Grade School News

Harvest Family Dance - Saturday, November 9th
All School Community Event Saturday, November 9th, 2013Live Music & Dancing with Caller Erik Hoffman & Erik Thor and Hands Four San Francisco Waldorf Grade School 2938 Washington Street 5:00 - 5:45 pm Pre-dance dinner social hosted by the 8th grade class.  Join us for a light dinner of soup and salad. 6:00 - 8:30 pm Harvest Dance in the Dakin Hall. Learn contra, square and circle dances with dance caller Erik Hoffman. Erik is known for his jovial and inclusive... Read More

World Café: a Multicultural Council Initiative
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm Where: San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127 Evening Schedule:6:00 - 7:00 Arrive and enjoy hosted dinner and music together7:00 - 9:30 The World Café 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 process that generates new ideas and explores possibilities... 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

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

Gloria & Stephen Decater: "Biodynamic Farming / Farm-based Education" - Monday, October 7, 7:30pm
Parent Education Program provided through the Outdoor Classroom Initiative Monday, October 7, 7:30pmDakin Hall, San Francisco Waldorf Grade School Free to the Community In this presentation, the Decaters will explore both biodynamic farming principles and how their practical experience on a farm have provided educational opportunities for nearly three decades to students of all ages. Through their educational program, students encounter and begin to form a relationship with the earth’s... Read More

The Outdoor Classroom Initiative
The San Francisco Waldorf School is pleased to announce the creation of a new school-wide initiative: The Outdoor Classroom. Inspired by the work of Richard Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and the Nature Principle, our program is part of an international movement to connect students with nature.  As our field trips and curriculum demonstrate, Waldorf pedagogy has reverence for nature at its core. Our... Read More

Registration open for Fall Parent-Child Classes
The SFWS Parent-Child Program warmly welcomes parents/caregivers and their very young children to join us for a Fall Work and Play class!  Registration is now open for SFWS's Parent-Child Program for parents with young children.  CLICK HERE for course descriptions and to register.  New classes include Autumn Toys (Thursdays 2:30 to 4 pm) and Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill (Fridays 9 to 10:30 am) for parents w/children up to age 4. Please tell your friends who are interested... Read More

Mashenka and the Bear
by The Magic Lantern Marionette Theatre Sunday, June 2, 2013 10:30am Only one public* performance! $5 donation at the door for children 4 years old and up San Francisco Waldorf SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Streetbetween Broderick and Divisadero *11:30 performance is for incoming families and mentor families only Read More

8th Grade Play: Alice in Wonderland
Tickets are on sale now in the office. Remaining tickets will be on sale at the door, but please buy your tickets in advance to avoid being turned away at the door of oversold shows. $6 all ages$20 family tickets*  *admits 4, at least one must be an adult and at least one must be a child 14 or under.  This weekend only!!! Friday, May 17, 7pmSaturday, May 18, 3pmSaturday, May 18 7pmSunday, May 19, 2pm Come join Alice on her journey through Wonderland where she has ended up... Read More

May Faire & Field Day
Sunday May 4, 20149am - 3pm Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park (John F. Kennedy Drive at 30th Avenue) Schedule For The Day: 9:00 - May Faire Crown and Seed Ball Making 9:45 - Marionette Show 10:10 - May Queen Arrives 10:25 - Morris Dancers 10:45 - May Pole Dancing     12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch ($5, hamburgers, salads) 12:30 - Fresh Strawberry Shortcake ($5) an 8th grade fundraiser                 1:00 - 3:00... Read More

The Mermaid Princess
World Premeire by The Magic Lantern Marionette Theatre Our early childhood teachers unveil a brand new Marionette show, "The Mermaid Princess," set in the kelp forests off the California coast. Sunday, September 22, 2013 9:30 am & 11:00 am $5 donation at the door for children 4 years old and up San Francisco Waldorf SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Streetbetween Broderick and Divisadero   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

The Healing Power of Story with Susan Perrow
An evening talk with Storyteller Susan Perrow for parents and professionals Stories can strengthen, give hope, enthuse, inspire, soothe … some stories can even heal!  In managing children’s behavior a therapeutic story, through the use of metaphor and imaginative journey, can help shift an ‘out of balance’ behavior or situation back into wholeness or balance, and help build emotional resilience and character. In this event, examples and techniques for writing healing (‘medicinal’) stories... Read More

San Francisco Waldorf Moms' Night Out, Friday, March 8
WHAT: A Night out of Fun, Sauna, Socializing and Dinner WHO: All Waldorf Moms - sliding scale entrance fee  WHERE: Elks Club San Francisco 450 Post Street - 3rd Floor - above Kensington Hotel.  (Spa in basement.) Friday, March 8,  4PM to 11PM4PM - Gym/Spa6PM - Cocktails7PM - Dinner8PM - Socializing Note: In past events parents thought the Salt Water Swimming Pool, Dry Sauna and Steam Bath was the best part of the event. Co-Ed facility so wear your swim suits ;-)   ... 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

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

Rumpelstiltskin
by The Magic Lantern Marionette Theatre Sunday, February 3, 2013 10 am & 11:30 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

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