Grade School News

Annual Parent Tea
Thank you to all nursery, kindergarten, and grade school parents who stopped by to mingle during our annual Parent Tea on the first day of school. We enjoyed seeing new faces and greeting returning families. We shared summer adventures and a general excitement about the fresh start. There were even a few teary-eyed, yet smiling, First Grade parents clutching their white roses after the morning’s ceremony. Let’s continue to come together in celebration throughout the school year. Read More

Carnival of Golf: 4th Annual SFWS Golf Benefit
Sunday, September 27, 2015 New Location!Golden Gate Park Golf Course970 47th Avenue, SF 94121 Register Now! This year's Golf Benefit will feature a new format that includes a par-3 competitive tournament in the morning, plus clinics and games for children and beginners. Golf gifts, food and drinks will be provided throughout the day for all who register.  Check-In : 9AMRegistration, Tee Prizes, and Bagels and Coffee Golf Commences: 10AMIndividual Stroke Play EventThe First Tee... Read More

From Steiner to Waldorf - With Robert McDermott
Tuesday, March 197:30 - 9:00 pmDakin Hall, San Francisco Waldorf Grade School Free to the community.  Dr. McDermott will give an introduction to Rudolf Steiner and his biography and then offer insight into the influences and thinking that led Steiner to the creation of the Waldorf School . Dr. McDermott is president emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and is professor and chair, Philosophy and Religion Department.He was a professor at Manhattanville College (... Read More

Waldorf Education as Ecological Training
"A child’s world is fresh and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” ~ Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder As in all areas of Waldorf curriculum, science is taught through immersion, experience, accurate observation and imaginative extrapolation. In the Nursery, Kindergarten and early grades the children are anchored in... Read More

Grade School Mathematics
The First Days of First Grade: A Foundation for Mathematics It’s the first day of first grade. With much anticipation, the children meet their teacher, Mary Barhydt. They receive a rose from an eighth grader, marking the start of their journey through the grades. They begin their first Main Lesson: an exploration of straight and curved lines. There is a current of energy and excitement in the classroom as the children take up their work: they identify a curved row of teeth, a straight tree... Read More

Adolescents and Media Workshop - Tuesday, March 24, 7:30pm
Fostering Healthy Sexuality and Relationships in our Fast Paced, Media-Saturated World A talk with Megan Sullivan and Kelly NcNeely All are welcome. This lecture is strongly recommended for parents with children not quite in adolescence or in the early stages (grades 5-8). Megan and Kelly are dedicated to bringing reverence and respect to the healthy unfolding of human sexuality and relationships.  They support parents and children by offering an informative talk that gives tools of... 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, March 15, 2015 9:30 am & 11:00 am $7 donation at the door for children 4 years old and up San Francisco Waldorf SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Streetbetween Broderick and Divisadero   Read More

A Talk With David Weber - Monday, April 20, 7:30-9pm
Adolescence, The High School Years All are welcome. This lecture is strongly recommended for parents with children not quite in adolescence or in the early stages (grades 5-8). Back by popular demand, this is a follow up to Mr. Weber's talk on adolescence on March 4, 2015, which covered early adolescence. Even if you missed the first lecture you are most welcome to attend. David Weber will continue his picture of adolescents, looking ahead to how the unique joys and challenges this... Read More

Storytelling Workshop with Nancy Mellon - January 12, 2015
Why Children Need Parent-Storytellers Now: How to Practice a Wise Old Household Art Monday, January 12, 7:30pmLocation: Grade School CampusFree to the Community  Whether you are an experienced or a reluctant storyteller, you are encouraged to attend a dynamic evening to explore parenting through the delightfully practical art of storytelling. Learn how and why to trust your natural ability as Story-mother or Story-father. You will  discover amazing, reliable   storytelling... Read More

Welcoming Remarks by Diane David, Kindergarten Teacher
Let’s begin with an activity that starts many a-morning in a Waldorf grade classroom: mental math. So raise your hand if you know the answer. If Waldorf education started 95 years ago, what year did it begin?  If I was born 30 years later, how old does that make me? (Now you have to give me some credit for exposing my age.) Lastly, if my first 4 children went through Waldorf education, 2 years of kindergarten and 8 years of grades, and my last 2 children went through 2 years of... Read More

Winter Fair Thanks
Winter Fair would not be possible without the incredible volunteer effort from the entire school community. Thank you for all of the support before, during, and after the Fair. Its success is a testament to our community and  the overall willingness to pitch in to make events like this wonderful. Special thanks are due to the following people:  Winter Fair Coordinators: Laura Hudgens and Madhulika JainK/Nursery Primary: Amy Tachoires and Scott PeterK/Nursery Cookie House: Abigail... Read More

Linda Thomas - Friday, October 24, 7pm
Creating Sacred Spaces so that our children may thrive co-sponsored by Rudolf Steiner College and Lifeways Friday, October 24, 7pm High School Campus  Free to the community Donations gratefully accepted.  Ms. Thomas’s lecture is the opening of a two-day conference on “Spirit and Health in Everyday Life.” Join us also on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to learn about Anthroposophic Medicine with Dr. David Gershan and Therapeutic Eurythmy with Maria Helland-Hansen.... Read More

Fairy Walk
Halloween draws near and Fairy Walk is almost upon us! Fairy Walk 2014 is October 25, 2014 Two entry times: 3:30pm and 5:00 pm (admission lasts 1 1/2 hours) Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 16th, in front of the grade school. Tickets will be on a first come, first serve basis. All tickets are $8, cash or checks only please (payable to the "SFWSPA"), children 1 and under, free.  Questions?Contact Stephanie ( Candace (candacetam@mac.... Read More

4th Annual Dads Night at the Elks
All dads are invited to join us for our 4th Annual Dads Night at the Elks Club! Parents Michael Nemetz and Rein Ratsep (Elks members) will host the community for spa, swimming, dinner and drinks. This has become a community favorite, as it allows dads of all Waldorf students the opportunity to connect in a casual atmosphere... networking allowed but not required.   Friday, November 14, 20144:00-6:30pm - Spa and Swimming ($10)6:30-8:30pm - Dinner ($30)6:30-11:00pm - Cocktails... Read More

by The Magic Lantern Marionette Theatre Sunday, October 5, 2014 9:30 am & 10:30 am $5 donation at the door for children 4 years old and up San Francisco Waldorf SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Streetbetween Broderick and Divisadero Click here for printable flyer Read More

Torin Finser - Monday, September 15, 3pm
A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School Monday, September 15, 3:15pmLocation: Grade School CampusFree to the Community  RSVP Here What does a healthy, successful school look like? Is it is all about measurable outcomes, test scores, and pass/fail grades set by the government? Can learning be quantified in short-term measurements or does real learning take years to manifest in a career or biography? All seem to agree that a healthy school is also a community and... Read More

35th Anniversary Party - Celebrating Monique Grund
In honor of Monique and her service to our school, we are Celebrating 35 Years of Waldorf Education in San Francisco! Games ~ Music ~ Food ~ Cake! Saturday, October 18 11am-4pm The Bandshell, Golden Gate Park The event is free.There will be an affordable lunch for sale. 11am-1pmEntertainment & Lunch 1-2pmHappy Anniversary & Retirement Celebration 2-4pmMore Music & Entertainment An entertainment extravaganza:   A feast offered by Chef Tony Castelluci:... Read More

Students Connect with Nature and Community
From hiking to rock climbing to kayaking, students of all ages enjoyed enhanced nature outings this year thanks to the school’s new Outdoor Classroom initiative. Parents and the community at-large also benefited from innovative educational programming, hearing lectures by renowned authors and attending documentary film screenings on environmental issues. Marking its first anniversary, the Outdoor Classroom builds on the school’s nature-rich curriculum, providing grants, teacher support, and... Read More

Finding Balance: Grade School Movement Education
by Justin Ganz, GS Movement Teacher Grade school Games and Gym classes are joyful and challenging: students juggle, ride unicycles, and throw javelins; they learn folk dances and gymnastics; they play all kinds of running and ball games. In addition to these classes, a variety of movement and outdoor activities are woven into the school day. For example, children stomp and clap the times tables to strengthen their capacities in math, or deepen their understanding of botany by studying the... Read More

Spring Night Thanks
Thank you, thank you, thank you Many thanks 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 involvement!   Also, the school would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who made donations of items, funds or volunteer time.  It is your support... Read More

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