The Bulletin

Building Intentional Community (BIC)

All for One & One for All

“The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of the human soul lives the whole community,
and in the community the strength of the individual human soul is living.” ~Rudolf Steiner

  For the last four years BIC (Building Intentional Community) has looked deeply into the social dynamic of bullying, teasing & exclusion to implement practical social inclusion strategies, for building agreement, & furthering communication.

With the guidance of Kim John Payne’s Justice without Blame strategies we have experienced these intense social encounters as a rite of passage - not the absence of peace, but the beginning of it.

Therefore it becomes crucial that conflict is not avoided but channeled. Putting our training into action we recognize that the nature of these encounters can be guided with consciousness & wisdom to bring healing & wholeness.

  • Human beings need a healthy social environment in which to grow and develop.
  • Human beings need to take increasing responsibility for their actions as they grow from childhood into adulthood.

Goals & Actions

  • Provide structure and support for individuals seeking resolution of a conflict.
  • Cultivate the development and practice of conscious, shared agreements that will establish healthy relationships between students, teachers, staff and parents.
  • We are working with the PTO to bring BIC to the ‘Commons on the Corner’ and we hope set up possible outside speakers on topics of Restorative Justice & Social Intelligence;
  • We’ve added a BIC parent member to the Welcoming and Circle of Friends Committee
  • We hope to create an informational DVD on social inclusion with the communications dept.
    Sharing Tips and updates about social inclusion strategies:
  • Announcements will be presented in the school bulletin
  • Faculty members of BIC have presented BIC initiatives at full faculty meetings, and will continue with monthly check-ins
  • We are implementing community surveys to make sure your voice is heard

PACT (Peaceful Action for a Community of Tolerance)
We must strive for a positive learning environment in our school, and as students in the school we will follow this PACT. We want a community where each person is:

  • Listening with acceptance and striving for understanding without judgment.
  • Being interested in each other’s opinions and celebrating the diversity in our school.
  • Taking action and speaking out whenever there is exclusion, gossip, or ridicule.
  • Keeping each other’s confidences.
  • Viewing the teachers as allies, and seeking their help in difficult situations.
  • Practicing forgiveness, and making apologies.
  • Being kind.
  • Speaking our minds while respecting the boundaries, thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Being responsible for the consequences of our speech and actions.

In this environment, we hope everyone will feel free to be themselves and speak their opinions,
honestly, respectfully and with conviction.

Our Indicators of Progress/Success

  • Conflicts are resolved in a timely and satisfactory manner
  • Members of the community feel safe in raising an issue, concern or question. They are willing to ask for help and choose to participate in the social inclusion process.
  • Parents, teachers and staff utilize BIC and PACT for support with social inclusion issues.
  • Members of the community are confident that CWS provides a healthy environment for learning and social development.

In reflecting back on all the work we’ve done over the past three years, our foundation is strong, our purpose clear and in alignment with the mission of CWS, our resolve is engaged as we continue, with your help, to Build Intentional Community.

Rudolf Steiner’s words are especially relevant to this issue of building intentional community with the developing child contributing to and learning in a healthy and happy environment:

  “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives”—-Rudolf Steiner

Submitted by Hazel Lucchesi Ginsberg

Thunder Athletics

From Coach Robb Gill—

Soccer and Track & Field Season Begins

The girls’ soccer team will be playing their first game today at St. Scholastica at 4:30pm Come on out and cheer on the team; 7416 Ridge Blvd. (Map) The girls are looking very good and they are anticipating a solid season.

The boys’ track and field team has started their training. This is the first year for the team, and they are looking forward to the joys and tribulations of being involved in such a physically demanding sport. Look to the bulletin for more reports as their first events approach.

P.T.O. Sponsored Events for March

Lattes with Luke at Commons on the Corner

Wednesday, March 11th, 8:15 – 10:30am
Parent Child Room, 1301 E. Loyola

Join Luke Goodwin, Administrative Director of CWS, for lattes and conversation in this small group setting. The Commons offers a warm and informal space to ask questions, discuss their concerns, and learn sometimes surprising information about our community.
Direct questions to Commons on the Corner Leads, Christine Carroll or Karen Hallmann

Knitting with Megan Cummins

Thursdays, 3/10 and 3/17, 8:15 – 10:30am
Parent Child Room, 1301 E. Loyola

What do you get when you rub two sticks together? Fire, right? Well, we are igniting the fire of learning by rubbing those sticks together – and adding wool. Yes, it’s time to learn to knit. This is a great skill and a lot of fun too! We will learn how to knit from fellow CWS parent and Urban Prairie handwork teacher, Megan Cummins. We will learn to cast on, knit, purl and even bind off. Don’t get cold feet… Why? We will learn how to make socks too!
Please register with Parent Education Lead, Lisa Rekstad.

Family Jam

Saturday, March 19th, 1-3pm
2135 W. Wilson Avenue ($5 donation suggested)
Are you itching to make music with others? Are you looking for something fun and low-stress to do as a family on the weekends? If so, we have the event for you. Once a month, CWS families are invited to take part in informal jamming session. Bring your instruments, and the kids! Not musical? Not a problem. Just come and hang out, listen and talk with others.

To RSVP and for more info, go to

See the Film, "Scrappers"

Friday, March 18, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Film Screening at:
Living Water Community Church
6808 North Ashland Boulevard

The Recyclery is closely connected with the lives of Chicago metal scrappers so it was natural that they were aware of the development of this film about local Chicago resident scrappers. The Recyclery is proud to host a screening of this documentary. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow.

Set in Chicago’s labyrinth of alleys, Scrappers is a vérité portrait of Oscar and Otis, two metal scavengers who search for a living with brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The 2008 financial collapse and crackdowns on undocumented immigrants jeopardize their means of providing for their families.

Winner of Best Documentary Feature and Audience Award at the 2010 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

“You want green, there ain’t nobody greener than Oscar and Otis.” -Roger Ebert

See this profile of the movie on WBEZ and view a preview clip of the movie at

Doors open at 7:30pm. Film starts at 8pm. $5 admission at entrance.
Come for the film and stay for the community discussion with the filmmakers afterward.

Glenwood Sunday Market: Benefit & Workshops

Calling all Chili Cooks and Eaters… It’s Time to Beat the Chill and Heat It UP!

Sunday March, 20, 2011. Noon - 3:00pm.
Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL

It’s the Chili Cook-off to benefit the Glenwood Sunday Market!

EAT!: $25 advance at Brown Paper Tickets, $30 at the door. Join in the fun for the best darn Chili Cook Off this side of the Mississippi!!

We are putting a call out to everyone to support this event. Our funds are low for the 2011 Season and your help is very important!

Also, Learn & Grow Winter Workshops

Sunday, 3/27 Composting in the Concrete Jungle
Build an indoor vermicomposting bin; keep plants happy with homemade potting soil & compost tea.

Sunday, 4/24 VIP Container Veggie Gardening
No space? No problem! You can still grow organic veggies at home. Learn strategies for successful, pint-sized farming.

Sunday, 5/29 Permaculture & the Cost of Food
Artificial prices, artificial food. Let’s talk about the benefits of shopping from local, responsible farmers. How can we eat responsibly and within a budget?

Suggested Donation $17 or purchase a 3-class pass for $40
Register at the Glenwood Market or email

AWSNA Great Lakes Teacher's Conference

Chicago Waldorf School supports teachers’ professional development in innumerable ways through its membership with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).  Most recently our school hosted the Great Lakes/Ontario regional AWSNA conference that welcomed teachers from over 30 Waldorf Schools in the surrounding 9 states. Keynote speaker presentations, community resource sharing and an offering of over 15 independent workshops provided diverse opportunities for teacher & administrator training, community building, and institutional development.

Chicago Waldorf School hosts 120 teachers & administrators for Regional AWSNA Conference

While our students were off enjoying a midwinter break, our teachers and staff were busy hosting the AWSNA Great Lakes Regional Conference. Over 120 participants from the Midwest braved a Chicago winter to gather together for lectures, workshops and conversation. Keynote speaker and Waldorf science teaching expert, Michael D’Aleo, spoke on a theme he called, Riding the Tiger.

In presentations over the course of the three day conference, D’Aleo explored the challenges of collegial relations in a fast paced, ever changing world. D’Aleo characterized our “tiger skin” as our inner world of emotions and offered that when we move beyond our own self interests we can meet change with equanimity and courage. Then we not only survive, but we thrive. He challenged us to look at what he referred to as our generic relationships. Do we behave in certain patterns within our families? Do we see co-workers only in specific roles? Are we afraid to challenge each other? Are some people authorities, others subordinates? D’Aleo also explored how a Waldorf curriculum develops courage, a necessary virtue for living in the modern age.

In the Early Childhood program the children are given many opportunities to meet the physical world. They run, climb, jump, fall. They meet the earth and courage grows. In the grades, courage wells up as a true inner experience of soul life. The rich imaginative pictures that come out of the curriculum enliven the child’s sense for how the outer world can resonate in one’s own being. In the high school, students develop the courage to think their own thoughts while searching for the universal. Alongside courage, they also develop the ability to love the other. How inspiring!

We began every day by singing with our own Mr. Spade. There was also group eurythmy with former CWS teacher and friend, Barbara Richardson. Several of our faculty and staff led workshops on topics as varied as the meditative life of the teacher and school governance issues. During the delicious meals there was plenty of time for talking about our school communities and the common issues we all are facing. At the end, many participants said that they not only loved the conference, but they also loved being in our beautiful school.

Thank you to our hardworking teachers and staff members for making this conference possible!

Submitted by Carol Triggiano

Join the next meeting of the Diversity Committee

Tuesday, March 15th at 3:30 / Lower Eurythmy Room

The Diversity Committee meets to support and nurture the growth of a diverse student population to reflect the city in which we live. 

Members of the Diversity Committee attended the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Diversity Summit - The Power of Equality and Justice, on February 17th & 18th. Come hear their assessment of this conference at our next meeting on March 15th. The committee has an open door policy and always welcomes new members of the community to join our meetings.

Some of the goals and initiatives that have been developed and are being maintained by the committee include:

Internal Community Goals:

  • Increase visual images of the diversity in the curriculum throughout the school.
  • Increase faculty & staff diversity by continued outreach at diversity job fairs and other recruitment outlets.
  • Continue collaboration with the Festivals Committee to support diversity of cultural, ethnic, and geographically focused festivals.
  • Support teachers in facilitating a multicultural curriculum and support the diversity in their classrooms.
  • Support multicultural criteria in professional development and teacher evaluations related to expanding/strengthening diversity skills and curriculum.
  • Collaborate with High School students; PTO; BIC and other school groups in supporting diversity initiatives.

Outward Community Goals:

  • Make the diversity of the curriculum more visible (artwork, plays, etc) through outreach and marketing materials.
  • Reach out to specific communities, targeting new outlets and ask parents to write articles and letters-to-the-editor for minority and culturally-specific media outlets.
  • Partner with other (Waldorf and non-Waldorf) schools that are urban/demographically similar for brainstorming and combining of efforts in these areas.

Our vision is to support the paradigm of an inclusive school community where all sectors of our society are equally valued and represented among students, faculty and administrators.

Please join us in the next Diversity Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 15th at 3:30pm in the Lower Eurythmy room. For more information please contact Jennifer Zielinski.

100 Days to $100,000.00 and 100% Participation

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

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