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Children’s Festival

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

 

Come Join us on November 22nd from 10-4 to celebrate the child in all of us!

 

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Children’s Festival November 22nd

»Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

CookieFairyThis year is our 25th Annual Spring Garden Waldorf Children’s Festival! The theme is “Celebrating the Child In All of Us,” and all are welcome on November 22nd, from 10am-4pm.

Children of all ages love the magical cookie fairy and boat wish rooms, along with unique crafts, music, and the outdoor medieval catapult. Younger children especially love the face painting, puppet shows, story-telling and the make and take crafts.

The artisan market offers handmade items for young and old.  Enjoy a delicious café which offers homemade food and baked goods. Stay and have lunch while the kids play!

The festival takes place at 1791 South Jacoby Rd in Copley, OH. Admission to the event is $2 per person.

Lots of volunteers are needed the day before, day of and night of cleanup.  Look to the office windows and also to the Volunteer Opportunity tab on our website for upcoming signs ups to help.

 

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Bring a Friend to School Day

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

Grade7-3Students in grade 3-5 can bring a friend to school this Monday, October 13th, to experience Waldorf Education first hand. Join us and see the educational philosophy that has caught the attention of the New York Times and CNN.

Children attending bring-a-friend-to-school day, will spend the day with their sponsor friend as a typical Spring Garden Waldorf student. They will shadow their friend in the classroom and experience a regular day, including main lesson and all the day’s subjects.

Students must be registered to attend. Please call 330-666-0574 to register or email Amy Hecky at admissions@sgws.org.

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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.
 
 

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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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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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Combating the Summer Slide… Waldorf Style

»Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Just For Fun, Research | 0 comments

Tina Phillips

Tina Phillips

You’ve joined your library’s reading challenge and bought a workbook for math facts, but here are some Waldorf-inspired ways to help your children get the most out of summer and stay sharp.

  • Take a Hike

Not only is hiking fun for the whole family, but according to this University of Michigan study, it boosts cognitive performance.

  • Work in a Garden

Did you know?  Sage College Scientists found that “ingesting or breathing in a common soil bacterium found in nature reduces anxiety and improves learning.”  Don’t have a garden? Work in ours! Find Work Dates HERE.

  • Send Them Outside

The National Wildlife Federation has filled a PDF with all the latest research about the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, proving that “nature may indeed be the best kind of nurture…” 

  • Let Them Get Bored

As this BBC news article states right in the title: Children should be allowed to get bored.  Dr. Teresa Belton said, “Cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.”That means they don’t have to be entertained while you need to work.  This article from Parenting Science explores over a decade of studies about the benefits of unstructured play time. The author is careful to note that free play does not mean physical education classes or sports or summer camps. Free play is unstructured play time, which has been proven to help math skills, language development, and creative problem solving.

  • Read a Fairy Tale

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”  ― Albert EinsteinThis fabulous article on ImaginationSoup.net perfectly encapsulates the importance of reading fairy tales to children.

So, put away the flashcards and go enjoy a smart summer!

 

 

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