Anyone spending time in our valley this summer would have noticed the flurry of activity surrounding the Kindergarten building of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Moss covered shingles were torn off the roof, and new metal roofing put on. The yard that had become a mud fest in rainy weather was re-seeded and gardens were tended. Architects, carpenters, electricians, and painters were coming and going. Structural damage caused by water was remediated; new insulation and siding were installed.
The dust had barely settled when our anxious team of early childhood teachers were finally able to begin moving into their rooms a week before the start of school this month. But the extended wait was well worth needed patience! The new Nursery spaces are so beautiful – filled with light and the creative artistry of a vision for the future. We are very happy to have all of our programs that serve parents and children from birth to age 7 under one (new) roof of Hawthorne Valley’s Early Childhood Center.
Our Early Childhood Center houses opportunities for families of young children to be able to have support needed for guiding children through very important healthy, joyful early years. Our offerings include:
- The Baby Garden for infants (up to one and a half years) and parents taught by Jen Ronsani on Wednesday mornings.
- The Peach Blossom Parent-Child Classes (for children 1 – 3 years old) taught by Andy Ward on Thursday and Friday mornings.
- The Robin’s Nest Nursery that is held 3, 4, or 5 mornings a week for children 3 and 4 years old with Walli Zay and J’Mae Shemroske.
- Our Rose and Morning Star Kindergarten programs that run parallel curriculum for mixed ages of children in pre-K and Kindergarten 5 morning a week. A wonderful team of teachers that have joined me – Nancy Disbrow, Dorothea Davis, Anne Graham. Support Teacher Corrinna Komenda is also now helping Miss Thea in our afternoon playgroup.
- Extended Twilight Care from 3pm – 5:30pm is now offered for our children! Veronica Apel has joined our staff and brings a delightful gentle presence to care for the children whose parents are in need of this service.
Last June, as we sought a solution to issues of needed expansion, it was hard to imagine how we would go forward. The vision of Carla Seddio and Michael Hamilton, and artistic craftsmanship of Dave Hamann and Mark Slausen – all parents at HVS, have been truly remarkable. We are so very grateful for the way that they, Gary Ocean, and all of their teams have made our Center such a place of light filled beauty. Their dedication was full of loving care that is felt when we enter our new spaces.
If you have not yet toured our building since it’s evolution, please join us at the Open House Fall Festival on October 12 to celebrate our Early Childhood Center! We will have special dedication ceremony at 2:30 pm. For more information about available programming, please contact John Darby.