We are offering a school wide book club, where we choose, read and discuss Waldorf-inspired parenting and education books. Book Study will take place in the mornings on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Copies of the book will be available for borrowing.
We will also continue our ongoing Coffee and Conversation series on the last Wednesday morning of each month.This event typically features a guest speaker and is followed by questions and discussion. A few of the coffee and conversations will be offered in the evening and topic suggestions are welcome to be sent to email@example.com.
Mark Your Calendars:
Book Study -
- Date: September 4th & 18th
- Time: 8:45
- Place: School Store
- Book: Henning Koehler – Raising Anxious, nervous and Depressed Children
A Spiritual Perspective to Guide Parents
Mr. Koehler courageously presents parents and teachers with a practical path of schooling the thinking, heart, and will in selfless devotion to the individual destiny of each child.
Coffee & Conversation -
- Date: September 28
- Time: 8:45
- Place: School Store
- Topic: TBD
Hope to see you there!
Many schools have a PTA or PTO, and here at Spring Garden we have Parent Council. The Parent Council serves as the voice of parents at our school and promotes community enrichment and communication between the faculty, Board, and the parent body at large.
Every two years, each class selects a parent to serve a two-year term as their representative on Parent Council. This parent attends the monthly Parent Council meetings and their three yearly class meetings, where they share information with their class about school wide events such as:
- Welcome Back Dinner
- Halloween Festival
- Children’s Festival
- Annual Auction class projects
- Parent Appreciation Party
- Coordinating the production of a yearbook
- Class gifts and outreach
- Minor fundraisers (Silver Graphics, etc.)
If you are interesting in serving on Parent Council, speak up at your first class meeting or contact the current President, Marina Rana, for more information.
Spring Garden recently donated several types of vegetable and herb plants to the Barberton Community Garden. The garden serves approximately 100 families every year with several low income and senior gardeners. The garden is open to both residents and nonresidents of Barberton and costs no more than $20 a plot.
Barberton Community Garden Coordinator, Barb Gray, was thankful for our school’s donation.
“I wanted to thank you again for your generous donation of plants. Gardeners have already started to use them.”
She also featured a thank you and link to to Spring Garden HERE. We were so happy to help!
In the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014, University of Akron Student Athletes participated in the freshman leadership program and chose to work with Spring Garden Waldorf School students. Athletes came to our school in two groups. In fall, the freshman spread 50 yards of new mulch on our playground. This was a big, difficult job, and mulching our play area is essential for the safety of our children. We are so grateful the students were willing to come do such hard work.
In the spring, the freshman athletes talked to our Grade Five class about what it means to be a college athlete. The college students spoke about the importance of sleep, nutrition, and good study habits, and the necessity for hours and hours of practice that might seem mundane, but is essential for competition. They also spoke to the importance of resilience — experiencing failure and getting up to try again. This message resonated with our fifth graders who, at the time of the discussion, were training for a multi-school Pentathlon competition.
At the end of their involvement, the UA students decided to donate $200 to SGWS. We were so moved and honored by this kind gesture after all they had already bestowed on our school. A heartfelt thanks to The University of Akron and their generous student athletes.
A wonderful opportunity in building a summer rhythm for your family exists outside in your home garden or here in the garden at SGWS. I invite any individuals and families to join me throughout the summer in simple tasks that care for our earth and our plants. I am planning the garden for a heavy fall harvest this year, planting many things a bit later than conventional. I will provide a schedule for each month for specific activities.
- Friday, June 13: Peppers, potatoes, potatoes, potatoes, and some cabbage. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Monday, June 16: Squashes and Melons. 9:30 am to 12 pm
- Tuesday, June 17: Squashes, Melons, Herbs. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Friday, June 20, Herbs, Lettuces, Broccoli, Carrots and Kale for the Welcome Back Dinner and September Hot Lunch. 10 am to 1 pm.
- Monday, June 23: Lettuces, Chard, Collards and Beets. 9:30 am to 12 pm
- June 24 through June 29: If there is no rain, we will need someone to turn off and on the irrigation for this time.
- Monday, June 30: Lettuces, and assorted Root Vegetables. 9:30 am to 12 pm
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to express your interest, or simply show up. I do not maintain an on-the-dot schedule during the summer but I rarely operate more than 15 minutes off of schedule. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I hope to see you in our garden.
The SGWS 25th anniversary Auction at Greystone Hall raised over $30,000.00 this year. Thank you to Sandra Conley and everyone who helped make this event a success.
Construction on the first phase of Spring Garden’s new roof will begin above the gym this summer. Please park away from the front entrance.