The Bulletin

March Launches CWS Circus Clubs

Circus Clubs start this week!

Enroll in Circus Club Classes from March 9th thru May 30th

Pick one day, two, three, or all four. Circus classes are available: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. All circus clubs run weekly from beginning of March until end of May, except the week school is closed for Spring Break (April 20-24). All Circus Clubs (except Early Childhood Club) will end with an exhibition show. Specific dates and fees are listed in the Schedule & Registration Form. Register your child this week!



Let your child develop skills in:

AERIAL: spanish web, trapeeze, silks

BREAKDANCE: individual and group choreographed routines

CLOWNING: skits, juggling, plate spinning, globe walking

GERMAN WHEEL: inline wheel routines to advanced spiral

JUMP ROPE: team, paired and individual performance

TUMBLING: acrobatics, floor exercises, gymnastics



Students will learn from our professional staff:

CJ Williams- Breakdance & Gymnastics

Mr. Williams was a competitive gymnast in high school. After high school he trained with Circesteem in Chicago. He eventually founded the ConnectForce breakdancing team, and he competes nationally. Mr. Williams currently performs with the Break‐a‐bulls. He is also getting his physical education degree and we are happy to have him for his third year at the Chicago Waldorf Circus program.

The Actor’s Gymnasium- Aerial Performance

Our two aerial instructors come to us through the Actor’s Gymnasium in Evanston. Actor’s Gym is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary in Chicago as a premiere theatrical circus arts organization. We are happy to be working with their staff for the eighth year in our CWS circus program!

Ashley Gambill- Jump Rope

Ashley was a competitive jump roper as part of a team for years. She teaches German at our school in the early grades and the high school. She regularly brings her passion for jump rope and sustainable living to her students.

Cirque Experience– German Wheel

Our German Wheel instructor is a teacher from Cirque Experience; Chicago’s gymnastic wheels program. Cirque Experience was founded by Wolfgang Bientzel who coordinates the teachers of the German wheel and, fittingly, hails from Deutschland. He is the 7 time world champion of the German wheel, and now trains other competitors.

Andrea Shaffer (coordinator)

Ms. Shaffer has taught gym for 4,000 years at CWS and believes in the power of artistic and competitive athletics to enrich young people’s lives. She has an unnatural love of Tootsie Rolls.

Photos from Circus Club 2013: A duo's jump-rope routine  / A student performs Spanish Web (also top image) / Students demo a clown routine / The club rehearses a clown skit and floor tumbling simultaneously


Waldorf Summer Adventure To Israel & First Arab Waldorf school

Waldorf education is developing worldwide. This summer Waldorf students have the opportunity for service learning and cultural exchange with Waldorf students in one of the first Arab Waldorf schools. This extraordinary adventure starts with a short filmmaking workshop followed by a school week working on a service project with students at Tamrat El Zeitoun, the first Arab Waldorf school in Israel.

Participants will be staying at Kibbutz Harduf, home of Israel’s pioneer Waldorf school, where their evenings will be spent working on creating a video documentary and getting to know members of the Harduf community. This service learning project will run from June 13-27, 2015.

For more information, visit the WORLD WISE ADVENTURES WEBSITE (sponsoring organization) and the website created for the school: and see this PDF flyer for more specific details of the program.

(top photo: Waldorf students from the 2014 Israel summer exchange program / below: local sites students visit)

The sightseeing tour begins in the Galilee with a tour at Beit Uri, an anthroposophical residential community for developmentally disabled children and adults. From there enjoy six days full of hikes, history, sites, food, scenery, friendships and unforgettable experiences.