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Get Ready for May Day

»Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

MayDayDuring the first week of May, we celebrate the arrival of spring and the coming in of summer. Cold dark days are behind us, as we look forward to slower moving, warmer days ahead. We breathe out along with the earth, with flowers, music, singing, and dancing.


On May 2nd, The festivities begin in the morning as Early Childhood students welcome spring in the meadow. At 11:10, children in the grades begin a processional to the Pavilion at the Sportsman’s Club. Children then pair up with their buddies to begin a scavenger hunt, led by Grade Six students. Following the scavenger hunt, all students, teachers, and parents in attendance join together for lunch and lemon cupcakes, a Spring Garden tradition.


After lunch, we make our way toward the open field. After an opening verse, our May Day celebration begins, with younger students weaving ribbons round and round while older students play accompaniments on the recorder. Finally, the community takes part in a garden blessing before an early dismissal at 2:00 p.m. (Aftercare will be available until 6:00 p.m., just as on any early dismissal day.)


We hope you can join us for fun and frivolity in this delightful celebration of the changing seasons!

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Let The Medieval Games Begin!

»Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

CastleOn Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, Grade Six students will travel to the Cincinnati Waldorf School for the Eighth Annual Medieval Games (or as veteran parents call them, the Mud-Evil Games). It is always delightful to watch our children engage in the curriculum in meaningful, purposeful ways, and it’s especially rewarding for students to share the experience with students from Waldorf schools in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. The competition includes sport such as jousting, archery, moat jumping, and tug-of-war.

This is a hands on experience of sixth grade curriculum, which studies Medieval history in depth. Class Six children study the rise and fall of Rome and the affect Greek and Roman culture had on European civilization up through the Middle Ages.

As shared by our friends at the Cincinnati Waldorf School:

The students are hosted overnight by CWS families and then arrive the next morning at our Meshewa campus for a day filled with jousting, steeplechase, archery, dungeon escape, log cross, moat jumping, tug-of-war, and of course, lots of mud! The event combines history, ethical conduct, Bardic Circle presentations of music and verse, and physical challenges in a Medieval tournament. The chivalry, steadfastness and valor that each student displays at the Medieval Games is truly amazing. The fun, friendship and memories of this experience will last a lifetime.

To learn more about this exciting event, please click here.

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SGWS Chess Champions

»Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

MiaMayaMaya Miller (Class 6) and Mia Scott (Class 5) participated in the Ohio Scholastic Chess All Girls State Tournament on Saturday, April 14th.  The event was held at St. Rose School in Perrysburg, OH.

Maya finished 1st in the K – 12 Reserve Division.  Maya was the only participant to achieve a perfect score (5 wins)! Mia finished 2nd in the K – 5 Non-Rated Division.  Both Maya and Mia currently practice chess at Discovery Montessori with their after school chess program.

Mia’s brother Andrew Scott and Maya’s brother Rowan Miller, will also compete with Maya in the Ohio Elementary State Chess Tournament on Saturday, May 17th in Columbus, OH.

Congratulations to all our chess champions! Great job!

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Language as a Whole Body Experience

»Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Learn about the roots of Eurythmy with international Eurythmist, poet, and movement alchemist Gail Langstroth on April 11-12 at Spring Garden Waldorf. 

This journey into language as a whole body experience will commence Friday evening, April 11, with a lecture and demonstration about the how, where, and why of Eurythmy. Saturday’s workshops offer the opportunity to access and experience the life-inspiring potential within the word. No experience is needed, just a willingness to discover.

The Friday lecture is from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the Saturday movement workshop is from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. The cost for the lecture alone is $20 and the cost for the workshop is $75, but you can purchase a weekend package of both the lecture and workshop for $80. This is an adults-only event.

Here is an inspiring performance by Gail:


For more information about this event, please email Royse Crall. An event invitation will be sent out soon.

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Community Feedback Sessions

»Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

paperwhitesAs parents, your experiences and first-hand knowledge about Spring Garden are invaluable to the continued growth and improvement of our Waldorf school. Whether you’ve been with us for years or you’ve just joined us, we encourage and value your feedback.

The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America helps us engage in a self study to identify the strengths and challenges in our curriculum, administration, and school as a whole. It is also an essential part of our re-accreditation process. We thank you in advance for all that you do, and hope you will join us in this important work. Please click on one the following links if youʼre planning on attending.

Please join us for one of two community feedback sessions:

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Calamity Day Make-Up

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Dear Parents,
Spring Garden Waldorf 2014 Auction CatalogThe snow and bitter cold of winter caused us to miss a total of seven days of school this year, two more than we are allowed by Ohio state law. Even though the recently passed House Bill 416 gives Ohio’s school district four additional calamity days, those four days are not to be used until the district uses four contingency days. For that reason, we are required to make up two of our calamity days. Our make-up days will be May 5 and 6, two days that we had set aside for parent-teacher conferences. How will this work?
     - School will be in session May 5 and 6 from 8:30 a.m. (normal start time) until 2:00 p.m.
     - Parent-teacher conferences will not be required for all parents, but will be available on
          request by parent or teacher
     - Conference times will be scheduled on May 5 and 6 between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
          Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the office.
     - Aftercare will be available from 2:00 until 6:00, as on any early dismissal day
If you would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference and no sign-up time is available, please contact your child’s teacher directly. All written assessments for students will be distributed to parents in early June.
Thank you for your support of this schedule change.
Tracy Edwards
Administrative Team Leader


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