Grade School News

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

2nd Annual Moms Night at the Elks
All moms are invited to join us for our 2nd 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 7, 20144:00-6:30pm - Spa and Swimming ($10)6:30-8:30pm - Dinner ($25)6:30-11:00pm - ... 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 http://bit.ly/18jVi1T 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

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

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