Joyful Learning and Healthy Living

A Letter from Our Head of School


Dear WSP Families,


The three R’s in Waldorf Early Childhood Education are: rhythm, repetition, and reverence. We have all probably heard at one point or another the three R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse, and recycle. This week has brought to mind the three R’s of preservation: renovation, restoration, and rehabilitation. Each of these relate to our health: health of the human being, health of the natural world, and health of the built environment.


Our main school building has a unique history. The original building, a Victorian-era mansion that is a city-designated historic landmark, was built circa 1867. It was acquired by the Ursuline Sisters in the 1890s to be used as the Ursuline Young Ladies’ Academy, a Catholic girls’ school. The Ursuline Sisters sold the building in the early 1990s to be used as an event hall. In 2003, the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh purchased the building. Much has been done since that time to make the buildings and campus a place where joyful learning and healthy living can take place. As curators of this special property, we take care in all aspects of the place we love to ensure its health and well-being for many years to come.


Last Friday, we began renovation of our 100+ years-old sewer line. Our campus is home to almost 70 trees, some of whom took root in the terracotta pipes! Many thanks to our students, teachers, and parents for their flexibility in moving to different play areas while this work is done. Everyone seemed to carry-on with ease, and we are so grateful. We anticipate the completion of this work sometime next week.


Wishing you joyful learning and healthy living,

Kirsten Christopherson-Clark

Head of School


Sunflower and Buttercup Kindergarteners dig in the sand in their alternate play area while site work is completed in their play yard.