble and New Directions Theater and has appeared in numerous productions with both companies, as well as with Walking the Dog Theater.  He currently plays multiple roles in seven productions touring throughout North America and in Europe. His production company Anthropos seeks to uphold and celebrate what is truly human through the arts of theater and storytelling.

PWHS Student Work Chosen for OCAC Art Show: Congratulations to six PWHS students whose work has been chosen by the Oregon College of Art and Craft for their High School Juried Exhibition at the Hoffman Gallery on the OCAC campus, 8425 SW Barnes Road.  The opening reception is this Thursday from 4 to 6 pm and the exhibition continues through March 10.  From freshman Leo Goodrich, a copper piece; from sophomore Veronica Rousseau, two hand-woven scarves; and from the seniors, self-portraits in paint from Carter Averill, Alex Braunstein and Emmett McCarthy, and in welded steel by Cici Xiao, all on display for the two-week exhibition. We hope you will stop by to see it!

Talent Show! Friday, March 4 at 6 pm in the gym, beginning with a pasta dinner and continuing at 6:40 with delightful and astounding entertainment featuring the talents of PWS students from Grade 4 on up (auditions this week during HS lunch period and at 3:30 in the Science Room).

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, February 25 Evening performance of Faust by Glenn Williamson
Saturday, February 27 Senior Project Presentations, 9:30 to 2 pm in the Music Room – watch for additional information!
March 21 – April 1 Spring break, no classes.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Senior Night!  Please join us this Friday evening at 7:00 in the gym for the last home basketball game of the season, when we will honor our Senior team members.  Although there’s no girls’ game because our opponent, Open Door, does not field a girls’ team, we will include both seniors from both the girls’ and boys’ teams in the ceremony.  Please come to celebrate our Senior athletes and cheer our team to victory – Go, Wolfpack!

 Seed Orders Due by Friday:  Support our Living Lab initiative with your purchase of biodynamics seeds!  Please see the attached description and order form for more information.  Order forms are also available at the HS Office. All orders are due this Friday, February 12 at the Main Office or HS Office.

Last week to register for spring break trip:  Students can explore the Oregon coast next month with Jack Hoiland, our Outdoor Program coordinator – please see the attachment for information about this one-week adventure, including sea kayaking in Nehalem Bay, wandering old growth forests in the coastal mountains, and investigating flora and fauna on the Northern coast.

Beat the Devil, a one-man presentation of Faust, will be presented Thursday evening, February 25, at 7 pm in the Music Room.   Glen Williamson is a founding member in New York City of The Actors’ Ensemble and New Directions Theater and has appeared in numerous productions with both companies, as well as with Walking the Dog Theater.  He currently plays multiple roles in seven productions touring throughout North America and in Europe. His production company Anthropos (the Greek word for human being) seeks to uphold and celebrate what is truly human through the arts of theater and storytelling.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, February 9 Basketball at North Clackamas Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Friday, February 12 Senior Night ceremony at 7 pm in the gym; boys play Open Door at 7:30.
Monday – Friday, February 15 – 19 No classes, February in-service week
Thursday, February 25 Evening performance of Faust by Glenn Williamson – watch for information.
Saturday, February 27 Senior Project Presentations, 9 am to 1:30 pm in the Music Room

HS Announcements, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Parent Meeting Tomorrow! Please join us at 7 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, in the Music Room for small group discussions of the following topics:

  • Self-image, relationships, sexuality, with Ms. Pufahl and Frau Fretz
  • Substance use, with Mr. Prado and Ms. Blanchard
  • Discipline and boundaries, with Ms. Rem and Mr. Wasko
  • What students read and watch, with Mr. Zinn and Ms. Shupack

Class meetings will follow as usual, at about 8 pm.

Support our Living Lab initiative with your purchase of biodynamics seeds!  Please see the attached description and order form for more information.  Order forms are also available at the HS Office. All orders are due February 12 and the main office or HS office.

HS Spring Break trip with Jack Hoiland, our Outdoor Program coordinator – please see the attachment for information about this one-week adventure on the Oregon coast, including sea kayaking in Nehalem Bay, wandering old growth forests in the coastal mountains, and investigating flora and fauna on the Northern coast.  Please reply soon if your student is interested.  Here’s a message from Jack:

Hello High School parents,

Though we still have the heavy, smoke-grey skies and doggedly persistent drizzle that is so typical of Portland winters, spring is upon us shortly. After weekends spent skiing and evenings spent nursing a cup of throat coat tea (the cold come for us all), it is hard for me to remember that the time will come again when I will want to set up my tent and wander for hours under the open sky of our great Pacific Northwest. Yet, I must think of it now lest I miss my chance when that moment inevitably arrives. And that brings me to the High School spring break trip. As you know from a previous letter from me, I am offering a trip during the second week of spring break for the students of PWHS. I am getting very excited about it and wanted to send out the reminder for those who may have missed the message the first time, have forgotten, or simply need a motivating nudge (I often write myself similar emails because I need a good nudge from time to time).

As I am now teaching the Life Skills curriculum for 9th and 10th grade, it is more obvious to me than ever how much I value the student community of PWHS and I can’t pass up an opportunity to spend more time with them teaching in the outdoors, which is my true passion. However, due to reservation and certain activities there is a deadline for applying to this trip. The trip must be filled by February 15th. If you are interested or have any questions about the specifics of the trip, please feel free to contact me either by phone or email.

I hope you all continue to have a wonderful winter, thank you and see you in the spring!

Regards,

Jack Hoiland

Outdoor Program Coordinator

jack.hoiland@portlandwaldorf.org

(503) 459-3252

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, February 3 Basketball at Delphian, Girls play at 5:30, boys at 7 pm
Wednesday, February 3 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room.  Class meetings follow at 8 pm.
Friday, February 5 Basketball at home vs Damascus Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Tuesday, February 9 Basketball at North Clackamas Christian, Girls at 6 pm, Boys at 7:30
Monday – Friday, February 15 – 19 No classes, February in-service week
Thursday, February 25 Evening performance of Faust by Glenn Williamson – watch for information.
Saturday, February 27 Senior Project Presentations, 9 am to 1:30 pm in the Music Room

HS Announcements, Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Change of Date:  Senior Projects will be presented on Saturday, February 27 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.  There will be no presentations on Friday night.

Parent Meeting Next Week!  Please join us at 7 pm next Wednesday, February 3 in the music room.  We’ll break into four discussion groups:

  • Self-image, relationships, sexuality, led by Ms. Pufahl and Frau Fretz
  • Substance use, led by Mr. Prado and Ms. Blanchard
  • Discipline and boundaries, let by Ms. Rem and Mr. Wasko
  • What students read and watch, led by Mr. Zinn and Ms. Shupack

Class meetings will follow as usual, at about 8 pm.  We look forward to seeing you!

Scenes from Hamlet:  The Class of 2017 presents a workshop production of scenes from Hamlet, which Mr. Zinn assures us will provide “beautiful poetry, searing self-scrutiny, and dismaying deaths.”  The performance begins at 7 pm in the Music Room next Monday, February 1.  The program is about 40 minutes long and suitable for all ages.  Admission is free, but donations for their senior trip will be gratefully accepted.

Fall semester ends this Friday. Report cards will be mailed by February 17.

Mark your calendar for Beat the Devil! Glenn Williamson’s presentation of the essence of Faust (“love, murder and a devil out of his depths, or: an exhilarating romp through Goethe’s masterpiece”), in the Music Room, Thursday, February 25.  Please watch for additional information.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, January 26 Basketball at home vs. Columbia Christian, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Friday, January 29 First Semester Ends.  Report cards are mailed by February 17.
Monday, February 1 Scenes from Hamlet, performed by Grade 11, 7 pm in the Music Room
Wednesday, February 3 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room.  Class meetings follow at 8 pm.
Monday – Friday,

February 15 – 19

No classes, February in-service week
Thursday, February 25 Evening performance of Faust by Glenn Williamson – watch for information.
Saturday, February 27 Senior Project Presentations, 9 am to 1:30 pm in the Music Room

HS Announcements, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Music Concert This Friday! Students should arrive with their instruments at the Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center by 6:30 pm on Friday and report to their music teachers. They will receive instructions concerning dress from their teachers this week.

Directions and Parking: The Performing Arts Center is in the Milwaukie High School Parking lot at the western end of Lake Road, just north of the intersection of Lake Road and SE 21st. The address is 11300 SE 23rd Ave. From PWS, travel to the end of 21st Avenue (in the opposite direction from Ledding Library), turn left at the end of the street, and take the next left into the driveway, just past the big Milwaukie High School sign. The Performing Arts Center is a large modern building on your left. There are about 60 parking spaces in that lot, and it’s okay to park in reserved spaces at night. In addition, you can park along Willard Street, which runs from the lot up toward the playing fields, parallel to Lake Road. There is also on-street parking on SE 21st Street. There’s an additional parking lot near the tennis courts off Lake at SE 25th Street, and more on-street parking on SE 27th. Parking on the north side of the campus and along Washington Street will usually be occupied by people attending basketball games.

Please join us for the HS Parent Meeting on Wednesday, February 3, at 7 pm in the Music Room. We’ll break into four discussion groups: Discipline and Boundaries; Substance Use; Self-image, Relationships and Sexuality; and What Students Watch and Read. You can move from room to room if you wish. Class meetings begin at about 7:45.

Scenes from Hamlet will be presented by Grade 11 on the evening of Monday, February 1. Watch for more information next week.

Spring Auction Planning Team Meeting on Wednesday: Enthusiastic hearts, capable hands and creative minds welcomed at the informational meeting this Wednesday, January 20 at 8:45 am in the Spring Creek Store. Bring your questions, ideas, and feedback. If you can’t attend but would like to help, contact Marie Duvall at marie.duvall@portlandwaldorf.org or stop by the main office. And please save the date: our spring auction will be held Saturday, April 30!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with PWS by sharing love and gratitude with our community. Complete the sentence: “What I love about PWS is…” and email it to Marie at marie.Duvall@portlandwaldorf.org, or stop by her office before February 5. We’ll use your messages to decorate the halls!

HS Resource Page: Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/. Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources. Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports
Tuesday, January 19 Basketball @ Open Door Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Friday, January 22 Grade 7 – 12 Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Saturday, January 23 Basketball @ Southwest Christian, Girls 5:30, Boys 7 pm
Tuesday, January 26 Basketball at home vs. Columbia Christian, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Wednesday, January 27 Grade 10 Drama Performance
Friday, January 29 First Semester Ends. Report cards are mailed by February 19.
Wednesday, February 3 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room. Class meetings follow at 8 pm.
Monday – Friday,
February 15 – 19 No Classes, February Pedagogical Conference Week

HS Announcements, MONDAY, January 11, 2016

Projects for MLK Day of Service, Monday, January 18:  Here’s a summary of the projects PWHS students and teachers will participate in next Monday, January 18, and their locations.  We ask that students report directly to their project sites on Monday, and they will be dismissed directly from the site.   Since transportation is a factor, please check that your student will have transportation available to and from the site of his or her choice.  Projects are 4 to 5 hours long and are scheduled during regular school hours.

Students will sign up for projects on Wednesday. We will provide waiver forms and specific information about teachers who will be with the group, appropriate dress, snacks, lunch, etc. for your student’s project on Thursday.  Please check your email!

SnowCap Community Charities:   Cleaning out the garden beds and garden area, lunch provided!  Must be 18+.  17805 SE Stark St in Portland.

  • ReBuilding Center: Salvage building materials – sort materials, pull nails, measure doors, etc.  3625 N Mississippi Avenue in Portland.
  • Gilbert Park Elementary SUN Garden (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization): prepare native habitat garden for the growing season: pull weeds, remove debris, pruning, mulching, spread wood chips on paths. 13132 SE Ramona in Portland.
  • Bink-a-thon Blanket Brigade:  Prepare and sew small to medium-sized blankets to be distributed to vulnerable children and teens.  Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd in Beaverton. There are three kinds of volunteer opportunities:
    1. Bring your sewing machine, or arrange with Mrs. Pomeroy to bring one of the school machines.
    2. Bring your iron and ironing board OR your really good fabric scissors to cut and iron the fabric pieces.
    3. Bring yourself and help tie off the blankets with yarn, hand sew the Binky Patrol labels, clean up etc.

We are grateful to Hands On Greater Portland (www.handsonportland.org), through which several of these projects have been arranged.

Please mark your calendar for our next parent evening, Wednesday, February 3, at 7 pm in the Music Room.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, January 12 Basketball @ Damascus Christian, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Friday, January 15 Basketball at home vs. North Clackamas Christian, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Service Day – watch for more information
Tuesday, January 19 Basketball @ Open Door Christian, Boys only at 7:30
Friday, January 22 Grade 7 – 12  Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center
Friday, January 29 First Semester Ends.  Report cards are mailed by February 19.
Wednesday, February 3 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room.  Class meetings follow at 8 pm.

HS Announcements, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Projects for MLK Day of Service, Monday, January 18: As you know, students and faculty meet on Martin Luther King Day, when all High School students honor Dr. King’s legacy by participating with faculty in various group service projects. We are finalizing the list of projects, and will send them next week – students will have the opportunity to sign up for projects later that week.

We ask that most students report directly to their project sites on January 18, and they will be dismissed directly from the site. Since transportation is a factor, please check that your student will have transportation available to and from the site of his or her choice.  We will provide addresses with the information in next week’s email, so that you can determine this.  When the students choose their projects, we will also provide waiver forms and more specific information about appropriate dress, snacks, lunch, etc. for the day

We are looking for parents that would like to participate, and in particular parents with vans who can help transport students to two sites that are farther out – the Binkathon Blanket project at Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray in Beaverton, which creates small blankets for vulnerable children and teens; and the King City Park Tree Planting, with Friends of Trees, at King City Park on Montague Way in King City (just past Tigard).  Please let us know if you can help!

HS Music Concert on January 22: A reminder that the Grades 7 – 12 evening Music concert is coming up on Friday, January 22, at 7 pm in the Performing Arts Center of Milwaukie HS.  Participation in the concert is a substantial portion of your student’s Music grade.  If for any reason your student cannot attend, please be sure to notify the HS Office to excuse the absence.  Students who miss the concert for reasons other than illness must make arrangements in advance with Mrs. Averill for an alternative performance assignment.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Friday, January 8 Basketball vs. Willamette Valley Christian at the Oregon School of the Deaf in Salem,

Girls 5:30, Boys 7 pm

Saturday, January 9 Basketball @ CS Lewis Academy in Newberg, Girls 3 pm, Boys 4:30
Tuesday, January 12 Basketball @ Damascus Christian, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Service Day – watch for more information
Friday, January 22 Grade 7 – 12  Music Concert, 7 pm at Milwaukie HS Performing Arts Center

 

HS Announcements, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

HS Class Food Assignments for Friday Solstice Banquet!

Students are asked to bring the following items on Friday morning (December 18) for the banquet:

Grade 9:  Eight COOKED sausage links each (the small breakfast-sized sausages).  If you don’t want to bring meat, bring a vegetarian sausage.

Grade 10:  Naomi, Quinton, and Emma:  Eight COOKED sausage links each.  Everyone else:  Two generous cups of cut-up fruit each, ready to go into fruit salad.

Grade 11:  Jedi, Jessica, Clara, Ben, Addison, Robert, Alijana, Eva:  One dozen fresh bagels each.

Jonathan, Anya, Glacier, Tony, Jisu, Sam, McKellar, Kyle: Two eight-ounce packages of cream cheese each.

Grade 12:  Three bottles each of sparkling cider (Martinelli’s or similar).

Faculty will bring savory dishes.  All students will work with their Advisors to set up before and clean up after the banquet.

Don’t forget to call in the absence if your student is out on Friday!

Please join us for our Gratitude Tea:  In honor our community, we invite you to attend our reception on Friday, December 18th from 8:45-10:45am. Refreshments and caroling will be followed by our Winter Assembly at 11am in the gym.

Early Dismissal and Winter Break: Students will be dismissed after clean-up on Friday at about 12:45 for winter break.  The HS Office will be closed next week and open from 10 to 3 December 28 – 31.   Classes resume on Monday, January 4.

Would you host an international student?   We have several new students arriving from China around January 25.  Our placement agency, Ivy International, is looking for families to host them.  Please see the attachment for a complete description, including the stipend for room and board.  Hosting a student from another country is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a new culture and language, get to know an amazing young person, and expand your family.  Families with young children work well, too, because it can be easier for an international student to learn and practice English with younger children, and the student can be a terrific big brother or sister for your child.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, December 15 Basketball at home vs. Southwest Christian, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Friday, December 18 Solstice Assembly and Banquet; early dismissal at 12:45 pm
Friday, December 18 Basketball at Columbia Christian, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Sunday, December 20 Alumni Basketball Game, 2 pm in the gym
December 21 to January 1 Winter Break
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Service Day – watch for information

HS Announcements, Tuesday, December 8, 2015

HS Solstice Banquet and Assembly:  Our annual HS Solstice Banquet will be held Friday, December 18, the last day of school this month.  Students will attend Main Lesson, a HS assembly, and an all-school assembly, followed by the banquet, with dismissal for winter break after clean-up at about 12:45.  (The banquet doesn’t take long once they get started!)  Faculty members bring savory dishes to share, and each student is asked to bring a specific food item – Students are asked to bring the following items on Friday morning next week (December 18) for the banquet:

Grade 9:  Eight COOKED sausage links each (the small breakfast-sized sausages).  If you don’t want to bring meat, bring a vegetarian sausage.

Grade 10:  Naomi, Quinton, and Emma:  Eight COOKED sausage links each.  Everyone else:  Two generous cups of cut-up fruit each, ready to go into fruit salad.

Grade 11:  Jedi, Jessica, Clara, Ben, Addison, Robert, Alijana, Eva:  One dozen fresh bagels each.

Jonathan, Anya, Glacier, Tony, Jisu, Sam, McKellar, Kyle: Two eight-ounce packages of cream cheese each.

Grade 12:  Three bottles each of sparkling cider (Martinelli’s or similar).

Faculty will bring savory dishes.  All students will work with their Advisors to set up before and clean up after the banquet.

Nurturing Our Potential: This is the final week of our community support campaign.  Your family’s donation helps to enhance our school’s programs, and the show of support from class parents is priceless.  Please see the FAQ attached for more information and a link to give, or call the HS Office for a donation envelope.  Thank you!

Last Call for Parent Survey!  Please help us complete the requirements for our regional re-accreditation by completing our parent survey online at http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/1161436. Please answer candidly so that we can continue to learn and improve!  Thank you, and thanks to the parents who have already participated.

Seeking international student hosts:   We’re looking for host families for new students arriving in January from China.  Hosting a student from another country is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a new culture and language, get to know an amazing young person, and expand your family.  Families with young children work well, too, because it can be easier for an international student to learn and practice English with younger children, and the student can be a terrific big brother or sister for your child.   International students pay $1,000 a month or more to their host family for room and board – please see the attachment for more information.

Running Club:  Students, parents, siblings, faculty, staff, everyone interested is invited to run every Thursday from 3 to 4 pm with the PWS All-Comers Running Club.  All levels are welcome and instruction is available for novices, and for more experienced runners who’d like advice as well.  Call or text Keely Grand, our cross country coach, for more information:  503-927-2270.

Spring Break Coastal Adventure!  Jack Hoiland, our Outdoor Program leader, is offering a week of exploration on the Oregon Coast that will provide both a physically and mentally engaging way for your student to spend spring break. Please see the attached flier for information and costs.   Jack will consider a sliding scale trip fee – please write to him at jack.hoiland@portlandwaldorf.org if your family needs to explore this option, or if you have other questions.

Congratulations! To Linnea Ashkar, who was crowned Oregon’s 60th Lucia Queen of Light at Scanfair this weekend, also winning the $2500 Oregon Miss Lucia scholarship.  Linnea plans to study nursing at the University of Portland next year.

 HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Friday and Saturday,

December 11 and 12

Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Faith Bible, Girls 3 pm, Boys 4:30 on Friday

If girls win, they play 3 pm Saturday, otherwise they play at noon.

If boys win, they play 4:30 on Saturday, otherwise they play at 1:30.

Tuesday, December 15 Basketball at home vs. Southwest Christian, Girls 6 pm, Boys 7:30
Friday, December 18 Solstice Assembly and Banquet; early dismissal at 12:45 pm
Sunday, December 20 Alumni Basketball Game, 2 pm in the gym
December 21 to January 1 Winter Break
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Service Day – watch for information

HS Announcements, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Parent Survey in Progress!  Please help us complete the requirements for our regional re-accreditation by completing our parent survey online at http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/1161436. Our regional re-accreditation agency, AdvancEd, will visit in February – they’ll observe HS classrooms, speak with parents, faculty and others, and review various documents, including parent surveys, to see if we have a realistic picture of how we are meeting certain standards, and what processes we have in place for continual improvement.  Please help by completing the survey this week!  There are some demographic questions, 35 “agree/disagree” questions, and three open-ended optional questions.  Please answer candidly so that we can continue to learn and improve.  Thank you, and thanks to the parents who have already participated!

Will you join our Community Support campaign?  When we donate, no matter how small or large our gifts, it sends a signal that the parents, faculty and staff of the school are united in support of the school’s mission.  It’s a powerful message to foundations, and others that may support us in the future, of the love and confidence that the school community has in this education.  See the FAQ below for more information and a link to give, or call the HS Office for a donation envelope.  Thank you!

 Running Club:  Students, parents, siblings, faculty and staff, everyone who likes to run is invited to the PWS All-Comers Running Club, running every Thursday from 3 to 4 pm.  All levels are welcome and instruction is available for novices and for more experienced runners who’d like advice as well.  Keely Grand, our cross country coach, will lead the run.  Call or text Keely for more information:  503-927-2270.

 Wreath Pick-up is this Thursday from 8 to 8:30 am and 2:45 to 3:15 pm in the Monroe Street parking lot, or by arrangement with Dionne Kane (dionne.kane@portlandwaldorf.org).  A few wreaths will be available for sale.  Thank you for your support of this fundraiser!

 Spring Break Coastal Adventure!  From Jack Hoiland, PWS Outdoor Program Coordinator:  Hello parents of the Portland Waldorf High School! As we move into this winter season my mind naturally begins to serve me with a healthy dose of day dreams full of sunny beach camping, bonfires and water sports. Therefore I am taking this opportunity to announce the Spring Break Coastal Adventure, a week of exploration on the Oregon Coast that will provide both a physically and mentally engaging way for your high schooler to spend their spring break. As this is an extracurricular trip there is a cost associated with it, please see the attached flyer for details. However, I will do my best to offer a sliding scale price for those that find the cost prohibitive. Please contact me for details. I so enjoy the trips I get to do with these students during their normal school schedule, I am very excited by the idea of getting one more. Please contact me with any questions and I hope you all have a warm and pleasant winter!

 Community Support Campaign, “Nurturing Our Potential”

 Only 2 weeks left to participate in the campaign!!! Thank you to everyone who has donated.

 To highlight the great importance of this annual campaign as the core of all our fund development work and deepen the understanding of this request for support, we have answered frequently asked questions:

 Q: Why does PWS campaign for funds?

A: Like other private, independent schools, we rely on philanthropic dollars, in addition to tuition income, to fulfill our mission and cover our operating expenses. Therefore, tuition increases can remain very low while we continue to enhance our programs and grow a vibrant community. A healthy operating budget is able to fund staff

  • compensation and professional development
  • a tuition adjustment program
  • maintain and improve our facilitiesThe financial goals set for our fundraising events, which include the campaign and spring auction, represent 6.5% of our operating budget. Q: Why does my participation matter?A: When we seek out grant opportunities, grantors typically ask how many of members of our community support PWS. Low participation numbers reflect a lack of support of the PWS mission to potential grantors and donors leaving them uninspired and uninterested.  High participation within our parent body attracts the support of others.Q: What if I have little to offer?            A: We will receive your offering with gratitude and humility no matter the size. The value of your donation not only lies in the dollar amount but also in the gesture of support to all of us at PWS. We value your participation as it best serves your family.  Please CLICK HERE to donate or complete the previously mailed envelope and return to the office. Your generosity allows us to provide Waldorf education to families who would otherwise not be able to enroll. 

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Saturday, December 5 Basketball at home vs. CS Lewis Academy, Girls at 3 pm, Boys at 4:30
Monday, December 7 Basketball at Delphian HS, Girls at 4:30, Boys at 6 pm
Friday, December 18 Solstice Assembly and Banquet; early dismissal at 12:45 pm
December 20 to January 1 Winter Break
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Service Day – watch for information

HS Announcements, Monday, November 23, 2015

Please Complete Our Parent Survey!
This year we are welcoming our regional accreditation agency, AdvancEd, to visit our school in February to renew our accreditation. They will observe HS classrooms, speak with parents, faculty and others, and review various documents, including parent surveys, to come to a conclusion about whether we have a realistic assessment of how we are meeting certain standards, and what processes we have in place for continual improvement.

We’re asking you please to participate in this process by completing the survey online, through the link below, by December 7. Your opinion is important – we hope to have a very high percentage of our parents respond.

This survey is used by all schools accredited by AdvancEd. There are some demographic questions, followed by 35 “agree/disagree”-type questions, and three open-ended questions. The survey uses the term “stakeholders” to refer to parents, faculty, and others with an interest in the success of the school; and “governing body” refers to the Board of Trustees.

We encourage you to answer as candidly as possible, so that we can continue to learn and improve. Here’s the link:

http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/1161436

If you would prefer a paper survey, please reply to let Kate know. Also, please note that the current survey and accreditation affect the High School only – our accreditation for all grades through the Association of Waldorf Schools is scheduled for next year.

Thank you!

HS Resource Page: Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/. Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources. Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports
Monday and Tuesday,
November 23 and 24 Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences – No classes.
Wednesday to Friday,
November 25 to 27 Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes
Friday, December 18 Solstice Assembly and Banquet; early dismissal at 12:45 pm
December 20 to January 1 Winter Break
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Service Day – watch for information

HS Announcements, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winter Market this weekend: In addition to the many handcrafted items and guided craft projects offered at Handmade for the Holidays and Winter Market this Saturday, Grade 12 will offer soup, salad and baked goods at lunchtime as a fundraiser for their senior trip. Grade 10 will also have a booth for their exquisite bath salts; and Grade 11 is offering child care and gift wrapping. Please see the attached flier for more information.

Conference Week: A reminder that there will be no classes next week due to parent-teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday. Your student’s participation in the conference is at the parents’ discretion, but faculty encourage students in Grades 10 through 12 to attend at least part of it. We look forward to seeing you!

HS Resource Page: Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/. Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources. Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports
Friday, November 20 Grand Friend Day (Welcome, Grandparents and Special Friends!)
Monday and Tuesday,
November 23 and 24 Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences – No classes.
Wednesday to Friday,
November 25 to 27 Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes
Friday, December 18 Solstice Assembly and Banquet; early dismissal at 12:45 pm
December 28 to January 1 Winter Break
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King Service Day – watch for information

HS Announcements, Monday, November 9, 2015

Sign up now for your Parent-Student-Teacher Conference!  Conferences will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24.  Conferences last 25 minutes and will be scheduled on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by next Monday, November 16.  You will meet with two to four teachers who have taught your student in different disciplines this fall, including your student’s advisor whenever possible.  Conferences are voluntary, not mandatory, and it is up to the family to decide whether the student should attend all or part of the conference with the parents.  If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Mrs. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  You are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

 Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting for basketball players and their parents, 6:30 to 8:30 this Thursday in the Music Room.

Grade 10 Poetry Night: You’re invited to hear Grade 10 recite the original works they’ve written in their humanities block on Poetics, beginning at 7 pm this Friday in the Herodotus Room in the High School. (Please note:  some material may be inappropriate for younger children.)

 Order school photos by Friday!  Visit www.hollandstudios.com, click on Client Galleries in the lower right corner, and log in with username PWaldorf15.  Use the dropdown menu to find your student’s class subfolder and page through to his or her pictures (set the number of photos per page to 45 or even 135 for fastest viewing).  Place your order online, with a $6 shipping fee; or avoid shipping fees by ordering by November 13 by phone, 503-238-6957, students will pick up those orders at school.  If you’ve prepaid, call or email the studio with your photo choice by this Friday, November 13 – if you don’t call, they’ll choose a shot for you.  Please note:  orders placed after November 13 are subject to a price increase.

Final Wreath Orders Due Thursday: Order online from the PWS web page, portlandwaldorf.org, or use the order forms attached.  All orders must be in by November 12 – please see the attachment for information, an order form, and an additional order form that must be completed as well for UPS delivery.  Wreaths that are not sent via UPS will be available for pick-up at PWS on Thursday, December 4.  Proceeds will benefit class funds.

 HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, November 11 Basketball “Tryouts”, 3:45 to 5:30
Thursday, November 12 Winter Sports Meeting for athletes and parents, 6:30 to 8:30 in the Music Room
Friday, November 13 Grade 10 Poetry Night , 7 to 9 pm in the Herodotus Room
Friday, November 20 Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day
Monday and Tuesday,

November 23 and 24

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences – No classes. See information above.
Wednesday to Friday,

November 25 to 27

Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes

HS Announcements, Monday, November 2, 2015

Parent Meeting with master teacher Meg Gorman this Wednesday:  When youngsters become teenagers (even Waldorf students!), their behavior can change in bewildering and challenging ways.  How can parents build trust with their teenagers, and at the same time, maintain sensible, age-appropriate boundaries?  Meg Gorman will address these issues on Wednesday from 7 to 8 pm in the Music Room.  She’s been a Waldorf humanities and theatre teacher for 46 years, teaching in over six Waldorf schools throughout the United States, and has been a guest teacher and lecturer in many more schools.  She’s currently teaching the Economics main lesson block for our Twelfth Grade.  Individual class meetings follow at 8 pm.

 PWHS Pizzicato Athletics Fundraiser tomorrow! Tuesday, November 3:  A portion of all sales at the Sellwood location, 1630 SE Bybee, will benefit PWS athletics.  (503) 736-0174.  Lunch, dinner, takeout, gift cards, all count toward the profits!  A flier is attached.

Open House this Sunday:  Do you have friends with students who would benefit from a Waldorf HS education?  Invite them to our open house this Sunday from 1 to 3 pm! We’ll have curriculum workshops, a panel presentation, campus tours, refreshments and live music by PWHS students.  RSVPs are appreciated to rachel.bratcher@portlandwaldorf.org or 503-654-2200 ext. 221.  And if you’re a HS parent who would like to help promote PWHS to prospective families, please call Shanti, also at ext. 221 or shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.

 Parent-Student-Teacher Conference sign-ups are open! Parent-student-teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24.  Conferences last 25 minutes and will be scheduled on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by Monday, November 16.

You will meet with two to four teachers who have taught your student in different disciplines this fall, including your student’s advisor whenever possible.  Conferences are voluntary, not mandatory, and it is up to the family to decide whether the student should attend all or part of the conference with the parents.  If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Mrs. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  You are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

 The Wreath Sale continues: Proceeds will benefit class funds!  These lush, fresh, beautiful wreaths, swags, and garlands make wonderful gifts, hand-delivered or sent UPS for out-of-town relatives or business clients, and they sell themselves to your friends and neighbors.  Order online from the PWS web page, portlandwaldorf.org, or use the order forms attached.  All orders must be in by November 12 – please see the attachment for information, an order form, and an additional order form that must be completed as well for UPS delivery.  Wreaths that are not sent via UPS will be available for pick-up at PWS on Thursday, December 4.  Supplied by Granstrom Evergreens, family owned and operated in Troutdale – sample wreaths on view in the HS.

 To order school photos, visit www.hollandstudios.com, click on Client Galleries in the lower right corner, and log in with username PWaldorf15.  Use the dropdown menu to find your student’s class subfolder and page through to his or her pictures (or set the number of photos per page to 45 or even 135 for fastest viewing).  Place your order online, with a $6 shipping fee; or avoid shipping fees by ordering by November 13 by phone, 503-238-6957, we’ll distribute those orders to students at school.  If you’ve prepaid, call or email the studio with your photo choice by November 13 – if you don’t call, they’ll choose a shot for you.  Please note:  orders placed after November 13 are subject to a price increase.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, November 3 PWS Athletics Day at Pizzicato’s – see above – a portion of all proceeds benefits our sports program.
Wednesday, November 4 HS Parent Evening with Meg Gorman , 7 pm in the Music Room; individual class meetings at 8 pm.
Sunday, November 8 High School Open House, 1 to 3 pm
Wednesday, November 11 Basketball “Tryouts”, 3:45 to 5:30
Thursday, November 12 Winter Sports Parent Meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 in the Music Room
Friday, November 13 Grade 10 Poetry Night , 7 to 9 pm in the Herodotus Room
Friday, November 20 Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day
Monday and Tuesday,

November 23 and 24

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences – No classes. See information above.
Wednesday to Friday,

November 25 to 27

Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes

HS Announcements, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Scholars & Artists: How Arts Strengthen Academic Education.  Join us this Friday, October 30, from 7:30 to 8:30pm in the Music Room, as a panel of high school and college teachers share their research and first-hand experiences on the topic, “Why are the arts a key ingredient in educating students for college, career and life?”  Share an inspiring evening learning about your child’s curriculum and how it is preparing them for success in life.  Please RSVP to rachel.bratcher@portlandwaldorf.org.

 Congratulations to our Student Athletes!

  • The Volleyball team won its Friday evening match against Open Door and played an outstanding game on Saturday in its final contest, ultimately yielding to North Clackamas Christian.  Makena Ketchum and Glacier Raymond were named to all-Valley 10 second team.
  • The Cross Country team dominated junior varsity at districts this year with sophomore Chase Perez taking first place and freshmen Leo Goodrich and Anton Soter taking second and third respectively in the men’s competition; and sophomore Sheena Burch taking second in the women’s.

Go Wolfpack!

Basketball “Tryouts” this Wednesday, 3:45 to 5:30 in the gym, for boys and girls.  This is a chance for students to participate and see if they’re interested and serious about playing HS basketball. Note:  new league rules prohibit international students from playing in their first year at PWHS.

 PWHS Pizzicato Night, Tuesday, November 3:  A portion of all sales at the Sellwood location that day will benefit PWS athletics.  Lunch, dinner, takeout, gift cards, all count toward the profits!  Please see the attached flier for additional information.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences: Parent-student-teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24.  Conferences last 25 minutes and will be scheduled on the hour and half-hour from 8:30 to 4 on Monday (last conference begins at 4 pm) and 10:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday (last conference begins at 5:30). To schedule, please reply to kate.mcgill@portlandwaldorf.org, or call 503-654-2200, extension 218, by Monday, November 16.

You will meet with two to four teachers who have taught your student in different disciplines this fall, including your student’s advisor whenever possible.  Conferences are voluntary, not mandatory, and it is up to the family to decide whether the student should attend all or part of the conference with the parents.  If there is a particular teacher you would like to have included, please let Mrs. McGill know and we will do our best to arrange it.  You are always welcome to make an appointment with any of your student’s teachers throughout the year.

 The Wreath Sale continues: Proceeds will benefit class funds!  These lush, fresh, beautiful wreaths, swags, and garlands make wonderful gifts, hand-delivered or sent UPS for out-of-town relatives or business clients, and they sell themselves to your friends and neighbors.  All orders must be in by November 12 – please see the attachment for information, an order form, and an additional order form that must be completed as well for UPS delivery.  Wreaths that are not sent via UPS will be available for pick-up at PWS on Thursday, December 4.  Supplied by Granstrom Evergreens, family owned and operated in Troutdale – sample wreaths on view in the HS.

 To order school photos, visit www.hollandstudios.com, click on Client Galleries in the lower right corner, and log in with username PWaldorf15.  Use the dropdown menu to find your student’s class subfolder and page through to his or her pictures (or set the number of photos per page to 45 or even 135 for fastest viewing).  Place your order online, with a $6 shipping fee; or avoid shipping fees by ordering by November 13 by phone, 503-238-6957, we’ll distribute those orders to students at school.  If you’ve prepaid, call or email the studio with your photo choice by November 13 – if you don’t call, they’ll choose a shot for you.  Please note:  orders placed after November 13 are subject to a price increase.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, October 28 Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball “Tryouts”, 3:45 to 5:30 in the gym
Friday, October 30 Scholars & Artists: How Arts Strengthen Academic Education, a panel discussion, 7:30 to 8:30 in the Music Room
Tuesday, November 3 PWS Athletics Day at Pizzicato’s – a portion of all proceeds benefits our sports program.
Wednesday, November 4 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room; individual class meetings at 8 pm.
Sunday, November 8 High School Open House, 1 to 3 pm
Friday, November 13 Grade 10 Poetry Night , 7 to 9 pm in the Herodotus Room
Friday, November 20 Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day
Monday and Tuesday,

November 23 and 24

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences – No classes. See information above.
Wednesday to Friday,

November 25 to 27

Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes

HS Announcements, Tuesday, October 20, 2015

School Photo Update: Photo re-take day has been re-scheduled to next Tuesday, October 27. We’ll have more information about school photos soon.

Playoff Week – Cheer our teams to victory!
• Cross Country District Meet this Thursday, October 22 at Bush Park in Salem. Girls run at 3:40, boys at 5 pm; best performers qualify for State competition.
• Volleyball playoff game versus Open Door Christian, 6 pm this Friday, October 23 at SW Christian School, 14605 SW Weir Road, Beaverton OR. Allow an hour for traffic! If they win, they will play again Saturday at 1 pm, and if they win that Saturday game they’ll go into State playoff competition as the No. 3 seed from our Valley 10 league.
Go Wolfpack!

Parent Social! Please help us welcome our new HS parents with a social event this Saturday evening from 8 to 10 pm at Wine 30, 10835 SE Main in Milwaukie, OR 97222. Click here to RSVP. New families, you should already have received your Evite! This event is hosted by the PWS HS Parent Council.
Scholars & Artists: How Arts Strengthen Academic Education. Join us Friday, October 30, from 7:30 to 8:30pm in the High School Music Room. This presentation features a panel of high school and college teachers sharing their research and first-hand experiences on the topic, “Why are the arts a key ingredient in educating students for college, career and life?” Share an inspiring evening learning about your child’s curriculum and how it is preparing them for success in life. Please RSVP to rachel.bratcher@portlandwaldorf.org.

The Wreath Sale is on! Lush, fresh, beautiful wreaths, swags, and garlands from Granstrom Evergreens, family owned and operated in Troutdale. They make wonderful gifts for out-of-town relatives or business clients, and they sell themselves to your friends and neighbors. Proceeds will benefit class funds. All orders must be in by November 12 – please see the attachment for information, an order form, and an additional order form that must be completed as well for UPS delivery. Wreaths that are not sent via UPS will be available for pick-up at PWS on Thursday, December 4. (Online ordering is under construction.)

Support PWS Sports! Mark your calendar and meet for dinner at our Pizzicato Fundraiser, Tuesday, November 3. A portion of all sales that day will benefit PWS athletics. Lunch, dinner, gift cards, all count toward our profits! Please see the attached flier for additional information.

Congratulations to sophomore Austen Henry-Biskup, who won two awards for his Lego creations in adult competition at Brickcon (the Lego convention) in Seattle this month!

HS Resource Page: Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/. Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources. Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Thursday, October 22 . Cross Country District Meet at East Linn Christian Academy. Girls run at 3:40, Boys at 5 pm
Friday, October 23 Valley 10 Volleyball Playoff Game, 6 pm at Southwest Christian.
Saturday, October 24 Valley 10 Volleyball Playoff Game, 1 pm IF they win Friday night, again at SW Christian
Saturday, October 24
NACAC College Fair at the Convention Center, 1 to 5 pm (“the big one”)
Saturday, October 24 HS Halloween Dance
Saturday, October 24 Social Event to Welcome New HS Parents, 8 pm at Wine30, 10835 E Main Street in Milwaukie
Wednesday, November 4 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room; individual class meetings at 8 pm.
Sunday, November 8 High School Open House, 1 to 3 pm
Friday, November 13 Grade 10 Poetry Night – watch for information!
Friday, November 20 Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day
Monday and Tuesday,

November 23 and 24

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences – No classes. Scheduling begins October 28.
Wednesday to Friday,

November 25 to 27

Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes

HS Announcements, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Senior Night Thursday! Wear blue and gold and cheer our volleyball team to victory in their final home game of the season, this Thursday at 6 pm in the PWS gym.  They’ll play their final regular-season game Friday at 6 at Damascus Christian.

HS Halloween Dance:  The first HS dance of the year is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 in the HS building.  Dances are chaperoned by teachers, sometimes with the assistance of parents. Entry is limited to PWHS students and their guests, provided that the guest is approved in advance by submission of a completed guest pass to the HS Office.  (Guest passes must be signed by the PWHS student’s parent, as well as the student’s advisor – a copy is attached.)  Dance hours are 8 to 11 pm – students and guests must arrive by 9 pm, and those who leave the dance may not re-enter.  Costumes are welcome but not required!  This dance is a fundraiser for the Class of 2016 – tickets are available in advance and at the door.

Save the Dates:  Please make sure your calendar’s marked for our next HS parent evening, Wednesday, November 4 in the Music Room.  And please keep in mind our Open House on Sunday, November 8 – we encourage you invite families of middle-schoolers you know who would benefit from Waldorf Education.

Congratulations to Eva Hinds, Class of 2017, who competed in the North American Cup fencing tournament in Richmond, Virginia this weekend.  Eva placed 31st out of 108 in Division I Women’s Sabre!

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday to Friday,

October 13 – 18

Project week – students and faculty work together on a variety of cross-grade interdisciplinary projects.
Tuesday, October 13 Volleyball at North Clackamas Christian, 6 pm
Thursday, October 15 SENIOR NIGHT!  Volleyball at home vs. Open Door Christian Academy, 6 pm
Friday, October 16 Volleyball at Damascus Christian, 6 pm
Saturday, October 24 NACAC College Fair at the Convention Center, 1 to 5 pm (“the big one”)
Saturday, October 24 HS Halloween Dance
Wednesday, November 4 HS Parent Evening, 7 pm in the Music Room; individual class meetings at 8 pm.
Sunday, November 8 High School Open House, 1 to 3 pm
Friday, November 13 Grade 10 Poetry Night – watch for information!
Friday, November 20 Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day
Monday and Tuesday,

November 23 and 24

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences – No classes. Scheduling begins October 28.
Wednesday to Friday,

November 25 to 27

Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes


HS Announcements, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Four Day Weekend:  No classes this Friday due to faculty in-service, and on Monday in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Project Week Next Week! Students have indicated their preferences and will be assigned today to their project for next week.  Offerings range from fly-fishing to short story writing to building a new dust collector for the woodworking shop – please click Project Week Summary for the full listing.  Several projects will have field trips, so we’ll be sending home permission slips over the next couple of days.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Wednesday, October 7 Cross Country Meet at McIver Park, Estacada, girls’ JV 3:45, boys’ JV 4:30
Thursday, October 8 Volleyball at home vs Damascus Christian, 6 pm
Friday, October 9 In-service – no classes
Friday, October 9 Volleyball at City Christian, 6 pm
Monday, October 12 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Holiday – no classes
Tuesday to Friday, October 13 – 18 Project week – students and faculty will work together on a variety of cross-grade interdisciplinary projects.
Sunday, November 8 High School Open House, 1 to 3 pm

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HS Announcements, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Correction:  Our HS Open House is Sunday, November 8 from 1 to 3 pm – this event was entered incorrectly in the events list with the summer mailing.  Please mark your calendar and invite your friends with middle school- or high school-aged students who would benefit from Waldorf education!

The PWS Booster club meets on Wednesday this week at 7 pm in the High School.  Please join them to support our athletic program!

Locks for GYM Lockers Needed!  Sadly, we have had a number of instances already this school year where students’ shoes or PE attire have gone missing. Please send a combination lock with your student for use on their gym locker for this school year. Thank you.

Handbook agreements: Please send in your completed High School Parent & Student Agreement Form, if you have not already done so.  A copy is attached.  If you have not received your updated HS Handbook, please let us know – we will send you one, or you can find it on the HS Resource website, https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.  (Note:  the syllabi page is under construction through Wednesday.)

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Thursday, October 1 Volleyball at home vs Columbia Christian, 6 pm
Friday, October 2 Cross Country meet at SW Christian, please call for times
Friday, October 9 In-service – no classes
Monday, October 12 Holiday – no classes
Tuesday to Friday, October 13 – 18 Project week – students and faculty will work together on a variety of cross-grade interdisciplinary projects.  Watch for additional information
Sunday, November 8 High School Open House, 1 to 3 pm

HS Announcements, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A reminder that Crockett Marr, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Reed College, will speak tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7 pm in the Music Room.  Crockett Marr majored in classics at Reed College and has worked in Reed’s admissions office since 2008.   He has shepherded many Reed applicants through the admissions process.  This presentation is open to all grades but will be of most interest to college-bound Juniors and Seniors.

School Photos Begin on Monday!  Holland Studios will take class and individual photographs next Monday and Tuesday, September 28 and 29. The photographs will be used for ID cards, and will also be available for purchase.  Please see the attached Order Information and Order Form for more information.

The photographers request that the Student Information section at the bottom of the order form be completed before picture day.  (You can fill out the order portion as
well, or wait until you’ve seen the pictures online.)  Students will be given order forms to take home on Wednesday, but you may also send complete the attachment and send it in to the HS Office.

Also, please note that the photos will be available for viewing in a private, password-protected site online – if you do not want your student’s photos posted in the secure online site, you will need to email Holland Studios by Friday, September 25:  info@hollandstudios.com.

The photo schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

      • Monday, September 28:  Grades 10 and 12
      • Tuesday, September 29:  Grades 9 and 11

Gym Lockers: As noted in the HS Handbook, we recommend that students bring locks for their gym lockers.  Missing shoes or other items have been reported from time to time.  Locks and their combinations should be registered with the PE teacher, Valerie Pufahl.  Students are also permitted to lock their hall lockers – those combinations must be registered with Ms. McGill.

Handbook agreements: Please send in your completed High School Parent & Student Agreement Form, if you have not already done so.  A copy is attached.  If you have not received your updated HS Handbook, please let us know – we will send you one, or you can find it on the HS Resource website, https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.  (Note:  the syllabi page is under construction through Wednesday.)

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, September 22 Volleyball at home vs North Clackamas Christian, 6 pm
Wednesday, September 23 College Information Evening, 7 pm in the High School (see information above)
Thursday, September 24 Volleyball at Open Door Christian Academy, 6 pm
Saturday, September 26 Nike Invitational Cross Country meet at Portland Raceway, freshmen boys run at 2 pm, sophomore girls at 2:25, sophomore boys at 2:50.
Monday and Tuesday,

September 28 and 29

School Photographs – grades 10 and 12 on Monday, grades 9 and 11 on Tuesday
Friday, October 9 In-service – no classes
Monday, October 12 Holiday – no classes

HS Announcements, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

College Guidance Presentation:  Parents and students are invited to a special College Guidance presentation: “What colleges are looking for in you, and what you should look for in a college”, by Crockett Marr, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Reed College.   He will speak next week on Wednesday, September 23, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Music Room.  Crockett Marr majored in classics at Reed College and has worked in Reed’s admissions office since 2008.   He has shepherded many Reed applicants through the admissions process.  He is also pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies through Reed’s MALS program.   For further information, please contact Christopher Zinn at christopher.zinn@portlandwaldorf.org.  This presentation is open to all grades but will be of most interest to college-bound Juniors and Seniors.

School Photographs will be taken on Monday and Tuesday, September 28 and 29.  Photos will be available for purchase.  Please watch for additional information next week.

Handbook agreements: Please send in your completed High School Parent & Student Agreement Form, if you have not already done so.  A copy is attached.  If you have not received your updated HS Handbook, please let us know – we will send you one, or you can find it on the HS Resource website, https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.  (Note:  the syllabi page is under construction through Wednesday.)

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Monday – Friday,

September 13 – 18

Grade 12 Solo Sit
Monday – Friday,

September 14 – 18

Grade 9 Outdoor Trip to Oxbow Park
Saturday, September 19 Oregon City Invitational Cross Country Meet at Oregon City HS, girls run at 10:30 am, JV boys at 11:10, Varsity Boys 12:20.
Wednesday, September 23 College Information Evening, 7 pm in the High School (see information above)

HS Announcements, Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome Back!  A reminder that students should arrive by 8:20 on Wednesday to be on time for HS Assembly at 8:30, and wear assembly dress since we will be attending the Opening Assembly that morning with grades 1 through 8.  (Assembly dress generally means to follow the lower school dress code as much as possible – in general, dress nicely and wear a shirt without writing on it.)  All parents are cordially invited to this assembly, and particularly parents of Grade 12, since the Seniors will participate in a welcoming ceremony for Grade 1.

Locker numbers will be posted in the hallway, and class schedules will be posted.  Wednesday will be devoted to group activities, with assemblies, a short main lesson, class meetings, and lunch followed by games with the faculty. Students are encouraged to bring a change of clothes, something they can run and play in for the afternoon.  Shoes required!  Regular classes will begin on Thursday.

Summer Mailing and Handbook Acknowledgement: All families should have received a copy of the annual summer mailing, including program information for the HS.  Please notify the HS Office by reply email or 503-654-2200, extension 218, if you did not receive yours.    The mailing includes a newly revised HS Handbook, and a form for parents and students to sign acknowledging that they have read and agree to the school policies outlined in the handbook.

We have a correction for the handbook:  Our new Spanish teacher is Don Macartney.  He will join the Spanish classes on September 21st – class until that date will be taught by Silvia Santana, our regular Spanish substitute teacher.

 PWHS International Student Needs Host Family: PWHS often has a need for families who can host an international student for one or more years.  Families are given a monthly stipend in exchange for offering room, meals, transportation and family life to the student.  If you are interested in being included on our host family list, please contact shanti.mccarter@portlandwaldorf.org.

Right now we are looking for a host family for Vivian Liu. Vivian is returning from China for her second year at PWHS.  She will be entering grade 11. Vivian is a diligent student, a thoughtful and kind person, and a gifted singer.  She has no allergies or food restrictions and is willing to ride public transportation to school.  Please email Shanti ASAP if you are interested in hosting her.  Thank you!

College Guidance Presentation: PWS parents and students are invited to a special College Guidance presentation: “What colleges are looking for in you, and what you should look for in a college”, by Crockett Marr, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Reed College.   He will speak on Wednesday, September 23, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Music Room.  Crockett Marr majored in classics at Reed College and has worked in Reed’s admissions office since 2008.   He has shepherded many Reed applicants through the admissions process.  He is also pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies through Reed’s MALS program.   For further information, please contact Christopher Zinn at christopher.zinn@portlandwaldorf.org.

HS Resource Page:  Find your student’s major assignments and class syllabi, selected forms and schedules, college and life opportunities, and the HS Handbook on the HS Resource page – https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/.   Or from the PWS web page, click on Resources, HS Resources.  Please let us know your suggestions for this site.

Calendar and This Week’s Sports

Tuesday, September 8 Volleyball at Columbia Christian, 6 pm
Wednesday, September 9 All-School Assembly, 11 am in the gym, parents welcome
Saturday, September 12 Horizon Tournament at Horizon Christian HS, 8 am
Saturday, September 12 Ultimook Race Cross Country Invitational at Pat Zweifel’s Farm in Tillamook, OR, noon
Monday – Friday,

September 13 – 18

Grade 12 Solo Sit
Monday – Friday,

September 14 – 18

Grade 9 Outdoor Trip to Oxbow Park
Wednesday, September 23 College Information Evening, 7 pm in the High School (see information above)

HS Announcements, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Back-to-school information is available https://portlandwaldorfhs.wordpress.com/2015-16-back-to-school-documents/ and has been mailed hard copy to all families.

School begins Wednesday, September 9 at 8:30am.h3>he>

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