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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

Paige Whiteside, (SFWS 2003), High School Mentor

SFWS: Can you talk about your experience since graduating from high school? Paige Whiteside: Upon completing SFWHS in the third graduating class, I was fortunate to attend Willamette University in beautiful Oregon. I immersed myself in my interests - psychology and creative arts - and fell in love with school on many levels. After four years, a thesis, and a lot of pizza deliveries I was more than ready to return to the beloved Bay Area and get my hands dirty. I experimented with several jobs... Read More

Gabe Goldthwaite (Class of 2005) - Building Community with Great Food

From curry to sliders to crème brûlée, San Francisco’s food trucks offer diners on-the-go delicious and affordable lunchtime options. They are also at the epicenter of a movement that brings together sustainability, community, and economic empowerment. The city’s largest operation, Off the Grid, describes itself as “a roaming mobile food extravaganza with free sides of music, craft, and soul.” There you will find alum Gabe Goldthwaite (SFWS ’05), whose Off the Grid work has ranged from event... 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

3rd Annual Golf Benefit - A Great Success!

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 TPC Harding Park A warm thanks to everyone who participated in the 3rd Annual SF Waldorf School Golf Benefit! It was a perfect day at TPC... Read More

Douglas Gerwin - Tuesday, October 28, 7pm

Hands-Free(d) Learning: Education as a Path Towards Wisdom  Tuesday, October 28, 7pm High School Campus  Free to the community  Education can all too easily become preoccupied with efficiency, productivity, and results. In an effort to prepare students, such results-based approaches treat learning as a means to an end, turning schooling into training and emphasizing information and knowledge at the expense of insight and creativity. We will explore how educators and... 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

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

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, 7pmHigh 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... 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

"March" with Congressman John Lewis, 9/20, 2pm

The San Francisco Waldorf High School Lecture Series presents: "A Champion for Civil Rights on the Continuing March for Equality" with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Andrew Aydin, Congressional Aidemoderated by Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism  Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2 PMCalvary Presbyterian Church2515 Fillmore StreetSan Francisco Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is an American icon, one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement.  His... 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

Nick Neumann (SFWS 2008), Documentary Filmmaker

With a duffel bag of camera equipment and a one-way ticket to Rio de Janeiro, budding documentary filmmaker Nick Neumann (SFWS 2008) and two travel companions will “embark on an epic journey around the world” in June called “Breaking Borders”. Part film project and part travel adventure, the team will chronicle the trip for their webtv series, and explore social, political, and human interest story ideas along the way.  Nick is joined by photographer and fellow alum Walker Dawson (SFWS... Read More

Waldorf Athletics: A Personal Perspective from Josh Allain, Assistant Athletics Director

I arrived at San Francisco Waldorf High School as the Head Baseball Coach in 2011, overjoyed by the opportunity and the positive school atmosphere. I had no idea that becoming a part of this beautiful community would change the course of my life forever and help to shape my philosophy towards athletics and child development as a whole. Growing up as the son of a coach, I looked at athletics from multiple viewpoints. The discussions my father and I would have on our way home from practice and... Read More

Moving with Purpose: Physical Education at the High School

~ Kim Hopper with John Jackson, HS Math and PE Faculty Like other subjects at the high school, the physical education/movement program works to support students’ growth and development and deepen their understanding of themselves and their place in the world. It’s an integrated approach in which the value of movement goes well beyond our culture’s emphasis on exercise. Of course, exercise and fresh air are an essential part of the school day, and our students get plenty of these. Through... 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
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