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Fundraise While you Shop

»Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Small fundraisers can make a big difference. Spring Garden has three easy ways for you to shop and help the school all at the same time.

ASmile

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know — same products, same prices, same service. But Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SGWS whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Click here to start shopping now!

ACME Receipts

Save those Acme receipts. The Acme Community Cashback fundraiser has begun. We receive 5% of the total Community Cashback amount at the bottom of the receipts, which counts purchases of Acme brands including Acme Fresh Market, Food Club, Top Care, Full Circle, ValuTime, Paws, World Classics, Academix, Domestix, and Electrix. We need a minimum of $1,500 in eligible purchases to qualify, so be sure to enlist the help of family and friends in saving receipts!

box-tops-for-educationBoxtops for Education

Each one of these earns Spring Garden 10 cents. Don’t send those dimes to the local landfill! Bring them to the office, and place them in our container on the table near the Service Hours Log.

Goodsearch

Every time you search online, we get paid.  Just go to http://www.goodsearch.com/, login with Facebook or other account, and then choose Spring Garden as your charity. Use this browser for your search once logged in and we get a check.  

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Off to Camp Y-Noah

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

photo 2 (4)Every fall, rain or shine, Spring Garden Waldorf School takes students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 on an overnight camping trip at Camp Y-Noah. Although it’s great fun and inspires camaraderie, there are academic and developmental reasons we take our older students camping.

Academic:

Children get to go horseback riding, canoeing, and climbing, and they participate in team building games and sports like archery. Camp counselors are professionals in their given outdoor fields and teach students purposefully, exposing our students to adult role models who are worthy of being imitated. KidsonHorses2This experience of being taught by others who are not teachers by trade is great for older children. And in the broader scope, being out in nature and camping allows us all to connect with the natural order and the world in which we live. Students gain perspective from being outdoors and also learn in new ways about scientific phenomena, sustainable living, and much more.


Development:

Students in Grade 4 are undergoing an important developmental shift – they are beginning to see themselves as individuals in the larger world.  At around age 9 and 10, children separate more fully from their parents, question all they encounter, and look for “real” experiences so they can test their growing abilities. This is the perfect time to leave home, experience nature, and learn among its challenges. For many students, the Grade 4 trip represents their first time away from home with a group of peers. Outdoor education experiences that occur during the trip help children gain courage, compassion, and cooperation.

Here are some pictures from this year’s camp trip:
 


 
 
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PlanningAHike
 
 
Frog

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Get Involved at SGWS

»Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

HotLunchWhether you are new to the school or a veteran parent, it can sometimes be difficult knowing where to best spend your time volunteering. Many hands make light work, and everyone has a gift to offer. We look forward to spending time with you!

There is something for everyone here at SGWS — driving, gardening, building, cleaning, cooking, fundraising, working with children, and so much more.

Here are some easy ways to get involved:

    • Visit our website volunteer page, located in our Parent section HERE.
    • Check the office windows. As festivals and events come around, sign-up sheets for volunteers are placed in the lobby near or on the office windows.
    • Speak with your Parent Council Representative. Class meetings are a great time to volunteer, and your Parent Council Rep will help explain how you can help with upcoming events for your classroom and the school as a whole.
    • Attend our Work Days. Upcoming work days can be found HERE and in the Parent Volunteer Section of the Website.
    • Work at the School Store. Email Meredith for more information.
    • Help prepare hot lunch.   You can find sign-up sheets posted by the parent mailboxes, and sign-ups will soon be available on our website volunteer page.
    • Plan to help with upcoming festivals:
      • Pumpkin Walk — Parents design and build the stations the children visit during the Pumpkin Walk. Parents also help younger children carve pumpkins in class. For more information, speak with your Parent Council Representative.
      • Children’s Festival — During the Children’s Festival, many volunteers are needed the day before for set up, the day of the festival to take tickets and run activities, and for a few hours after the festival for clean-up. For more information about how to help at the Children’s Festival, contact Lerryn Campbell.
    • Save some time for the Annual Auction Benefit. Every year, over 50 people are needed to make the Auction a reality for Spring Garden. Volunteers are needed beginning with planning in January all the way through staffing the event in April and following up with winners. For more information, contact Sandy Conley.

 

Thank you for your talents and time!

 

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Service – The 100 Hour Club 

»Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

By Hazel Emery, M.Ed.

Our school is supported by the time and talents of many volunteers.Food The volunteer efforts of our community help to reduce costs, accomplish projects more quickly, and support the festival life of the school. Service hours also help us to demonstrate to foundations and other funders the level of support coming from our parents and friends. Volunteers have supported the maintenance of the building and grounds, the development of the roof project, the hallway lighting project, the Monster Dash, the Children’s Festival, the Mardi Gras Bash, Annual Giving, the Spring Auction, the School Store, and the hot lunch program – just to name a few.

Many parents far exceed the minimum volunteer hours required in the yearly contract. Thank you to the following SGWS families that completed more than 100 volunteers hours last year.
 
 

100 hour club
Lerryn Campbell and Greg Matias
Katie Greenwald
Meredith and Greg Hansen
Joanne and Joe Kapitan
Regan and Bill Kirkland
Jennifer May, Lois Weir, Bryan and Jennie May
Diane and Al Miskinis
Deb Monaco
Tyra and Jeff Scott

 

Please check the sidebar in our Tuesday Notes for Service Hour opportunities or the volunteer opportunities page on our main website. Parents can also always stop in the office if they have questions about volunteering at SGWS.
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SGWS Dismissal

»Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Welcome back!SlowChildren Children are dismissed at 3:20 every day. Any child not picked up by 3:30 will be taken to Aftercare, which is held in the gym or out on the playground. Please come in to sign your child out of Aftercare.

During 3:20 dismissal, parents may either park and pick their child up, in person, from their place near the front entrance, or they may pull into the circle and children can walk to the car and get in.

If a parent needs to speak with faculty, staff, or another member of our community, we ask that they park in the lot and pick children up in person.

Here are some tips for picking up your children during this time:

  • Please always drive 5 mph while on school grounds.
  • Please put your cell phones away before you pull into the driveway.
  • Please turn your radio down or off when you enter school grounds to support our peaceful and calm atmosphere.
  • Please do not park or leave your car after pulling into the circle. Parking in the circle is prohibited.
  • Please pull forward to fill open space in the circle. Do not stop in front of your child, but instead fill all open space ahead of you before stopping to allow more cars in the circle.

Thank you!

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