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World Café: a Multicultural Council Initiative

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm Where: San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127 This event is free, sponsored by our community Multicultural Council. Evening Schedule:6:00 - 7:00 Enjoy hosted dinner, wine and music together7:00 - 9:30 World Café – Rotating, small round-table discussions The World Café is an intentional, conversational process that generates new ideas and explores... 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

Stern Grove Assembly, September 27, Parents Welcome

Parents are warmly invited to a morning of activities at Stern Grove on Friday, September 27. 10:00am - 11:00am: Parent Social with coffee & refreshments11:00am-12:30pm: Assembly for Grades 1 - 12, followed by lunch (bring your own)1:00pm-1:45pm: Games for Grades 1 - 12 Beginning at 10am the school will host a community reception for parents with coffee and snacks from Raison D'etre Bakery.  As you are enjoying your coffee, grade school students will arrive via school bus and... Read More

Sports Basement March Madness supports SFWS

March Madness continues through this weekend at Sports Basement SF Waldorf School (part of SF Schools) is leading the pack! Each year, Sports Basement has a fun and friendly competition between non-profits throughout the Bay Area, modeled off the popular NCAA Basketball March Madness tournament.  During this time, they increase giving for the non-profit community to 10% (normally 5%), while customers continue to get 10% back.  If you need something for an upcoming field trip or just... Read More

Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2013

Join your favorite students to explore the curriculum and experience their school. Grade School (K-8) Friday, March 22 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm 2938 Washington Street (valet parking) High School (9-12) Monday, March 25 - 9:15 am to 11:30 am 470 West Portal (parking at school) Please RSVP by March 15 415.875.7212 or using the form below Fill out my online form. // Read More

Donate to Spring Night 2013

Thank you for your interest in donating to San Francisco Waldorf School's Spring Night Benefit Auction! The Online Auction is April 17 - May 1. The Silent/Live Auction and Benefit is April 27. Online Donation FormPrintable Donation Form If you are making the same donation as last year, please use the Repeat Item Donation Form. Thank you for the generous support which enables us to continue our service to our students and families—and thank you for being a part of our community! Many in our... Read More

Christopher Evart (SFWS 2006), Technical Animator, Life of Pi

Christopher Evart, currently a Technical Animation International Supervisor at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles, California is part of the team that has recently received an Academy Award Nomination for their work on Life of Pi. Chris attended San Francisco Waldorf School from kindergarten through high school. Chris started working at Rhythm & Hues a couple of years ago, right after completing his BA at Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale. While he learned the whole process... Read More

Tyler Iorillo (Class of 2010), Artist

When director Kelly Lacy (SFWHS Theater Program and Humanities teacher) wanted to give the high school’s production of Oliver! a more contemporary urban feel, it occurred to her to reach out to alumni Tyler Iorillo to see if he would be interested in being involved. Tyler is a SF Waldorf “lifer” who started out in Kindergarten with Dagmar Eisele and graduated in 2010 from our high school program. He is currently pursuing a combined major in Urban Studies and Illustration at the New School in... Read More

Class Plays: We’re Not Just Playing Around Here

Plays and performance are an integral part of Waldorf education throughout the grades. They serve many purposes, demonstrating skills including music, linguistic understanding through recitation, and the visual arts with sets, props and programs. But plays and performances are more than just an opportunity to integrate art into the curriculum. They give the children an opportunity to meet themselves and each other through the stories and their social interactions. Class plays also allow the... Read More

Ed Kashi, Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age

Friday, February 8, 2013, 2:40 - 3:35 pmAll School Assembly - Eurythmy Room Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi will present a retrospective of his work documenting the social and political issues that define our times.  A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work.  Kashi's work has taken him from India, where a superhighway connecting the country’s largest cities symbolizes its economic growth, to Africa’s Niger... Read More

SFWHS to Present "Oliver!" in January at the Grade School Campus

Friday, January 18, 7pmSaturday, January 19, 2pm and 7pmSunday, January 20, 2pm Tickets on sale now at or in the school offices. Bring in a non-perishable donation for the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank and get a $1 discount! Additional food and financial donations for the Food Bank will be collected at all performances.* Buy tickets for Oliver! San Francisco Waldorf High School's production of the musical theater classic "Oliver!" is not what you might expect if you'... Read More

SFWHS Amnesty International Club: 2011-2012 Year in Review

Last year, SFWHS’s Amnesty International club experienced many changes: first, we had a change of leadership, then we formed a new partnership and increased our level of activism. These dramatic shifts led to one of our most successful years and we were very proud of what we accomplished.  First, the change of leadership went to a junior student who had formerly served as the club’s vice-president in the 2010-2011 school year. Then, the new president changed the name of the club to the... Read More

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (Class of 2003), violinist

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (Class of 2003) attended SFWHS for two years while his family was in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He now sits in the fourth chair of the Philharmonia Orchestra, under the direction of Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.  They recently played three performances at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus in November. Although Nathaniel only attended SFWHS for two years, he considers them “two of the most enriching years of my life, and I will always... Read More

Winter Fair Merchants

If you missed the Winter Fair or want to follow up with a vendor, please contact Seraph White at for vendor contact information. Red Circle8th Grade Coffee & Baked GoodsSanta Cruz GoldFebe’s JewelryHarmaniSFWS FacultyWreath Sales  4-Car GarageInflorescenceHannalah DesignsTurner’s Toys Whitley DesignsDivina CollectionTree SalesWreath Sales   WoodshopAfter Fair Greenery Sales  Kindergarten 2 (K2)Sophie’s MarketOf Maine WoodTruth’s... Read More

Cameron Washington (GS Class of 1994), Music & Film Producer

Cameron Washington, a member of the SFWGS ‘94 for 6 years, returns to SFWS this year as a Nursery parent. He is the founder of Russian Hill Projects (, a film and music production company, and is an award-winning filmmaker, music producer and musician. Cameron started in Kindergarten with Monique and continued in the grade school through fourth grade with Mrs. Ricketts after which he left for a year of homeschooling followed by public school. He says... Read More

Tzaddi Thompson (GS Class of 1988), Lawyer

This September, San Francisco Waldorf School is happy to welcome more former students back as parents. Tzaddi Smith Thompson, parent of kindergartener Dominic in K2, was a member of our first grade school class. She is currently a labor lawyer at Nixon Peabody. Tzaddi and her husband David Thompson also have a younger daughter Mieke.Tzaddi joined her class (SFWGS ‘88) in first grade, when the school was made up of only two classes - kindergarten and... Read More
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