Admissions Open House Information...there's still time to visit SRV!
Upcoming Open House:
May Fair Plant Sale
Participation in the May Fair Plant Sale helps to fund May Fair while you plan your vegetable and flower gardens.
What's a Real Playground?
Should kids be given greater leeway to construct their own playful explorations? When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury, the results were surprising
The Overprotected Child
Great article in The Atlantic....Very worthwhile read and conversation starter
What a New Parent Says about SRV
A new parent wrote us a letter about her first year at SRV. It's had a transformational effect on the whole family!
The Parent-Teacher Conference Partnership
A number of years ago, I interviewed Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot of Harvard Graduate School of Education. She had just published a book about parent-teacher conferences. I think we all find ourselves in her writing about one of education's universal experiences!
The Frozen Water Trade
Ice is money, commerce, and magic.
A New Distant Mirror
Todd's remarks from Back to School Night
Adrift on Currents of Summer
Head of School Todd R. Nelson's commentary from The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 26, 2013.
An A to Z of Volunteering at SRV
How would you like to get involved?
Chapter One: The reader’s life for me
Head of School Todd R. Nelson's column from The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 11, 2013.
What Grandparents say....
"They leap from the car and race to their classes with a kind of enthusiasm typically reserved for holidays or birthdays."
What happens next?
Our alums are prepared for a variety of middle school programs. Read about their experiences after an SRV education—testimonials from parents and alums.
Got Poems? Poetry is our first theme of the year!
Home for the Summer: A Story from Bead Ceremony
A story about a few significant members of our community and everyone’s search for suitable summer pasture.
Home for the Summer: The Sequel
The further adventures of Dawn and Dusk and how Dan brought them back into the fold.
Our New Car Smell
Welcoming new parents to SRV, to a new school year—to school!
Paddling to the sea: The Power of imaginative play
There's a canoe in the kindergarten. And so much more....
Philadelphia Inquirer: How We Measure our Lives
Op-Ed commentary by Todd R. Nelson, December 1, 2013.
Shopping is Giving....to SRV
If you're spending money at Target, and especially Amazon, your purchases can benefit SRV. It's easy! Be sure to register for these programs.
SRV's FaceBook Conversation
We posted a statement on our FaceBook page, and got some lovely, amusing, poignant responses! Complete the sentence in your own words, from your own experience....
The View from PEN
Tom Little, Head of School at Park Day School in Oakland, and Progressive Educator Network Board President, visited SRV last March during his country-wide tour of progressive schools. Here's his blog about the visit.
What Current Parents Say about SRV
Every so often, we get a nice note, or reflection on why people have chosen this school for their children. Here's a sampling.