What Our Teachers Do When Class is Out

What do our Middle School teachers do when school is over?  Yesterday, they came together to practice their painting and drawing skills here at Moraine Farm.  It was hot and humid, but that didn’t stop them from sharing ideas on how to better bring the arts to their students.


Here’s the view they had, looking up one of Moraine Farms’s historic carriage roads.


Connie Macleod, teaching 6th grade in the fall, captured the scene in pencil.


Dianne McGaunn, teaching 7th grade in the fall, chose to focus on a particular tree with colored pencil.


Anna Scalera, teaching 8th grade, using a technique called “veil painting” to achieve this landscape.


To find out more about our wonderful Middle School, please contact Kelly in Admissions, 978-927-1936.


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A Speech from a CAWS Alumna Honoring Her Class Teacher, Tom Braden


Class Teacher Tom Braden teaching chemistry at Cape Ann Waldorf School

Salutatorian speech
Rockport High School Graduation
June 7, 2013

Good evening, and welcome to the Rockport High School Graduation of the class of 2013. This is a long awaited moment that my classmates and I are excited to share with our friends and families this evening.

To begin, I would like you all to think of a person in your life; a person who has changed or influenced you in some way. Whether that relationship was positive, negative, long-term or short-term, I am positive that you can think of someone, or more than one person, whom you will never forget because of how they impacted your life.

From what I have seen of life so far, human relationships are one of the most important parts of life. Imagine being without human relationships—people to love, to like, to dislike, to idolize, to care for, to be happy about, or sad about. I honestly don’t see how life could have purpose if we didn’t have people to share it with.

When you think of such an influential person, you may think of your parents. Whether they literally made you and raised you, or whether they have been there as parent figures throughout your life, we all should have an ingrained thankfulness to our parents for all that they have done for us, and for all that they have given to us, despite the situations that we have put them through.

The influential person that I thought of was a teacher. I had him as my primary teacher throughout my elementary and middle school years at the Cape Ann Waldorf School. I am sad to say that he is no longer with us and can’t be here to hear what I have to say. If I could ask for one more thing to have on this wonderful day, it would be to have him physically here in my life. His influence on me growing up stems from the fact that he treated me as a person; his students weren’t just kids that needed to be controlled—to him, they were miraculous beings that had all the potential in the world; they just needed to be guided toward those possibilities. I now want to be a teacher; his influence on me was powerful enough to shape who I am and hope to become. You also may have thought of a teacher who treated you as a fellow human and was actually invested in your personal growth. We become thankful for those teachers, whether they are school teachers, or other kinds of teachers, because they have taught us things that impact our lives.

The list of possible people goes on—coaches, employers, colleagues, family members, family friends, maybe even a neighbor, the mailman, or a complete stranger.

A friend of mine coined a term for those interactions with strangers that leave you wondering, did I know that person? How did they know what I was thinking? They are called “angel moments”. An angel moment was described to me as, “a single, one-time encounter with a stranger who thoroughly understands your truest self, precisely when your truest self needs to be understood”. People who have experienced these encounters feel that they have been deeply understood and helped in some way. No matter how insignificant some human interactions may seem, there is always the possibility that people like that could change you. Or that you could change them. Now I’m not saying that we should spend our every moment surrounded by people and talking to strangers everywhere we go, but being aware of the idea that anyone that you come across could be significant to you, I think, is very important.

In a book that I read recently, there was a typical, soul-searching young man finding his way through life who was talking to an older and wiser man. The old man asked, “Where are you?” The young man knew where he was, the state, country, continent, planet, etc., until he reached “the universe”, beyond that, he no longer knew where he was. What the old man said in response was this: “That is the point. You cannot answer it, and you never will. You are ignorant of where the Universe is, and thus, where you are. In fact, you have no knowledge of where anything is; nor do you know what anything is or how it came to be.” After recalling this passage, it struck me as the perfect way to sum up this speech. We are all living in essentially an unknown place where the course of our lives is also unknown. All we have is each other and the ability to learn from each other; and when I say “each other,” I mean every other person on earth. If you ask me, that is as good a reason as any for us to smile at someone we pass by, or hold the door open for someone, or take the time to talk to someone, because we never know how important that interaction could become to us, or to them.

So, to my fellow classmates, and the town of Rockport, let us reflect and be thankful for all the people in our lives we’ve met so far. I know that I would not be here today if it weren’t for the people in my life, and I know that I can speak for the rest of this class when I say thank you; thank you families, teachers, coaches, and friends, for being in our world thus far. You have provided us with human interactions and relationships that have been, and will be so important in our lives. We are now ready to graduate into the next chapter of life where we will be met with countless human relationships—positive ones, negative ones, long-term and short-term ones. Be open to all these possibilities because you never know when someone will become significant to you, or you to them.

Thank you.

Ali Steer
Cape Ann Waldorf School, Class of 2009
Rockport High School, Class of 2013
Bard College, Class of 2017



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Handwork Year-In-Review

Here are some of the finished products from the school’s handwork program during the 2012-13 school year.  Thank you Mrs. Collis Puro and Mrs. Freysinger for helping the children to make such beautiful objects with their own hands!









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Proud Craftsmen

Back in January, the 7th and 8th grades took a field trip to Jo Ann’s Fabric and picked out material for their next project.


Now it is May and look what the material has turned into!


Kevin and Aidan agree that the collars were the hardest part (“lots of steps”), the buttons were the easiest, and the sewing machine’s buttonhole attachment was fun to use (“it practically did it itself”).

It’s wonderful seeing adolescent boys proud of something they’ve made with their own hands.  And it’s another example of why Middle School at Cape Ann Waldorf School is a great place to be!

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Mayfair 2013

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.
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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!


The third grade dancing to “The Shepherd’s Hey.”

Hoping to be picked by the hen as the “May King”




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Getting Ready for the “Party at the Farm”

Look at the gorgeous blooms brought by our families for Saturday night’s party! Hope to see you there!


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June 1 Dyeing Workshop


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 heather@collispuro.net.

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.

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8th Grade Projects

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.

For great photos of the students in action, please take a look at the April 29 newsletter.

Here are some photos from the project presentations.

Shane learned to build Adirondack chairs.

Shane learned to build Adirondack chairs.


Katie painted a mural at school and worked with two artist/mentors.


Katie’s mural


Aidan’s magic tricks were very popular with the students!


Kevin demonstrated Judo and taught us all something about its history.


Ben did landscape design work to enhance the surroundings of the school’s new wood-fired oven.


Sophia studied aerial arts and put on a heart-stopping show!


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A few photos from First Grade today

Mrs. Babcock’s first grade class made beautiful beeswax daffodils today.  They were also working on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

(PS — It’s so quiet and still because the children are out at recess!)





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Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle — Last Year’s Winners

2012 raffle winner kobus-001

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.

All raffle proceeds support our school.

Click here for information on how to buy tickets

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