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Why I Give – Annual Giving 2015

»Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

Each year, parents, teachers, trustees, staff, friends, grandparents, and neighbors are able to impact the lives of the students at Spring Garden Waldorf School by contributing to the annual fund. Tax-deductible gifts to the annual fund go directly toward expenses such as teachers’ salaries, facility needs, classroom supplies, and tuition aid. Our Annual Giving theme this year is “Why I Give.”







Here is a letter from our Administrative Team Leader and former SGWS parent, Tracy Edwards:My husband Rich and I, along with our daughters Caroline and Ellie have been members of the SGWS community since 2002. Our entire family has experienced a tremendous educational experience and a warm and giving community where we forged deep, life-long connections.

Today I am writing to you to ask you to support the Annual Giving Campaign.  Each year we ask our community to support the day-to-day operations of our school by making a gift or pledge to the Annual Giving Campaign.  Last year SGWS parents responded enthusiastically by helping us surpass our goal ahead of schedule.  Thank you!

I have spent much time thinking about why someone would give to support the school, and I would like to share with you what the money supports and why I give.  The money raised through this campaign is vital to our daily work; it is a line item in the budget needed for our day–to-day operations.  Truly, we count on your support to balance our budget.  I also give to SGWS for more important reasons that come from my heart:

I give to SGWS because:

  • I believe fundamentally that we are all connected.  
  • Our children are learning that the way they interact in our world matters.
  • I believe this is the education that should be available to all children.
  • I believe these children will make a positive difference in the world.  
  • I see my donation being transformed by the experience these children are having, and in turn they will transform the world.

I encourage you to consider what motivates you to give.  We appreciate your continued commitment to our mission.  Above all, we are asking you to continue that support.  We are also asking you to consider prioritizing a gift over and beyond your annual giving for the next two years to accomplish our goal for the Raise the Roof Capital Campaign.

Click Here to Donate to The Annual Fund:







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Children’s Festival – Connect Through Community

»Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments




The Annual Spring Garden Waldorf Children’s Festival — Connect Through Community — is November 21st from 10am-4pm. The festival takes place at 1791 South Jacoby Rd in Copley, OH. Admission to the cash-only event is $3 per person.

Children of all ages love the free or low-cost ticketed activities including magical cookie fairy and boat wish rooms, along with unique crafts and the outdoor medieval catapult. Younger children especially love the face painting, puppet shows, storytelling and the make-and-take crafts.

The artisan market offers handmade items for young and old.  Enjoy a delicious café which offers wholesome, homemade food and baked goods. Stay and have lunch while the kids play!

This year we also will have live music by various artists, including local favorite, ZACH.

This event brings over 600 attendees to SGWS for a magical blend of creative activities, enchanted attractions, great food, amazing entertainment, and fabulous shopping.

We hope you can join us!




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Eurythmy Workshop – October 23-24, 2015  

»Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in School News | 0 comments


On October 23rd and 24th, Gail Langstroth returns to Spring Garden Waldorf School for a presentation and workshop on Eurythmy — “Wordmoves.”

When we speak, we are shaping air. Each sound creates its own unique gesture. In this workshop, we will look at specific vowels and consonants; their relationship to cosmic forces; where these sounds are found in the body; and how to make visible our own words and the poetic works of well-known poets.

The workshop consists of an introduction on Friday, October 23, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and a movement workshop on Saturday, October 24, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The cost is $80. For further information email Royse Crall or call her at (216) 536-9948.



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Coffee & Conversation

»Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

BGardenThis month’s Coffee and Conversation is “Beauty, Reverence, and Truth: The Higher Purpose of Gardening through the Grades.” Teacher, Edward Grimes, will lead the conversation on Wednesday, October 28 – 9:00 a.m.

We are increasingly in a two-dimensional worldview. Gardening through the grades reveals the simple truth that everything on earth is in relationship and that separation is an illusion. The subject of gardening provides for the student an understanding beyond a “me vs. it/them” worldview. It seeks to cultivate a deeper understanding of the relationships and relatedness in the physical world, the feeling world, and the human heart. As Goethe tells us, “we must love nature. It is in our capacity to love (nature) that she will reveal her secrets.” All the earth and all within it is nature.     

Join us as SGWS teacher Edward Grimes discusses the role of gardening in the Waldorf curriculum.

This event is free and open to the public.  Click here to register.


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Painting through the Grades Workshop

»Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

unnamed (2)On October 22, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., join Cate Hunko, M.Ed., as she shares why painting is an important support piece to the overall curriculum in Waldorf Education. This workshop will focus specifically on Grades One through Three. 

Cate Hunko, M.Ed., Ms. Hunko has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and print-making and a master’s degree in Waldorf Education. Cate has taken two classes through the cycle of Grades 1 through 8 at Spring Garden Waldorf School.

In this workshop, Ms. Hunko will discuss the evolution of painting in the lower grades, beginning with color study, intensity, quality and use of materials; then moving into depicting imagery in Grade 3. Each participant will have an opportunity to experience wet-on-wet water color painting with Ms. Hunko along with a discussion about child development and painting as it relates to Waldorf education.

The cost is $15 per person and space is limited, and the registration deadline is October 18. Click here to register. We hope you can join us!


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Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts

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

Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts: Year I & II – 2016-2017

cfa-v10-170A new two-year, part-time program of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts will take place January 2016 – April 2017. Register at

This program of studies is an invitation to learn more about Waldorf education and participate in research in all fields of human knowledge – please join us for this special course which is offered as a starting point for future work as parents, Waldorf teachers, alumni and others.

The course sessions will offer an opportunity to study, discuss, and participate together in transformative artistic activities.  It will also focus on Anthroposophy — the philosophy out of which cultural activities such as Waldorf education arose — which  links the spiritual in every human being with the spiritual in the universe.  

The full Certificate Program consists of 128 hours. The faculty will be a mixture of experienced anthroposophists and artists from our local area and from the wider Waldorf community.

Click HERE to Learn More. 


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