Grade School News

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

Linda Fogg Phillips, author of "Facebook for Parents" to speak at SFWHS
What Parents Need to Know About Social NetworkingLinda Fogg Phillips, author of "Facebook for Parents" San Francisco Waldorf High School is delighted to be hosting this presentation sponsored by the Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools. All are welcome. Monday, November 14, 2011, 7:30 to 9:00pm San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Avenue, SF, 94127Parking on site is available$5.00 donation is requested at the door In this ever-changing world, parents often wonder: How are... Read More

Winter Fair 2011
Thank you to all the parents, faculty and students who contributed to making a festive fair on a gorgeous, sunny day. A special thank you to Mary and Joseph Manzare (parents, grade 4 and K3) who brought their extensive restaurant expertise to us this year. The food was extraordinary and the advice for moving forward invaluable!! For more of chef Joe’s masterful cooking and menu planning visit one of his four restaurants—Globe, Zuppa, Hecho or Tres—you won’t be disappointed! Winter Fair... Read More

Fairy Walk 2011
Sunday, October 30th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. TICKETS REQUIRED. Come and enjoy a sing-a-long and encounter wandering fairies, gnomes, kings, queens and characters from the land of imagination! Children 2-7 are welcome in the company of their favorite adult. We welcome costumes for both children and adults! Tickets for 3:00 p.m. are still available for $7 each through the front office on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets cannot be reserved or picked up without payment. No refunds or... Read More

Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All In Your Head
Presented by Carla Hannaford, Ph.DSunday, November 1310 AM - 3 PM Participants in this highly experiential, scientifically informative presentation and workshop will gain a physical and intellectual understanding of why movement, music and play are so essential for brain development, learning, memory and creativity. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how human beings learn, as well as simple, profound movement tools to use in all areas of life - school, business, art,... Read More

PA Pumpkin Raffle
Hosted by the Parents AssociationBenefits go to the schoolTickets $2 eachAvailable at October 30 Read More

Presenting SFWS's Grade School Educational Support Protocol
Monday, October 24, Eurythmy Hall, 7:30 to 9 pm Educational Support Coordinators Lalla Carini and Paul Gierlach, along with our consulting educational therapist Pamm Scribner, will present the services and protocols the school has been developing over the last two years. We encourage all interested parents to attend this presentation and engage in questions and answers that we hope will strengthen our common understanding of the school's vision, and support teachers' and parents' efforts to... Read More

Ostheimer Toy Sale
10% discount for you on Ostheimer Toys /20% goes back to the school On behalf of the SFWS Parents Association we announce the return of the Ostheimer toy sale! We are blissfully pleased to offer these enchanting wooden toys for your child!  These are the beautiful wooden figures, silk scarves and toys 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... Read More

8th Grade Fundraising
Invitation to a Waldorf Community Event at the Park Chalet The 8th Grade invites you to a class fund-raiser event on Friday, October 21, 5 – 8 pm, at the Park Chalet Garden Restaurant (Golden Gate Park, 1000 Great Highway, 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 YOUR WALDORF... Read More

Back to School Night Remarks by Head of Administration Dan Ingoglia
This is a modified version of comments delivered at both the grade school (Sept 12) and high school (Sept.14) Back-to-School Nights.  We are excited to welcome you and your student to the 2011-2012 school year at SF Waldorf, our 14th year at the high school, and our 33rd year overall. Having just received LEED Gold certification for the high school campus—and we are the first educational building in SF to do so (see LEED article)—we are very pleased to welcome our high school families to... Read More

SFWHS First LEED Gold Certified School in SF
As the first school in San Francisco to be awarded the coveted LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, San Francisco Waldorf High School begins the 2011-12 academic year with a tremendous accomplishment to celebrate.  The overall goal of the project was to create an environment that is in harmony with the philosophy of Waldorf Education. Perhaps the greatest reflection of this success is the fact that the building itself will be incorporated into the curriculum as an... Read More

Dakin Hall Dedication Ceremony
Dakin Hall (formerly the Main Hall) will be dedicated on Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in memory of Henry Dakin and in honor of Vergilia Dakin. Light Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to, (415) 931-2750 ext. 307, or using the form below: Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool. Read More

Kindergarten Vision Screening
On October 10, we will be conducting our yearly Vision Screening in the kindergarten. This service is free of charge and is conducted by a trained nurse from the Prevent Blindness of Northern California organization. We will need one volunteer to help with the screening. The volunteer will assist the nurse from approximately 8:15 to 11:30. Please contact Melinda at the GS front desk if you are able to help. Read More

Coffee Tasting & Selection
Stern Grove (19th Avenue at Sloat Blvd.)Friday, 9/30, 10:00am - 12:30pmPlease join us this Friday, September 30, for an all school assembly, preceded by a unique coffee tasting event!    All School Assembly, 11:15am - 12:30pmThis special assembly is the only time of the school year when all students (Grades 1-12) meet in one location. Many classes will perform (music, theater, etc...), so it is a great time to see what is going on in the school. Although the Kindergarten children... Read More

The Fair Fairies are back...
...and will begin crafting for the Winter Fair on Wednesdays from drop off until ~10 am in the grade school Library. Help create the magic of Winter Fair! Join our handwork group to make items to sell at the Winter Fair.  All proceeds go to our Annual Fund gift to the School. Read More

Seeking Donations of Used Children’s Books and Halloween Costumes
Support PA’s Book/Costume Sale – OCT 3 Sale Last year, the Parents’ Association started the tradition of Used Children’s Books Sales throughout the year. The PA is starting this up again with the first sale coming up Monday, October 3, 2011 at pick up. We are looking for donations of slightly used children’s books that support the Waldorf curriculum. We are also seeking donations of slightly used dress up/Halloween costumes to include in the October sale, again that complement the Waldorf... Read More

Bake Sales are Starting!
The 8th Grade is beginning their weekly Thursday Bake Sales this week. Right after school they will be offering tasty baked goods and other treats. The Bake Sale will be located in front of Dakin Hall on the sidewalk to the west of the pick-up area. Please do not use the school's white zone, Bloomer's yellow zone or neighbors' driveways to park or stop for the Bake Sale. The 8th Grade is seeking submissions of creative work from the SFWS community to be printed as holiday cards and sold to fund... Read More

SFWS at the San Francisco Symphony
September 29, 30 and October 1 The San Francisco Symphony will honor the San Francisco Waldorf School music department at upcoming performances, Thursday, September 29th through Saturday, October 1st by naming us in the concert program notes. This was made possible through a generous donation by high school parents Rick and Kim Beleson. The tribute performances include the following pieces: MOZART: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K.385, HaffnerADÈS: Polaris: Voyage for OrchestraSTRAVINSKY:... Read More

Stern Grove Assembly, Friday, September - Grades 1 - 12
Parents are warmly invited to a morning of activities at Stern Grove on Friday, September 30. Beginning at 10:15am the school will host a coffee tasting event. SFWS is partnering with to produce our own SFWS blends that will be for sale in the coming month. This organic, shade grown coffee comes directly from farmers in an arrangement that goes beyond the usual Fair Trade standards. Come taste the possibilities and help us choose our own blends! As you are enjoying your coffee,... Read More

Grade 8 Fund-raising Seeking Artwork!
The 8th Grade is seeking submissions of creative work from the SFWS community to be printed as holiday cards and sold to fund the 8th Grade class trip. We are interested in anything that you think would make an attractive card, from photographs to children's art, paintings, woodcuts, or verse. We are looking for artwork from children or parents, extended family, alumni, or friends of the school. Please contact Joel Benson at if you have anything you would like to... Read More

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