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A Summer of Facility Upgrades

»Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

RoofIt’s the summer of big improvements for the Spring Garden Waldorf School building.  Phase one of the roof is complete and the next phase now begins. Last week the trusses for our new gabled asphalt roof arrived and Delbert Stewart Roofing and Construction’s diligent crew has been preparing the surface of the old roof so it is ready to be covered with the new roof.

Roof construction will continue throughout the summer. Because of this, our summer office hours will be limited and will vary based on the construction schedule, so please call before coming to school.

Meanwhile, our new Building Security System has been installed. The system includes two-way intercoms in each classroom, bullhorn speakers inside and outside the building for fire and tornado alarms, and a remote entry system that will allow us to keep the front doors locked during school hours. As the new school year approaches, we will provide you with more information about how this new system works.

You’ll see a new roof, and we’ll see you, at the end of August!


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August Work Days

»Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

In order to channel our communities talents for group projects, we have our enrollment contract specify that 20% of service hours (for most families, this is six hours) be fulfilled during scheduled work days.

Spring Garden will have three Work Days this summer in August.

Monday 8/3

Thursday 8/6 

Tuesday 8/11

These Summer Work Days will take place in the evenings from 5:30-8:30 PM.

Many hands make light work! You are always welcome to bring additional helping hands to assist in this important work, and their work does count toward your service hours. However, we ask that you not bring children under the age of 10, as we do not provide child care for work days, and most of our tasks are more strenuous than would be appropriate for younger children.

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Have questions about work days? Check out our Work Day FAQ page HERE.


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Thank You, Class of 2015 Parents

»Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

by Tracy Edwards, Administrative Team Leader


Our parents are the heart and the hands of the SGWS community. They provide volunteer support in countless ways to our school. We are grateful and awed by the commitment of our parents.Tomorrow is graduation day for the class of 2015. As we send off these amazing young people to the next step of their journey, we would also like to recognize the group of parents that will also be ‘graduating’ from SGWS and won’t be a daily part of our parent community next year.

Cordell and Joanna Caley: Thanks for always being willing to help and for the significant contributions in IT, development, yearbook, and class plays!

Holly Christensen and Max Thomas: Holly has been a part of the school for many years, four of her kids have attended SGWS. Thanks especially for your support in the office and help with field trips! Max, thanks for your help with the camping trip!

Firouz and Kristen Daneshgari: Thanks for always being willing to lend a hand when asked. We so appreciate your help in the school store, SGWS Board, Personnel committee, and Capital Campaign Committee!

Greg and Meredith Hansen: Meredith, words cannot express our gratitude for your leadership and commitment to the school store. Greg, thanks for your help with the class auction projects for 8 years.

Dina Harley: Thanks for being one of our best referral parents and for your help with field trips, massage donations, and dying t-shirts!

Frank and Patti Wagner: The Wagners have sent three kids to SGWS and been a part of our community for 18  years. Thanks especially with your support with fundraising by coordinating Acme receipts and Entertainment books!


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Winning Track Season in 2015

»Posted by on May 27, 2015 in School News | 0 comments


by Hazel Emery, M.Ed

Photo courtesy of Debi Palermo

Photo courtesy of Debi Palermo

Last week, athletes in Grades Six and Seven competed in their Championship Meet on Sunday, May 17, at Hudson High School. Nearly all of our athletes set new personal bests in their events, and nearly all returned with a ribbon or medal for their performances. The coaches were extremely proud of the work and effort put forth by all the athletes.

Grade Eight athletes had a preliminary meet on May 16 in Independence, where most of them set personal bests. It was a very rewarding day. At this preliminary meet, the top four finishers in each event went on to the Championship Meet on Thursday, May 21, at Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School. As noted last week, Sarah Caley qualified in the 400m run, and Hayden Matias qualified in shot-put and discus. Both Sarah and Hayden set new personal bests, with Sarah placing sixth and Hayden placing fourth in both his events.

Congratulations to all our athletes for continuing to improve throughout the season and for performing so well at the meets. Many of our athletes finished in the Top 10 for the Akron area and the Cleveland area in the CYO league. Spring Garden had two athletes in the State of Ohio Top 10: Hayden Matias in the shot put and Catherine Greer in the 200 hurdles.
As always, Coach Stewart and her assistants are grateful to parents’ continued support of the SGWS Track and Field team.

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Waldorf Education Featured on The Simpsons Season Finale

»Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments


The Simpsons on WaldorfThe Simpsons gave a well-crafted, comic shout out to Waldorf Education during their Season 26 finale for 2015 — “Mathlete’s Feat”, which aired May 17, 2015.

Waldorf-centric Plot Summary:

After a scathing math competition defeat, tech bigwigs take pity on Springfield Elementary and outfit the school with all the latest technology. But Principal Skinner’s ineptitude leads to a server farm crash and the school loses all tech, which the students only used to watch Game of Thrones. This is when Lisa comes up with an idea that will save the school — “Learning while Doing.”  Springfield Elementary becomes a Waldorf School!

From there the students learn by doing in tongue-in-cheek fashion — calculating the cubic feet of styrofoam to add to the sloppy joe mix, pouring pints of beer in fractions, wearing required sun hats, and singing songs of acceptance, love and diversity. In the end, their new Waldorf Education helps them win the mathlete rematch by transforming an M into nine non-overlapping triangles.

The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America was pleased with the level of in-depth knowledge The Simpsons writers clearly possessed about pedagogy and stereotypes associated with Waldorf Education, which made this fun caricature both lighthearted and flattering.


Watch The Video: 


The Simpsons Writer Insight:

Math – Mathematics education is very advanced in Waldorf schools. Math is revealed to students as a useful and real part of everyday life. Numbers, processes and then mathematical concepts are introduced through doing — counting and holding, paper folding, musical interval training, and calculations to create rope and pulley systems are just a few examples of how math is taught in Waldorf schools. We are not surprised that the Springfield Waldorf School could answer such a difficult final math equation to win the math competition. The challenge of drawing the nine non-overlapping triangles mimics the lessons in form drawings taught in our curriculum — another intersection of math, art, and doing experienced in Waldorf Education.


Sun Hats – Why of course! Waldorf students are prepared for all weather, at all times. Why?  Because, unlike many of their non-Waldorf peers, they still play outdoors for recess 3-4 times a day and also have classes outdooring such as science, physical education and gardening. Of course, hats for our adults are optional and they’re not required indoors. Nor is tie dye a requirement.


Technology – In the episode, Marge reads a pamphlet which says, “Waldorf Education: When you have Given up on the Modern World.” Considering the popularity of Waldorf Education among the children of Silicon Valley tech executives, this is clearly not quite the case, but it had been a stereotype of the past. Waldorf Educators simply feel there are better ways, more hands on and complex ways to teach young children how to learn. Technology is introduced to secondary education children, which as Skinner notes in the episode is “Not our Problem.”


Textbooks – There are no textbooks in Waldorf Education, it’s true. But there are many, many books. They are just not the ones provided to the state by textbook companies. Instead our students are presented material by teachers from classics and mainstream books on relevant topics, where they then take notes and reflect on lessons while creating their own “Main Lesson” books. These books become both catalogs and resources for learning.



We are honored to have been featured in such a positive light on The Simpsons Season Finale and are anxiously awaiting further information about which writers, perhaps Waldorf parents or alumni themselves, were involved in the episode’s creation.  As a thank you, and a responding shout out of sorts, our schools have been paying tribute to The Simpsons.  A collective of handmade hats is being created to send to The Simpsons writers.  The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is having students create beeswax figures of The Simpsons characters to share online and with The Simpsons execs. And the São Paulo, Brazil Waldorf school has done an amazing rendition of The Simpsons Theme Song as a tribute to this mainstream recognition.


Do you have questions about this latest press coverage of Waldorf Education or about Waldorf Education in general? Contact Amy Hecky at or call  330-666-0574.  Learn more about our school at

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Community Moving Day

»Posted by on May 21, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

SGWSThankYou2Please join us in thanking our wonderful teachers by helping them clean and move into their new classrooms. This will take the whole community to be successful! Parents and children will work together to do something good for the school by readying the classrooms for the coming year. Many Waldorf schools take this approach on the final day of school, which seems to be quite effective. Please contact your Parent Council rep if you have any questions.


This will be a wonderful day when the children and parents together give back to their teachers for another amazing year. Please click here to sign up to volunteer! You can sign up for as many slots as you like.

We are also in need of extra buckets and rags, as well as boxes to pack up teachers’ classroom materials. You can drop them off in the office anytime during the last week of school.

Assembly – All are welcome!
10:15 – 10:45
Grades’ Snack – Volunteers with students in Grades 1 through 8 are invited to join their child’s class for snack time.
10:45 – 12:20
Parent volunteers, teachers, and students separate and box items to be moved from the classroom, move items into the hallway, and begin cleaning.
12:20 – 12:40
Lunch – The Parent Council will provide lunch for parent volunteers who sign up in advance. Students should bring their lunch, as usual.
12:40 – 1:40
Children and teachers go outside for games. Grades teachers are working together to plan games for the following groupings: Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, and Grades 6-8. Parents work together to complete cleaning in the classrooms and moving class belongings to the next grade.
1:45 – 2:00
Closing ceremony for the entire community, led by Edward Grimes
2:00 – 8:00

 End-of-the-year Potluck at The Lake (formerly Loyal Oak Lake), hosted by Lerryn Campbell (details to follow — the entire community is invited, but this is not an SGWS-sponsored event)

Have an amazing summer — and THANK YOU for all you do!

– The SGWS Parent Council
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