School begins on Tuesday, August 26th! If you’re new to Spring Garden, and even if you’re not, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Early Childhood drop off.
What is The Meadow?
The Meadow is the Early Childhood only play area for our students in Pre-K and K classes. It is behind the fence adjacent to the right hand parking lot. It is divided from the older students’ playground by a small creek and the outdoor stage area.
When is Drop Off?
Young children are to be brought to The Meadow between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
When does school start?
Early Childhood Classes begin at 8:30.
Do I bring my child to The Meadow?
Yes. Please walk young children into the The Meadow and help them locate their teacher. Please join your child in saying good morning and shaking their teacher’s hand each day. This is a small gesture with much wisdom behind it. It is the beginning of teaching children to be comfortable approaching and speaking to adults and at the same time gives the teacher a glimpse into the child’s approach to the day.
When should my child wear their outdoor clothes?
Every day, rain or shine, if your child is a student in Early Childhood. Have your child come to school wearing their appropriate outdoor rain or snow gear. This includes rain pants, boots and jacket. And snow pants, boots, jacket, hat, gloves and scarf in winter. Children are encouraged to be kids and get dirty and these items ensure that children are dry and clean in their classrooms.
Do they wear outdoor gear if it’s sunny and hot?
Yes! Teachers will make the call as to whether the children can shed their outerwear items as the day goes on, but morning dew and Meadow mud requires all students in Early Childhood wear outdoor clothes each morning.
What if we’re late?
Children coming in late must get signed in at the office with their caregiver and receive a pass. If the early childhood students are still in the meadow at this time, the caregiver and child can then proceed to the meadow and give the teacher the late pass when they meet to greet each other. If the class is already in the room, please knock softly at the door and wait patiently for the teacher to come and welcome your child. It may take a few minutes as the teacher will not disrupt circle time to answer the door.
Is there Before Care?
Before care begins at 7:15. Please walk in with younger children. Before care is located in the First Grade classroom. Early Childhood children will put on their outerwear and be walked to their classrooms at 8:15 to meet their teacher and proceed outside for morning recess.
Many hands make light work! Work Days are our most effective way to accomplish larger scale projects. They also help project planning and completion, help build community, and show the children what’s involved in supporting the school.
Dates and Sign Ups:
- Wednesday, August 20, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Sign Up HERE
This is our final push to prepare our building for the start of the school year, and there will be plenty of work both indoors and out.
- Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. until noon – Sign Up HERE
This will be a standard Saturday Work Day, with building cleaning and maintenance tasks inside the building and around the grounds.
- Sunday, September 28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Sign Up HERE
In preparation for the Visiting Reaccreditation Team from AWSNA, teachers, staff and parents will be here to help Mr. Vargo direct as many volunteers as we are able to muster. Please consider joining us.
We are so grateful for the dedication our families bring to volunteering. In order to channel our community’s 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.
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 would ask that you not bring children younger than 10, as most of our Work Day tasks are more strenuous than would be appropriate for small children and child care is not available.
We are excited to announce that Emily Rode (pronounced RO-dee) will be joining us this fall as our new Strings/Orchestra teacher. Mrs. Rode is an accomplished strings teacher and performer who has been working with students of all ages and abilities, both individually and in ensembles, for over 30 years.
Mrs. Rode received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Akron and a teaching assistantship at Youngstown State University. In addition to teaching private lessons in her studio, Mrs. Rode has worked with directly with students in the Akron, Medina, and Berea Public School strings programs.
Please join us in welcoming her to the Spring Garden community!
At Waldorf we do outdoor play every day! What does this mean? It means school supply lists are less about the right markers and more about outdoor gear. Sometimes, big box stores don’t have rain pants, boots and rain jackets this time of year.
Many parents go to thrift shops or swap with other Waldorf Families. Others order these items online. If you’re planning this approach, it’s a little more than 2 weeks before school begins, so NOW is the time for online ordering if you’d like to do standard shipping.
Here are some retailers who sell outdoor rain gear all year long:
- August 8, 2014 — Preschool Sample Day; 9 a.m.
- August 12th, 2014 — Open House; 9 a.m.
- August 14th, 2014 — Open House; 7 p.m.
- October 15, 2014 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
- November 12, 2014 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
- November 16, 2014 — Open House; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
- January 11, 2015 — Open House; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
- January 14, 2015– Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
- February 11, 2015 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
- March 11, 2015 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
- April 8, 2015 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
- April, 26, 2015 — Open House; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
- May 13, 2015 – Walk through the Grades; 9 a.m.
Our Walk-Through-the-Grades events provide parents a unique opportunity to see how our teachers employ Waldorf’s innovative, Finnish-style approach education, which gives children the opportunity to learn through a wide variety of experiences, increasing depth of understanding as well as intersecting with individual learning styles.
Our Open Houses offer a casual environment for tours of the school, where prospective parents can see the classrooms and facilities, get to know the tenets of Waldorf education, and speak with other parents, teachers and administrators about school and student experiences.
Visit us this year! Let us know you’re coming via email email@example.com, call 330-666-0574 or fill out the form below.
It’s almost August and the kids go back to school on August 26th! Here are some August dates to keep in mind. Mark your calendar or Download ours HERE.
Office reopens (Closed starting July 25)
New Family Orientation – 6 PM
Welcome Back Dinner – 6:30 PM
Reconnect with your school community! We hope to see you all there for this adults only event, sponsored by the Parent Council.
Early Childhood Open House – 10 AM
Young students and their families are welcome to come and get acclimated to their early childhood classroom, classmates, and teachers.
First Day of School – 8:15 to 8:30 AM drop off
Rose Ceremony – 9AM
All are welcome to watch our Grade One students formally enter the grades, with the guidance of their Grade Eight buddies.
Early Dismissal – 2 PM
For the Labor Day Weekend