The Bulletin

Parent Volunteers Needed to Organize Camping Gear

Monday through Thursday, April 25-28th and May 2-5th

Looking for volunteers! We are looking for a few good women and men to assist with the school’s camping equipment. In May the grade school classes are heading off for their numerous class trips. We need to organize and inventory all the equipment and tents for their trips. We can use some help. Volunteer slots are available to work on this from Monday April 25 through Thursday April 28th and May 2nd through the 5th.

We need help in inventorying tents, packing up the gear and washing the cooking equipment. The equipment is stored at school. If you are interested please contact Deb at or call her cell 773.368.6695 Thanks!

Submitted by Deb Gohr, CWS Camp Quartermaster

Earth Day/Green Living Celebration

North Lake Shore Earth Day

Saturday, April 16th from 10:00am to 3:00pm

in the Loyola University, Quinlan Life Sciences Building, 1050 W Sheridan Road

North Lake Shore Earth Day celebrates green initiatives happening in the north side communities of Chicago. This gathering provides an opportunity for community members to learn more about global and local environmental issues such as clean air and energy alternatives, as well as greening one’s home and business.

Loyola University will be hosting the North Lake Shore Earth Day celebration of green living on Saturday, and on the preceding Friday evening from 8:00pm until 2:00am there will be an Earth Night with the Arts special event in the Mundelein Center, 1032 W Sheridan Road.

Visit the event webpage for more information about these Earth Day events.

Energy Efficiency in Your Home or Apartment

Green Your Home & Save Green Workshop

Monday April 11th at 6:30pm

at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W Morse Avenue (at Ashland Avenue), 2nd floor

Green your home, apartment or apartment building at the next Saving Green Together workshop, Saving Green Starting with the Studs, where some of the city’s foremost experts on home energy efficiency will be available to share their insight and experiences.

Corbett Lundsford of Green Dream Group, a professional energy auditing firm, will explain the science behind how your home performs.  The interaction of air leakage, pressure, moisture, heat flow and air quality can combine to help or hurt the performance of insulation, windows, lighting, appliances and HVAC systems.  Between all of the home performance products and services available today, it can be easy to spend more than you planned on items that might not perform as advertised. Lunsford will answer your questions and hand it off to the designers and contractors in the room to provide the resources to move forward with your home improvement or building projects.

David Flechaus, a professional contractor with Energy Reduction, Inc., will discuss a “whole building approach” to maximize performance and achieve the greatest return on investment.  David’s firm works on air sealing, insulation, electrical systems and mechanical systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Finally, architect Howard Alan, an expert in passive solar architecture design and past president of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, will speak about two projects he’s been working on—a remake of a Chicago two-flat into an energy efficient, green three-flat using passive solar design and the transformation of the third floor of his 120-year-old building to make it harvest the sun.

Free parking available in the church parking lot on the southwest corner of Morse and Ashland Avenue. 

A Day In the Life of Waldorf Students…

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Friday April 29th from 8:00am - 11:15am

CWS warmly invites grandparents, aunts, uncles and other special adults in our students’ lives to join us as we open our doors for a morning of Waldorf education.  The day begins with observation in the classroom, followed by an optional school tour and coffee, and culminates in a lively program of verse, song and movement from students in grades 1-12.

Space is limited in the classrooms, so we ask parents to refrain from class tours and instead join grandparents, friends and relatives in the auditorium at 10:00am for the students’ performance.

Please RSVP 773.465.2662 to Maureen Flannery at the Main Office.

Chicago Waldorf School
1300 West Loyola Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60626

Click here for directions for travel to our school.

Parking availability is limited so plan for extra time to park. Your parking options include:

  1. Limited spaces in our school lot on Loyola Avenue
  2. Limited spaces in the lot on the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Arthur Avenue
  3. Public parking garage (for a fee) at the corner of Sheridan Road and Arthur Avenue
  4. Neighborhood street parking (some restricted areas are marked by signs)

To learn more about the school visit

Invitations are being mailed to grandparents and community friends who are listed in our database. If you would like to add relatives or friends to this distribution list, please contact Jason Greenberg, Communications Director at

Music Night at Waldorf

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 pm

In the CWS Auditorium

All members of the CWS community are invited to hear our student musicians play in various groups and orchestra. Our grades 5-8 band and orchestra, high school jazz band and high school chamber ensemble will all perform for the community. The public is welcome to attend. Notes for parents:
Students should arrive at 6:30pm wearing concert dress- black and white (no jeans, t-shirts, gym shoes). Grades 5-8 go to their classrooms; High School jazz band meets at the music room and High School ensemble meets on the stage.

High School Drama Club presents "The Ages of Man"

The High School Drama Club presents:

An Evening of Monologues, Scenes & One Acts

Thursday-Friday, April 28-29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

In the CWS auditorium

Come see The Ages of Man as performed by our High School students. Inspired by Shakespeare’s famous monologue about the ages of life, the drama club has selected a variety of monologues, scenes and one acts that chronicle the human journey from infancy through old age. Come join us for an evening of humorous and poignant insights into the human condition! Voluntary donations will be accepted gratefully at the door.

Dads' Night Out- White Sox Vs. Mariners

Get out to the ball game with a bunch of the CWS dads. This is a repeat of an event held last year that was lots of fun. We have 30 tickets purchased for the White Sox vs. Mariners game on Monday, June 6th at 7:10 pm.  Tickets are in the lower box and half-price - only $21.50!  We already have 22 committed attendees.  Tickets will be offered on a first come / first serve basis.

Interested? E-mail Waldorf dad, Kevin Rooney, at to get your tickets.

5th Grader performs Verdi's "Otello" at Chicago Symphony Center & Carnegie Hall

Hear CWS 5th grader, Ultra-Violet Archer sing with the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert performing Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Otello, at:

Chicago’s Symphony Center, April 7, 9 & 12
New York’s Carnegie Hall, April 15-17

Ultra-Violet Archer has always loved to sing. Even before she was born she experienced drum circles and musical jams from the womb. Parent-Child classes and the Waldorf curriculum reinforced her musical home life. When she was 8 years old she asked CWS Music Director Jeff Spade to give her voice lessons and he recommended she try out for the Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) since they use a very ‘Waldorfian’ approach to music.

At the CCC’s neighborhood choir level, boys and girls learn proper vocal technique, music reading and sight singing skills, as well as the discipline of singing with musicality, movement, and expression. Singers are offered numerous performance opportunities to exhibit the diverse repertoire reflecting the multicultural mission of Chicago Children’s Choir.

The CCC has neighborhood choirs all around the city. Ultra-Violet attends the one in Rogers Park that is close to school. (4th graders, Ford Walters and Sylvan Hartshorn-Bunis are part of that choir). Neighborhood choirs are for singers in 3rd grade through high school; they rehearse twice a week throughout the school year and perform several times during the year and sometimes take a short tour in the spring.

After several call backs Ultra-Violet was selected from over a thousand children to be part of the performance.

Through the CCC, Ultra-Violet was offered an opportunity to audition for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) production of Verdi’s Otello with guest Maestro Riccardo Muti. After several call backs Ultra-Violet was selected from over a thousand children to be part of the performance.

Based on Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello, Verdi’s opera revolves around four central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his wife Desdemona; his lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted ensign Iago. This is Verdi’s penultimate opera; it was nearly never written, since the composer had gone into retirement following the success of Aida. But librettist Arrio Boito and Verdi’s publisher convinced the composer to write the opera, and Otello received its premiere at La Scala in Milan in 1887.

You can read more about the CSO & CCC’s Otello here.
Come see Ultra-Violet and the CCC perform with the CSO. Get Tickets Here

Fifty two years ago during the Civil Rights Movement, the late Christopher Moore founded the multiracial, multicultural Chicago Children’s Choir at Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church. He believed that youth from diverse backgrounds could better understand each other—and themselves— by learning to make beautiful music together. The Choir currently serves 2,800 children, ages 8 - 18 through choirs in 45 schools and after school programs.


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