The Bulletin

3rd Annual Gala Features Live Music and Historic Venue

Friday, March 2013

The 3rd Annual Chicago Waldorf School Gala is this Saturday, March 16th, 2013. Building Our Future Today is a momentous event in the history of the Chicago Waldorf School and will be a night of celebration and entertainment.

Building Our Future Today
is the kick-off of our FIRST
capital campaign for a
permanent campus!

To many who will attend the Gala, a permanent campus is a dream that has been a long-time wish. For others who are newer to the school, please know how important this effort is to the growth of CWS and its importance in Chicago’s arena of independent schools.

THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE! Purchase your tickets online or call 773.828.8458 today!

This year’s Gala has many new and exciting highlights, including:

New Venue

Germania Place – 108 W. Germania Place – Chicago (Clark and North Avenue across the street from Latin School).

Germania Place is listed with the National Registry of Historic Buildings, and is situated in the heart of the Gold Coast. Designed in 1888, Germania Place endures as one of Chicago’s most significant historic landmark buildings and exemplifies the style of 19th Century Victorian architecture.

Live Music

Dance to the amazing music of Lynne Jordan & the Shivers.  Lynne Jordan has a powerhouse voice and is one of the most talented musicians today.Go to Lynne’s website to hear her musical talents.


Robert Black, architect for the Rudolf Steiner High School of Ann Arbor, will headline our speaking program and share his expertise and experiences in renovating a building into a school.
Child Care from High School Students
Thank you to our high school students for offering to sit for your children in your home while you enjoy this year’s Gala. Funds raised are designated for the 12th grade prom. If you are interested in child care, please email Colleen Everhart at Make your request TODAY!

The Presentation of the Boyce Award

The Boyce Award will be presented at this year’s Gala. The faculty member selected for this award will have a long-time commitment to CWS, ongoing full-time service, the ability to bring joy to students and colleagues, and the talent for inspiring others and/or taking initiative. Join us as we congratulate the winner of the Boyce Award.

Questions about Gala? Email Alexa at or call 773.828.8458.

CWS Care To Share Collaborates with Waldorf Schools Worldwide

Friday, March 2013

Care to Share is a school wide committee that connects our community with other Waldorf schools and other education and social services support initiatives around the globe. We nurture this connection through correspondence between CWS students and other students throughout the world, and by contributing funds to Waldorf schools and other teacher and class-chosen initiatives. It is amazing how strong an impact our donations can have. Our funds are raised with the help of CWS parents, teachers, staff and students creating handcrafted goods in workshops and classrooms or donating their handwork for sale in the Care to Share room at the Holiday Fair and May Fair. Also look for the "silks for sale" table outside Early Childhood this Spring!

The Care to Share Committee would like to thank everyone who supported our international outreach efforts at the Holiday Fair in December and to those individuals who came to various crafting workshops and knitting circles to create toys and handwork pieces  to sell as fundraising for Care To Share initiatives. With your help and the generous CWS community support,

Care To Share was able to
raise over $3,600 in 2011-12

That amount will be donated to support initiatives with our partner institutions. Here are some updates on those CTS partner projects:

CWS received recent correspondence from the McGregor Waldorf School in South Africa. The 5th & 6th grade students are now learning about Ancient Greek History, decimals and fractions, measurement and money just as many Waldorf middle school classes do traditionally.  Our funds for McGregor are managed through  Waldorf for Africa. As part of their correspondence the McGregor students sent us thank you notes and beautiful handdrawn artworks from their block curriculum and lesson plans.

Additional CTS support will go to the Kibera Social Circus, an NGO in Africa co-founded and supported by Meshu Tamarat (of CWS Circus Club fame!)  and the Escuela Caracol, a Waldorf school in Guatemala, South America.


You can still support Care To Share initiatives by buying beautiful handcrafted goods. CTS fundraising goods are still for sale down the street at Tibble Square, 1228 W. Loyola, hrs: Wed – Sat 12noon – 7pm

Where you can purchase these fundraiser goods:

- Play silks in all the rainbow colors
- Silk dress-up capes
- Baby Blankets
- Children's bibs and aprons

As always, if you have any questions or would like to donate directly to the CWS Care To Share Initiatives, please contact Laura Donkel or Margaret McGuire  and thanks for supporting Waldorf Education throughout the world!


CWS Summer Camps Expansion!

Friday, March 2013

Enroll now  in the CWS 2013 Summer Camps which have many new offerings and specialty camps & creative workshops with Waldorf teachers. See these camp descriptions and program details.

This summer kids will experience making music, puppetry, sports, arts, songwriting, theater, drumming, handwork and many more offerings as part of the vastly expanded summer program offerings. Also new this year, we are offering half day camps, full day camps and aftercare & pre-care options too for a complete day of coverage.

And finally there is a new SUMMER CAMP $100 Reduced EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*
for registrations received by March 15th

(*For registrations for a minimum of 4 weeks of summer camps, submitted by March 15th, 2013)

Please see each camp’s specific costs and dates in the 2013 CAMP REGISTRATION FORM.

Audiences Love CWS Student Artists Exhibit

Friday, March 2013

This past January, Chicago Waldorf School students and parents were invited to present their artworks in a curated visual arts show in the foyer gallery of Prop Thtr while it hosted the 24th Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival. The festival has been a bedrock event for Chicago’s experimental theater community for decades—this year’s lineup featured some of the brightest stars of Chicago fringe theater, music, multimedia, and performance. And the Waldorf students paintings, drawings and photography fit right in to this creative environment.

CWS parent and Curious Theatre Branch member, Vicki Walden, was tasked with curating a lobby art show for the festival. “I immediately turned to the CWS artist community for entries, and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful response,” she said. “We only had a few weeks to turn it around, but students and parents alike created some great pieces. A number of audience members and festival participants expressed how much they loved the work. It even led to a couple of post-show conversations about Waldorf education.”


demonstrating how schools and theaters can collaborate in a desirable community exchange.

There were two themes for the show: artist parents and children creating work together, and solo pieces that reacted to the themes: rhinoceros, theater, or festival. The artists responded with photographs, collages, drawings, and water colors. Fifth grade teacher Nancy Melvin even held a special painting assignment in her class, weaving a rhino into the image especially for the festival.

A big thank you to the artists who shared their work!

Claudia Bonaccorsi                Zoe Miller

Paul Bonaccorsi                     Elizabeth Nebel

Anne Cousineau                    Zosia Smal

Maci Greenberg                     Ely Taylor

Jason Greenberg                   Owen Taylor

Curran O’Brien                        Leo Weingarten

Nancy Melvin                          Charlie Wild

The Preus Family (incl. John, Eva, and Solveig)


The students and parents who created art for our Rhino Fest were able to be both literal and extraordinarily imaginative, to be both whimsical and to astonish with the thoughtfulness of their ideas, full of humor and warmth, yet challenging viewers to second looks and unexpected discoveries. 

- Stefan Brun, Prop Thtr Artistic Director

Prop Thtr Artistic Co-Director, Stefan Brun, had this to say about the exhibit: "It is always a challenge to put an exhibit in our theater gallery, which complements our plays upon the stages. Upon being told, the time-frame in which this art was largely produced: I was extremely impressed. The idea took flight and yielded some intricately worked results...We have learned how dialog can be shown in pictures as well as words, how schools and theaters can collaborate in a desirable community exchange. This exhibit has inspired me and I very much hope we can work together soon again."


Community News: Goings on Around Waldorf

Friday, March 2013

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Thursday & Friday, March 14th & 15th

This is a chance for early childhood and grade school parents to meet with class teachers and special subject teachers. EC parents may sign up in their classrooms while grade school parents should call Ilene Warfield at 773.465.2372.

High School conferences may be scheduled as needed by calling Julia Weegar at 773.828.8464.

And of course, students enjoy both Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, off!

Great Lakes Summer Intensive

Ah, July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: ice cream, walks on the beach, and the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute Summer Intensive!

July 8-26, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, an immersion into the Waldorf view of the developing child, the Waldorf curriculum for grade school or early childhood teaching, and Waldorf artistic work awaits the developing Waldorf teacher or any adult interested in learning more about Waldorf education and participating in the self-transformational work that it requires.

Please visit the GLWI website for details and registration for this year’s Summer Intensive, part of the 3-year, part-time Waldorf Teacher Development Program offered by Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, a developing institute in the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. GLWI students may earn a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis through our partnership with Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Contact Lori Barian, Director of Administration, 414-616-1832 or, with any questions.

Graduate Annie Kane Displays Artwork

Annie Kane, 2008 CWS graduate, received her Bachelor of Arts from the School of the Art Institute this past December.  One of her ceramic vessels sold at her SAIC Senior Show and is now prominently displayed at the City of Chicago District 1 Municipal Building at 4605 Lawrence Avenue.  Her ceramic work is currently being sold at Art 4 Soul in Flossmoor, Illinois and was recently juried into the Frankfort Art Show this Fall.  Congratulations Annie!!!

Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Copies of the 2012-2013 yearbook, The Loop, are on sale now. Contact Phoebe Cape via email or at 773.465.2662 to order yours today.

Register for Circus Club

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 dropped off at the main office or faxed to 773.465.6648.

New York Times Article Supports Principles of Waldorf Education

Friday, March 2013

Waldorf education’s 15 year curriculum (from Early Childhood up through High School) holds at its core values principles of wholeness, community, continuity and self-reliance that are getting attention in mainstream media and mirror the messages from education pundits and experts offering road-maps to school reform such as this one…

The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools

This editorial by David L. Kirp first appeared in the New York Times on February 9th, 2013.

“WHAT would it really take to give students a first-rate education? Some argue that our schools are irremediably broken and that charter schools offer the only solution. The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinventing the public schools we have.

Union City makes an unlikely poster child for education reform. It’s a poor community with an unemployment rate 60 percent higher than the national average. Three-quarters of the students live in homes where only Spanish is spoken. A quarter are thought to be undocumented, living in fear of deportation…

As someone who has worked on education policy for four decades, I’ve never seen the likes of this. After spending a year in Union City working on a book, I believe its transformation offers a nationwide strategy.

Ask school officials to explain Union City’s success and they start with prekindergarten, which enrolls almost every 3- and 4-year-old.

There’s abundant research showing the lifetime benefits of early education. Here, seeing is believing...

One December morning the lesson is making latkes, the potato pancakes that are a Hanukkah staple. Everything that transpires during these 90 minutes could be called a “teachable moment” — describing the smell of an onion (“Strong or light? Strong — duro. Will it smell differently when we cook it? We’ll have to find out.”); pronouncing the “p” in pepper and pimento; getting the hang of a food processor (“When I put all the ingredients in, what will happen?”).

Cognitive and noncognitive, thinking and feeling; here, this line vanishes. The good teacher is always on the lookout for both kinds of lessons, always aiming to reach both head and heart...

“My goal is to do for these kids what I do with my own children,” the teacher, Susana Rojas, tells me. “It’s all about exposure to concepts — wide, narrow, long, short. I bring in breads from different countries. ‘Let’s do a pie chart showing which one you liked the best.’ I don’t ask them to memorize 1, 2, 3 — I could teach a monkey to count…”

Continue reading the article at its source at the New York Times  / Photo by Liese Lotta