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This Week’s Events …

**Please note: The deadline for submitting artwork for the Silver Graphics fundraiser has been extended to Wednesday, October 16**

  • Monday, October 14
    • Joint Board/Faculty Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 15
    • Hot Lunch – Macaroni and cheese, hot vegetable, sweet potato biscuit, tossed salad, and fruit. A vegetarian salad plate is available upon request..
    • Guest Speaker Richard Dancy on “Raising a Spiritual Child in a Media Entrenched World  6:30 p.m. – This event is free, and free childcare will be provided for children ages 4 and up
  • Wednesday, October 16
    • Grade 5 Field Trip to Cleveland Botanical Gardens – 9:00 a.m.
    • Bookmobile
    • Silver Graphics artwork due to Parent Council reps

Mark Your Calendars …

  • October 22
    • Hot Lunch – Soft tacos with turkey and cheese OR no-cheese soft-tacos OR vegetarian bean and cheese burritos, brown rice, salad, and chips.
  • October 23    Bookmobile
    • Hearing and Vision Screenings – Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • October 24-25
    • Grade 7 Camping Trip to CVNP (a continued government shutdown may affect this trip)
  • October 27


Halloween on the Horizon

PumpkinOur annual Halloween Festival and Pumpkin Walk will be Thursday, October 31, at 6:30 p.m. Through the Waldorf curriculum, Halloween is embraced as a time to celebrate the fullness of life. In this gentle and nurturing celebration, students and their families walk through the grounds on a path lit by jack-o-lanterns carved by students. Please read the flier that was placed in mailboxes today (or click here to download a copy) for details on this wonderful Spring Garden tradition.

Pumpkin Carving — A Word from Ms. Petersilge, Handwork Teacher

The time is upon us for pumpkins and candles,
For carving up squash with great care,
And when jack-o-lanterns shine
By our children’s design
To the meadow they’ll go, all around in a line,
On All-Hallows we’ll visit them there!

On Monday, October 28, please send your child in Grades 1 through 8 to school with a hollowed-out pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern. (Early Childhood parents, please see communications from your child’s teacher regarding pumpkin carving in the nursery, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten classes.) If you are interested in volunteering to carve pumpkins with your child’s class that week, please email me at — we would love to include you in this festive activity!

AWSNA Accreditation Update

SGWS became a full member of AWSNA, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, in 2008. As part of the re-accreditation process which must occur every seven years, we have embarked on a year of self-study. This work includes reviewing all aspects of our organization, including philosophy, curriculum, programming, governance, employment practices, and our school community. Faculty, Board, Administration, and Parent Council are all participating in this self-study, which will result in a lengthy document that describes what we do, outlines our strengths and challenges, and identifies opportunities for growth. Truly, this year of self-study is an opportunity for our organization to become more grounded and unified in what makes us exceptional, as well as what is needed to strengthen us for the future.

In October 2014, an accreditation team will visit SGWS for four days to review, validate, and modify the findings from our self-study. The SGWS community can help support this effort in several ways, especially by providing feedback in our annual survey, which will be conducted in May of 2014. In the future we will be requesting assistance with other aspects of this process, including support in editing the final document, preparing the building for the visit, and welcoming the visiting team next year.

If you have any questions about this process, please see a member of our accreditation team, which includes Tracy Edwards, Hazel Emery, Michael Gannon, Edward Grimes, and Sarah Rossi.

Hot Lunch Help Always Needed!

Our hot lunches are always made from fresh ingredients right here in our school kitchen, and we are always in need of extra helping hands to prepare these nutritious, delicious lunches for our students. Please consider fulfilling part of your service contract hours by helping to prepare and serve hot lunches. You can sign up on the sheets posted near the parent mailboxes or by emailing Hazel.

Next Tuesday’s lunch is soft tacos — a labor-intensive student favorite. We’re hoping for many hands to make the work lighter!

SGWS Annual Auction – Save the Date!

The Spring Garden Waldorf School Annual Auction fundraiser will  be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Mark your calendars … this is an event you won’t want to miss!



Mardi Gras Bash Planning is Underway

Would you like to fulfill some of your contract service hours working on a fun project? Come help plan the Second Annual Akron Mardi Gras Bash! We need a team of four or five people who can help organize the event. This does not require many hours, and much of the work can be done from home. Please email Jennifer Myers to sign up. We need volunteers ASAP so the planning can begin!


Don’t Miss The Fun!

Click here to register today for Monster Dash, the 5K Halloween event that Benefits Spring Garden Waldorf School!

Monster Dash will take place at the Akron Civic Theater on Sunday, October 27, at 9:15 a.m. Costumed and non-costumed runners alike are welcome!

Immediately preceding Monster Dash is Trick-or-Trot, a family fun walk and opportunity for children to take part in the costumed fun! Trick-or-Trot begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is free through race day, or $5 on the day of the event. Click here to register in advance.

    Questions? Please contact Katie Greenwald at



2013 Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market

Planning is well under way for the annual Children’s Festival and Artists’ Market at SGWS!

  •          When: November 16
  •          Where: SGWS
  •          Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The theme for this year is “Peace Begins with One Head, One Heart, and One Hand.”

This event brings over 600 attendees to SGWS for a magical blend of creative activities, enchanted attractions, great food, amazing entertainment, and fabulous shopping. We hope you can join us!

Every class is involved, through their parents, in supporting this Festival. Watch for more information over the next few weeks.

Currently we are accepting vendor applications for the Artists’ Market. We request that all items sold at the Artists’ Market are handmade. Natural materials/fibers and old-fashioned craftsmanship are preferred. If you or someone you know is interested in participating as a vendor, click here to download the Vendor Application Formor contact the school office. Space is limited — please inquire ASAP!


Vision and Hearing Screenings

On Wednesday, October 23, vision and hearing screenings will be given to students in kindergarten and Grade 1. Please check your mailboxes for Vision and Hearing History Assessments, which should be completed and returned to Hazel by October 21.


School Store News

We are pleased to announce the upcoming dates for our second annual Catalog Party:

 Thursday, November 7          8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

                                                       3:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 8              8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

                                                    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 Stop in and make your selection from many catalogs featuring Waldorf-friendly toys, books, puzzles, candles, yarn, and much more!  Although it may feel early to make holiday purchases in November, we need time to get these items shipped (some from Germany) before school lets out for winter break.

By participating in this catalog party, you will …

     … have access to unique gifts not readily available locally

     … eliminate shipping costs

     … avoid long lines

     … receive special SGWS discounts on featured items

     … benefit SGWS, not those big-box stores or out-of-state retailers

Please encourage friends and family to participate, too! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, a chance to win door prizes, and a fun shopping atmosphere.





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