Four Spring Garden Waldorf Graduates are participating in The All City Musical, Beauty and The Beast, to be performed at the Akron Civic Theater on June 17 and 18th.
The musical involves high school thespians from all local high schools both public and private coming together to do a stage adaptation of the 1991 animated Disney film.
The SGWS alumni involved are Jerome Hume and Anna Fields, both in the ensemble and Emma Hecky and Grace Hecky working backstage as Stage Manager and Deck Chief, respectively. Jeroma is a Sophomore at Hoban, Anna is a Sophomore at Firestone, Emma Hecky is a Junior at Copley and Grace Hecky is a Freshman at Copley.
Congratulations to our grads for taking part in this exciting collaborative event!
Click HERE for more information and tickets.
By Hazel Emery, M.Ed.
On the last day of school we come together to pack up classrooms, move teachers’ materials into their next-year classroom, and button up the building for the summer. This is a wonderfully busy day, bringing a satisfying end to a successful year. It is also a work day for volunteer hours.
We will need a large number of volunteers to handle the many jobs, both large and small, that this day entails! To ensure you have plenty of energy, the Parent Council will be providing lunch to volunteers who sign up in advance. Please click here to sign up so we can have an accurate headcount for lunch.
A more detailed email with a schedule for the day will be sent in the next couple of days. This will be the last opportunity to get work-day hours in, so if you need hours, be sure to join us! You do not need to sign up but, as noted, lunch will only be provided for volunteers who have signed up in advance.
And, if you have boxes, we need them for packing up teachers’ belongings for the classroom moves. If you have spare boxes, please bring them in to the office. Thank you!
Congratulations to juniors Willow Campbell and Sophia Kostoff on their academic accolades this year in High School. Both ladies are former students of Waldorf teacher Theo Michaels.
Sophia is a junior at Our Lady of the Elms who is in the news for her award winning academics. She received an award for both her outstanding performance and academic excellence in Spanish and Global Studies. And also the Wellesley college book award.
Willow has been recognized for her writing prowess on the Varsity Power of the Pen Team at Kent Roosevelt High School. Willow and her fellow team writers won first prize in the 2016 PenOhio Northeast Regional High School Writing Team Championships.
What are you doing with your little ones this summer?
Consider the Spring Garden Waldorf Parent Child Classes held weekly for seven weeks, 9:30-Noon, on either Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Classes start June 9,10 & 11 and parents register for the day of their choice.
Parents and children (ages 18 months to 4 years old) join together in a class that is held mainly outdoors and imitates the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf early childhood class experience. Classes are taught by Marina Ristev Rana, an experienced Waldorf early childhood teacher. Children are guided through the morning by the gentle rhythm of circle time, nature walk, creative play, snack, and story time. Young children learn through imitation. With this in mind, we will ask that parents participate in each of these activities or help with daily tasks depending on the lead given by the teacher.
The natural world and seasonal festivals are reflected during circle time. This provides the opportunity to learn through music and rhyme. Games and movement activities engage both large and fine motor coordination. Stories and puppet plays nourish the child’s imagination and provide rich material for creative play. Time in nature throughout the seasons allow for awe, wonder, and discovery of our world.
During class, we will offer information and give parents an opportunity to discuss child development, parenting questions, and Waldorf education with an experienced teacher.
Cost per session is $200/parent and child and $100 for each additional sibling. Limited space available. Register today!
Register for Thursday’s Class Starting June 9th. Click HERE.
Register for Friday’s Class Starting June 10th. Click HERE.
Register for Saturday’s Class Starting June 11th. Click HERE.
by Nancy Stewart
The 2016 SGWS Jaguars Track and Field season has come to a close. The season was filled with record breaking performances by almost all of the athletes. Several athletes set new school records for Spring Garden: 8th graders Anycia Jimenez and Megan May, 7th graders Catherine Greer, Dominic Denney, Eric Huber, Ian Matias, and 6th graders Gaby Miller and Ian Huber.
All athletes continued all season to improve their personal records which made it a very rewarding for them! If you would like to see the school records, check the wall by the gym entrance.
Megan May, Anycia Jimenez, Grace Rossi and Gio Palermo also qualified for the Championship Meet on Sunday, May 22. Megan finished 6th in Shot Put, and 8th in Discus. Anycia finished 7th in Long Jump, and 5th in Hurdles. Grace finished 8th in the 800m run, and Gio finished 5th in the Shot Put.
On Sun. May 15th, the sixth and seventh grade athletes competed in their Championship Meet. Congratulations to the following for winning medals/ribbons in the championships: Gaby Miller 3rd in 100m, 4th in 200m, Grace Pryor 6th in 100m and 5th in 200m, Karlie Koontz 1st in Discus, 3rd in Shot Put, Catherine Greer 1st in Long Jump (with a shattering jump of 13’9.75”) Ian Huber 5th in the 800m, Avery Kuhn-Brooks 5th in Shot Put and Discus, Ian Matias 4th in Discus and 6th in Shot Put.
As you can see, it was a very rewarding season for all involved. Thank you so much for the outstanding parental support all season long!
Waldorf fifth graders across the U.S. gather together once a year to compete in a Greek Pentathlon. It is a coming-of-age competition and a celebration of grace, athleticism, sportsmanship and the upcoming independence of adolescence.
Waldorf students study Greek history at the end of their fifth grade year, learning about the Gods and myths and also about historical Greece and its cultivation of democracy, philosophy and the arts. These lessons intertwine and culminate into a day when the intellectual meets the physical and academics reach a peak of relevancy in the student’s minds.
As the student’s come together with other schools to compete, they do not compete by school, but are instead combined together in cooperative relationships with new peers. All student are assigned to be part of one of four teams representing the Greek city-states of Thebe, Sparta, Corinth and Athens. From there they are directed to the stations of competition for one of the five classic Greek events — Javelin, Discus, Long Jump, Foot Racing and Greek wrestling.
The events are not scored on athletic performance alone, but instead on a number of factors including the athlete’s form (grace and beauty which the Greeks revered) and also on sportsmanship with the other players.
There are many learning opportunities which are both essential and developmentally appropriate for 11-12 year olds to learn during this event. They must learn to test their physical abilities, manage and accept disappointment in their performance, make new friends, strive to out do their personal bests and be gracious in the face of loss.
Surrounding both sides of the competition itself are times of community togetherness. Before the day of festivities, the students gather to read oaths from their school regarding the event and sing Glorious Apollo before a Greek dinner with families. On the day of competition there is an opening ceremony complete with trumpet fanfare, an Olympic pledge and the torch run.
These gatherings hold reverence for the students as they begin and complete this coming-of-age event which inspires aspiration, determination and celebration.
Congratulations to three graduating college students and former SGWS alum.
Julie Chlysta has graduated Magna Cum Laude with Degrees in Anthropology and French from Kent State University. Briana Edgerton has earned her degree in Geology from Allegheny College. And Hannah Schurr has received a Masters in Managerial and Leadership Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Both Julie and Hannah had Ms. Hunko as their SGWS teacher. Brianna was a student of Royse Crall. Great work ladies!