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May Day Festival – April 29th

»Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

by Hazel Emery M.Ed.

MayDayDuring the first week of May, the fullness of spring and the impending arrival of summer are celebrated by cultures around the world with flowers, music, dancing, and singing. The Chinese and Thai New Year, the colorful Indian festival of Holi, and Walpurgis Night in western Europe are but a few of the diverse observations of this delightful period of renewal and hope. In ancient Europe, May 1 was considered to be the first day of summer, called Floralia by the Romans and Beltane by the Celts. This timeless celebration has evolved into modern May Day celebrations, with the maypole as a representation of the tree of life and the flowers and ribbons adorning it symbolizing fertility and rebirth.

HomeMayDayAt SGWS, May Day is one of our most cherished festivals. Early Childhood students dance around a Maypole early in the morning, while students in the grades wait until after Main Lesson, when an all-grades procession is led to the Sportsman’s Club adjacent to our property. There, students gather together to enjoy lunch and share lemon cupcakes lovingly made by class parents. After lunch, all students participate in a scavenger hunt, with teams made up of students from each grade. Following the scavenger hunt, students in the lower grades weave ribbons around Maypoles while students in the upper grades play madrigals on their recorders. When the dancing is complete, the celebration ends with a communal Blessing of the Garden.

Though it occurs during the course of a school day, we welcome families to our May Day Festival each year — we hope you can join us on April 29!  Here is our schedule of events:

 
9:00 a.m. – Early Childhood May Day Festival in the Meadow
12:00 p.m. – Grades 1-8 May Day Festival Begins with
                     Procession from SGWS to Sportsmen’s Club
12:10 p.m. – Lunch blessing at Sportsmen’s Club pavilion
12:15 p.m. – Lunch with lemon cupcakes
12:40 p.m. – Scavenger hunt
1:10 p.m. – Maypole dancing on field adjacent to Sportsmen’s Club
1:30 p.m. – Clean up Sportsmen’s Club and pavilion
1:45 p.m. – Blessing of the Garden
2:00 p.m. – Early Dismissal

 

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Open House April 26th

»Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

April Open ChalkboardJoin us Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. for our final Open House of the school year. Speak with teachers, staff and parents to learn more about Spring Garden and Waldorf Education.

Click Here to Register.

We educate children to contribute to the future of the world with clear and creative thinking, compassion, moral strength, and courage.  Learn first-hand why the Waldorf private school system has caught the attention of the New York Times and National Public Radio.

 

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Order Yearbooks & Yearbook Ads

»Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

valley-elem-5thThe yearbook is coming!  While the yearbook photographers are already providing many good photos, they can’t capture everything that happens in the school. Please help out by emailing your favorite snapshots to SGWSyearbook2015@gmail.com.

 

Early bird ordering for the yearbook  has passed, but regular orders are still being taken.  Order forms are posted on the bulletin board in the School Store or you can click here to download a copy.  Return your yearbook order form to the Caley mailbox. They cost $20. Extra yearbooks (if any are available) will cost $25 in the School Store.

 

Also “Happy Ads” are still available for $10 each. This is the perfect way to recognize your favorite graduate or teacher! Just fill out the Happy Ads portion of the yearbook order form and include the extra $10 with your payment.

 

In order for graduation photos to be included, the yearbooks will be available for pick-up over the summer in the school office. We will notify you when your yearbook has arrived.
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Expansion of Nursery Preschool Program

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Expansion of Nursery Preschool Program

Spring Garden Waldorf School is pleased and excited to announce an expansion of the Nursery Preschool program due to high demand.  This program serves children who are 3 or young 4 year olds and are potty trained.

We will be offering a 2 day preschool program on Mondays/Tuesdays.  Half and full day options are available.  Space is limited.  The two day program will follow the same daily rhythm as the 3 and 5 day options.  The artistic activities will be painting on Mondays and baking bread on Tuesdays.

If you are interested in applying for your child to attend this program or to be added to a waiting pool for the three or five day program, please contact Amy Hecky at admissions@sgws.org or by calling 330-666-0574.  Public and private tours are available.

There will be an open house on April 26th from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.  The entire family is welcome to tour the facilities and meet faculty, Board members and parents.  Register Here: http://sgws.org/admission/visit-us/

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Childcare Available for the Auction

»Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

FirstDayCropPre-register for Auction Night childcare!

An early learning development director and her niece, a live-in nanny, are offering childcare on the night of the auction. Both women are relatives of Early Childhood parent and auction committee member, Debi Huselton. Please call Debi for registration and address details: 724-290-2887.

Where: Portage Lakes Area – Call Debi for address.

When: 4:30 pm -11:00 pm, April 18

What: $5 Donation — Outdoor Play, Snack and Crafts Included. Bring pillows & blankets or sleeping bags for little ones.

Thank you to Debi for offering and organizing this service!

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