Grade School News

May Faire & Field Day
Sunday May 4, 20149am - 3pm Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park (John F. Kennedy Drive at 30th Avenue) Schedule For The Day: 9:00 - May Faire Crown and Seed Ball Making 9:45 - Marionette Show 10:10 - May Queen Arrives 10:25 - Morris Dancers 10:45 - May Pole Dancing     12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch ($5, hamburgers, salads) 12:30 - Fresh Strawberry Shortcake ($5) an 8th grade fundraiser                 1:00 - 3:00... Read More

Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2014
Join your favorite students to explore the curriculum and experience their school. High School (9-12) Friday, April 4 - 9:15 am to 11:30 am 470 West Portal (parking at school) Grade School (K-8)Friday, April 11 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm2938 Washington Street (valet parking) Please RSVP by March 28415.875.7212 or using the form below Fill out my online form. // Read More

Humanities in the Waldorf Grade School
In light of Waldorf education, what do the Humanities mean? We offer our children a way to understand what it is to be human and a way to become more deeply human as they grow. This is embedded within the curriculum from the beginning of First Grade through graduation day. Everything the teacher says, does, and holds inwardly is a face-to-face learning with the children. Waldorf schooling is humanistic and draws from the humanities, even in teaching natural sciences. All subjects are brought... Read More

Martina Brimmer (Class of 2001), Small Business Owner
“My name is Martina and I am the owner of Swift Industries. And I am also the janitor and the bookkeeper. And I am a sewer. I am the person who runs errands and drops off deliveries… along with everyone that I work with.”  This begins the story (as told on www.builtbyswift.com) of how Martina Brimmer and her husband Jason turned their passion for bicycle touring and admiration for high quality handcrafts into a successful small business making bicycle panniers and touring bags. Swift... Read More

David Sobel: Whole Person Education - March 31, 7pm
Eurythmy Room, High School Campus Free to the community Somewhere along the way, much of environmental education lost its magic, its “wildly, gladly rejoicing together.” Instead, it’s become didactic and staid, restrictive and rule bound. A creeping focus on cognition and often fear has replaced the goal of exhilaration that once motivated educators to take children and older students outside. Educational philosophies that value immersion and play in nature offer another option for... Read More

Dr. Johanna Steegmans: Strengthening Life Forces in the Age of Technology - March 25, 7pm
Eurythmy Room, High School Campus Free to the community What are the essential ingredients to a healthy, vital family lifestyle? Dr. Steegmans will speak about cultivating and nurturing vitality, enthusiasm, and interest in life, learning and relationships in our modern world full of technology. Living a life in balance is essential to our future: ecologically, economically, and socially. How do we reconcile convenience, necessity, and freedom? How can we resolve to strengthen our vitality... Read More

Christof Wiechert: Loving Authority - Monday, March 17, 7pm
Dakin Hall, Grade School Campus Free to the community  How do we hold ourselves as parents? Christof Wiechert, a world-renowned Waldorf educator, will talk with us about the importance of developing the practice of loving authority as parents. Reminding us that it is not our job as parents to be our children’s peers or friends, he will talk about the importance of not overwhelming our children with the responsibility of too much choice. Christof will give us insights into the inner work as... Read More

Moss Green Princess
by The Magic Lantern Marionette Theatre Sunday, March 23, 20149:30 am & 11:00 am $5 donation at the doorfor children ages four and older San Francisco Waldorf SchoolDakin Hall2938 Washington Streetbetween Broderick and Divisadero   Read More

Grade School Foreign Language Program
We live in a vibrant, linguistically rich, globally connected metropolis where parents value foreign language instruction for their grade school-age children. They may recognize that with language acquisition comes cultural understanding, flexibility in thinking, and clarity of expression in both native and new languages. Foreign language instruction can also strengthen comprehension in seemingly nonrelated subject areas like mathematics. At SFWS, students gain a strong foreign language... Read More

World Café: Movie Night - "Cracking the Codes"
How To Deepen The Conversation On Race sponsored by the SFWS Multicultural Council  Saturday, March 8, 2014, 6:00pm to 9:30pm Evening Schedule:6:00 - 7:00 Hosted dinner and music7:00 - 9:30 The World Café - Movie and conversation At San Francisco Waldorf High School 470 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127 Bring your curiosity to learn more about who we are as individuals and how we can create a greater sense of inclusive community. The World Café is an intentional, conversational... Read More

Town Hall 2014
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Town Hall Meeting. Please click here for a pdf of the PowerPoint slides. Read More

Join the San Francisco Waldorf Ambassador Program
Our parent and alumni community is instrumental in getting the word out about the exceptional education offered at San Francisco Waldorf School and High School. In fact, the vast majority of our current families discovered our school by word of mouth through personal relationships. You can help spread the word by joining our Ambassadors Program. Created a year ago, this program is designed to empower people as they talk about our school to their friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.... Read More

A Culture of Gifting
There are three indications of real generosity: To remain steadfast without resisting, To praise without the emotion of generosity, And, to give before being asked. —Maaruf Karkhi  There is no community without gift and gifting. The acts themselves may not be visible, they may not have names, they may elude materiality, and yet, we depend on them for our very existence as givers and receivers. Warmth, recognition, love, care, and sometimes money—these are the bearers of... Read More

Dorian Jamal Cool (Class of 1995), International Law
Dorian Jamal Cool (Grade School Class of 1995) recently graduated from law school at University of San Francisco, where he qualified for the honors International and Comparative Law certificate. Jamal is particularly passionate about international criminal law in the context of societies transitioning from mass atrocity events, and looks forward to a career in both litigation and policy formation in this rapidly evolving legal area.  Jamal returned to law school in his mid-twenties after... Read More

Thoughts On Giving
by Jeanette Cool, Alumni Parent and Executive Director of The Sam Mazza Foundation  The word ‘philanthropy’ unfolds into a simple and beautiful definition — the love of people — and yet that love that requires an action: giving, helping, easing, improving, and creating.  As a child growing up on a farm in very rural Nebraska, “philanthropy” was all around my family — sharing garden produce with others; bringing labor to a fellow farmer who had fallen ill, helping a family less... Read More

Room to Grow: The Architecture and Design of School Spaces
By Laurence Jaquet and Kim Hopper At San Francisco Waldorf School, the built environment — our buildings, classrooms, and outdoors spaces — is a reflection of our character, community, and curriculum. Each of these spaces, from the nursery through the high school, is designed to support students in their education and their growth, just like the subject material and the teaching approach.  The interior classrooms of the early years are homelike and compact in scale. Active nursery and... Read More

Making a Case for an Endowment
In today’s ever-changing economic environment, the fiscal health of any organization has never been more important. Many in our community understand the critical role of Annual Fund and fundraising events to provide income that ensures the quality of our educational programs and daily operations.  While these provide funding for SFWS on a yearly basis, there is a significant need to ensure the long-term financial stability of the school. This source is called an endowment. Gifts to an... Read More

Used Children’s Book Sale, – Tuesday, February 11, 2014
12:45 to 3:30 sharp in the Wood Shop  The next Parent Association Used Book Sale is Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at pick up 12:45 through 3:30pm sharp in the Woodshop. Browse through hundreds of wonderful books appropriate for children of all ages, picture books, early chapter books, novels, fiction, non-fiction, as well as books on parenting, cooking and crafts.  All books are donated by families in the school community and all proceeds go directly to the SF Waldorf Parents... Read More

Crafting for Community
Community Crafting Series Handwork and crafts have been taught since the founding of the first Waldorf school. From learning to knit in the first grade to using a sewing machine in the 8th grade, our children connect their hands and their hearts through the creativity and usefulness of crafting. The invaluable lessons of handwork apply to our children and to ourselves as parents. The desire to create is strong within us all, and an outlet for the expression of ideas and ideals that is essential... Read More

Civil Rights Activist and Author Melba Pattillo Beals
to address grades 7, 8, & 9 at the GS On Friday, January 31, 2014, Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, civil rights activist, author, and educator, will speak to the students in grades 7, 8, and 9 at the SF Waldorf Grade School from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm. Dr. Beals, author of Warriors Don’t Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High, will discuss her experience as one of the nine African American students, ''The Little Rock Nine'', who braved... Read More

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