“Bicycle Man” visits PCWS

On Wednesday, April 10th at 3 pm, Wilfried Steinback spoke to students, parents and faculty about his adventure circling the globe by bicycle. He started by putting on his helmet and reflective vest, as he stood in front of the awestruck children. Even though the fellowship hall was very hot and the children were tired from their school day, they listened with such concentration to this man’s amazing story.  Wilfried is a Waldorf teacher who lives in Sweden. He began his journey there 10 months ago. He showed us on his map, the path he followed east, taking ferries across bodies of water, through Russia and on to several Asian countries. He then took a cargo ship to the west coast of North America, where he continued eastward all the way to Arlington, VA. He has visited many Waldorf schools along the way and enjoys inspiring people to use their bicycles to get around. He talked about how healthy that is for our bodies and our planet. The children had wonderful comments and questions!  They loved seeing his fully loaded bike and pop-up tent. You can follow Wilfried’s travels on his blog here


Father’s Workshop Held at PCWS on Saturday

PCWS parent Gordon Achtermann and PCWS alum and well-known woodworker Bill Merkel held a Waldorf Father’s Workshop here on the morning of Saturday, March 16. These annual workshops bring fathers together to discuss the challenges and joys of fatherhood.

After a round of brief introductions, facilitators Gordon and Bill read a passage from Jack Petrash’s book “Navigating the Terrain of Childhood” about the establishment of authentic authority that every father needs to be a good father. They then opened up the floor. Two and half hours later, they were still going but some in the group had to be on their way.

In discussions in a relaxed setting at Potomac Crescent, the group talked quite a bit about their own fathers (and surrogates when fathers weren’t present) and different types of authority figures. The experiences ran the full spectrum as the discussion ranged from the esoteric (archetypes of father figures) to the earthy (sons acting out with regard to potty training.)

The dads also opened up to some of their current struggles in fathering, and, as usual, discovered that there were far from alone.

The facilitators would like to extend a big “thank you” to all participants for joining us.

For more information on events like the Father’s Workshop, please email outreach@potomaccrescentschool.org.

PCWS Silent Auction Ends Tonight, 10 p.m.!

Our Silent Auction journey ends tonight at 10 p.m.!

Our Midnight Madness sale brought dropped initial prices on some beautiful items for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, even Christmas (only nine months away!).

Click on “1 Midnight Madness Sale* for incredible deals – truly – on artwork, textiles, acupuncture, a photography session, excellent food, and more.

See you at www.32auctions.com/PCWSauction2013

thank you*thank you*thank you for your donated items and for your bids

Midnight Madness Tonight on the Silent Auction!!!

Log onto to the Potomac Crescent Silent Auction site at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (Saturday) — www.32auctions.com/PCWSauction2013 — for exceptional deals!

Our volunteer Silent Auction Coordinator/parent of sweet Jack in Bluebird, Liz Beardsley, will astound with lowered prices on some very special items tonight at MIDNIGHT!

Auction closes, 10 p.m. Sunday.

Join us — only at www.32auctions.com/PCWSauction2013!!
See you there!

The PCWS Silent Auction is Calling Your Name!!

Only seven more days to bid on fantastic items like Cape Cod vacation homes, artwork, and exotic meals.

Visit www.32actions.com/PCWSAUCTIONS2013 for good deals on high-quality donations from Waldorf supporters.

Be sure to tell friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors: anyone can bid — and the more bidders we have, the more we make for the school. We ship anywhere!
See you at www.32actions.com/PCWSAUCTIONS2013 — only until Sunday, March 17th!!

Register for the Waldorf Father’s Workshop Today

Waldorf Father’s Workshop

All Waldorf community fathers, and fathers interested in Waldorf education, are invited to a relaxed and open discussion of the challenges of fatherhood in 2013 in greater Washington, DC.

We will discuss how our fathers established and nurtured their authority, what worked well for them and what did not; how we are following their examples and how we are blazing our own new trails; and what is working for us and what we are struggling to change.

Current PCWS parent Gordon Achtermann and alumni parent Bill Merkel will facilitate this Father’s Workshop.

Date: Saturday, March 16th

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, casual conversation from 11:00 to noon

Location: PCWS, 923 S. 23rd Street, Arlington, VA 22202

Facilitated by Gordon Achtermann and Bill Merkel


RSVP to information@potomaccrescentschool.org


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.