A Note from 

    

        February 19, 2013         


Our Teachers Continue To Learn 

      There are many ways that Spring Garden teachers stay abreast of trends in Waldorf education and expand their repertoires of tools and techniques for classroom use. One key component of this professional development activity is regional and national conferences. Last week, three of our teachers had the opportunity to attend conferences, and we wanted to share with you what they learned.  

      Kindergarten/Pre-K teacher Julie Gannon and Extended Care Lead Teacher Kathy Miller attended the annual East Coast WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) conference last Friday through Sunday, where they enjoyed the fellowship of hundreds of Waldorf early childhood educators.The keynote speaker, Renate Long-Breipohl, lectured on "The Education of Feeling," the feeling life of the young child from birth to 7 years and the child becoming a social and emotional human being. Renate provided an anthroposophical view while the young child moves through this area of growth, providing  us with an in-depth view which enables us to provide a nurturing environment for the young child to thrive. Many workshops were also offered, including a handwork workshop in which participants created a picture made from wool of Lady Spring and a lecture on the Forest Kindergarten and Outdoor kindergarten.

       Meanwhile, all last week Edward Grimes attended the Biodynamic Winter Intensive, which was both highly informative and deeply renewing. This year's focus for the Intensive centered around Earth, Air, Water, and Warmth; Goethean Science and Observation; the History and Evolution of Domesticated Animals in Agriculture; Plants; and Astronomy. It was a week of intensive, 12-hour days, but they were well-balanced and rich with information that has direct applications in the classroom and garden.

      We are always delighted to see our faculty and staff engaged in the kind of life-long learning we encourage in our students, and we are always grateful for the wisdom and knowledge they bring back to our community.      

 

The Jaguars Season Comes to a Close  

     All three teams -- Girls, 6/7 Grade Boys, and 7/8 Grade Boys -- saw their seasons come to a close this past weekend. It has been wonderful watching the teamwork grow amongst the students as they continued to improve their skills on the court and demonstrate their excellent sportsmanship.
     Please join us all in congratulating the 6/7 Grade Boys team, as well as Coach Moss, Coach Catalano, and Coach Brown, who finished in first place and won the CYO Diocese of Cleveland League Championship. We are proud of your hard work, perseverance, and sportsmanship!
  
Re-Enrollment Party
     Our annual Enrollment Party will be held on Thursday, February 21st from 9 a.m.- 3p.m. On this day, we will set up private meetings to help you complete enrollment paperwork for the 2013-14 school year.  Amy Hecky, Director of Admissions, Hazel Emery, Administrative Assistant, and Julie Marchetta, Finance Director will be available to walk you through the enrollment process for fall.
     We will provide catered food and refreshments for you to enjoy before or after your meeting.  Members of the Administration and Board will also be available to talk with you.
     Join us for this fast, easy, celebratory way to enroll for the fall.  If you are unable to schedule a time for this day, please contact Amy Hecky to set up a more convenient date/time.
     You must register for a time.  The sign up sheet is outside the school office.  Please contact Amy Hecky if you have any questions.
  
Welcome, Friel Family!

     Wylan Friel joined Grade 2 this week and his parents, Scott and Lisa, joined our SGWS community. Please give them a warm welcome!    

Akron Mardi Gras Bash - Final Update       

     Thank you to everyone who attended last Tuesday's Mardi Gras Bash at The Tangier. A good time was had by all ... and the event raised more than $1,000 for the school! As many of you know, this event was conceived, planned, and carried out by a group of parents working independently of the school, led by Katie Greenwald, Mark Little, and Jennifer Myers. We can't thank them enough for their thoughtfulness and dedication to the school.  
 

Class 8 Sweatshirt Sale         

      Time is running out to order your new SGWS hoodies! Class 8 students are currently taking orders for these zippered hoodies featuring the new Spring Garden Waldorf School flower logo. Available in a variety of colors, in youth sizes small through extra large ($25.00 each) and adult sizes small through 5X ($35.00 each). We currently have adult sizes small, medium, and large in Carolina Blue available for immediate pick-up, but if you want something different, order forms and color/size charts are available in the main lobby. The last day to place your order is Friday, February 22. Don't let this fashion trend pass you by ... place your order today!        


 

Annual Auction Fundraiser April 20, 2013   

Buy your early bird tickets today and SAVE THE DATE!

     Our 25th Annual Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, April 20th at the beautiful Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn.

     Our theme is Coming Together - heads, hearts, and hands. It is important for us to come together during these difficult economic times and keep in mind that the children are our future.

     Thanks to the overwhelming support of local businesses, SGWS families, and community members, our 2012 annual benefit was an overwhelming success. We hosted a crowd of 225 people which helped raise more than $50,000. With your support, we can reach our goal for 2013.

      Tickets can be purchased online at https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2013/register.

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"We can accomplish our work only if we do not see it as a matter of intellect or feeling, but, in the highest sense, as a moral spiritual task."
-Rudolf Steiner