The Bulletin

CWS Honors Marilyn Keane in Memoriam

Our Heartfelt Sympathies go out to her family, including daughter (& New Leaf owner), Karen Keane

Marilyn a. Keane of Chicago Heights passed away on May 11th, 2011 at St. James Hospital. She was 83 years old, born in Chicago and resided in Hyde Park and South Shore. She was the eldest of seven beloved children of Albert and Harriet Doherty. Marilyn is survived by her three sisters: Jean (Bill) Taaffe, Alice (Jim) Rooney and Eileen Doherty, and her three brothers: Dan, Tim (Barb), and Jim (Cathy) Doherty. She is the beloved mother of Karen, Kevin (Geri) and Brian (Kerry) Kean and the adored grandmother of Michael (Whitney), Jason, Alexandra, and Kaitlyn, as well as great-grandmother to Cole and Brooklyn.

She will be loved and missed by numerous relatives, life-long friends and neighbors. Marilyn’s funeral was held in a Catholic Mass in Chicago Heights on Monday May 16th. Her body will be interred at Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, IL. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Catholic Charities (info at (708) 754-0016.

We send our support and condolences to her daughter, Karen, who is an important member of the CWS community, the Rogers Park neighborhood, and a good friend to the school.

CWS Community Outreach Takes On Many Forms

L-R:  Lucien Lazar, Naomi Muskovin, Claudia King, Malcolm Collins, Michael Moratto, Wilny Wilkerson, Torii Maysonet.  Not Pictured:  Elodie Betend, Sarah Lavin-Burgher, Jeremy Marder & Fiona Masterton.

Dedicated Individuals Represent Our School

As 2011-12 enrollment season winds down, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the many students, teachers and parents who welcomed and supported our prospective 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 a fine example of this work.

First and foremost, we thank our inspiring and dedicated high school student ambassadors: Elodie Betend, Malcolm Collins, Claudia King, Sarah Lavin-Burgher, Lucien Lazar, Jeremy Marder, Fiona Masterton, Torii Maysonet, Michael Moratto, Naomi Muskovin, and Wilny Wilkerson.  Together, with the help of Talia Adams, Eden Finer, Matthew Kane, Rebecca Lavin-Burgher, Claire Matthews, Iris Pavelic, Sarah Price, Mercy Randolph, and Cole Ruscitti,  they hosted more than 40 visitors as well as our own 7th and 8th grade students.  Many thanks also to Alice Blehart, Camille Dozier, Rosie Fitz, Laura Holdrege, Olivia Juarez, Liam Lundy, Blake Palder, Jasmine Pearman, Lena Smith and Mike Wright  for joining the student ambassadors in supporting the six tours and orientations.

“I really appreciated the students input, and the teachers also made a great impression. They clearly have a ‘burning’ passion for their school.”

We are also very grateful to the Enrollment Committee, especially Susan Mudd, Clifton Muhammad, Katherine Rogers, and Josephine Ryan  for their generous leadership and support throughout the year.  Improved tours and orientations and the Class of 2015 scholarship are just two examples of their many contributions.  Lastly, we appreciate the efforts of all the parent volunteers who provided support for the tour and orientations, and yield and outreach events:  Stephanie Arnett, Karen Brennan, Jill & Mike Cruz, Linda Finer, Maria Gale, Christy Galyon, Cheryl Henley, Corey Hirsch, Rebeca Itzkowitz, Andrea Lee, Valerie Colis & Peter Livaditis, Robin Lewis, Mark McIntosh, Hema Pillalamarri, Sue Smock-Lawson, Andrea Regan McNaughton, Norman Teague, Sarah Wellington, and Amy & Chad Willetts.

“The opportunity to speak with current parents and current students was priceless.”

The fruits of this good work are best expressed in the words of prospective parents:

"I was most impressed with the classroom tours.  It is one thing to read about the goals of a Waldorf education and another to witness it."


"I LOOOOVED the early childhood program.  I wish I could have been a Waldorf Early Childhood student.  I would love for my future children to go here."


"I came away totally inspired as a teacher to finally see classes taught in a way that is interesting, intuitive, full of critical thinking and fully integrated with the ARTS."

Thank you all outreach volunteers for your generosity and commitment to Chicago Waldorf School!

Submitted by the Admissions Committee:
Susan Bruck, Barbara Huckabay, Lisa Payton, Lauri Sullivan and Jennifer Zielinski

Explore the City on Bike

Bike The Drive- Sunday May 29th Join CWS for a Special Bike Ride and Social Outing!

For the past several years, Chicago Waldorf School families have joined thousands of Chicagoans in participating in Bike the Drive, a fun-filled outdoor city-wide event.

Take advantage of an entire morning of car-free biking on Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive. Ride in safety and community while exploring the city. Then have a picnic and play-time in the park.

Bike the Drive is a family-friendly event that is a great way to see the most scenic aspects of our city’s waterfront by biking down Lake Shore Drive—without cars!  Families can choose to bike any length of the two 15- and 30-mile course options and can use one of the many turnaround points for a more leisurely ride. For the last five years Chicago Waldorf families have biked the event at their own pace and distance and then met at around 10:30am for a social outing & picnic near Montrose Hill in Lincoln Park after Bike The Drive concludes.

Bike the Drive is a fundraising event for the nonprofit Active Transportation Alliance. Registration supports their advocacy efforts and gives you hours of uninterrupted bicycling, volunteer support, access to rest stops and a fun-filled post-ride festival. The CWS After-Ride Outing is free and all community members and friends are welcome to join us.

Catch the view from behind your handlebars! Ride with us Memorial Day weekend and join CWS families for picnic and fun in the afternoon.

If you’d like to join in the Waldorf Families After-Ride Festivities, please contact CWS Communications Director, Jason Greenberg at for more details.

Sign up today! Click here for their event registration webpage. It supports a great cause.

Students Raise Funds for Humanitarian Outreach

The CWS 8th graders were able to raise enough money to purchase these gifts: a Water Buffalo, Llama, Goat, Sheep, Honeybees and Flock of Chicks.

As part of the global awareness and outreach elements of the curriculum, the 8th grade developed and promoted a fundraising drive that culminated this year in earning approximately $700.00 that they then donated to Heifer International to help efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty.

Heifer International is a global nonprofit humanitarian assistance organization working to help end hunger and poverty and at the same time protect the environment and care for the Earth. Heifer provides living gifts of area-appropriate livestock and training in environmentally sound agricultural practices to families in need to help lift themselves out of poverty to become self-reliant.

For more than 65 years, Heifer has worked to help improve livelihoods for families that struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 12 million families—62 million men, women and children—more than 1.5 million families in 2008-09.

Additional 8th Grade Efforts Raised 210 pairs of shoes.

Last year the 8th Grade held a bake sale to benefit the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake. This year they decided to donate the money to Soles 4 Souls which provides a pair of shoes for every dollar raised to those in need. The 8th graders raised $175.00 and collected 35 pairs of shoes which enabled them to provide 210 pairs of shoes to the people of Haiti.

The students offered services like shoveling snow, babysitting and bake sales to raise money for their class project. Thanks to the 8th Grade students for spearheading this initiative and raising generous funds for these worthy causes!

From the Board of Trustees

Report of the April 26th Board Meeting

Trustees heard reports on―and discussed―a number of noteworthy items including:

Trustees were pleased to hear the encouraging results of a philanthropic feasibility study conducted by an outside professional firm and heartened to hear that CWS is capable of conducting a $10 million capital campaign in the near future. (The Board had approved in fall 2010 the retention of a fundraising consultant to assess and report on the school’s philanthropic capability for a permanent home capital campaign in response to the AWSNA/ISACS accrediting recommendations.)

Trustees noted that the report makes clear the school must make philanthropy a greater organizational priority in line with the recommendations contained within the report. The school should make changes and invest the resources necessary to increase its fundraising results over the next two years as it moves toward implementing a campaign. The recommendations contained within the report will be taken up by the Permanent Campus Committee, administration and Board. (Questions regarding the feasibility study should be directed to Luke Goodwin and Jackie Johnson.)

...the report makes clear the school must make philanthropy a greater organizational priority…

The Finance Committee had several pieces of good news:

• The school’s line of credit will not have to be drawn upon at all this year, marking a significant accomplishment in the management of school funds. A small surplus this year will be carried into next year’s budget.

• The top priority for next year’s baseline budget will be salary and benefits reinstatement for faculty and staff. Our ability to add these items back into the budget will be based on this year’s Annual Fund revenue and next year’s tuition revenue.

• The Gala raised in excess of $100,000, which will be designated exclusively for faculty and staff professional development this year and over the next two school years.

• The Finance Committee will host an annual community financial forum each fall, prior to the Board’s deliberations and decision on tuition-setting.

Administrative reports to the board included updates on human resource matters; enrollment for next year (overall projected at about the same as this year); progress on the upcoming renovation of the EC5 classroom; the Admissions Office forthcoming 5-year Exit Interview Study that will give valuable insight into our school’s strengths and continuing challenges; and crisis management recommendations completed this year.

PTO leadership will continue to discuss and consider how best to coordinate with room parent leadership to efficiently and effectively facilitate volunteer activity in the school, and to emphasize community building now that the school is easing the fund-raising expectations surrounding many events and festivals.

The Board will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm.

Submitted by Sylvie Desouches, Board Secretary on May 19th, 2011

Minutes from the April Board meeting will be available at the front desk after approval on May 24. All prior 2010-2011 Board meeting minutes are already available for viewing at the front desk.

Remaining 2010-2011 Board of Trustee Meetings
May 24 – Approve baseline budget, approve trustee slate
June 14 – General, Strategic Planning

Interested parents, faculty and staff may request to attend by notifying the Board Chair (Mike Motyka at at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting (by May 22).

NOTE: While the Board has an open Board policy, certain confidential or sensitive information may need to be discussed under closed door session, per best practices for non-profit boards. The Board Chair may ask guests to leave the room at such times and may limit the number of guests attending a meeting. Guests may or may not be invited to speak.

Memories Now Available…

Get your personal copy of The Loop, the CWS 2010-2011 Yearbook

Filled with memories, class pictures, event photos and more, the yearbook makes a great keepsake and is a great way to remember all the students, faculty and staff in our school. Relive your fond memories of school by leafing through the pages.

Yearbooks are available for $60 each. We offer a special multiples price for families to purchase copies at $45 each when ordering two or more at once.

Drop by the Main Office to pick up your yearbook or you may mail in payment to Chicago Waldorf School / 1300 W Loyola Avenue / Chicago, IL 60626. 

Come by the Main Office window to get your copy today!

Congratulations to CWS Student Liam Gorzen

Chicago Fire Department Awards Student Scholarship

8th grade student, Liam Gorzen, was very excited when he learned that he is to be a recipient of this year’s Chicago Fire Department’s Gold Badge Society’s High School Scholarship. The Gold Badge Society advocates for firefighters and paramedics, offering financial, emotional and operational support for members of the Chicago Fire Department as well as offering outreach to families on the national level.

This specific monetary award supports High School and College scholarships for children of active, retired, and disabled or deceased firefighters and paramedics from the Chicago Fire Department. Scholarship recipients had to be nominated by community members and demonstrate academic achievement supported with institutional documentation.

Liam attended the recent awards ceremony on Sunday, May 15th at the Chicago Fire Department’s Monthly Mass at Holy Family Church on Roosevelt Road.

Congratulations Liam, on a job well done!

CWS Parent Executes High Profile Public Art Project

Thomas Melvin’s Art Extends To Many Areas

The Melvin family have been active members of the Chicago Waldorf Community for many years. In fact artist Thomas Melvins’ creativity has been on display at CWS before. His work has been profiled in the Sound of Thunder’s Community Artist Profile, and suites of his woodblock carved Valentines collaborations with his wife, Nancy Melvin, are on display in the school’s Main Office (and also available for purchase as elegant artist proof cards and gift sets). But in this past few weeks Thomas’ art skills have taken on a whole new dimension, as he is executing a massive mural project in the Loop. His efforts were recently documented in a Chicago Tribune article on this Art Loop 2011 Project.

Here is an excerpt of the article in the Tribune:

Writing on the Wall for Art Loop Project: Artist Rosen to Bring Wordplay to Empty Spaces in the Loop

The newly stenciled lines on the vast wall above Old Navy in the Loop suggest there’s a large-scale advertisement in the works. But those who’ve been anticipating the location of this summer’s Chicago Loop Alliance-sponsored public art installation are the wiser.

The north wall of the Stevens building at 17-25 N. State Street — of which approximately nine stories serve as a white brick canvas looming over a pedestrian-heavy intersection — is the newly tapped site for Midwestern artist Kay Rosen’s as-yet untitled Art Loop 2011 installation. A secondary site, along the paneling covering the north and south exterior walls of the State/Lake “L” platform, will serve as backdrop to a related installation, and banners lining State Street between the two sites will tie them together. All of the installation work will be completed in time for the project’s grand unveiling, scheduled for May 24. The complete installation will be on view through August.

Though a light rain put an end to Saturday’s preliminary preparation, Sunday’s mild temperatures offered ideal conditions for work on the Stevens building site, which is largely being carried out by a team of local painters headed by Thomas Melvin, with whom Rosen has collaborated multiple times over the course of nearly three decades. Because Loop regulations limit painting to weekends only, weather plays a major factor in the timely completion of the project….(Click here to continue reading the article at its source).

This article (originally posted, May 8, 2011) is excerpted from The Chicago Tribune
By Lauren Viera, Tribune reporter



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