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


25th Annual Auction Catalog

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Browse of catalog for the 2014 Spring Garden Waldorf Auction.

Making the Transition to First Grade

»Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Rose2012-22Join Us! Learn More About Waldorf First Grade Curriculum

When: April 8th 9 a.m.-10 a.m. or April 8th 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Mr. Gannon, an experienced Waldorf teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for parents. His 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.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Class 8 American History

»Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

Class 8 at Spring Garden Waldorf School studies American History from the Industrial Revolution to Modern Day. This subject is taught with special care taken to study outstanding leaders such as Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr and other prominent figures who are outstanding (in sometimes less than ideal ways).

By the end of eighth grade, our goal is to have helped developed academically, socially and morally well rounded young adults, ready to enter the larger world and contribute with critical thinking, courage and compassion.

We wanted to highlight some beautiful art done for the History main lesson block this year. It was created by Spring Garden’s current Class 8 teacher, Ms. Marie Paul, who is also a founder of our school.


Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson



Hitler and Stalin

Hitler and Stalin





Class Six Country Presentations

»Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

Class 6 4Class Six children study both the rise and fall of Rome and the affect Greek and Roman culture had on European civilization up through the Middle Ages. As part of that study, the sixth graders chose a European country to research. They are asked to research the people who live there, country flag, common occupations, recreation, foods, language, clothing, and more.

Students in sixth grade are ready for new challenges in their thinking as they prepare for being young adults in middle school where they will be asked to think of themselves as part of a greater whole. As part of this transition, the country project is not just a paper or class presentation, but an event Class Six hosts for the third, fourth and fifth grade classes.

This year, each Class Six student made a poster board representing what they learned about their country and presented the information to their school mates, who then were allowed to tour the presentations, ask questions about the countries and sample food students prepared related to their country.  Parents were invited to attend as well.

This year, everyone enjoyed Copenhagen potatoes, perogies, strudel, gingerbread, and Irish soda bread to name a few.

Here are some more pictures from this year’s ceremony.

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Class 6 3

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Experience Donations at the SGWS Auction

»Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

Camp5Each year local and national businesses generously donate their services and products to our school community for our silent and live auction. This year, we wanted to share some of the cool experience donations we have received — donations that entitle winning bidders to unique life adventures. Here are just a few of these wonderful contributions:

Kirpalu Center for Yoga and Health – 2 Night Retreat

A complimentary 2-night Retreat and Renewal stay for one person at the Kirpalu Center for Yoga and Health in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit at one of the largest yoga retreat centers in the world.

91.3 The Summit – Life and Lyrics with Bill Hall

The certificate gives the winner an opportunity to record a ½-hour session with our great on-air personality, Bill Hall, which will include the winner’s 5-6 best loved songs interspersed with a (very relaxed) interview. The whole thing is recorded, and once the show airs (on a later date), the winner will receive a commemorative CD of the Life & Lyrics with Bill Hall session.

One Week of Summer Camp

  • Kroka Expeditions — Spend a week in of summer in the wilderness. THE KROKA EXPEDITIONS DIFFERENCE: Immersion, Freedom and Responsibility At Kroka Expeditions, kids are given a great deal of freedom. In return for that freedom, they are asked to take on a significant amount of responsibility for themselves and their group.
  • YMCA Camp Y-Noah — A tradition of excellence since 1930, Camp Y-Noah programs and the professional staff instill a sense of belonging into thousands of youth and adults each year. The 290-acre wooded facility offers many activity areas, hiking trails, a 22-acre private lake and several types of accommodation, all within a secure, social environment.

Akron Rubber Ducks VIP Passes

Four lucky baseball fans will be VIP at a Rubber Ducks Baseball Game. These Four tickets to a Rubber Ducks baseball game at Canal Park in Downtown Akron include a behind the scenes tour of Canal Park and one ceremonial first pitch.

And So Much More

Plus there are a variety of fabulous tickets to performances from The Akron Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Weathervane Theater, Great Lakes Theater, Blossom and more!

We cannot wait to everyone on Saturday March 22nd!

Spring Parent Child Classes

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

Our Parent / Child classes offer a warm, enriching environment for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. Parents are nearby to observe and interact as their children are guided through the morning by the gentle rhythm of circle time, creative play, snack and story time.

Parents are encouraged to discuss child development and parenting issues with our experienced Waldorf teacher.

Session Schedule: 
Sessions are once a week from 9:00   – 11:00 a.m. for 7 weeks 

Spring Session:

On Thursdays, April 10 – May 22
On Fridays, April 11 – May 23
On Saturdays, April 12 – May 24


  • $200.00 for one child and parent(s)
  • $100 for each additional child
  • Families who enroll for the entire year will receive a 10% discount.