Thursday, March 2011
March 23, 2011 – June 30, 2011
These 100 days are dedicated to celebrating “The Year of the Teacher”
Seeking 100% Participation!
Please Give to Chicago Waldorf School’s Annual Fund–
Annual Fund giving provides budgetary support for educational opportunities that tuition alone does not cover. During “The Year of the Teacher” we hope to raise significant funds dedicated to support the initiative to reinstate our faculty and staff salaries and benefits.
The pedagogical work accomplished by teachers in every CWS classroom lies at the heart of our school mission to develop free-thinking and self-directed global citizens who are eager to make a positive contribution to our world. The devotion of our faculty becomes apparent as they guide our children to their full potential. It is evident in all aspects of how they teach every day in the classroom. We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary faculty.
This is our rally call: 100% participation!
We believe in Chicago Waldorf School and we are dedicated to creating a sustainable future for this outstanding community.
We can do this together as we look forward to reaching our Annual Fund goal with 100% participation by June 30, 2011. March 23 through June 30 = 100 days…we have 100 days! Through 100% participation, we can show that this is a community dedicated to its faculty! A collaborative community committed to supporting CWS and sustaining the future of our excellent school! Thank you in advance for your incredible support!
To give online, click here. Annual Fund envelopes are also available at the Front Office. Should you have questions or need further information, please contact Jackie Johnson, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 2011
Friday, March 25 is Parent-Teacher Conferences Day
This round of Parent-Teacher conferences, unlike the mandatory conferences in the fall, is by request only——your or the teacher’s. And, did you know that ALL the special subject teachers are available to speak with you and give their valuable perspective? In the grade school, sign up for a time with Ilene Warfield, and have a conversation with any special subject teachers to learn more about the curriculum, school events and your child. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a slightly different perspective and enjoy the full circles of educators that surround your child every day.
The Grade School Office is currently scheduling Spring parent-teacher conferences for teacher-requested conferences only. On March 14th scheduling will open up for parent-requested conferences. All parents wishing to speak with a class and/or subject teacher will be accommodated; additional conference slots will be added as needed.
Reminder to Parents: If you want to meet with a special subject teacher and that teacher has not requested a conference with you already, then please specify if you want to meet with the subject teacher separately or in conjunction with your class teacher during the conference.
Conferences will be held on Friday, March 25 (no school for students).
Please contact Ilene Warfield in the Grade School Office at email@example.com or 773.465.2372 to make an appointment.
Thursday, March 2011
Here is a preview of this month’s curriculum blocks being covered in the grade school.
1st Grade- Szymanski Arithmetic
2nd Grade- Poole Arithmetic
3rd Grade- Shortridge Arithmetic: Measurement, Time & Money
4th Grade- Petersen Arithmetic
5th Grade- Sullivan Ancient Greece & North American Geography
6th Grade- Triggiano Physics with Brian Gleichauf
7th Grade- Trevillion Chemistry & Algebra
8th Grade- Hartz 8th Grade Play
Thursday, March 2011
From Coach Robb Gill—
Boys Basketball Season Concludes
The boys’ basketball season came to an end on Thursday night with a thrilling game against the Lyçée Academy that was decided by a last-minute buzzer beater by the flames of Lyçée. The boys played in a round-robin tournament in a new conference that Coach Pat Minnihan and I helped form with Roycemore, the Lyçée Academy and the British Academy. Jeremy Marder was voted first-team all conference, and Malcolm Collins were voted part of the sportsmanship team.
This concludes a busy winter of basketball at the ThunderDome. The high school girls are now turning to a busy soccer season, and the boys will be taking part in the new track and field team.
Thursday, March 2011
Parents, please do your part to follow the drop-off and pick-up procedures.
In particular, do not park in front of the school to run your children into the building. And do not allow children to exit cars unattended by a parking assistant. Please be considerate of other parents (and our neighbors) in our community who feel lack of compliance in these issues leads to confusion and unsafe conditions for their children.
Early Childhood: Children must be escorted into the building by an adult, stow shoes and personal belongings in cubby, put on slippers, and greet teacher at classroom door. Pick-up is at the classroom door, as well. For Ms. Culbert’s class across Loyola, please do not double park in the street. This leads to very unsafe drop-off and pick-up for the children.
Grade School: Students must be dropped off at the curb (see traffic flow details below) or escorted into the building. Teachers greet children at the classroom door. Pick-up outside in front of the CWS main doors either on foot or in your car at the curb.
High School: High School students may enter through the east side door. But High School students who get a ride must be dropped off at the front entrance curb with all other students.
This plan only works with your dedication and adherence to these rules:
Vehicles may not be left unattended at the curb front on Loyola Ave (i.e. in the drop-off/pick-up lane) during school hours. You risk being ticketed or towed.
Never double-park your vehicle.
Those who need to stay at school must find street parking.
Never park at the curb by stop signs or the (illegal) intersection corners.
Never drop-off/pick-up on the south side of Loyola; crossing the street middle is dangerous.
The parking lot between the school and St. Ignatius Church is not available during school hours.
Finally, please be courteous to the traffic patrol; they only have your children’s safety in mind.
In the interest of safety for all our students, it is requested that Early Childhood parents remove their young children from the areas in front of and around the main school buildings once they have been picked up from class. This request holds for both the 12:00PM and 3:00PM pick-up times, as these are both times when grade school children and high school students are outside. One thing we have found to be absolutely true is that when older, bigger children are active and smaller, younger children are playing nearby, there is great potential for injury. Also, please be aware that the side yard is used by the Grade School for the lower grades play space at noontime recess and for the After Care students at 3:00PM dismissal; therefore it is not an available space for parents and younger children to play. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Monday, March 2011
Summary of January Board Meeting
The January Board of Trustees meeting focused on a wide range of operational and strategic topics. Administrative Director Luke Goodwin reported to the Board on administrative, enrollment, marketing and development topics, including the applications and expectations for next year’s 1st and 9th grades; the successful response to the new high school scholarship; details on the search and final choice for the school’s new Director of Marketing and Communications; and updates on the Gala, May Fair and upcoming alumni events. The Finance Committee introduced a new budget variance report to the Board, and the Audit, Governance and Strategic Planning committees gave updates on their activities.
Notable discussions included how the school will assure parents of its commitment to reinstating faculty salaries and pensions with the critical assistance of a successful Gala and Annual Fund. College Chair Carol Triggiano presented the Waldorf approach to teaching reading, distinguishing between decoding and comprehension – the latter being the far more difficult skill to learn – and explaining how the capacities for comprehension are awakened through storytelling. And finally, trustees engaged in a review of Board operations and its progress toward its annual goals. Trustees voiced strong approval of the Board tasks accomplished thus far and the leadership and engagement shown toward those goals. Board Chair Mike Motyka ended the meeting with a call for bold trustee leadership in soliciting gifts and in giving fully, generously and without conditions.
Minutes from the January Board meeting will be available after approval on March 22. All prior 2010-2011 Board meeting minutes are available for viewing at the Main Office.
The Board will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 pm. Interested parents, faculty and staff may request to attend by notifying the Board Chair, Mike Motyka at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting (that is, by March 20).
Submitted by Sylvie Desouches, Board Secretary
Wednesday, March 2011
The senior year at a Waldorf school is designed to be a culmination of the students’ education and a preparation for their next step in life. The senior curriculum leads the students through a study of the human being’s relationship with the world while synthesizing the high school themes of phenomenological, comparative and analytical thinking.
Click here for further details about the history and significance of the senior projects as they fit into the Waldorf curriculum.
Here is a link to a High Resolution File for printing this schedule.
Wednesday, March 2011
Faculty are a core strength of the Waldorf Education
The Chicago Waldorf School has long been recognized as one of the schools providing leadership in Waldorf education for North America. This reputation is directly linked to our commitment to providing professional development opportunities for our teachers so that they can continue to educate our students working from an enlivened, comprehensive and contemporary relationship to the Waldorf curriculum. Professional development includes continuing training and attendance at conferences, active mentoring programs and evaluations of our faculty from master teachers visiting from outside our school community.
The Chicago Waldorf School faculty holds itself to a high standard of excellence in teaching that reflects the challenge of this developmental approach to education. We seek to meet the educational needs of the developing child from early childhood through high school. This requires a well-trained, well mentored faculty fully engaged in ongoing self-reflection and assessment. In this rapidly changing world it is essential that our teachers have the opportunity to refresh and renew their teaching perspectives and to participate in contemporary research.
Waldorf education is a transformative process for students and teachers alike. Let us commit ourselves to providing the best possible education and future for our students at the Chicago Waldorf School through a fully funded and comprehensive professional development program for our outstanding faculty.
The 2011 Chicago Waldorf School Gala, The Year of the Teacher: Passion & Purpose, is a celebration that brings together trustees, parents, faculty, staff, and other friends of the school to support this commitment. This year’s celebration will begin with a cocktail reception, Passion & Purpose program, and will be followed by a Dutch Auction. Gifts made to the auction will be directed to a special fund that will enable CWS faculty to enhance their work with our students through professional development opportunities.
Chicago Waldorf School’s ANNUAL GALA
Saturday, March 26th at 6:30pm
Invitations have been mailed to community members; Please RSVP with the reply envelopes. Other interested individuals or companies who would like to attend are welcome to contact our Development Director, Jackie Johnson for complete details.
We look forward to this year’s Gala being a lively social event; and a fun opportunity to support our teachers’—and the school’s—professional reputation and authority.