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Walden Weekly - April 27, 2017
Terra Toscano

Dear Walden Families,

At Wednesday morning's assembly, our Storyteller in Residence, Stephanie Townes, shared a timeless tale, The Tailor and His Coat. Based on the Yiddish folk song, "I Had a Little Over Coat", this story has been passed on for generations and was first translated into English by Gene Bluestein.

I watched in admiration as the room silenced, and Stephanie used nothing but her words and her body to connect with an audience of Pre-K through adult listeners for 15 minutes. Though there was the occasional fidget or baby coo, the focus was real, as we shared this collective moment of listening together. I am reminded of how rare moments like this are, and also how necessary they are in our lives. Spending time with Jamie Chaves at our Parent Education Series last night also affirmed this, as she talked about the need for schools to create experiences for students that are rooted in play and authentic connection. While I don't for a second think our Walden community is perfect in its practices, it is always affirming to hear that we are doing many things daily that both keep childhood in tact and put children on the right path to being healthy and connected adults.

Our hope is to create a similar connection experience for you and your family next Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. at our annual FEAST (Families Eating and Storytelling Together) on Writing. Sponsored by the Walden Equity Committee, this all-school event celebrates our belief that everyone is a writer because everybody has a story to tell. It is through storytelling that a community passes on its values. Stories teach us how to listen and reflect, become empathetic, and also consider the world outside ourselves.

The FEAST on Writing evolves each year, and I am happy to announce that this year's lineup on the North Yard stage will feature Walden students as well as professional poets and storytellers, Javon Johnson and Angela Aguirre. Learn about both of these dynamic performance artists here.

We have also added a new layer to the program, showcasing special guest storytellers from our own Walden community as well as a special exhibit in the Community Room. Keeping with tradition, classroom anthologies will be published and available for you and your child to enjoy as you picnic on the North Yard. So, bring your blanket and join us at 6:00 p.m. next Thursday. I hope to see you there!

It's also not too early to start thinking about attending Walden's Celebration of Generosity on May 20, 2017. This adult-only party will celebrate this year's gifts of time, talent, and treasure in the Walden Community. It is also guaranteed to be a good time for all!! Tickets are only a suggested $25.00 donation. RSVP here and stay tuned for more information.

Lastly, the online auction has been going well thanks to our fabulous and thoughtful chairs, Bridgid Fennell and Mary Chou. I think they still may be looking for volunteers to help close out the auction this weekend. Log on to Sign Up Genius to help with these efforts, and remember there is still time to bid high, bid often, and support Walden before Sunday's closing.

Have a great weekend!

With care,

Terra Toscano, Head of School
Walden School
626.792.6166 x 11
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