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SGWS is Nut Free

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

Nut_free_schoolWe here at SGWS have developed, as required by law, a new allergy policy to manage students with allergies. The Board of Trustees approved an allergy policy on August 10, 2015. This policy affects all members of our school community. The policy focuses on education about food allergies as well as reducing risk of allergens at SGWS. The full policy, which is included in our parent handbook, can be accessed here.

The key details are as follows:

SGWS is now a nut-free environment. The Board, faculty, and administration reviewed and researched the legal and practical issues associated with food allergies and made the change to a nut-free environment for the following reasons:
– Tree nut and peanut allergies are on the rise and present in 7 of our 11 classes
– Nut allergies tend to elicit more serious reactions
– We don’t have a cafeteria: Our children eat in the classroom,which is the very environment we are expected to keep students safe from allergens; additionally, our students enjoy food as part of the curriculum across the grades
– Our students, from Early Childhood through Grade 8, share the same facility and are encouraged to interact across the grades

Parents of students with anaphylactic allergies must have a current allergy action plan and signed waiver in place prior to the start of the school year. SGWS will contact you regarding any missing paperwork.

The approved policy clearly delineates the roles and responsibilities for parents, teachers, administration, board members, and students.

We recognize that changes of this magnitude take time, diligence, and communication to implement. We need all our parents’ help to implement this policy that affects many of our children. Your class teacher will be providing some addition information about food allergies in your child’s classroom. Click here for nut-free suggestions for lunch and snack ideas.

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Meet your Parent Council

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


TreeThe PC is a supportive body of the school that promotes community enrichment and communication. It also acts as a constructive link between the Board of Trustees, the Faculty, and the parent body at large.  Each representative acts as the voice for the entire class he/she represents.  The President and President Elect each serve on the Board of Trustees.

Each representative is responsible for communicating pertinent information gained at each monthly Parent Council meeting to his/her respective class.

Here are the Parent Council Representatives for each Class this year:

Ms. Kathy – Susie Yoder

Ms. Julie – Kara Hoffman

Ms. Olga – Debi Huselton

Class 1 – Susan Hudson

Class 2 – Lisa Friel

Class 3 – Still Needed

Class 4 – Kelly Urbano

Class 5 – Rocky Lewis

Class 6 – Robin Anselm

Class 7 – Ann Denney

Class 8 – Julie Norman

Parent Council spearheads volunteer efforts for each of the following events:

  • Welcome Back Dinner
  • Children’s Festival
  • Annual Auction class projects
  • Parent Appreciation event.

Parent Council also facilitates minor fundraisers such as the Renaissance Faire Lunch and Silver Graphics, creates forums for parent enrichment and community building, and coordinates the production of a yearbook.


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Painting Through The Grades Workshop

»Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

Art3Teacher, Cate Hunko, is offering a Waldorf watercolor painting workshop — Painting Through the Grades — August 11-13th from 9:00am to noon.

These classes will introduce you to the ways watercolor painting is approached throughout the grades, including subject matter, materials, and techniques. Participants will produce two or three watercolors in each session. These classes are open to adults only, not students or siblings.

Cost is $30 per session. Attendees can Sign Up for any or all sessions and pay at the door by check or charge to your SGWS MCA. You may sign up for as many sessions as you wish, but because space is very limited, please Sign Up only for sessions you are sure you will attend.

Painting through the Grades with Cate Hunko. All Sessions 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • August 11: Grades 1 – 3
  • August 12: Grades 4 & 5
  • August 13: Grades 6 – 8

Click Here to Register / Sign Up for Classes.

Ms. Hunko has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking, and has automotive design experience. Ms. Hunko completed her master’s degree in Waldorf education at Antioch University, and her master’s thesis was on Color Theory and Painting. Over the years, Ms. Hunko has participated in a number of Waldorf Teacher Intensives on painting and has conducted research on Steiner’s color indications. Ms. Hunko has taken two classes through the cycle of Grades 1 through 8 at Spring Garden Waldorf School.

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Important EdChoice Scholarship Information

»Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

800px-Pencil_sharpenedThe timeline for the EdChoice Scholarship decisions from the Ohio Department of Education is as follows:
EdChoice Traditional Scholarship award letters are currently being mailed to families. When you receive your award letter, please sign and return it to SGWS as soon as possible.
EdChoice Expansion Scholarship award letters will begin to be issued next week. When you receive your award letter, please sign and return it to SGWS as soon as possible.
The Ohio Department of Education deadline for EdChoice scholarships is August 7. Students must be accepted and enrolled at SGWS before this date, in order to process the EdChoice application and have it received by the Ohio Department of Education by August 7.
If you have any questions about enrolling for EdChoice, please call or email Amy Hecky or Tyra Scott.
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Welcome Back Dinner

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

dinnerThis year’s Welcome Back Dinner for parents will be August 25th at 6:30 pm.  Save the date! Join us in the SGWS school gymnasium for an evening of fun, with a little information sprinkled in, as we gear up for another exciting school year at Spring Garden Waldorf School!

The menu will be grilled chicken over mixed greens (with vegetarian and vegan option), plus toppings, bread and dessert (with gluten free option).

New parents are invited to come by for a brief orientation before the dinner.  Please note that this is an adults-only event, and childcare will not be provided. Please RSVP HERE by August 20th. See you on Tuesday, August 25th.

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SGWS Alumni: Senior Students in the News

»Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Alumni, School News | 0 comments


SGWSGradFashionCollectionOur first senior in the news is Spring Garden alumni Jenna Skye Furpahs, who graduated this year from Kent State University’s School of Fashion.

Jenna displayed her design work at Kent’s 2015 fashion show, FS2: Visionnaire, which featured 17 collections and 55 individual looks created by 58 student designers.

Jenna’s collection “Brazen” earned both the $1,500 Best in Show Award and the $500 SUEDEsays Award (sponsored by “Project Runway” star Suede, a Fashion School alumnus).

Congratulations Jenna on your amazing fashion sense and your big senior win!


HarleyOur second senior is Harley Moyer who has graduated from Firestone High School with a 4.25 GPA as a National Honor Society member. Harley was also an International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient, Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies Math & Science Student of the Year Award winner, and French Club Vice President.

Harley also excelled in athletics as a cross-country runner and track and field competitor. For cross-country, he was an Akron City Series champion as a senior, Firestone’s MVP for three years, and a Division I regional qualifier as a senior; he posted a career-best time of 16:52.79 at the regional meet.

In track and field, Harley helped Firestone win Akron City Series team championship as a senior by winning the 1,600-meter run (4:26.41), the 800 (2:03.22), and the 3,200 (10:25.18). He placed 10th at the Division I State meet in the 3,200 in at 9:27.10, a career best and a school record.

Harley plans to run at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. Congratulations Harley! You’re clearly running towards great success!


Two SGWS alumni are graduating from Revere High School this year as well. Michael Miller is graduating in the top 10% of his class as a National Merit Commended Scholar.  He was also the National Honors Society President, a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, and winner of the OSHAA Scholar Athlete Award. Varsity Tennis player and National Art Honor Society Member Griffen Hansen is also graduated from Revere High School this year.

We wish all our seniors good luck in their upcoming endeavors! Do have alumni news to report?  Please contact Amy Hecky at

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