Calendar & Events

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Coffee and Conversation Series

Free and Open to the Public!
Throughout the school year, we will be offering Coffee and Conversation on the last Wednesday of each month. Topics relating to Waldorf education will be presented by experienced faculty, with time for Q & A at the end of each presentation. Session times will vary between morning and evening to accommodate our community’s needs. We hope you can join us for one or all! If you have a topic you are interested in hearing more about, please contact Amy Hecky.

History Comes Alive!  History Curriculum and Approach for Grades 1 – 8
Wednesday, March 23rd at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
 

Royse Crall, experienced Waldorf teacher and SGWS current eight grade teacher, will present the path of the history curriculum in Waldorf education, how we approach bringing these subjects to the children in a meaningful way and at the right time developmentally so they can connect with their feelings and really relate to the lessons and the humanity behind the history.
Childcare will be available for the evening meeting for SGWS students ages 4 and up.
Morning Session (9 a.m.) Please register by clicking here
Evening Session (7 p.m.)  Please register by clicking here.

Parent Education

Simplicity Parenting – 3 Part Series
Join us as we experience a webinar series by Kim John Payne which breaks down his approach to Simplicity Parenting.
Kim John Payne, M.ED,  is the author of the #1 Best Selling book, Simplicity Parenting.  A consultant and trainer to over 200 North American independent and public schools Kim has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives key note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced and simple life brings.
Each date, we will watch the webinar together and then participate in a Q & A Session with Amy Hecky, Director of Admissions around the webinar topic.  Each session will last 1-1 ½ hours depending webinar length and discussion.
April 8th – 9 a.m. – “How to Create Real, Long Term Change in Your Environment”
April 15th – 9 a.m. – “How to Create More Rhythm and Predictability for Your Children (and You!)”.
April 22nd – 9 a.m. – “Bringing Them Along – How to bring family, extended family and friends along with you and you work with Simplicity Parenting in your home.
 
 

Coffee and Conversation Series

Woodworking: Are We Teaching the Children a Trade?
Wednesday, April 27th at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
 
Join Mr. Vargo, SGWS Woodworking Teacher and Master Carpenter, as he shares with parents and community the real focus of the woodworking program in Waldorf education.  This fascinating and thought provoking conversation will be sure to leave you with a deeper understanding of Waldorf education.
Childcare will be available for the evening meeting for SGWS students ages 4 & up
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Morning Session (9 a.m.) Click Here to Register
Evening Session (7 p.m.)  Click Here to Register

 

More About Our Annual Events

In the Waldorf tradition, festivals offer an important connection to the changing seasons of nature and the changing cycles of life. Children are encouraged to connect with the world around them and the rhythms found in nature and humanity.

The Rose Ceremony – Our First and Eighth graders are embarking on milestones in their school careers and we mark this important transition with our annual Rose Ceremony. Pairing young incoming students with their responsible eighth grade buddies, is a milestone for both young people in the pairing. The young children are entering a new phase in life — where schooling and community, away from parents, will support their budding sense of self, learning and individuality. The older children are entering into young adulthood and are ready to be leaders and guides in their own life and in their community.

Michaelmas – Our school hosts this celebration around the time of the autumnal equinox. St. Michael conquers the dragon using his star sword and represents external and internal strength. This festival has also been associated with harvest in the Northern Hemisphere.

Martinmas – Another traditional harvest festival, St. Martin, a patron saint of the poor and outcast, is celebrated by lighting and carrying lanterns to represent how St. Martin spent his life bringing light and warmth to those in darkness.

Pumpkin Walk –Spring Garden extends this theme of harvest and light in the darker days of autumn with our annual pumpkin walk. First the children create a hand carved pumpkin in school, then parents arrange and light them for the night-time walk. Our teachers also sit along the trail, dressed up and smiling to pass treats out to the joyful children.

Children’s Festival — Children adore this celebration. Spring Garden welcomes the greater community to experience our creative offerings – crafts, food, magical rooms, and fun activities can be experienced at our day-long celebration of family fun.

St. Nicholas – Still a treasured holiday in many European countries, St. Nicholas Day begins December 6th.  At Spring Garden, St. Nicholas brings the children simple gifts that they find in their shoes, left out in the hallway the previous day.  Many believe Santa Claus has his origins in this celebration.

St. Lucia– Celebrated primarily in Scandinavia countries,St. Lucia is celebrated by dressing a young woman in white with a crown of candles.  Like many celebrations of light this time of year, St. Lucy, as she is nicknamed, brings light to Sweden on it’s darkest day — December 13th .

Advent — Derived from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming,” begins near November 30th and is a period of waiting for the return of light – from Christ or the Winter Solstice. Spring Garden celebrates this holiday with reverence by having children sing as they walk in a spiral with candles.

Valentines – Children bring small cards for their friends, often homemade, and exchange them during a classroom celebration, run by their main lesson teacher.

May Day – Near May 1st we welcome spring, even if Northeast Ohio wants to stay chilly. We all hope for a warm sunny day, but go outside regardless and sing and dance around the May pole.