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:

Making the Transition to First Grade 

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Rose2012-22Please join us on Thursday, March 24, to learn more about the Waldorf First Grade curriculum.

 

Mrs. Andrea Zeno, an experienced Waldorf teacher and the current first grade class teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for all parents.  Her talk will cover how skills and curriculum are approached in the first grade.  This is an exceptional opportunity to educate yourself on how Waldorf education meets the needs of the child by presenting developmentally appropriate material, or as we like to say “the right thing at the right time”.

This event is FREE and open to all SGWS families as well as the greater community. We hope you are able to join us for this informative presentation. Please feel free to bring friends, family, or acquaintances who would like to learn more.

To accommodate as many families as possible, we are offering two sessions: one at 9:00 a.m., and another at 7:00 p.m. Both sessions will last about an hour and will cover the same topics.

 
To register for the 9:00 a.m. session, please click here

To register for the 7:00 p.m. session, please click here

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Auction Flower & More Auction Updates

»Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

 

20150225 Wall of FameEarly Bird Tickets now Available through March 26th.  Click here to purchase your ticket now. 

Wondering about the flower in the lobby? It’s our donation thank you flower.  Community members procuring donation items for the auction will have their names pinned to our flower as our way of saying thank you for all the contributions that help to make our auction a success.

If every family in our community secures just one donation item from a local business or other source, that will provide the school over 75 auction items and raise thousands of dollars!

If you’d like to donate an item or know of a business that will donate, please click here for our online donation form.

Here are some good examples of donation items that families can procure:

  • Handmade items are always popular
  • A service such as babysitting, class lunches, a dessert a month for the year, custom outings/experiences for children or adults
  • Gift certificates to restaurants and for experiences are very popular. Consider soliciting one from your favorite local business
  • Solicit an ad or sponsorship from a business that you frequent or own.

Have More questions about the auction? Check out our Auction FAQ page HERE or go to the Auction Website HERE.

If you’re ready to donate sponsor or advertise:

 

SGWS presents, SCREENAGERS, at Copley High School

»Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

 

screenagersAll are welcome to attend the documentary screening of the film, “Screenagers,” Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m. at the Copley High School Auditorium.  This event, free and open to the public, is hosted by Spring Garden Waldorf School and sponsored by Integrative Neuropsychology.

The thought provoking documentary by physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, explores parenting children in this digital age and focuses on offering solutions on how families can find balance.

Learn more about the film here at ABC News.

Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Delaney’s own daughter explained why she wanted a phone: “I would be cool. And I’d be able to look busy in awkward situations.”

Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Click on the link to watch the trailer: http://www.screenagersmovie.com/about/

 

 

 

Coffee & Conversation: History Comes Alive!

»Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

 

ChurchillJoin us Wednesday, March 23rd at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. as we learn about History Curriculum and Approach for Grades 1 – 8 from experienced Waldorf teacher, Royse Crall. Royse is also the current Class 8 teacher.

She will present the path of the history curriculum in Waldorf education and outline how we approach bringing these subjects to the children in a meaningful way and at the right time developmentally. This approach helps bring relevant value to the lessons so our students can connect with their feelings and really relate to the lessons and the humanity behind the history.

Childcare will be available for the evening meeting for SGWS students ages 4 and up. Parents and friends of SGWS are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Morning Session is at 9 a.m. and registration can be done by clicking here. The Evening Session is at 7 p.m. and community members can register by clicking here.

Student Academic Support at SGWS

»Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Curriculum | 0 comments

ESTThe multidisciplinary, age-appropriate curriculum in Waldorf Education helps meet individual student’s needs and unlock each child’s true potential.  Since each child is unique and learns best in different ways, we offer an Educational Support Team (EST) to help give extra attention to the learning needs of struggling students.

The EST at Spring Garden is made up of the Academic Tutor, Extra Lesson Teacher, and Speech and Language Pathologist. This team works in collaboration with teachers, parents, and outside service providers to develop and implement accommodations to support the academic success of all students.

Accommodations may include modifications within the classroom, strategies and techniques implemented by the classroom teachers, and interventions by EST members. Parent permission is needed before any child can work with the EST, and the EST and the student’s teacher will monitor the student’s progress and the effectiveness of the accommodations and communicate this to the student’s parents.

The following information outlines the services we currently offer through our EST program:

Speech and Language Services –

Our Speech Language Pathologist, Dawna Lee, informally screens all students entering Grade One, students new to SGWS at any grade level, and any students recommended for screening by their teacher.

Students who may benefit from speech intervention in the areas of articulation, voice, and fluency are identified by the SLP based on developmental nouns and/or evidence based best practice.  Students with language disorders are identified through formal assessment procedures, coordinated by the Education Support Team. If a student qualifies to receive speech and language services, a Services Plan is developed and implemented with parent permission.

Academic Tutoring Services –

Our Academic Tutor, Diane Miskinis, works with students in grades 3-8 providing reading language and math support. In Grade Three, she works with the main lesson teacher to provide support for reading classes two periods per week for all students. This work also helps identify any students who may need additional services.

After Grade Three, students requiring tutoring services in language or math skills are identified by the Main Lesson teacher and referred to the academic tutor with parent’s permission. Diane Miskinis works with parents and the main lesson teacher to establish information regarding the time that sessions will be held, the areas of focus, goals, and a timeline to re-assess the need for services. She also provides twice a year written updates with regards to activities done and progress being made.

Extra Lesson Services –

Our Extra Lesson Teacher, Jennell Woodard, works with every student in Kindergarten, Grade One, and Grade Two. Her regular involvement with the younger students provides the opportunity for long-term observation, which helps identify students who may require additional services in later grades.

After Grade Two, students who would benefit from additional movement activities, individually or in small groups, are identified by Ms. Woodard with input from the Main Lesson teacher.  From there, a plan is generated by the Extra Lesson teacher, including information regarding the time that sessions will be held, the areas of focus, goals, and a timeline to re-assess the need for services. Parents agree to, or waive, these services before sessions begin.

For more information about what is involved in Extra Lesson Services, please read this article detailing the benefits offered through Extra Lesson.

If you are a prospective parent with additional questions about support services, please contact our Admissions Director with questions. Current parents can refer to the Parent Handbook or speak with their child’s Main Lesson Teacher.