SAY CHEESE — Aurora Waldorf first-graders and their teacher, took a second to pose for a photo. From row, from left: Emma Martinkovic, Gareth Duckham, Alana Maacks, Noah Carnevale-Pilc, Ruby Fissler, Hannes Aubrecht and Danika Westbrook. Second row: Ashlyn Bush, Kaylie Shelley, Owen Day, Jonathan Evans and Kirsten Melnick. Back row: Beth McNamara, Nicholas Bartolini, Ravi Kutnyak, Anna Hays, Ella Rose Pieters, Aeva Schifferli and Ellianna Meehan.
WEST FALLS — Aurora Waldorf School, located in West Falls, welcomed its new class of first-graders at the school’s opening day Rose Ceremony. The Rose Ceremony assembly celebrates the first morning of the school year, in which students, faculty, staff, parents and friends gather to ring in the new year. The community is introduced to faculty, the school board and staff. The first-graders are welcomed to the school with the gift of a rose from the eighth graders.
Their teacher, Beth McNamara, is a master Waldorf teacher, taking her third class through AWS. Originally an assistant district attorney and assistant United States attorney, she received her Waldorf Teacher Training through Sunbridge College.