Current Parents

Welcome, Parents of Children Enrolled at Acorn Hill

The Parent Circle is Acorn Hill’s equivalent of a PTA – a gathering of parents who want to take an active part in building a vibrant Acorn Hill community. Our goal is to support the faculty and staff by organizing community-building events and fundraising activities. Although we primarily engage in volunteerism, our purpose is also to be a social forum for parents.

Please join us in our various activities and events as we share this journey as parents of young children. We are looking to get to know each other and support each other as we navigate issues facing us as parents today, and as we try to incorporate more Waldorf methods into our home lives. Please send any questions or comments to acornhill.parentcircle@gmail.com and we will get back to you.

Click HERE for the 2017-18 Parent Circle Events Calendar.

Monthly Parent Circle Meeting

Open to all parents. Join our monthly planning meetings, often on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 9:15am. Location in the Grove (area above the parking lot) in fine weather, or in the Acorn Hill lobby in inclement weather. 2017-18 dates: Sept 13, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 11, May 2

Handwork Circle

The Handwork Circle meets regularly on Friday mornings, lead by Mrs Woolverton and Crystal Paultre. Please see the front board for upcoming dates, and contact us with any questions, acornhill.parentcircle@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Auction Planning meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 9:15-10:15am, Acorn Hill lobby

The Annual Acorn Hill Auction Social (to be held in March) is a wonderful parents-only event featuring a catered dinner, drinks, live music, and silent and live auction, with all proceeds from ticket sales and auctioned items going towards the school.  Examples of past auction-funded projects include: bathroom renovations, playground improvements, and most recently, technology upgrades and the newly revamped school website!

Enjoy coffee and tea and baked goods as we discuss details of the event including price of admission tickets, targeted donations in honor of Janet Johnson’s retirement, and the ins and outs of each volunteer role.  Can’t make the meeting but want to help?  Contact acornhill.parentcircle@gmail.com or just sign-up on the Parent Circle page and we’ll be in touch!

The Kindergarten Year at Acorn Hill

Friday, December 1, 9:15-10:15am, Acorn Hill Willow Room (Room 5)

Kate Gage is hosting a morning conversation with parents of rising Kindergartens to discuss options for their children’s Kindergarten year. Alumnae parents will be present to offer their perspective of having children complete the Kindergarten year at Acorn Hill. Tea will be served! Help us promote the event by posting the flyer.

Embodying Discipline: An Experiential Workshop for Parents

Tuesday, December 5, 2017     7:30–9:00 pm 

Movement is our first language, and a gesture can sometimes speak more clearly than words. In this experiential workshop, we will increase our awareness of the non-verbal realm of parent and child communication through simple movement exercises. This class is led by Lynn Adelman and Lani Hill, both professional dancers, movement educators, and WWS Early Childhood faculty members. Please dress in clothing suitable for movement. $10 suggested donation.

Family Crafting Social and Wee One Shoppe

Sunday, December 10, 9:30am-12:30pm

The Wee One Shoppe is a special Secret Shopper opportunity for children ages 3 to 8.  Parents, your children will be able to go through the Wee One Shoppe set up especially for them. With alumni volunteers helping them (no parents allowed!), your kids will be able to buy small gifts for family members, specifically purchased or made and priced starting at just $1.  Children will have fun wrapping and tagging their gifts as well. What a sweet surprise for you to enjoy something they selected all on their own!  While the children pick out something special, enjoy the crafting social and bake sale or do some holiday shopping yourself at the Little Shop and New-to-You Jewelry Sale.

At the Family Crafting Social, Acorn Hill Handwork Fairies will help you make your own holiday gifts!  Purchase adult and child handcraft kits and have fun completing them during the social with help from faculty and volunteers.  Completed handwork projects will also be on sale.  Grandparents and friends welcome!  Mark your calendars!

Holiday gifts at the Little Shop!  Complete or start your holiday gift shopping at the Little Shop.  Specialty gifts of handmade items as well as the ever useful Stockmar crayons and beeswax for sale!

Also featured at this event is the New-to-You Jewelry Sale.  If you have any earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets that you no longer wear, your jewelry from times past or gifts that aren’t quite your style could be someone’s current treasure. Money raised will be used towards Acorn Hill’s family events and activities.  This is the perfect opportunity to support Acorn Hill, while enhancing your own annual clean-up or downsizing efforts!  Donations can be dropped off in the Acorn Hill Office by December 8th.

Help us promote the event by posting the flyer.

Candlemas Bonfire

Sunday, February 11, 2017 4:00 pm –5:00 pm

A midwinter celebration of light, music, and warmth for families. Free.

Silent Auction and Social

Saturday, March 17, 2018 6:30 pm –9:30 pm

Join us for a delightful evening of dinner, drinks, music and Live Auction!

A Conversation Among Waldorf Grandparents: Building our Relationships

Wednesday, April 25, 2018     7:30–9:00 pm

As grandparents we enjoy watching our grandchildren grow and expand their horizons, yet sometimes it can be difficult to establish an easy-going, relaxed relationship with the children, and even with their parents. Parenting choices and styles may differ from what we had experienced. Understanding Waldorf education can help to open the door to a more satisfying relationship with your grandchild and his or her parents. Several panelists will share their experiences as Waldorf grandparents, with a chance for discussion and exchange of ideas. $10 suggested donation.

Spring Fair

Saturday, May 14, 2018 10am–2pm

All are welcome! Join us for this annual and popular family event! Children enjoy outdoor games, crafts, activities and a special marionette show. Other highlights include the sale of dolls, animals, and other crafts lovingly handmade by our very own parents, Little Shop items, plants, homemade baked goods, delicious wholesome food for lunch, and a raffle.