This Week’s Events
Artwork submitted for the Silver Graphics fundraiser will be returned to your mailboxes this week. Oversized pieces will be in a folder near the mailboxes.
Wednesday, November 27
- Book Study Group on Our Twelve Senses 9:00 a.m. in the School Store
- Early Dismissal – 2:00 p.m. (Aftercare available until 6:00 p.m.)
Thursday-Friday, November 28-29
- NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
Mark Your Calendars …
- Advent Spiral – Volunteers still needed! Please email Julie Carpenter if you are available.
- St. Nicholas Day
The Advent Spiral
One Call Now Test Wednesday Afternoon
At 2:00 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, November 27), we will run a test of our One Call Now emergency alert system. If you do not receive a call or message from us wishing you a happy Thanksgiving, pleaseemail Hazel as soon as possible with the number or numbers we should call in the event of school closure or other emergencies.
Of course, with the wintry weather rapidly moving our way, there is always the chance that we will have to use the One Call Now system to cancel school before we can run our test! SGWS school closures are also reported on Fox 8, WEWS ABC 5, WKYC NBC 3, Newsradio WTAM 1100 AM, WMVX, WMJI, WGAR, WAKS, WMMS, WHLO, WKDD, Radio Free Ohio 1350 AM, WVIS/PBS Ideastream, WCRF 103.3 FM, WCLV 104.9 FM, and wkyc.com. Any school closure will be reported to these stations by 6:30 a.m.
In the event that we do have to cancel school tomorrow due to the weather, we will use the One Call Now system to report the closure and will not run the planned test. If the weather appears to indicate a snow day and you have not received a call, please check the above-listed stations before calling the school. Please do not call teachers or staff at home to check whether or not school will be canceled, and please bear in mind that the school office does not open until 7:30 a.m.
A Note from Kelly Plusquellic, Director of Development
Thank you all for the incredibly warm welcome. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first two weeks here at SGWS. I’ve had the privilege of sitting in on several classes throughout the school day, and have truly been witness to The Waldorf Difference. I’ve been so impressed by how the children are encouraged to develop their own thoughts and ideas, and how the students and teachers display a mutual respect and compassion for each other. But most importantly, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of creativity, joy, and warmth that’s displayed in the hallways every day.
Our Annual Giving Campaign helps to bridge the cost of educating SGWS students that is not covered by tuition. You have all experienced the unique and empowering experience that SGWS gives to each and every one of its students. Because of that, I am certain that we will meet and exceed our fundraising goal of $25,000. For those of you who are able to submit your pledge by end of day Tuesday December, 17, you will be entered into a raffle drawing for one of four $25 Giant Eagle gift cards. Winnings can be collected any time before the end of school onFriday, December 20. What a great way to start your holiday break!
Thank you to all of you who have already submitted your pledges, and thank you to all of you who are so committed to helping SGWS provide the wonderful education that is known to us all as “The Waldorf Difference.”
December Hot Lunch
There will be only one hot lunch date in December – Tuesday, December 10. Pasta will be served; a complete menu and order form will be available soon. Hot lunch dates for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year will be announced by the end of December.
School Store News
Announcing Evening Shopping Hours:
Monday, December 9, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Please join us for wine and cheese, coffee and sweets, and a chance to win door prizes while leisurely shopping our overflowing shelves. This is perfect for grandparents, parents, and friends who cannot come in during regular store hours (no children, please). For your ease and convenience, you can pre-select items by filling out a “wish list” in the School Store that relatives and friends can use as a guide for their shopping. Kindly RSVP to Meredith Hansen by email or at (330) 725-4909. Please note that this event is subject to cancellation if there is insufficient interest.
Catalog orders are now in! Thanks to everyone for making our catalog party a huge success. Please stop by to retrieve your items, which are sorted and are being held on the green shelves beneath the windows in the store. We ordered many extra items for our shelves, including beautiful beeswax candles, yarn, colorful Grimm’s stacking toys, Uriel Aurum Lavender Rose Cream and cold care kits, many fantastic books, and Camden Rose Waldorf dolls. Plus, we still have two clearance tables full of deeply discounted games, toys, fleece hats and neck gators, yarn, and crafts.
There is a Survey of Waldorf Graduates Phase 2, by Douglas Gerwin and David Mitchell, Full Study Here, published by The Research Institute for Waldorf Education. We recently read the 2007 study and thought our parents would find these pieces of information particularly interesting.
Profile of a Typical Waldorf Graduate
- Majors in arts/humanities (47%) or sciences/math (42%) as an undergraduate
- Graduates or is about to graduate from college (88%)
- Practices and values life-long learning (91%)
- Is self-reliant and highly values self-confidence (94%)
- Highly values verbal expression (93%) and critical thinking (92%)
- Is highly satisfied in choice of occupation (89%)
- Highly values interpersonal relationships (96%)
- Highly values tolerance of other viewpoints (90%)
- At work cares most about ethical principles (82%) and values helping others (82%)
Please join us in welcoming Kelly Plusquellic to the Spring Garden Waldorf School staff as Director of Development. Most recently, she worked as a Campaign Executive at United Way. Ms. Plusquellic also has a background in sales and teaching. We are excited to have Kelly bring her experience, enthusiasm, and passion for education to help connect our school with local businesses, foundations, and other organizations. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of South Florida.
Kelly lives in Akron, along with her husband Dave and their three children, Anna, Evan, and Addy. She is very excited to begin working with the faculty, staff, parents and children, and she sees the development role as an opportunity to make a difference. “I’m so very honored to be given the opportunity to work at Spring Garden. SGWS has been providing an education that fosters the cognitive, social, and creative development of children for more than thirty years. I look forward to increasing awareness, support, and funding so that we can continue to provide a Waldorf education to children in northeast Ohio for many years to come.”
If you see Kelly, please be sure and welcome her to our community!
- Book Study on Our Twelve Senses
- Early Dismissal - 2:00 p.m.
- NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday
- Advent Spiral – Volunteers still needed! Please email Julie Carpenter if you are available.
|Smiling faces from wall to wall!|
On Saturday our halls and grounds were filled with children’s laughter, uplifting music, the delightful aromas of tasty food, and the unique joy that accompanies our annual Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market.
|Hey Mavis rocked the house!|
Over 700 visitors from the school and the greater Akron community joined us for this delightful celebration. We are grateful to Lerryn Campbell for once again directing the monumental task of coordinating staff, volunteers, and outside vendors, to bring this delightful day together for all to enjoy. Lerryn has risen to this challenge for many years, and the wealth of love and good spirit she brings to the task is infectious.
|Cookie Fairies from the Class of 2014|
We’re also grateful to the many, many volunteers who helped set up Friday night, worked in the craft rooms, served in the kitchen, and stayed after the Festival Saturday to get the building back in order. The Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market is a shining example of how we can all come together — heads, hearts, and hands — to create a magical experience for one and all.
One of Spring Garden’s most beautiful festivals is approaching: Advent. The Advent Spiral Garden is a reverent, candlelit ceremony which takes place during the school day. Students enter the darkened gym, where a spiral pathway of fresh pine boughs has been laid with a large, lit candle at its center.
Each student walks to the center of the spiral with an unlit candle, lights their candle, and places it somewhere along the spiral path as they wind their way back from the center. With each student, the light grows to illuminate the room, reminding us of the eternal light within us and within all mankind.
Parent volunteers sing meditative song, often referred to as angel voices, to help add reverence to the event. Adult volunteers are also needed to help lay the spiral, carve the apples used for candle holders, and retrieve students to participate in this beautiful, solemn event.
Last week families received their pledge packages for this year’s Annual Giving Campaign, and already the pledges and donations are rolling in! We have 100% participation from our Board of Trustees, bringing us to 16% of our goal of $25,000. 100% participation from our entire community is important. We need everyone’s help because having 100% of families, faculty and staff donate is essential when we submit grant requests.
Not only that, but 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
- 12 skeins wool yarn
As Board President Karen Hodge noted in her letter, “We need your help to continue offering the Waldorf Difference to our community. Tuition and fundraisers cover the majority of costs of the outstanding classroom experience our children enjoy each day, but not all of it. The annual campaign bridges the gap. Truly, every dollar raised through the campaign benefits our children.”
Take a moment to make your tax-deductible pledge today. You can pay with check or credit card, or charge your donation in monthly payments through your MCA account. Drop your pledge card in the box in the lobby, or click here to make an online pledge today!