The Bulletin

Math Night: A Review of Waldorf Curriculum

Thursday, March 2011

Mathematics Unfolded

April 7, 2011 Refreshments at 6:30pm / Presentation at 7:00pm

CWS Lower Eurthymy Room

What does a child in a Waldorf School experience on his/her first day of the 1st grade? Why, the teacher presents the student with two lines: a curve and a straight. Are there any other kinds? Not really. And just think about it: all of our numbers and letters, the primary symbols that govern our lives and interactions, are formed out of these two fundamental types of lines. On the first day of elementary school the child is presented with an archetypal experience.

Now this experience will be revisited and expanded upon in a multitude of ways and contexts throughout the child’s education. One of the most obvious of these contexts is mathematics. How do we measure curved lines, or calculate the area bounded by such lines? This is a question first addressed in 7th grade geometry, and re-visited again in high school calculus. Are there, in fact, two archetypal lines, or is there only one? This is a question taken up in high school geometry, and it constitutes a culminating response to that seed experience planted back on the first day of grade school.

The teachers at the Chicago Waldorf School would like to share with you the nature in which important educational themes are introduced, explored and metamorphosed through the grades always, of course, in harmony with the developing child. Last year we presented the theme of fire as it is introduced in 1st grade, and developed in chemistry lessons in the middle and high schools. This year we invite you to attend an evening in which the theme of the curved and straight line is developed through the 12th grade curriculum. On Wednesday, April 7th, at 7 PM, this PTO-sponsored evening will feature presentations from Nancy Szymanski, John Trevillion and Brian Gleichauf, representing the early, middle, and high school grades, respectively. We look forward to seeing you.

Please RSVP to Lisa Rekstad, PTO Parent Education Lead at lrekstad@gmail.com

Looking for CWS Board Trustees

Thursday, March 2011

Chicago Waldorf School’s Committee on Trustees of the Board of Trustees is:

Actively seeking individuals who are interested in serving as a Trustee of the Board…

or as a member of a Board Committee. We are looking for talented people who are willing to take up the challenging and rewarding work of leading the school toward fulfilling its mission. These people can come from within our CWS community, or can be drawn from outside our current ranks.

Click here for more details (candidates must meet these requirements).

If you are interested, or you think someone you know might be just who we’re looking for, please email Cynthia Joho at cynthiajoho@gmail.com. We would like your suggestions by March 31st.

Math Team earns high rankings from ICTM

Thursday, March 2011

CWS High School Math Team Headed for State Finals!

April 30th at the University of Illinois

The high school math team’s strong performance in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Regional Competition earned them the opportunity to advance to the State Finals.  Both the Freshman/Sophomore 8 person team and Liam Lundy, as an individual, will be competing on April 30th at the University of Illinois.  Students competing in the State Finals include Paco Alvarez, Alex Morson, Merci Randolph, Vlad Yourtchenko, Gabby Anspach, Liam Lundy, Rochelle Peterson and Maddie Lawson.  Other math team members include Rosie Fitz, Quinn Kennelly, Jhanneau Roberts, Alice Blehart, Cameron Fife and Joanna Northage-Orr.

This is the first time that the Chicago Waldorf School has qualified as a team to attend the State Finals.  As small as our school is, the Freshman/Sophomore 8 person team earned a score equal to or higher than many schools much larger in size, such as the University of Chicago Laboratory School, St. Ignatius, Lane Tech, Lake Forest, Highland Park and Glenbrook South.

Each year, the math team has grown in size and improved their performance in the ICTM Regional Competition.  The team is currently coached by Katie Sullivan and Robert Wilson and was started and led by Brian Gleichauf for several years.  Brian and Katie will be traveling with the team to the State Finals and are helping the team gear up for the competition in bi-weekly practices.

Submitted by Math Team faculty advisor, Katie Sullivan

Congratulations to our Math Team for their impressive performance
we wish them strong will and calm focus for their impending conference!

Recital of CWS Student Musicians

Thursday, March 2011

Sunday, March 27th at 4:00pm in Auditorium

Waldorf music teachers, Jon Feller and Brendan Finucane, teach violin and cello at the school and also instruct quite a few CWS students in private lessons after school.  They’re holding a student recital in the auditorium this Sunday and all are invited to attend.  The recital is free and open to the public.  Come support our budding strings players!


on Violin/Viola: On Cello:

Payton Hiertz Olivia Chambers

Victoria Hopkins Liam Gebert

Alex Motyka Marcela Okeke

Lara Motyka


Eva Preus


Charlie Wilde

Charter Schools Move to Emulate Waldorf School Education

Thursday, March 2011


In the latest news of schools developing Waldorf-inspired programs comes this report from Merced, California about public schools adopting aspects of Waldorf curriculum.

The article features “the Foundations Public Schools Initiative, which is creating two new charter schools: Green Valley Charter School in Los Banos and Creekside Charter School in Merced. Both schools will eventually house grades K-8, and will feature a Waldorf-inspired curriculum.”

“Our team is trying to bring about educational choices throughout the Valley, giving parents and students additional options for public education,” said the project’s lead organizer, Tisha Blackwood-Freitas.

Click here to read the full article at its source.

Avoid Waste: Block Your Junk Mail

Thursday, March 2011

Announcing Chicago Catalog Choice - A Free Mail Preference Service

The City of Chicago has joined forces with Catalog Choice to offer Chicagoans a free service to reduce unwanted mail. Any resident or business can create an account at https://chicago.catalogchoice.org to reduce unsolicited catalogs, phone books, credit card offers, coupons and other marketing material received at home and in the workplace. We encourage you to participate and ask for your help in spreading the word to friends and colleagues. 

“We’ve identified waste reduction as a crucial strategy to meet the goals of our Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP),” says Chicago Department of Environment Commissioner Suzanne Malec-McKenna. “The mail preference service with Catalog Choice will cut paper waste at the source and offers an ease of use that we know Chicago citizens and businesses will appreciate.”


Annually, Chicagoans send more than 300,000 tons of paper to landfills; material that could be diverted instead. By eliminating or recycling this material, the City can make serious gains towards the CCAP goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its waste management strategies. 

This program is supported by the Chicago Department of the Environment. If you have any questions about the service, please call (312) 744-5702 or email Chicago’s Dept. of Environment.

Nancy Mellon presents The Healing Power of Stories

Thursday, March 2011

Teach Me Peace is hosting a 5-day intensive workshop with Nancy Mellon who will present

Body Eloquence: The Healing Power of Stories

July 25-29, 2011 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Whether a traditional or alternative healing professional, teacher, storyteller, clergy or parent, during this week long intensive course you will benefit from this training by:

  • Learning dynamic approaches to support diagnosis and healing through storytelling
  • Develop trust in your imaginative vision, intuition and capacity to be inspired
  • Explore story structures that correspond with specific energy and organic processes
  • Discover storytelling skills that are responsive to a broad range of health challenges
  • Learn methodology for experimenting with the healing power of stories

The training will be held in a private setting near beautiful Lake Geneva,Wisconsin—approximately one hour north of Chicago and one hour south of Milwaukee. A brochure with information and registration materials is available here.

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