It was a glorious day — the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and the students of Cape Ann Waldorf School were ready for the annual Mayfair. All week long, you could hear humming and whistling in the hallways; the songs are certainly infectious. At 1pm, students walked down to the Lower Field to begin their procession.
Mr. Macdonald leading the second grade.
Mrs. Babcock and the first grade.
Mrs. Nevin and Mr. Yoors with the third grade. and the rest of the grades
The traditional Maypole dance
The less traditional Maypole “spider web”! Watch below for how the web was unwoven. Look how well the 4th and 5th graders work together!
Above — naturally dyed yarns outside the school today
We will be holding another natural dyeing workshop on Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Hosts are Kate Hill, Parent-Child teacher and Heather Collis Puro, Handwork teacher. This is an adult-only event. We will be dyeing silk and wool, and sharing in the beautiful experience of the colors that come from natural plant materials. No experience necessary.
Every year, the 8th graders undertake a project that speaks to their passions. They find a mentor and learn everything they can about their chosen topic. This year’s projects were impressive in their variety. At the conclusion of their projects, the students give a talk and then stand by their poster board and answer questions.
Traveling to Florence was a “dream come true” for Marilyn and Anton Kobus, winners of the 2012 “Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World” raffle. Thanks to the CAWS community, the couple was able to relive a dream born twenty-seven years ago on their honeymoon. The newlyweds vowed to return to Florence someday to explore the city more thoroughly. Winning the raffle made it happen.
Anton and Marilyn spent three nights in Venice at the Hotel Flora near Piazza San Marco, followed by four nights in Florence at a beautiful convent just outside the city. The grand prize included a special meal at La Giostra in Florence, “a warm, vibrant place with fantastic regional cuisine”.
Do you have dreams of Florence? Would you like to send a loved one to Asia or meet a friend in Tulum? Our annual raffle – Dinner for Two, Anywhere in the World - has kicked off. You could win a trip for two, yes, anywhere in the world. So please spread the word.
Featuring Lindsay Miles (Kindergarten teacher), Sabrina Babcock (currently teaching 1st grade– she’s already take two groups from 1st through 8th grade!), and the wonderful students at Cape Ann Waldorf School.
Thank you to CAWS parent Tony Cheng for making this wonderful video!
Many parents at the school probably haven’t heard about the pentatonic scale until their children begin learning the pentatonic flute in first grade. In this short video, singer Bobby McFerrin shows how universal the scale is and how easy it is to learn. (Thank you to nursery teacher Elizabeth Stubbs for finding this gem.)
Every winter, the middle school students choose a six-week elective, offered Friday afternoons. This year, six brave souls (who don’t mind the cold) are learning to bake in the school’s new wood fired oven. Here’s a little bit of what we’ve done during the first three sessions — Kristen Fehlhaber
Week one: we baked pitas, but had a hard time getting the oven hot enough. Our dry-stacked bricks, combined with a beehive shape, left too many gaps in the walls. But the pitas all got eaten — no one seemed to mind.
Week two: we took the oven apart, down to its hearth, and rebuilt it, all in 90 minutes. What a great bunch of hard workers! We also baked some rolls (in a conventional oven), with some stenciling on top.
Week three: time to test the newly designed oven. After it was cleared of snow, it sent off a lot of steam. Then we baked two kinds of naan — snowshoe naan with sesame seeds and Uighur naan with scallion, cumin and caraway seeds. It held its heat nicely and we are looking forward to three more weeks of this baking elective.