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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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New Around School

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

HomeClassTrip1The new year brought many new changes to Spring Garden. We have building improvements large and small including new lighting in the middle grades hallway. We would like to thank Facilities Manager Frank Vargo, Site Committee Chair Ross Miller, Steve Denney, Bill Kirkland, and Greg Matias for their hard work in finishing the first stage of our lighting upgrade, and they hope to have another hallway done over the coming weekend.

We also have changes afoot in early childhood. Be sure and congratulate Marina Rana, who has been hired as the new Extended Care Lead Teacher. Miss Marina has a bachelor’s degree in education and had been working as Mr. Ryan’s assistant before taking over his position.

We are also welcoming new families to SGWS this month. Fin Jones, whose brother Auggie is in Grade One, joined Miss Kathy’s class last week.  Sam Daniel, son of Miriam and Virgil Daniel, also joined the school last week as a Pre-K student in Miss Julie’s class. Cicely Koren, daughter of Brett and Chicory Koren, joined Grade One on Monday. Please take a moment to welcome our new parents to the SGWS community.


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Scholastic Regional Art Winners

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Thanks to our Class 7 teacher, Ms. Cate Hunko, a number of artworks from Spring Garden students in Class 7 and 8 were submitted to the Scholastic Regional Art Competition.

We are proud to announce these winners!

  • Kira Cseak – Silver Key
  • Zoe Polacheck – 2 Gold Keys
  • Melina Ley – Honorable Mention
  • Ellie Edwards (8th Grade) Gold Key

This competition begins at the regional level and all of the winners will have their work in the National Competition. A ceremony honoring the winners will be held Saturday, January 25 at the Kent Stark Campus. Congratulations students and Thank You for your efforts Ms. Hunko!

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Spring Garden Open House Jan. 12th

»Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Experience Waldorf and meet teachers, parents, administrators and fellow prospective families. Bring your curiosity and your children at 1:00, Sunday, Jan. 12th!


Can’t come on the 12th? Consider our Walk Through The Grades event on Wednesday, January 15th, at 9 am to see classes in session.


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Movement, Games, and the Waldorf Curriculum

»Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

JeffTThe Parent Council is hosting a presentation by Jeff Tunkey of the AHE Friday, February 7, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. at SGWS to discuss the role of movement and games in the Waldorf curriculum.  Jeff is a member of the Aurora Waldorf School faculty and the Association of Healing Education board.

There is a growing body of research in education and neuroscience about the link between learning and movement. Studies have shown that physical changes from exercise can boost cognition, such as the increase in blood flow, brain mass, and neuron development. But research like this study about critical thinking and dance, or this one done through Seattle Public Schools, also connect dots between boosted academic performance and learning through movement.

For several years, our guest speaker, Jeff Tunkey, has been the Games (Gym) teacher, Care Group Coordinator, and, until recently, Extra Lesson Teacher at Aurora Waldorf School. He is an experienced speaker and has led several faculty workshops. You can learn more about Jeff’s work on his website

For more information about this upcoming event, email Diane Miskinis.

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