Northern Lights School has provided a high-quality Waldorf-inspired alternative educational experience for area children for over 20 years. This year we have successfully become a New York State Certified Daycare that allows us to continue and expand our programs in early childhood education in the future. Over the past several years we have focused on enriching our programs for our students and have been able to offer a variety of free programs for our community. Now we are in search of a larger campus to better meet the needs of our currently enrolled students and support the growth of new programs in the future.
How you can help:
- Please read about our school and our mission below.
- Visit our new website.
- "Like" and "follow us" on Facebook.
- Consider donating to our Capital Campaign.
- Share our mission with your family and friends.
Our current Capital Campaign is a fund specifically focused on the purchase of a new school campus. This is a gift that extends beyond our current school year to create a wonderful campus for our children and the children who will attend Northern Lights Waldorf School 50 years from now. In donating to the Capital Campaign, your individual gift will leverage additional support from our lenders and foundations.
We currently serve almost 50 families in the Tri-Lakes area in our pre-school programs. We also offer many services open to every family in the community including free parent education seminars, free prenatal and childbirth classes, and free 0-3 child and parent programming. Often we are able to extend our childcare services to the community during school holidays and vacations for working families with no consistent daycare. Our nonprofit school is governed by its board of trustees, which is composed of committed parents and faculty.
What is the Waldorf Philosophy?
Waldorf schools support students in their creative, social, intellectual and physical development so that they may become engaged, thoughtful and caring citizens. We believe that play is a child's real work and way of learning. Folk tales and other stories, regular creative activities, sharing of tasks, individual activities, and group play are balanced in the rhythm of the day. During play time the children become engaged, for instance, in creating houses from cloths and play stands, performing puppet shows and plays with silks and marionettes, and building with simple items such as sticks, stones, and shells. It is also the time to develop social skills with playmates and teachers; the children learn to listen, to share, to help, and to respect each other. Circle is a time for traditional verses, poems, seasonal songs, and games, paired with movement to connect the children to the season and strengthen their growing bodies. Rich language, nurturing movement, and connection to the natural world are strong pillars of the early childhood experience. Outdoor play is also a very important part of the children's morning. Running, jumping, balancing, swinging and exploring the natural world are valued activities. Through all of these mindful activities we are creating capable, balanced children who are prepared to succeed in their next stage of education.
We need a new school building! Over the past several years we have worked to write grants to improve our access to families in the community and provide more free educational events for all parents in our community. We are serving more families in our community than ever. As a natural consequence, our school and grounds are in constant need of attention. At any given time of year part of the play small play area is roped off as an attempt to get grass to grow back to preserve the integrity of the grounds for the church (our landlords).
With our new NYS Daycare license, we now have the ability to expand our UPK program and develop 0-3 full day programming, however we have no space to do so. While our Forest Kindergarten class has been successful in utilizing Will Rogers forest space and interacting with the residents, we would like to keep all of our programming limited to one site to make parent participation and drop offs as easy as possible. We need more classroom and outdoor space in hopes to continue to build a sustainable alternative educational environment for local children and their families.
With a new, larger building we look to:
o Expand our Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program
o Develop full day 0-3 early educational/daycare services
o Expand our outdoor play space for all programs
o Keep our Forest Kindergarten program on site to eliminate two drop off points for parents
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Thank you so much for your time and interest in our school and effort to continue making it a great family and community resource for the next 20+ years! Any contribution you can make to our cause is so valuable and appreciated by all the children and families that we work with.