The Latest School News

This Week’s Events …

  • Wednesday, October 9
    • Grades 7 & 8 to Great Lakes Theater  – Departing at 8:30 a.m.
    • Walk Through the Grades – 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 10
    • Grade 6 Field Trip to Nelson Ledges – 12:45 p.m.
    • Parent Council Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 11
    • Silver Graphics artwork due to Parent Council reps
  • Saturday, October 12
    • Work Day – 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Mark Your Calendars …

  • October 14
    • Joint Board/Faculty Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
  • October 16
    • Bookmobile


News of Note …

Grade 4 Harvest Lunch: Handing Over the Garden

Each year, designing and planting a special garden (separate from the large garden in the east field) is part of the Grade 3 curriculum. Under the guidance of the class teacher and our gardening coordinator, Mr. Grimes, the garden is planted in the spring, and throughout the summer and early fall it is tended by students and parents working together.

When school resumes in the fall, the students who planted the garden — now in Grade 4 — continue to tend to this garden and harvest the crops they’ve grown. Then, with the help of parent volunteers, they transform their bounty into a delicious meal, which they serve to current Grade 3 students. This year’s menu included a butternut squash soup, a white bean soup with kale, tomatoes, and carrots, rolls made with locally sourced spelt flour, and local apple cider.

This lunch symbolizes the class “handing over the garden” to the current Grade 3, who will continue the cycle by planning and planting their own garden, using some seeds saved from the previous year’s harvest, when spring ripens the earth.


October Hot Lunches

Our October hot lunch dates will be the 15th and 22nd. On the 15th, students will enjoy macaroni and cheese served with a hot vegetable, sweet potato biscuit, tossed salad, and fruit. On the 22nd a student favorite will be served: soft turkey tacos or bean and cheese burritos, brown rice, salad, and chips. Lunch forms are always due the Friday before the hot lunch date. To download the hot lunch forms for October 15 and 22, click here.


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.


Guest Speaker Tuesday, October 15

Please join us on Tuesday, October 15, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., to hear Richard Dancy speak on “Raising a Spiritual Child in a Media-Entrenched World.” The event is free, and childcare will be provided free of charge for children (ages 4 and up) of SGWS families.


Alumni Performances at Firestone High School

The Firestone High School Choir, featuring Spring Garden alumni Zal Daneshgari, Jadon Brooks, and Hugo Christensen-Diehl, will be performing October 22, 2013, December 17, 2013, and May 20, 2014. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at Firestone High School in Akron; admission is usually $2.00. Firestone has some of the best high school choirs in the country — come out and see why!


Easy Ways to Support SGWS

Save those Acme receipts! The Acme fundraiser began September 21 and ends February 8 — only receipts from this timeframe are valid for the Community Cashback program. We receive 5% of the total Community Cashback amount at the bottom of the receipts, which counts purchases of Acme brands including Acme Fresh Market, Food Club, Top Care, Full Circle, ValuTime, Paws, World Classics, Academix, Domestix, and Electrix.

And don’t forget to keep saving and bringing in those Box Tops for Education, found on a variety of products. Points earned through Box Tops for Education are used offset the cost of office supplies and other essential items.

There is a collection box for Acme receipts and Box Tops in the lower grades hallway. Thank you for continuing to support these programs!


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 Form or contact the school office. Space is limited — please inquire ASAP!


School Picture Retakes Ready to View

Picture retakes are now available on the photographer’s website. Retakes will be available at the regular price through October 28, 2013, at which time prices will increase. To view these photos, please go to and click “events” in the upper right. The password is children. If you have questions about your photographs or how to order, please contact Nancy directly via email or at (330) 873-9692.


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.


Silver Graphics is Back!

Turn your child’s artwork into a cherished treasure or unique holiday gifts with the Silver Graphics Artwork Fundraiser, sponsored by Parent Council. To see samples of available products, check out the display on the glass case in the lower-grades hallway. To learn more about this fundraiser, click here. For more information about how to submit artwork and order products, check your mailboxes and watch your email.Artwork must be submitted by October 11, 2013.


Many Thanks

This past weekend, SGWS welcomed Mary Jo Oresti for a community lecture on Friday and a faculty workshop on Saturday. We’d like to thank Diane Miskinis for coordinating this educational weekend, and the Parent Council for sponsoring the community lecture and childcare for parents attending. Both events were well-attended, and on Saturday we also hosted teachers from the Cincinnati Waldorf School and the Urban Oak School.

We’d also like to thank Amy Fabre who has generously offered her home to host Mary Jo Oresti and Kathleen Young, a visiting mentor who spent a week observing and talking with teachers.


Many Hands

Volunteers are vital to SGWS, and we are blessed to have a community that supports our school in so many ways. There are many events requiring community support over the course of the year — the Halloween Festival, the Children’s Festival, work days, and so many more. If you are unsure how your talents can best be put to use to support the life of the school, or if you see a specific need that you can help fill, please talk to Tracy Edwards, Amy Hecky, or Hazel Emery. They can help you find a way to join your hands to the many others who strive to make our school a warm and welcoming place for all members of our community.


School Store News

The School Store is now open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons at regular pick-up time. If anyone would like to volunteer for Monday or Wednesday afternoons, please contact Meredith Hansen by email or call (330) 725-4909.

We are pleased to announce that we are now carrying additional natural health and beauty items. Soraya Wild, made by an SGWS parent, offers lip balm, chest rub, lotion, healing salve, mother’s milk tea, and herbal tinctures. Shannon’s Soap offers bar soaps and balms in scents such as lavender bud and oatmeal mint.





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