Grade School News

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
Thursday, December 18, 20146:00 - 7:30 pm  Embarcadero Skating Rink  Free for SFWS Community A gift to the community from SFWS Dads  Parking is validated. 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 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

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

Integrating Art and Science in 7th Grade Chemistry
Tamar Resnick, Grade 7 Class Teacher Starting the Seventh Grade year with the study of combustion, during the first chemistry block, is an excellent way to capture the attention of twelve and thirteen year olds. Every Waldorf grade school student is familiar with that homely object, the candle. The sweet smell of melting beeswax, the warm golden glow of the flame, the flowing, twisting, upward curl of the “smoke fairies” rising from beneath the candle snuffer, are an integral part of the... Read More

From the Parent Association
PA meeting Wednesday November 6 at 8:30 am ONLY! No 6:30 pm meeting. Guest speakers: Gerhard Engel, Director of Strategic Planning and Finance, and Sheila Shroeder, Board of Trustees Finance Committee.Topic: school financial health and tuition expectations.In the Grade School Library SFWS Parent Association November Meeting Agenda Welcome Special Guest Speakers - See above (45 mins)A.     General financial situation of the schoolB.     Tuition and... Read More

Ostheimer Toy Sale 2014 - Orders Due Wednesday, October 22
10% discount for you on Ostheimer Toys20% goes back to the school On behalf of the SFWS Parents Association we announce the return of the Ostheimer toy sale! Once again, we can offer these enchanting wooden toys for your child at a 10% discount!  These are the beautiful wooden figures, silk scarves and decor seen in Waldorf classrooms. They are perfect for imaginative play, puppet shows, nature tables, as well as gifts for the upcoming holidays. They also make nice presents for your child’... Read More

3rd Annual Moms Night at the Elks
All moms are invited to join us for our 3rd Annual Moms Night at the Elks Club! Parents Michael Nemetz and Rein Ratsep (Elks members) will host women of the community for spa, swimming, dinner and drinks. This has become a community favorite, as it allows moms of all Waldorf students the opportunity to connect in a casual atmosphere... networking allowed but not required.   Friday, March 20, 20154:00-6:30pm - Spa and Swimming ($10)6:30-8:30pm - Dinner ($30, tip not included)6:30-... Read More

Fairy Walk - Thank You!
Thank you to all who participated in the Fairy Walk this year! Photos from this year’s fairy walk are at A heartfelt thank you to our fearless Co-Chairs Mari DiNardo and Candace Tam; our steadfast team leaders Paul Sabharwal, Kevin Rowney, Monique Duncan, Heidi Ostroff, Stephanie Lum, John Hoffsis, Therese Tuttle, Krista Loretto, Amber Isaacs, Michele Hoalduc Nguyen, Justin Ganz and Divo Brevik; and our generous donors Paul and... Read More

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

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