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.


In-Session Classroom Tour February 12th

»Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Experience Waldorf first hand by walking through in-session classes on February 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.

If you can come on the 12th, please register below. If you can’t, watch this video for a virtual walk through of our classrooms as featured on the Television Show, “Sustainable Life.”



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Akron Mardi Gras Bash Benefits SGWS

»Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

The 2nd Annual Akron Mardi Gras Bash will be held on Saturday, March 1st, from 7:00 – 11:00 at The Tangier on W. Market Street near Highland Square. This Mardi Gras Destination features an open bar, New Orleans-style food, a DJ dance party and a full evening of dancing, masks, beads and fun. And best of all, a portion of proceeds benefit our school!

Pre-order Tickets are $50 and can be bought here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/akron-mardi-gras-bash-tickets-9615232419

At the door tickets are $60. There are also a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available, which include seating in a VIP section, ultra-premium alcohol and food service along with complimentary valet.

Interested attendees can also visit and Like the FaceBook Page to stay up to date on specials and news. The Tangier is located at 532 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44302, in the Highland Square District.

Important Announcement for SGWS Families

»Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Our Annual Giving Campaign needs you. Currently we only have 60% participation from our currently enrolled families, but we need 100% of families to donate if we hope to receive grants from outside sources. They figure, if you don’t support Spring Garden, why should they?!

We need every enrolled family’s help, no matter how small the gift. So, please donate an amount comfortable for your family and ensure we are funded in the future.

Be the Difference and support SGWS today. Please donate now for our teachers, for our staff, for our community, and, most importantly, for our children and their futures.

CLICK HERE to go to our donation website. Once there you can click the “Donate Today” button to donate online.

Even $100 is meaningful. Your contribution helps make the Waldorf Difference by funding the materials we need for our wonderfully diverse curriculum. A $100 donation could buy:

  • 14 paintbrushes
  • Enough seeds to plant our entire 1/2 acre field
  • Four wooden soprano recorders
  • 28 main lesson books
  • 2 days of electricity
  • Four 8-oz. bottles of watercolor paint
  • 12 skeins wool yarn

Please donate today!

Benefit Auction Venue – Greystone Hall

»Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in School News | 0 comments


We are pleased to announce that this year’s Auction will be at the majestic Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. The seven-story, greek-inspired Greystone Hall was built in 1917 as the Masonic Temple. When the Masons moved out in 2003, the Hall began offering up its space for theater, banquets, meetings and weddings.

Spring Garden’s Benefit Auction will be held in the stately two-story Ballroom, which comprises the second and third floor. The ballroom is popular, not only for its large windows and tiered balcony staircase ascending to the rooms above, but also its main stage.

After entering the elegant lobby, patrons of our benefit will go up to the third floor Sitting Parlor to register. This room overlooks the Ballroom where dinner will be served. Our silent auction will take place in neighboring 2nd floor rooms near the Ballroom — the Barrister’s Lounge and the Billiard Room.

Our event will sell out at 200 seats, so order tickets today: https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/register/ticket_sales

Parking is easy and here is a PDF of parking options near Greystone, along with a street map and directions.

  • Click HERE for a PDF street map.
  • Click HERE for a PDF parking map.
  • Click HERE for a PDF directions sheet.

We look forward to seeing you to celebrate and support Spring Garden at Greystone Hall!



New Around School

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

HomeClassTrip1The new year brought many new changes to Spring Garden. We have building improvements large and small including new lighting in the middle grades hallway. We would like to thank Facilities Manager Frank Vargo, Site Committee Chair Ross Miller, Steve Denney, Bill Kirkland, and Greg Matias for their hard work in finishing the first stage of our lighting upgrade, and they hope to have another hallway done over the coming weekend.

We also have changes afoot in early childhood. Be sure and congratulate Marina Rana, who has been hired as the new Extended Care Lead Teacher. Miss Marina has a bachelor’s degree in education and had been working as Mr. Ryan’s assistant before taking over his position.

We are also welcoming new families to SGWS this month. Fin Jones, whose brother Auggie is in Grade One, joined Miss Kathy’s class last week.  Sam Daniel, son of Miriam and Virgil Daniel, also joined the school last week as a Pre-K student in Miss Julie’s class. Cicely Koren, daughter of Brett and Chicory Koren, joined Grade One on Monday. Please take a moment to welcome our new parents to the SGWS community.


Spring Garden Auction FAQ

»Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

cometogetherlogocropHave questions about the upcoming Spring Garden Waldorf School Auction? We hope you find the answers below in our Frequently Asked Questions.


Q: What is The Auction?

A: The Benefit Auction at Spring Garden Waldorf School is one of two major fundraisers that take place each year. We come together to support our school and our dedicated faculty by auctioning off items that have been donated to the school by the greater community.


Q: Why does the school hold an auction for fundraising?

A: The Annual Auction, while a major undertaking for our staff and volunteers, is an effective way to raise a large amount of money and have a great community experience all in one night. The funds brought in by our auction provide much needed support to the teachers who are crucial to our success, and also allow us to increase the current scholarship fund which helps a wide range of families bring their children to the school. It also helps provide a variety of curriculum enhancements, such as our recent additions include a greenhouse & gardening program, and a science classroom).


Q: Where is it held?

A: This year’s auction will be at the majestic Greystone Hall in Downtown Akron at:

103 S. High St. Akron, OH 44308

For more information on Greystone Hall, visit http://greystonehall.org/facilityov.htm


Q: When is it held?

A: Saturday March 22, 2014, doors open at 5:00 pm.


Q: What does it cost?

A: Tickets are $75 per person and include a tapas meal or strolling dinner, open bar and live entertainment. Come hungry and be prepared to have fun!

Early Bird Tickets are available for $65 until February 8, 2014.


Q:  What is the Golden Ticket?

A: Raffle tickets are sold for $40 each.  The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle gets to choose either $1000 cash or their choice of any item from the live or silent auction.


Q: Where do I buy tickets?

A: Buy Tickets online: https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/register/ticket_sales


Q: Who should go to the auction?

A: ALL are welcome. It is our great wish for the community at large to come to this special event — not just our school’s parents, but their relatives, friends, neighbors and business associates.


Q: What kind of items can be donated?

A: Any new item or experience, of any value, can be donated to our silent or live auction. Examples include:

  • Baskets with themes for tea, wine, toys, or homeopathy.
  • Services like babysitting, business consulting, photography or art portraits.
  • Experiences like ski or piano lessons, trips, flight school, summer camps, or water park tickets.
  • Gift Cards to local and national businesses.
  • Weekend getaways, home improvement items, etc..


Q. Finances are tight. How can I contribute to the auction and stay on a budget?

A. There are lots of inexpensive ways you can help!  Here are just a few ideas:

  • First off we need volunteers, from now until the event! Please contact Kelly Plusquellic: kplusquellic@sgws.org for more information about how you can help.
  • 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.

Q: I have an item or service I’d like to donate. What do I do?

A: 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.


Q: I think I know someone who might donate or buy an ad. What should I do?

A: Here are three options:

Q. What happens at the event?  

A. The auction night consists of two main parts. First, patrons peruse tables of items in the silent auction as they eat tapas and drink cocktails. Items are bid on “silently” by writing your offer on a bid sheet. The beginning bid is usually a certain percentage below the retail value.  The end of bidding on each table is announced, and the highest bid wins!

After the silent auction, dessert will be put out as our auctioneer leads the live auction for items listed in the program. Even for those not bidding on the items in the live auction, the auctioneer and emcee provide entertaining banter, and the bidding wars are great fun to watch!

After the live auction, items you have purchased and bids you have won will be summarized on an invoice, payable by check or credit card.

There will also be a couple of fun raffle games, entertainment and a special alumni presentation taking place throughout the evening.  All in all, the evening will be full of great food and great fun.

Q. I don’t have much money to spend at an auction. Why would I go?

A. For the comradery! Many people simply come to socialize and have a good time with the Spring Garden community. Of course, we hope everyone will bid on the items, but it is definitely not a requirement. We’d also LOVE to have you volunteer at the event; this is a great way to get involved, enjoy the event and not be concerned about spending too much money. Naturally the hours “worked” would count toward the time required per your contract.  For more information email Sandy Conley at sjconley52@gmail.com.