All are welcome to take part in The Golden Ticket Raffle taking place at our Annual Benefit Auction, April 18th at Greystone Hall. Did you know that anyone can buy a Golden Ticket for $40, whether they are attending the SGWS auction or not? You DO NOT have to be present to win!
Click HERE to buy your raffle ticket today. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose “Golden Ticket” by entering the number of Golden Raffle tickets you would like to purchase. https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2015/give
The night of April 18th, we will draw the name of one lucky Raffle ticket winner. If they are at the event, they can choose a between $1000.00 cash prize OR any one of our live or silent auction items. This year that includes many high priced and priceless items including a Hot Air Balloon Ride for 4, a ride in the Goodyear Blimp, the Mother Love hand knit blanket and all of our child-created and inspired class projects.
Any winner not in attendance will automatically receive the cash payout and be notified the next business day that they have won. So, take a chance and buy a ticket! You might be this year’s big winner!
“Reflections of a Waldorf Father” will be a 16″ x 20″ mirrored wall hanging consisting of various sizes of wooden blocks hand-stained by all fathers who are willing to participate. We have over 100 blocks to be stained. You can pick up as many as you are able to complete, free of charge, at the school store. Use any shade(s) of stain you have in your home (the more variety, the better), and return the dried pieces as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday, March 26th.
If you have any questions, please email Debi Huselton.
As our school name implies, Spring Garden places high value on the natural world. We turn our values into action by actively educating students about (and within) nature and by promoting sustainability on our campus and within our community.
Science education is multi-disciplinary when approached through outdoor exploration, and opportunities to teach other subjects, like math, are also explored through tending nature. This includes work on and within our school’s greenhouse.
One tradition to note is our Third Grade Garden. Each year, Class Three plants a garden in the spring, and tends it throughout the summer and early fall. When school resumes in the fall, the students who planted the garden — now in Grade 4 — harvest the crops and transform their bounty into a delicious meal, which they serve to current Grade 3 students.
Spring Garden works on several projects within our immediate community throughout each year. We are always looking for new collaboration opportunities and are currently collaborating for a Greener Akron, making community garden donations and serving student-grown produce at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s community meal.
Loving & Preserving Nature:
Children play outside, in all weather, at least three times a day. Younger children take daily nature walks through the woods surrounding our property, and these nature walks continue – though only on a weekly basis — as students move through the grades. Also, many classes in spring and fall are held outside when appropriate.
The school recycles, as most do, but also actively composts, which helps maintain our gardens and also shows children the cycle of nature. Children put leftover foodstuffs from lunch into their classroom’s compost bin, which is then taken to the school’s main compost during class chore time.
Spring Garden also collects rainwater runoff for gardening. And the food grown in our gardens, when not donated to the community, is used in our own community for school lunches.
Our latest Coffee and Conversation will be held March 25th on the topic of: “Sleep and Its Importance in Academic, Social, and Emotional Development.” The lecture will be given by our own Dr. Joshua Magleby.
Dr. Magleby is a parent at Spring Garden, a clinical neuropsychologist and the founder of Integrative Neuropsychology. He will discuss the importance of sleep and how it can affect a child’s academic, social, and emotional development. To accommodate as many schedules as possible, this talk will be offered at both 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
We hope to see you there! For more on the importance of sleep for academics, check out our article Sleep Well; Learn Well.
Please watch our flower grow with items parents have either procured or personally donated.
We have already received many lovely donations from our parents. If you’d like to donate an item or know of a business that might donate, please click here.
If you noticed we missed getting your name on the flower, please email Rocky Lewis.
This year at our 26th Annual Benefit Auction, we will honor and award an alumni who has made a difference and brought about positive change in the world. “The Waldorf Difference” award is being given to Akron native and Emory University Student, Aubrey Tingler, for her work and study in environmental science and sustainability.
Aubrey is planning to continue her education in graduate school and work in environmental education and outreach, focusing on how to integrate ecological systems with human constructed systems in a way that mutually benefits both society and the natural world.
Currently at Emory, Aubrey is Co-Editor in Chief of Generation Response (Emory’s environmental and social justice magazine) and a member of Emory University’s Senate Committee on the Environment. She is also currently conducting an independent study on ecosystem services to learn how society can better integrate ecosystem benefits into the built environment.
In past years, Aubrey has interned for Emory University Office of Sustainability Initiatives; she has also worked as an Educator for Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp and as a counselor at Locust Grove Nature Center, an environmental/outdoor education camp.
She has credited her childhood education with helping her value the interconnectedness of the natural and intellectual world. “My Waldorf education taught me that art, science, literature, etc., can’t stand on their own,” she says. “They need each other to exist, and they’re all important to a successful society.”
Her education also fueled her love of learning for learning’s sake, which she credits for motivating her to live a balanced life. “I learned to dedicate myself to learning for the love of it, and the richness it brought to my life, not to simply to get A’s so that I could look smart on paper. Waldorf school taught me the importance of playing, making art, making music and experiencing nature. Those things feed the soul, and I don’t think my respect for these aspects of life would have been as thoroughly developed without my early Waldorf education.”
Congratulations Aubrey! And Thank You for helping our world become a better place!
At Spring Garden Waldorf School, children go outside to play three times a day in all weather. This can seem like a foreign concept in our modern times. Won’t they get cold or wet or overheat? Will this make them sick? Ruin their clothes? Shouldn’t they be inside spending more time on academics?
Waldorf educators have been following the science of outdoor play for decades, and research has demonstrated again and again that the benefits are overwhelming.
The National Wildlife Federation’s publication, The Forecast Calls for Play, has compiled 25 of the latest studies about what happens to kids who spend time in nature. The takeaway?
“Kids who play outdoors maintain healthier body weights, are less likely to be near-sighted and have healthier vitamin D levels. In addition, ‘green time’ enhances empathy, lengthens attention spans and improves critical thinking skills.”
In a Waldorf school, part of educating our students means building at least an hour of outdoor time into each day to enrich our student’s bodies and minds. We know that busy parents can have trouble making sure kids get outside the recommended hour per day. We are here to help.
Although being cold and wet does not make a children sick, our parents know that our Waldorf supply list is dominated by outdoor gear requirements to keep kids comfortable during their hour-plus outdoors.
Being comfortable outside is key to experiencing all nature-based play has to offer. This is also why, in addition to a set of both rain and winter coats, boots, pants, hats, scarves, and gloves, children must always have extra clothes on hand in the classroom if the gear fails to keep their clothes dry and warm. In our warm months, children are encouraged to come to school with their sun hats, water bottles, and sunscreen applied and ready to begin their day outdoors.
Of course, we hope children, especially the young ones, go outside to play at home both after school and on weekends. As it turns out, weather is what most often keeps parents hesitant about outdoor play for their kids.
According to a 2012 survey of 1000 parents commissioned by National Wildlife Federation (NWF), weather topped the list of barriers to getting kids outdoors. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed cited weather as most problematic, over concerns about strangers (38%), homework (31%), and a busy schedule (5%).
Luckily, Waldorf parents already have the necessary gear to send kids outside and the understanding that outdoor play is essential to their children’s well-being. Since Waldorf educators don’t load homework onto younger students, the kids have the time they need to go
outside for unstructured play.
So go ahead, send them out to play! Want to go with them and not sure what to do? Check out the National Wildlife Federation Activity Ideas HERE.