The Bulletin

Congratulations to our Seniors!

CWS High School Seniors Receive College Acceptances

This year at Chicago Waldorf High School, 13 of our graduating seniors have applied to college, university or art school for academic year 2011-2012. The schools below have accepted our graduating seniors as of 4/14/2011. In addition, our

Seniors amassed $1.2 million+ in merit scholarships!

  Congratulations to our seniors and their families!

Here are some of the reported schools that have accepted our 13 continuing seniors:

Alfred University, NY
Baldwin-Wallace College, OH
Bard College, NY
Beloit College, WI
Bennington College, VT
Bryant University, RI
Cornell College, IA
Drew University, NJ
Drexel University, PA
Earlham College, IN
Eckerd College, FL
Emmanuel College, MA
Erskine College, SC
Evergreen State College, WA
Goucher College, MD
Hampshire College, MA
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, NY
Hope College, MI
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Iowa State University

Knox College, IL
Loyola University, IL
Luther College, IA
Marymount Manhattan, NY
Naropa University, CO
Northern Illinois University
Philadelphia University, PA
Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Roger Williams University, RI
Roosevelt University, IL
Santa Clara University, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Skidmore College, NY
Suffolk University, MA
Temple University, PA
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of Vermont
Wheaton College, MA

Submitted by Diane Meinke, CWS HS College Counselor


Waldorf Students Fold Cranes for Japan's Tsunami Relief

In April, numerous CWS classes as well as individual students have been participating in a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds for disaster relief for victims left homeless by the earthquake and tsumani that struck Japan in March.

Students Rebuild is a nation-wide effort in which students fold origami paper cranes to benefit the tsunami victims as benefactors pledged $2 in relief aid for every folded crane.

By the official close of Paper Cranes for Japan on April 15, 2011, they had received cranes and wishes from all 50 United States, seven Canadian provinces and more than 37 countries — from Armenia to New Zealand! In just six weeks since the disaster, Students Rebuild tallied 700,000 cranes (and counting!) from young people worldwide.

The incredible outpouring of support inspired a $400,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation. Funds benefit Architecture for Humanity’s reconstruction efforts in partnership with local designers and builders in Japan. The cranes will be woven into a future art installation in Japan — a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.

For more information visit the webpage for Students Rebuild at

March Board of Trustees Meeting

Report from the Board

The Board of Trustees was pleased to announce to the community in late March that the Board had unanimously approved extending Luke Goodwin’s employment contract as our Administrative Director. The Board looks forward to further collaboration with Luke in the leadership of our school, and to his continued growth as CWS moves in exciting new directions.

Trustees also conducted a review of the school’s Form 990 with our tax accountant from Blackman & Kallick. It is critical to the school’s non-profit status that this form be accurately filed, so the Board reviews it carefully before the school files it with the IRS.

Noteworthy details from the administrative reports to the Board included a promising enrollment number for next year’s 9th grade, and Annual Fund and Gala updates that suggest final totals will surpass past-year numbers.

Minutes from the March Board meeting will be available at the Main Office after approval on April 26. All prior 2010-2011 Board meeting minutes are already available for viewing at the Main Office. The Board will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm.

Submitted by Sylvie Desouches, Board Secretary

Remaining 2010-2011 Board of Trustee Meetings:
May 24 – Approve Full Budget, Approve Slate, Strategic Planning

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.

See the Chicago premiere of the film: Queen of the Sun

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us?

Don’t miss this new film premiering in Chicago, IL at the Music Box Theatre beginning on April 29th. The film will be running until at least May 5th. The film’s director will be in attendance April 29th though May 2nd.

This film is a profound, alternative look into the problems and solutions of the global honeybee crisis from Taggart Siegel, the acclaimed director of the award-winning, grass-roots hit The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Box Office Magazine calls it, “The Feel-Good Advocacy Movie of the Year.”
Find more info on their website at:

For an engaging preview of the film see:

Local Happenings

Brief Announcements from our Community Members:

Myles Gebert (6th grade) will be performing as Friar Tuck this weekend in Mudlark Theatre Company’s presentation of ROBIN HOOD.  The three performances are this weekend:  Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 30 at 7:30pm; and Sunday, May 1 at 3:00pm at McGaw YMCA Children’s Center Auditorium, 1420 Maple Ave., Evanston.  Tickets can be ordered online at the link below or at the door ($8 kids/$10 adults). More info at their website:

Janet Oliver, neurodevelopmental specialist from Plan for Learning near Minneapolis, will be in town on May 10th & 11th.  She will do 1 1/2 hour reflex integration screenings and follow-up sessions as well as HANDLE activity checks.  The cost is $150 and the screenings take place in a private home near the Chicago Waldorf School.  Go to for more information.  Contact Margaret McGuire at 773.828.8460 or at home at 773.271.8379 or email for an appointment.

Yom Ha-Shoah: The New Budapest Orpheum Society Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day All are invited to this concert commemoration on Sunday, May 1st at 3:00pm.

Featuring: Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano; Philip V. Bohlman, commentary and artistic director; Dan Davis, percussion; Stewart Figa, baritone; Iordanka Kissiova, violin; Ilya Levinson, piano and musical director (and a CWS parent!); Mark Sonksen, bass violin; Don Stille, accordion.

At the Fulton Recital Hall / 1010 E. 59th Street / Goodspeed Hall, 4th Floor. This concert is free.
Event hotline: 773.702.8069 / More info at

South East Rogers Park Improvement Association (S.E.R.P.I.A.)
“Keep it green, keep it clean.” Lets garden together and work on neighborhood greening.
- May 14: Arthur at Magnolia Corner Boxes
9:00 TO 11:00 (Trash cans/rakes for box, gutter and nearby parkway cleanup)
- June 11: Arthur at Glenwood Four Corners Cleanup Plus Box Weeding/Cultivation
9:00 TO 11:00 (Bags for weeding and cleanup)

Feel free to help with any of these projects if you have time. Call Pete or Debt for specifics:  773.218.7422 & 773.965.9954



Food is Power / Power to Healthy Foods

An editorial from the New York Times examines some recent political initiatives to address food inequality and access to healthy foods in urban neighborhoods. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Foodwise, among the most progressive cities in the country right now is Philadelphia, where the alliance of a forward-thinking mayor and a 19-year-old non-profit is moving things forward. Within a year or two, Philly might be funding better access to real food for its poorest citizens by taxing soda. And if you accept the notion that childhood obesity and the accompanying Type 2 diabetes are big problems, and you’re aware that soda is a major cause, you’ll agree that’s a huge step in the right direction.

Even the present is encouraging, because Philadelphia is figuring out its residents’ food needs and demonstrating that government and non-profits can lead the fight against diet-related diseases by putting real food into the hands of people — especially children — who have trouble finding and affording it.

In 2000, Philadelphia had the second-lowest number of grocery stores per capita of 21 major U.S. cities. Today, many of its poorest residents have improved access to supermarkets and farmers’ markets; at some of the latter, their purchases are subsidized. And Food Trust – the nonprofit behind many of these changes – is further improving access by encouraging hundreds of Philly’s corner stores to sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

Philadelphia is demonstrating that government and non-profits can lead the fight against diet-related diseases by putting real food into the hands of people who have trouble finding and affording it.

Food Trust, which is funded by private foundations, government grants and individual donors, is supported by Mayor Michael Nutter, a former city councilman from an underserved (read: poor) neighborhood. Nutter took office in 2008; while on the Council, he sponsored legislation that banned smoking in restaurants and bars, and he’s a true believer on the food-access issue: “I’m going to invest in this,” he told me in the nearly 120-year-old Reading Terminal Market. “It is to the long-term benefit of the city and our health. Ultimately, it’s going to save us money.”

After meeting with Nutter, I toured town with Food Trust staffers Yael Lehmann, Brian Lang and others. We visited corner stores in North Philadelphia that have enrolled in the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, which starts owners with a small cash bonus and, after a trial period, gives them refrigerators (manufactured in North Philly) for stocking fresh fruits and vegetables. (So far around 500 stores have enrolled in the program; most are in the beginning stage.) Unlike the average corner store, these had piles of oranges and bananas by the cash register, and small refrigerator cases with greens, tomatoes and, in at least one instance, bags containing 50 cents’ worth of grapes — sold out on the day I visited. These are not huge changes, obviously, but they’re significant ones.

Another program, Philly Bucks, is a boon to both low-income residents and farmers’-market vendors, and similar to several others around the country. For every $5 in food stamps people spend at participating farmers’ markets, they get an additional $2 in credit: a 40 percent bonus. Seventeen markets now accept Philly Bucks, and food-stamp redemption at farmers’ markets has increased 130 percent since the program began.

Significant, too, is the collaboration among Philadelphia, Food Trust and the state. In 2004 Pennsylvania set up a grants and loans program called the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, encouraging the opening of supermarkets in poor neighborhoods. Since then, 26 new supermarkets have opened, rehabbed or expanded in underserved parts of the city….” (article continues)
(click here to continue reading the article at its source)

Go Philly! article posted April 5, 2011
by Mark Bittman

Enjoy the Creativity & Joy of a Spring Celebration

Chicago Waldorf School’s Spring Assembly Friday April 15th at 10:45am

in the CWS auditorium

Students from the grade school will be sharing music, original poetry and movement with the community and invited guests. Also the high school Green Team has some fun and informational skits to present in honor of Earth Day. 

Note to Parents:
This assembly will be appropriate for children age 3 and up.
Please come and celebrate the final school day before Spring Break.
Classes will be in session until regular end of day at 3:00pm.

CWS Junior, Fiona Kelly Masterton, Performs with Concert Choir and Bobby McFerrin

On Tour April 22nd through May 1st, 2011

Fiona Kelly Masterton (class of 2012) will be traveling with the Concert Choir through Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Fiona has been selected to travel with the renowned Concert Choir as well as 10-time Grammy Award Winner, vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin. 

Here is some background from the Chicago Children’s Choir Website:

The world-renowned Concert Choir is the pinnacle of the Chicago Children’s Choir experience, demonstrating the Choir’s commitment to diversity, ambassadorship and artistic excellence. These advanced singers are selected from the In-School and Neighborhood Choir Programs and through open auditions, bringing together a diverse group of children from throughout the city. The repertoire is unique among children’s choirs, spanning classical, world, gospel and popular music, all performed in the original language.

The Concert Choir is comprised of three ensembles: Treble, a traditional childrens choir of unchanged soprano and alto voices, Chamber, changed-voice women, and Men’s Chorus, changed-voice high-school-age singers.

On tour through April and May, the Concert Choir explores the rich culture and history of Estonia, Finland and Latvia. To start the tour, singers will engage in cultural exchange and perform with the Ellerhein Girls Chorus in the Old City of Tallinn, Estonia. This Grammy award winning choir was featured in the highly acclaimed movie “The Singing Revolution” where the ensemble is filmed in rehearsal along with extended interviews with the choir director Tiia Este-Loitme.

The concert Choir will then travel to Finland to perform with Bobby McFerrin at the International Festival in Espoo, Helsinki. Rounding out their tour they will conclude with a performance in Latvia at the Riga Dome Choir School, a state school providing general and music education for girls and boys ages 7 to 18, in the Old Town of Riga, Latvia. Finally they will join Bobby McFerrin as part of the festival “Rigas Ritmus 2011” at the Riga Congress Centre in Riga, Latvia.

For more information please see the Chicago Children’s Choir website.

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