Monday, May 2013
Thursday , May 9th evening 7:00-8:30pm CWS Auditorium
Open to the Public / See our Grade School, Middle School & High School performers
Please join us for the annual Spring Eurythmy Festival in which students from the 4th thru 11th grades perform for the assembled students, faculty, staff, parents and their invited guests.
Eurythmy is a performing art that has been developed as part of traditional Waldorf curriculum into pedagogical movement classes. Pedagogical Eurythmy uses graceful movement that arises out of the human being’s physiology, soul and higher self and is expressed not only through movement in space but also as meaningful gestures that incorporate hand, arm and body positions with flowing complex coordinated patterns of movement in groups. As core elements of the curriculum, Eurythmy presentations are an expression of language, and the inner experience of poetry and music.
Please come see our students present their latest levels of study in the Eurythmy program.
This year's Spring festival will include:
- the 4th grade performing a piece inspired by their studies of Norse Mythology and based on the poem,
"Forge Me With Fire"
- another group of 4th graders will perform with copper rods to the "Sonnen Übung (Sun Ray exercises),"
with German music composed by Carla Ritchie, followed by a Eurythmy presentation incorporating
"The Walls of Asgard."
-the entire 5th grade will perform eurythmy to the poem "The Fountain" written by James Russell Lowell, and
accompanied by a music prelude composed by Leopold Van Der Pals.
- a group from the 6th grade will perform their Eurythmy to the poem "Akbar's Hymn To The Sun" by Lord Alfred
Tennyson and accompanied by a Hebridean song (from the Western Islands of Scotland).
-and a second group of 6th graders will perform to "A Song of King Arthur's Castle" by A.C. Harwood accompanied
by "Music for Transition of Diamonds" also composed by Leopold Van Der Pals.
Come enjoy and support the students in our Eurythmy program; which remains one of the most unique, traditional and quintessential art forms in Waldorf education!
Friday, May 2013
COMMUNITY NEWS :
- Newest Additions to the CWS Community!
We warmly welcome Ursula Burrows (grade 1) and her parents, Lara Oppenheimer and Dersu Burrows, to the Chicago Waldorf community. We love new members to the "CWS Family." Welcome!
- CWS Frosh Create "Geometry Math Rap" Video
High School students self-produced a wordy, wise, and high-speed delivery "Math Rap" that premiered on You Tube to enthusiastic responses. See the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRxanbwaEz8 Congrats to Graham Heavenrich, Conor Sullivan, Shannon Sullivan, Natascha Ulrich and Siubhan Stormont for writing the lyrics, singing, self-producing, directing, performing in, posting and sharing the video!
< Life's Cycles of Renewal Continues. CWS gets a New Tree!
Did you notice that something new stands at the front of school waiting to welcome students for their daily rituals at the pick-up/drop-off lane? City workers recently planted a new sapling to take the place of the old tree that collapsed that had been ravaged by dry rot. Welcome this newest addition to the greenery and natural environment in the school's front vestibule.
- Interested in hosting German Waldorf Students this Summer?
Two high school students (1 boy and 1 girl, both 17 yrs. old) from a Waldorf school in Germany are looking for lodging or a host family in Chicago. CWS Circus Club's Meshu Tamarat encouraged them to come to Chicago and they will be volunteering with CircEsteem this summer. They will arrive at the end of June and stay through August. If you are interested to host them for some or all of the summer please, contact Info@CircEsteem.org
-Albion Parking Lot Gets a Makeover Into New Green Park
See this link for details about the City Parks Department's new proposed renovations of a vacant lot into a new Albion Park which will effect our Rogers Park neighbors..and all CWS classes that make trips to Albion beach!
ALUMNI NEWS CORNER:
- CWS graduate, Gwen Kelly-Masterton, has adapted, produced and directed French neo-classicist Jean Racine's "Andromache," a tragedy about survivors of the Trojan War. A passionate exploration of human relationships in the aftermath of war, this terrific production includes a wonderful mural by aftercare teacher Elena Amesbury, excellent acting, and a surprise ending that may move you profoundly. See a show in the final week of their run: May 1, 2, 3, 4 at Collaboraction's pentagon Theater on the 3rd floor of the Flat Iron Building , 1579 Milwaukee Ave. All performances are at 8pm. $15 Tickets can be purchased online at agatandromache.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door. Submitted by Beth Kelly
- Anna Balch is a CWS Grade School Alumnus from 2013 who is making news in Evanston and Highland Park for her exceptional athleticism in Softball. An excerpt: "Balch is having an outstanding start to the Evanston softball season, posting a 1.571 slugging percentage in the Wildkits’ first four games. Her impressive power numbers show just how much the Wildkits missed her last year. Balch was a sophomore..." Read the full article here Submitted by Cheryl Henley
Friday, May 2013
This year at Chicago Waldorf High School, all 11 of our graduating seniors have applied to a college or university. The schools below have accepted our graduating seniors as of 4/26/2013. Merit scholarship offers have been generous as colleges attempt to lure the most qualified students.
Worthy Of Note:
Our sought after seniors collectively were granted over $2 million dollars in merit scholarship offers!
Fourteen colleges/universities are new to our list when compared with the last few years. These new schools are Dickinson College, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Stetson University, Albion College, University of Pittsburgh, American University of Paris, University of Arizona, American University of Rome, Indiana University – Bloomington, Rollins College, Hendrix College, Lynn University, Providence College and Susquehanna University. College familiarity with CWS continues to expand with each graduating class!
Congratulations to the 2013 Seniors & their families!
Their future plans will be profiled in the next bulletin.
Colleges that the Senior Class of 2013 have been accepted to:
Albion College, MI
American University of Paris
American University of Rome
Bard College, NY
Boston University, MA
College of Wooster, OH
Dickinson College, PA
Earlham College, IN
Eckerd College, FL
Goucher College, MD
Hampshire College, MA
Hendrix College, AR
Indiana University – Bloomington
Ithaca College, NY
Kalamazoo College, MI
Knox College, IL
Lawrence University, WI
Lewis & Clark College, OR
Lynn University, FL
Naropa University, CO
Oberlin College, OH
Providence College, RI
Rollins College, FL
St. Olaf College, MN
Sarah Lawrence College, NY
Skidmore College, NY
Stetson University, FL
Susquehanna University, PA
University of Arizona
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh, PA
University of Puget Sound, WA
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Whitman College, WA
Willamette University, OR
Vassar College, NY
Friday, May 2013
Have you seen the recent Atlantic Magazine, (April 2013) opinion piece written by Noah Berlatsky, a Waldorf dad in Chicago's Urban Prairie Waldorf School (our sister school on the south side in Pilsen)?
Its clarifying to hear this insightful Dad's perspective on Waldorf education. He shares a balanced and considered approach to his son's experience in a Waldorf school, and a sage parental response to doubters and critics in the article:
My Waldorf-Student Son Believes in Gnomes—
and That's Fine With Me
It's not a bad thing for kids to grow up thinking differently than their parents do.
(Here is an excerpt:) "....No doubt some parents (or more likely, people who aren't parents) will find this mystifying. How can I entrust my child to a school that does not accord with my own religious and spiritual beliefs? How can I expose my boy to an ideology that I believe is largely nonsense? What, in short, is wrong with me?
In response I would say, first, that while I'm not on board with all of Waldorf philosophy, I am absolutely on board with parts of it—and those, are I think, the most important parts. I would rather have my nine-year-old learn about gnomes, by a long shot, than spend his school days preparing for a multiple-choice test designed by some distant bureaucrat. I love that recess and flopping about in the mud in all weather and movement (that's Waldorf for "gym") are considered not discardable extras, but central parts of learning. And I really love that his gym teacher is not encouraging him -- as my public school gym teacher encouraged me—to pick on the kids in the class who were weaker, or, in one case, on the kid who had to wear braces on his legs.
And there are plenty of other examples. I love the arts education—my son, in third grade, can really and truly draw in a way that I still can't, because no one cared to teach me. I love that he knows how to knit. I love that his school took him on a camping trip where he learned to tap maple trees and went ice fishing. I love that when he gets sick, he cries because he can't go to school. I love that, if he is ever having any problem in class or with other students, I call his teacher, and the teacher listens carefully—and then she fixes it.
Thus, on the one hand, I have a bright, kind, loving, cultured, energetic, active child who adores school and his classmates and his teachers. On the other hand, he sort of thinks gnomes exist. To me that seems a good bargain.
Part of the reason it seems like a good bargain is that I'm okay, in general, with my son learning things, or thinking things, that I don't think myself. After all, surely part of the point of education—or for that matter, the point of leaving the house— is to find out about things you wouldn't necessarily find out about at home. That can mean gnomes. It can mean ice fishing. It can mean knitting. It can even mean discovering that there are adults who will bully the weak if they can—though, obviously, while that knowledge may be valuable, there are other reasons for wanting to put your child beyond the reach of such people as quickly as you can....
Rather than focusing on topics covered, it seems to me, it would be healthier to look at whether a school is committed to learning, and committed to its students both as learners and as human beings—rather, than, say, as disciplinary problems or as potential test scores. I don't agree with Waldorf about everything, but I agree with it about the main things. My son will grow out of gnomes. And if he doesn't—well, I didn't send him to school so that he'd end up agreeing with me about everything, anyway."
See the full article at its source.
Friday, March 2013
The 3rd Annual Chicago Waldorf School Gala is this Saturday, March 16th, 2013. Building Our Future Today is a momentous event in the history of the Chicago Waldorf School and will be a night of celebration and entertainment.
Building Our Future Today
is the kick-off of our FIRST
capital campaign for a
To many who will attend the Gala, a permanent campus is a dream that has been a long-time wish. For others who are newer to the school, please know how important this effort is to the growth of CWS and its importance in Chicago’s arena of independent schools.
THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE! Purchase your tickets online or call 773.828.8458 today!
This year’s Gala has many new and exciting highlights, including:
Germania Place – 108 W. Germania Place – Chicago (Clark and North Avenue across the street from Latin School).
Germania Place is listed with the National Registry of Historic Buildings, and is situated in the heart of the Gold Coast. Designed in 1888, Germania Place endures as one of Chicago’s most significant historic landmark buildings and exemplifies the style of 19th Century Victorian architecture.
Dance to the amazing music of Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Lynne Jordan has a powerhouse voice and is one of the most talented musicians today.Go to Lynne’s website to hear her musical talents. http://www.lynnejordan.com/
Robert Black, architect for the Rudolf Steiner High School of Ann Arbor, will headline our speaking program and share his expertise and experiences in renovating a building into a school.
Child Care from High School Students
Thank you to our high school students for offering to sit for your children in your home while you enjoy this year’s Gala. Funds raised are designated for the 12th grade prom. If you are interested in child care, please email Colleen Everhart at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make your request TODAY!
The Presentation of the Boyce Award
The Boyce Award will be presented at this year’s Gala. The faculty member selected for this award will have a long-time commitment to CWS, ongoing full-time service, the ability to bring joy to students and colleagues, and the talent for inspiring others and/or taking initiative. Join us as we congratulate the winner of the Boyce Award.
Questions about Gala? Email Alexa at email@example.com or call 773.828.8458.
Friday, March 2013
Care to Share is a school wide committee that connects our community with other Waldorf schools and other education and social services support initiatives around the globe. We nurture this connection through correspondence between CWS students and other students throughout the world, and by contributing funds to Waldorf schools and other teacher and class-chosen initiatives. It is amazing how strong an impact our donations can have. Our funds are raised with the help of CWS parents, teachers, staff and students creating handcrafted goods in workshops and classrooms or donating their handwork for sale in the Care to Share room at the Holiday Fair and May Fair. Also look for the "silks for sale" table outside Early Childhood this Spring!
The Care to Share Committee would like to thank everyone who supported our international outreach efforts at the Holiday Fair in December and to those individuals who came to various crafting workshops and knitting circles to create toys and handwork pieces to sell as fundraising for Care To Share initiatives. With your help and the generous CWS community support,
Care To Share was able to
raise over $3,600 in 2011-12
That amount will be donated to support initiatives with our partner institutions. Here are some updates on those CTS partner projects:
CWS received recent correspondence from the McGregor Waldorf School in South Africa. The 5th & 6th grade students are now learning about Ancient Greek History, decimals and fractions, measurement and money just as many Waldorf middle school classes do traditionally. Our funds for McGregor are managed through Waldorf for Africa. As part of their correspondence the McGregor students sent us thank you notes and beautiful handdrawn artworks from their block curriculum and lesson plans.
Additional CTS support will go to the Kibera Social Circus, an NGO in Africa co-founded and supported by Meshu Tamarat (of CWS Circus Club fame!) and the Escuela Caracol, a Waldorf school in Guatemala, South America.
You can still support Care To Share initiatives by buying beautiful handcrafted goods. CTS fundraising goods are still for sale down the street at Tibble Square, 1228 W. Loyola, hrs: Wed – Sat 12noon – 7pm
Where you can purchase these fundraiser goods:
- Play silks in all the rainbow colors
- Silk dress-up capes
- Baby Blankets
- Children's bibs and aprons
As always, if you have any questions or would like to donate directly to the CWS Care To Share Initiatives, please contact Laura Donkel or Margaret McGuire and thanks for supporting Waldorf Education throughout the world!
Friday, March 2013
Enroll now in the CWS 2013 Summer Camps which have many new offerings and specialty camps & creative workshops with Waldorf teachers. See these camp descriptions and program details.
This summer kids will experience making music, puppetry, sports, arts, songwriting, theater, drumming, handwork and many more offerings as part of the vastly expanded summer program offerings. Also new this year, we are offering half day camps, full day camps and aftercare & pre-care options too for a complete day of coverage.
And finally there is a new SUMMER CAMP $100 Reduced EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*
for registrations received by March 15th
(*For registrations for a minimum of 4 weeks of summer camps, submitted by March 15th, 2013)
Please see each camp’s specific costs and dates in the 2013 CAMP REGISTRATION FORM.
Friday, March 2013
This past January, Chicago Waldorf School students and parents were invited to present their artworks in a curated visual arts show in the foyer gallery of Prop Thtr while it hosted the 24th Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival. The festival has been a bedrock event for Chicago’s experimental theater community for decades—this year’s lineup featured some of the brightest stars of Chicago fringe theater, music, multimedia, and performance. And the Waldorf students paintings, drawings and photography fit right in to this creative environment.
CWS parent and Curious Theatre Branch member, Vicki Walden, was tasked with curating a lobby art show for the festival. “I immediately turned to the CWS artist community for entries, and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful response,” she said. “We only had a few weeks to turn it around, but students and parents alike created some great pieces. A number of audience members and festival participants expressed how much they loved the work. It even led to a couple of post-show conversations about Waldorf education.”
demonstrating how schools and theaters can collaborate in a desirable community exchange.
There were two themes for the show: artist parents and children creating work together, and solo pieces that reacted to the themes: rhinoceros, theater, or festival. The artists responded with photographs, collages, drawings, and water colors. Fifth grade teacher Nancy Melvin even held a special painting assignment in her class, weaving a rhino into the image especially for the festival.
A big thank you to the artists who shared their work!
Claudia Bonaccorsi Zoe Miller
Paul Bonaccorsi Elizabeth Nebel
Anne Cousineau Zosia Smal
Maci Greenberg Ely Taylor
Jason Greenberg Owen Taylor
Curran O’Brien Leo Weingarten
Nancy Melvin Charlie Wild
The Preus Family (incl. John, Eva, and Solveig)
The students and parents who created art for our Rhino Fest were able to be both literal and extraordinarily imaginative, to be both whimsical and to astonish with the thoughtfulness of their ideas, full of humor and warmth, yet challenging viewers to second looks and unexpected discoveries.
- Stefan Brun, Prop Thtr Artistic Director
Prop Thtr Artistic Co-Director, Stefan Brun, had this to say about the exhibit: "It is always a challenge to put an exhibit in our theater gallery, which complements our plays upon the stages. Upon being told, the time-frame in which this art was largely produced: I was extremely impressed. The idea took flight and yielded some intricately worked results...We have learned how dialog can be shown in pictures as well as words, how schools and theaters can collaborate in a desirable community exchange. This exhibit has inspired me and I very much hope we can work together soon again."