Tuesday Note Week of September 24th

578366_10151050376037539_1053995028_nMichaelmas Schedule Reminders – 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.


School Store News

The School Store will be open before the play from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Stop by and grab a hot cup of freshly-brewed coffee ($2.00 for an 8-ounce cup) or tea ($1.75 a cup) and browse our selection of Waldorf-friendly toys and games, crafting supplies, seasonal decorations, beeswax candles, and more! The Store has many Michaelmas and fall-themed items in stock, such as swords, gold crown paper, fall cards, and fall-themed books. The Store also has a limited number of 2012-13 School Yearbooks left. For $20, all the wonderful photos and priceless memories can be yours. Yearbooks are a great way to get to know other faces from around the school.


Save the Date for A Very  Special Event:

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 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.


In Case You Missed It Last Week …

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 Are Ready for Viewing

Photos taken last week have been posted and are ready to view. To view and order photos:

 Once you are in, there is a rollover button in the top left corner called “categories” — this is where each grade’s photos can be found. Touch-ups and edits are done only by request and are generally free of charge. All packages include a class photo — if you order a package, you will automatically get a regular class photo with your order. “Silly” class photos are available for purchase.

Retake day is Thursday, October 3. If you wish to have your child’s picture retaken, please let the office know.

The ordering deadline is Sunday, October 7. After October 7, photos will still be available, but prices will increase and you may have to pay to have photos shipped to your home. Photos ordered by October 7 will be delivered to the school approximately two weeks after the deadline.


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!


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.

Meet Our Aftercare Specialists

We often overhear the following plea at dismissal: “Mom, can I please go to Aftercare today?” The success of this popular program depends upon our dedicated, fun-loving staff of Aftercare Specialists.

Tori Bolanz is a familiar face at SGWS. She worked here as an Aftercare Specialist while attending the University of Akron, and now she is in a dual role as both an Extended Care Lead Teacher and an Aftercare Specialist.

Olivia Moss began as an Aftercare Specialist mid-year last year, and she has returned this year. Olivia is an SGWS alumna and is currently a student at the University of Akron.

While Tori and Olivia are our regular Aftercare Specialists, we also rely on Kevin Dies, SGWS parent, and Irene Chlysta, former SGWS teacher and alumni parent, to round out our Aftercare team. Kevin and Irene fill in gaps in our Aftercare program when Tori or Olivia can’t be here.

2013-14 Community Directories Now Available

Please see your Tuesday emailed note for a PDF link to our directory.

Silver Graphics — Coming Soon

The Silver Graphics Artwork Fundraiser is back again this year, sponsored by Parent Council.  Check your mailboxes this week for information.

SGWS Lending Library

The Lending Library, located inside the School Store, has expanded due to the receipt of many donations over the summer. Most books and magazines have a Waldorf theme. Please stop in and browse! If you find an item you would like to borrow, simply complete the card in the back pocket and then place it in the white check-out box. Upon returning the item, please return the card to the pocket.


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.

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.


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