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10th Grade Presents Retelling of Sophocles “Antigone”

Friday, February 2013

February 14th & 15th, 7:30pm in the CWS Auditorium

Each year, the 10th grade presents a Greek play, bringing their own interpretation of timeless mythology to life. This year, the 10th grade class takes a fresh look at the complex questions of whether men and women are subject to laws higher than those of their governments.

This adaption of Antigone combines scenes from Sophocles' original text with an adaptation of Jean Anouilh's 1946 play of the same name. The fusion of contemporary history and ancient philosophy invites the audience to reflect on this universal question that has challenge humans since the dawn of civilization.  Narrated by the ghost of Antigone, the play includes three casts of characters that span not only the ages, from ancient Greece to modern America, but also the world, from Africa, Asia, and Europe to the Americas.

“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.”

The 10th grade class will be accepting donations at the door to support their service learning trip to New Orleans this spring.  They will be working with the St. Bernard Project, a non-profit rebuilding organization whose mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way.

Senior Project Week Quickly Approaching

Friday, February 2013

The twelve-year Waldorf curriculum has been compared to a climb up a spiral staircase inside a tall tower. In first grade the students enter through the ground level door and wind their way upwards. Each year provides a higher window and a different perspective on the outside world. In their senior year, the students arrive at the summit of the tower and step out onto the roof and view the entire vista stretching out far beyond them.

The senior year at a Waldorf school is designed to be a synthesis of the students’ education and a preparation for their next step in life. The curriculum leads the students through a study of the human being’s relationship with the world while synthesizing the high school themes of phenomenological, comparative and analytic thinking.

A highlight of the senior year is the senior project. Towards the end of their junior year, students pick a topic for independent study. Reading and research begins during the summer months and culminates in March of the senior year with an oral presentation before the CWS community. The completed project also includes a research paper and an artistic or technical component. An array of the students’ papers and artistic/technical work is on display in the back of the auditorium throughout Senior Project Presentation Week.

The class of 2013 will present their projects Wednesday, March 6th through Friday March 8th, 2013.   This year also includes a reception on the evening of March 6th and offers an exclusive opportunity for parents and community members to read student papers and see art projects while enjoying light refreshments.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the culmination of many months of work! Lively Q&A sessions follow each presentation. Its a great way to see—and support—the expert knowledge our seniors are sharing with the community.

Senior Projects Week

Wednesday, March 6   

            1:05 pm      Welcome to Senior Projects
            1:15 pm      Maddie Lawson: China’s One Child Policy (Grades 9-12)

            2:00 pm     Claire Matthews: Social Pressures and Teen Suicide (Grades  8-12)

Thursday, March 7

             10:30 am   Rochelle Peterson: World Story:  Folktales  as Human Activity (Grades 3-12)
            11:15 am   Casey Stewart: Dead in the  U.S.A.: American Funeral Practices (Grades 7-12)

             Lunch Break 12:00-1:00 pm

            1:15 pm    
Mateo Patiño: Finding Your Own Temperament 
(Grades 9-12)
            2:00 pm     Eden Finer: Monsters through History and How They Reflect the Fears of Their Culture (6-12)
            2:45 pm     Natalie Good: The Subconscious Mind  (Grades 7-12)

Friday, March 8

            1:15 pm     Yarden Solomon: Yoga: Unifying the Energies (Grades 1-12)
            2:00 pm     Gabrielle Anspach: Ideal Worlds of the Ancients  (Grades 6-12)
            Dinner Break 3:00-6:45 pm

            7:00 pm    Clay Shane: American Dream on the Move (Grades 7-12)
            7:45 pm    Nora Lubin: Civil Rights: The Gay Debate (Grades 7-12)
            8:30 pm    Joanna Northage-Orr: Evolution of Language (Grades 7-12)
            9:15 pm    Closing Ceremonies

Please note that presentation schedule is subject to change. Not all topics are appropriate for children. Please call the High School Office at 773.828.8464 or email Julia Weegar at with questions.

Community News: Notes From the Community

Friday, February 2013

Welcome to New and Returning Families!

Throughout the year, we have been delighted to have many new families join our school. Their presence deepens the dynamic social fabric of our community, and we are thrilled to call them part of the Chicago Waldorf School.

Welcome to Christopher Richards, grade 9; Unni Amos, grade 7; Tyson Smith, grade 1; Samuel Atkins, EC1; and Carver Forsman, EC1.  Welcome back to Ukiah Mooses, grade 6.

A special welcome to our guest students who join us from around the world. Matio Patino, grade 12; Ana Mejia, grade 11; and Natascha Ulrich, grade 10.

Sophomore Auset Muhammad Takes the Gold

High School sophomore, Auset Muhammad recently won first place at the 2012/13 Great Lakes High School Fencing Conference (GLHSFC). Nearly 300 high school fencers participated in three weapons – Foil, Epee, and Saber.

The Women's Foil category hosted 44 competitors, 10 of which Auset defeated to win the 1st Place Gold Medal.  Auset entered the competition as the #3 seed.  She finished out the day as the top ranked seed (#1) and Gold medalist with a total point accumulation of 100.  Her opponents only managed to score a total of 32 points against her for the day.

See more about the GLHSFC here.

Annual Fund Continues to Grow

Our 2012-2013  is nearly at $110,000! This year has shown an incredible generosity and support from our community as we look forward towards our strategic goals and commitment to providing an exceptional education.

If you have not already given, consider making monthly payments towards a pledge to help support the growth and sustainability of our community.

For more information on the Annual Fund and ways to give, contact Alexa Markoff  via email  or 773.828.8458.

Now you can join the circus without running away from home!
Join the CWS Circus Club!

Spring time is slowly approaching which can only mean one thing, Circus Club is almost here!

Our Circus Club offers excitement, fun, physical coordination & balance training while learning diverse performance and acrobatic skills. Students learn clown techniques, aerial performing, juggling, tumbling and more. The club's year-end circuses -where they present their Circus Arts routines to the entire community -are often packed to the walls for "standing room only" performances.

Registration is limited so sign up today! Registration forms may be picked up at the Main Office, and dropped off or faxed to 773.465.6648.


New Venue, Live Music, at the 3rd Annual CWS Gala

Friday, February 2013

This year’s gala, Building Our Future Today, is co-chaired by CWS parents Mary Motyka and Lisa Donofrio.  Mary and Lisa have helped make the gala a reality for the past three years and share their excitement and the latest news of this year’s gala. Building Our Future Today will held on March 16th, 2013 at the historic Germania Place. 

Why is the 2013 gala, Building Our Future Today, so important?

Lisa Donofrio: This year’s gala is very exciting because it is the kick-off of our first capital campaign for a permanent campus.
Mary Motyka: This will truly be a special gala.  We have been hoping and dreaming for a permanent home and seeing the start of this endeavor is thrilling!

Why do you think people should support an event like Building Our Future Today?

LD: The gala is a wonderful way to connect with friends as well as raise funds for a permanent campus.
MM:  I hope that people attend to support the launch of the capital campaign, to enjoy each other’s company, and to celebrate the school’s many successes.

What is different about this year’s gala?

LD: There have been some major changes this year.  The biggest change is the venue.  This year’s gala will be held at Germania Place, one of Chicago’s oldest and most significant historic landmarks.  There will be live music from the well-known and talented group of Lynne Jordan & The Shivers. Our community loves to dance and enjoy one another!
MM: I have to simply echo what Lisa said. New venue and live music!

What made you choose to work on this year’s gala?

LD: I think that the gala is an important fundraiser for the school and our children. I am honored to be part of it!
MM: I wanted to help continue the momentum of success from the last two galas. This work has been incredibly rewarding, and has made a tangible difference at the school. The teachers and staff truly benefit from and are so grateful for our community’s generosity.

What have you enjoyed most about working on this year's gala?

LD: I enjoy working with CWS staff, my co-chair Mary Motyka, and other parents who volunteer to help with gala.
MM: I am grateful for all that I have learned by working with a talented and dedicated team comprised of CWS staff, faculty and parents.

Why are you looking forward to attending gala 2013: Building Our Future Today?

LD: This year’s gala is the kick-off to the first Capital Campaign. What an important and exciting undertaking!  In addition, the  Boyce Award will be presented to a teacher who consistently exemplifies high-quality Waldorf teaching. The entire school community is grateful to Lee and Cathy Boyce for their spirit of generosity in initiating this special award.
MM: Dancing! If there is one thing I have learned from the past two galas, it is that our community loves to dance. And of course I am also excited to once again be amazed by what Chicago Waldorf community can achieve together.

Tickets to the 3rd Annual Gala: Building Our Future Today are on sale now and can be purchased online.  For more information please contact Alexa Markoff via email or at 773.828.8458.

Pre-Order Your 2012-2013 Yearbook Today

Friday, February 2013

Capture the memories of the 2012-2013 yearbook The Loop! Our school yearbook is produced by a dedicated group of High School students who work throughout the year to design and produce a yearbook that captures the spirit of our school. The Loop documents the life, fun, and spirit of CWS and captures both daily student life and significant events.

Yearbooks are on Pre-sale now for only $40!

Yearbook ads are a great way to promote local business or to congratulate your student on the year completing another year. Interested in placing an ad?

Contact Phoebe Cape for order forms and more information on placing an ad or pre-ordering your yearbook.

High Schooler, Talia Adams in Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program

Friday, February 2013

Waldorf students experience a diverse and artistic education. From community service to class plays, we call on students to exercise their ability to engage with the world critically and artistically outside of the classroom.  Talia Adams is a high school junior who has been at CWS since kindergarten. This year, Talia was accepted to the Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program at the Goodman Theater.

The Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program is offered by the Goodman in partnership with the Association for Women Journalists. The competitive program is open only to high school junior women, and introduces young women to theater criticism, and the world of professional writing.  Young women enrolled in the program meet two Saturdays a month to engage in discussion, writing, critiques, and interviewing techniques.  Participants also receive press opening tickets to every production of the Goodman’s season, experience one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists, and interview artists associated with the Goodman.

Talia became involved with the program at the urging of high school English teacher, Barbara Huckabay. “It sounded interesting because I love theater and writing,” Talia reflects. In order to be accepted, she had to submit a review of a movie or show she had seen recently, along with a letter of intent. The basis for acceptance is excellent writing skills and a strong interest in theater.

Talia shares how the writing process works. After attending press night at the Goodman, she writes a review of the play and sends it to the Goodman Theater for review. She also sends it to her mentor who corrects it and revises it along with Talia. Once the final draft is edited, it is posted to the Goodman Theater’s blog.  The students hone interview skills by practicing interviewing their mentors, and are constantly exercising their writing skills. “I think this will help me with my Senior Project,” Talia shares. “I am definitely learning how to voice my opinions and practice vocabulary and word usage. Waldorf helps me with this a lot. We do a lot of writing assignments in English and Morning Lessons, and this has helped enhance my writing vocabulary and ability to write strong thesis statements.”

“I’m not necessarily going into journalism,” says Talia. “But this will help me if I decide to go into theater.  I am learning a lot from closely watching shows, and love the behind-the-scenes look at the productions that I am getting.”

For more information on the Cindy Bandle Program and the Goodman Theater, visit their website.

The Arts are Essential: Why Teaching Creativity is Not a Luxury

Friday, February 2013

This article by David J. Skorton, President of Cornell University, is reprinted with permission from

As president of a large research university that received 33,000 applications for 3,050 places in the fall freshman class, I'm often asked by parents of students in high school, middle school
—and even those in preschool—what their children should study in the K-12 years to increase their chances of admission to college. I dutifully affirm the conventional wisdom: Take the most challenging courses in core academic disciplines like English, languages, history, math, and science for the required number of years, participate in extracurricular activities, volunteer...

... Then I put in a plea for taking time to explore the humanities and arts in all their varied dimensions —visual and performing, Western and non-Western, classical and avant-garde.

Far from being mere adornments to educational development, easy to dismiss as nonessential in tight economic times, these disciplines nurture our creative instincts.

Although they do not always lend themselves to the kinds of metrics used to demonstrate proficiency in reading and math, the arts and humanities play a vital role in the educational development of students. They keep and convey our cultural heritage while opening us up to other societies and civilizations around the globe. They help us explore what it means to be human, including both the ethical and aesthetic dimensions. If science and technology help us to answer questions of "what" and "how," the arts and humanities give us ways to confront the intangible, to contemplate the "why," to imagine, to create. If ever there were a time to nurture those skills in our young people, it is now, when our nation's future may depend on our creativity and our ability to understand and appreciate the cultures around the world as much as on our proficiency in reading and math...

Read the rest of David J. Skorton's article at

Squash Soup & Homemade Chicken Stock: A Healthy Winter Recipe

Friday, February 2013

This month, Cynthia Trevillion shares one of her favorite healthy recipes that is perfect for the cold Chicago winter.

Squash Soup

1 medium to large squash such as butternut, buttercup, or any other sweet fall variety with nice orange flesh.
1 large onion
1 bunch leeks
2-3 large potatoes
2-3 large carrots
2 ½ cups chicken or turkey stock, recipe follows.


To prepare the squash, cut it in half and remove seeds.

Peel it, and cut into 1 ½” cubes. Toss with olive oil and rosemary, and roast at 400oF until easily pierced with a fork.
Peel and chop onions, carrots, and potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Roast alongside squash if desired. Coarsely chop leeks.
In large stock pot combine vegetables with chicken stock. This soup is quite flexible and can be seasoned with your favorite spices or whatever you have on hand. Try fresh herbs, coconut milk, or curry.

Blend with a hand held blender.  At this point you may want to add some chicken or turkey. Salt as needed and add a stick of butter.  (Yes, enough fat is the secret to the soup tasting so good.)

You may add a tablespoon of cream to each bowl of soup as it is being served.

Chicken Stock

2 to 3 pounds of bony chicken parts such as necks, backs, wings, etc.   You may also roast a chicken, eat what you like, then take off as much meat as you like and throw all of the bones in the pot.  You may add extra backs, wings, etc.
2-4 chicken feet (optional, but they add a lot of gelatin to the stock which is extremely beneficial)
2 to 4 quarts of cold filtered water, use less water if you are just using bones from cooked chicken
2 tablespoons of vinegar
1 large onion, unpeeled, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
Leek tops, if you have them are a nice addition
1 bunch parsley
1 stock pot with heavy bottom.  Do not use an aluminum pot.

Place all ingredients except parsley in the pot.  Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Bring to a boil, and skim off any scum that rises to the top.  Reduce heat until barely simmering.  Cook for 12 to 72 hours.  I usually do 24 hours.  The longer you cook the stock the richer and more flavorful it will be. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley.  This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.

When finished, strain broth. You can use the meat, but it is not very tasty. Your dog will love it. Reserve stock in your refrigerator until the fat rises to top and congeals.  Skim off this fat and reserve the stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freezer. You may use the skimmed fat for cooking.  If I am just using the fridge I keep the stock in glass, if I am freezing it I will put it in plastic once it has cooled.    You may also freeze the stock in ice cube trays.

For more stock recipes go to and under search type in broth or stock for a copy of the article “Broth is Beautiful” by Sally Fallon.