Monday, May 2011
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
Monday, May 2011
CWS Students Preparing a Wind Turbine Rocket
The Thunder Rocket Club is finalizing preparations for its big launch on May 20th and 21st. Thunder Rocket Club will be one of 60 teams from four states participating in the Rockets For Schools competition. The contest is held each year in Sheboygan, WI.
Team members have been busy building a 6 foot tall, 4 inch diameter rocket that will carry a science project thousands of feet above the ground. The rocket will be launched on an I-class high power motor that is 250 times more powerful than the model rocket motors that you can see launched at the local parks.
To handle this much power, the team had to use sophisticated rocket building techniques to ensure aerodynamic stability throughout the flight. Because hobby rockets don’t have electronic guidance, like NASA rockets do, they are guided by their fins and the way the fins work with the laws of aerodynamics. The team attached the fins into the interior of the rocket using high tech bonding agents. The rocket just needs some paint before it is ready for launch!
Good luck in Sheboygan Thunder Rocket Club!
The competition will include a presentation of the club’s science project. The team chose to focus on renewable energy. They mounted three wind turbines into the upper portion of the rocket (the payload). When the rocket lifts-off, the air flow from the acceleration will turn the turbines. Size and weight restrictions placed by the Rockets For Schools organization prevented them from installing motors to collect the electricity generated by the turbines, so they will calculate mathematically the amount of power collected based on the speed of the turbines as they spin during the rocket’s acceleration. To ensure that the rocket maintains aerodynamic integrity after the addition of the turbines, the team had to design the science project in a computerized simulation program. This helped them to recognize that 3 turbines would be more aerodynamically stable than 1. It was quite a feat of engineering to mount 3 working turbines into a 4 inch tube!
Thunder Rocket Club members are: (Science Project Team) Louisa Johnson , Jackson Lubin, Augie Verciglio, (Construction Team) Alex Bender-Hooper, Jimmy Geraghty, Helena Joho, Gregory Levinson and Cheyenne Patino. Team advisors are Brian Gleichauf and Judy Lubin.
Monday, May 2011
From the desk of Coach Robb Gill
Sport Update for the Girls’ Soccer Team
This past weekend was a good time to be a sports fan. The Chicago Bulls are making a great run in the play-offs, and the Kentucky Derby is always an exciting event to watch, not only for the race but also for the hats that people wear. And on the home-front, exciting activity happened for CWS Thunder Athletics.
The Thunder soccer team had a fun-filled weekend, as they played in the first ever 8-on-8 Metropolitan Prep Soccer Tournament. As Pastor Valdez, president of the New Jerusalem School and the conference, said at the end of the tournament, “The spirit of good sportsmanship, fair play, and fun is alive and well in the hearts of the athletes who took part in the tournament.” The Waldorf Girls’ Soccer Team was able to take 2nd place by winning a pressure packed shoot-out in overtime against the Stars of the Universal School of Bridgeview.
In the championship game, the Waldorf Girls’ Team, The Thunder, lost to the Greyhounds of St. Gregory due to the incredible play of the MVP of the tournament, Nancy Ikejamja, who wowed the crowd with her incredible moves. Overall, the girls had a great time. Much credit for the great weekend must be given to the senior leadership on the team and their outstanding coach, Adrianna Kondrat.
The Thunder Athletic Department is very excited by the current plans of the Metropolitan Prep. Due to the work of Pastor Valdez and myself, the conference is moving towards offering special sports for small schools such as Waldorf. For example, the conference is planning on offering Boys 8-on-8 Flag football in the fall, and they are working on 6-on-6 Boys Soccer League.
Here is a video (produced by Coach Gill & the students) highlighting the weekend of soccer play.
Monday, May 2011
CWS Math Club Competes in State Finals.
Mathlete, Liam Lundy, Places in Division 1A
Eight members of the high school math club competed in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state finals on Saturday, April 30th. The team met at school at 6:00 a.m. and drove down to the University of Illinois with former coach Brian Gleichauf and current coach Katie Sullivan. Unfortunately coach Robert Wilson was unable to attend, as he was on the 8th grade class trip. The math club competed against the top scoring math students from all over the state of Illinois and proudly represented the Chicago Waldorf School. Liam Lundy’s score in the individual 10th grade written contest earned him 12th place out of 122 students in division 1A.
After Liam’s individual contest, he headed over to join Francisco “Paco” Alvarez, Alex Morson, Mercedes Randolf, Vlad Yourtchenko, Gabrielle Anspach, Maddie Lawson, and Rochelle Peterson in the 8-person contest. The team gave the contest their best effort and had an enjoyable day. After competing, the team went out to lunch to celebrate and then headed back to school. Having 8 students qualify for the state contest is a record for the Chicago Waldorf math club and the team is motivated to continue on their upward path by improving their performance and increasing the club’s membership next year.
Monday, May 2011
You Can’t Take It With You
Thursday May 19th - Saturday May 21st
The twelfth grade will present Kaufman and Hart’s screwball comedy You Can’t Take It With You Thursday-Friday, May 19-20 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 21 3:00 pm. You Can’t Take It with You opened in New York in 1936 to instant critical and popular acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize that same year. The 1938 film version of the play won the Academy Award for best picture.
You Can’t Take It With You is moonstruck from beginning to end. The Sycamore family, a glorious group of madcap eccentrics, meet up with the uptight, conservative Kirby family and sparks ensue! Come join us for a fun, heart-warming evening full of dancing, fireworks and many surprises. Suitable for grades 3 and up.
Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted at the door. Proceeds will help fund the seniors’ upcoming service learning trip to Mexico.
Monday, May 2011
Grandparents & Special Friends Day was a Success!
Thank You to these CWS parent volunteers who helped make our Grandparents & Special Friends Day come alive and welcomed guests from our larger community.
These were the folks behind the organizing, reception, guided tours and overall support that ensured that our visitors had a wonderful experience visiting our school.
Your contributions are appreciated!
Many people supported this event. If we inadvertently missed listing someone, please let us know.
Monday, May 2011
James Beard Award for CWS Parent Michael Gebert
CWS parent, Michael Gebert, recently won a James Beard Foundation Award. The Beard Foundation is a highly respected not for profit that recognizes excellence in the culinary arts. Michael’s award is one of the top national awards in the food journalism category. He received this award for his participation in the Chicago Reader’s Key Ingredient chef challenge series. Michael does the video and Julia Thiel writes the pieces in the Chicago Reader. Click here to see the series.
You can read more about the award ceremony at Michael’s blog, Sky Full of Bacon.
Monday, May 2011
Camp Glen Brook Offers Mindful & Developmental Summer Camp Experience
Since 1946, Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, New Hampshire, has been weaving the ideals of Waldorf education with a traditional New England camp experience. We offer a 3- or 6-week summer camp during which lifetime bonds are formed and which is modeled after Rudolf Steiner’s vision of the development of the child.
Camp Glen Brook’s summer camp serves boys and girls ages 8 to 14. The program balances and harmonizes the needs of the bodies, minds, and hearts of the children as they grow and develop.
The goal of our program is to nurture in children the capacity for free thinking and action as adults. We do this through an underlying form of rhythm and structure. We believe that premature exposure to too many choices and ever-changing structures can give an illusory sense of freedom that can actually undermine the attainment of genuine and deep freedom in later life.
With few exceptions, children must participate in every camp program and activity, thereby engaging in a wide spectrum of experiences. Most often campers are expert in some activities and can encourage and help others find greater success, while in other activities they need the support and expertise of their peers. Through these and other experiences at Glen Brook, a true community is built - rather than a society of individuals only striving for self-enhancement.
For more info visit: www.glenbrook.org
Contact: Twain Braden, Director
email@example.com or 603-876-3342
Camp Glen Brook, 35 Glen Brook Rd., Marlborough, NH 03455