Fall Parent Child Classes

»Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

 

01314pcOur 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 
 

On Thursdays,September 11th - October 23rd – CLICK TO REGISTER
 
On Fridays, September 12th - October 24th  - CLICK TO REGISTER
 
On Saturdays, September 13th -October 25th  - CLICK TO REGISTER

 
Cost:

  • $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.

 
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Our First Day

»Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

In Pictures . . .

 

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Grade 1-8 Drop Off FAQ

»Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

 

School begins on Tuesday, August 26th! Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about SpringGardenlogoGrade 1-8 drop off procedures.

 

When is drop off?

Drop off is between 8:15 and 8:30.

 

Where do I drop off my child?

Drivers can drop off students in the circle near the front door and then continue on.  Parking, however, is not permitted in the circle area. You will see No Parking Signs in this area.  This means you cannot park and come in for any reason (i.e. just to check mailboxes).  If you need to come into the school, please park in the lot.

 

What does my child do after being dropped off?

After coming inside, children should hang their lunches and backpacks outside of the classroom and proceed to the playground for Morning Recess.

 

Will my child’s teacher be out during morning recess?

Class 1 and Class 2 students will always have their teacher present during morning recess.  The other teachers rotate outdoor supervision duties. For the first few days, please walk your child out and greet the teacher.  Once your child is comfortable coming into the school, hanging lunches outside their classroom, and putting on their outdoor clothing to go outside then they may do it on their own.

 

When does school start?

School begins at 8:30. At this time, the recess bell rings and students line up to go inside their classrooms and begin their day. Children coming in after 8:30 must get signed in at the office with their caregiver and receive a pass.  Children who are tardy should proceed to their classroom once they are signed in and have a pass.  They should knock on the classroom door and wait patiently to be let in.  The teacher will not disrupt the morning opening but will let the child in once opening is finished.  They may need to wait a few minutes.

 

Is there Before Care?

Before care begins at 7:15.  Before care is located in the First Grade classroom. Children will put on their outdoor clothes with the help of the before care teacher, if needed, and then be walked to their class teacher (early childhood) or sent outside for morning recess.

 

Can I come in with my child?

Yes! Caregivers can walk into school with the student(s).  Park in the lot on the right (near the meadow & fence) or park to the far left against the grass near the Sports club pavilion property. When walking in with students, please walk into the front door only.  The door in the early childhood wing is locked and not for general entry. It is used only to take young children to The Meadow and Early Childhood teachers kindly ask that students use only the front door for entry.

 

Where do I park?

If you’d like to walk in with your student, come to the school store, or plan to speak with faculty or staff, please park in the lot on the right (near the meadow & fence) or park to the far left against the grass near the Sports Club pavilion property.

 

Where do students and/or parents walk in?

Please have students walk into the front door only, located under the overhang adjacent to the circle drop off area.  The door in the early childhood wing is locked and not for general entry. It is used only to take young children to the meadow and Early Childhood teachers kindly ask that students use the front door only for entry.

 

When should my child wear their outdoor clothes?

Every day, rain or shine, if your child is a student in Grade 1-4. It is easiest if they come to school wearing their appropriate outdoor rain or snow gear. This includes rain pants, boots and jacket. And snow pants, boots, jacket, hat, gloves and scarf in winter. Children are encouraged to be kids and get dirty at recess. These items ensure that children are dry and clean in their classrooms.

 

Do they wear outdoor gear if it’s sunny and hot?

Yes! Teachers will make the call as to whether the children can shed their outerwear items as the day goes on, but morning dew requires all students in Grade 1-4 to wear outdoor clothes each morning.

 

What if we’re late?

Children coming in after 8:30 must get signed in at the office with their caregiver and receive a pass.  Children who are tardy should proceed to their classroom once they are signed in and have a pass.  They should knock on the classroom door and wait patiently to be let in.  The teacher will not disrupt the morning opening but will let the child in once opening is finished.  They may need to wait a few minutes.

Early Childhood Drop Off

»Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

 

KidsonTeeterTotterSchool begins on Tuesday, August 26th! If you’re new to Spring Garden, and even if you’re not, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Early Childhood drop off.

 

What is The Meadow?

The Meadow is the Early Childhood only play area for our students in Pre-K and K classes. It is behind the fence adjacent to the right hand parking lot. It is divided from the older students’ playground by a small creek and the outdoor stage area.

 

When is Drop Off?

Young children are to be brought to The Meadow between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

 

When does school start?

Early Childhood Classes begin at 8:30.

 

Do I bring my child to The Meadow?

Yes. Please walk young children into the The Meadow and help them locate their teacher.  Please join your child in saying good morning and shaking their teacher’s hand each day.  This is a small gesture with much wisdom behind it.  It is the beginning of teaching children to be comfortable approaching and speaking to adults and at the same time gives the teacher a glimpse into the child’s approach to the day.

 

When should my child wear their outdoor clothes?

Every day, rain or shine, if your child is a student in Early Childhood. Have your child come to school wearing their appropriate outdoor rain or snow gear. This includes rain pants, boots and jacket. And snow pants, boots, jacket, hat, gloves and scarf in winter. Children are encouraged to be kids and get dirty and these items ensure that children are dry and clean in their classrooms.

 

Do they wear outdoor gear if it’s sunny and hot?

Yes! Teachers will make the call as to whether the children can shed their outerwear items as the day goes on, but morning dew and Meadow mud requires all students in Early Childhood wear outdoor clothes each morning.

 

What if we’re late?

Children coming in late must get signed in at the office with their caregiver and receive a pass.  If the early childhood students are still in the meadow at this time, the caregiver and child can then proceed to the meadow and give the teacher the late pass when they meet to greet each other.  If the class is already in the room, please knock softly at the door and wait patiently for the teacher to come and welcome your child.  It may take a few minutes as the teacher will not disrupt circle time to answer the door.

 

Is there Before Care?

Before care begins at 7:15.  Please walk in with younger children. Before care is located in the First Grade classroom. Early Childhood children will put on their outerwear and be walked to their classrooms at 8:15 to meet their teacher and proceed outside for morning recess.

Upcoming Work Days

»Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

HappyWorkersBy Staff

Many hands make light work! Work Days are our most effective way to accomplish larger scale projects. They also help project planning and completion, help build community, and show the children what’s involved in supporting the school.

 

Dates and Sign Ups:

  • Wednesday, August 20, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.Sign Up HERE
    This is our final push to prepare our building for the start of the school year, and there will be plenty of work both indoors and out.
  • Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. until noon Sign Up HERE
    This will be a standard Saturday Work Day, with building cleaning and maintenance tasks inside the building and around the grounds.
  • Sunday, September 28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Sign Up HERE
    In preparation for the Visiting Reaccreditation Team from AWSNA, teachers, staff and parents will be here to help Mr. Vargo direct as many volunteers as we are able to muster. Please consider joining us.

We are so grateful for the dedication our families bring to volunteering. In order to channel our community’s talents for group projects, we have our enrollment contract specify that 20% of service hours (for most families, this is six hours) be fulfilled during scheduled Work Days.

You are always welcome to bring additional helping hands to assist in this important work, and their work does count toward your Service Hours. However, we would ask that you not bring children younger than 10, as most of our Work Day tasks are more strenuous than would be appropriate for small children and child care is not available.

Welcome New String Teacher, Emily Rode

»Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

ERodeBy Tracy Edwards

We are excited to announce that Emily Rode (pronounced RO-dee) will be joining us this fall as our new Strings/Orchestra teacher. Mrs. Rode is an accomplished strings teacher and performer who has been working with students of all ages and abilities, both individually and in ensembles, for over 30 years.

Mrs. Rode received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Akron and a teaching assistantship at Youngstown State University. In addition to teaching private lessons in her studio, Mrs. Rode has worked with directly with students in the Akron, Medina, and Berea Public School strings programs.

Please join us in welcoming her to the Spring Garden community!

 

School Shopping – Are You Ready?

»Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

RainGearKidsAt Waldorf we do outdoor play every day!  What does this mean?  It means school supply lists are less about the right markers and more about outdoor gear. Sometimes, big box stores don’t have rain pants, boots and rain jackets this time of year.

Many parents go to thrift shops or swap with other Waldorf Families.  Others order these items online.  If you’re planning this approach, it’s a little more than 2 weeks before school begins, so NOW is the time for online ordering if you’d like to do standard shipping.

Here are some retailers who sell outdoor rain gear all year long: