WSB Green School Community Survey

green_school_badgeThe Waldorf School of Baltimore has been an officially recognized Maryland Green School of just about 4 years now. In late March, we will be submitting an updated application to maintain this important certification. Being recognized as a Maryland Green School is very important to us for a number of reasons…. It gives WSB state and national recognition for our green efforts and accomplishments; it communicates to our students and current/prospective parents that our community is serious about our responsibility to a healthy environment and sustainable future; it helps center our collective focus on current ecoliteracy trends in education; and, pragmatically, it even helps us reduce operational costs.
If you are part of the WSB community, please take 3 minutes to fill out a short survey (of nine multiple choice questions). The information you provide will help WSB generate an exemplary application. The survey can be reached by clicking HERE. Thank you for your time!

Introducing the Birthday Egg

IMG_0955We are excited to announce that starting in 2014 all of our elementary students will receive a Birthday Egg. On their special day, students will come home with a permission slip for parents to sign and return to school. Then, upon parental approval, the student will receive a fresh egg from one of our lovely hens (Gumball, Richard, or Darwin). Please return the container to school the next day.
Above is a photo of our first student to receive a Birthday Egg. In truth, she was the impetus behind this grand idea — and I was very happy to oblige her. Below is a photo of Gumball enjoying some watermelon — yes, Birthday Eggs taste very, very good.
Along with our students, our chickens have grown so much over the last year. I’ll be posting a little slideshow soon that documents their presence at our school.
Oh… and worry not, if your child was born in the summer, we will make birthday eggs available to them in late spring before school lets out — just let Mr. Anderson know you would like your child to participate. Stay warm.
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WSB becomes a Winter Wonderland

Yesterday, our school transformed into a winter wonderland of extraordinary proportions. During recess, our students (and teachers) were able to explore the mesmerizing metamorphosis that occurred during the night before. Some students let melting icicles drip into their mouths from the ice-encased branches, while others slid across thousands of frozen blades of grass.
Please enjoy these photos taken during lunch recess on February 5th, 2014:

Future Bee: A Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop in Maryland

The following information is for an exciting natural & biodynamic beekeeping workshop happening in Maryland. It’s coordinated by the Chesapeake BioDynamic Network in affiliation with the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association. Unfortunately I can not attend all of the workshops, but I will be making a noble attempt to attend some — care to join me?

FUTURE BEE: A Natural & Biodynamic Approach to Beekeeping

Led by Dan & Jeri Hemerlein, & Bill Castrobig-bee-goddess_bm_gr18604-1234

Join us in learning a reverence for the hive and how we can support healthy, chemical free honey bee colonies.
Dan & Jeri are MD beekeepers & graduates of Gunther Hauk’s “Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping Training” at Spikenard Farm. Bill is a long time urban & treatment free beekeeper, owner and steward of Bee Friendly Apiary based in Baltimore, MD.

:::COURSE INFORMATION:::
WHERE: 4221 Metzerott Rd, College Park, MD 20740 (The Christian Community Social Room)
WHEN:
SATURDAY’S February 1st, 8th, & 22nd; March 1st, 22nd; April 12th *Dates subject to change
TIME:
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
HOW MUCH:
$45 for 6 class series,(Single/Family) including a “package hiving demonstration” – $10 Drop In
TO REGISTER: Show up @ 8:00 AM!
QUESTIONS?
Dan & Jeri Hemerlein:
BeeHemerlein@gmail.com(410) 808-9298
Michael Judge: Mjudge2000@gmail.com
Bill Castro: Billiam1969@BeeFriendlyApiary.com(303) 877-4617

 

GoodGuide: The Eco-Friendly Consumer’s Tool

In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
– The Great Law of the Iroquois

Today I would just like to share with you a fantastic new online tool to help your family make socially-responsible choices for all your household needs:
GoodGuideThe following is taken straight from the website’s about page: “GoodGuide’s science team – chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists, and lifecycle analysis experts – rates products and companies on their health, environmental and social performance. GoodGuide’s 0 to 10 rating system helps consumers quickly evaluate and compare products.”

So go CHECK IT OUT. It’s super easy to use, and they even offer a smartphone app that allows you to scan products in your cart and an integrated web-browser “transparency toolbar” to help you shop online.

You are what you eat – so eat the GOOD stuff!

Welcome to 2014 at WSB

Welcome to 2014! This new year will see some new and exciting developments at WSB. Some of the green projects you’ll see happening (and be able to participate in) around our campus will be rebuilding the earthen oven, an expansion & beautification of our school garden, a new pop-up greenhouse on our terrace, and the building of an herb spiral and a cob structure in the garden. I’m also happy to report that our chickens & bees are doing fine and seem healthy and strong. (Much thanks to the Devecka Family for caring for them over our winter break!)
The Student Council’s TerraCycle project is underway and we already have over 6,000 points to put to good use! Currently up for vote is to help provide fresh water to an African Village or help preserve an acre of US wildlife land. (We’ll be doing both actually — this vote is to set our first goal.) Also, parents & faculty will soon see a surprise gift from the Student Council popping up at events . . . but I’ll leave it’s revelation to them.
With the warmish days, we’ve already gotten started! Below are a couple of photos taken at lunch time this week as dedicated students and I prepare the new flowing edges of our expanded garden. As well as a photo of Children’s Garden parent, Roland Oehme, taken as we were planting some of the trees he donated to our school.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Kiva Update: Dec 2013

Kiva-holidayToday, WSB was able to make another $25 KIVA loan! The loan was made with money repaid to us and was lent to a group of 7 people in Vietnam. The group members will be using the funds to build a septic system & hand-washing station in their homes. Read their story by clicking on the photo below:
KivaVietSince November of 2012 our lending team has lent over $1050 to people in over 73 counties. Check out our Impact Report HERE. (Hint: If you’re already a member, check in on your account . . . chances are you have a loan repayment that you can re-lend!)
In the months to follow we will be coupling this project with our TerraCycle program to involve our Student Council. You can join us by visiting our team page: Waldorf International Community. If you choose to make a $25 loan, WSB’s Student Council will be able to lend out another $25 on behalf of a 3rd party lender (effectively doubling your loan). Please consider joining us on KIVA!
Also! … consider giving the gift that gives back … a KIVA Card makes a great gift this Holiday Season!
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Clay Mountain

IMG_0568We got clay this week. 10 tons of it! Big thanks to the Stancill family for their generous donation. The Stancills have been part of the WSB community for a long time and donated clay to build the earthoven many years ago as well. We’ll be using this batch to fix up the earthoven and build a cob bench in the garden this Spring! I would like this to be a community workshop & project. Please let me know if you’re interested in getting your hands & feet muddy! Have a nice weekend.