A Letter from Our Head of School
Dear WSP Families,
Thank you for a wonderful Winter Fair Weekend! We had nearly 100 individuals or organizations contribute to our annual community celebration of warmth and light. Congratulations to Paige Forrest, winner of our Reading Rascals raffle basket and Jill Zihar, winner of the Wine & Brews raffle basket!
All proceeds from the Winter Fair Weekend support our financial aid program. Total funds raised for the winter greens, Winter Fair in a Box sales, raffle tickets, and our first ever Night Market totaled $9,500! This is well beyond our budgeted goal of $2,000 (this goal decreased from previous years due to the pandemic).
Thank you to everyone who chaired a specific aspect of the weekend, donated items and/or energy, led a craft or activity, and participated in the weekend in one form or another. What an amazing community we have! I continue to be impressed by our ability to move together in ways that keep us whole and vibrant.
Again, we will be called upon to do this. Governor Wolf’s new order released yesterday to begin at 12:01 am on December 12, will not allow us to hold the Winter Spiral or other optional on campus activities through January 4, 2021. We understand these orders are in response to the rising positive cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in PA.
In preparation for a re-imagined Winter Spiral, the faculty worked this week with WSP parent and psychologist, Dr. Denise McMorrow. We were reminded that winter is a time where nature guides us to spiral inward for “deep and restorative rest”. This rest allows us to bring warmth to the body, stimulating creativity just as it does in the root systems of plants during winter. Dr. McMorrow spoke about the light we carry in the Winter Spiral as the “whisper of the soul”.
Next week, our faculty will offer more information about bringing the spirit of the Winter Spiral — a ritual we hold so dear as a Waldorf school during this time of year — into your homes.
I hope our last week together before the Winter Break will offer ways to release the hardships and losses of this year and look ahead to new joys in 2021.
With warmth and gratitude,
Head of School