Grade School News

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

Winter Fair
Save the date for our 36th Annual Winter Fair: Sunday, December 7, 201410am-3pm  We are honored to invite you to our annual Winter Fair as we celebrate 35 years of Waldorf Education in San Francisco!  There are lots of fun things to do the entire day, including: Puppet shows, games and crafts Castle Quest - A challenge even for older Heroes! Fairy House and Cookie House Cake Walk Delicious food and drinks Plus, start your holiday shopping by finding unique, handmade gifts from... Read More

All School Skating Party
Thursday, December 18, 20146:00 - 7:30 pm  Embarcadero Skating Rink  Free for SFWS Community A gift to the community from SFWS Dads  Read More

Welcoming Remarks by Diane David, Kindergarten Teacher
Let’s begin with an activity that starts many a-morning in a Waldorf grade classroom: mental math. So raise your hand if you know the answer. If Waldorf education started 95 years ago, what year did it begin?  If I was born 30 years later, how old does that make me? (Now you have to give me some credit for exposing my age.) Lastly, if my first 4 children went through Waldorf education, 2 years of kindergarten and 8 years of grades, and my last 2 children went through 2 years of... Read More

Linda Thomas - Friday, October 24, 7pm
Creating Sacred Spaces so that our children may thrive co-sponsored by Rudolf Steiner College and Lifeways Friday, October 24, 7pm High School Campus  Free to the community Donations gratefully accepted.  Ms. Thomas’s lecture is the opening of a two-day conference on “Spirit and Health in Everyday Life.” Join us also on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to learn about Anthroposophic Medicine with Dr. David Gershan and Therapeutic Eurythmy with Maria Helland-Hansen.... Read More

Fairy Walk
Halloween draws near and Fairy Walk is almost upon us! Fairy Walk 2014 is October 25, 2014 Two entry times: 3:30pm and 5:00 pm (admission lasts 1 1/2 hours) Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 16th, in front of the grade school. Tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis. All tickets are $8, cash or checks only please (payable to the "SFWSPA"), children 1 and under, free.  Questions?Contact Stephanie ( Candace (candacetam@mac.... Read More

4th Annual Dads Night at the Elks
All dads are invited to join us for our 4th Annual Dads Night at the Elks Club! Parents Michael Nemetz and Rein Ratsep (Elks members) will host the community for spa, swimming, dinner and drinks. This has become a community favorite, as it allows dads of all Waldorf students the opportunity to connect in a casual atmosphere... networking allowed but not required.   Friday, November 14, 20144:00-6:30pm - Spa and Swimming ($10)6:30-8:30pm - Dinner ($30)6:30-11:00pm - Cocktails... Read More

by The Magic Lantern Marionette Theatre Sunday, October 5, 2014 9:30 am & 10:30 am $5 donation at the door for children 4 years old and up San Francisco Waldorf SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Streetbetween Broderick and Divisadero Click here for printable flyer Read More

3rd Annual SF Waldorf Golf Benefit
Sponsors:   Ana and Charles Migos  Tara Rota, Danny Coster, & Family Matt Every, PGA Tour Professional & FamilyBob Kroupa Painting John Tormey & Family Peter Carlstrom Wood DesignsCharles Neal Selections  Jeni Jesse Pilates Inbar Sarig, Manual Therapy Rutherfurd Family Elizabeth Carney, Zenheart Loretto Family Sunday, November 2, 2014 TPC Harding Park Golf Course99 Harding RoadSan Francisco, CA 94132(entrance off Skyline Blvd, near Lake Merced)... 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

35th Anniversary Party - Celebrating Monique Grund
In honor of Monique and her service to our school, we are Celebrating 35 Years of Waldorf Education in San Francisco! Games ~ Music ~ Food ~ Cake! Saturday, October 18 11am-4pm The Bandshell, Golden Gate Park The event is free.There will be an affordable lunch for sale. 11am-1pmEntertainment & Lunch 1-2pmHappy Anniversary & Retirement Celebration 2-4pmMore Music & Entertainment An entertainment extravaganza:   A feast offered by Chef Tony Castelluci:... 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 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

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