Please join us in welcoming Kelly Plusquellic to the Spring Garden Waldorf School staff as Director of Development. Most recently, she worked as a Campaign Executive at United Way. Ms. Plusquellic also has a background in sales and teaching. We are excited to have Kelly bring her experience, enthusiasm, and passion for education to help connect our school with local businesses, foundations, and other organizations. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of South Florida.
Kelly lives in Akron, along with her husband Dave and their three children, Anna, Evan, and Addy. She is very excited to begin working with the faculty, staff, parents and children, and she sees the development role as an opportunity to make a difference. “I’m so very honored to be given the opportunity to work at Spring Garden. SGWS has been providing an education that fosters the cognitive, social, and creative development of children for more than thirty years. I look forward to increasing awareness, support, and funding so that we can continue to provide a Waldorf education to children in northeast Ohio for many years to come.”
If you see Kelly, please be sure and welcome her to our community!
- Book Study on Our Twelve Senses
- Early Dismissal - 2:00 p.m.
- NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday
- Advent Spiral – Volunteers still needed! Please email Julie Carpenter if you are available.
|Smiling faces from wall to wall!|
On Saturday our halls and grounds were filled with children’s laughter, uplifting music, the delightful aromas of tasty food, and the unique joy that accompanies our annual Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market.
|Hey Mavis rocked the house!|
Over 700 visitors from the school and the greater Akron community joined us for this delightful celebration. We are grateful to Lerryn Campbell for once again directing the monumental task of coordinating staff, volunteers, and outside vendors, to bring this delightful day together for all to enjoy. Lerryn has risen to this challenge for many years, and the wealth of love and good spirit she brings to the task is infectious.
|Cookie Fairies from the Class of 2014|
We’re also grateful to the many, many volunteers who helped set up Friday night, worked in the craft rooms, served in the kitchen, and stayed after the Festival Saturday to get the building back in order. The Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market is a shining example of how we can all come together — heads, hearts, and hands — to create a magical experience for one and all.
One of Spring Garden’s most beautiful festivals is approaching: Advent. The Advent Spiral Garden is a reverent, candlelit ceremony which takes place during the school day. Students enter the darkened gym, where a spiral pathway of fresh pine boughs has been laid with a large, lit candle at its center.
Each student walks to the center of the spiral with an unlit candle, lights their candle, and places it somewhere along the spiral path as they wind their way back from the center. With each student, the light grows to illuminate the room, reminding us of the eternal light within us and within all mankind.
Parent volunteers sing meditative song, often referred to as angel voices, to help add reverence to the event. Adult volunteers are also needed to help lay the spiral, carve the apples used for candle holders, and retrieve students to participate in this beautiful, solemn event.
Last week families received their pledge packages for this year’s Annual Giving Campaign, and already the pledges and donations are rolling in! We have 100% participation from our Board of Trustees, bringing us to 16% of our goal of $25,000. 100% participation from our entire community is important. We need everyone’s help because having 100% of families, faculty and staff donate is essential when we submit grant requests.
Not only that, but your contribution helps make the Waldorf Difference by funding the materials we need for our wonderfully diverse curriculum. A $100 donation could buy:
- 14 paintbrushes
- Enough seeds to plant our entire 1/2 acre field
- Four wooden soprano recorders
- 28 main lesson books
- 2 days of electricity
- 12 skeins wool yarn
As Board President Karen Hodge noted in her letter, “We need your help to continue offering the Waldorf Difference to our community. Tuition and fundraisers cover the majority of costs of the outstanding classroom experience our children enjoy each day, but not all of it. The annual campaign bridges the gap. Truly, every dollar raised through the campaign benefits our children.”
Take a moment to make your tax-deductible pledge today. You can pay with check or credit card, or charge your donation in monthly payments through your MCA account. Drop your pledge card in the box in the lobby, or click here to make an online pledge today!