The Bulletin

New Offerings Expand CWS Summer Camps

Chicago Waldorf School has hosted summer camps for many years. As the enrollment has grown, and the age range of campers has broadened, and after successful summer workshops in volleyball and enhanced interest in basketball, the demand for a wider range of opportunities has led the school to expand its summer camp offerings. Summer at Waldorf now has new programs for older campers, and for sports and movement focused activities. See the details below.

New Addition! Summer Camp Aftercare option has been added: Providing campers with extended day coverage at the end of camp (from 3:00pm until 6:00pm).

For more information about Aftercare options please contact Megan Rich in the Main Office at 773.465.2662

Kid Camp . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9 years

Focused on age appropriate play, KID CAMP includes structured creative crafts and “making” activities, daily outdoor time including trips to the beach, playgrounds, and far-ranging field trips by schoolbus, as well as time for campers’ imaginative free play and social interactions.

Action Camp . . . . . . . . . 10-14 years

For older campers structured creative activities include sports and physical activities, earth-science explorations and creative authorship projects (painting, poetry writing, handwork and other crafts-based options). ACTION CAMPers also participate in weekly field trips to leading Chicago educational and cultural institutions.

Sports Camps . . . . . . . . 11-18 years

Our BASKETBALL CAMPS are open to all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. They teach fundamental skill development as well as team concepts. Campers receive individual instruction from highly qualified coaches, with previous college playing and coaching experience. (For 6th-12th graders)

The SPORTS AND MOVEMENT CAMP is designed to offer a variety of activities which promote healthy active living. Campers receive instruction in volleyball, soccer, fitness, tumbling, circus arts and more. (For 6th-8th graders)

Click here for a full Summer Camp brochure with registration form, policies and fees. We look forward to the rich opportunities summer affords. Please mention the camps to your fiends and neighbors; Waldorf camp is open to the public and non-Waldorf students are welcome to attend!

For more information and to sign up for summer camps please contact Megan Rich in the Main Office at 773.465.2662

Save the Date: Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Every Spring we welcome friends of the school as we open our doors to our extended community for…

Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Friday, April 27th from 8:00 am-12:00 noon

Our students invite relatives (grandparents, aunts & uncles,…) and close family friends who are significant in their lives to see their school. Join us for classroom observation, on-site tours, coffee and a culminating program of lively verse, song and movement from students in grades 1-12. Waldorf education is alive in the classrooms, and in our students: come enjoy the creative enthusiasm, energy--and some staged performances too!

Attending? Please RSVP 773.465.2662 to Megan Rich in the Main Office.

Note to Parents: Space is limited, so to ensure availability for guests, we ask parents to refrain from the class tours at 8:00am and instead join visiting guests in the auditorium at 10:00am for the students’ performances.

Thank You All: 2012 Gala A Resounding Success!

Our community of parents, teachers, staff, alumni, parents of alumni and friends of the school gathered together at Café Brauer for the purpose of raising funds for innovative uses of technology in the Waldorf curriculum and in school operations. After enthusiastic socializing the night’s program began with keynote speeches from the CWS Board President, our Administrative Director, faculty and finally a Waldorf Alumnus. Each spoke from differing perspectives about the value of the Professional Development initiatives that were funded by last year's Gala and about the value of technology (and the unique Waldorf approach to integrating technology) in learning and communications for the school that the current year's gala was dedicated to supporting. Two inspiring films (alumni reflections & faculty development) were screened that profiled CWS faculty members and alumni who reflected on the ground-breaking and inventive characteristics of Waldorf education.

As Science teacher, Brian Gleichauf described to the assembled guests that night, “Technology is an any entity (tool, machine, technique, craft, system, method of organization) designed for and by human beings, that enhances a human’s capacities, and which is based on insight into both nature and the inner nature of the human being…We also say: ‘Technology is viewed as an expression of what the human being can produce that will be of service to others.’…Today, in our world of constantly changing technology, we must not only help our young people understand how technology works, but also how they can innovate new technology with meaning and an ethical direction.”

The ensuing Dutch auction raised funds that exceeded expectations and were a significant increase above last year's totals. This growth shows the strength and enthusiasm of our community's dedication to supporting the school and adding resources to its innovative approach to technology, as a leading and essential aspect of our Waldorf education. The overwhelming generosity exemplified on Saturday night left our faculty and administration members genuinely moved and filled with deep gratitude. Attendees then proceeded to celebrate with a spirit and joy that spilled over into dinner discussions and concentrated revelry on the dance floor.

Thank you all for your support of the school and this essential aspect of Waldorf education!

Spring Heralds the 39th Annual May Fair

We invite you to join our community celebration and neighborhood block party!

May Fair
Sat. May 12th, 10am - 4pm

Invite The Public! Invite Your Friends! More information coming...

•  Free Admission  •  Live Entertainment  •  Unique Vendors  •  Outdoor Block Party 
•  Games & Prizes  •  Crafts for All Ages  •  Music &; Dance Performances 
•  Wide Variety of Foods  •  Watch students perform the Traditional Maypole Dance

Its fun for the whole family. Save the Date!

Spring Updates From the Enrollment Office

Above, a reflective moment during a Spring morning recess

Community Welcome!

We warmly welcome Justine Bianco and Joshua Bingham, and their three children Angelo (grade 3), Apollonia (grade 1) and Durham (age 3) to the Chicago Waldorf community!

Word of Mouth Works!

Encouraging new families to consider the Chicago Waldorf School is best achieved through YOU, our parents

Know any families who are asking questions about Waldorf education? Or would like to visit our school? Please invite them to our last Tour & Orientation of the year: Thursday, May 3rd from 8:30-10:30am. It’s a great opportunity to experience classes in session, and learn more about the philosophy and outcomes of Waldorf education from our teachers and students.

Here are some recent examples of how CWS parents are reaching out and making meaningful connections with prospective families:

Kelly & Cosmin Vrajitoru graciously opened their home on March 6th for dessert and discussion with parents who had applied to CWS and wanted to learn more about the school from current parents. 

Sarah Wellington spoke about Chicago Waldorf School at the "Advice From Chicago Private School Parents" panel sponsored by Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) and Bubbles Academy on March 13th. This panel discussion reached parents from all over the Chicagoland area in an informative discussion-based setting.

Megan Cummings, CWS parent and Waldorf Handwork teacher, will lead a "Knitting the Waldorf Way" workshop for mothers at the Little Beans Cafe on Webster on April 27th from 10:00-11:00am.

Many thanks to Kelly, Cosmin, Sarah and Megan!

If you know of outreach opportunities in your neighborhood and local communities please share your ideas with Lisa Payton or Jennifer Zielinski in the Enrollment Office (773.465.2371).

Chicago Waldorf School: Caring and Action Around the World…

There is an engaged participating perspective at the heart of Waldorf education: and it is reflected in one of our school’s core values about Community: “We respect the dignity of each person and aspire to be a diverse, healthy and collaborative community. We apply Waldorf education in ways relevant to our time and place, and we inspire our students to reach out to the world in engaged inquiry and service.”  Care to Share (CTS) initiatives at Waldorf grow out of the school’s mission and support this core value. The Care To Share Committee would like to update our community about all of the exciting international projects that we are working on. Thanks to our community’s generous support, Care to Share has raised $3,500 to date this school year!

Caring for Guatemala from 2nd Grade

Nancy Szymanski’s 2nd grade with support from Early Childhood Assistant Caitlin Flannery will be corresponding with Escuela Caracol. This Waldorf school is located in the valley of San Marcos La Laguna in the department of Sololá, Guatemala.
The school is in need of basic supplies as they strive to serve the indigenous community. Care To Share will be sending them $500 this month.

Seeds to Goats to Water Buffalo from 3rd Grade

Susie Poole’s 3rd grade―after collectively fundraising by preparing seeds for sale―poured over the Heifer catalog, and chose to purchase two goats and a water buffalo! Their beautifully packaged biodynamic seeds are being shared with all new families that visit CWS. Now is the time to plant the seeds you picked up in the Care to Share room at the Holiday Fair.

Supplies to South Africa from 4th and 5th Grades

Lara Brackett’s 4th grade and Karen Hartz’s 5th grade are still busily sharing news, photos and drawings with the McGregor Waldorf School in South Africa. Care To Share has been working with McGregor for 7 years. We will be sending $2,000 to their 4th and 5th grade for supplies and educational support. A recent newsletter reminded us “More than 90% of our families can only contribute a small amount towards the cost of educating their children.” Our dollars mean so much to this school.

Cartwheels for Kenya

Meshu Tamrat of CWS Circus Club fame will be purchasing $500 of circus supplies that will be shared between his newly formed Nairobi Social Circus and the Mbagathi Rudolf Steiner School in Nairobi, Kenya. Meshu recently volunteered and lived at the school and formed a close bond with the students and the school. Some of the students are boarders and have lost their parents to HIV-AIDS. We are hoping that one of the grade school classes will pickup sponsorship of Meshu’s initiatives in the Kibera slum or students at the Mbagathi school and that correspondence with the Nairobi students could start.

You Can Share Too! Just up the block at XORO...

How can you support the Care to Share work of our students, faculty and committee? Look for our CWS parent, faculty and staff and student hand-crafted items in Xoro, a CWS parent owned boutique down the street at 1228 W. Loyola. They have all kinds of treasures plus CTS goodies from learn to knit kits to play silks and dolls. Hours are W, Th, Fri 12-6, Sat 11-3. So please stop in, do some shopping and support our global initiatives as we strive toward our goal of becoming an international Waldorf school.

Join the Care To Share Community in school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings

Join the Care To Share community with the doll-making workshop on Tuesday mornings and needle felting and other handwork and crafting projects on Thursday mornings. We will be meeting from 8:15 – noon in the nursery classroom in Early Childhood. And we will be having a table of handcrafted goodies at the May Fair! Or thank our faculty and students for looking out into the wider world.

...Be a member of Care to Share!

Call or email us today. If you have any questions or would like to join our workshops or make a donation please contact; Laura Donkel, 773-435-2662,, Margaret McGuire,, or Dru Muskovin, 773-772-4005, Thank you for Caring and Sharing!


True abundance is not in what we keep. It is in what we are able to give away to empower the values and visions we hope will shape the future. It is about legacy. It is about making a difference. It is about keeping the energy moving.

-Rev. Linda Weaver Horton

9th Graders Study Seismology and Earth Sciences

On March 19th, as a part of their science curriculum, the 9th grade visited the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University where they met graduate students, Department Professor Suzan van der Lee and CWS parent Alison Witt-Janssen, who is the department's Program Assistant.

The students learned about three types of seismic waves, their characteristics, and how to recognize them as they appear on a seismometer. They practiced taking data from three seismometer stations in different locations (as determined by their latitude and longitude) learned about a specific earthquake and examined how to determine from this data the epicenter of the earthquake.

Using the human body to demonstrate the difference between P-waves and S-waves, they also learned how the various wave types have very different destructive effects on buildings and other structures. The students simulated earthquakes by jumping in the stairwells. They were then able to view Northwestern’s Locy Hall seismometer close up and see how the effects of students jumping up and down at various locations in the three-story building were recorded instantly by the seismometer in the basement. Two days later the students were sent images taken from that very seismometer of a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico that happened the day after their visit!

Kim John Payne Advocates Parents “Quiet Things Down…”

Internationally recognized child psychologist and child development expert, Kim John Payne, offers an insightful perspective that parallels Waldorf pedagogical principles in his recent article excerpted below:

"Why the Ritalin Debate Is Asking the Wrong Question:
Healing Our Kids' Soul Fever With Simplicity."

By Kim John Payne  Dateline: 3-12-12

Parents across the country know something is wrong. All the hovering, anxiety, medicating, and overscheduling is giving voice to that parental instinct that knows when our kids and family life are in trouble. And it's true, our kids are in crisis, victims of an undeclared war on childhood, drowning in a sensory tsunami, and because we love them so much, we worry, and we search for solutions, ignoring the voice in our heads telling us that something's off when we greet our kids every morning with a pill to fix them. Indeed, something is wrong. But it's not our kids. Our kids are as beautiful, feisty, gifted, and quirky as they have always been. What's changed is their environment, and the levels of stimulation and stress we expect them to integrate.

"Ultimately, it comes down to a choice. Parents need to decide whether they believe childhood is a fast-paced enrichment opportunity or a slowly unfolding experience....."

In my decades of working with families around the world, I have seen thousands of children's brilliant personalities―their funny, odd, remarkable, special talents, railroaded by stress, so much so that I came up with this simple equation: Quirk + Stress = Disorder, or what I call a soul or emotion-fever....(click here to continue the full article at its source on Huffington Post).