In Session Class Tour March 12th

»Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

Experience Waldorf first hand by walking through in-session classes on March 12th. See our teachers doing what they love and see students loving to learn. Administrators will be available to answer questions both before and after our in-session tour which begins Wednesday at 9am. Come Experience the Waldorf Difference.

Can’t come on the 12th? Click Here to Watch a Vrtual Tour of our school as seen on the TV Show Sustainable Life.

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Ed Choice Scholarship and Ed Choice Expansion Scholarship

»Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

800px-Pencil_sharpenedSpring Garden Waldorf School accepts Ed Choice scholarship students. Families must apply and be accepted to Spring Garden before they can apply for one of the state-funded scholarships. Scholarship applications are accepted between February and  April and are available to students who attend a low-performing public school.

More about EdChoice 

The Ed Choice Scholarship provides up to 60,000 state funded scholarships to students who attend low performing public school buildings.  The scholarship must be used to attend private schools that meet requirement for program participation.  Spring Garden Waldorf School is a participant in this program.

Who is eligible to apply for EdChoice?

The following students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice scholarship:

  • Students currently attending a designated public school in their resident district;
  • Students attending a public school in their resident district who will be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year;
  • Students currently attending a charter/community school whose assigned home school is a designated public school building;
  • Students eligible to enter kindergarten for Fall 2014 (and who will be age 5 by June 1, 2014 (SGWS deadline for age) who would be assigned to one of the designated public school; and
  • Students enrolling in an Ohio school for the first time who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools for the upcoming school year.

Students who DO NOT meet any of the preceding eligibility criteria may still be eligible for the EdChoice “expansion” scholarship if they meet the following criteria:

  • Student is eligible to enter kindergarten or first grade for Fall 2014;
  • Student does not live in the Cleveland Municipal School District; and
  • Family household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

If you feel one of these programs may serve your family, please see Amy Hecky for more information or visit http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/EdChoice-Scholarship-Program.  This link provides step by step instructions to help you determine if you are eligible for one of the above programs.

SGWS After Care

»Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

FallLeaves1Aftercare at Spring Garden Waldorf is an important part of our school community. We offer children a safe, active and fun place to spend time before and after school while their parents fulfill work and other obligations.

Children in our aftercare program spend much of their time outdoors engaged in free play, while supervised by caring adults with childhood education or care experience. During inclement weather, structured play opportunities are also available such as basketball, board games, and puzzles. Playground and gym equipment is provided to the children and quiet areas are also available for students wishing to do homework.

Our Aftercare Director, Tori Bolanz, graduated from the University of Akron with a BA in Early Childhood Education. Tori is also currently a Lead teacher in SGWS Early Childhood. Aftercare staff member, Olivia Moss, is a University of Akron student and a graduate of The Visual and Performing Arts Program at Firestone High School with experience as a domestic assistant and child care provider.

We are dedicated to keeping this offering affordable for our community. Our program costs only $5/hour and hours are 7:15-8:15 in the morning and 3:30-6:00 in the evening. Additional children in the family are $4/hr.

Ice Skating at Kent State

»Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Curriculum, Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

LoucileIceSkateIt’s that time of year again! On February 28, we welcome back our annual tradition of spending three Friday afternoons on the ice.

 

Grade One students are introduced to this tradition by their Eighth Grade Buddy, and all grades share the ice. New students find a supportive and safe environment to learn to skate, and for many students (and more than a few parents), our ice skating trips are the highlight of the long winter months. For a nominal skate rental fee, parents can join their children on the ice, or just sit rink-side and visit with other members of our community.

 

Web MD writer recently interviewed Angela Smith, MD, an attending surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who had this to say about ice skating’s benefits, “I think [ice skating] truly addresses all components of fitness at any level,” she says. “It’s good for building lower-body muscles including the hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves. Skating also boosts balance, flexibility, quickness, and agility.”

 

We agree! Which, along with the fact that it’s great fun for our children and out community, keeps ice skating a tradition here at SGWS. In order to orchestrate this fun event, we need parents help.
  • Permission slips will be sent home for all students in Grades 1 through 8 by the end of this week. Please return them promptly.
  • We will need many parents to help drive students to and from the Ice Arena. We leave the school at 12:30 and leave Kent State at 2:45. We are generally back at the school by 3:30. (If you wish to pick up your child at the ice arena, you must be there by3:00.)
  • Our skating dates are February 28, March 7, and March 14, and we are always in need of drivers and chaperones.

 

Hope to see you at the ice rink!

 

BIG LOVE Festival!

»Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

BigLoveSpring Garden Waldorf School is proud to be a part of this Saturday’s (2/22) BIG LOVE Festival at the Downtown Akron Musica Complex at 51 E. Market Street. The FREE event, which begins at noon, will include art, music, dance, food, kid friendly crafts and spirited fun with community!

Event highlights include:

  • Performances by: Zach & the Bright Lights, Winslow, Umojah Nation, Jovan Wilder and the Wild Things, Tall Tales of Akron, Acid Cats, Time Cat, The Help, Emma Shepard, The Poplars, Diana Chittester, Todd V, Ursula Rauh, TM Gottl, and more! In addition to regular musical performances, there will also be some kirtan and chanting!
  • Art installations by: Jessica Lofthus, Michael Marras, Megan Shane, David Swirsky, Eunsu Kang, Mara Frage, Erica Hoosic, Caty Petersilge, Julie Norman
  • Crafts and Kid Activities by: Spring Garden Waldorf School. Musica
  • The W.O.M.B. is facilitating healthy living and community organizing workshops.
  • Akron Shambhala will be facilitating meditations throughout the day.

Let us raise up some Big Love in our community! Hope to see you there!

Auction Donations – What Will You Donate?

»Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

TheoDonations for our 25th Annual Benefit Auction come in all forms and yesterday one of our students got to benefit from a donation made last year. The family of Theodore Martin-Powers were the lucky bidders on a Fire Marshall Experience during school hours. Theo not only got to hang out with a fireman, but was also allowed to do something every kid wants to do . . .  Pull The Fire Alarm At School!

Experience items are very popular at the auction. Our parents love to give their children interesting things to participate in throughout the year like ski or piano lessons, overnight parties hosted by parents, summer camps, or park tickets.  Any new item or experience, of any value, can be donated to our silent or live auction.

Other examples include:

  • Baskets with themes for tea, wine, toys, or homeopathy.
  • Services like babysitting, business consulting, photography or art portraits.
  • Gift Cards to local and national businesses.
  • Weekend getaways, home improvement items, etc..

What will your family donate this year? Fill out this online form https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/donate_items/new to tell us about the item. We will send you a receipt and instructions about where and when to drop off the item.

If finances are too tight to donate this year, you can still be a part of this important event!

  • Ask a business owner you know if they’d be willing to donate a gift card, an item, or buy an ad.
  • Ask a business that you patronize (or simply one that you like) if they’d be willing to donate a gift card, an item, or buy an ad.
  • Donate your time as a silent auction item  – Offer leaf raking, house cleaning, or babysitting. Or co-host a dinner or other child friendly event with a friend.

Thank you to our supportive parents and greater community for making this event a sure success!

Spring Garden Honors Alumni Laura Wallerstein

»Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Alumni, School News | 0 comments

LWallersteinAt this year’s  25th Annual Benefit Auction, March 22, at Greystone Hall, Spring Garden Waldorf School will honor 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’s own Laura Wallerstein for her participation as a Board Member with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Summit and Medina Counties, and her involvement in Torchbearers and the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank.

Laura has already been recognized for her career success, most notably being named a 2014 Ohio Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. Attorneys chosen as “Ohio Super Lawyers” represent 5% of the Ohio Bar.

Laura has fond memories of grade school. She began in public school and advocated for her own switch to Waldorf education.

“After enrolling in SGWS, my mother tells me that I ‘went from being sad to being happy.’ As an adult, I simply have no memory of being anything but joyful in my grade school years.  SGWS stripped away the pressures of a strictly academic-content curriculum and gave me the space to explore what a happy childhood could be like.”

Laura has also credited her childhood education with helping her appreciate strength in others. As a student in a class of children who were respected for their varying degrees of ability in different subjects, she grew to admire both difference and resourcefulness.

“A special kind of compassion and humility develops when one student who is strong in a subject helps another who is weak and then the students reverse roles in another activity.  As an adult, I find opportunities for teamwork rather than ways to exclude those people who seem weak.”

We believe she sums it best by saying, “The Spring Garden Waldorf School community gave me more than an education; it gave me the space to be happy, the confidence to be unique, and the ability to appreciate the strength in others.”

Laura is a lifelong resident of Ohio and practices in the Akron office of Brennan, Manna & Diamond.