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Fri, Sep 29



Annual Fund Kick-off & Michaelmas 2023–24

Join us on campus Friday, September 29th as we kick off the WSP Annual Fund and our 30th anniversary! Celebrate Michaelmas, a faculty-led festival of strength and courage.

Annual Fund Kick-off & Michaelmas 2023–24
Annual Fund Kick-off & Michaelmas 2023–24

Time & Location

Sep 29, 2023, 8:00 AM EDT – Sep 30, 2023, 3:45 PM EDT

Pittsburgh, 201 S Winebiddle St, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, USA

About the Event

This year’s Annual Fund kick-off is on Friday, September 29th, coinciding with our Michaelmas celebration. Our theme, ‘Holding 30 Years of Community’, is inspired by the roots of our past and our dedicated commitment to educating for the future. As we look forward to celebrating thirty years of Waldorf education in Pittsburgh, we have deep gratitude for the social renewal that can come when we work together in community.

WSP is committed to fully developing the human potential of each and every child enrolled here. Waldorf education fosters each child’s capacity to become an independent thinking, compassionate, courageous, and purposeful human being. Every dollar donated to the Annual Fund counts and provides us with the resources we need to foster our students’ inspired learning both now and for years to come.

As we celebrate 30 years, may we cherish our WSP community connections both past and present, and look to a vibrant future for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh.

Ways to Give

Participation in the Annual Fund is what is valued most, so please consider giving at whatever level you can.

Four Easy Ways to Give:

  • Donate online here
  • Text WSP30 to 41444
  • Mail or drop off a check
  • Email Dave Taylor at or fill out a giving form on Friday, September 29th at drop-off or pick-up and ask him to bill your contribution to your TADS account (payable over time, if you like).

The Annual Fund helps to support:

  • Teachers and staff member salaries and compensation
  • Financial aid
  • Student programming

Visit the annual fund page to learn more!

Annual Fund and Michaelmas Schedule

Parents and guardians are invited to drop off Annual Fund donations beginning in the morning at drop-off, or stop by sometime during the day to join us outdoors for a variety of Michaelmas activities. We will have a table set up at the Cob Oven until 3:30pm. Below is the schedule of events. We can't wait to see you on campus that day!  Note, a printed version of the schedule should have gone home with your student this week. 

8:00–8:45am | Cob Oven 

Refreshments, Bulb Planting, and Dye Cafe

  • Grab a cup of coffee prepared by WSP’s Administrative Team as you stop by the table where Dave Taylor, Director of Business Operations, will be accepting donations to the WSP Annual Fund.
  • Visit WSP Handwork Teacher Sarah Louise to dye silk with plant-based materials.
  • Early Childhood students and parents are invited to plant bulbs in or near their outdoor classrooms at drop-off.

8:45–9:15am | Auditorium 

Artistic Contemplation and Spatial Dynamics Activity 

with Brigitte Ryan (Morning Garden teacher) & Angela Illar (Grade One Teacher, Movement Teacher, and Athletics Director)  

You are warmly invited to join together with other members of our community to contemplate the inner gestures of this time of year and of the festival of Michaelmas in light of anthroposophy and the path of inner development. In our time together, there will be an opportunity for quiet individual reflection and group work with Spatial Dynamics.  Note: For parents and guardians. Accessible to all. Wear clothing appropriate for movement!

12:15–1:30 and 2:45–3:45 | Cob Oven 8th Grade Bake Sale and WSP Merch Sale 

Visit the 8th grade bake sale to enjoy a tasty treat and/or get your special edition WSP 30th anniversary shirt in support of the Class of 2024. All proceeds benefit the 8th grade end-of-year class trip!

1:30–2:30 | Grades Play Yard 

Grades 1–5 Festival of Courage 

Watch children in grades 1–5 participate in the Festival of Courage. Parents and family members are welcome to attend.

1:45–2:30 | Heartwood Annex 

Fencing Demonstration 

Take in the fencing demonstration presented by Grades 7 and 8. All are welcome and encouraged to watch.

3:00–3:30 | Heartwood Annex 

Fencing Matches & Apple Press Demonstration 

Watch middle school fencing matches or take a turn pressing cider.  Please bring a few apples for the cider press.

Can't make it to kick-off? No problem, you can make a donation here or text WSP30 to 41444.

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