The Bulletin

Why Give: What is the Value of the Annual Fund?

 Brendan Finucane is a music teacher at Chicago Waldorf School where he teaches orchestra and strings instruments to students in grades 3-12. As a graduate of the Washington Waldorf School (class of 2000), Brendan has an intimate knowledge of what makes Waldorf education special. Brendan has been involved with Waldorf schools since he was four years old, and now teaches here at Chicago Waldorf School. He has the unique, deep-rooted experience of having grown from a Waldorf student into an accomplished Waldorf teacher.

“I credit my Waldorf education with giving me the capacity to express and pursue several passions, and to maintain a balance between them. In addition to my role as a teacher, I am also a small business owner of a recording studio co-op. As a musician I am equally at home in a classical ensemble, playing electric cello in my loud and face-melting band, and sequencing digital electronic music in my production studio. I’ve even been able to find a balance between these music-related activities and my interest in worldly philosophy––via participation in an on-going reading group studying the 200 year history of the political and academic left.” 

“When I look at my own experiences with Waldorf education I see an education worth investing in. I see an education that addresses the development of the whole being…”

“I see my own Waldorf education as foundational to who I am today; this determines why I believe the Chicago Waldorf School deserves my support. When I look at my own experiences with Waldorf education I see an education worth investing in. I see an education that addresses the development of the whole being through a diversity of the arts. It is an education that nurtures students with the ability to intentionally and purposefully use technology, and study its modern and ancient contexts–from music and agriculture to architecture and communications. The arts are the sum of collective human knowledge–they are the ways in which we sustain and reproduce our world. I believe in the rich and balanced introduction of the arts that Waldorf students experience, but this requires strong resources, including supporting the teachers and providing the physical equipment that enrich Waldorf arts programs within the educational curriculum.”

"If this education is about anything, it is about what we bring to the world around us"

“As we bring the Waldorf experience of the arts to our students and to our larger community, we must be backed by a community that is involved and supportive. The Annual Fund is a key element in providing that crucial support and embracing the potential of our community. It is a deep an ongoing commitment to our students and faculty–and to our mission.”

Create Items for Holiday Fair / Learn New Crafting Skills!

Calling all Handworkers and Crafters: Beginner or Advanced, help Care to Share!

The Care to Share room at the Holiday Fair wants to be filled with beautiful handmade items, all made by you and other parent and faculty volunteers! Come and join us in Patricia Holdredge’s handwork room all of November every Friday from 1pm until 5pm and Saturdays from 9am until 5pm for fun workshops, learning, crafting, stitching and chatting. We will be making pixie hats, felted snowmen, dragons, finger puppets, fairy wands, roving angels, baby booties and children’s slippers, pencil carriers, felting kits and gnomes and fairies. "Take home" project kits will be available too.

Join us and your efforts will support fundraising for the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades as they reach out across the globe to Waldorf communities in South Africa, Guatemala, Kenya and other parts of the world through our Care To Share programs.

For examples of previous Care To Share collaborative projects see Care To Share Updates and Caring And Action Around the World.

Crafting sessions will begin on Friday Nov. 2nd with pixie hats, fairies, gnomes & puppets. Please see our schedule in the web site calendar.

We hope to see you there: once, or many times! If you would like to donate any of your handmade items, please contact us!

Questions or inquiries about the workshops:
Sue Smock-Lawson, 847-864-3398 or Dru Muskovin, 773-677-5557

PTO Sponsors “Special Subject Teachers” Parents Night

Music, Handwork, German, Eurythmy, Spanish and Gym……Oh My!!!
What is my Grade School Child Doing at School?

Special subjects teachers & you!
Thursday, November 15, 2012  /  7:00 – 9:00 pm

Get together to discuss curriculum with your Special Subject Teachers! Travel from classroom to classroom--just as your child does daily--and meet the teachers who educate your child. Learn how these subjects support Waldorf education and foster children's mental, physical and emotional development.

Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure adequate supply of grade specific handouts, which will be provided at the event.

Where: Chicago Waldorf School, in your child’s classroom (Grades 1-8) Social time will follow after.

Click Here for Online Registration

Reserve your seat! Pre-registration ensures that we will have enough curriculum handouts for attendees. At the registration site simply input your name and which grade level your are attending to register.

Questions? You may contact Lisa Rekstad, PTO Parent Education Committee Lead at

Parent Potluck: A Yummy Fall Harvest Soup

Our Waldorf community is united in many ways through shared social experiences including collaborative projects, volunteering, crafting, singing, conversation and food! Here from a recent parent potluck at (8th grade mom) Marina Post's house is yet another resource to share amongst the community: "Due to the popularity of the soup and many individual requests, I'm sending this out to all. I love this soup so much; I keep the ingredients on hand and whip it up in a pinch. Also try swapping out different veggies....I did not invent the soup. It may have been originally a Moosewood recipe, I'm not sure as a friend shared it with me. As with most oral/shared resources, the original provenance is lost..."

Thanks Marina for keeping the tradition going! And please check out her StudioM For Good for more info about nourshing souls through creativity, handwork and healing facilitation.

Butternut Squash & Spinach Soup-

  • 1 tsp. Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • In a pinch use pre-ground spices
  • 2 Sm. Dried Chiles
  • 15 Blanched Almonds
  • 1 Large Onioin, diced
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 3 TBS vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp Ginger, peeled & grated
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 14 oz can of Coconut Milk
  • 4 cups Butternut Squash, peeled & cubed
  • 6 handfuls Baby Spinach
  • A squeeze of fresh Lime or Lemon Juice

1. Grind the Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric, Chiles, and Nuts in a spice grinder.
     (Or in a pinch use ground spices and chop almonds very fine)
2. Saute Onion and Garlic briefly, add Ginger and Salt.
3. When onions are translucent add Stock and ground Spice mixture to pot.
4. Stir in Coconut Milk and Squash. Simmer uncovered for about 40 min.
5. Stir in Spinach and allow to just wilt.
6. Remove pot from heat and stir in lemon/lime juice.

Yum! Enjoy with friends!

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