Grade School News

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 2015
Spring Night Auction Party: May 9, 5:30 - 11 pm   RSVP for Spring Night   Online Auction: May 1 - May 14Closes at 10:00 pm  Click here to view 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 support the auction? Underwriting the... 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

Waldorf Community Happy Hour
Invitation to a Waldorf Community Event at the Park Chalet The 8th Grade invites you to a class fund-raiser event on Friday, February 10, 5 – 8 pm, at the Park Chalet Garden Restaurant (Golden Gate Park, 1000 Great Highway, www.parkchalet.com)Live Music! Beautifully made handcrafts for sale by the 8th graders! Face Painting & fun for kids!*Happy Hour Pricing all evening on food and beverages with your $5 (or more!) donation to the 8th gradeBRING YOUR FAMILY & COME ENJOY... Read More

Check Out Our Gardening Blog
Gardening Director Amy Belkora has taken over our blog! The blog is filled with wonderful vignettes from her experiences in the garden with the children. There are also photos, gardening ideas, recipes, great links and a general view of all the hard and wonderful work that she lovingly puts into these spaces. We hope you will follow along with our Urban Gardening adventures. http://sfwaldorf.blogspot.com/ Read about our urban gardening program on our website here.   Read More

Annual Fund Updates
Congratulations to K3, 3rd Grade, and 4th Grade for joining K1 and 1st Grade at 100% participation for our 2011-2012 Annual Fund campaign. This wide-based support greatly strengthens our fundraising and supports the mission of the school. Thank you! Read More

The Enchanted Tapestry
The Magic Lantern Marionette Theater warmly invites all families with young children ages four and up to a very special presentation of The Enchanted Tapestry on Sunday, February 5 at 10am and 11:30am in Dakin Hall. The Enchanted Tapestry tells the traditional Chinese folktale about a weaver woman with three sons. When her precious life's work is blown away by an enchanted wind, her sons face the opportunities and challenges of a quest across magical landscapes to retrieve her tapestry. And... Read More

Stars Once Spoke – Eurythmy Performance
San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe Program 2012Jewish Community Center SF Tuesday February 7th at 7:00 pmWednesday February 8th at 4:00 pm This new program by director Astrid Thiersch will be premiered in February 2012 with students from San Francisco Waldorf High School, 15 to 18 years old. It features choreography to music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Paul Winter. A special tale, The Dream Eater by Michael Ende, shows the magic side of sleep, and poems in several languages and humoresques... Read More

PA Book Sale – Monday, January 9, 2012 12:45 through 3:30pm
The next SF Waldorf Parents’ Association Book Sale of Used Children’s Books will be on Monday, January 9, at pick up, 12:45 through 3:30pm, in SF Waldorf’s Woodshop in front of school. As you shop please be mindful of pick up and keep the sidewalk clear. We are looking for donations of slightly used children’s books that support the Waldorf curriculum. Donation boxes are located on the Office stairway in front of the double glass doors. There are treasures for all elementary school ages and... Read More

Tuition Assistance Deadline: January 13, 2012
The Affordable Tuition Program requires an annual application. Families wishing to request a grant for the first time as well as those wishing to continue with the program must have their applications submitted to PSS by January 13 to be considered in the first round of consideration. Please contact Mona Nemetz in the business office at 415-931-2750 ext.304 or mnemetz@sfwaldorf.org if you need application information or visit the "Affording a Waldorf Education" page on our website.... Read More

America Whitten (Class of 2009)
We recently caught up with America Whitten (SFWGS/HS ‘09), currently a junior at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is working towards an undergraduate degree in psychology. She will be taking the GRE next summer, and upon receiving her BA she is planning to attend graduate school in abnormal psychology. America is pursuing her major through UCSC’s more demanding psychology intensive. Among the requirements for participation is the Field Study program where students gain the... Read More

Race to Nowhere Film Screening - March 15, 7 - 9 pm
Please join us for a screening of Race to Nowhere at the high school campusMarch 15, 7:00 - 9:00pm. RSVP's Required: click here to RSVP. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace,... Read More

Curry Senior Center Gift Drive
The Grade School will be participating in a gift drive for the Curry Senior Center.  The Curry Senior Center provides a safe place to receive geriatric health services for low income seniors in San Francisco.  Founded in 1972, Curry provides primary medical care, substance abuse services, case management, congregate meals, social/community programs, and 13 units of housing for formerly homeless seniors.  The Curry Center's mission is to provide these services to... Read More

Faculty Profile: Stacey Hubbard, Middle School Math
Stacey Hubbard joined the grade school faculty three years ago as part of SFWS’s efforts to strengthen its middle school math program. Recently retired SFWS Upper Grades Resource Teacher Susan Cook began the work of transforming how we support class teachers as the students rise to the pre-algebra and algebra level.  Ms. Hubbard became our first full time dedicated middle school math teacher in 2010. Stacey notes that one of the challenges she faces on a daily basis are keeping it relevant... Read More

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