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School Photo Day

»Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

photodaySchool photographs will be taken by Nancy Williams September 15th-17th on the following schedule:

Tuesday, September 15
Miss Kathy’s 2-day students
Grades 1, 4 and 6

Wednesday, September 16
Grades 3, 5, 7, and 8

Thursday, September 17
Miss Kathy’s 3- and 5-day students
Miss Olga
Miss Julie
Grade 2

Nancy will be shooting beautiful studio portraits of each child, which will be available for purchase on a secure, password protected website. We will also be shooting class photos, which will be included with each package purchase or available for purchase without buying portraits.

We will have a scheduled re-shoot day Wednesday, September 30. We would be grateful for parent volunteers to assist in taking children to and from the photo shoot area. Please let Hazel know if you’re able to help.

What to wear: Solid colors work best, though black and white should be avoided. Patterns, wording, and pictures on clothing tend to be too distracting, and a bit too busy. Girls photograph best with their hair down, not in ponytails or braids. Headbands and clips or bows are fine, just try to avoid anything too large.

Information about online viewing and ordering photos will be distributed as soon as it is available.

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Children’s Festival

»Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

The Annual Spring Garden Waldorf Children’s Festival is November 21st from 10am-4pm. The festival takes place at 1791 South Jacoby Rd in Copley, OH. Admission to the event is $3 per person.

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, storytelling 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!

This event brings over 600 attendees to SGWS for a magical blend of creative activities, enchanted attractions, great food, amazing entertainment, and fabulous shopping. We hope you can join us!
























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Nut Free Lunch Ideas

»Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

lunch-fritatta_thumb1If your child subsists on PBJ and granola bars, you may be a little panicked at the notion of a nut free school lunch and snack. But never fear! Here’s a comprehensive resource of nut-free lunch and snack ideas. A heartfelt thank you to Board member, Elaine Ristev, for this wonderful blog post contribution.

Lunch Main Dish

BLTs and cheese on whole-wheat pitas

Homemade pizza “Lunchables”

Mini Pizzas

Salami and cream cheese sandwich

Turkey and cranberry sandwich

Turkey and cream cheese roll-ups

Pizza roll-ups

Sushi sandwich with cream cheese

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad



Vegetarian Main Dish

Apple and sunflower seed butter sandwich

Whole-wheat banana pancake & cream cheese sandwiches

Homemade egg salad & rice crackers

Tomato and mozzarella sandwich

Cream cheese and jelly sandwich

Whole-wheat pasta salad

Cold cheese quesadillas w/ whole grain corn tortillas

Black bean and cheese tostadas

9-6-400x301Corn & Bean Pockets

Veggie wraps or Hummus & Veggie wrap

Lettuce wraps

Mini Quiches


Bagel or Whole Wheat Cucumber Sandwich



Organic popcorn

Whole-wheat blueberry muffin

9-9-400x301Veggie Cornbread Muffins

Hard Boiled Egg

Cheese Stick

Fruits & Vegetables

Whole spelt pumpkin muffin

Buttermilk cheese biscuits

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Protein Bars

Enjoy Life – Bars and Seed Mixes

Chex Cereal




Check out the 7DayVegan website for Great Lunch and snack ideas such as Lentil Veggie Wraps, Marinated Tofu Sandwich Filling, Chickpea Salad Rolls, Apple Swirl Loaf,Maple Banana Bread, Creamy Hummus, Hemp-anola Chickpea Sensation Patties, Hide-the-Lentils Tomato Sauce (with pasta), Spicoli Burgers, and “Nice” Krispie Squares.

Hopefully these recipes will make packing lunches easier!




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Contract Service Hours FAQs

»Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

HappyWorkersWhether 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!

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions from parents about service hours.


Why are service hours important?

Service hours help reduce overall operating costs for the school while providing students with a positive role model of community service. They also build our community by providing opportunities for parents and teachers to become better acquainted in a supportive, informal setting. Our record of service hours is also meaningful to foundations and other community funders that offer grant support.


How many service hours are required?
The num
ber of service hours required is based on the student’s enrollment status and is indicated in the contract. A buy-out option is available; contact the Finance Director for more information. The maximum service hour requirement for families with one or more full time students is 30 hours.


What are work days?
Work days hours are spent doing cleaning, maintenance and general upkeep of the building and grounds. Work Days are scheduled according to the season and to the building’s needs, and they are announced to the community by email.
The Parent/Guardian Contract requires each family to complete 20% of their Contract Service Hours on scheduled work days. For most families, the work day commitment is six hours.



Where can I learn about service hour opportunities?

We communicate service opportunities on the website, in the Tuesday Note, and on the chalk board near the school store. If you have questions about how to fulfill your service hours, please ask a member of the Administrative Team.


What tasks count toward service hours?
Helping with the Annual Auction Benefit, the Children’s Festival, classroom laundry and other
classroom tasks, baking for school events, work day hours, participation on a committee (Site, Festivals, Parent Council, School Store), office tasks, and grounds support are all ways to fulfill hours. Please let us know if you have a special skill or expertise. Our Board of Trustees is always interested in talking with volunteers with finance, legal, human resources, marketing, or development skills.


Where will my hours be most effective?

Of the 30 hours for most families, 6 hours are required to be work days. We recommend a minimum of 3 hours for the auction, 3 hours for the Children’s Festival, and 3 hours in support of classroom.


How do you track service hours?

Parents are responsible for keeping track of their service hours by documenting them in the Service Hours binder located in the school office. Record your activity as soon as possible to keep your record up-to-date.


What happens if I don’t complete service hours?

Parents are billed for unfulfilled service hours at a rate of $30 per hour.


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Time for Monster Dash Sign Up

»Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

MDashLogoPlease join us for Monster Dash and Trick-Or-Trot, the family-friendly 5k run and trick-or-treating event, Sunday, October 18, at Lock 3 Park.
  • Monster Dash: 9:15 a.m.
  • Trick-Or-Trot: 9 – 10:30 a.m.

This spirited costumed run is only $25, and the Trick-Or-Trot is free. All proceeds benefit Spring Garden Waldorf School.

Register by Saturday, August 22, and you’ll be entered to win a FREE race registration for a friend. 

Race entertainment, food, and family activities are included. The first 300 runners will receive a free tee-shirt. Amazing prizes! Join the rest of the SGWS community for this fun fall event!
If you’re interested in sponsorship, Please contact Katie Greenwald at
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Meet Class 1 Teacher Andrea Zeno

»Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments


AndreaZenoWe sat down with Spring Garden Waldorf School’s new class one teacher, Andrea Zeno, to learn about how she came to Waldorf Education and what she’s looking forward to in the coming years at SGWS.

Q. When did you first become interested in Waldorf Education and why?

A. In 1996, I was introduced to Biodynamic Agriculture while studying Horticulture at OSU/ATI in Wooster, OH.  I was pretty passionate about the Philosophy and spoke with everyone about it.  I had just met my husband and he explained that he lived with his Aunt in CA for awhile who was and continues to be a Waldorf teacher.  I fell in love with the approach to both Education and Agriculture.  I discovered that a Waldorf School existed in NE Ohio and my mother (also a teacher) and I visited Spring Garden Waldorf School together in 1997.  During my undergraduate work I studied in VT and CA interviewing Waldorf Garden Teachers.  I compiled a garden curriculum and distributed it back to the teachers who shaped it.  I worked and interned at the Sacramento Waldorf School and Rudolf Steiner College for 5 months before moving to Pacific Grove, CA for my student teaching semester and to finish my thesis.

Q. What is your teaching and education background?

A. I graduated with my BA in Education in 2001 and was offered a position to teach 4th grade at Monterey Bay Charter School (A Waldorf Inspired Charter).  I met Cate Hunko at the 4th grade summer intensive training at Rudolf Steiner College.  I taught 4th grade and then decided to begin my Waldorf Teacher Training at Antioch the following summer.  I taught 4-6th grade at Monterey Bay Charter School.  Then a few months before our Ohio wedding we decided we really wanted to be closer to our families again.  We moved to Akron, knowing we would be close to a Waldorf School, were wed, I finished my summer sequence Waldorf training in NH, and then spent a semester writing my thesis and waiting tables. I completed my Master’s degree in Education in 2004.

I was then a substitute at SGWS and surrounding schools for 2 years before I took a first grade at SGWS in 2006. I taught a wonderful group of children from 1st – 3rd grade at SGWS until my eldest son was born.

Q. How do you feel about teaching the same group of students for 8 years?

A. I love teaching the same group of children over a span of years.  It is a very special and unique task to hold a group and watch them change, grow, and succeed. Due to life circumstances I haven’t yet experienced the entire span, but I will consider it a special gift when I am able to complete a cycle.
Q. What do you most love or look forward to about teaching at a Waldorf School?

A. It is a beautiful curriculum!  Every year I teach, I find joy in the stories and methods.  I was so moved by the stories of 5th grade that I wrote my Master’s thesis about the Creation Myths from around the world and the influence of storytelling.  As a Waldorf teacher we read stories all the time! Then we are blessed to experience the magic as we share them with the children and watch them work through the morals, concepts and themes.

Q. What is your favorite quote about teaching or education?

A. Rudolf Steiner has so many!  Here are two from him:

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”

“A healthy social life arises when the whole community finds its reflection in the mirror of a person’s soul, and when the virtue of each person lives in the whole community.”


Thanks for sharing Andrea!   

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