Grade School News

Library Hours for Parents
Our library is as tightly scheduled with activities as the rest of our busy grade school campus. Grade school librarian Ann Grandin would like to welcome parents to visit the library during the following hours to check out books for their children or help Mrs. Grandin with library tasks: Monday Mornings 8:45 to 9:30Friday Afternoons 1:30 to 2:00Special time for Kindergarten Parents: Wednesdays from 1:00 to 1:30   Read More

Winter Fair 2012
Sunday, December 210 am - 3 pm At San Francisco Waldorf Grade School2938 Washington Street  We are honored to invite you to our 33rd Annual Winter Fair. Come watch the puppet show, playgames, ride a giant rocking horse, and create winter crafts. Visit the all new Quest, a challenge even for our older Heros! Explore the Fairy and Cookie Houses and enjoy wonderful food and drink. The Fair is the perfect way to start your holiday seasonand pick up that unique something for your friends and... Read More

Registration Open for Parent-Child Classes
Registration will open for our Spring parent-child classes in late January. Please see our WINTER FLYER  for full course descriptions, dates, costs, & locations. Spring offerings will be similar. If you are new to our classes, you might enjoy reading what one of our class participants has to say about our Observation classes here. The parent-child program offers a gentle introduction to the group setting and a welcoming space for parents and children.  Here,... Read More

Baby Moves With Marianne Hermsen-van Wanrooy
Wednesday, November  7, 7:30 to 9PM  LOCATION: San Francisco Waldorf Grade School, Dakin Hall, 2938 Washington Street Co-sponsored by LifeWays of North America Come join us for a workshop for parents and professionals which looks at: The importance of Reflex integration. Correct way of developing movement in infants and implications for later life. How we can best assist the baby in movement development. Common practices from this perspective and their benefits or detriments.... Read More

Winter Fair Merchants
If you missed the Winter Fair or want to follow up with a vendor, please contact Seraph White at for vendor contact information. Red Circle8th Grade Coffee & Baked GoodsSanta Cruz GoldFebe’s JewelryHarmaniSFWS FacultyWreath Sales  4-Car GarageInflorescenceHannalah DesignsTurner’s Toys Whitley DesignsDivina CollectionTree SalesWreath Sales   WoodshopAfter Fair Greenery Sales  Kindergarten 2 (K2)Sophie’s MarketOf Maine WoodTruth’s... Read More

Neighborhood Partnerships: Swedenborgian Church
ur Early Childhood Program has been renting space in the historic Swedenborgian Church on Lyon and Washington, just a couple blocks from our grade school campus. Every morning our nursery program begins in the enclosed courtyard of this landmark Arts and Crafts building and many Parenting Program classes take place in the building’s reception area. The San Francisco Swedenborgian Church opened its Lyon Street doors in 1895. It was designed by a celebrated group of architects... Read More

Cameron Washington (GS Class of 1994), Music & Film Producer
Cameron Washington, a member of the SFWGS ‘94 for 6 years, returns to SFWS this year as a Nursery parent. He is the founder of Russian Hill Projects (, a film and music production company, and is an award-winning filmmaker, music producer and musician. Cameron started in Kindergarten with Monique and continued in the grade school through fourth grade with Mrs. Ricketts after which he left for a year of homeschooling followed by public school. He says... Read More

Tzaddi Thompson (GS Class of 1988), Lawyer
This September, San Francisco Waldorf School is happy to welcome more former students back as parents. Tzaddi Smith Thompson, parent of kindergartener Dominic in K2, was a member of our first grade school class. She is currently a labor lawyer at Nixon Peabody. Tzaddi and her husband David Thompson also have a younger daughter Mieke.Tzaddi joined her class (SFWGS ‘88) in first grade, when the school was made up of only two classes - kindergarten and... Read More

Stern Grove Assembly, September 28, Parents Welcome
Parents are warmly invited to a morning of activities at Stern Grove on Friday, September 28. 10:00am - 11:00am: Parent Social with coffee & refreshments11:00am-12:30pm: Assembly for Grades 1 - 12 Beginning at 10am the school will host a community reception for parents with coffee from CoffeeCSA and snacks from SFWS parent-owned Raison D'etre Bakery., a Fair Trade and farmer direct coffee company, gives 10% back to SFWS for its signature SFWS blends.  As you are enjoying... Read More

Lecture Series: Games Children Sing & Play with Valerie Baadh Garrett
Sunday, January 27 10 am to 1 pm Workshop for parents and professionals Dakin Hall Join author and movement expert Valerie Baadh Garrett and other contributors in a workshop for parents and educators featuring new movement games to play with little ones from her forthcoming book, Games Children Sing and Play – Singing Movement Games to Play with Children Ages 3 – 5.  Valerie is a graduate of the California Institute for the Arts and has been performing, choreographing, directing, and... Read More

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

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

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