SGWS Honors Alumni James Herold

»Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

 

JamesHerold2At this year’s 27th Annual Benefit Auction, April 23rd at Greystone Hall, Spring Garden Waldorf School will honor and award an alumni who has made a difference and brought about positive change in the world.  This award, “The Waldorf Difference”, is being given to Akron native and Commarke President, James Herold, for his contributions to the Akron business community as well as his commitment to giving back to SGWS as a volunteer basketball coach.

James is a recent graduate of the University of Akron and startup executive at Commarke Marketing Agency here in Akron, OH, which specializes in target marketing to the Millennial demographic. James is also giving directly back to the Spring Garden community as a volunteer in our athletic department as a basketball coach for our young men’s Jaguar team. Jim has given our students positive mentoring, interactions, and actions worthy of imitation for our students.

James graduated from Spring Garden Waldorf School in 2005 and still remembers the influence of his teacher, Theo Michaels, and his Waldorf education.

“My Waldorf education curated my ability to find a distinct sense of what is new or individual about a client’s business, which then allows me to creatively approach their marketing needs. I attribute how I work through Commarke – developing unique ideas and out of the box thinking  – to my time at SGWS.

We are pleased to honor James Herold at this year’s Spring Garden Annual Auction Benefit at Greystone Hall as our The Waldorf Difference Award Winner.

 

 

 

What Will You See at Walk Through The Grades?

»Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

All are welcome to Spring Garden’s upcoming Walk Through The Grades Day — Wednesday, April 13th, at 9 am.  REGISTER HERE or Email our Admissions Director, Amy Hecky, at admissions@sgws.org.

Spring Garden is part of the long­standing Waldorf tradition, drawing attention for what the New York Times calls, “a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands­ on tasks. Waldorf educators strive to implement the right thing at the right time and follow a multi­disciplinary approach to teaching, which is supported by modern­ day scientific research about successful learning.”

Nothing shows the power of this type of education like seeing it in action. Our In Session Class Tours, also known as Walk Through the Grades, provide parents a unique opportunity to see how our teachers employ this innovative approach to 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.

Early Childhood
People often note the quiet and concentration of our Early Childhood students and their ability to listen carefully to their soft spoken teachers.

 

Grade 1
Children learn best by doing. Movement is key to teaching math, writing and reading in Primary School children.

 

Grade 2
Music and art are woven into Main Lesson subjects like reading, writing and math.

 

Grade 3
Third graders are eager to learn about the world outside of themselves and have the skills they need to concentrate and absorb challenging information.

 

Grade 4
The Fourth grade day is rich, including special subjects like clay sculpture, gardening and violin on top of regular academic rigor.

 

Grade 5
On tours of Grade 5 classes and beyond, many parents comment about on the amount of collaboration and vibrant conversation among the teacher and the students.

 

Grade 6
Spanish, geometry, history, language arts are all taught through engaging and interesting projects. Here is an example of the final result of a Sixth grade geometry lesson.

 

Grade 7
Our Seventh graders are often encountered in the Science Lab, being led to their own conclusions about experiments taught through Socratic inquiry and interaction.

 

Grade 8
On any given tour, you may find our oldest students helping their First grade buddies, making a chair in woodworking class, practicing for orchestra, studying algebra, anatomy or physics, or working on a paper for U.S. history.

 

You will also find, that whatever our students doing, they are not only passionate about it, but engaged with the subject and with one another, and respectful and grateful for their teachers.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Work Day Opportunities

»Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

We have added a few more opportunities for those of you in need of Work Day hours to complete your Contract Service Hours.

 

HappyWorkersWork Days – We have added a couple small-scale Work Days for our Grade 7 Renaissance Faire in May, as well as a general Work Day in June. Click here to sign up.

 

Mowing and weed whacking – We are seeking volunteers to mow and weed-whack our extensive grounds. Mowing is done with our tractor and takes approximately 4 hours. Weed-whacking can be done either with our equipment or, if you prefer, your own equipment, and takes about 3 hours. You can complete mowing and weed whacking at any time during the week following the date you signed up for. Click here to sign up.

 

Community Give-Back Day – On the last day of school, we come together as a community to help teachers in the grades move from their current classroom to the classroom they will be in next year. This event is organized by the Parent Council, and more details will be available as the date draws nearer.

 

For those of you in need of general hours, there are and will be DOZENS of opportunities to support the Annual Benefit Auction. Watch for emails and sign-up sheets in the lobby following Spring Break, or email Sandy Conley to find out where help is needed now.

Spring Garden Early Childhood Expansion

»Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

EarlyChildhoodSGWSWe are pleased to announce that our Early Childhood program is expanding to accommodate the growing interest in Waldorf education in Northeast Ohio!

We have a healthy waiting pool of applicants for our Early Childhood program for the 2016-17 school year, and the Administrative Faculty has made the decision to expand our Early Childhood program in two areas to accommodate the needs of our community.

We will be growing in the following ways:

  • We will create an additional Nursery Preschool room for 3- and young 4-year-olds on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This room will have one lead teacher and six students. The other Nursery Preschool room will have one lead teacher, one assistant, and 12 students.
  • We will add a third afternoon room on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to accommodate the increased number of full day students in our Early Childhood program. 

If you have any questions about this growth, please feel welcome to contact me. We will begin the hiring process and we look forward to introducing you to the teachers. If you have friends or family who are considering SGWS for their young children, please share the good news and have them contact Amy Hecky at admissions@sgws.org.

Early Bird Tickets End Saturday

»Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

_IGP2326Don’t pay full price for an Auction Benefit ticket! Save $10 on Auction night admission with an Early Bird Ticket purchase or reservation. You don’t even have to pay today! Tickets can be purchased via Credit Card on the website, or guests can choose to “Pay Later” and pay by check on MCA. So reserve your ticket now for the Early Bird rate!

Auction early bird ticket sales are available now until midnight, this Saturday, March 26th. Tickets to the Auction are normally $75, on sale this week for $65, at the early bird rate. Buy or Reserve your Tickets HERE.

The 27th annual Spring Garden Waldorf Benefit is on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 5:00 pm and will take place in Greystone Hall in downtown Akron.

Here are some helpful links for more information:


Thanks so much for your support, and we hope to see you on April 23rd!

Simplicity Parenting Webinar Workshops

»Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

SimplicityPJoin us on Fridays in April for our Kim John Payne, Simplicity Parenting, webinar series. The sessions begin Friday April 8th and continue on April 15th and 22nd. The sessions are offered in the morning from 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Each date, we will watch the webinar together and then participate in a Q & A Session with Amy Hecky, Director of Admissions around the webinar topic.  Each session will last 1-1 ½ hours depending webinar length and discussion.  

April 8 – Session #1: “How to Create Real, Long Term Change in your Home Environment”
For details and to register, please click here

April 15 – Session #2: “How to Create More Rhythm and Predictability for Your Children (and Yourself!)
For details and to register, please click here

April 22 – Session #3: “Bringing Them Along – How to bring family, extended family, and friends along with you as you work with Simplicity Parenting in your home”
For details and to register, please click here

Kim John Payne, M.ED,  is the author of the #1 Best Selling book, Simplicity Parenting.  A consultant and trainer to over 200 North American independent and public schools Kim has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives key note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced and simple life brings.

For more information on Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting, watch this video:

Making the Transition to First Grade 

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Rose2012-22Please join us on Thursday, March 24, to learn more about the Waldorf First Grade curriculum.

 

Mrs. Andrea Zeno, an experienced Waldorf teacher and the current first grade class teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for all parents.  Her talk will cover how skills and curriculum are approached in the first grade.  This is an exceptional opportunity to educate yourself on how Waldorf education meets the needs of the child by presenting developmentally appropriate material, or as we like to say “the right thing at the right time”.

This event is FREE and open to all SGWS families as well as the greater community. We hope you are able to join us for this informative presentation. Please feel free to bring friends, family, or acquaintances who would like to learn more.

To accommodate as many families as possible, we are offering two sessions: one at 9:00 a.m., and another at 7:00 p.m. Both sessions will last about an hour and will cover the same topics.

 
To register for the 9:00 a.m. session, please click here

To register for the 7:00 p.m. session, please click here

We look forward to seeing you there!