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Check out our most recent newsletter, and find out how the children are celebrating Spring.
HAPPY EASTER to all of our TRWS families and friends!
Today marked our first annual school raffle, which was held at Stoney Creek Inn in Onalaska. Those who attended the raffle party took part in dying Easter eggs using natural dyes, creating Easter egg baskets out of recycled egg cartons, playing Easter-themed games, and enjoying good food and company. Five lucky winners went home with $100 cash door prizes.
THANK YOU to everyone who purchased or sold raffle tickets. A special thanks goes to Kim Clemmerson and Kristi Abplanalp for organizing the event.
We are pleased to announce our Grand Prize Winners:
1st Prize: 2013 Chevy Spark from Brenengan Auto
Mike Huston and Paula Harvatine (West Salem, WI)
2nd Prize: 2013 Honda Metropolitan Scooter from 2Brothers Powersports
Filipp Veselovskiy (La Crescent, MN)
3rd Prize: 2013 Specialized Hardrock Bike with matching helmet from Bikes Unlimited
Mollie Boldt (Oakdale, MN)
If you missed last month’s newsletter, here it is. Find out how the children enjoyed the last few weeks of winter, and enjoy all of the beautiful pictures and stories that their teachers have shared.
Check back soon for the March newsletter.
For the past three months the 7th/8th grade class have made periodic volunteer visits to the Wafer Food Pantry. Their action is part of TRWS’s Waldorf Werks community service initiative. Through their volunteerism, these students have gained an appreciation of the valuable service that Wafer provides to many members of the greater La Crosse community.
In continued support of Wafer’s mission, the 7th/8th Grade class is conducting a canned goods and personal hygiene products drive. Soup, canned veggies, cereal, and soap/shampoo are items currently in greatest need. If you would like to make a contribution, please deliver your items to the main office between now and March 8th. Thank you for your support of this important cause!
Three Rivers Waldorf School will be hosting an open house for our grades programs on February 20th from 6-7pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to stop by the school to get a sense of our grades offerings. Spread the word to friends and neighbors who might be interested.
We look forward to seeing you there!
On a brisk Saturday morning, several parents and families braved the chilly temps to visit downtown La Crosse businesses in search of donations and sponsorships to help make our Silent Auction a success! We were welcomed into several local shops and received heartwarming and enthusiastic support from our community. A great time was had by all, even the wee ones! Looking forward to seeing all of you in April.
Please stop by the office to talk to Justin about how to secure donations for the Silent Auction. The process is easier and more rewarding than you might think!
Our Waldorf Werks Initiative has our students out in the community learning the many benefits of giving back…
Our January Monthly Newsletter is available for viewing! Please take a look at all of the exciting things that are happening at Three Rivers Waldorf School and our Little Lights Child Care Center.
You may have noticed Waldorf Werks events posted on our e-calendar, or you may have read about the initiative in past newsletters. An update on its progress: so far our effort to assist non-profits in the La Crosse area has started to generate some great relationships. It has also generated publicity for TRWS and–most importantly–these service opportunities have provided our children with unforgettable experiences. And it is with great pleasure that I inform you that we have moved into another phase of our Waldorf Werks initiative. Last night at the La Crosse Parks and Recreation board meeting we were granted the opportunity to adopt a portion of the La Crosse Marsh Trail between 3rd Street and Lange Drive. Steve Carlyon, Parks and Rec. Director, stated at the meeting that he, “hope[ed] more people would take example from us.” It was a moment of pride for our community and for our students.
Our 3rd/4th grade class will be taking care of the trail and using it, on occasion, as an outdoor classroom. I hope that we continue to develop these extremely meaningful relationships with the many wonderful organizations in La Crosse. If you have any suggestions or would like to assist in any of the service activities please feel free to call or email to get involved!
Written By: Justin McKnight
Photo Credit: Renee S. Cole
Frau Olson is in her first year as German Teacher at Three Rivers Waldorf School. However, her impact on the children has been immediate and profound. Frau Olson’s energy and spirited approach to teaching foreign language can be heard throughout the halls at TRWS. “I want to create good feelings and positivity [between the children and foreign languages],” said Frau Olson. During a conversation about her class, Frau Olson expounded on her use of pictures, gestures and, most notably, songs to create familiarity with the German language. “The Waldorf approach to learning any language demands engagement of multiple senses; this makes the language come alive,” stated Frau Olson.
Anyone who attended the grades assembly in December surely noticed the engagement of the children and the special place German is beginning to hold for them. On many levels Frau Olson hopes to inspire the children to think about the diversity of their world through the study of foreign languages. It appears to many of us here at TRWS that she is well on her way to meeting this goal.