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March 18, 2014

Dear KWS Community:

Dare I say it, but it looks like spring is actually on its way. I’m not sure I remember a more challenging winter (which seemed like it would never end). One harbinger of spring at Kimberton Waldorf School is the 8th grade play, which is performed just before Spring Break. The play is traditionally a Shakespeare play, and this year’s 8th grade class is presenting The Taming of the Shrew. It is a big production, with sets to build, lines to learn, and action to be blocked. Ms. Tarsio, our 8th grade class teacher, and Ms. van der Stok-Fried, our eurythmy teacher, direct the play. The set is based on an Elizabethan set design, and the implementation and construction of the set was guided by 8th grade parent Gary Arthurs. Public performances are this coming Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 at 7:00 pm in the Lower School Theater.

This past weekend, Kimberton Waldorf School hosted the second annual Tempus conference on social entrepreneurship. The conference is co-produced by KWS and Triskeles, and the planning group included KWS high school students. The conference was attended by high school and college age young people from Kimberton Waldorf School and the Philadelphia region. The students heard an opening keynote address from Don Shaffer, CEO of RSF Social Finance, and attended workshops on all aspects of entrepreneurship, including networking, developing a pitch, finding funders, marketing, and other compelling topics. Many thanks to all of the presenters, including our own KWS parents Chris Conway and Nimesh Shah, and Kyle Schutter '06. Thanks also to the planning committee members: Mark Birdsall '65, Lauren Blood, Lisa Faranda, Clemens Pietzner '73 (all from Triskeles); Benedict Roemer '15, Ella Clee '14, Jharna Jahnavi '15, Nick Hunter '15 (KWS students); Chaitanya Bhat '13, Alexis Bacon '11, Matt Wise '12 (recent KWS alumni); Aparna Maddali, Chris Conway, Sandy Bacon, Neil Sicherman (current KWS parents); Sharon Yerkes, Kris Keller, Jeanne Weber (alumni parents); Anna Zay, Hezi Haut, and Dina Jenney (KWS faculty and staff, and current KWS parents).

On Sunday, we had a special treat as we got to hear more from Kyle Schutter '06, who gave a talk on his own social entrepreneurial venture in Africa. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in engineering, Kyle decided to move to Africa to start a business designing and building biogas systems for farmers in rural areas. These biogas systems provide gas for cooking and other purposes, and Kyle has devised a way to make the systems affordable for farmers. We are very proud of Kyle for the innovative work that he is doing. Click here to view a video of Kyle’s talk (at the end he speaks of the benefits of his Waldorf Education).


Kevin Hughes
Dean of School