Potomac Crescent Waldorf School’s New Parent Association

By Kay Sidahmed & Phil McMillan, Parent Association Co-Chairs 

The first month of the new school year is over. It was quite an exciting month with settling into the school routine, parent evenings, meetings and lots of information. Those of us, who were able to attend Patrice Maynard’s talk on the first Parent Education Evening, heard her point out the essential value of parent volunteers in the Waldorf school community. It is we, the parents, along with the faculty and administration that help build a healthy and growing community at PCWS and therefore allow our children to grow and learn in this wonderfully nurturing environment. It does not matter how big or small your contribution of time and labor is, what matters is that each and every one of us participates. Do what you can and it will be received with heartfelt appreciation!

To help you navigate the many opportunities to volunteer and find the branch that is just right for you, below is the Parent Association’s mission statement, structure and directory. Mark your calendar today for the next Parent Association meeting Monday, November 19, 7:30-9:00pm at PCWS. Thank you for all your hard work and we look forward to an inspiring and productive school year with your families.

 


Welcome Two New PCWS Staff

by Adriana Niño, Board Chair

We are pleased to announce that Potomac Crescent Waldorf School has hired two professionals to lead our efforts of Enrollment and Development.  Allow me to introduce:

Jenna Martin, Coordinator of Outreach and Enrollment, who will focus on enrolling our classes and will lead our outreach efforts outside our school community.  Jenna has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, and has taught in early childhood programs and coordinated children’s programs at churches.  She attended an introductory course to Waldorf Education at the Sunbridge Institute, and is a Certified Parent Coach.

Johanna Janukaytus, Development Coordinator who will coordinate our development/fundraising effort and also work on our site search.  Johanna, whose son is a former student of PCWS, has a Masters Degree in International Relations and is a former officer in the Air Force.  She has extensive experience in public relations and community outreach and was a key member of the PCWS outreach committee while a parent.

Please join me to welcome these great professionals into our team, and feel free to stop by the office to introduce yourself at anytime.

 

Recipes to share with your children

By April Meyerson, PCWS parent

Very Easy Bread Recipe

2 cups very warm water large spoonful of honey

1 T. yeast

Flour – about 5-6 cups (a mix of white and whole wheat)

1 t. salt

1. Put warm water into a large mixing bowl and stir in honey

2. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water. Let it foam up.

3. Start adding flour and sprinkle in the salt. Children love to make it “snow” into the bowl.

4. When the dough is stiff and no longer sticky, cover it with a towel and let it rest for a little while (about 15 minutes).

5. Knead the dough and form dough into rolls.

6. Place rolls on an oiled baking sheet.

7. If you have the time, you can let the rise a little longer on the pan, covered.

8. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until light brown.

Recipe from The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book, Collected by Lisa Hildreth

 

Baked Apples

6 large baking apples

6 T. butter, softened

1⁄2 cup sugar (rapadura or similar, if possible) grated rind of 2 lemons juice of 2 lemons

1 t. ground ginger

1⁄2 t. ground cinnamon 1⁄4 t. ground cloves

1⁄4 t. ground cardamom

1⁄4. Cup currants or raisins

1. Core apples from stem side through the center (but not entirely through) and peel from top to about 1/3 the way down.

2. Combine butter and sugar

3. Stir in remaining ingredients and place of spoonful of stuffing in each apple.

4. Place in a buttered baking pan with a little water.

5. Bake about 2 hours at 325 degrees or until apples are tender.

Recipe from Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon

We would love to hear from our PCWS families of any recipes or crafts you enjoy doing with your children! Please comment here and let us know.  Or send to info@potomaccrescentschool.org.