Ms. Emily’s Garden Kale Salad

From Ms. Emily (EBWS Gardening & Outdoor Education Teacher):
The garden is transitioning from a sea of kale and fava beans to more sun-loving plants like tomatoes, beans, potatoes and indigo!  Students in classes 1-3 have made kale salad at least once in the past few weeks, and may be eager to make this recipe at home.
Ms. Emily’s Kale Salad
1 big bunch kale (curly kale adds great texture, if using Red Russian or Dinosaur/Lacinato, add more) 
2 carrots
1 apple, your favorite variety (we used Pink Lady)
2 tsp dried currants
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup toasted walnuts (optional) 
2 Meyer lemons
olive oil
sea salt
Toast the walnuts and sunflower seeds (note that walnuts will take longer and so use two separate pans) in an oven at 350 degrees until golden brown. Let cool. Juice the lemons and remove the seeds. Pour the lemon juice into your salad bowl. Chop up the apple and carrots into tiny pieces, about as big as a pea. Toss them with the lemon juice and pour a big glug of olive oil over top. Sprinkle a hefty pinch of sea salt over top. Next, separate the tender leaf part of the kale from the midrib and stem. You can set aside the stems to saute in your next stir fry. Tear the leaves into bite size pieces and give them a good wash and spin in a salad spinner. Once they are dry, put them into the bowl and massage the leaves so that each leaf is coated in olive oil. The longer you massage, the sweeter and more tender the kale becomes. Lastly, add the currants, walnuts and seeds and more salt to taste. Enjoy with people you love!

 

Ms. Emily, would love to invite you to our Spring campus work party:  Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 9am – 1pm. Come for the whole time or just an hour!

 

Indigo Dyeing Party

Before the Spring Break, Kelly & Shabana, with the help of Melanie and April, hosted an Indigo Dyeing Party to kick off our indigo Jubilee festivities! All the napkins have been Shibori dyed from the indigo harvested from our very own East Bay Waldorf School garden! The day was topped off with a delicious Pakistani-inspired lunch, complete with Chai tea, courtesy of Kelly & Shabana. Thank you to everyone who participated! If you haven’t gotten your indigo Jubilee tickets yet, do so today – this spectacular event is coming soon: April 22nd!

Thank you, Alvin, for capturing this special day!

 

 

 

 

4th Grade Local Geography Block

From Ms. Saltet, our current 4th Grade Teacher:

On a recent sunny Wednesday the Fourth grade took a field trip to the top of Mt.Tamalpais as part of our local geography block. After mapping our classroom, school building and wider campus, the children suggested climbing to the top of the ridge in Wildcat Canyon to get a view of El Sobrante and the land beyond. We drew what we saw and turned it into a map.
What next?
Go higher! So we did. From the top of Mt. Tamalpais we could look down on our Bay Area and see that water, not land, is the center of where we live. We then came back and turned our sketches into a south-facing map.

Wow! EBWS Aerial Campus Video

We have some really talented and generous parents here at EBWS, and a few of them took it upon themselves to create this campus video from an incredible perspective.

A big thank you to Celia Lam, John Silliphant, Alvin Lopez, with the help of drone photographer, Khen Pa, for putting together this outstanding footage.

At first I thought – wow, our local birds are so lucky! Then I realized, wait, our STUDENTS are so lucky! They get to experience this campus, in every direction and in so many ways, each day. Our land is truly a gift.

 

What is Warmth?


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By Jennifer Schmitt, Anthroposophical Doctor and EBWS Parent

 

We use the word “warmth” to express more than just a thermometer temperature; there’s a warm smile, a warm embrace, a warm color. Something can warm our hearts. We all know warm people – open, inviting, friendly, interested.  We’re not saying these people are running a fever! We’re expressing how we feel when we’re around them.

 

We support our children’s wellbeing by surrounding them with the warmth they need to fully enter into life.  An important part of that is how we dress them so they can relax into their surrounding with a feeling of warm comfort. Here are a few ways to help keep your child warm as we enter the cool days of autumn.

 

  1. Often children don’t sense that they’re cold. Unlike adults, children might not even notice their lips are blue or their hands are freezing – they’re too busy playing! It’s up to us grownups to make sure our children are dressed appropriately because, well, we know best!
  2. Children first learn by imitation. So set a good example.  A good rule of thumb is to dress your child to how you yourself are warm enough, and then add a layer.  Their littler growing and learning bodies need that extra bit of warmth.
  3. We know it can get warm and sunny as the day goes on in the East Bay, but it can be really chilly in the morning! Dress your child for the chilly part of the day and let them know that later that layer can come off if it gets warm out.
  4. You know the old saying that most of your heat loss is through your head? Well it’s true! Wearing a hat is a fantastic way to maintain warmth for a child, and how else are we able to tell when children on a field trip are from a Waldorf School?
  5. Natural fibers like wool, cotton, and silk surround the child with warmth and feel better to the skin than man-made fibers. While high-tech textiles may be ideal for hiking in the wilderness, for day-to-day comfort nothing beats natural fibers. Try it yourself! Wear that acrylic sweater to see that it doesn’t maintain heat, nor does it let your skin breathe. Find clothes that feel nice and maintain that nice warmth your child needs.
  6. Before a child can really take an interest in the world around them, their basic needs must be met, and warmth is a fundamental need that we as adults can help them with. Having trouble getting your little one to wear a hat or put on a jacket? Spending the time and patience to make sure your child is warm will reap far-reaching rewards making the effort worth the while.