School News

Making the Transition to First Grade 

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Rose2012-22Please join us on Thursday, March 24, to learn more about the Waldorf First Grade curriculum.

 

Mrs. Andrea Zeno, an experienced Waldorf teacher and the current first grade class teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for all parents.  Her talk will cover how skills and curriculum are approached in the first grade.  This is an exceptional opportunity to educate yourself on how Waldorf education meets the needs of the child by presenting developmentally appropriate material, or as we like to say “the right thing at the right time”.

This event is FREE and open to all SGWS families as well as the greater community. We hope you are able to join us for this informative presentation. Please feel free to bring friends, family, or acquaintances who would like to learn more.

To accommodate as many families as possible, we are offering two sessions: one at 9:00 a.m., and another at 7:00 p.m. Both sessions will last about an hour and will cover the same topics.

 
To register for the 9:00 a.m. session, please click here

To register for the 7:00 p.m. session, please click here

We look forward to seeing you there!
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The Auction Flower & More Auction Updates

»Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

 

20150225 Wall of FameEarly Bird Tickets now Available through March 26th.  Click here to purchase your ticket now. 

Wondering about the flower in the lobby? It’s our donation thank you flower.  Community members procuring donation items for the auction will have their names pinned to our flower as our way of saying thank you for all the contributions that help to make our auction a success.

If every family in our community secures just one donation item from a local business or other source, that will provide the school over 75 auction items and raise thousands of dollars!

If you’d like to donate an item or know of a business that will donate, please click here for our online donation form.

Here are some good examples of donation items that families can procure:

  • Handmade items are always popular
  • A service such as babysitting, class lunches, a dessert a month for the year, custom outings/experiences for children or adults
  • Gift certificates to restaurants and for experiences are very popular. Consider soliciting one from your favorite local business
  • Solicit an ad or sponsorship from a business that you frequent or own.

Have More questions about the auction? Check out our Auction FAQ page HERE or go to the Auction Website HERE.

If you’re ready to donate sponsor or advertise:

 

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SGWS presents, SCREENAGERS, at Copley High School

»Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

 

screenagersAll are welcome to attend the documentary screening of the film, “Screenagers,” Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m. at the Copley High School Auditorium.  This event, free and open to the public, is hosted by Spring Garden Waldorf School and sponsored by Integrative Neuropsychology.

The thought provoking documentary by physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, explores parenting children in this digital age and focuses on offering solutions on how families can find balance.

Learn more about the film here at ABC News.

Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Delaney’s own daughter explained why she wanted a phone: “I would be cool. And I’d be able to look busy in awkward situations.”

Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Click on the link to watch the trailer: http://www.screenagersmovie.com/about/

 

 

 

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Coffee & Conversation: History Comes Alive!

»Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

 

ChurchillJoin us Wednesday, March 23rd at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. as we learn about History Curriculum and Approach for Grades 1 – 8 from experienced Waldorf teacher, Royse Crall. Royse is also the current Class 8 teacher.

She will present the path of the history curriculum in Waldorf education and outline how we approach bringing these subjects to the children in a meaningful way and at the right time developmentally. This approach helps bring relevant value to the lessons so our students can connect with their feelings and really relate to the lessons and the humanity behind the history.

Childcare will be available for the evening meeting for SGWS students ages 4 and up. Parents and friends of SGWS are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Morning Session is at 9 a.m. and registration can be done by clicking here. The Evening Session is at 7 p.m. and community members can register by clicking here.

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Why We Do Auction Class Projects

»Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

 

Class 8RhinoSometimes, parents ask why the school has each class make a unique auction project for our Benefit. The simple answer is that they are wonderful works of art that we sell at the live auction! The projects often raise large sums, but there are many other reasons we support the creation of student art for this event.

Community Building

These projects bring parents and students of each class together to support the school through a creative, valuable endeavor. The creative works that come out of these collaborations are truly priceless, not only by design, but by the spirit all bring to the task.  The effort and care brought to these projects shows.

 

Pride of Creation and Ownership

TreeThe students benefit greatly from doing this work.  Not only do they come together with their classmates to create art, but they also see the value that art brings directly to the school. They are contributing to their community is the best way possible — by learning, collaborating, and creating something beautiful and worthwhile together!

 

A Treasure Forever

This priceless work of art is a treasure that one family will get to keep forever to remember their child’s work and their family’s elementary school experience at Spring Garden.

 

Fundraising

BirdAnd yes, it’s also an amazing fundraiser. School class projects often sell for large amounts of money. So in addition to all the non-monetary value they add to the Spring Garden experience, they also often bring monetary value and profit to the school’s largest fundraiser.

Thank you to everyone in our community that contributes to these wonderful projects, year over year. We cannot express enough gratitude for the love and effort that go into these works of art.

 

 

 

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Scholastic Art Award Winners

»Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Alumni, School News | 0 comments

Congratulations to SGWS current students and alumni for their participation and recognition in the Scholastic Art awards competition. Current SGWS student, Cameron Knotek-Black and alumnus Kira Cseak, Caroline Edwards, Emma Hecky and Grace Hecky all received awards.

Winning students could receive three types of recognition for their work.

  • Honorable Mention: Artwork demonstrating creative potential.
  • Silver Key Award: Artwork demonstrating achievement worth of recognition on the regional level.  Students are recognized with Silver Key lapel pins and certificates.
  • Gold Key Award: Artwork demonstrating the highest levels of achievement in technique, originality, and personal voice.  Gold Key art is forwarded to New York City for National Adjudication.  Students are recognized with Gold Key lapel pins and certificates

Kira Cseak: Silver Key Award, Firestone High School

Caroline Edwards: Gold Key Award and four honorable mentions, Revere High School

Grace Hecky: Silver Key Award and one honorable mention, Copley High School

Emma Hecky: Honorable Mention, Copley High School

Cameron Knotek-Black, Honorable Mention, Spring Garden Waldorf School

Congratulations to all our artists!  See some of their pieces below:

Cameron Knotek-Black

Cameron Knotek-Black

 

 

 

Caroline Edwards

Caroline Edwards

 

Grace Hecky

Grace Hecky

 

 

 

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