As partners in building a healthy school community, our parents are essential. In fact, parents make up the majority of our committees. Parent involvement in school activities energizes and nourishes the health of the school. Your participation matters in so many ways. It enriches the experience for not only your child, but also your family and the entire WSSL community. There are many ways to get involved. Parents are expected to participate in most festivals and other school events, attend lectures and class meetings, support the all-school workdays and assist in Outreach activities.
Our parents are dedicated to modeling life long learning and self development to our children. Here are a few examples of how this happens at WSSL:
Book Club – Join us as we dive into a new book: “Rhythms of Learning,” a collection of essays by Rudolf Steiner on Waldorf Education. Edited by Roberto Trostli, who provides wonderful context, the book talks about why Waldorf schools do things the way they do. This is a great way to deepen your knowledge about Waldorf Education while meeting and socializing with other parents.
This group is open to all, even if you haven’t had a chance to read the chapter. Copies of the introduction are available in the school office or you can read excerpts of the book at books.google.com.
The Parenting Study Group meets on the second Monday of each month from 8:00-10:00 p.m. in the Elm House kitchen, 915 North Elm. For details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-962-2129.
Biography Group –Biography reflection provides a chance to experience how opening to your childhood biography can further your understanding not only of your own journey, but to that of your children, thereby awakening further capacities as a parent. Several parents at WSSL haved worked closely with facilitator Linda Bergh to deepen their understanding of themselves, their children and each other. Linda Bergh is a lifelong teacher and therapist. Linda has been involved with the Waldorf movement for over forty years. For ten years she has been a core faculty member and educational chair of the Novalis institute in Minneapolis/St. Paul, which provides classes in inner development for Waldorf Parents and Teachers. She has taught Biography and other inner development courses both regionally and internationally for Waldorf communities. We hope to welcome Linda to WSSL again soon!
Community Involvement – our parents are very active in the community, volunteering their times with organizations like Slow Food STL, La Leche league, Earth Dance, Ethical Society of St. Louis, Rotary Club of Webster Groves, Webster Groves Chamber of Commerce, etc.