Grade School News

Circus with Mr. Ganz
Grade school games and gym teacher Justin Ganz will be leading the circus program after school this year for SFWS students in grades 3 and up. Justin has always had a passion for circus arts and is very excited to expand aspects of this after school offering. He will be joined by Cynthia Rauschert and Marina Karadjieva (bio's below) who each bring a rich teaching and circus arts’ backgrounds to the program. Classes will be focused on the following areas: Aerial and Ground Acrobatics- silks,... Read More

New Parent Tea
Wednesday, August 29, 20128:30 - 10am All parents in nursery through Grade 8 are invited to celebrate the start of the school year together.  Enjoy a social hour and coffe, tea, and treats after drop off in the Dakin Hall Foyer. Read More

A Teacher’s Perspective: The Sound of Silence
“The summer winds are blowing across the sea in gales The ships are outward going, the wind is in their sails They are so swift and free.....” In a week, the grade school students and faculty will gather in Dakin Hall and sing those words in our final song of the year. The winds have been blowing for a while now, coming in waves of excited conversation at recess, between classes, and sometimes in transitions between activities in our lessons. We all love school, and we all love that feeling... Read More

Bike-to-School Day
Thanks to a group of dedicated parent bicyclists, we had a substantial number of students participating in National Bike to School Day on May 9. Several teachers offered their garage spaces to house all the bikes, and parents Susan Robinson and Dennis Budd (grades 2 & 4) created a logo and individual bags for the children with donations from the San Francisco Bike Coalition and Clif Bars. We appreciate these efforts to promote alternative transportation to... Read More

Jeston Lewis (Class of 2008), Music Producer
On a bright afternoon in mid-May, Jeston Lewis, SFWS Class of 2008, came by the high school and grade school campuses to visit old teachers.  He had just graduated from Stony Brook University in New York and was briefly back in the Bay Area seeing family and friends and getting ready for a cross-country drive to Rochester, NY where he will embark on his post-college career. Jeston graduated from Stony Brook with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies... Read More

Pimpernel
A tale about a little fellow,no bigger than a thumb. byThe Magic Lantern Marionette Theatre Sunday, June 3, 201210:00am $5 donation at the door San Francisco Waldorf SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Streetbetween Broderick and DivisaderoSan Francisco One performance onlyNo need to RSVP Read More

Natural Dye Workshop with Rebecca Burgess
Sunday, June 10 9:30-3:30. At our HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS (470 West Portal Avenue). Ecological Artist and Fibershed founder Rebecca Burgess will lead  a day long exploration in native plant dyes. Come and meet  the deep orange, sage-like greens, and sunny yellows that are offered by the native and naturalized plants of our region. Learn everything from harvesting to preparing local fibers to producing beautiful textiles with natural color from the California chaparral ecosystem.... Read More

Spring Night Report & Thanks
Event Report Thank you Fund a Need Save the Date - April 27, 2013 Financial Success Klean Kanteens for sale Photo Galleries Feedback Thank you, thank you, thank you   Thank you to everyone for coming to the Spring Night Benefit and participating in the Online Auction.  Spring Night is very important to the school as a community event and is the largest fundraiser outside Annual Fund.  We could not succeed without your... Read More

SFWS to Participate in First National Bike-to-School Day
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 May 9, 2012, is the first National Bike-to-School Day. We are encouraging both faculty and students to participate. Mark your calendar and encourage your student to participate.  National Bike-to-School Day SF Bike Coalition  High SchoolPlease contact Jessica Eicher if you are interested in organizing a group biking plan and rendezvous point. Grade SchoolSeveral faculty members have generously offered to give up their garage spaces to provide... Read More

8th Grade Play: The Madwoman of Chaillot
SFWS's 8th Grade of 2012 presents   A comedy. Friday, May 4, 7 PMSaturday, May 5, 2 PM & 7 PMSunday, May 6, 1 PM Tickets on sale in the grade school office.$5 for students. $8 for adults. Appropriate for all ages Street singers, jugglers, madwomen, rag-pickers and an imaginary dog banish greed and corruption from the world with their absurd optimism and silly antics. The Occupy Movement would heartily approve of this 1942 play written in occupied France. Read More

Thank You For Your Support with the Online Auction
Online Auction Now Closed Closes April 25 at 10 pm Click here to view items, make a donation, or RSVP for the Auction party. Everyone can participate in the online auction, even if you are not able to attend the Spring Night Benefit. Check out these items and more: Ten Day Thanksgiving Stay at Private, 40-Acre Estate in Hawaii     Starting Bid: $2,000   More Getaways   Other catagories:... Read More

Teaching History Through Biography in Grade 8
Grade 8 recently completed a three-week block on Modern History. Class teacher Laurence Jaquet began the block with an exploration of the modern history of African-Americans, starting with the Civil War and culminating with the Obama presidency. She then jumped back and looked at colonialism and its political and economic impact. She completed the course with a conversation about the different political systems that came about in the 20th century, with a particular focus on the Russian and... Read More

Kathryn Lundquist (Class of 2005), International Trade Commission
We recently talked with Kathryn Lundquist, SFWGS ’01, HS ’05, who has been working as an International Trade Analyst at the International Trade Commission (USITC) in Washington, DC since 2010. Her focus is trade of nonferrous metals, primarily aluminum, magnesium, and titanium and industrial materials, including cement and gypsum. Her work involves a lot of studies regarding trade issues – for instance, Congress might request a business competitiveness study to find out if another country is... Read More

Upper Grades Showcase - 6th-8th Grades
Wednesday, January 30, 6:00 - 8:00pm* *Display of work available for viewing in the afternoon from 12:45 - 4:30pm Come join our celebration of the work ofSFWS's 2012-2013 upper grade students, which will feature: • Solo and small ensemble musical performances by students in Grades 6-8• Displays of 6th-8th students' choices of their best work of the year• Additional presentations by 8th graders showcasing a variety of their work 6:00-6:30 pm   Browse the displays, socialize... Read More

Parents Speak: A Circle of Inclusion
presentsSide Walk Talk--Bring it Indoors!  Come together with other parents to speak freely and listen in an informal gathering.Bring any issues or simply a desire to connect  When: Monday, March 19th, 8:30-10:00 AMWhere: Library, grade school campusCoffee, tea, and pastries will be served! Sponsored by SF Waldorf Multicultural Council "Parents Speak" is a  parent-run sub-committee of the Multicultural Counciland is open to any and all interested parents at SFWS   Read More

Save the Date: Field Day in Golden Gate Park
Sunday, April 22, 10am-4pm (Earth Day) This coming Earth Day, the school community is invited to the first ever all-school Field Day, which will be held in Lindley Meadow at Golden Gate Park.  John DiDomenico (parent, grades 1 and 4) and Justin Ganz (grade school Games Teacher and high school alumni parent) are helping to organize a number of contests for students from kindergarten through grade 12.  These events might include running relays, tug of rope, sack races, long jump,... Read More

The Annual Waldorf Grade-School Bookmark Contest
How many of us can read Madame Pamplemousse or Lassie Come Home in one sitting? Not many. As soon as Monsieur Lard puts Pig’s Ear Pizza on the menu, we feel a sudden urge to eat. Or when Lassie collapses on the Scottish moors, we race to the garden to ensure our pet tortoise, Atalanta, has not escaped! Life calls. That is why we have bookmarks. Bookmarks let us keep our place in a story, let us relocate the page where Gretel gives the witch a sharp push into the oven. If we... Read More

Spring Night 2014
Spring Night Auction Party: May 10, 6 - 11 pm High School Pre-Party Reception at 5:30 pm   RSVP for Spring Night   Online Auction: May 2 - May 15 Closes at 10:00 pm  Click here to veiw the Online Auction The EventWhere, when, and what Auction BenefitAll about the Online, Silent, and Live Auctions Donations of Items and ServicesIdeas for unique things (Soup/dessert of the month, visit to see your business, etc...) Class Projects What are they and how do they... Read More

Ann Grandin, Librarian
Our Grade School librarian, Ann Grandin, came to San Francisco Waldorf School seven years ago with an extensive background in editing and children’s literature. A Bay Area native, she first discovered her love of English literature during her second year at Princeton University. She learned about Waldorf Education when her son transferred to SFWS in the 4th grade. Since then, she has taken the Teacher Training and the Remedial Education Program at Rudolf Steiner College as well as numerous... Read More

Liv Leuthold (Class of 2002), UCLA Medical School
After graduating from San Francisco Waldorf High School, Liv Leuthold (SFWS Class of 2002) went to Brown University where she majored in neuroscience. Between college and medical school, she worked with Teach for America where she taught middle school special education for two years in San Jose. She is now finishing her fourth (and final!) year of medical school at UCLA and is applying for residencies in surgery. Advancement Associate Seraph White recently interviewed her about her studies.... Read More

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