Grade School News

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

A Culture of Gifting
There are three indications of real generosity: To remain steadfast without resisting, To praise without the emotion of generosity, And, to give before being asked. —Maaruf Karkhi  There is no community without gift and gifting. The acts themselves may not be visible, they may not have names, they may elude materiality, and yet, we depend on them for our very existence as givers and receivers. Warmth, recognition, love, care, and sometimes money—these are the bearers of... Read More

Dorian Jamal Cool (Class of 1995), International Law
Dorian Jamal Cool (Grade School Class of 1995) recently graduated from law school at University of San Francisco, where he qualified for the honors International and Comparative Law certificate. Jamal is particularly passionate about international criminal law in the context of societies transitioning from mass atrocity events, and looks forward to a career in both litigation and policy formation in this rapidly evolving legal area.  Jamal returned to law school in his mid-twenties after... Read More

Thoughts On Giving
by Jeanette Cool, Alumni Parent and Executive Director of The Sam Mazza Foundation  The word ‘philanthropy’ unfolds into a simple and beautiful definition — the love of people — and yet that love that requires an action: giving, helping, easing, improving, and creating.  As a child growing up on a farm in very rural Nebraska, “philanthropy” was all around my family — sharing garden produce with others; bringing labor to a fellow farmer who had fallen ill, helping a family less... Read More

Room to Grow: The Architecture and Design of School Spaces
By Laurence Jaquet and Kim Hopper At San Francisco Waldorf School, the built environment — our buildings, classrooms, and outdoors spaces — is a reflection of our character, community, and curriculum. Each of these spaces, from the nursery through the high school, is designed to support students in their education and their growth, just like the subject material and the teaching approach.  The interior classrooms of the early years are homelike and compact in scale. Active nursery and... Read More

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

Used Children’s Book Sale, – Tuesday, February 11, 2014
12:45 to 3:30 sharp in the Wood Shop  The next Parent Association Used Book Sale is Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at pick up 12:45 through 3:30pm sharp in the Woodshop. Browse through hundreds of wonderful books appropriate for children of all ages, picture books, early chapter books, novels, fiction, non-fiction, as well as books on parenting, cooking and crafts.  All books are donated by families in the school community and all proceeds go directly to the SF Waldorf Parents... Read More

Crafting for Community
Community Crafting Series Handwork and crafts have been taught since the founding of the first Waldorf school. From learning to knit in the first grade to using a sewing machine in the 8th grade, our children connect their hands and their hearts through the creativity and usefulness of crafting. The invaluable lessons of handwork apply to our children and to ourselves as parents. The desire to create is strong within us all, and an outlet for the expression of ideas and ideals that is essential... Read More

Civil Rights Activist and Author Melba Pattillo Beals
to address grades 7, 8, & 9 at the GS On Friday, January 31, 2014, Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, civil rights activist, author, and educator, will speak to the students in grades 7, 8, and 9 at the SF Waldorf Grade School from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm. Dr. Beals, author of Warriors Don’t Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High, will discuss her experience as one of the nine African American students, ''The Little Rock Nine'', who braved... 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

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: 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

Used Book Sale
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:45 to 3:30 in the Wood Shop   - The next Parent Association Used Book Sale is Tuesday,  January 14, 2014, at pick up 12:45 through 3:30pm in the Woodshop. - Browse through hundreds of wonderful books appropriate for children of all ages, picture books, early chapter books, novels, fiction, non-fiction, as well as books on parenting, cooking and crafts.  All books are donated by families in the school... Read More

All School Skating Party
Monday, December 16, 2013 6:00 - 7:30 pm  Embarcadero Skating Rink  Free for SFWS Community A gift to the community from SFWS Dads  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 13, 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

Grade School Steering Report (GSSC)
As August came to a close, the classrooms suddenly filled with the energy and enthusiasm of our students.  Since the first days of school the days and weeks have passed quickly and suddenly we feel the first autumn chill.  Throughout the school year the Grade School Steering Committee (GSSC) meets every Thursday afternoon afterschool to hold the pedagogical working of the school.  The current members include: Mary Barhydt, Diane David, Dagmar Eisele, Corinne Fendell, Monique... Read More

From the Grade School Parents Association
** New this year ** Special Guest Speaker series! We start off each monthly meeting with an exceptional guest speaker on a topic of great interest to the community. Upcoming agendas and minutes for prior meetings are available in the weekly bulletin. Hard copies available in the office. Prior special guest Speakers: In September, Craig Appel, president of the Board of Trustees, met with parents to discuss the new governance framework, including the role of the newly formed Administrative... Read More

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