515 Cougar Ridge Drive S.W.     
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3H 5G9     
Phone: 403-287-1868  |  Fax: 403-287-3414     



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Grade 9 invites you to help us with the school's Field Trip Fund by leaving your empty beverage containers for us to recycle. Here's what we are proposing:
  • The drop-off day is Thursday only.
  • Bottles and other beverage containers can be left on the East (staff parking lot) side of the fenced garbage collection area, in bags or in boxes – not in front of the doors to the garbage collection area.
Please note that this plan can only work if the bottles are left properly, that is, only on Thursday and neatly. We thank you for your support.

Jack Searchfield and Grade 9 Students and Parents

For 160 CWS community members, an amazing morning was spent out on the trails of Canada Olympic Park last Saturday for our 28th Annual Cross-Country Run/Walk. It was a fun event brought together by all of the enthusiasm of our participating families and friends, and through the efforts of our wonderful parent volunteers. Thank you to everyone who made this somewhat chilly and damp Saturday such a warm-hearted experience. To our many volunteers on-site at COP who made the actual run/walk part of the event possible, thank you for keeping us organized and on track, especially Stefan Price, our long-serving Chief Marshal. To our many set-up, clean-up, kitchen/lunch helpers, and soup-makers, thank you for your hard work and the nourishment we were all able to share together at the lunch following the run/walk. It's the combination of a run through the autumn trees and hills with the social, home-made lunch afterwards that's made this a 28-year success story for our school.

We want to send HUGE thanks to Michael Wetherup, our Race Director, and to Kim Kemper, our Kitchen/Lunch Coordinator for taking on and carrying out the event's biggest roles with their commitment, their enthusiasm, and their dedication to getting everything right. It's the care and attention Michael and Kim bring to the big picture and to the small details that makes the whole thing work so well! Thank you, Michael and Kim.

Regarding the Founders' Cup: Well done, third place Class One with 48% participation, second place Class Three with 56%. And congratulations to Class Two and Mr. Carter for winning the 2014 Founders' Cup, with 69% participation in the run/walk. We believe that Mr. Carter now holds the CWS record for most Founders' Cups won by one teacher's classes – at 5 wins, during his 11 years teaching here. Thank you, Mr. Carter, for your long-time support for our annual run/walk, as well as your special gift for leading the race warm-up with your Interpretive Dance routines.

Next year promises another ever-changing Calgary forecast, lots of fun, and even more cheers and high-fives at the finish line.

Thank you, one and all.
Sierra Maidlow (Special Events Administrative Support) and Cathie Foote (School Administrator)

Do you tell stories to your children at night or on trips? Do you like to perform? Or do you know someone else who does? The Waldorf Faire Story Garden is looking for storytellers to fill our children's hearts and minds with wonder at our school's annual Festival of Joy. If you or someone else you know has a story to tell, or if you just like telling stories, please consider telling a story for the Story Garden at this year's Faire.

If you're interested or for more information, contact Annie and Howard at ahava27@telus.net or 587-988-0094. We hope to listen to you at The Faire.

Alongside the very sad fact of many trees downed in the recent snowstorm, comes the ideal chance to have easy access to some wood for this year's Nature Garden activity at The Waldorf Faire in November. If you have a chainsaw and are cutting up a tree, would you please consider cutting us some discs that are 5" - 10" in diameter and 2" thick. We need about 350 discs in total.

Please leave a message at the school for Linda if you can help to provide some of these tree discs. Thanks.

Now that fall (winter?) has arrived and you are cleaning up your gardens and yards, please consider bringing in your berries, pine cones, dried flowers, and seed tops for us to use in the Nature Garden activity at The Waldorf Faire. Even if you are not sure whether we can use them, just bring them in to the school anyway. If possible, cut stems to about 12 inches maximum length. Mountain ash and other berries, dried flowers, seed heads, bunches of long grasses, and large pine cones are always in great demand. Also, if you get a bouquet of flowers and can dry it when it's almost done, those are much appreciated too. Items can be left outside the office BEGINNING MID-OCTOBER.

Please leave a message at the school for Linda if you have any questions or if you need me to pick up your items. Thanks.

Michaelmas is upon us! As we gaze outside, the changing colour of the trees is one picture of the fiery colour and breath of the Michaelmas Dragon working in nature. The day of Michaelmas is officially September 29th but the season of Michaelmas will only then be just beginning. It is a time of year close to the Autumn Equinox; a time when we harvest the fruits of our summer labours; a time when the weather turns cool and nature begins to prepare for its winter sleep; it is the time too when we human beings begin to awaken after the dreaminess of summer. Michaelmas is a time of deeds, courage, and overcoming our inner and outer demons.

It is in this spirit that once again the children of the Calgary Waldorf School have been busily preparing for our Michaelmas celebration this Friday, September 26th. Most of the Grades will be contributing in small and large ways to our annual Michaelmas pageant. You will witness terrified villagers under threat from a dark, marauding force which will emerge from the shadows of a corner of our playground. You will marvel at meteors flying across the heavens, providing energy for village folk to fashion weapons of iron to tame the Michaelmas beast. Musicians and singers will accompany the action, creating an aural soundscape to enrapture and inspire. Heavenly and earthly royalty will speak words of encouragement and compassion in times of need. Our Middle School students will be bearing banners and also offering their voices in magnificent four-part harmony.

On the heels of this Michaelmas play, students will return to classrooms briefly (and in some cases team up with Class Buddies) to gather or assemble kites which they will then fly on the fields outside. To end the kite-flying and to close off the morning festival, the students will return to the amphitheatre where the Grade Nines and Chef Stephen will unveil this year's Michaelmas Dragon Bread! An event not to be missed!

Dear parents and friends, please come to our Michaelmas celebration and be prepared to be inspired and delighted! The time and place is this Friday, September 26th at 10:45 am in our outdoor amphitheatre on the north side of the playground. Following the pageant, please also join us for kite-flying on the field outside. We will be hoping for a typical breezy Cougar Ridge day. We look forward to seeing you there!

For the last 14 years I have been either a parent or a staff member, or both, of the Calgary Waldorf School. This Fall I find myself neither, and with this pause in our relationship, I have time to reflect upon and to appreciate just how much this complex relationship has changed my life, my daughter's life, and the lives of my students.

My daughter started in the Kindergarten with Miss Vivian. I remember dropping her off at school early on in the new year and being struck with the realization that there was no other place I would want her to be spending her days. The warmth and loving guidance within those simple portable structures (back at the "old" school site) felt like a godsend to Tala, and therefore to my single-mother's heart.

As my daughter's journey in the school unfolded, so did mine. After working as an Assistant in the Kindergarten and as the Community Development Coordinator on the admin team, I made the decision to pursue a Masters Degree in Education and my Waldorf Teacher Training Certification. I moved to New Hampshire for a year to make this plan a reality, and then I returned to Calgary to take on a Grade One Class of 27 students in the Fall of 2005.

What I have now, as I embark on this Fall sabbatical, that I did not have the past nine years (when I was a Class Teacher with my students for Grades One through Nine) is time to reflect and time to write. I hope that you, CWS parents and colleagues, will bear with me over the next several weeks as I take up themes which are emerging for me in my "Autumn Reflections".

I began my Community Development job at CWS by writing articles for the Wednesday Notice; "Let's Talk Community" was my byline. I think that I came to a better understanding of what it meant to be a parent in a Waldorf School through this writing process. Soren Kierkegaard said, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards". Perhaps now, writing about my Waldorf Class Teaching, I am trying to build a deeper understanding of the incredible nine-year journey I engaged in with my Class, while also moving forward.

I begin an eight-week road trip soon [this is the living forward part], and I see this writing commitment as my continuing anchor to CWS. As a sailor I know the value of a well-set anchor in a protected harbour.

I welcome dialogue/questions/arguments/comments about anything I write and I wish everyone an inspiring Fall term at the school.

Christina MacWilliam (Class Teacher for last year's Graduating Grade Nines)

Our Calgary Waldorf School regularly invites guests from other Waldorf communities, for visits of a few days to sometimes a whole week, to support the pedagogical work at our school. These guests offer various things such as workshops for teachers and parents, lectures for the community, or one-on-one mentoring or evaluating support for our faculty.

We are urgently seeking individuals or families who could offer a bedroom with an en suite bathroom and the possibility of providing breakfasts for these guests when they are in town. The school will pay a daily rate for housing our guests.

If you are interested in assisting the school in this way, please contact Anna Driehuyzen, Pedagogical Administrator, at the school at 403–287–1868 ext. 150.

Inspiring Facts: Did You Know. . . . ?

We have a new 1½ minute video about where we can find inspiration in our school.

Please click here to watch it at youtube.

It stars a number of CWS parents and was created, directed, filmed, and edited by CWS parent and documentary film-maker, Matt Palmer, with original music by CWS parent and composer Mike Shields. Thank you, Matt, Mike, and all the mums and dads who were happy to be filmed!

How will you be inspired to give?
Thanks for making your donation to our Annual Giving Campaign today.
— From the Fund Enrichment Committee