Tuesday Note:  August 4, 2020

Parent Update and Survey
"Dugnad" (pronounced doog-nahd); is a Norwegian cultural tradition where community members work together for a common goal, for the greater good of all.  We find this term fitting as we all work towards the common goal of navigating this health crisis while being able to provide Waldorf education for many years to come.  The strength of our school lies in the strength of our community and this is most evident in a time of crisis.
Our school reopening plan is impacted by data trends in our local community. These trends can change on a weekly basis. The Task Force is monitoring the local data provided by the State of Ohio and Summit County Public Health closely. While our primary goal is to provide a safe environment for students, teachers, and staff to return to the school in person, the data may indicate that is not the best plan. Instead, the school year could begin with distance learning. We will keep you informed should changes in our plans become necessary.

In the current landscape, and with the knowledge that we will not be able to offer parents a choice between distance learning and in person learning, we would like to gather your feedback on our approach to reopening.  Please fill out the short survey below.  It will be open until Friday, August 7th at 11:59 p.m. 

The School Reopening Task Force will send out a communication midweek next week with our plan to either continue with in person learning for the start of the school year or start with a distance learning model.

Thank you all for your patience and support during this time.

Town Hall, August 12th, 7 p.m.

As we look toward the 2020-2021 school year, we understand that the transition back to school will involve challenges, complexities, flexibility, and a need for support. We also understand the importance of acknowledging and reflecting on the social, emotional, and economic implications of this crisis.
We invite you to join us for a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, August 12th at 7PM to answer  questions you have about Spring Garden Waldorf School related to the 2020-21 school year, financial aid, COVID-19, and more.  We strongly encourage all families to participate. 
We will be using Slido as a way for you to submit questions.  Please read below for details on how to use Slido. This tool allows for submitted questions to be voted up in priority by others who have the same question.  Please take time to read through what has already been submitted and upvote a question if it matches one you want to ask.   Slido will be open beginning on August 4th and will remain open until August 9th at 11:59 p.m. A panel of faculty, administration, and Board members from the School Reopening Task Force will answer the questions ranked highest in priority in the time allotted for the Town Hall.  Additional questions can be asked during the town hall and these will be answered in a written communication after the event. 
How to Participate:
Ask Questions:
Take Our Poll After The Event
  • Click the polls tab in Sli.do to answer our poll question
Attend the Meeting
  • Zoom meeting on Wednesday, August 12th at 7PM
  • During the meeting, you're welcome to have a second screen handy to engage with questions live on Sli.do (not required)

Work Day Sign-ups - Please Help if You Can!
We have expanded our sign-ups for our August Work Days!  Mr. Plevrakis needs a few extra helping hands to complete the outdoor tasks in need of attention.  Some of the work involved will be strenuous so please plan accordingly!

Click on the links below to sign up and get a head start on your service hours for the 20-21 school year.
August 8
August 19

SGWS Employment Opportunities 

SGWS is hiring for the following positions:

Early Childhood Assistant (am) / Extended Care Lead Teacher (pm): 
This combined position will work closely with an experienced teacher to deliver a Waldorf Early Childhood experience to a small group of students.  Our early childhood program will be held mostly outdoors this school year.  Morning responsibilities include assisting the lead teacher, setting up the classroom (indoor and/or outdoors), preparing snacks, and supporting the rhythm of the classroom. Afternoon responsibilities include leading the class through lunch, rest, snack, and outdoor play. Bachelor's degree required, Waldorf Teacher/Lifeways certification preferred. Work hours: Monday through Friday and from 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

Grades Assistant
Duties include assisting the lead teachers with class one activities during main lesson and subject classes to include reinforcement of lead teacher direction, working with students that need additional assistance, and guiding the class during transitions. Assistant will also supervise snack and recess periods for the first grade and other classes as needed. If distance learning is in place, assistant duties will shift to support teachers during live lessons or helping individual students as needed. Bachelor's degree and experience working with children required, experience with Waldorf education preferred. Work hours: Monday through Friday from 8:15 am-3:15pm.

Aftercare Specialist
Duties include providing after school care to students from Pre-K through Class 8. Applicants should have direct experience working with children, an education background and an understanding of Waldorf education. Work hours: Monday through Friday from 3:00-6:00 pm.

For all positions, submit resumes to learn@sgws.org, attention SGWS Personnel Committee.  Please specify the position for which you are applying.

SGWS Board Meetings
SGWS Board meetings are held on the second Monday of most months at 6:30pm via Zoom call. Please see this year's schedule below. Board meetings are open to any visitors (parents, guardians, teachers and staff) who want to observe the meeting. Please email
board@sgws.org to request the Zoom invite prior to each meeting.

August 10, 2020
September 21, 2020 (Third Monday)
October 12, 2020 - Joint Board-Faculty Meeting 
November 9, 2020
January 11, 2021
February 8, 2021 - Joint Board-Faculty Meeting
April 12, 2021
May 10, 2021
June 14, 2021

Spring Garden Waldorf School - The Waldorf School of Northeast Ohio
1791 South Jacoby Road - Copley, OH 44321
(330) 666-0574
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20-21 School Year

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