2022-2023 School Year
'Hearth & Home' Learning
The hearth has historically satisfied humans' core needs of warmth, light, and nourishment through food. It was such a vital and central feature of a home that, over the years, the word 'hearth' has become a symbol of the home itself. At Hearthstone, we aim to bring the warmth, light, and nourishment of home into our school.
After a year of entirely virtual classes, Hearthstone welcomed students back to campus in September 2021. Students looked forward to in-person classes 3 days a week and continued to learn virtually 2 days a week. Our intention is to offer in-person school days for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
Whether virtual or in-person, our commitment to our students remains the same: to nurture and educate the whole child; and to develop each child's ability to feel deeply, think clearly, and act purposefully.
Class schedules 2021-22
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 and variants, virtual school days may increase or decrease over the course of the school year. Hearthstone is prepared to move classes online in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. Our teachers are experienced in live-streaming classes. Class materials and supply boxes would be sent home.
The health of students and staff, as well as their families, continues to be paramount. In-person classes are predominately held outdoors: over the course of three work days, parent and teacher volunteers rallied together to build an outdoor open-air classroom. From vaccinated staff to mandatory mask-wearing indoors to virus-killing air purification systems, Hearthstone is committed to ensuring a safe environment for our children.
Since our inception, Hearthstone School has opted to create more natural and organic childhood experiences, free from the seemingly inescapable buzz of modern technology. At the start of the pandemic, we found ourselves in the strange position of looking to technology to sustain and facilitate learning (via Google Classroom and Meet). Now that we are back on campus, we want to ensure that our students receive the much-needed relief from screens, gadgets, and gizmos. We thank our teachers, students, and parents for their commitment to preserving our campus culture.
Parent child program
For Children 18 Months to 6 Years:
Experience the wonder of the Nursery/Kindergarten class with your child. Learn about the Waldorf Method, meet other children, and introduce your child to developmentally-appropriate activities such as storytelling, watercolor painting, beeswax molding, hand crafts, rhythmic movement, and bread making.
Classes for homeschoolers
Part-time enrollment in selected classes and activities is available for home schooling and road schooling families. This type of enrollment is arranged on a case by case basis. Please inquire for more information.
Solar Power on Campus!
We are one step closer to our dream of being a net neutral campus: Over the summer, we replaced the roof on the Lower School and installed solar panels to power to building. Virtue Solar, a company owned and operated by former Hearthstone School students, generously donated the solar power system to our school!
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Bread Baking with Ms. Julia
Bread baking is one of our weekly rhythms in the Nursery/Kindergarten class. Students use organic bread flour, raw honey, and other wholesome ingredients. Throughout the year, the traditional Love Bread recipe will be modified to reflect the changing seasons and festivals: apple hand-pies, pumpkin bread, Thanksgiving rolls, challah, etc.
Watch a short preview of Ms. Julia's Bread Baking 101
instructional video for parents:
Listen as Ms. Julia sings one of many
Waldorf bread-baking songs: