Thank you for joining us at our events this past school year! We will post our public events for 2018-19 in August, so please check back then for an updated list.
Fathering: Making the Most of a Special Opportunity with Jack Petrash
Wednesday, November 15 7:30-9pm
Our society has changed dramatically in recent years with regard to gender roles and work situations. Mothers are working extended hours and fathers are doing more at home. What do these changes ask of fathers, and how can we make the most of this special opportunity?
Jack Petrash is a former Waldorf teacher, the director of the Nova Institute, and the father of three grown children. He has worked with fathers in the US and Canada, exploring the joys and challenges of fathering. He is the author of several books, and his Tedx talk, Educating Children for the Journey, has been widely viewed. His parenting pieces have appeared in the Washington Post and on NPR. $10 suggested donation.
The Kindergarten Year at Acorn Hill
Friday, December 1, 2017 9:15–10:15 am
Thinking about Kindergarten and what’s next after Acorn Hill? Join Faculty Chair Kate Gage for tea and discussion about the Kindergarten year both at Acorn Hill and beyond. Hear from current and alumni parents about their experiences and ask those burning questions.
Family Holiday Crafting Social / Wee One Shoppe
Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:30 am –12:30 pm
Back by popular demand, join us for socializing, crafting, and shopping!
A special event for children ages 3 to 8. Secret Shopper opportunity for kids! Parents, your children will be able to go through the Wee One Shoppe set up especially for them. With elf-en 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 or possibly shop yourself at the new-to-you jewelry and Parent Circle Handwork items sale.
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. Completed handwork projects will also be on sale. Grandparents and friends welcome! Mark your calendars!
Bake sale and Coffee from La Mano Coffee Bar (owned by current Acorn Hill parents).
All are welcome!
Sustainable Community Development, Biodynamic Agriculture and Waldorf Education in Nepal
Monday, January 15th 3:00-4:30pm
Guest speaker: Krishna Gurung, Founder, Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundattion
Suggested Donation $10 goes to KRMEF to support their work
On Martin Luther King’s day, Acorn Hill is hosting a special event to introduce the work of holistic community development in Nepal. The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Foundation (KRMEF) is an NGO in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, dedicated to creating a healthy, sustainable environment that embodies eco-friendly practices for the well-being of local communities. Since its inception in 2008, the KRMEF has established biodynamic farming, environmental education, sustainable development through ecological architecture, local renewable energy production, and use of local resources for crafts, all with the aim to create job opportunities and social and health services in the local community. KRMEF also has a Waldorf-inspired school that provides quality education to the children in the community.
Please join us for a talk by Krishna Gurung to learn more about the dynamic work at KRMEF and be connected with the global community working on finding solutions to the global and development challenges at the local level. Tea and refreshments will be provided after the talk.
Continuing A Conversation on Fathering
Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:30–9:00 pm
During this second fathering session we will look more deeply into the challenges that fathers face today in our busy and rapidly changing world. To jump start this conversation, the dads who attend are encouraged to read an article by Hanna Rosin, “The End of Men.” It appeared in The Atlantic – July/August 2010. $10 donation requested at the door.
Candlemas Bonfire – Rescheduled due to rain
Sunday, February 25, 2018 4-5pm
If Candlemas day be sunny and bright,
Winter again will show its might.
If Candlemas day be cloudy and grey,
Winter soon will pass away.
Candlemas, better known in these parts as Groundhog Day, has long been celebrated in various cultures to mark the middle of winter. It falls on February 2nd – midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox – and is one of the cross-quarter days that make up the wheel of the year, along with Halloween, May Day, and Midsummer. It is a time for reflection, of new beginnings, and renewal, marked by increasing physicality. The celebration of this festival day helps reflect a threshold between the earthly and heavenly worlds.
Gather around the bonfire and join the Acorn Hill community for this midwinter celebration of light, music and warmth with the entire family.
Embodying Discipline: An Experiential Workshop for Parents
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 7:30–9:00 pm
From toddlers to teens, our children call upon us to “stand firm” on issues we believe are important. On occasion, we may need to “put our foot down”, and it can be all too easy to feel like a “pushover.”
Movement is our first language, and a gesture can sometimes speak more clearly than words. In this workshop, we will increase our awareness of the non-verbal realm of parent-child communication through simple movement exercises. Clear communication assists in laying the foundation for life-long trust and understanding. This class is led by Lynn Adelman, professional dancer, movement educator, and Washington Waldorf School Early Childhood faculty member. Please dress in clothing suitable for movement. $10 suggested donation requested at the door.
Silent Auction and Social
Saturday, March 17, 2018 6:30 pm –9:30 pm
The Annual Acorn Hill Auction Social is a wonderful parents-only event featuring a catered dinner, drinks, live music, and silent and live auction! The online auction will run for two weeks prior to the Social from March 5th through the 17th and include a variety of items. Bid on priceless handmade crafts, unique goods and services donated by fellow Acorn Hill parents, restaurant gift cards and tickets to shows, and fabulous one-of-a-kind buy-in parties! All proceeds from ticket sales and auctioned items will go 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. Join the greater Acorn Hill community in support of our school and come out for an evening of fun! Tickets are $10 if purchased by February 17th, 2018 and will be $15 thereafter and at the door.
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.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 10am–2pm
All are welcome! Join us for this annual and popular family event! Children enjoy outdoor games like the popular fishing game, marble run, and a special “Toddler in the Woods” area with activities perfect for little ones. Indoors are children’s crafts such as making pom-poms and tissue paper flowers. This year’s puppet show is Lit’Mahn & the Girl Who Spun Gold, a Caribbean tale. Other highlights include the sale of beautiful felted animals, and other crafts lovingly handmade by our very own parents, plants, lunch, and delicious homemade baked goods. Not to be missed!