Archive for August, 2013


We are so excited to launch a highly anticipated woodland-based program to provide families with care after school hours for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The kindergarten extended day will begin after noon dismissal with lunch, rest, and outdoor playtime. The grade school program will begin with a nourishing snack after 3:00 p.m. dismissal. Parents can pick up their children until 5:30 p.m.

The program reflects LCWS’s values of cultivating a deep connection to the outdoors, promoting children’s creativity, and supporting their capacity to form independent play. Afternoons will offer opportunities for animal care of the school’s sheep, chickens, and rabbits, work in the gardens, exploration of the unique forest marsh around the school, and artistic activities with natural materials.

A special feature of the program will be growing, harvesting, and preparing whole foods. Each day children will help make and then eat together a nourishing, whole foods snack, often of ingredients they helped to grow.

Program Director Tai Dinnan brings a wealth of experience as a nature educator. With degrees from Tufts University in Child Development and Community Health, Dinnan has supervised community gardening and environmental education programs, and served as a Senior Fellow for the Environmental Leadership Program.

We are delighted to announce that we have new faculty joining us for the 2013-14 school year, and new roles for some of our current faculty members.

Elena Baba will join our faculty as a full time eurythmy teacher. Elena has twenty years of experience teaching in Waldorf schools. She is coming to us from the Chicago Waldorf School where she taught eurythmy for the past five years.

Christopher Ramos, who is our high school woodworking teacher, will expand his role to teach our entire woodworking program, grades 5 through 12.

Tyler Macdonald will join our high school faculty as an Assistant Athletic Director and movement teacher. Tyler has completed the Spacial Dynamics training program, and has been coaching our high school teams.

Shari Carlson, who has been a member of our early childhood faculty for many years, will be teaching the early childhood aftercare program every day, and assisting part-time in JoAnne’s kindergarten.

Lindsay Laird, who has been interning in JoAnne’s kindergarten this past school year, will be assisting in JoAnne’s kindergarten and will also be teaching the early childhood aftercare program Mondays through Wednesdays for the 2013-14 school year.

Tai Dinnan, who has had years of experience teaching young children and working in gardening and food programs, will be teaching the early childhood aftercare program five days a week, and directing our new “Woodland” extended day program, which runs from 3:00 to 5:30 five days a week.

Danielle Proudman, who has years of experience working with young children, will be assisting in Karen’s kindergarten and in our “Woodland” extended day program.

Abigail Diehl-Noble will be an Upper Grades “Third Teacher” for the 2013-14 school year. In addition, Abigail will teach 6th grade English, continue her excellent work in the Enrollment office, and possibly teach a high school block.

Nicandra Galper will be the Grade School Coordinator, will also teach in the Upper Grades program, and will continue her work assisting in the handwork program.

Laura Slesar, our Front Desk Administrator at the high school, will be the Class Sponsor fot he incoming 9th grade.

The entire LCWS community extends a warm welcome to these wonderful new faculty members, and to the faculty members who are playing a new role at our school.

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NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! BOSTWICK ROAD CAMPUS

This year’s rummage sale will be held at our school’s future high school campus, the former Morgan Horse Museum, 122 Bostwick Road, Shelburne.

We could all use a little retail BLISS! The Lake Champlain Waldorf School’s Annual Rummage sale is THE place to find treasures for your home, children and lifestyle. Items from over 200 families, impeccably organized for your shopping pleasure. This is one of the largest rummage sales in the area and we strive to make it a fun, unique experience. Lots of furniture, rugs, books, a Boutique Room, fantastic linens and kitchenware…room after room of stuff priced to go! Doors open at 9:00 a.m. sharp. The line often begins to form at 8:30. Contact Lisa Espenshade with questions (802)985-2827 ext. 16.