The Bulletin

CWS Summer Outreach Opportunities

You are invited to join CWS families and friends for the

2013 CWS Summer Parades and Festivals

These events are all a part of Chicago Waldorf School’s Summer Outreach events. In them Waldorf children, parents, faculty, staff and friends march, play music and jump rope for Pride Parade, they wave streamers and ride scooters and throw confetti in Evanston for the July 4th parade, they knit and construct toys at the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival, the Glenwood Market and at the Renegade Craft Fair. And in all these events they demonstrate and share their love of CWS in talk with neighbors interested in finding out more about our school and the special aspects of Waldorf education.

Enjoy staying connected with Waldorf families
this summer and help us present our school to
Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities. This plays an essential role in our enrollment outreach efforts and its also just plain good
old summer fun for the whole family

Come and join us for many, or even just one, of these events. You can march in the sun amid the cheering crowds for our parades (historically lots of costuming, face-painting and parade swag are involved- or wear your CWS t-shirt!). For those younger and older participants―or just the sun shy―we also have seating with cool drinks on the CWS bus which will drive in both parades.


Chicago Parades- Come March with Us!!

Sunday June 30th –  44th Annual Chicago Pride Parade (11:30am-1pm)

Thursday July 4th –  Evanston’s  4th of July Parade (12:30pm-3pm)

Please RSVP!

To get involved, please contact Jason Greenberg at 312-405-6522 or if you have questions or would like to attend. RSVPs are important so we can provide adequate event materials and reserve seats on the bus.

Chicago Arts & Neighborhood Festivals- Come Attend with Us!!

August 17 & 18 – Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival (12pm-5pm)

August 25Glenwood Sunday Market (9am-2pm)

September 7 & 8 – Renegade Craft Fair (11am-5pm)

September 29Glenwood Sunday Market (9am-2pm)


Also don’t forget another fun way to stay in touch and enjoy outdoor play with other Waldorf families:

CWS Tuesday Beach Days at Albion Beach

All Summer Long - starting June 11th (10am-4pm)

Join the CWS Parent Ambassadors at Albion Beach any Tuesday (weather permitting) during the summer to meet new families, connect with current families and re-connect with any alumni families that may drop by. Look for the big red CWS sun umbrella.  Sponsored by the Parent Ambassadors group.

Questions! Contact Jennifer Zielinski at 773-828-8468 or

To Our Student & Parent Ambassadors, and Enrollment Volunteers; Thank You!

Thank you to many students, teachers and parents who welcomed and supported our prospective and new families this year.  Each of us plays a unique role in describing the value of Waldorf education, and we find that building enrollment in CWS is best achieved through the enthusiastic and collective efforts of the community.  This year was an exceptional example of this collaborative work.

First and foremost, we thank our high school Student Ambassadors for their outstanding work this year: Anyah Akanni, Malcolm Collins, Juan Correa, Jeremy Marder, Claire Matthews, Bianca Moreno, Joanna Northage-Orr, Merci Randolph, Siubhan Stormont, Conor Sullivan, Shannon Sullivan, Elijah Teague, and Joe Wendy.  Together, with the help of Isaiah Hasselquist, Taylor Jones, Juliet Kelson, Rebecca Lavin, Jenna Rogers, Sam Sendelbach and Becca Wright, they hosted hundreds of parents, 39 student visitors as well as our own 7th and 8th grade students.   We are also very grateful to the student ambassadors for enthusiastically representing Chicago Waldorf at many high school fairs last fall.

Very special thanks to our Parent Ambassadors for their joyful presence and generous outreach to prospective and new parents: Megan Cummins, Piper Davis, Maria Gale, Christy Galyon, Cheryl Henley, Lisa King, Jessica McCarthy, Sarah McIntosh and Jennifer Zumann.  They supported 52 new families this year, as well as assisted the Enrollment office with Tours & Orientations and other outreach events.   If you are interested in serving as a parent ambassador, please contact Jennifer Zielinski at or 773-828-8468.

Finally, we are deeply grateful to the Enrollment Committee chairs, Susan Mudd (committee chair), Katherine Rogers (Retention chair) and Lauren Pilgrim (Data chair) for their inspired leadership and ongoing dedication to this work; and to the members and special project volunteers, Catherine Boyce, Dawn Dingman, Jacque Harper, Dana Hegedorn, Rebeca Itzkowich, Michael Kahn, Clifton Muhammad, Lisa Rekstad, Judy Shaver-Chungbin, Anne Wagner, Sarah Wellington, Christine Wendy and Al Wyatt for their valuable contributions.

THANK YOU ALL for your generosity and commitment to the Chicago Waldorf School!

The Admissions Committee: Susan Bruck, Barbara Huckabay, Lisa Payton, Lauri Sullivan, and Jennifer Zielinski

Class of 2013 Senior Plans

Our seniors have graduated and are now planning their next steps―considering majors at their colleges, exploring international travel, professional development and employment opportunities, weighing their options and generally looking forward to their next stage of life. They also deserve a special note of congratulations for this particular distinction: As a class they have been awarded over $2 million in merit-based scholarships to continue their educational journeys in college. Those scholarship awards are based on academic merit (not needs-based financial aid), which

demonstrates how much schools are seeking out these Waldorf graduates and valuing the life skills, learning capacities and academic and social competencies they learned at CWS.

Here are brief profiles of their future plans:

Gabrielle Anspach will attend Vassar College in New York. She chose Vassar because of the strong academic reputation, and the very interesting, friendly and welcoming student body. Gabi anticipates exploring a variety of academic fields, including English, anthropology, education and art.

Eden Finer is looking forward to attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and has been admitted to the School of Human Ecology, a socially-conscious department which focuses on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation and outreach.

Natalie Good will begin post-high school life at Stetson University in Florida. She was drawn to the Discovery Program at Stetson which offers special customized opportunities for individual mentoring, workshops and job shadowing, that allows students to explore several different careers each semester.

Maddie Lawson has chosen Kalamazoo College for her undergraduate experience. She is unsure of her major but feels comfortable with Kalamazoo because it has strong, rigorous programs across many disciplines, and is a very friendly and open community.

Nora Lubin will attend Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She is enthusiastic about this school because of its shared core values and many similarities of approach to learning with Waldorf education. Nora is interested in psychology, criminology and film studies.

Claire Matthews chose Kalamazoo College for many different reasons, including its trimester schedule, friendly students, the lack of Greek life, and the K-Plan, which ensures a strong focus on experiential education, including strong programs for internships and study abroad. Claire hopes to pursue one of the sciences, perhaps via a pre-med track or alternatively via a teaching/education track.

Our 11 Seniors have collectively amassed over
$2 million dollars in merit-based scholarships!

Joanna Northage-Orr will attend Indiana University–Bloomington with her sights set on studying linguistics, a program for which IU is well-known. Joanna is considering studying several languages, double-majoring in linguistics and international studies, or studying business economics and languages.

Rochelle Peterson will pursue writing at Macalester College which values a socially-conscious student body and has a great awareness regarding environmental issues and social justice issues.  She is inspired by their highly regarded writing program, and also considering a double major (or at least a minor) in art.

Clay Shane will be heading to the east coast this fall to study at Hampshire College. Clay has many academic interests, including political science, literature, philosophy, and music.  Hampshire is part of the Five-College Consortium which allows students to cross-register at any of the colleges. Clay is already looking into the classes in Arabic language at Smith College.

Yarden Solomon is planning a gap year prior to enrolling in college. Through Workaway International, Yarden has made contact with several organizations in Thailand and plans to volunteer for six months at a yoga retreat center and also on a farm in Thailand. After her time abroad she plans to select a college to pursue her interest in environmental studies.

Casey Stewart will attend Knox College in the fall to study Creative Writing. Their Creative Writing Department is one of the leading programs in the country according to the prestigious Poets and Writers Magazine. She was drawn in by the exceptionally nice professors and student body, and impressed that the students in the class that she visited were so interesting and engaged.

The seniors' plans were collected and detailed by Academic Advisor, Diane Meinke as of 5/10/2013

Waldorf Core Capacities the focus of Jack Petrash TEDx Talk

 Click Here for the video of his presentation talk.

Jack delves into the question: "How can we prepare our children for a world we can't envision?" He believes the best way to do that is to educate our children to develop three essential capacities: a capacity for vibrant and vigorous activity, a capacity for a sensitive and yet resilient emotional life, and a capacity for clear, focused, original, thinking.

These are core values held by Waldorf teachers that reflect the learning goals and developmental capacities of Waldorf education.

Jack Petrash, is an educator with over thirty years of classroom experience (currently he is leading his fourth class at the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland) and a teacher of teachers. He is the founder and director of the Nova Institute, which seeks to bring  fresh insights into parent and teacher education through a deeper understanding of children. He has written extensively on education and parenting, and has served on the editorial board of the journal Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. He is the author of multiple books including; Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball, which received the National Parenting Publication's gold award. He has worked with parents and teachers all over the country, and his parenting pieces have appeared in the Washington Post and on National Public Radio.

CWS Community News - What’s Happening At Waldorf

Waldorf Students Rebuild Homes Lost in Hurricane Katrina

In May the 10th grade (pictured above) traveled to New Orleans to work with the St. Bernard Project, a non-profit whose mission is to rebuild homes destroyed by Katrina.  The students worked on all aspects of the dry wall phase, including measuring, cutting, and installing drywall, and mudding and floating the screws and seams.  Some students also tore down and replaced siding, and cut and installed floor and door molding.  For many of the students the most rewarding aspect of the trip was being able to meet the homeowners whose house they were working on and who have been displaced since the hurricane. This 10th grade field trip is part of the service learning component of all High School class trips.


-Sarah Surrain, (Barbara Huckabay's daughter) and CWS alum, has been accepted into Harvard's masters program in education. She's also received their "Urban Scholars Award," a prestigious full tuition scholarship. Congrats to Sarah and her family!

-Illan Ireland, (Rebeca Itzkowich and John Ireland’s son) and a CWS 8th grade alumnus,  has teamed up with friends Ana and Emily Schcolnik to offer a Spanish Immersion Summer Camp. The camp, which meets in Lovelace Park, Evanston, encourages academic engagement with a variety of games that will strengthen and build skills in an immersive Spanish language environment. Please contact Ana and Emily Schcolnik at


-We'd like to send a big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the 2013 Annual Fund Phone-a-thon. We are grateful for your hard work and passion to reach our Annual Fund goal! Phone-a-thon Participants included David Blood, Federico Simone, Lisa Rekstad, Lisa Itamura, Valerie Colis, Mary Motyka, Clara Bonaccorsi, and Katie Dahlaw.

Annual Fund Challenge Grant: Your Dollars Go Farther!

Update: By July we had raised just shy of $143,000!
Thank You all members of our community who helped support our school via Annual Fund so that we can keep our operational budget balanced and our school running smoothly!


Previous Post from May 2013:  We are on the home stretch for the CWS Annual Fund. We appreciate those of you who have contributed over $128,000 to date; we need $22,000 more to meet our goal. Of course, we would like to exceed our goal and now we can with the added support of this challenge grant!


The Board of Trustees and a committed group of parents have stepped forward and offered up to a $1,000 matching gift for contributions made between now and June 30th.

The caveat is that the class has to have 100% participation. If you have children in more than one class, your gift will be credited towards the participation of each of those classes.

For each class for which there is 100% participation, there will be 1) a dollar-for-dollar matching gift made up to $1,000 and 2) a pizza party in the fall!  The matching dollars will go to the Annual Fund and be credited to the first 10 classes to reach 100%!

The CWS Annual Fund is critical for the school and its operations (as was detailed in this Springs All School Meeting). Annual Fund impacts everything from turning on the lights to covering teachers’ salaries.

Right now we are only at 52% parent participation while nationwide Waldorf schools and other independent schools average from 85% - 100% parent participation. We need to increase this number by June 30th, and raise at least $22,000 to meet our goal of $150,000.

This is a great opportunity!  Those of you who have not yet made your Annual Fund gift please take advantage of this moment and do so before June 30th. Your participation is necessary to activate the challenge grant to double your dollars!

Click here to make your donation to Annual Fund today!

And thank you for supporting Waldorf education. 

Questions? Please call Development Director Alexa Markoff at 773.828.8458 or by email at