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Making a Case for an Endowment

In today’s ever-changing economic environment, the fiscal health of any organization has never been more important. Many in our community understand the critical role of Annual Fund and fundraising events to provide income that ensures the quality of our educational programs and daily operations.  While these provide funding for SFWS on a yearly basis, there is a significant need to ensure the long-term financial stability of the school. This source is called an endowment. Gifts to an... Read More

Family Folk Dance - Saturday, February 8th

All School Community Event Saturday, February 8th, 2014with Live Music & Dancing with Caller Erik Hoffman & Erik Thor and Hands Four San Francisco Waldorf Grade SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Street 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Pre-Dance Musical Jam.  Bring your acoustic instrument and warm-up with the band! 6:00 - 8:30 pm Winter Dance in the Dakin Hall. Learn contra, square and circle dances with dance caller Erik Hoffman. Erik is known for his jovial and... Read More

Announcing Dr. Caleb Buckley as Administrative Director

Dear Parents and Friends of SFWS,I am pleased to announce that the San Francisco Waldorf School Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the College of Teachers, has appointed Dr. Caleb Buckley as Administrative Director. For the past 10 years, Caleb has served as the Director of the Yuba River Charter School, a Waldorf-inspired school in Nevada City, CA. Dr. Buckley also co-founded, and was a history teacher at the Austin Waldorf High School in Austin, TX, where he served as a member of the... Read More

Waldorf and College: Interview with Andre Amarotico (Class of 2012)

by a 10th Grade Parent As our 10th grader begins thinking a bit about college, including the possibility of choosing a competitive university, I began to wonder what it would actually be like for her to attend one coming from a Waldorf education. I’ve enjoyed reading various alumni interviews that touched on life in college and beyond, so when I ran into 2012 SFWHS grad Andre Amarotico I asked if he would share his impressions after his freshman year at Stanford. He graciously agreed. After... Read More

The Season of Light

We all felt like summer might never end! There were plenty of warm, October days, and even into November there were weekends that just begged to be spent outdoors, soaking up the sun. With the time change, and the preparations and passing of Halloween and Day of the Dead, I started noticing all of the lights in the windows and ads and decorations in the stores, and realized that yes, the holiday season is coming toward us, faster than ever. I pulled out my phone and reminded myself to get... Read More

SFWS Harvest Family Dance- Enriching the Spirit of Community

This year's all school Harvest celebration - a "Harvest Family Dance & Dinner" held on Saturday, November 9th at the GS, drew a full house with ages ranging from 2 to 80+. Young children, teenagers, parents, teachers, and grandparents came together. Harvest themes of pumpkins and squash, hay bales with wheelbarrows, and maple leaves, along with live traditional music, transformed Dakin Hall into Dakin "Barn" for the evening. The festivities began with an 8th grade fundraiser - a delicious... Read More

In Sun Light and In Soul Light

Eurythmy Performance for 2014 by the San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pmWednesday, January 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com and San Francisco Waldorf Grade/High School officesadults $20 advance/$25 doorchildren $12 advance/$15 door Program previews the Troupe’s tour to Taiwan, February 13-22, 2014 From exercises in coordination and harmonious movement in the... Read More

Winter Concert 2013

Friday, December 6, 6-7:45pm  Please join us for an evening of music and song. All are welcome! Annunciation Cathedral 245 Valencia Street  San Francisco, CA 94132 Located between 14th street and Duboce st. Admission is free and we have plenty of room — bring your grandparents, neighbors and friends! There is NO PARKING at the church. PLEASE USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Muni lines 14, 22 and 49 stop very close to the church The M train is a longer walk but easy from the High... Read More

Winter Fair

We would like to thank everyone in the community for participating in the 35th Annual Winter Fair at San Francisco Waldorf School.  The crisp air, clear skies, and good cheer made this one of the loveliest Winter Fairs ever. Many thanks to everyone for helping make this such a successful community building and fundraising event.   Appreciations & Thanks Winter Fair would not be possible without the incredible volunteer effort from the school community. Thank you for all of the... Read More

Sports Basement Family & Friends Fundraiser Happy Hour!

Get ready for winter adventures Friday, December 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm Sports Basement, Presidio (across from Crissy Field)610 Old Mason StreetSan Francisco, CA 94129 Please drop by for: Relaxed social time with friends over complimentary beer,wine, and child-friendly drinks and nibbles 10% off your purchase AND 10% donated back to SFWS (5%more than usual) A chance to win a $75 gift certificate to Sports Basement justby signing in at our event. Great holiday gifts for the outdoor enthusiasts in... Read More

Turning Education on Its Head: A talk with Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D.

What Modern Brain Research Says About How Children and Young Adults Learn Tuesday, November 19   7:00 - 9:00 pm Free to the community Eurythmy Hall San Francisco Waldorf High School 470 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127  onsite parking available Recent neuro-scientific research shows that the brain behaves less like a “hard-wired” computer, more like a dense forest in which pathways appear through repeated use and disappear through neglect. The... Read More

Joseph Lacap (SFWS 2010), Physics Major

Joseph Lacap graduated from SFWHS in 2010 already knowing that he wanted to major in physics in college. Learning how the universe works has always been enjoyable for him and he loves knowing how and why things he uses in his daily life operate. He is currently studying at Beloit College in Wisconsin and is in his senior year. One of his main reasons for choosing Beloit was the excellent staff in the physics department. Last summer he did research at Bucknell University under the NSF’s REU (... Read More

2nd Annual Moms Night at the Elks

All moms are invited to join us for our 2nd Annual Moms Night at the Elks Club! Parents Michael Nemetz and Rein Ratsep (Elks members) will host women of the community for spa, swimming, dinner and drinks. This has become a community favorite, as it allows moms of all Waldorf students the opportunity to connect in a casual atmosphere... networking allowed but not required.   Friday, March 7, 20144:00-6:30pm - Spa and Swimming ($10)6:30-8:30pm - Dinner ($25)6:30-11:00pm - ... Read More

Symphony of the Soil screening

The Outdoor Classroom is excited to be co-sponsoring a screening of Symphony of the Soil a documentary by Deborah Koons Garcia at the Greater Good Food Film Festival. Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. This screening will take place at the Randall Museum on October 24, 6:30pm  Suggested donation range: $5 to $20. SFWS community members can request... Read More

World Café: a Multicultural Council Initiative

When: Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm Where: San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127 Evening Schedule:6:00 - 7:00 Arrive and enjoy hosted dinner and music together7:00 - 9:30 The World Café Bring your curiosity to learn more about who we are as individuals and how we can create a greater sense of inclusive community. The World Café is an intentional, conversational process that generates new ideas and explores possibilities... Read More

The Outdoor Classroom Initiative - Karmin Guzder

These remarks were made at the Grade School Back-to-School Night on September 9, 2013. Karmin Guzder is the fourth grade class teacher.We all know about and appreciate the strong environmental values which live at our school.  Many call Waldorf the organic education. It is not for superficial reasons, however – the rivers run deep. Living at the heart of Waldorf Education are two sources of inspiration for our work. One has to do with the social realm and the other with our profound human... Read More

Alumni Profile: Gregory Lowell (SFWS Class of 2006)

Gregory Lowell, (Class of 2006) is a forward observer with the 3rd Infantry Division of the US Army in Afghanistan. Forward observers are responsible for all indirect fire and the communication of battlefield intelligence. Soldiers who become forward observers require a high level of training and skill, both to work with high physical demands as well as the strategic and communications aspects of their role. Because of their strategic importance, they even require a security clearance.... Read More

Class Plays: Drama Helps to Answer the Important Questions - Mary Barhydt

At San Francisco Waldorf School, we don’t shy away from the big questions that children ask themselves, those questions that may never be articulated with words, but that nonetheless live strongly in each child’s soul.  “Who am I?  What is my place in the world?  What is my relationship to the people around me?” Through the study of History and mythology, and in the early years, the immersion in fairy tales and fables, the children learn how people through the ages have... Read More

Teaching Physics In A Waldorf School - Dr. Paolo Carini

I was attracted to Waldorf education when I discovered that the process of teaching science in Waldorf schools was much closer to the process of doing research than to the way science had been taught to me in high school. When one faces new territory in science it is important to keep an open mind to what nature is trying to tell you. New concepts are created out of a process of observation of phenomena in order to discover and formulate the so-called physical laws. Concepts need to remain... Read More

Dr. Johanna Steegmans: The Foundational Senses - Wednesday, October 9, 7:30pm

Dakin Hall, San Francisco Waldorf Grade School Free to the Community Join Dr. Johanna Steegmans’ for a talk about The Foundational Senses. The Foundational Senses, including the sense of touch, well-being, balance, and movement among others, are critical to the healthy development of children. The importance of these senses has always been fundamental to the Waldorf approach to the developing child and is becoming increasingly valued in many other views of and therapies for developing... Read More
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