Calmer Choice After School Program

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Starting October 26th, a Calmer Choice after school program will be offered at the Waldorf School in Cotuit. The program is open to all students in grades 2-6 on Cape Cod, teaching children how to effectively and safely manage stress and resolve conflicts so that they live happy, healthy and successful lives.

The Waldorf School and Calmer Choice share the same goal in teaching students useful skills for mindful living. This course is designed to be a fun opportunity for children to learn skills to cope with the ongoing challenges of their day to day life along with their friends and classmates. Eighty six percent of children who have participated in Calmer Choice say they learned useful tools that help them in school, at home and in life.

The program will be on Thursday afternoons from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm and will run for 7 weeks from October 26th until December 14th. All children are welcome to participate, scholarships may be available. Parents and caregivers may register children for this program by visiting the Waldorf School’s website at

Our Field Trip to Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve


by Class 4/5 and Mrs. Allsup

We went on a field trip to Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) on Tuesday, October 10. It was a beautiful, warm fall day. Our guide was Nancy Church from the education staff at WBNERR and we were also accompanied by Megan Tyrell, Auden’s mom, who is the research coordinator at WBNERR, and two parents, Steph Sperry and Anke O’Neil.  Here are some observations from our trip. 

The first thing we did was go into the building to see a model of Waquoit Bay. Here are some facts about the model of Waquoit Bay: The Waquoit Bay model was made by a man named Jim. To make the model they looked at the bay from Google maps. Every bit of land and water is where the real land and water is in the bay. All of the houses are exactly where they are in real life. It was amazing.

While we were looking at the model, Mrs. Church told us that humans have dug a trench that is about 15 feet deep. This is a boat channel. But on the sides of the trench, it only gets from about three feet to six feet deep. The model showed where it got deeper. You could see all the sandbars. It was really cool.

When we were walking down to the bay we walked on a path. Because of erosion, they had to make the path in the form of a switchback. The Waquoit Bay Reserve is on a hill that has a drop off at the edge and, when it is really windy,  the sand falls down the edge. To stop the erosion, they put a net at the bottom of the hill, but it did not work. As we walked along the beach we saw trees that had fallen down the hill and the roots were sticking out. 

We walked to a river mouth and waded out into the nice cold water and went to the other side. Then we got duct tape and put it on the dry sand and looked to see whether any of the grains of sand were red.

We modeled erosion in a tank with water and sand. There was a lot of erosion and all the sand was moved by water to the other side of the tank. We learned that real soil absorbs more than sand because it has decayed wood and plants that act like a sponge, but sand only has crushed shells and bits of rock, so it doesn't absorb water as well as soil. 

We were given magnets to find iron in the sand and everyone collected black bits of iron. When we went inside their education building, we put a map in a big, black bucket, put sand on the part of the map where Sandy Neck is, and we blew through straws for a demonstration of erosion by wind. We also rubbed rocks together to make sand. We also poured water into two tubs with little wooden houses. When the water level rose, the houses floated out to the other side of the tub.  

We are grateful to the staff at WBNERR for this beautiful and informative field trip.

Announcing Our New Community After School Program


We are excited to announce our new Community After School Program starting this Fall! Our after school program is open to all elementary and middle school students on Cape Cod including home school students.

Until now, only students that attend the Waldorf School have had the opportunity to learn the unique skills Waldorf Education has to offer. This year all students in the local community are invited to participate.

The program is offered in 5-7 week long sessions and the classes are 2 hours long on weekdays from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm. Class offerings in the Fall I session include Waldorf Handwork, Studio Art, Cooking, and Community Service. More classes will be added throughout the year with offerings for grades 1 - 8.