We are currently conducting a survey to connect with our alumni — to learn what they’re doing, what they’re passionate about, and which of their experiences at Spring Garden Waldorf School have continued to have an impact on their lives over the years. If you did not receive an invitation via email, you can take the survey here.
Though we do collect personal data such as addresses and email addresses, this information will be used for internal purposes only and will be separated from the data prior to data analysis. Your answers to survey questions will be analyzed to identify trends, and the information you provide will allow us to be reflective about our work as well as to speak honestly and accurately to prospective families and other members of the Waldorf community about how our students fare in high school and beyond.
The survey has options for alumni who are 18 years or older, alumni who are under 18, and parents of alumni. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
The survey will remain open through early June. We’re grateful to those alumni who have responded already, and we look forward to hearing from more of you!
Grade Eight are organizing a food drive, through the Akron Regional Food Bank, November 4-13th. It is part of our celebration of Martinmas — to remind ourselves to be the light of kindness during dark days. Grade Eight will set up collection containers in the lobby where you can place anything from cereal to personal care products, as long as the container is not glass.
Suggested donation items include:
- Boxed cereal
- Canned fish (tuna or salmon)
- Canned vegetables
- Canned soup
- Canned fruitCondiments / dressings
- Dried pasta, rice, and beans
- Canned meals (stew, pasta, chili)
- Cleaning supplies
- Personal care items (toothpaste, soap, shampoo)
- Paper products
Thank you for helping to be the light for a family in need!
By: Spring Garden Waldorf Parent, Abby Boyce
Becoming a parent directs you into a world of decisions and doubts. You wish the best for your child and desire the path that will create a happy, healthy, and successful individual. The onslaught of decisions come swaddled up next to your new infant: breastfeed or formula, cloth diapers or disposable, co-sleeping or cry it out, stay at home or continue in your career. The decisions then mature into discipline measures, childcare, methods of potty training, and preschools. Unfortunately, the decisions are often shackled with the heavy load of self-doubt. It is natural to want to do the “right” thing for your child(ren), but the parent certificate of affirmation never seems to arrive to put your mind at ease. Fortunately, we have received some of such coveted affirmation by making the decision to have our children attend Spring Garden Waldorf School.
Spring Garden Waldorf School is an accredited Waldorf school in Copley, OH. The Waldorf education movement was started in Stuttgart, Germany in 1919 by Austrian scientist and philosopher, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Rudolf Steiner aimed to create an independent educational experience where children emerged as creative, responsible, and free-thinking individuals. His methodology has been implemented in over 600 Waldorf schools in 32 countries, and we are blessed to have one of these schools in Northeast Ohio.
The greatest gift of Waldorf education is the preservation of childhood. The curriculum educates the whole child, addressing the intellectual, social, and creative development of the student. The curriculum is rich and engaging, mindfully presenting material in diverse and fun ways, so that the child is absorbing knowledge without even realizing it. For example, math is taught with stories, creating geometric shapes while learning multiplication tables, or throwing bean bags. Art, Music, Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Handwork are essential arms complementing the traditional Language Arts and Mathematics. They are not viewed as unnecessary electives, but rather crucial to fueling our children’s humanity, as well as their intellect. The children are also taken outdoors three times daily, and encouraged to run, jump, and play. They are given the opportunity to experiment with and manipulate natural materials, such as sticks, stumps, and mud. They are immersed in the changing of the seasons through their experience outdoors, as well as festivals that mark the passage of time. In this way, the Waldorf philosophy emphasizes respect and reverence for human existence and the natural world.
Many aspects of Waldorf philosophy are in stark contrast to our traditional educational system today. Academics are not started in Waldorf education until age 7 or first grade. The education is devoid of monotony, pressure, all-consuming testing, and overwhelming homework. Computers are absent from the classrooms. In fact, watching television, computer, or gaming screens of any kind is discouraged, as it is thought to actually change the brain’s development in young children. Children who watch hours of TV need entertained more and are less able to empathize, to recognize emotions in others. Furthermore, frequent viewers are victimized by the relentless advertisements pervading children’s programming, whose sole purpose is to create “cradle to grave” consumers out of our children. The main lesson teacher actually moves through first to eighth grade with the class. It allows the teacher to really know each student and create a unique bond with each student and family, as well as providing continuity from year to year. The teacher is unable to evade problem behaviors or situations, but must create solutions for each student within the realm of his/her classroom. Attempts are made to address many personalities and learning styles, so that each child can feel some sense of success and confidence.
My children view the world around them with unadulterated wonder and curiosity. They are engaged, and they love school. In fact, last summer, when they were on vacation for a short two weeks, they were asking me “When do we get to go back to school?” These moments, in addition to many others, solidify for me that we made the “right” decision. I realize we have many decisions and situations to maneuver ahead of us, involving driving, the internet, curfews, and colleges. However, Waldorf education is helping us parent our children into happy, healthy, and successful individuals. If it sounds like the right decision for your child(ren) and family, please learn more at http://sgws.org.
As summarized from Catholic.org and Wikipedia, Lucy’s name means “light” and its etymology also refers to “clarity.” St. Lucia — also known as Saint Lucy, Santa Lucia, Sankta Lucia and Santa Lucía — died in Diocletian Christian persecution. She has been declared as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Churches.
Now celebrated primarily in Scandinavia countries on December 13th, St. Lucia is often represented by dressing a young woman in white with a crown of candles. Like many celebrations of light this time of year, St. Lucy brings light on one of winter’s darkest days.
Here at Spring Garden, a procession of second-graders all dressed in white and wearing crowns and/or carrying candles (and sometimes bread) visit other classrooms. This symbolizes warmth and light in this cold, dark season. Second graders learn about Saints in their curriculum, presented as stories about those in society who have struggled to do good for others. Children in Class 2 learn stories, like that of St. Lucia, throughout the school year.
Many different legends have sprung up around this young Christian martyr, but children at Spring Garden are told of her venturing into the snow to provide food and hope to those starving during a difficult winter. She was filled with the light of God’s spirit as she made her way across the frozen lakes and hills bringing food, light and warmth to despairing hearts.
This Weeks Events …
- Wednesday, December 11
- Book Study Group on Our Twelve Senses – 9:00 a.m.
- Grades 7 & 8 Field Trip to Canton Museum of Art – 9:15 a.m.
- Thursday, December 12
- Parent Council Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
- December 14
- Basketball: Girls vs. St. Augustine – 6:00 p.m. at St. Hilary
Mark your Calendars …
- December 18
- Grade 6 Play
- December 20
- Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
- Early Dismissal – 2:00 p.m.
- December 23 – January 3
- HOLIDAY BREAK – School Resumes January 6, 2014
Ways To Make a Difference During the Holidays
SGWS parent Kimberly Castner is helping the homeless in Akron by passing out needed items a few weekends a month. She is asking for donations of gently used backpacks and sweatshirts, as well as socks and pre-packaged nonperishable food items such as granola bars. All donations can be placed in the bin marked Help Akron in the School Store.
Once again this year, SGWS is collecting new toys for the Copley Police Department’s Share-A-Christmas program. If you’re able, please place new, unwrapped toys in the collection box marked Share-A-Christmas in the School Store.
Silver Graphics Orders Arriving This Week
Silver Graphics orders will be available for pick-up on Friday, December 13, in the afternoon. Items can be picked up from the tables in the hallway between the main office and Amy Hecky’s office. Items will be available for pick-up until the morning of Friday, December 20; after that, they will be put away until after the holiday break.
If you have any questions, please email Tyra Scott or Amy Erickson.
School Store News: Shopping with the Elves!
The School Store is pleased to offer something new and fun for this holiday season: Shopping with the Elves! On December 17-19, students will have the opportunity to experience the joy of giving gifts they have personally selected from our stock of Waldorf-inspired items from quality vendors.
As parents, you will sign the Shopping Lists being sent home with students today, authorizing them to spend a specific amount. Our friendly volunteer Elves will escort your child to the store after school, either at pick-up time or during Aftercare, on the day of your choosing. Parents permitting their children to shop immediately after school should plan to park and then retrieve their children from the store, allowing 15 minutes for children to shop. Children will be taken to Aftercare immediately after their shopping if no one is present to pick them up when their shopping is complete. We will be sure that children are either with an Elf, a parent, or in Aftercare at all times.
To learn more about this delightful opportunity, please review the material being sent home with your child or click here to download a brochure with details and gift ideas. Click here to download the shopping authorization form (this will also be sent home with students, as noted, but we all know that what is sent home with students sometimes doesn’t reach its intended destination!).
Paperwhites are beginning to bloom, and the fragrance in the greenhouse is exquisite! Three-bulb pots are available for $9.00 each. Order forms can be found by the parent mailboxes … purchase yours today!
Lost and Found Haul-Away
Unclaimed items in our lost and found will be donated to local charities over the holiday break. For the next two weeks, the lost and found cart will be in the foyer to facilitate easy access. If you or your child are missing items, please take a moment to look for what you have lost.
SGWS Ski Club Is Back!
Through the Ski Club, hitting the slopes is an affordable fun time for students, family and friends to get out and have fun together! If you have your own equipment it is $159.00, if you need rental it is $233.05 (tax exempt). The ski club package includes a snow pass for every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., five lessons for any level, and four pick-a-day/club passes good for any day, any time at Boston Mills, Brandywine, or Alpine Valley, or even a snow tubing session — and these passes can be used by the member or anyone they choose to give it to! The snow passes go all season till the snow melts – and towards the end of season they even have free days for any ski club member to come and enjoy.
Use our easy online registration – 3 easy steps!!!! Instructions and passwords in your email newsletter.