Childcare Available for the Auction

»Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

FirstDayCropPre-register for Auction Night childcare!

An early learning development director and her niece, a live-in nanny, are offering childcare on the night of the auction. Both women are relatives of Early Childhood parent and auction committee member, Debi Huselton. Please call Debi for registration and address details: 724-290-2887.

Where: Portage Lakes Area – Call Debi for address.

When: 4:30 pm -11:00 pm, April 18

What: $5 Donation — Outdoor Play, Snack and Crafts Included. Bring pillows & blankets or sleeping bags for little ones.

Thank you to Debi for offering and organizing this service!

What are your Summer Plans?

»Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

TheLake2Want a place to take the kids this summer where they can see their SGWS friends and enjoy unstructured play in a safe, family friendly environment?  We know just the place!

The Lake (formerly Loyal Oak) in Norton, Ohio, has generously offered to donate 20% of your seasonal swim membership fee to the SGWS “Raise the Roof” Capital Campaign!

It’s all about family fun at The Lake: 6-acre swimming lake w/ lifeguards, water slides, diving boards and water inflatables.  Plus enjoy playgrounds, pavilions, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, concession stand, and fun weekend events, including Saturday night movies.

Our sincere thanks to Kris and Amy Schmid, owners of The Lake, for their generous support of our school!

Please click here to download a membership application. If you have any questions, please email Amy Hecky or call her at 330-666-0574.

The Gift of One Teacher

»Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Curriculum | 0 comments


Students in Waldorf schools will ideally have the same main lesson teacher for first through eighth grade. There are three primary reasons Waldorf schools choose this method. First, it helps the teacher truly know the child and his or her family. Second, having a consistent class of peers with one consistent central authority figure has great benefits to social growth and class cohesion. And finally, these first two stabilizing forces – in-depth relationships and social cohesion — come together to support a focus on learning. 


Knowing the Child

PaulWaldorf class teachers have time to learn a child’s gifts and challenges, which helps them better teach and advocate for each student. Main lesson teachers can share their deep knowledge of a child with subject teachers and parents.  This sharing of knowledge allows teachers to collaborate in the use of learning styles and techniques that suit individual children as well as for the class as a whole.

Teachers who truly know a child and how he or she learns can take a long view on that student’s learning. If a child tends to observe and work carefully for three months before leaping ahead on the learning curve, this is something the teacher will observe and account for within the coming years and within his or her teaching methods for this student.


SullivanThe teacher will also get to know each child’s individual temperament and how this works both within the classroom and with the teacher’s own temperament and teaching style. Each child’s unique personality becomes essential and understood for its value within class. This class can come to feel like a family.


And as with family, if a teacher and a child are struggling to work together, no one considers resignation or replacement. The teacher assumes the responsibility of the work to make the relationship positive. One never expects this of the child, and Waldorf teachers are specifically trained to balance their relationship with each student.  This includes a study of how to work with different personality types and learning styles, home visits to understand the child’s world, and regular parent teacher conferences and class meetings to better understand the child and his or her family.


Social Cohesion


GannonCookingThe Waldorf model takes the long-term view that, as with academic learning, healthy social interaction must be self-motivated. Our teachers seek to provide students with a stable environment and important social skills that will enable to them interact compassionately with others and establish a sense of community. Children who learn together for eight years also learn to take on social problems, to value differences, and to manage varied work styles as they continuously collaborate.


Waldorf students don’t experience any of the yearly anxiety brought forth by new teachers or students within the class. Having the same children year upon year, along with the same authority figure who knows these children well, helps the students feel safe and confident.


Focused Learning 

PlanningAHikeThis social cohesion, established in the early grades, brings the focus back onto learning. Children have the time and space, with three recess periods and in-class lunch and snack, to enjoy and learn from the social company of familiar peers.  The social cohesion and stable authority figure helps students focus on learning during structured activities and class time.




Parent and Student Experiences


For more information, we offer these two shared experiences about Waldorf’s One Teacher method — one from a parent and one from a student.


Parent Experience: Tyra Scott




Student Experience: Sarah Welton


“Whenever I am asked about the influential people in my life, my thoughts immediately turn to both my parents and to Marie Paul, the wonderful person who served as my teacher for first through eighth grade. She is a beautiful person and a great friend, always there to listen and always there to help. I have much reason to admire her. Among her many talents, her ability to teach not only from the text but through her own actions shines bright. As a teacher she taught me in such a captivating and enthralling way. She encouraged me to want to learn and to enjoy learning. In the way she taught, she let us make our own conclusions and formulate our own opinions on the subjects we studied, and would always hear us out as we expressed these opinions.”


Read More of Sarah’s Essay.


Live Auction Absentee Bidding

»Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

TreeCan’t come to the Auction? Want to bid on your class project or other priceless item? You can hire or provide an Absentee or Proxy Bidder.

Hiring a proxy bidder costs $15 or you can ask a friend to do it for free. Your proxy will have your paddle and will bid for you up to your desired limit. If you win, your credit card, on file, will be charged and your proxy bidder will bring your item to school for pickup.

Setting up Proxy Bidding is easy. So, don’t miss out . . . Click HERE to get setup for Proxy Bidding!

Enter The Golden Ticket Raffle

»Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

GoodYearAll are welcome to take part in The Golden Ticket Raffle taking place at our Annual Benefit Auction, April 18th at Greystone Hall.  Did you know that anyone can buy a Golden Ticket for $40, whether they are attending the SGWS auction or not? You DO NOT have to be present to win!

Click HERE to buy your raffle ticket today. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose “Golden Ticket” by entering the number of Golden Raffle tickets you would like to purchase.

The night of April 18th, we will draw the name of one lucky Raffle ticket winner.  If they are at the event, they can choose a between $1000.00 cash prize OR any one of our live or silent auction items. This year that includes many high priced and priceless items including a Hot Air Balloon Ride for 4, a ride in the Goodyear Blimp, the Mother Love hand knit blanket and all of our child-created and inspired class projects.

Any winner not in attendance will automatically receive the cash payout and be notified the next business day that they have won.  So, take a chance and buy a ticket!  You might be this year’s big winner!

Calling All Dads for the Auction

»Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Just For Fun, School News | 0 comments

2015 Auction Logo 1 no dateWhile the moms are working on the Mother Love blanket, we would like to give the dads an opportunity to get involved in an art project for the auction as well.

“Reflections of a Waldorf Father” will be a 16″ x 20″ mirrored wall hanging consisting of various sizes of wooden blocks hand-stained by all fathers who are willing to participate. We have over 100 blocks to be stained. You can pick up as many as you are able to complete, free of charge, at the school store. Use any shade(s) of stain you have in your home (the more variety, the better), and return the dried pieces as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday, March 26th.

If you have any questions, please email Debi Huselton.

Sustainability at Spring Garden Waldorf School

»Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Curriculum | 0 comments

10393828_10152054411066160_3005938062108704466_n (2)As our school name implies, Spring Garden places high value on the natural world. We turn our values into action by actively educating students about (and within) nature and by promoting sustainability on our campus and within our community.

Gardening Curriculum:

Science education is multi-disciplinary when approached through outdoor exploration, and opportunities to teach other subjects, like math, are also explored through tending nature.  This includes work on and within our school’s greenhouse.

One tradition to note is our Third Grade Garden.  Each year, Class Three plants a garden in the spring, and tends it throughout the summer and early fall.  When school resumes in the fall, the students who planted the garden — now in Grade 4 — harvest the crops and transform their bounty into a delicious meal, which they serve to current Grade 3 students.

IMG_1915Community Development:

Spring Garden works on several projects within our immediate community throughout each year.  We are always looking for new collaboration opportunities and are currently collaborating for a Greener Akron, making community garden donations  and serving student-grown produce at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s community meal.



Loving & Preserving Nature:

KidsonTeeterTotterChildren play outside, in all weather, at least three times a day.  Younger children take daily nature walks through the woods surrounding our property, and these nature walks continue – though only on a weekly basis — as students move through the grades. Also, many classes in spring and fall are held outside when appropriate.

The school recycles, as most do, but also actively composts, which helps maintain our gardens and also shows children the cycle of nature.  Children put leftover foodstuffs from lunch into their classroom’s compost bin, which is then taken to the school’s main compost during class chore time.

Spring Garden also collects rainwater runoff for gardening. And the food grown in our gardens, when not donated to the community, is used in our own community for school lunches.