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12th Grade Play Introduces the Chronicles of Narnia

The High School Drama Program and the 12th grade present:

The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe

Thursday−Saturday, May  21st−23rd
All evenings at 7:00 pm & Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm

CWS Auditorium

Enjoy this dramatization of C.S. Lewis’s iconic children's fantasy novel, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Join the 12th grade cast as they tell the beloved adventure story of the four Pevensie children who travel to Narnia, a mystical land full of magic, mystery, and the talking lion, Aslan. The 12th grade play is traditionally the culminating event of the Waldorf drama curriculum; the acting, all stage craft (set-building, costumes and props fabrication) are handled by the seniors. Come support them and appreciate their final dramatic performance! 

Free Admission (though any donations are gratefully accepted and will be applied to the 12th grade trip).
Recommended for children in 1st grade and up.

Poster Artwork by 12th grade student: Augie Verciglio

May Fair Unveils Spring Celebration in Our Waldorf Community

CWS May Fair 2015
Saturday, May 16th


We are eagerly readying for Saturday. Here are the great activities, vendors and entertainment that will be part of the day’s events.

Please invite your friends to come together with the children, teachers, parents and friends to enjoy the day of our May Fair.



Our Waldorf community brings you music & performing arts:

10:00am    The Levinson Family
                    CWS father and sons playing international
                    folk tunes on keyboard and strings.

11:00am    The Kelson Twins
                     Maddie and Juliet Kelson (high school juniors)
                     are an Americana duo who blend sibling harmonies
                     and poetic lyrics that have attracted local
                     & international fans.

12:00pm    Maypole Dance
                    Performed by the 4th grade, with musical
                    accompaniment by the 5th grade. Young children
                    may join with 4th grade partners in the
                    participation round.

1:00pm      Anna Fermin & Tony Richards
                   Anna is a well-known singer-songwriter who fronts
                    the alt-country band Trigger Gospel. Musician &
                    CWS parent Tony Richards accompanies on guitar.

2:00pm      Michelle Shafer
                    CWS parent Michelle Shafer is a singer-songwriter-
                    poet who will be performing an eclectic mix of
                    classical, Flamenco, pop/rock and traditional guitar.

3:00pm     Waldorf High School Students
                   Dramatic scenes, music & singing are presented
                   by the CWS high school students.



For young children in Early Childhood years:

Roll the Troll                                                                             
Bowling with the forest creatures. Watch the trolls fall; Get ‘em all!

Treasure Hunt      
Explore the hay pile to find special treats and treasures inside.

Plant A Seed   
You plant a seed in good soil... then take it home to watch it grow!

Roving Butterflies      
Children make their own floating/flying butterfly toy.

Bean Bag Toss
Enjoy helping the bees (bags) find the flowers (their targets).



Jumprope Making
Hand-crank the machine to turn yarn into your colorful jump-rope.

Flower Crowns     
Adorned with a festive crown, you embody the spirit of the Fair!

Cake Walk   
Walk to music but be the last one sitting to win a choice cake.

Face Painting / Hair Wraping   
Select your Waldorf style face art or choice of hair adornment.      

Henna Dyeing    
Get a traditional India henna skin tattoo that will last for days!

Take home your own organic designs on a colorful shirt!

Plunger Derby
Who is the fastest in this crazy race? Speed & skills required.

Color Maze   
Can you find your way out of the maze? Multiple challenges await.



Dragon Shoot    
Test your accuracy. You’ll need nerves of steel to slay the dragon!

Carpet Ball    
Who will rule this billiard game? Use strategy & cunning to win.



These artisans vendors were specifically selected for wares and services that are valued by the Waldorf community:

Baizaar     /     Lauren Bishop 
Hand-crafted jewelry and accessories from artists around the world, vintage hill tribe & sari bags, handmade journals & cards.

Ro Hart 
Products made with all natural fibers. Handmade items for children & teachers, classrooms & season tables.

SW1’s Exotic Reflections     /     Sheronna Williams
Hand-crafted jewelry, gemstones, unique sterling silver, artifacts.

Nomadic Ant     /     Suzanne Miranda  
Jewelry, children’s international souvenirs.

Claybration     /     Martha Plaza-Weber
Felted wool sweaters, birds, garlands, necktie fashions, skirts, totes, purses, needle felted denim.

Pacha Love     /     Lenin Morales 
Jewelry, sunglasses, t-shirts, purses.

Katherine-Anne Confections  /     Kelsey Schroeder 
Handmade chocolate truffles, caramels, marshmallows, and European style sipping chocolate.

doTERRA Essential Oils     /     Megan Hall 
Single oils and blends, instructional uses.

Unan Imports     /     Al Ntamere  
Handmade crafted jewelry, hats, organic body care items.

The Dribbly Pear   /      Marieke Van Der Maelen 
1:12 scale modern dollhouse miniature, science themed toys, Chicago-themed culinary jewelry.

Maureen Flannery 
Dolls, gnomes, felt items, fairie houses, imports.

Bootleg Batard    /     Melina Kelson  
Long-fermented, handmade and wood-fired breads. Jams featuring
local, sustainably and organically raised fruits. All natural granola.

Clay Ceramics    /     Jane Wohlreich 
Hand made clay pots, bowls, trays, platters & mugs.

Twinkles and Twigs    /     Sue Erickson 
Wool felted fairies and more.

Esther’s Place  
Spinning wheels, weaving looms, felting and knitting supplies, kits and classes and everything Fiber-Arts related.

Balance Through Motion     /     Liz Kantorski
Hand-made balance boards. Using balance boards strengthens balance, bodies & minds through motion!

Urban Yoga Chicago     /     Anna Gratzl  
Kundalini yoga & meditation classes. Vegetarian cooking classes.

Welcome Your Light     /     Laura Pryzby 
Health coaching , Reiki, angel healing and meditation.

Think Like a Fairy     /     Dawn Servitto 
Fairy doors, handmade by Waldorf 5th grade students.

Barefoot Books     /     Terri Arain
Multicultural children’s books that spark the imagination and inspire
creativity from birth to 12 years of age. Celebrate art and story!

Children’s Vending Table   /      CWS Students
8th grader, Ely is offering his paintings, drawings & trading cards.
Visit Drake’s new crystal rock shop: “We Know Rock, Worldwide”


We can’t wait to see you at the fair!!

Colleges Seek Out Our Waldorf Senior Class

This year at Chicago Waldorf High School, 16 of our graduating seniors have applied to a college or university. The schools below accepted our graduating seniors as of 4/7/2015. Merit scholarship offers have been generous as colleges attempt to lure the most qualified students.

Worthy Of Note:

A number of colleges and universities are new additions to our list our institutions seeking our CWS graduates. These new schools are Mt. Holyoke College, Northwestern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as well as universities in Canada and the United Kingdom. College familiarity with CWS continues to expand with each graduating class!

Congratulations to the 2015 seniors & their families!

Colleges that the Senior Class of 2015 have been accepted to:


Bates College, ME
Bath Spa University, United Kingdom
Beloit College, WI
Bishop’s University, Quebec
Butler University, IN
California College of the Arts, CA
Carleton College, MN
College of Wooster, OH
Columbia College Chicago
Cornell College, IA
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
DePaul University, IL
Drake University, IA
Earlham College, IN
Eckerd College, FL
Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
Flagler College, FL
Illinois Wesleyan University
Illinois Wesleyan University Nursing Program
Indiana University -- Bloomington
Iowa State University
Juniata College, PA
Knox College, IL
Lawrence University, WI
Leeds University, United Kingdom
Loyola University Chicago
Lynn University, FL


Marquette University, WI
Monmouth College, IL
Mt. Holyoke College, MA
Northwestern University, IL
Queen’s University, Ontario
Parson’s—The New School for Design, NY
Pratt Institute, NY
Ripon College, WI
Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
St. John’s University, NY
St. Louis University, MO
St. Mary’s, MN
Temple University, PA
Tuskegee University, AL
University of British Columbia
University of Colorado -- Boulder
University of Dayton, OH
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Puget Sound, WA
University of Vermont Nursing Program
Whitman College, WA
Willamette University, OR
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA


The Music Program Presents The 2015 Spring Concert

You are invited by the CWS Music Faculty to attend an instrumental evening concert by students in 5th-12th grades.

The Spring Concert

Wednesday, April 15th

7:00pm • CWS Auditorium


Featuring the middle school bands and orchestras and high school African Drumming, Chamber Ensemble, Guitar I, Guitar Ensemble, Improv Ensemble and Jazz Band.

Appreciate the variety and depth of skills, experience and musical creativity our students have to share.

Doors open 6:45pm / begins at 7:00pm / ends at 8:45pm

We warmly invite the community to attend this exciting evening concert and experience the full scope of the Waldorf instrumental curriculum!

Photos, Top to Bottom: CWS Music Faculty introduce the Middle School & High School instrumental ensembles.
Each ensemble, orchestra and band performs in the 2014 Spring Concert.

Remembering Ilene Warfield

Dear Chicago Waldorf School Parents, Alumni & Friends,


The late poet, author and activist Maya Angelou once said,


“I‘ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


I think many of us will remember Ilene Warfield’s kind deeds— her generous spirit and the way she moved in the world with uprightness and warmth, and those qualities she gave freely, that made us feel safe, made us feel we weren’t crazy, made us feel that we mattered. Ilene passed this morning at 3:30 am surrounded by her family, Sylvie, CWS Class of 2010, Liam, Class of 1998, and Cory, Class of 1992.

Though she sat behind a large desk, it did not act as a social barrier in her office. Her office operated as more of a confessional, for both colleagues and children. She always stopped whatever she was doing, welcomed you with a smile and her big blue eyes, and she embodied what we call the Parcival question: “What ails thee?” She listened without judging, witnessed without prying, and allowed one to maintain dignity in the face of a struggle – even adding levity and humor without offense to help bear the burden. One’s mood was always improved after a visit with Ilene. Her empathy was born out of the struggles she had faced, but she never made it about her. Her generosity of spirit and work was boundless.

We often say that the children are educated by a circle of teachers. Though not a teacher, Ilene knew and loved all of the children. She took an interest in their work and enjoyed watching them grow. She knew all of them and they all knew her. She participated in child studies with the faculty with insight and knowledge. She always wanted her office door left open so that she could hear the children. She greeted every child who brought her attendance, and relished the daily morning musical offerings that came in through the walls.

She insisted on taking every phone call to schedule parent/teacher conferences so that she could build relationships with parents. She often substituted, and referred to substitutions as “opportunities to enjoy” the outdoors with..., lunch with..., or time with various classes. The current 8th grade used to greet her with “Hip, hip, hooray!” every time she entered their classroom.

Most often, the phrase, “How can I help?” passed her lips, and then after agreeing to do more work in support of her colleagues and the school, she always closed with, “Thank you.” She spoiled us, and made things so much easier for us. By always staying positive she even made her illness easier for us. Her humility, courage and energy were inspiring.

On behalf of the Faculty and Staff,      
      - Karen Hartz and Andrea Shaffer

8th Grade Play Dazzles with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The final weekend of March offered this year's annual presentation of the 8th grade play; a tradition that showcases the talents of the middle-schoolers. The students demonstrate their dramatic skills as they conclude their Middle School drama program with a capstone production. 

Ms. Hartz's class elected to present the tale of Alice, who tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland where she must try to make sense of a place where animals talk, flowers walk, and tea parties never end.

The auditorium was packed with a full house for the opening night; which featured Lewis Carrol's famous tale of Alice--a lost girl who comes to learn about herself after undergoing absurd challenges and trying to make sense of a world ruled by topsy-turvy nonesense.

With poise and grace--as well as periodic zaniness--the students took on the challenge of playing multiple roles,

with many inter-scene costume changes and even shifting character assignments in the last days of tech week. Their efforts paid off with an unexpectedly whimsical show braving the colorful, dreamlike and sometimes nonesensical world of Wonderland. 

The parents of the 8th grade supported the show, while Ms. Hartz led the production as its accomplished Director, and special mention must go to the amazing costume design, created by volunteer parent, Roberta Schmatz.  The event was great fun for the whole family! To get a taste of the production, enjoy the accompanying slideshow: a small sampling of the amazing and engaging scenes, costumes and characters from Alice's Adventures In Wonderland...

(For larger photos, click on the main image once to enlarge, then click again or use the arrows to navigate thru the slides...)

March Launches CWS Circus Clubs

Circus Clubs start this week!

Enroll in Circus Club Classes from March 9th thru May 30th

Pick one day, two, three, or all four. Circus classes are available: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. All circus clubs run weekly from beginning of March until end of May, except the week school is closed for Spring Break (April 20-24). All Circus Clubs (except Early Childhood Club) will end with an exhibition show. Specific dates and fees are listed in the Schedule & Registration Form. Register your child this week!



Let your child develop skills in:

AERIAL: spanish web, trapeeze, silks

BREAKDANCE: individual and group choreographed routines

CLOWNING: skits, juggling, plate spinning, globe walking

GERMAN WHEEL: inline wheel routines to advanced spiral

JUMP ROPE: team, paired and individual performance

TUMBLING: acrobatics, floor exercises, gymnastics



Students will learn from our professional staff:

CJ Williams- Breakdance & Gymnastics

Mr. Williams was a competitive gymnast in high school. After high school he trained with Circesteem in Chicago. He eventually founded the ConnectForce breakdancing team, and he competes nationally. Mr. Williams currently performs with the Break‐a‐bulls. He is also getting his physical education degree and we are happy to have him for his third year at the Chicago Waldorf Circus program.

The Actor’s Gymnasium- Aerial Performance

Our two aerial instructors come to us through the Actor’s Gymnasium in Evanston. Actor’s Gym is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary in Chicago as a premiere theatrical circus arts organization. We are happy to be working with their staff for the eighth year in our CWS circus program!

Ashley Gambill- Jump Rope

Ashley was a competitive jump roper as part of a team for years. She teaches German at our school in the early grades and the high school. She regularly brings her passion for jump rope and sustainable living to her students.

Cirque Experience– German Wheel

Our German Wheel instructor is a teacher from Cirque Experience; Chicago’s gymnastic wheels program. Cirque Experience was founded by Wolfgang Bientzel who coordinates the teachers of the German wheel and, fittingly, hails from Deutschland. He is the 7 time world champion of the German wheel, and now trains other competitors.

Andrea Shaffer (coordinator)

Ms. Shaffer has taught gym for 4,000 years at CWS and believes in the power of artistic and competitive athletics to enrich young people’s lives. She has an unnatural love of Tootsie Rolls.

Photos from Circus Club 2013: A duo's jump-rope routine  / A student performs Spanish Web (also top image) / Students demo a clown routine / The club rehearses a clown skit and floor tumbling simultaneously


Waldorf Summer Adventure To Israel & First Arab Waldorf school

Waldorf education is developing worldwide. This summer Waldorf students have the opportunity for service learning and cultural exchange with Waldorf students in one of the first Arab Waldorf schools. This extraordinary adventure starts with a short filmmaking workshop followed by a school week working on a service project with students at Tamrat El Zeitoun, the first Arab Waldorf school in Israel.

Participants will be staying at Kibbutz Harduf, home of Israel’s pioneer Waldorf school, where their evenings will be spent working on creating a video documentary and getting to know members of the Harduf community. This service learning project will run from June 13-27, 2015.

For more information, visit the WORLD WISE ADVENTURES WEBSITE (sponsoring organization) and the website created for the school: and see this PDF flyer for more specific details of the program.

(top photo: Waldorf students from the 2014 Israel summer exchange program / below: local sites students visit)

The sightseeing tour begins in the Galilee with a tour at Beit Uri, an anthroposophical residential community for developmentally disabled children and adults. From there enjoy six days full of hikes, history, sites, food, scenery, friendships and unforgettable experiences.

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