Grade School News

35th Anniversary Party - Celebrating Monique Grund
In honor of Monique and her service to our school, we are  of Waldorf Education in San Francisco! SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 18, 2014 11am - 4pm Location TBDSan Francisco, CA Monique Grund has been an inspirational leader for our community since the founding of our school thirty-five years ago. Please help us celebrate her retirement and the incredible community that she has fostered over the years. Read More

Bonnie Gale - Wednesday, October 22, 7pm
The Potential of Living Willow Structures in the Landscape(and the international movement for living buildings)sponsored by the Outdoor Classroom Committee  Wednesday, October 22, 7pmGrade School Campus Free to the community  Living willow structures (such as gazebos, tunnels, outdoor living rooms) have so much potential in the landscape. Structures are made from long, live (up to 12 feet) willow rods which are pushed into the ground and then woven. These rods then self root... Read More

3rd Annual SF Waldorf Golf Benefit
Sunday, November 2, 2014 TPC Harding Park Golf Course 99 Harding RoadSan Francisco, CA 94132(entrance off Skyline Blvd, near Lake Merced) Cost: Sliding scale, $150 - 300 Click here to register. Schedule of the Day 9:30am Registration11:00am Shotgun Scramble Format4:00pm Awards Ceremony at Lake Merced Boathouse Prizes awarded for Men's and Women's Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Hole-in-Ones. Prizes include brand new cars, rounds of golf, wine, beer, dinners, plane tickets, electronics,... Read More

Torin Finser - Monday, September 15, 3pm
A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School Monday, September 15, 3:15pmLocation: Grade School CampusFree to the Community  RSVP Here What does a healthy, successful school look like? Is it is all about measurable outcomes, test scores, and pass/fail grades set by the government? Can learning be quantified in short-term measurements or does real learning take years to manifest in a career or biography? All seem to agree that a healthy school is also a community and... Read More

Students Connect with Nature and Community
From hiking to rock climbing to kayaking, students of all ages enjoyed enhanced nature outings this year thanks to the school’s new Outdoor Classroom initiative. Parents and the community at-large also benefited from innovative educational programming, hearing lectures by renowned authors and attending documentary film screenings on environmental issues. Marking its first anniversary, the Outdoor Classroom builds on the school’s nature-rich curriculum, providing grants, teacher support, and... Read More

Finding Balance: Grade School Movement Education
by Justin Ganz, GS Movement Teacher Grade school Games and Gym classes are joyful and challenging: students juggle, ride unicycles, and throw javelins; they learn folk dances and gymnastics; they play all kinds of running and ball games. In addition to these classes, a variety of movement and outdoor activities are woven into the school day. For example, children stomp and clap the times tables to strengthen their capacities in math, or deepen their understanding of botany by studying the... Read More

Spring Night Thanks
Thank you, thank you, thank you Many thanks to everyone for coming to the Spring Night Benefit and participating in the online auction.  Spring Night is very important to the school as a community event and is the largest fundraiser outside Annual Fund.  We could not succeed without your involvement!   Also, the school would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who made donations of items, funds or volunteer time.  It is your support... Read More

Peter Pan
The 8th grade of 2014 presents peter Pan By John Caird and Trevor Nunn. Friday, May 22, 7:00pmSaturday, May 23, 2:00pmSaturday, May 23, 7:00pmSunday, May 24, 2:00pm Dakin Hall, SF Waldorf Grade School Campus2938 Washington Street @ Divisadero Muni lines 1, 3, 24. Limted street parking. Seating is limited. Advance ticket sales in the school office.$7 students / $10 adults / $25 family pack Click here for a full size poster. Read More

New Ports Ahead for Founding Teacher Monique Grund
Dear SFWS Community, In some ways this letter is one we could not imagine ever writing, and yet the time has come. Our beloved founding Kindergarten teacher, Monique Grund, will be retiring at the end of this school year. What an important transition for the school as well as a new adventure for her! Monique has devoted 35 years to SFWS, contributing with her colleagues to building it into the largest Waldorf school in the U. S. and a leading example of independent Waldorf education. Those 35... Read More

PA Used Children’s Book Sale – Final Sale of the School Year – Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:45 to 3:30
The last Book Sale of the school year is Tuesday,  May 13, 2014, 12:45 to 3:30pm, in the Woodshop.  We have hundreds of books just in time for summer reading. Come browse!  Consider sending your child to school with “book sale” money, $2 to $3 will get them just what they want, and  we would love to end the year by selling out.  Come shop and help us make this last sale of the year a success.  All proceeds go directly to the SF Waldorf Parents’... Read More

Humanities in the Waldorf Grade School
In light of Waldorf education, what do the Humanities mean? We offer our children a way to understand what it is to be human and a way to become more deeply human as they grow. This is embedded within the curriculum from the beginning of First Grade through graduation day. Everything the teacher says, does, and holds inwardly is a face-to-face learning with the children. Waldorf schooling is humanistic and draws from the humanities, even in teaching natural sciences. All subjects are brought... Read More

Martina Brimmer (Class of 2001), Small Business Owner
“My name is Martina and I am the owner of Swift Industries. And I am also the janitor and the bookkeeper. And I am a sewer. I am the person who runs errands and drops off deliveries… along with everyone that I work with.”  This begins the story (as told on www.builtbyswift.com) of how Martina Brimmer and her husband Jason turned their passion for bicycle touring and admiration for high quality handcrafts into a successful small business making bicycle panniers and touring bags. Swift... Read More

David Sobel: Whole Person Education - March 31, 7pm
Eurythmy Room, High School Campus Free to the community Somewhere along the way, much of environmental education lost its magic, its “wildly, gladly rejoicing together.” Instead, it’s become didactic and staid, restrictive and rule bound. A creeping focus on cognition and often fear has replaced the goal of exhilaration that once motivated educators to take children and older students outside. Educational philosophies that value immersion and play in nature offer another option for... Read More

Dr. Johanna Steegmans: Strengthening Life Forces in the Age of Technology - March 25, 7pm
Eurythmy Room, High School Campus Free to the community What are the essential ingredients to a healthy, vital family lifestyle? Dr. Steegmans will speak about cultivating and nurturing vitality, enthusiasm, and interest in life, learning and relationships in our modern world full of technology. Living a life in balance is essential to our future: ecologically, economically, and socially. How do we reconcile convenience, necessity, and freedom? How can we resolve to strengthen our vitality... Read More

Christof Wiechert: Loving Authority - Monday, March 17, 7pm
Dakin Hall, Grade School Campus Free to the community  How do we hold ourselves as parents? Christof Wiechert, a world-renowned Waldorf educator, will talk with us about the importance of developing the practice of loving authority as parents. Reminding us that it is not our job as parents to be our children’s peers or friends, he will talk about the importance of not overwhelming our children with the responsibility of too much choice. Christof will give us insights into the inner work as... Read More

Moss Green Princess
by The Magic Lantern Marionette Theatre Sunday, March 23, 20149:30 am & 11:00 am $5 donation at the doorfor children ages four and older San Francisco Waldorf SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Streetbetween Broderick and Divisadero   Read More

Grade School Foreign Language Program
We live in a vibrant, linguistically rich, globally connected metropolis where parents value foreign language instruction for their grade school-age children. They may recognize that with language acquisition comes cultural understanding, flexibility in thinking, and clarity of expression in both native and new languages. Foreign language instruction can also strengthen comprehension in seemingly nonrelated subject areas like mathematics. At SFWS, students gain a strong foreign language... Read More

Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2014
Join your favorite students to explore the curriculum and experience their school. High School (9-12) Friday, April 4 - 9:15 am to 11:30 am 470 West Portal (parking at school) Grade School (K-8)Friday, April 11 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm2938 Washington Street (valet parking) Please RSVP by March 28415.875.7212 or using the form below Fill out my online form. // Read More

World Café: Movie Night - "Cracking the Codes"
How To Deepen The Conversation On Race sponsored by the SFWS Multicultural Council  Saturday, March 8, 2014, 6:00pm to 9:30pm Evening Schedule:6:00 - 7:00 Hosted dinner and music7:00 - 9:30 The World Café - Movie and conversation At San Francisco Waldorf High School 470 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127 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... Read More

Town Hall 2014
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Town Hall Meeting. Please click here for a pdf of the PowerPoint slides. Read More

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