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Upcoming Work Days

»Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

HappyWorkersBy Staff

Many hands make light work! Work Days are our most effective way to accomplish larger scale projects. They also help project planning and completion, help build community, and show the children what’s involved in supporting the school.


Dates and Sign Ups:

  • Wednesday, August 20, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.Sign Up HERE
    This is our final push to prepare our building for the start of the school year, and there will be plenty of work both indoors and out.
  • Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. until noon Sign Up HERE
    This will be a standard Saturday Work Day, with building cleaning and maintenance tasks inside the building and around the grounds.
  • Sunday, September 28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Sign Up HERE
    In preparation for the Visiting Reaccreditation Team from AWSNA, teachers, staff and parents will be here to help Mr. Vargo direct as many volunteers as we are able to muster. Please consider joining us.

We are so grateful for the dedication our families bring to volunteering. In order to channel our community’s talents for group projects, we have our enrollment contract specify that 20% of service hours (for most families, this is six hours) be fulfilled during scheduled Work Days.

You are always welcome to bring additional helping hands to assist in this important work, and their work does count toward your Service Hours. However, we would ask that you not bring children younger than 10, as most of our Work Day tasks are more strenuous than would be appropriate for small children and child care is not available.

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Welcome New String Teacher, Emily Rode

»Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

ERodeBy Tracy Edwards

We are excited to announce that Emily Rode (pronounced RO-dee) will be joining us this fall as our new Strings/Orchestra teacher. Mrs. Rode is an accomplished strings teacher and performer who has been working with students of all ages and abilities, both individually and in ensembles, for over 30 years.

Mrs. Rode received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Akron and a teaching assistantship at Youngstown State University. In addition to teaching private lessons in her studio, Mrs. Rode has worked with directly with students in the Akron, Medina, and Berea Public School strings programs.

Please join us in welcoming her to the Spring Garden community!


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School Shopping – Are You Ready?

»Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

RainGearKidsAt Waldorf we do outdoor play every day!  What does this mean?  It means school supply lists are less about the right markers and more about outdoor gear. Sometimes, big box stores don’t have rain pants, boots and rain jackets this time of year.

Many parents go to thrift shops or swap with other Waldorf Families.  Others order these items online.  If you’re planning this approach, it’s a little more than 2 weeks before school begins, so NOW is the time for online ordering if you’d like to do standard shipping.

Here are some retailers who sell outdoor rain gear all year long:

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2014 / 2015 Open House and Tour Dates

»Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

EarlyChildhoodConcentrationSpring Garden Waldorf will host our Open Houses and Walk-Through-The-Grades Tours on the following dates this upcoming school year:

  • August 8, 2014 — Preschool Sample Day; 9 a.m.
  • August 12th, 2014 — Open House;  9 a.m.
  • August 14th, 2014 — Open House;  7 p.m.
  • October 15, 2014 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
  • November 12, 2014 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
  • November 16, 2014 — Open House; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • January 11, 2015 — Open House; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • January 14, 2015– Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
  • February 11, 2015 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
  • March 11, 2015 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
  • April 8, 2015 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
  • April, 26, 2015 — Open House; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • May 13, 2015 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.

Our Walk-Through-the-Grades events provide parents a unique opportunity to see how our teachers employ Waldorf’s innovative, Finnish-style approach education, which gives children the opportunity to learn through a wide variety of experiences, increasing depth of understanding as well as intersecting with individual learning styles.

Our Open Houses offer a casual environment for tours of the school, where prospective parents can see the classrooms and facilities, get to know the tenets of Waldorf education, and speak with other parents, teachers and administrators about school and student experiences.

Visit us this year! Let us know you’re coming via email, call 330-666-0574 or fill out the form below.

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Social Skills in the Waldorf Curriculum

»Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

Grade5As part of the Waldorf model of educating the whole child, the teachers at Spring Garden make great efforts to nurture and develop our children’s sense of themselves as social beings.

A feeling of social inclusion is key to a child’s happiness and success in school, and the conscious development of social skills from an early age may be one of the most lasting benefits of a Waldorf education.

The Waldorf model takes the long-term view that, as with academic learning, healthy social interaction must be self-motivated. Our teachers seek to provide students with important social skills that will enable to them interact compassionately with others, to create a sense of community, and to confront and resolve conflicts within their community.

For more about social skills in the Waldorf Curriculum, read this three part series from professor and Waldorf parent Stephanie Greer.

The Classroom as Community

Progress Not Punishment

Using the Curriculum and Long Term Goals

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