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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, February 2013
This article by David J. Skorton, President of Cornell University, is reprinted with permission from Edutopia.com.
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 Edutopia.com.
Friday, February 2013
This month, Cynthia Trevillion shares one of her favorite healthy recipes that is perfect for the cold Chicago winter.
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.
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 westonaprice.org and under search type in broth or stock for a copy of the article “Broth is Beautiful” by Sally Fallon.
Friday, January 2013
Each year, the Chicago Waldorf School celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a school-wide assembly planned by the Festivals Committee and the Inclusion & Diversity Committee.
This year's assembly provides an opportunity to appreciate the work done to further human rights both in our community and throughout the world. It will feature presentations, reflections, and musical offerings performed by students, faculty, and special guests all honoring equality and investigating the history and current impact of the civil rights movement in society today.
Please join us on
Friday, January 18th at 2:00 pm
in the CWS Auditorium
This year, the Inclusion & Diversity Committee has chosen to focus on the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark piece of national legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices. As part of the school's mission to celebrate its diverse and inclusive community within the heart of Rogers Park, this assembly will focus on the historical events sparked by the foundational tenet that all voices should be heard. The assembly will highlight the importance of voting rights and examine the privilege that we all share in being able to vote.
Chicago Waldorf School invites students, faculty, and community members to join us in sharing their own voices and stories. A speaker from the Sudanese Community Center will speak on his own experiences with voting rights, and CWS faculty will take to the stage to reflect on the importance of speaking one’s own voice. High school sophomore Anyah Akanni will present readings of her slam poetry, and the High School Chorus and African Drumming class will perform musical offerings.
All are welcome to attend. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly is appropriate for grades 1 through 12.
Friday, January 2013
This past Fall, the High School students took field trips for their Agriculture morning lesson block that brought them into diverse neighborhoods in Chicago to survey a number of sustainable living and urban farming initiatives.
Students got a first hand look at communities creating living and work situations that are self sufficient and environmentally-minded, that are revitalizing "waste spaces" and converting them into green spaces. These communities are invested in the value of maximizing our connection to land, produce and even livestock within the urban environment. Here are some of the places the CWS high school students explored:
"The Plant is a a new kind of organization in a very old building. We’re working to show what truly sustainable food production and economic development looks like by farming inside an old meatpacking facility, incubating small craft food businesses, brewing beer and kombucha, and doing it all using only renewable energy that we make onsite. By connecting outputs of one business to the inputs of another, we are harnessing value from materials that most people would throw away....It’s part vertical farm, part food-business incubator, part research and education space – and it will be entirely off the grid." 9th grader, Silvia Sukenic was impressed by the fact that the Plant "will run entirely on bio gas for its power source." Her classmate, Maddie Byrne said, "The Plant is cool because its goal is to be totally self-sustainable..."
GRIT Magazine recently awarded the Freak Farm the honor of being its "Homesteader of the Year" and featuring a profile of the farm in its coverage. Other groups have taken notice of this active backyard micro-farm that has diverse features including chickens, guinea hens, vermicomposting (worms), a harvesting garden and other agricultural elements. CBS 2 News also gave Freak Farm some coverage and highlighted the farm's founder, Tristan Beache.
After visiting the Angelic Organics Farm, 9th grader Taylor Jones said he'd never been on a farm before and that "they fed the cows beets; they don’t have milking cows, but they do milk their goats.” “Zo” Schrepferman commented that “One of the most memorable things was eating a hot pepper called a 'Paper Lantern' that looks like a regular pepper but its red and super hot.” The students also met with urban farmers and learned about plans for development of new urban farmland in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. Some of these proposed "urban ag" farms are supported by and developed through CRAFT, the Angelic Organics Education Center's Farmer Training Program.
“All their food is biodynamic and they don’t use chemical pesticides, instead the farmers do things to trick the bugs, like rotating the crops.”
- 9th grader, Zo Schrepferman
Grace White, a 9th grader, commented that, “Visiting Angelic Organics was an experience similar to working on my uncle's farm. It was interesting; I’d love to have an internship experience there.” Science teacher & 9th grade advisor, Brian Gleichauf, put the experience into a historical and pedagogical perspective explaining, “We have been doing the in-town Agriculture trip since before we even had the morning lesson block to go with it! I really feel like what we’ve crafted in this experiential block makes for a powerful experience for the 9th graders. It allows them to connect with their city and their food in a new way, and it brings to consciousness aspects of their living that most have seldom thought about before. I also love that this block ‘bookends’ with the Service Learning Trip at the end of the school year, in which they get two weeks of total immersion in agricultural life.”