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Coffee & Conversation: Public Welcome

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

CCThroughout the school year, Spring Garden offers an education series, Coffee and Conversation, on the last Wednesday of each month. Topics relating to Waldorf education will be presented by experienced faculty, with time for Q & A at the end of each presentation. Session times will vary between morning and evening to accommodate our community’s needs. We hope you can join us for one or all!

Our upcoming presentation is Science in Waldorf Education, September 30th at 7 pm. Michael Gannon, M.Ed. will discuss Waldorf Education’s careful, reverent approach to the study of science. Join Mr. Gannon as he shares how Waldorf education, through the years, trains the senses through careful observation and artistic experiences to allow for the development complex problem-solving skills and intuition as the children discover the possibilities of science.

In the meantime, enjoy this Coffee and Conversation presentation, also by Michael Gannon, about the whys behind Waldorf’s approach to at-home and in-school media use in elementary students.

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Michaelmas in The Waldorf Tradition

»Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

Raffaello_Sanzio_-_St_Michael_and_the_Dragon_-_WGA18633In Waldorf education, we celebrate Michaelmas — a traditional Christian celebration of the Archangel St. Michael — observed in the Northern Hemisphere since Roman times on September 29th and typically honored by a feast. Michaelmas is also held around the equinox and has been associated with the beginning of fall and the darker, colder days to come when all of mankind will need strength to survive.

St. Michael is a symbolic leader of the force of good over evil, courage over cowardice, and of watchfulness of languor.   The celebration of Michaelmas teaches the importance of overcoming fear and strengthening resolve.

Spring Garden, and many other Waldorf schools, celebrate Michaelmas by performing a play in the saint’s honor. Our performance’s is a story of King George and how with St. Michael’s help he is able to save the town from an evil dragon. We also fly kites with dragons on them to symbolize taming the dragon and overcoming fear during this “festival of courage.”

The exact story of the play we perform for Michaelmas is not told the same way in biblical or legendary tradition, but it is a variation on a theme of Michael being a warrior saint. The Archangel St. Michael does fight a dragon, in heaven and not on earth, in Revelation 12: 7-9:


“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels”

There is an earthly legend, however, of a dragon fighting saint, but it is the story of St. George. St. George was a Roman Soldier tortured and beheaded for his faith in 304 and declared a Saint in 494.  He has had many fanciful stories told about him, but the most popular tells of St. George saving a village by slaying a dragon that makes ongoing demands for sheep and maidens.

But it is not the literal story that represents the importance of the day, but the idea behind the story of good triumphing over evil and light triumphing over darkness. Humankind has many battles over darkness to attend too, many dragons to slay, and this is an essential lesson for our students.

Each student must face their own difficulties in life, both internal and external, and Michaelmas both educates and empowers the children to find the courage to take on and defeat their personal dragons. And so, we celebrate Michaelmas in the Waldorf tradition to remind ourselves of the strength we need in the coming season and in our personal lives to defeat darkness and let hope prevail.


534444_10151054967267539_412040424_nStudent Roles:

  • First Grade: Gnomes

  • Second Grade: Meteors

  • Third Grade: Peasants and Farmers.

  • Fourth Grade: Knights

  • Fifth Grade:  Chorus, Voices for Meteors

  • Sixth Grade:   Chorus

  • Seventh Grade:   Chorus, Voices for Gnomes, Ringing of the Irons

  • Eighth Grade: The Dragon


Parents, families, and friends are welcome to join us for kite flying! Weather permitting, the play will be performed on the outside stage; otherwise it will be performed in the gym.


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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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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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