In the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014, University of Akron Student Athletes participated in the freshman leadership program and chose to work with Spring Garden Waldorf School students. Athletes came to our school in two groups. In fall, the freshman spread 50 yards of new mulch on our playground. This was a big, difficult job, and mulching our play area is essential for the safety of our children. We are so grateful the students were willing to come do such hard work.
In the spring, the freshman athletes talked to our Grade Five class about what it means to be a college athlete. The college students spoke about the importance of sleep, nutrition, and good study habits, and the necessity for hours and hours of practice that might seem mundane, but is essential for competition. They also spoke to the importance of resilience — experiencing failure and getting up to try again. This message resonated with our fifth graders who, at the time of the discussion, were training for a multi-school Pentathlon competition.
At the end of their involvement, the UA students decided to donate $200 to SGWS. We were so moved and honored by this kind gesture after all they had already bestowed on our school. A heartfelt thanks to The University of Akron and their generous student athletes.
A wonderful opportunity in building a summer rhythm for your family exists outside in your home garden or here in the garden at SGWS. I invite any individuals and families to join me throughout the summer in simple tasks that care for our earth and our plants. I am planning the garden for a heavy fall harvest this year, planting many things a bit later than conventional. I will provide a schedule for each month for specific activities.
- Friday, June 13: Peppers, potatoes, potatoes, potatoes, and some cabbage. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Monday, June 16: Squashes and Melons. 9:30 am to 12 pm
- Tuesday, June 17: Squashes, Melons, Herbs. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Friday, June 20, Herbs, Lettuces, Broccoli, Carrots and Kale for the Welcome Back Dinner and September Hot Lunch. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Monday, June 23: Lettuces, Chard, Collards and Beets. 9:30 am to 12 pm
- June 24 through June 29: If there is no rain, we will need someone to turn off and on the irrigation for this time.
- Monday, June 30: Lettuces, and assorted Root Vegetables. 9:30 am to 12 pm
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to express your interest, or simply show up. I do not maintain an on-the-dot schedule during the summer but I rarely operate more than 15 minutes off of schedule. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I hope to see you in our garden.
The SGWS 25th anniversary Auction at Greystone Hall raised over $30,000.00 this year. Thank you to Sandra Conley and everyone who helped make this event a success.
Construction on the first phase of Spring Garden’s new roof will begin above the gym this summer. Please park away from the front entrance.
If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 4, and are interested in learning more about Waldorf preschool, please join us for a sample preschool morning on June 20th from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. On this day, you can join your child and walk through the rhythmic, warm, sensory filled experience of a Waldorf early childhood classroom The morning will include circle time, bread baking and story time lead by our Nursery Preschool teacher, Miss Kathy. This experience is offered to you at no cost, but you must register as space is limited. Please click below for more information or to register.
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By Joanna Caley, GOTR Coach
Photos courtesy of Tyra Scott and Loucile Powers
The weather was perfect for a great 5K race on Sunday. After gathering in Lock 3 and checking in at the SGWS sign post, the girls were invited to have their faces and hair painted to “show their colors.” Then, all the race participants were invited to the main stage for the race kick-off and stretching. We heard encouragement from Mayor Don Plusquellic and Sarah Shookman from WKYC, and were led in a very enthusiastic stretching session by one of the GOTR coaches and teams.
The race was done with a color wave start to accommodate the hundreds of racers. Our purple wave was the last wave to start so we waited a bit to get on the course. But it was very exciting when we did get started! The course took us through the streets of downtown Akron and on to the Towpath. It was an interesting course with lots of cheering supporters all the way.
Many of our girls ran with family members – moms, dads, and uncles! – or ran together with their friends. All the coaches were in the race – even coach Stimpson with her triplet sons – with the exception of Nancy Mann, who was enjoying vacation with her family.
The best part was rounding the turn at Lock 3 to the finish line with the huge crowd cheering us on. Everyone received a medal when crossing the finish line, along with lots of high fives! It was amazing to see our girls be part of a larger community, all participating in the same great program. I’m sure the memory will last a long time!
We are set to have a Fall session of GOTR at Spring Garden (we will not be having it next spring). Sign-ups begin in August. Look for more details as the sign-up date approaches!
By Nancy Stewart, Coach and Athletic Director
Photos courtesy of Dana Welton
It has been a successful and rewarding track and field season for Spring Garden Waldorf School, with one more meet to go.
On Saturday, Grade Eight athletes participated in the Cleveland preliminary meet against Akron and Cleveland schools. Congratulations to Simon Welton, who qualified in the mile for the championship meet thisThursday, May 22, at Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School at 6:00 p.m. Please come cheer Simon on as he represents SGWS!
Congratulations also to Luke Kapitan and Jerome Hume for their outstanding performances at the meet. We saw the significance of 9/100ths of a second making the difference at the end of a race.
Grade Six and Seven athletes participated in their championship meet on Sunday, with another outstanding representation for SGWS. Congratulations to Kira Cseak, Sarah Caley, Eli Hansen, Jules Christensen-Diehl, Grace Hecky, Hayden Matias, Maya Miller, Jena McIntyre, Megan May, Rominy Moss, Willa Moss, Bethany Hecky, Grace Rossi, and Andrew Scott for finishing in the top ten in their events, and to Sarah Caley for finishing first in the 400.
It has been a very successful season for the athletes! Their hard work has truly paid off. Thank you, parents, for your support and dedication. Thank you also to our coaches, Greg Beck, Tom Humes, and Bryan May, for helping lead the athletes to success.