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Class Six Country Presentations

»Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

Class 6 4Class Six children study both the rise and fall of Rome and the affect Greek and Roman culture had on European civilization up through the Middle Ages. As part of that study, the sixth graders chose a European country to research. They are asked to research the people who live there, country flag, common occupations, recreation, foods, language, clothing, and more.

Students in sixth grade are ready for new challenges in their thinking as they prepare for being young adults in middle school where they will be asked to think of themselves as part of a greater whole. As part of this transition, the country project is not just a paper or class presentation, but an event Class Six hosts for the third, fourth and fifth grade classes.

This year, each Class Six student made a poster board representing what they learned about their country and presented the information to their school mates, who then were allowed to tour the presentations, ask questions about the countries and sample food students prepared related to their country.  Parents were invited to attend as well.

This year, everyone enjoyed Copenhagen potatoes, perogies, strudel, gingerbread, and Irish soda bread to name a few.

Here are some more pictures from this year’s ceremony.

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Experience Donations at the SGWS Auction

»Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

Camp5Each year local and national businesses generously donate their services and products to our school community for our silent and live auction. This year, we wanted to share some of the cool experience donations we have received — donations that entitle winning bidders to unique life adventures. Here are just a few of these wonderful contributions:

Kirpalu Center for Yoga and Health – 2 Night Retreat

A complimentary 2-night Retreat and Renewal stay for one person at the Kirpalu Center for Yoga and Health in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit at one of the largest yoga retreat centers in the world.

91.3 The Summit – Life and Lyrics with Bill Hall

The certificate gives the winner an opportunity to record a ½-hour session with our great on-air personality, Bill Hall, which will include the winner’s 5-6 best loved songs interspersed with a (very relaxed) interview. The whole thing is recorded, and once the show airs (on a later date), the winner will receive a commemorative CD of the Life & Lyrics with Bill Hall session.

One Week of Summer Camp

  • Kroka Expeditions — Spend a week in of summer in the wilderness. THE KROKA EXPEDITIONS DIFFERENCE: Immersion, Freedom and Responsibility At Kroka Expeditions, kids are given a great deal of freedom. In return for that freedom, they are asked to take on a significant amount of responsibility for themselves and their group.
  • YMCA Camp Y-Noah — A tradition of excellence since 1930, Camp Y-Noah programs and the professional staff instill a sense of belonging into thousands of youth and adults each year. The 290-acre wooded facility offers many activity areas, hiking trails, a 22-acre private lake and several types of accommodation, all within a secure, social environment.

Akron Rubber Ducks VIP Passes

Four lucky baseball fans will be VIP at a Rubber Ducks Baseball Game. These Four tickets to a Rubber Ducks baseball game at Canal Park in Downtown Akron include a behind the scenes tour of Canal Park and one ceremonial first pitch.

And So Much More

Plus there are a variety of fabulous tickets to performances from The Akron Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Weathervane Theater, Great Lakes Theater, Blossom and more!

We cannot wait to everyone on Saturday March 22nd!

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In Session Class Tour March 12th

»Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

Experience Waldorf first hand by walking through in-session classes on March 12th. See our teachers doing what they love and see students loving to learn. Administrators will be available to answer questions both before and after our in-session tour which begins Wednesday at 9am. Come Experience the Waldorf Difference.

Can’t come on the 12th? Click Here to Watch a Vrtual Tour of our school as seen on the TV Show Sustainable Life.


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Ed Choice Scholarship and Ed Choice Expansion Scholarship

»Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

800px-Pencil_sharpenedSpring Garden Waldorf School accepts Ed Choice scholarship students. Families must apply and be accepted to Spring Garden before they can apply for one of the state-funded scholarships. Scholarship applications are accepted between February and  April and are available to students who attend a low-performing public school.

More about EdChoice 

The Ed Choice Scholarship provides up to 60,000 state funded scholarships to students who attend low performing public school buildings.  The scholarship must be used to attend private schools that meet requirement for program participation.  Spring Garden Waldorf School is a participant in this program.

Who is eligible to apply for EdChoice?

The following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice scholarship:

  • Students currently attending a designated public school in their resident district;
  • Students attending a public school in their resident district who will be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year;
  • Students currently attending a charter/community school whose assigned home school is a designated public school building;
  • Students eligible to enter kindergarten for Fall 2014 (and who will be age 5 by June 1, 2014 (SGWS deadline for age) who would be assigned to one of the designated public school; and
  • Students enrolling in an Ohio school for the first time who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year.

Students who DO NOT meet any of the preceding eligibility criteria may still be eligible for the EdChoice “expansion” scholarship if they meet the following criteria:

  • Student is eligible to enter kindergarten or first grade for Fall 2014;
  • Student does not live in the Cleveland Municipal School District; and
  • Family household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

If you feel one of these programs may serve your family, please see Amy Hecky for more information or visit  This link provides step by step instructions to help you determine if you are eligible for one of the above programs.

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SGWS After Care

»Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

FallLeaves1Aftercare at Spring Garden Waldorf is an important part of our school community. We offer children a safe, active and fun place to spend time before and after school while their parents fulfill work and other obligations.

Children in our aftercare program spend much of their time outdoors engaged in free play, while supervised by caring adults with childhood education or care experience. During inclement weather, structured play opportunities are also available such as basketball, board games, and puzzles. Playground and gym equipment is provided to the children and quiet areas are also available for students wishing to do homework.

Our Aftercare Director, Tori Bolanz, graduated from the University of Akron with a BA in Early Childhood Education. Tori is also currently a Lead teacher in SGWS Early Childhood. Aftercare staff member, Olivia Moss, is a University of Akron student and a graduate of The Visual and Performing Arts Program at Firestone High School with experience as a domestic assistant and child care provider.

We are dedicated to keeping this offering affordable for our community. Our program costs only $5/hour and hours are 7:15-8:15 in the morning and 3:30-6:00 in the evening. Additional children in the family are $4/hr.

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