The Bulletin

See the Film, "Scrappers"

Friday, March 18, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Film Screening at:
Living Water Community Church
6808 North Ashland Boulevard

The Recyclery is closely connected with the lives of Chicago metal scrappers so it was natural that they were aware of the development of this film about local Chicago resident scrappers. The Recyclery is proud to host a screening of this documentary. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow.

Set in Chicago’s labyrinth of alleys, Scrappers is a vérité portrait of Oscar and Otis, two metal scavengers who search for a living with brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The 2008 financial collapse and crackdowns on undocumented immigrants jeopardize their means of providing for their families.

Winner of Best Documentary Feature and Audience Award at the 2010 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

“You want green, there ain’t nobody greener than Oscar and Otis.” -Roger Ebert

See this profile of the movie on WBEZ and view a preview clip of the movie at

Doors open at 7:30pm. Film starts at 8pm. $5 admission at entrance.
Come for the film and stay for the community discussion with the filmmakers afterward.

Glenwood Sunday Market: Benefit & Workshops

Calling all Chili Cooks and Eaters… It’s Time to Beat the Chill and Heat It UP!

Sunday March, 20, 2011. Noon - 3:00pm.
Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL

It’s the Chili Cook-off to benefit the Glenwood Sunday Market!

EAT!: $25 advance at Brown Paper Tickets, $30 at the door. Join in the fun for the best darn Chili Cook Off this side of the Mississippi!!

We are putting a call out to everyone to support this event. Our funds are low for the 2011 Season and your help is very important!

Also, Learn & Grow Winter Workshops

Sunday, 3/27 Composting in the Concrete Jungle
Build an indoor vermicomposting bin; keep plants happy with homemade potting soil & compost tea.

Sunday, 4/24 VIP Container Veggie Gardening
No space? No problem! You can still grow organic veggies at home. Learn strategies for successful, pint-sized farming.

Sunday, 5/29 Permaculture & the Cost of Food
Artificial prices, artificial food. Let’s talk about the benefits of shopping from local, responsible farmers. How can we eat responsibly and within a budget?

Suggested Donation $17 or purchase a 3-class pass for $40
Register at the Glenwood Market or email

AWSNA Great Lakes Teacher's Conference

Chicago Waldorf School supports teachers’ professional development in innumerable ways through its membership with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).  Most recently our school hosted the Great Lakes/Ontario regional AWSNA conference that welcomed teachers from over 30 Waldorf Schools in the surrounding 9 states. Keynote speaker presentations, community resource sharing and an offering of over 15 independent workshops provided diverse opportunities for teacher & administrator training, community building, and institutional development.

Chicago Waldorf School hosts 120 teachers & administrators for Regional AWSNA Conference

While our students were off enjoying a midwinter break, our teachers and staff were busy hosting the AWSNA Great Lakes Regional Conference. Over 120 participants from the Midwest braved a Chicago winter to gather together for lectures, workshops and conversation. Keynote speaker and Waldorf science teaching expert, Michael D’Aleo, spoke on a theme he called, Riding the Tiger.

In presentations over the course of the three day conference, D’Aleo explored the challenges of collegial relations in a fast paced, ever changing world. D’Aleo characterized our “tiger skin” as our inner world of emotions and offered that when we move beyond our own self interests we can meet change with equanimity and courage. Then we not only survive, but we thrive. He challenged us to look at what he referred to as our generic relationships. Do we behave in certain patterns within our families? Do we see co-workers only in specific roles? Are we afraid to challenge each other? Are some people authorities, others subordinates? D’Aleo also explored how a Waldorf curriculum develops courage, a necessary virtue for living in the modern age.

In the Early Childhood program the children are given many opportunities to meet the physical world. They run, climb, jump, fall. They meet the earth and courage grows. In the grades, courage wells up as a true inner experience of soul life. The rich imaginative pictures that come out of the curriculum enliven the child’s sense for how the outer world can resonate in one’s own being. In the high school, students develop the courage to think their own thoughts while searching for the universal. Alongside courage, they also develop the ability to love the other. How inspiring!

We began every day by singing with our own Mr. Spade. There was also group eurythmy with former CWS teacher and friend, Barbara Richardson. Several of our faculty and staff led workshops on topics as varied as the meditative life of the teacher and school governance issues. During the delicious meals there was plenty of time for talking about our school communities and the common issues we all are facing. At the end, many participants said that they not only loved the conference, but they also loved being in our beautiful school.

Thank you to our hardworking teachers and staff members for making this conference possible!

Submitted by Carol Triggiano

Join the next meeting of the Diversity Committee

Tuesday, March 15th at 3:30 / Lower Eurythmy Room

The Diversity Committee meets to support and nurture the growth of a diverse student population to reflect the city in which we live. 

Members of the Diversity Committee attended the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Diversity Summit - The Power of Equality and Justice, on February 17th & 18th. Come hear their assessment of this conference at our next meeting on March 15th. The committee has an open door policy and always welcomes new members of the community to join our meetings.

Some of the goals and initiatives that have been developed and are being maintained by the committee include:

Internal Community Goals:

  • Increase visual images of the diversity in the curriculum throughout the school.
  • Increase faculty & staff diversity by continued outreach at diversity job fairs and other recruitment outlets.
  • Continue collaboration with the Festivals Committee to support diversity of cultural, ethnic, and geographically focused festivals.
  • Support teachers in facilitating a multicultural curriculum and support the diversity in their classrooms.
  • Support multicultural criteria in professional development and teacher evaluations related to expanding/strengthening diversity skills and curriculum.
  • Collaborate with High School students; PTO; BIC and other school groups in supporting diversity initiatives.

Outward Community Goals:

  • Make the diversity of the curriculum more visible (artwork, plays, etc) through outreach and marketing materials.
  • Reach out to specific communities, targeting new outlets and ask parents to write articles and letters-to-the-editor for minority and culturally-specific media outlets.
  • Partner with other (Waldorf and non-Waldorf) schools that are urban/demographically similar for brainstorming and combining of efforts in these areas.

Our vision is to support the paradigm of an inclusive school community where all sectors of our society are equally valued and represented among students, faculty and administrators.

Please join us in the next Diversity Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 15th at 3:30pm in the Lower Eurythmy room. For more information please contact Jennifer Zielinski.

100 Days to $100,000.00 and 100% Participation

March 23, 2011 – June 30, 2011

These 100 days are dedicated to celebrating “The Year of the Teacher”

Seeking 100% Participation!
Please Give to Chicago Waldorf School’s Annual Fund–

Annual Fund giving provides budgetary support for educational opportunities that tuition alone does not cover. During “The Year of the Teacher” we hope to raise significant funds dedicated to support the initiative to reinstate our faculty and staff salaries and benefits.

The pedagogical work accomplished by teachers in every CWS classroom lies at the heart of our school mission to develop free-thinking and self-directed global citizens who are eager to make a positive contribution to our world. The devotion of our faculty becomes apparent as they guide our children to their full potential. It is evident in all aspects of how they teach every day in the classroom. We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary faculty.

This is our rally call: 100% participation!

We believe in Chicago Waldorf School and we are dedicated to creating a sustainable future for this outstanding community.

We can do this together as we look forward to reaching our Annual Fund goal with 100% participation by June 30, 2011. March 23 through June 30 = 100 days…we have 100 days! Through 100% participation, we can show that this is a community dedicated to its faculty! A collaborative community committed to supporting CWS and sustaining the future of our excellent school! Thank you in advance for your incredible support!

To give online, click here.  Annual Fund envelopes are also available at the Front Office.  Should you have questions or need further information, please contact Jackie Johnson, Director of Development, at

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming…

Friday, March 25 is Parent-Teacher Conferences Day

This round of Parent-Teacher conferences, unlike the mandatory conferences in the fall, is by request only——your or the teacher’s. And, did you know that ALL the special subject teachers are available to speak with you and give their valuable perspective? In the grade school, sign up for a time with Ilene Warfield, and have a conversation with any special subject teachers to learn more about the curriculum, school events and your child. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a slightly different perspective and enjoy the full circles of educators that surround your child every day.

The Grade School Office is currently scheduling Spring parent-teacher conferences for teacher-requested conferences only. On March 14th scheduling will open up for parent-requested conferences. All parents wishing to speak with a class and/or subject teacher will be accommodated; additional conference slots will be added as needed.

Reminder to Parents: If you want to meet with a special subject teacher and that teacher has not requested a conference with you already, then please specify if you want to meet with the subject teacher separately or in conjunction with your class teacher during the conference.

Conferences will be held on Friday, March 25 (no school for students).
Please contact Ilene Warfield in the Grade School Office at or 773.465.2372 to make an appointment.

Currently in the Classroom

Here is a preview of this month’s curriculum blocks being covered in the grade school.

  • 1st Grade- Szymanski          Arithmetic
  • 2nd Grade- Poole                 Arithmetic
  • 3rd Grade- Shortridge          Arithmetic: Measurement, Time & Money
  • 4th Grade- Petersen             Arithmetic
  • 5th Grade- Sullivan              Ancient Greece & North American Geography
  • 6th Grade- Triggiano            Physics with Brian Gleichauf
  • 7th Grade- Trevillion             Chemistry & Algebra
  • 8th Grade- Hartz                  8th Grade Play


Waldorf Thunder Athletics

From Coach Robb Gill—

Boys Basketball Season Concludes

The boys’ basketball season came to an end on Thursday night with a thrilling game against the Lyçée Academy that was decided by a last-minute buzzer beater by the flames of Lyçée. The boys played in a round-robin tournament in a new conference that Coach Pat Minnihan and I helped form with Roycemore, the Lyçée Academy and the British Academy.  Jeremy Marder was voted first-team all conference, and Malcolm Collins were voted part of the sportsmanship team. 

This concludes a busy winter of basketball at the ThunderDome.  The high school girls are now turning to a busy soccer season, and the boys will be taking part in the new track and field team.

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