Parent Appreciation Night

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Congratulations to our Accomplished Alumni

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

Ian Lim-bonner

Ian Lim-bonner

Former SGWS student, Ian Lim-bonner (class of 06) graduated Allegheny College with honors with a BS in Environmental Science.  Ian recently interviewed with OPWALL and said, “This [job] would allow me to conduct biodiversity research in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean (fingers crossed). Tomorrow I leave for a four week backpacking trip around Europe. Life is so good.”

Ian is not the only one heading to Europe. Julie Chlysta (SGWS Class of ‘06) and Allyson Chlysta (SGWS Class of ‘03) get to spend some time together traveling through Europe. Julie is currently studying overseas for school and Allyson has joined her for traveling.

Tim Fries, SGWS Class of 2007, is currently attending Muskingum University and has just been inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honorary society.

And we also send best wishes to SGWS graduate (‘10), Todd Rexroad, who just received the Omnova Solutions scholarship — “dedicated to math and science education today that creates innovators of the future.”

Great job everyone! Do you have some SGWS alumni news? Please email Amy Hecky:

In Session Class Tour May 14th

»Posted by on May 7, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

InSessionMay14Experience Waldorf first hand by walking through in-session classes on Wednesday, May 14h. 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 at 9am. Come Experience the Waldorf Difference.

Can’t come on the 14th? Click Here to Watch a Vrtual Tour of our school as seen on the TV Show Sustainable Life.


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Meet Ms. Paul – Upcoming Class One Teacher

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

Spring Garden Waldorf 2014 Auction Catalog (1)This Wednesday, May 7, at 9:00 a.m., please join us in the School Store for a tea and reception to meet next year’s Grade One teacher, Marie Paul. Ms. Paul is one of Spring Garden Waldorf School’s founding teachers, and she has extensive knowledge of both our school and Waldorf education in general.
Ms. Paul has a B.S. in Education from the University of Akron, has received her Waldorf Certification and has been with SGWS for 31 years. While at Spring Garden, she has taken two classes from Grade One through Grade Eight; in addition, she has taught a combined Grades One/Two class through Grades Five/Six; one class from Grade One through Grade Three; one class from Grade Six through Grade Eight; and the current Class of 2014 in Grades Seven and Eight.
Ms. Paul has taken numerous courses in Anthroposophy and Waldorf education over the years, and her knowledge and experience are truly one of our school’s greatest treasures. Recently, Ms. Paul was honored in the My Favorite Teacher Contest, sponsored by Barnes and Noble. Her former student, Sarah Welton wrote an essay about Ms. Paul that won the 9-12 grade essayist category.
We encourage you to stop by and say hello, especially if your child will be in Grade One next fall!

Music Education at Spring Garden

»Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

GrimesThere is a debate of which came first — music or language. But one thing is for sure, the role of music in human history is as essential and prevalent as language itself. It is used to this day for ritual, expression and community. This is what Mr. Edward Grimes gathered to share with parents at Spring Garden on the morning of March 25th, as he discussed music education at each of the grade levels.

He described the music curriculum as a layering process that corresponds to the methodology of teaching throughout Waldorf Education. What is taught in the beginning, or early grades, is never lost or “moved beyond” so much as layered upon.

In the early years, this applies to music as an expression and embodiment of imagination. In first and second grade, children learn music from the pentatonic scale both in song and on their flutes or recorders. The songs are rich in story, movement and expression, so that the children can learn what it is to imagine through music.

In third grade, the nine year change means children are ready to begin learning the language of music. A diatonic scale is introduced, notes are named by letter, and children learn basic music notation such as the scale and cleff. Third graders also begin Solfege – a music education method used to teach pitch and sight singing.

Fourth grade brings fraction studies and fractions bring quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes, which then lends to teaching rhythms, and rounds and some simple harmony. Now that the language of music has been introduced, children begin to play musical instruments, starting with the violin.

CellosGrade five is ready for three parts in choral music and will sing Glorious Apollo as part of their study of the Greeks. Accidentals are also introduced in this grade and new keys are taught beyond the key of C.

In class six, there begins an amazing opportunity. Written music from the time period of study — Medieval Times — is now available! The children can be given Gregorian Chants and other time period pieces to learn. Acoustics are also studied this year. And class six students, who are more attuned to their outside world, can begin to also attune themselves to what lies within.

They can be taught to think about, and influence, the sound of their own voice — an instrument which can only be seen through the mind’s eye and can only be changed with subtle manipulation of their physical selves. Class Six students can also choose different instruments to play beyond the strings.

Middle School then layers skills and practice upon all that has been learned before. Ensemble choirs read music and sing in harmony and rhythm. Site singing also begins and Solfege study continues. And Orchestra is now part of every student’s curriculum.

Through it all, Mr. Grimes takes great care in choosing the most appropriate music for the students in each grade. He says, “I don’t teach pieces of music. I teach the music in the pieces.” As a final thought he encouraged the parents to expose their children to live music and help them experience the human connection: “Seeing one human make music, which they then experience first hand, is crucial for learning and human connection.”

Online Auction Time!

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

Items that were not sold on the night of the Auction are now available for bidding on our Online Auction Website. CLICK HERE to peruse the catalog of items, most of which can also be seen in the display case in the school lobby. Items will be available for bidding through May 9, 2014, unless they are snapped up by an eager bidder using the “Buy It Now” option.

Here are some of the items available:

Our Lady of The Elms Basket



Where is your middle school daughter heading for High School? If you answered, “Our Lady of The Elms,” then this basket is for you! In addition to cool Elms swag, the lucky bidder receives $500 off one year’s TUITION.
Certified David B Design Metallic Image – Museum

Akron_oh_art_museum_zThis 12 x 18” Certified, David B Design Mounted Metallic Image Print comes Framed In Black. It is signed and dated by David B Design w/ Certificate of Authenticity Label.




Learning Assessment


You are bidding on a learning assessment for your child or adolescent, which includes a diagnostic interview, psychological/psychoeducational/neuropsychological testing, review of results, and formal report, by Dr. Magleby, a clinical neuropsychologist.




$50 off Weekend Classic Party for 25
Pump_it_upEnjoy $50.00 off a party for 25 at Hartville’s Pump it Up. Having a party at Pump it Up makes planning easy. Packages include private inflatables playtime, a team of supervisory staff, setup and clean up of the party room, online invitations and complimentary paper products.



Martial Arts or Cardio Kickboxing Classes (1)

Enjoy ONE MONTH of Martial Arts Classes or Cardio Kickboxing at World Champion Martial (WCM) Arts. Gift Certificate includes a free uniform for one child. WCM focuses on building character as well as fitness and self-defense skills: improving discipline, confidence, respect and listening, and focus, as well as mental and physical coordination, balance, flexibility, and fitness. All of this is done within a martial arts curriculum that teaches life-long skills for wellness and self defense.

Child Care Credit w/Enrollment


This gift certificate is good toward enrollment fees to The Infant Connection Program – a Holistic Family Day Care Home that focuses on recognizing the child as a whole being. Holistic development of the child is encouraged. Children are guided in enviromental awareness, the opportunity to explore both their culture and creativity within the classroom and the community and much more. The Infant Connection offers meals made from whole foods, home cooked, often organic, free from hydrogenated oils, and additives.

Est. 1988 – the owner has a B.A. in Family and Child Development. For children ages Birth to 5 years old.

Get Ready for May Day

»Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

MayDayDuring the first week of May, we celebrate the arrival of spring and the coming in of summer. Cold dark days are behind us, as we look forward to slower moving, warmer days ahead. We breathe out along with the earth, with flowers, music, singing, and dancing.


On May 2nd, The festivities begin in the morning as Early Childhood students welcome spring in the meadow. At 11:10, children in the grades begin a processional to the Pavilion at the Sportsman’s Club. Children then pair up with their buddies to begin a scavenger hunt, led by Grade Six students. Following the scavenger hunt, all students, teachers, and parents in attendance join together for lunch and lemon cupcakes, a Spring Garden tradition.


After lunch, we make our way toward the open field. After an opening verse, our May Day celebration begins, with younger students weaving ribbons round and round while older students play accompaniments on the recorder. Finally, the community takes part in a garden blessing before an early dismissal at 2:00 p.m. (Aftercare will be available until 6:00 p.m., just as on any early dismissal day.)


We hope you can join us for fun and frivolity in this delightful celebration of the changing seasons!