Tuesday, June 2013
Click Here for the video of his presentation talk.
Jack delves into the question: "How can we prepare our children for a world we can't envision?" He believes the best way to do that is to educate our children to develop three essential capacities: a capacity for vibrant and vigorous activity, a capacity for a sensitive and yet resilient emotional life, and a capacity for clear, focused, original, thinking.
These are core values held by Waldorf teachers that reflect the learning goals and developmental capacities of Waldorf education.
Jack Petrash, is an educator with over thirty years of classroom experience (currently he is leading his fourth class at the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland) and a teacher of teachers. He is the founder and director of the Nova Institute, which seeks to bring fresh insights into parent and teacher education through a deeper understanding of children. He has written extensively on education and parenting, and has served on the editorial board of the journal Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. He is the author of multiple books including; Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball, which received the National Parenting Publication's gold award. He has worked with parents and teachers all over the country, and his parenting pieces have appeared in the Washington Post and on National Public Radio.
Monday, June 2013
Waldorf Students Rebuild Homes Lost in Hurricane Katrina
In May the 10th grade (pictured above) traveled to New Orleans to work with the St. Bernard Project, a non-profit whose mission is to rebuild homes destroyed by Katrina. The students worked on all aspects of the dry wall phase, including measuring, cutting, and installing drywall, and mudding and floating the screws and seams. Some students also tore down and replaced siding, and cut and installed floor and door molding. For many of the students the most rewarding aspect of the trip was being able to meet the homeowners whose house they were working on and who have been displaced since the hurricane. This 10th grade field trip is part of the service learning component of all High School class trips.
ALUMNI NEWS CORNER:
-Sarah Surrain, (Barbara Huckabay's daughter) and CWS alum, has been accepted into Harvard's masters program in education. She's also received their "Urban Scholars Award," a prestigious full tuition scholarship. Congrats to Sarah and her family!
-Illan Ireland, (Rebeca Itzkowich and John Ireland’s son) and a CWS 8th grade alumnus, has teamed up with friends Ana and Emily Schcolnik to offer a Spanish Immersion Summer Camp. The camp, which meets in Lovelace Park, Evanston, encourages academic engagement with a variety of games that will strengthen and build skills in an immersive Spanish language environment. Please contact Ana and Emily Schcolnik at email@example.com.
PHONE-A-THON VOLUNTEERS; HELPING ANNUAL FUND ATTAIN ITS GOAL!
-We'd like to send a big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the 2013 Annual Fund Phone-a-thon. We are grateful for your hard work and passion to reach our Annual Fund goal! Phone-a-thon Participants included David Blood, Federico Simone, Lisa Rekstad, Lisa Itamura, Valerie Colis, Mary Motyka, Clara Bonaccorsi, and Katie Dahlaw.
Sunday, June 2013
Update: By July we had raised just shy of $143,000!
Thank You all members of our community who helped support our school via Annual Fund so that we can keep our operational budget balanced and our school running smoothly!
Previous Post from May 2013: We are on the home stretch for the CWS Annual Fund. We appreciate those of you who have contributed over $128,000 to date; we need $22,000 more to meet our goal. Of course, we would like to exceed our goal and now we can with the added support of this challenge grant!
The Board of Trustees and a committed group of parents have stepped forward and offered up to a $1,000 matching gift for contributions made between now and June 30th.
The caveat is that the class has to have 100% participation. If you have children in more than one class, your gift will be credited towards the participation of each of those classes.
For each class for which there is 100% participation, there will be 1) a dollar-for-dollar matching gift made up to $1,000 and 2) a pizza party in the fall! The matching dollars will go to the Annual Fund and be credited to the first 10 classes to reach 100%!
The CWS Annual Fund is critical for the school and its operations (as was detailed in this Springs All School Meeting). Annual Fund impacts everything from turning on the lights to covering teachers’ salaries.
Right now we are only at 52% parent participation while nationwide Waldorf schools and other independent schools average from 85% - 100% parent participation. We need to increase this number by June 30th, and raise at least $22,000 to meet our goal of $150,000.
This is a great opportunity! Those of you who have not yet made your Annual Fund gift please take advantage of this moment and do so before June 30th. Your participation is necessary to activate the challenge grant to double your dollars!
And thank you for supporting Waldorf education.
Questions? Please call Development Director Alexa Markoff at 773.828.8458 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, May 2013
Please invite your family and friends to join in this weekend's
2013 CWS May Fair
Saturday, May 11th, 10am-4pm
A street fair on Loyola Ave. (between Glenwood & Lakewood)
The May Fair is an annual festival of Spring, featuring the historic tradition of handmade arts and crafts that is celebrated by Waldorf schools throughout the Americas and Europe. This event connects the larger community to the creative spirit by which Waldorf schools nourish and support the whole child in attunement with the natural seasons’ cycles.
May Fair takes on its own aura for each individual school with activities ranging from barbecues to child-made crafts, handwork, fabric dyeing and more. The most iconic element of May Fair is the maypole dance that evokes the same community pride and spirit as it did in festivals centuries ago.
The Chicago Waldorf School 2013 May Fair has evolved from a celebration for children into a community-wide affair in Rogers Park that seeks to celebrate the spirit and values of Waldorf education with students, families, and the neighborhood. The festival features Maypole dancing, live entertainment and music, games, food, kid-focused activities, craft-making, and unique vendors and exhibitors of handmade artisanal goods.
Entertainment & Performances at the May Fair:
In addition to the many games, crafts and activities that will be available at May Fair, the event will feature a lively roster of entertainment including:
10:30am The Kelson Twins (location: Street Stage)
CWS student, Juliet Kelson and her twin sister will perform a medley of music. Enjoy these High Schooler's musical artistry.
11:30am Circus Aerialists Perform (location: Gymnasium)
Students from the school’s Circus Club Aerial Group will perform a variety of acrobatic skills and feats on the silks, spanish web and trapeeze.
12:00noon Maypole Dance (location: Street Stage)
The maypole bears garlands and is a symbol for the growth of new vegetation and spring life. Dancers gather around the pole that is sprawling with greenery and colored ribbons attached to the top. To the accompaniment of traditional music they walk and skip in opposite directions allowing the strings to intertwine to create a braided weave around the pole. This colorful dance is a special part of the tradition celebrating the coming of Spring.
1:00pm Circus Club Performance (location: Street Stage)
Students from the Chicago Waldorf School’s Circus Club will perform a variety of skills and physical feats from acrobatics to tumbling, floor exercises, clowning, hip-hop dance performance, juggling, and more. See teams execute advanced jump skills and competitive jump-rope routines. Coached by professional circus artists, athletes and acrobatic performers, this is our circus club students’ chance to show off their excellent new skills.
2:00pm Scenes From Shakespeare (location: Auditorium)
Students from the 8th grade will share a selection of scenes from their upcoming class play, Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream."
2:30pm Brazilian Music with Brasil Nativo (Street Stage)
Hear the energetic sounds of Samba music from Lourdes, Heitor and Paulinho Garcia Family Brazilian Music Trio.
3:00pm CWS Student Talent (location: Street Stage)
Students from the Chicago Waldorf School’s High School and Middle School will perform special selections for the community. See and hear the African Drumming Class perform, watch talent performances and skits from High Schoolers. Comedy, tragedy, or inspiration may ensue with performances that run the gamut from serious to irreverent in nature.
The May Fair will have a variety of booths, food vendors, and activities including the traditional Cake Walk, Jump Rope Braiding Machines, Tie-Dye Station, Flower Crowns, Arts & Crafts projects for kids, a Treasure Hunt and more!
Make sure you invite your friends to come join us!
Monday, May 2013
Tina Howe’s Museum is performed Thursday – Saturday, May 16 – 18 at 7:30pm
(Recommended for grades 5+) - CWS Auditorium
Parents, faculty, alumni and ALL members of the CWS community are invited to see the senior class in their final dramatic production. Yes, that’s right; it’s time for the annual 12th grade play! This year the seniors are tackling the contemporary comedy, Museum.
Written in 1976, Tina Howe’s Museum takes place on the final day of a group show of three fictional contemporary American artists. They are exhibited in a major museum of modern art and, in the course of the day, the usual suspects walk through the show: art lovers, skeptics, foreigners, students, lost souls, fellow artists, and museum guards.
The 12th grade's production of Museum explores the effect of art on the viewer, showing how reactions to a work of art say as much about the viewer and human nature, as they do about the work on display.
Directed by Colleen Everhart and produced by the senior class, all the 12th graders perform and many have more than one speaking part. They are receiving assistance from Nancy Melvin (costumes), Rick Paul and Frances Vig (set), Michele Preysler (hair and make-up) and Mike Smith (lights and AV) for their production.
Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted at the door. All donations will help fund the 12th grade’s Service Learning trip to the Yucatan in Mexico where they will work with the Mayan community on various service projects.
Monday, May 2013
A foundation for learning―and the spark that fuels the creative, inquisitive mind―starts with the question: "Why?"
CWS Annual Fund 2013 Goal: $150,000 Current mark: $110,000
40 In 40 challenges the Chicago Waldorf School community to raise $40,000 in 40 days in order to meet our 2012-2013 Annual Fund goal of $150,000. Click here to donate to the 2013 CWS Annual Fund!
Ask: Why Give to Annual Fund? This is Why...
Your Annual Fund gifts support the costs of important school operations, ensuring that Chicago Waldorf School can keep tuition competitive and offer access to Waldorf education for many families. Other expenses covered by the Annual Fund include everything from classroom enhancements to refueling the bus gas tank. Here are examples of what the CWS Annual Fund donations support:
• Piano tuning $ 80 per piano
• Full tank of gas for bus $ 100
• Gym mats $ 9,600
• Use of canteen for HS lunch $ 35 per day
• Traffic cones $ 150
• Wood chips for play yard $ 400
• Morning Lesson guest teacher $1,500
• Rental of EC5 space for 1 month $1,875
• Soil for community garden $ 300
• Accompanist for concert $ 60
Your Participation Counts!
We need your help to raise 40 In 40. We are asking for 100% participation from parents, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees of the school to reach our goal. Your donation is vital to sustaining the Chicago Waldorf experience, and the benefits are exponential—every dollar donated makes a difference in the life of CWS, which is a benefit to everyone. And all donations are tax-deductible—a great benefit for you!
Monday, May 2013
The awards, a.k.a."Mathlete Bling," earned at Illinois Regionals. Midwest Regionals, here we come!
Exciting news about the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Math Competition. This competition is held every February at Chicago State University on a Saturday during our Mid-Winter break. Students from our high school have been competing in it for years, but this year is by far the best we’ve done! The students/teams have qualified to go down to the State Competition at the University of Illinois in Champaign in May!
Please Congratulate our Math Team on their accomplishments
and wish them well in their upcoming State Competition!
Accolades are in order for the following people:
Samuel Liss and Conor Sullivan have both qualified as individuals in Algebra I
The entire Algebra II Team: Joe Wendy, Paco Alvarez, Lindsay Thompson, Alex Morson, and Merci Randolph
The Junior/Senior 8-person team: Joe Wendy, Paco Alvarez, Lindsay Thompson, Alex Morson, Merci Randolph, and Gabrielle Anspach
The Freshmen/Sophmore 2-person team: Samuel Liss and Conor Sullivan
We are are very proud of them all!
-Robert Wilson and Kelsey DeWitte, Math Club Faculty Advisors/Coordinators
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!