Athletics Department Fundraiser – April 30

»Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in School News | 0 comments


unnamed (2)Mark your calendars! This year’s Athletic Department Fundraiser will be a Taco Buffet Dinner on Saturday, April 30, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 8 years old and younger.

The menu includes turkey tacos and vegetarian black bean tacos, with an array of fixin’s including cheese, sour cream, olives, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, hot sauce, jalapenos, and cilantro. Both corn and flour tortillas are available, or you can get yourself some nachos or a taco salad. All meals are served with rice, chips, and salsa. Guacamole is available for an extra $1, and beverages are $1. You can grab a delicious dessert from the bake sale.

All are welcome, and we hope you will join us for good food, community fellowship, and delicious food prepared by SGWS parents and alumni. This is the Athletics Department’s biggest fundraiser, and we look forward to seeing you there!


Eurythmy Weekend on May 6-7 – Enter to Win

»Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

We are delighted to announce that Gail Langstroth will be returning to SGWS for another Eurythmy Weekend on May 6-7, 2016. We are also thrilled to announce that the local chapter of the Anthroposophical Society, the Girasol Group, is offering free entry into the event for one lucky person who has not had any previous eurythmy workshop experience. 
The winner will be chosen from the raffle box in the SGWS lobby. There is no fee for submitting your name, but we ask that you not submit more than five tickets per person. The winner will be announced and posted the week of April 25.
For those wanting to attend who do not win, the cost is $80 for the weekend package. If you are interested in just attending the introductory session on Friday night, you may do so for $20. Checks should be made payable to Gail Langstroth and can be dropped off in the SGWS office.

If you have questions, please feel free to email Cate Hunko at


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SGWS Honors Alumni James Herold

»Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in School News | 0 comments


JamesHerold2At this year’s 27th Annual Benefit Auction, April 23rd at Greystone Hall, Spring Garden Waldorf School will honor and award 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 native and Commarke President, James Herold, for his contributions to the Akron business community as well as his commitment to giving back to SGWS as a volunteer basketball coach.

James is a recent graduate of the University of Akron and startup executive at Commarke Marketing Agency here in Akron, OH, which specializes in target marketing to the Millennial demographic. James is also giving directly back to the Spring Garden community as a volunteer in our athletic department as a basketball coach for our young men’s Jaguar team. Jim has given our students positive mentoring, interactions, and actions worthy of imitation for our students.

James graduated from Spring Garden Waldorf School in 2005 and still remembers the influence of his teacher, Theo Michaels, and his Waldorf education.

“My Waldorf education curated my ability to find a distinct sense of what is new or individual about a client’s business, which then allows me to creatively approach their marketing needs. I attribute how I work through Commarke – developing unique ideas and out of the box thinking  – to my time at SGWS.

We are pleased to honor James Herold at this year’s Spring Garden Annual Auction Benefit at Greystone Hall as our The Waldorf Difference Award Winner.




Upcoming Work Day Opportunities

»Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

We have added a few more opportunities for those of you in need of Work Day hours to complete your Contract Service Hours.


HappyWorkersWork Days – We have added a couple small-scale Work Days for our Grade 7 Renaissance Faire in May, as well as a general Work Day in June. Click here to sign up.


Mowing and weed whacking – We are seeking volunteers to mow and weed-whack our extensive grounds. Mowing is done with our tractor and takes approximately 4 hours. Weed-whacking can be done either with our equipment or, if you prefer, your own equipment, and takes about 3 hours. You can complete mowing and weed whacking at any time during the week following the date you signed up for. Click here to sign up.


Community Give-Back Day – On the last day of school, we come together as a community to help teachers in the grades move from their current classroom to the classroom they will be in next year. This event is organized by the Parent Council, and more details will be available as the date draws nearer.


For those of you in need of general hours, there are and will be DOZENS of opportunities to support the Annual Benefit Auction. Watch for emails and sign-up sheets in the lobby following Spring Break, or email Sandy Conley to find out where help is needed now.

Spring Garden Early Childhood Expansion

»Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

EarlyChildhoodSGWSWe are pleased to announce that our Early Childhood program is expanding to accommodate the growing interest in Waldorf education in Northeast Ohio!

We have a healthy waiting pool of applicants for our Early Childhood program for the 2016-17 school year, and the Administrative Faculty has made the decision to expand our Early Childhood program in two areas to accommodate the needs of our community.

We will be growing in the following ways:

  • We will create an additional Nursery Preschool room for 3- and young 4-year-olds on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This room will have one lead teacher and six students. The other Nursery Preschool room will have one lead teacher, one assistant, and 12 students.
  • We will add a third afternoon room on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to accommodate the increased number of full day students in our Early Childhood program. 

If you have any questions about this growth, please feel welcome to contact me. We will begin the hiring process and we look forward to introducing you to the teachers. If you have friends or family who are considering SGWS for their young children, please share the good news and have them contact Amy Hecky at

Early Bird Tickets End Saturday

»Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

_IGP2326Don’t pay full price for an Auction Benefit ticket! Save $10 on Auction night admission with an Early Bird Ticket purchase or reservation. You don’t even have to pay today! Tickets can be purchased via Credit Card on the website, or guests can choose to “Pay Later” and pay by check on MCA. So reserve your ticket now for the Early Bird rate!

Auction early bird ticket sales are available now until midnight, this Saturday, March 26th. Tickets to the Auction are normally $75, on sale this week for $65, at the early bird rate. Buy or Reserve your Tickets HERE.

The 27th annual Spring Garden Waldorf Benefit is on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 5:00 pm and will take place in Greystone Hall in downtown Akron.

Here are some helpful links for more information:

Thanks so much for your support, and we hope to see you on April 23rd!

Simplicity Parenting Webinar Workshops

»Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

SimplicityPJoin us on Fridays in April for our Kim John Payne, Simplicity Parenting, webinar series. The sessions begin Friday April 8th and continue on April 15th and 22nd. The sessions are offered in the morning from 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Each date, we will watch the webinar together and then participate in a Q & A Session with Amy Hecky, Director of Admissions around the webinar topic.  Each session will last 1-1 ½ hours depending webinar length and discussion.  

April 8 – Session #1: “How to Create Real, Long Term Change in your Home Environment”
For details and to register, please click here

April 15 – Session #2: “How to Create More Rhythm and Predictability for Your Children (and Yourself!)
For details and to register, please click here

April 22 – Session #3: “Bringing Them Along – How to bring family, extended family, and friends along with you as you work with Simplicity Parenting in your home”
For details and to register, please click here

Kim John Payne, M.ED,  is the author of the #1 Best Selling book, Simplicity Parenting.  A consultant and trainer to over 200 North American independent and public schools Kim has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives key note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced and simple life brings.

For more information on Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting, watch this video: