Tuesday Note Week of September 17

HappyGirlsMichaelmas Schedule – September 27

  • 9:00 a.m.   – Kite Flying – Miss Kathy’s Class
  • 11:10 a.m. – Kite Flying – Miss Olga’s and Miss Julie’s Classes
  • 12:45 p.m. – Kite Flying – Grades 1 – 8
  • 2:00 p.m.   – Early Dismissal (Aftercare is still
  •                        available until 6:00 p.m.)
  • 6:15 p.m.   – Students report to their classrooms
  •                        to prepare for the play
  • 6:30 p.m.   – Michaelmas Play

Parents, families, and friends are welcome to join us for kite flying! We do have kites available for students, but they are permitted to bring kites from home if they wish (no media images, please). Visitors can also bring their own kites. Weather permitting, the play will be performed on the outside stage. If the weather is foul, the play will be performed in the gym.


Important Reminders About Dismissal

  • Dismissal is the busiest time on the SGWS grounds, so we’d like to offer a few reminders to keep this busy time as safe as possible for students, parents, and teachers alike.
  • Please put your cell phones away before you pull into the driveway. The dangers of driving while talking or texting are well-documented, and we’d like to eliminate those dangers on school grounds. Your attention should be entirely focused on driving when you are on school grounds.
  • Please turn your radio down or off when you enter school grounds to support our peaceful and calm atmosphere.
  • If you wish to park in the west lot (adjacent to the meadow) but you arrive after 3:20, when cars in line for circle pick-up have begun to move into the circle, please do not pass and try to cut through the line. Please wait in the line until you reach the parking lot entrance.
  • While we encourage you to speak with your child’s teachers, dismissal is not an optimal time for lengthy or sensitive conversations. The First Grade and Second Grade teachers have dismissal duty daily, and while they can answer brief questions about how your child’s day has gone, their first priority during dismissal is to ensure the safety of all students waiting to be picked up. If you need to have a longer conversation with your child’s teacher, please park your car in the west lot (next to the Meadow) or by the Sportsman’s Club and wait until all children have either been picked up or taken to Aftercare.
  • Again, please remember that the speed limit on school grounds is always 5 mph. While we understand that there are moments when you are in a hurry to pick up your child, your scheduling needs should not supersede the safety of all students.


School Pictures This Week!

Photographer Nancy Williams will be returning to SGWS this year to take school pictures. The schedule for pictures will be:

           September 18: Grades 3, 7, and 8

           September 19: Miss Olga, Miss Julie, and Grades 4 and 5

           September 20: Miss Kathy and Grades 1, 2, and 6

Photos will be taken between 9:00 a.m. and noon. If you are available to assist with helping children move between their classrooms and the photo shoot, please let Hazel know.There will be a re-shoot date in early October. Instructions for viewing and ordering photos will be distributed after the photo shoot is complete.

A Visit to the Heirloom Apple Orchard

Join us for a taste of fall! Mr. Grimes invites the SGWS community to the Heirloom Apple Orchard at Stotler’s Countree Acres Fruit Farm on Saturday, September 28, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Directions and information can be found at www.stotlersorchard.com. It is highly recommended that children and adults wear long pants for this outing.

Spring Garden Student Dress Standards

As the new school year gets underway, we wanted to take a moment to remind you that SGWS does have a dress code. Click here to download the Student Dress Standards as outlined in our Parent Handbook. Please take a moment to review this. If you have any concerns, please discuss them with your child’s Main Lesson teacher.

Alumni News

SGWS graduate Aubrey Tingler was among a small group of Emory University students selected to participate in Emory’s Art and Social Engagement Project. Aubrey will work with an Atlanta artist to create an installation focused on prominent social issues. In addition to the installation, Aubrey and other participants will collaborate on a paper that describes the impact of the social issues addressed by the installation and how their art addresses those issues. For more information about Aubrey and our other amazing alumni, please visit our blog’s alumni section.

Curious about what Waldorf alumni from around the world go on to accomplish? Click this link to check out The International List of Famous Waldorf Alumni compiled by The Waldorfs, a private international initiative in Germany.

Special Thanks to ScanWorks

Over the summer we completed some major cleaning and reorganization in the office, and we’d like to thank ScanWorks for making our job easier by providing complementary scanning for our old student records. ScanWorks is a document scanning company owned by SGWS parent Deb Monaco. We appreciate having these files preserved while allowing us to free up our limited space! To learn more about ScanWorks, click here or call Deb Monaco at (330) 322-2988.

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!

Musical Instruments Needed

Another musical year has begun, and the music department is in need of a few instruments. If you have an extra flute, clarinet, or cello collecting dust in your house, please consider making a donation of the instrument to Spring Garden. It will go toward aiding Mrs. Carpenter and the students in the classroom.

Join the Festivals Committee!

Are you a party person and looking for an outlet for your talents? Consider joining the Festivals Committee at Spring Garden. The Festivals Committee helps school-celebrated events, such as Advent, St. Nicholas Day, and May Day, go smoothly. If you are interested, please email Julie Carpenter atjcarpenter@sgws.org.

School Store News

Did you know that burning beeswax candles produces negative ions, which clean the air of dust, mold, bacteria, and other pollutants? Beautiful Sunbeam beeswax candles are here! Stop in to see — and smell — our large selection of tapers, votives, pillars, and fun holiday shapes. Sunbeam Candles are made from 100% beeswax with eco-friendly dyes and unbleached, lead-free cotton wicks, and they have an extremely long burn time. In addition, our fragrance candles use only essential oils and smell wonderful without being overpowering.

Michaelmas Hours: For those who would like time to shop or purchase a hot beverage before heading outside for the Michaelmas play, the School Store will be open 30 minutes before the play starts. Be sure to stop in!

Mary Jo Oresti Visits SGWS

Mary Jo Oresti Visits SGWS     The Spring Garden community is invited to a presentation and discussion on Waldorf Education and the relationship between mind and movement on Friday, October 4, 2013, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. here at SGWS.

Mary Jo has been teaching children and guiding teachers in Waldorf education for over 30 years. She is a founding member of the Association for a Healing Education and has directed their Education Support Program since the mid-1980s. She has initiated publications and workshops to support schools and has been a guest speaker on the subject of Educational Support in many conferences and workshops.

This event is sponsored by the Parent Council. For more information, contact Diane Miskinis at dmiskinis@sgws.org or (330) 665-3506.

Don’t Miss The Monster Dash 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 atkgreenwald@teamhfa.com.

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