The Bulletin

Summer Camp Opportunity For Kids

Dive in to a summer of Waldorf-inspired activities at the Chicago Waldorf School Summer Camp

The camp is lead by CWS teacher, Ileana Valencia, who has been with the school for 20 years, is the current Chair of the Foreign Language Department, and is a trained teaching mentor. She will be joined by two assistants.

Activities include:
● Arts ● Nature Crafts ● Sports ● Explore the Neighborhood ● Beach Afternoons ●
●  Free Play ●  Weekly Field Trips ●  Age Appropriate Activities ●  And More…  ●

Enroll your children in CWS summer camp in as many week-long sessions as you wish.

The sessions run from June 13 - July 29, 2011 from 9:00am - 3:00pm
Early drop-off begins at 8:15am

  • Week 1: June 13 - June 17                   Week 5: July 11 - July 15
  • Week 2: June 20 - June 24                   Week 6: July 18 - July 22
  • Week 3: June 27 - July 1                      Week 7: July 25 - July 29
  • Week 4: July 5 - July 8

Rates: $200/week (for 30 camp hours) plus a one-time $60 supply fee
$160 for July 5-8 (week 4 has only 4 days due to the July 4th holiday)

For more information—or to receive or submit a camp application form—contact Maureen Flannery at the Chicago Waldorf School: 773.465.2662 or

Summer Immersion Camp for Strings

3rd Annual Chicago Fiddle Camp at CWS June 20-24 from 9:30am-3:00pm

The camp is run by CWS former musical instructor, Zack Kline, and is open to students looking for an immersion experience playing string instruments (violin, viola, cello & bass). The camp will run June 20-24 from 9:30am-3:00pm each day. Students will be immersed in fiddle tunes, creative exercises and improvising, as well as musical games.

Enroll your kids now! Early registration (before May 13) is $350, after which it is $400.
We also have discounts for CWS faculty, and for multiple siblings attending. Camp is open to violin, viola, cello and bass students of all levels. One school year of experience is necessary. Sign up sheets are at Direct your questions to Zack at

Save the Date! Tell Your Friends!

CWS Senior Prom 2011 Saturday, May 7th from 8:00pm - 11:00pm

In the CWS gymnasium / 1300 W Loyola Avenue

Theme: formal black and white
Black and white attire encouraged

We encourage you to please invite your friends!
Guests from outside the school are welcome to attend.*
$35.00 per ticket (*Special price for non-CWS friends: $30 per ticket)

Contact Catherine Herzog, HS Office Manager, to purchase tickets.

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



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