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Welcoming second grade to their new outdoor classroom Fall 2020.

Opening Day News

August 10, 2021

Dear BWS Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year, our 50th anniversary year. We are counting down to the first days of school! 

The First Day of Grade School

First Day of School, Grades: Wednesday, September 8, 8:15am-12:00 pm

We welcome students between 8:00 and 8:10am, for a prompt 8:15 start. They will need their backpacks, school supplies, any summer assignments, a water bottle and a snack. Grade school students wear assembly dress on the first day. You’ll find more about assembly dress here.

Rose Ceremony, September 8, 11:30am

Our first day of school includes the “Rose Ceremony,” where the Eighth Grade class welcomes the incoming First Graders in a lovely BWS  tradition. This year’s ceremony will be held at 11:30am, outdoors behind the grade school building. 

The following day, September 9, will be our first full day of grade school (8:10am-2:50pm).

The First Day of Early Childhood Classes

First Day of School, Early Childhood: Monday, September 13

This gentle transition day is an abbreviated morning–all children attend from 8:10 to 12:00p. You’ll find the drop-off and pick-up procedure in your Week-at-a-Glance email. The second day of school, Tuesday, September 14, will follow the regular EC schedule of 8:15am to 12:00pm for half-day students, or 8:15am to 2:45pm for those attending the full day. 

Find our preliminary 2021-22 school year calendar here. Note that these dates may still change.

Health and Safety

The Berkshire Waldorf School is pleased to share our Health and Safety Plan for the 2021-22 school year. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We have worked diligently with the consultation of our Medical Advisory Panel to put this plan together. 

We continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 as we prepare to reopen school. The good news is that all of last year’s work prepares us for this coming year, with a structure in place to implement policies that are deeply informed by experience. 

We are grateful that the BWS Medical Advisory Panel (MAP)—a collaborative trio of local family physicians with broad backgrounds in public health, first-line COVID response and Anthroposophic medicine, who are also current and alumni parents at our school—will be our expert advisors again this year.

Our school community met virtually for a Back to School Health & Safety Town Hall on Sunday, August 29.

Click the button below to view the Town Hall.

Back to School Forms

All your child/ren’s health, safety and contact forms will be available in your TADS account this year. Look for an email from BWS with an “enrollment or re-enrollment” link to complete your child/ren’s back to school forms, and be sure to submit them before the first day of school.

Faculty News

BWS is overjoyed to welcome these new and returning teachers:

Administration News

And we welcome new members to our Administrative Team:

We are sorry to say farewell to:

School Leadership

The Leadership Transition Team passed the baton to the Leadership Selection Committee (which includes teachers, administrators and school trustees) in July, and they are conducting a process to select our new three person leadership team, who will reinvigorate BWS governance around a collaborative model.

  1. A pedagogical leader
  2. A community leader 
  3. An operations leader  

Look for news about this process in the near future. We expect the new three-person leadership structure to be in place for the start of the school year.

Aftercare

BWS is hoping to offer aftercare this year, based on your feedback from the Aftercare Survey, arriving in your inbox on Tuesday, 8/10. Thanks for participating!

If you have any questions about the upcoming school year, please call the front desk at 413-528-4015 x 0, or email Leslie Bissaillon at info@berkshirewaldorfschool.org.

Happy 50th anniversary, Berkshire Waldorf School! Enjoy these last sweet days of summer, and we will see you all in just a few short weeks.