“Reflections of a Waldorf Father” will be a 16″ x 20″ mirrored wall hanging consisting of various sizes of wooden blocks hand-stained by all fathers who are willing to participate. We have over 100 blocks to be stained. You can pick up as many as you are able to complete, free of charge, at the school store. Use any shade(s) of stain you have in your home (the more variety, the better), and return the dried pieces as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday, March 26th.
If you have any questions, please email Debi Huselton.
Our latest Coffee and Conversation will be held March 25th on the topic of: “Sleep and Its Importance in Academic, Social, and Emotional Development.” The lecture will be given by our own Dr. Joshua Magleby.
Dr. Magleby is a parent at Spring Garden, a clinical neuropsychologist and the founder of Integrative Neuropsychology. He will discuss the importance of sleep and how it can affect a child’s academic, social, and emotional development. To accommodate as many schedules as possible, this talk will be offered at both 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
We hope to see you there! For more on the importance of sleep for academics, check out our article Sleep Well; Learn Well.
Please watch our flower grow with items parents have either procured or personally donated.
We have already received many lovely donations from our parents. If you’d like to donate an item or know of a business that might donate, please click here.
If you noticed we missed getting your name on the flower, please email Rocky Lewis.
This year at our 26th Annual Benefit Auction, we will honor and award an alumni who has made a difference and brought about positive change in the world. “The Waldorf Difference” award is being given to Akron native and Emory University Student, Aubrey Tingler, for her work and study in environmental science and sustainability.
Aubrey is planning to continue her education in graduate school and work in environmental education and outreach, focusing on how to integrate ecological systems with human constructed systems in a way that mutually benefits both society and the natural world.
Currently at Emory, Aubrey is Co-Editor in Chief of Generation Response (Emory’s environmental and social justice magazine) and a member of Emory University’s Senate Committee on the Environment. She is also currently conducting an independent study on ecosystem services to learn how society can better integrate ecosystem benefits into the built environment.
In past years, Aubrey has interned for Emory University Office of Sustainability Initiatives; she has also worked as an Educator for Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp and as a counselor at Locust Grove Nature Center, an environmental/outdoor education camp.
She has credited her childhood education with helping her value the interconnectedness of the natural and intellectual world. “My Waldorf education taught me that art, science, literature, etc., can’t stand on their own,” she says. “They need each other to exist, and they’re all important to a successful society.”
Her education also fueled her love of learning for learning’s sake, which she credits for motivating her to live a balanced life. “I learned to dedicate myself to learning for the love of it, and the richness it brought to my life, not to simply to get A’s so that I could look smart on paper. Waldorf school taught me the importance of playing, making art, making music and experiencing nature. Those things feed the soul, and I don’t think my respect for these aspects of life would have been as thoroughly developed without my early Waldorf education.”
Congratulations Aubrey! And Thank You for helping our world become a better place!
Spring Garden Waldorf School accepts Ed Choice scholarship students. Families must apply and be accepted to Spring Garden before they can apply for one of the state-funded scholarships. Scholarship applications are accepted between February and April and are now available to students who attend a low-performing public school.
The Ohio Department of Education offers the Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program. This program was created to provide students from underperforming public schools with the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The Ed Choice Scholarship provides up to 60,000 state funded scholarships to students who attend low performing public school buildings. The scholarship must be used to attend private schools that meet requirement for program participation. Spring Garden Waldorf School is a participant in this program.
For the 2015-16 school year, EdChoice Scholarships will also be available to incoming kindergartners, first grade students, and second grade students whose family income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The application process is open now. Please click here to learn more about eligibility and the application process.
Please note if you live in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, you are not eligible for the EdChoice Scholarship.