The Bulletin

The Immeasurable Value of Giving

Thursday, February 2011

Chicago Waldorf School has declared 2010-2011: The Year of the Teacher. Our Annual Fund is focusing on an important and very special educational initiative. During The Year of the Teacher we hope to raise significant funds to support the effort to reinstate the full teacher salaries and pension for our faculty and staff that had been ceeded in cost-cutting measures in 2009. To that end we ask you to join the CWS community in giving a gift to the 2010-2011 Annual Fund to support our teachers and maintain the values we hold dear at Chicago Waldorf School.

When you make a donation to the Annual Fund, you are nurturing the initiative to support our teachers and our students.  Healthy community participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates to potential investors and philanthropists that we are an actively engaged community, and that the Chicago Waldorf School deserves support from the greater community and these institutions as well. All contributions to the Annual Fund supplement the operating budget at the school, support CWS’s students and faculty, and improve the school’s programs, facilities and financial stability.

There are many ways you can make a gift.

Please contact CWS Development Director, Jackie Johnson (jjohnson@chicagowaldorf.org or 773-828-8458) to ask about these opportunities. She can also discuss options to enhance your giving with a list of companies that offer matching gift incentives!

Finally, we thank all of the families and individuals that have already made their Annual Fund contributions. We are very grateful for all the members of our kind and benevolent community! The generous support of parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents and friends of Chicago Waldorf School enables us to provide a diverse student body with an education that supports the development of free-thinking, self-directed young adults eager to contribute to our world.

PTO Event: Join the Family Jam

Thursday, February 2011

Are you itching to make music with others?

Saturday, February 19th, from 1:00-3:00 pm

Location:The Christian Community Church
2135 W. Wilson St. (at Hamilton)

A PTO Sponsored Event

Are you looking for something fun and low-stress to do as a family on the weekends?  If so, we have the perfect event for you! Once a month families of the CWS community are invited to take part in an informal musical jamming session. Bring your instruments and/or your singing voices. And bring the kids!  Not musical? Not a problem, just come to hang out and listen and talk with others. This is a low-key, fun, informal gathering for people who want to hang out without stress or pressure.  There is no fee for this but there is a suggested donation of 5$ per family to thank the church for letting us use their beautiful space. For more details and to RSVP go to: www.meetup.com/CWS-After-Hours

Care To Share: Phillemon's Next Adventure

Thursday, February 2011

Phillemon as a graduating senior


The Care to Share Committee would like to share some very exciting news and send their heartfelt thanks to all of our community.  Five years ago the Class of 2009 and the Care to Share Committee joined together to raise funds to help provide a Waldorf High School education to Phillemon Malebye in South Africa. Phillemon’s mother is a Waldorf kindergarten teacher at the Inkanyezi Waldorf school located in the shanty towns of Johannesburg.  The family did not have the funds for Phillemon to attend a Waldorf High School, so they reached out for help through the Center for the Art of Living.

Care to Share had been contributing to the Inkanyezi school for several years, so Phillemon was a natural fit and the CWS students were excited to be working with a student of their age!  After many bake sales, dyed silks sales, a talent show, and Care to Share tables at the Holiday Fair and May Fair, we are greatful to have been able to assist Phillemon and are proud that he has graduated and been accepted to University.  Your generous donations have helped a young man achieve one of his dreams.

Please read the lovely thank you letter from McGregor Waldorf School in South Africa.

This is the ongoing work of the Care to Share Committee.  Reaching out across the globe to help others achieve their dreams and goals. Looking outward is what makes us an international Waldorf School and brings the world into our community. Please keep reading Sound of Thunder for news from our committee.  We also have a beautiful letter from Phillemon that is an introspective look into his deep feelings as he prepares to leave McGregor Waldorf School which has been his home for 5 years. Email Dru Muskovin if you would like a copy of his letter.

Phillemon as a freshman in 2007

If you would like to work with the Care to Share Committee - we welcome you!
Contact Dru MuskovinMargaret McGuire, or Laura Donkel to work with us, get information, or contribute to our efforts.

Waldorf Thunder Athletics

Thursday, February 2011

From Coach Rob Gill—

Middle School Girls’ Basketball games

The girls’ Varsity middle school team upset Catherine Cook Friday night.  In the pursuit of the win, the girls overcame great adversity: Catherine Cook was a high seed, and they had home court advantage.  The girls ended up taking second place in the conference tournament.  They played a spirited game against an undefeated Near North Montessori in the championship match.

Middle School Boys’ Basketball games

Chicago Waldorf School hosted games against Ancona Thursday night. Both games were exhilarating contests that unfortunately ended in defeat for the Thunder. But the place was rockin’, as both boys’ games were very exciting!

High School

The Blizzard of 2011 led to many games being canceled last week, but the high school basketball teams were able to get in a few games:

High School Girls’ Basketball

The high school girls’ basketball team competed in their last home games, with exhilarating matches against the Stingers of St. Scholastica and the Griffins of Roycemore. The girls’ team finished their season at the Lycee Academy by losing narrowly to The Flames. The team had a slow start in November, and we are very proud on how well they finished the season. Abigail Dancey, our Head Coach, did an outstanding job developing the girls during the year, with the young women demonstrating significant gains in basketball fundamentals. In addition, the team had great overall spirit and exhibited outstanding sportsmanship.

High School Boys’ Basketball

The high school boys hosted the Lycee Academy last Friday. They almost pulled out the win playing a very energetic game. The team was weakened by top players taking ill and being unable to play in the game. The team is looking forward to playing the Lycee Academy again with their full team in the conference tournament during the first week of March.

Individual Athletes:

Armel Cazedepats will be joining Keven Henley at the Illinois High School Association swimming meet which takes place at Evanston High School on Saturday, February 19

College Acceptances Are Starting

Thursday, February 2011

This year 13 of our 15 graduating seniors have applied to college, university or art school.  Two of our students are deferring college to pursue independent projects and travel before applying to academic programs. Some schools have already sent acceptances to our graduating seniors.  Seven students have received at least one reply, although most are still awaiting answers as many colleges do not send letters of acceptance until April 1st! Our seniors have already been accepted to over 22 colleges and universities. We will publish a comprehensive list of institutions that have accepted our students in mid-April after all letters have been issued.

But until then, an early “Congratulations!” to our accepted seniors and their families. -Diane Meinke, CWS College Counselor

Valentines Forever: Community Profile

Thursday, February 2011

We are proud to celebrate this profile of the grandparents
of our very own Erin Guiterrez, Assistant Manager in the business office.

Reinald and Betty Werrenrath, holding their wedding photograph.
The Evanston couple have been married for 73 years
.

Front Cover article for the Evanston-Review / February 8, 2011

Had online computer dating services been around in those days, Reinald and Betty Werrenrath might never have been deemed a match. After all, offered Betty during an interview at their Westminster Place retirement community in northwest Evanston, “we came from such different backgrounds. His father was a celebrity singer and I was a small-town minister’s daughter. He came from the city; I came from a town.”

If opposites attract, then, this Valentine’s Day, the Werrenrath’s union ought to be exhibit No. 1. The couple have been married 73 years and have been together 77 years, if you count when they first met at a Wells College dance in upstate New York in 1933…. (click for more)

Article continues at the Evanston Review. Written by Bob Seidenberg

Thunder Athletics-

Thursday, February 2011

From Coach Rob Gill-

High School Girls’ Home Basketball Games

The high school girls’ basketball team competed in its final home games last week. The Thunder had exhilarating matches against the Stingers of St. Scholastica and the Griffins of Roycemore. The High School athletes have shown major improvements throughout the year, with quality play being on display despite losses to both teams.

Middle School & High School Basketball Games

This upcoming week, the middle school boys’ and girls’ teams and high school boys’ teams will host four games and will be on the road for three games.  Please check the Waldorf calendar…

Individual Athletes

In additional news: Armel Cazedepats will be joining Keven Henley at the Illinois High School Association swimming meet which takes place at Evanston High School on Saturday, February 19

Call for Trustees and Board Committee Members

Monday, February 2011

The 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.  All qualified candidates must meet the following requirements:

•   A passion for—and willingness to learn about—Waldorf Education
•   An interest in furthering the Chicago Waldorf School mission
•   A commitment to support the governance structure and organizational agreements
•   A forward-looking, outward orientation
•   A good financial standing with the Chicago Waldorf School
•   A willingness to gift at a meaningful level
•   A willingness to serve on committees and/or task forces
•   A commitment to execute the schools Conflict of Interest Policy and Confidentiality agreement

Board Committees

  •  Audit Committee-                             oversight of annual audit and preparation of tax filings
  •  Development Committee-                in charge of all fundraising efforts
  •  Enrollment Committee-                    supports the Director of Admissions with enrollment strategy
  •  Finance Committee-                        oversight of the financial affairs of the Chicago Waldorf School
  •  Marketing Task Force-                     support the work of creating a marketing strategy
  •  Permanent Campus Committee-     guiding efforts toward realizing a permanent home

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 February 21st. 

Thank you.

The Committee on Trustees:
Mike Motyka, President and Chair of the Board of Trustees
Cynthia Joho, Board Trustee and Chair
Frank Verciglio, PTO Liaison to the Board
Luke Goodwin, Administrative Director

 

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