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Wreath & Poinsettia Sale 2019

Posted 6 days ago

Orders forms for this popular Aurora Waldorf School fundraiser are due on Friday, November 22. You may print the order form, pick one up at school, or call in your order to the office at 716-655-2029. Pick up is on Saturday, December 7, between 11:00 am, and 3:00 pm at Winter Faire or in the lobby on Monday, December 9, between 8:15 am and 3:00 pm.

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November Volunteer Opportunities

Posted 1 week ago

Below are the Parent Engagement opportunities for November. Thank you for supporting AWS and congratulations to the Watts family. Winner of the November parking spot. Remember to log your volunteer hours in the pink binder at the front desk, and put a ticket in the jar for a chance to win the volunteer parking spot. Volunteer in November to win the parking spot for Winter Faire and the Holiday Assembly in December!

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Bridge to Nursery November 2019

Posted 1 week ago

AWS is hosting our Bridge to Nursery event on Friday, November 22nd, from 9-10:30 am. Our Willow Wood Nursery program serves children ages 3 to 4 years old. Ms. Janelle, Willow Wood Nursery Teacher, will host families and offer a peek into our Nursery program. Space is limited, and RSVP is needed. Please contact us at (716) 655-2029 or admissions@auororawaldorfschool.org to RSVP or with any questions. 

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2019-20 Raffle Launched

Posted 2 weeks ago

2019-20 raffle tickets are now available for purchase at $20 each. The winning tickets will be drawn on March 7, 2020, at the AWS Artisan Auction.

The grand prize winner chooses one of two trips or $4,000 cash:

  • Iceland: Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle & Reykjavik City Tours: 6 Days, 5 Nights for Two; Value: $4,495
  • Jamaica: All-Inclusive Luxury Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica: 6 Days, 5 Nights for Two (includes airfare); Value: $4,595

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Winter Faire 2019

Posted 2 weeks ago

Aurora Waldorf School's annual Winter Faire is Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Faire is open to the public with a low $6 per person admission and plenty of free parking available. Children ages 16 and under will receive six activity tickets with their admission. Activities range from 1-6 tickets, with additional activity tickets for $1 each.

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Harvest Dinner and Fall Community Meeting

Posted 2 weeks ago

Join us for a Harvest Dinner fundraiser for the 8th Grade Trip, followed by the Fall Community Meeting "Creating Connections." Childcare is available for $5 per child. Preregister via Sign Up Genius

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AWS Ends the Season Strong

Posted 2 weeks ago

The Aurora Waldorf Eagles ended their soccer season a good note, beating St. Mary’s School for the Deaf and tying Gow!

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Seneca Nation Language and Culture Program at AWS

Posted 2 weeks ago

In a special whole-school assembly on October 26, 2019, students and faculty learned traditional dances from the Seneca Nation Language and Culture Program and learned about their culture.

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Volunteers

Posted 3 weeks ago

Thank you to Mary Emborsky for the engaging Middle School Sports newsletter recaps and Sara Lehner for photos from the soccer games!

Parents, be sure to log your hours in the book in the lobby and fill out a ticket for the monthly drawing for a chance to win the prime parking spot. 

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AWS vs Gow 10/11

Posted 3 weeks ago

On October 11th, the AWS Eagles visited the Gow Ravens, an all-male soccer team of 8-10th graders, for their second match-up. Game captains for the Eagles included Audrey Watts (G8), Joe Ceu (G8), and Liv Lehner (G8). On this gorgeous autumn day, Drew Kemp (G8) revved up the team with her cheers and chants. Gow took the lead early when they snuck in the first and second goals at the 3 and 5-minute marks. Ceu, starting in goal, gracefully stopped a penalty shot soon after and accumulated a total of 10 saves in the first half.

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AWS vs Olmstead

Posted 3 weeks ago

On October 9th, another fine fall day, the AWS Eagles soccer team challenged the Olmstead school at Rumsey Field in Delaware park. With a full team, the Eagles scored first at the 5-minute mark. The Nussbaumer siblings were back in action. Calloway (G8) crossed a pass in front of the goal to allow George (G7) an exciting first goal. The Olmstead strikers had excellent footwork, but the Eagles speed and excellent defense limited shots on goal.

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Accreditation Visiting Team

Posted 3 weeks ago

This fall, a distinguished team of experienced educators, visits AWS as part of our AWSNA Accreditation process:

  • Beverly Amico, Executive Director, Advancement, Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). Beverly represents Waldorf education to the broader community, executing public relations, outreach, marketing, and advocacy related strategies, and guides AWSNA’s fund development efforts.

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Michaelmas 2019

Posted 1 month ago

The 2019 Michaelmas Festival was a true celebration of courage and community! Thank you to those who committed extra time to make it truly special. The morning started with a lovely assembly filled with singing, performances by the Grade 1- 8 students, which highlighted various aspects of our rich curriculum. It also included a rather comical eurythmy re-enactment of the French tale, Micheal and Diablo.

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AWS vs CCA

Posted 1 month ago

On September 30th, the AWS Eagles soccer team hosted the Central Christian Academy Crusaders. Playing a 4-4-2 formation, under Coach Mark Lim-Aranduque, the Eagles starters included forwards Jayla Paul (G8) and Elias Nojaim (G6), mid-fielders Matt Day (G6), Drew Kemp (G8) and Fiona Murphy (G8) and on defense, Owen Day (G7), Audrey Watts (G8), Decca Vukelic (G8) and Joe Ceu (G8), with Jack Barbier (G7) in goal.

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Waldorf Wednesdays Tours

Posted 1 month ago

The Waldorf Wednesday group tour at AWS is an opportunity to see how a Waldorf Education prepares your child for the future. From 9:00  to 10:30 am, we will visit classrooms, discuss curriculum, see student work, and experience the gift of a Waldorf Education. RSVP is not required but is appreciated. Contact Vicky Lucca at admissions@aurorawaldorfschool.org or call 655-2029 x104 with any questions or to RSVP.

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Middle School Sports - 9/20/19

Posted 1 month ago

On September 20th, a gorgeous fall day, the AWS Eagles soccer team opened their season against the Gow Ravens. The final score was 6-3, with Gow taking the lead early in the first half, including a “bicycle kick” by a Pele-like Raven. Our Eagles, led by Coach Mark Lim, appeared to have great chemistry and aggressiveness to come from behind to score three goals in the second half. Calloway Nussbaumer (G8) with an assist from Elias “Wheels” Nojaim (G6) had the first goal, George Nussbaumer (G7) was unassisted on the second, and Nojaim had the third goal on an assist from C. Nussbaumer. 

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Volunteers Still Needed

Posted 1 month ago

AWS will be at the Roycroft Fall Festival for the first time! The festival is from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days. During the festival, AWS volunteers will do simple beeswax molding with visitors. This is another opportunity for AWS to engage with the local community, and for parents to continue being great ambassadors for the school. 

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Awakening Connections Workshops - Register by Tuesday, 9/24

Posted 1 month ago

UPDATE: Last day to register for either the Friday evening or Saturday morning Awakening Connections workshops is now Tuesday, September 24th.  Both workshops are free. The 24th is also the last day to sign up for childcare for the Saturday workshop.

AWS was one of only seven Waldorf Schools in North America chosen by the Center of Biography and Social Art to host Awakening Connections workshops with the intention of developing and deepening connections between like-minded people.  We are excited to announce two different Awakening Connections workshops options.

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Education for Balance and Resilience

Posted 1 month ago

Developmental Movement, Drawing and Painting in Waldorf Education
Waldorf Development Conference at the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9th, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Jeff Tunkey

Workshop Presenters: Kathryn Humphrey, Jeff Tunkey, Jaime Thompson, Lisa Krogh, Margaret Bleek, Siobhan Hughes & Mary Jo Clark

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Michaelmas Fall Festival

Posted 1 month ago

Our Michaelmas Celebration begins at 10 AM on Thursday, September 26th. Please wear your warm red and orange fall colors and come join us!

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New in the School Store

Posted 2 months ago

New in the school store this fall: main lesson book paper and covers, kits and lots more.

Open 8:00 - 8:30 am, during dismissal, during class meetings, and by appointment!

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Summer Gratitude

Posted 2 months ago

Thank you, Bill Michalek, for leading us on the "Foraging for Wild Edibles and Medicinals" hike this past summer. 

Thank you to the AWS parents that volunteered and visited our tent at the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts.  It was a beautiful day and your support is greatly appreciated. 

Congratulations to the Dotson-Trimmer Family! Winner of the volunteer reserved parking spot for September. 

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Happy Birthday, Waldorf Education

Posted 2 months ago

For the Waldorf education centennial, September 19, 2019, Waldorf students from more than 70 countries will be taking part in activities and events that celebrate this momentous occasion, reflect our shared values and promote initiatives that revitalize society and the earth. 

We started our celebration early with the AWS Waldorf100 Community Potluck held on August 29th. It was a beautiful evening of food, fun, and friends.  There were close to 100 people in attendance with a large variety of dishes, and both alumni and current families mingling in near-perfect weather. This zero-waste event was a true success with only one small plastic wrap and recyclable tin pan remaining.  The potluck ended with a lovely group photo that will be shown at the international Waldorf100 celebration in Berlin. 

On September 19th, we will ring the school bell at the beginning of the school day and the students will receive a special birthday treat at snack time.

You can watch the worldwide celebration in Berlin live at https://www.waldorf-100.org/en/livestream/.

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September Volunteer Opportunities

Posted 2 months ago

Below are the parent engagement opportunities for September.  Please contact the person listed to sign up or for more information. Whenever you volunteer, record your hours in the volunteer log in the lobby and write your name on a blue ticket for the monthly drawing for the parking spot. If you're not at school, you can email your volunteers hours to office@aurorawaldorfschool.org

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Awakening Connections Workshops Beginning September 27th & 28th

Posted 2 months ago

AWS was one of only seven Waldorf Schools in North America chosen by the Center of Biography and Social Art to host Awakening Connections workshops with the intention of developing and deepening connections between like-minded people.  We are excited to announce two different Awakening Connections workshops options.

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Friday Evening Workshop

Posted 2 months ago

In an effort to awaken connections among like-minded people in the Western New York area, Aurora Waldorf School and the Center for Biography and Social Art are co-sponsoring a Friday evening Awakening Connections workshop which is open to the public.

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Awakening Connections: Series of 3 Saturday Workshops

Posted 2 months ago

Over the last few years, the AWS parent body has expressed a longing for a better understanding of Waldorf education, a wish for more Adult Ed opportunities, and craving deeper community connections. How fortunate that our school was one of only seven Waldorf Schools in North America chosen for the Awakening Connections workshop series which fulfill all those requests! 

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Open House

Posted 2 months ago

Join us for the AWS Open House on Saturday, September 21st ! Here, you will meet with our faculty and have the opportunity to experience the gift of a Waldorf Education. The Open House is from 11 am to 1 pm. Adults and children are welcome to attend.

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Talk and Book Signing

Posted 2 months ago

Aurora Waldorf School is pleased to host "Guilt is the Question: Freedom is the Answer,"  a talk with author Judith Frizlen on Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 am. Her new book, "Unpacking Guilt, a Mother's Journey to Freedom," will be available for purchase and signing. 

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Free Workshop with Kim John Payne: “Emotional Self-Regulation for Parents”

Posted 2 months ago

From time to time we each look for a bit of support in becoming the best parent we can be. Over the last decade or so, Kim John Payne's books and lectures have inspired parents in our AWS community and around the world. His FREE on-line workshop, Emotional Self-Regulation for Parents, is available beginning Monday, September 9th.  

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Lifeways Courses Opening in September and October

Posted 2 months ago

Join the LifeWays community and journey with Jack Petrash, and learn to L.O.V.E with Cynthia Aldinger. Choose from TWO exciting and resource-filled online courses:

Discover DISCIPLINE tools, concepts, and strategies for parenting EVERY AGE: Birth to Adult in this NEW Online Course Opens September 11, 2019: Navigating the Terrain of Childhood, Parenting Birth through Adulthood featuring Jack Petrash & Cynthia Aldinger. Read more here.

Cynthia Aldinger's Discipline With Loving Awareness online course for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Childhood Teachers begins October 23, 2019. EC Caregivers & Teachers: earn a certificate for 15 hours of continuing education. Read more here.

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2019-20 Board of Trustees New Appointments

Posted 3 months ago

We are pleased to introduce two new members of the AWS Board of Trustees: 

Bill Michalek, father of Violet in Grade 3, and incoming Vice-President and Chair of the Governance Committee; and Chris Naughton, husband of Grade 5/6 teacher LauraLee Naughton, father of three AWS graduates, and incoming Chair of Building & Grounds Committee. 

Both Bill and Chris have served on the afore-mentioned committees throughout the last school year, and we are thrilled that they are expanding their commitment to our school by joining the Board.

 

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Mill Road Bridge Closure

Posted 3 months ago

Mill Road, from Davis Road to West Falls Road, will be closed starting August 5th until September 30th. 

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AWS Bookstore Open!

Posted 3 months ago

AWS  bookstore open to one and all! 

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AWS Waldorf100 Community Potluck

Posted 3 months ago

Waldorf Education is 100!

You’re Invited to Help Us Celebrate

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AWS at Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts Kidsfest

Posted 3 months ago

August 24th & 25th -  Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

AWS will again be at the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts with an activity tent located in the Kidsfest area (the Lexington Coop parking lot). This is a great opportunity for us to meet new people while their children are doing a craft that we provide.  In years past, we have met new AWS families at this festival and reconnected with Alumni as well.  We hope to see you there and please look for the parent engagement sign-up in the next newsletter.  

https://elmwoodartfest.org/kidsfest/tent/

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AWS Receives Donation from EA Music Fest

Posted 3 months ago

Thanks to the grant writing expertise of several parents, including Brady Barbier and Megan Mills-Hoffman, AWS received a donation of $4,000 from the East Aurora Musicfest.

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Bridge to Nursery

Posted 3 months ago

AWS is hosting our Bridge to Nursery event on Thursday, August 15th, from 10-11:15 am. Our Willow Wood Nursery program serves children ages 3 to 4 years old. Ms. Janelle, Willow Wood teacher, will host families and offer a peek into a morning of our Nursery program. Spaces are very limited and RSVP is needed. Please contact us at admissions@auororawaldorfschool.org or (716) 655-2029 to RSVP or ask any questions.

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Wild Edibles Hike

Posted 4 months ago

Foraging for Wild Edibles and Medicinals with Bill Michalek

Place: West Falls Town Park (JP Nicely Park), right next to AWS

Date / Time: Sat., Aug 3 at 10 AM

Registration is appreciated: vlucca@aurorawaldorfschool.org or call 655-2029 x 104

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2019-20 AWS Calendars Now Live

Posted 4 months ago

The 2019-20 Year-at-a-Glance calendar is available and the online monthly calendar been updated for the 2019-20 school year. Mark your calendars and plan your vacations and days off!

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Rummage Sale Update!

Posted 4 months ago

Was the rummage sale a success?  YES! Cash receipts totaled more than 6,500.00, not quite as good as last year, but it’s not just about the money.   Any time community comes together and has fun recycling household goods and finding treasures for home and school, is a success.  

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With your help

Posted 4 months ago

Just one week left to donate to the Aurora Waldorf School Annual Fund. With only $1,000 left to raise to fully benefit from the $5,125 matching grant created by the School Leadership, now is the perfect time to donate. With your help, we can reach our goal! 

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Smooth Sailing

Posted 5 months ago

Now is the perfect time to donate to the AWS Annual Fund and help us smoothly navigate the financial waters! The next $2580.75 donated will have twice the impact during the matching challenge from the AWS Annual Fund Leadership Grant. No gift is too large or too small!

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Fathers Day Weekend Rummage Sale

Posted 5 months ago

The 2nd Annual AWS Rummage Sale, July 14 - 16, is shaping up to be a huge event!  Bring your friends & relatives shopping Father's Day Weekend! All proceeds support the students of AWS. 

Volunteers still needed

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Almost There!

Posted 5 months ago

The Board of Trustees is offering extra incentives to donate to the 2018-19 Annual Fund this month. They are matching donations and everyone who donates will be entered in a weekly drawing for a choice of free soup or for a AWS Store gift certificate.

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End of Year Assembly and Rose Ceremony

Posted 5 months ago

Friday, June 7th at 10:50am

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Class of 2019 Graduation

Posted 5 months ago

Friends, family, and community are invited to celebrate our newest graduating class on Sunday, June 9th at 2pm at Aurora Waldorf School. Reception to immediately follow. 

To view and print invitation, please click here

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May Faire

Posted 5 months ago

We enjoyed marvelous May Faire at Aurora Waldorf School on May 18th. Thank you to all who lent warm hearts and ready hands to help make the day so delightful.

Big thanks to Fika Midwifery for being the stalwart sponsor to get us going for this first year staging a full-on Spring Festival.

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The History of the May Celebration

Posted 5 months ago

If you took a walk in a small Swiss village in the spring, you might still be witness to the impressive sight of a tall wooden pole, decorated with flowers and many colored ribbons, placed upright in the center of the village square or park. After the long, cold winter, this becomes the focal point to celebrate the glorious month of May

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Annual General Meeting Notes

Posted 6 months ago

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Aurora Waldorf School community was invited to gather together for a spaghetti dinner followed by the Annual General Meeting led by the Board of Trustees. Highlights of the meeting included hearing about the accreditation process, marketing and enrollment efforts, and the financial state of the school. View the meeting notes.

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AWS Awarded Spring Therapeutic Eurythmy Grant

Posted 6 months ago

This spring Aurora Waldorf School was awarded a $500 grant from the Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America (ATHENA) to fund a visit by Michael Chapitis, therapeutic eurythmist from Toronto, Canada. Over the past two decades, Mr. Chapitis has been working at three different Waldorf schools, travels internationally to give courses, and has a private therapeutic practice in southern Ontario. He observed Mrs. Ebersole working with several AWS students, providing insight and guidance for the therapeutic work. We are very grateful to Mr. Chapitis for his support and to ATHENA for this generous grant!

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Faculty News

Posted 6 months ago

We are thrilled to welcome Nathan Kershner as our Woodwork/Practical Arts teacher, Sara Kensinger who will be assisting in the Parent Toddler Program, and  Sarajane Brognano as our Middle School Handwork teacher.  

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2018-19 Annual Fund Total and Participation Rates Update

Posted 6 months ago

We have received annual fund donations totaling $72,861!  Please help us raise the remaining amount needed for our 2018-19 budgeted goal!

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AWS Rummage Sale

Posted 6 months ago

AWS Rummage Sale - June 14th, 15th, and 16th (Father's Day Weekend)

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May Faire

Posted 6 months ago

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 - 10:00 am until 3:00 pm

Our May Day Festival returns to Saturday and is followed by afternoon activities which are open to the public.

Please join us and bring a friend!

 

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AWS Raffle Winners!

Posted 7 months ago

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Gratitude Day Brunch and Assembly

Posted 7 months ago

On Friday, April 12th, Aurora Waldorf School invites all AWS parents, grandparents and special friends to our annual Gratitude Brunch and Assembly. Brunch is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am, followed by an assembly with performances from grades one through eight. 

This brunch is our way of showing the wider Waldorf community our deep appreciation for all of its support.  Please mark your calendars and join us for this enjoyable morning!
Please click here to view and print the invitation.

 

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AWS 16th Annual Artisan Auction

Posted 7 months ago

The 16th Annual Artisan Auction at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora is quickly approaching! 

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Artisan Auction Basket Raffle

Posted 7 months ago

The Artisan Auction Basket Raffle is underway in our front lobby: tickets cost $12 for 3 sheets of raffle tickets or $5 for 1 sheet of raffle tickets.

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Summer Movement Intensive Week

Posted 7 months ago

Announcing the fifth (and final) session: Gym & Developmental Movement Intensive Week at AWS from June 23 to June 30, 2019. 

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Spring Equinox Eurythmy

Posted 8 months ago

On Wednesday, March 20th, Parents, Alumni and Friends of AWS are invited to join us for Spring Equinox Eurythmy! Maria Ebersole, AWS Eurythmy teacher, will lead us through centering and refreshing movements to welcome the new season. Please meet in the Eurythmy room from 8:30-9 am. You may RSVP at office@aurorawaldorfschool.org or call 716-655-2029. 

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Early Childhood Open House

Posted 9 months ago

Early Childhood Open House

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10am

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Winter Warm Up

Posted 9 months ago

Still thawing out from last week's artic vortex? Join us this Sunday at the Waldorf Winter Warm-Up! Brick oven pizzas, soups, and desserts. Cash bar with wine and craft beers. Rejuvenate, remember and reconnect. Get your discount pre-sale tickets today!

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Alumni Panel and Envision 2020 Kickoff

Posted 9 months ago

On Saturday, January 12, Aurora Waldorf School hosted two special events in the rainbow Eurythmy room. One centered around alumni, who were invited to reflect on their experiences of the school in the past, and the other centered around current parents and faculty, who were invited to engage themselves in its future.

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AWS Envision 2020

Posted 10 months ago

Join parents, faculty, staff, trustees, and AWS friends on Saturday, January 12th at AWS for our Annual Alumni Panel and a special Envisioning session.  Be part of creating and realizing the development and growth of our school and community.

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Winter Faire 2018

Posted 11 months ago

Aurora Waldorf School's annual Winter Faire is Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The Faire is open to the public with a low $6 per person admission and plenty of free parking available. Children ages 16 and under will receive six activity tickets with their admission. Activities range from 1-6 tickets, with additional activity tickets for $1 each.

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Dr. Cathy’s Visit to AWS

Posted 11 months ago

On Friday, October 5th Dr. Cathy Sims-O’Neil, anthroposophic physician, and Maria Ebersole, therapeutic eurythmist, gave a demonstration and talk entitled “Understanding and Supporting the Whole Child - Experience how Therapeutic Eurythmy and an Anthroposophic Medical Approach Help Achieve Balance in Body, Mind and Soul”. We began by doing eurythmy all together, experiencing how the act of standing upright is a constant dynamic balancing between gravity, levity, forward and backward, right and left.

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Recap of Outdoor Teacher Retreat

Posted 1 year ago

Close experiences with nature are vital to optimal health and development for both children and adults alike! This was the overarching theme of the recent Outdoor Teacher Retreat. I invite you to read this brief excerpt from Play the Forest School Way by, Peter Houghton & Jane Worroll, may it lend some insights into the importance of spending time outdoors for us all.

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Gratitude Corner

Posted 1 year ago

The lower playground now has 2 mud kitchens!

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