Friday, March 2013
Parent-Teacher Conferences are Thursday & Friday, March 14th & 15th
This is a chance for early childhood and grade school parents to meet with class teachers and special subject teachers. EC parents may sign up in their classrooms while grade school parents should call Ilene Warfield at 773.465.2372.
High School conferences may be scheduled as needed by calling Julia Weegar at 773.828.8464.
And of course, students enjoy both Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, off!
Great Lakes Summer Intensive
Ah, July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: ice cream, walks on the beach, and the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute Summer Intensive!
July 8-26, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, an immersion into the Waldorf view of the developing child, the Waldorf curriculum for grade school or early childhood teaching, and Waldorf artistic work awaits the developing Waldorf teacher or any adult interested in learning more about Waldorf education and participating in the self-transformational work that it requires.
Please visit the GLWI website www.greatlakeswaldorf.org for details and registration for this year’s Summer Intensive, part of the 3-year, part-time Waldorf Teacher Development Program offered by Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, a developing institute in the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. GLWI students may earn a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis through our partnership with Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Contact Lori Barian, Director of Administration, 414-616-1832 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Graduate Annie Kane Displays Artwork
Annie Kane, 2008 CWS graduate, received her Bachelor of Arts from the School of the Art Institute this past December. One of her ceramic vessels sold at her SAIC Senior Show and is now prominently displayed at the City of Chicago District 1 Municipal Building at 4605 Lawrence Avenue. Her ceramic work is currently being sold at Art 4 Soul in Flossmoor, Illinois and was recently juried into the Frankfort Art Show this Fall. Congratulations Annie!!!
Yearbooks On Sale Now!
Copies of the 2012-2013 yearbook, The Loop, are on sale now. Contact Phoebe Cape via email or at 773.465.2662 to order yours today.
Register for Circus Club
Our Circus Club offers excitement, fun, physical coordination & balance training while learning diverse performance and acrobatic skills. Students learn clown techniques, aerial performing, juggling, tumbling and more. The club’s year-end circuses -where they present their Circus Arts routines to the entire community -are often packed to the walls for “standing room only” performances.
Registration is limited so sign up today! Registration forms may be dropped off at the main office or faxed to 773.465.6648.
Friday, March 2013
Waldorf education’s 15 year curriculum (from Early Childhood up through High School) holds at its core values principles of wholeness, community, continuity and self-reliance that are getting attention in mainstream media and mirror the messages from education pundits and experts offering road-maps to school reform such as this one…
The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools
This editorial by David L. Kirp first appeared in the New York Times on February 9th, 2013.
“WHAT would it really take to give students a first-rate education? Some argue that our schools are irremediably broken and that charter schools offer the only solution. The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinventing the public schools we have.
Union City makes an unlikely poster child for education reform. It’s a poor community with an unemployment rate 60 percent higher than the national average. Three-quarters of the students live in homes where only Spanish is spoken. A quarter are thought to be undocumented, living in fear of deportation…
As someone who has worked on education policy for four decades, I’ve never seen the likes of this. After spending a year in Union City working on a book, I believe its transformation offers a nationwide strategy.
Ask school officials to explain Union City’s success and they start with prekindergarten, which enrolls almost every 3- and 4-year-old.
There’s abundant research showing the lifetime benefits of early education. Here, seeing is believing...
One December morning the lesson is making latkes, the potato pancakes that are a Hanukkah staple. Everything that transpires during these 90 minutes could be called a “teachable moment” — describing the smell of an onion (“Strong or light? Strong — duro. Will it smell differently when we cook it? We’ll have to find out.”); pronouncing the “p” in pepper and pimento; getting the hang of a food processor (“When I put all the ingredients in, what will happen?”).
Cognitive and noncognitive, thinking and feeling; here, this line vanishes. The good teacher is always on the lookout for both kinds of lessons, always aiming to reach both head and heart...
“My goal is to do for these kids what I do with my own children,” the teacher, Susana Rojas, tells me. “It’s all about exposure to concepts — wide, narrow, long, short. I bring in breads from different countries. ‘Let’s do a pie chart showing which one you liked the best.’ I don’t ask them to memorize 1, 2, 3 — I could teach a monkey to count…”
Continue reading the article at its source at the New York Times / Photo by Liese Lotta
Friday, February 2013
February 14th & 15th, 7:30pm in the CWS Auditorium
Each year, the 10th grade presents a Greek play, bringing their own interpretation of timeless mythology to life. This year, the 10th grade class takes a fresh look at the complex questions of whether men and women are subject to laws higher than those of their governments.
This adaption of Antigone combines scenes from Sophocles' original text with an adaptation of Jean Anouilh's 1946 play of the same name. The fusion of contemporary history and ancient philosophy invites the audience to reflect on this universal question that has challenge humans since the dawn of civilization. Narrated by the ghost of Antigone, the play includes three casts of characters that span not only the ages, from ancient Greece to modern America, but also the world, from Africa, Asia, and Europe to the Americas.
“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.”
The 10th grade class will be accepting donations at the door to support their service learning trip to New Orleans this spring. They will be working with the St. Bernard Project, a non-profit rebuilding organization whose mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way.
Friday, February 2013
The twelve-year Waldorf curriculum has been compared to a climb up a spiral staircase inside a tall tower. In first grade the students enter through the ground level door and wind their way upwards. Each year provides a higher window and a different perspective on the outside world. In their senior year, the students arrive at the summit of the tower and step out onto the roof and view the entire vista stretching out far beyond them.
The senior year at a Waldorf school is designed to be a synthesis of the students’ education and a preparation for their next step in life. The 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 analytic thinking.
A highlight of the senior year is the senior project. Towards the end of their junior year, students pick a topic for independent study. Reading and research begins during the summer months and culminates in March of the senior year with an oral presentation before the CWS community. The completed project also includes a research paper and an artistic or technical component. An array of the students’ papers and artistic/technical work is on display in the back of the auditorium throughout Senior Project Presentation Week.
The class of 2013 will present their projects Wednesday, March 6th through Friday March 8th, 2013. This year also includes a reception on the evening of March 6th and offers an exclusive opportunity for parents and community members to read student papers and see art projects while enjoying light refreshments.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the culmination of many months of work! Lively Q&A sessions follow each presentation. Its a great way to see—and support—the expert knowledge our seniors are sharing with the community.
Senior Projects Week
Wednesday, March 6
1:05 pm Welcome to Senior Projects
1:15 pm Maddie Lawson: China’s One Child Policy (Grades 9-12)
2:00 pm Claire Matthews: Social Pressures and Teen Suicide (Grades 8-12)
Thursday, March 7
10:30 am Rochelle Peterson: World Story: Folktales as Human Activity (Grades 3-12)
11:15 am Casey Stewart: Dead in the U.S.A.: American Funeral Practices (Grades 7-12)
Lunch Break 12:00-1:00 pm
1:15 pm Mateo Patiño: Finding Your Own Temperament (Grades 9-12)
2:00 pm Eden Finer: Monsters through History and How They Reflect the Fears of Their Culture (6-12)
2:45 pm Natalie Good: The Subconscious Mind (Grades 7-12)
Friday, March 8
1:15 pm Yarden Solomon: Yoga: Unifying the Energies (Grades 1-12)
2:00 pm Gabrielle Anspach: Ideal Worlds of the Ancients (Grades 6-12)
Dinner Break 3:00-6:45 pm
7:00 pm Clay Shane: American Dream on the Move (Grades 7-12)
7:45 pm Nora Lubin: Civil Rights: The Gay Debate (Grades 7-12)
8:30 pm Joanna Northage-Orr: Evolution of Language (Grades 7-12)
9:15 pm Closing Ceremonies
Please note that presentation schedule is subject to change. Not all topics are appropriate for children. Please call the High School Office at 773.828.8464 or email Julia Weegar at email@example.com with questions.
Friday, February 2013
Welcome to New and Returning Families!
Throughout the year, we have been delighted to have many new families join our school. Their presence deepens the dynamic social fabric of our community, and we are thrilled to call them part of the Chicago Waldorf School.
Welcome to Christopher Richards, grade 9; Unni Amos, grade 7; Tyson Smith, grade 1; Samuel Atkins, EC1; and Carver Forsman, EC1. Welcome back to Ukiah Mooses, grade 6.
A special welcome to our guest students who join us from around the world. Matio Patino, grade 12; Ana Mejia, grade 11; and Natascha Ulrich, grade 10.
Sophomore Auset Muhammad Takes the Gold
High School sophomore, Auset Muhammad recently won first place at the 2012/13 Great Lakes High School Fencing Conference (GLHSFC). Nearly 300 high school fencers participated in three weapons – Foil, Epee, and Saber.
The Women's Foil category hosted 44 competitors, 10 of which Auset defeated to win the 1st Place Gold Medal. Auset entered the competition as the #3 seed. She finished out the day as the top ranked seed (#1) and Gold medalist with a total point accumulation of 100. Her opponents only managed to score a total of 32 points against her for the day.
See more about the GLHSFC here.
Annual Fund Continues to Grow
Our 2012-2013 is nearly at $110,000! This year has shown an incredible generosity and support from our community as we look forward towards our strategic goals and commitment to providing an exceptional education.
If you have not already given, consider making monthly payments towards a pledge to help support the growth and sustainability of our community.
For more information on the Annual Fund and ways to give, contact Alexa Markoff via email or 773.828.8458.
Now you can join the circus without running away from home!
Join the CWS Circus Club!
Spring time is slowly approaching which can only mean one thing, Circus Club is almost here!
Our Circus Club offers excitement, fun, physical coordination & balance training while learning diverse performance and acrobatic skills. Students learn clown techniques, aerial performing, juggling, tumbling and more. The club's year-end circuses -where they present their Circus Arts routines to the entire community -are often packed to the walls for "standing room only" performances.
Registration is limited so sign up today! Registration forms may be picked up at the Main Office, and dropped off or faxed to 773.465.6648.
Friday, February 2013
This year’s gala, Building Our Future Today, is co-chaired by CWS parents Mary Motyka and Lisa Donofrio. Mary and Lisa have helped make the gala a reality for the past three years and share their excitement and the latest news of this year’s gala. Building Our Future Today will held on March 16th, 2013 at the historic Germania Place.
Why is the 2013 gala, Building Our Future Today, so important?
Lisa Donofrio: This year’s gala is very exciting because it is the kick-off of our first capital campaign for a permanent campus.
Mary Motyka: This will truly be a special gala. We have been hoping and dreaming for a permanent home and seeing the start of this endeavor is thrilling!
Why do you think people should support an event like Building Our Future Today?
LD: The gala is a wonderful way to connect with friends as well as raise funds for a permanent campus.
MM: I hope that people attend to support the launch of the capital campaign, to enjoy each other’s company, and to celebrate the school’s many successes.
What is different about this year’s gala?
LD: There have been some major changes this year. The biggest change is the venue. This year’s gala will be held at Germania Place, one of Chicago’s oldest and most significant historic landmarks. There will be live music from the well-known and talented group of Lynne Jordan & The Shivers. Our community loves to dance and enjoy one another!
MM: I have to simply echo what Lisa said. New venue and live music!
What made you choose to work on this year’s gala?
LD: I think that the gala is an important fundraiser for the school and our children. I am honored to be part of it!
MM: I wanted to help continue the momentum of success from the last two galas. This work has been incredibly rewarding, and has made a tangible difference at the school. The teachers and staff truly benefit from and are so grateful for our community’s generosity.
What have you enjoyed most about working on this year's gala?
LD: I enjoy working with CWS staff, my co-chair Mary Motyka, and other parents who volunteer to help with gala.
MM: I am grateful for all that I have learned by working with a talented and dedicated team comprised of CWS staff, faculty and parents.
Why are you looking forward to attending gala 2013: Building Our Future Today?
LD: This year’s gala is the kick-off to the first Capital Campaign. What an important and exciting undertaking! In addition, the Boyce Award will be presented to a teacher who consistently exemplifies high-quality Waldorf teaching. The entire school community is grateful to Lee and Cathy Boyce for their spirit of generosity in initiating this special award.
MM: Dancing! If there is one thing I have learned from the past two galas, it is that our community loves to dance. And of course I am also excited to once again be amazed by what Chicago Waldorf community can achieve together.
Tickets to the 3rd Annual Gala: Building Our Future Today are on sale now and can be purchased online. For more information please contact Alexa Markoff via email or at 773.828.8458.
Friday, February 2013
Capture the memories of the 2012-2013 yearbook The Loop! Our school yearbook is produced by a dedicated group of High School students who work throughout the year to design and produce a yearbook that captures the spirit of our school. The Loop documents the life, fun, and spirit of CWS and captures both daily student life and significant events.
Yearbooks are on Pre-sale now for only $40!
Yearbook ads are a great way to promote local business or to congratulate your student on the year completing another year. Interested in placing an ad?
Contact Phoebe Cape for order forms and more information on placing an ad or pre-ordering your yearbook.
Friday, February 2013
Waldorf students experience a diverse and artistic education. From community service to class plays, we call on students to exercise their ability to engage with the world critically and artistically outside of the classroom. Talia Adams is a high school junior who has been at CWS since kindergarten. This year, Talia was accepted to the Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program at the Goodman Theater.
The Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program is offered by the Goodman in partnership with the Association for Women Journalists. The competitive program is open only to high school junior women, and introduces young women to theater criticism, and the world of professional writing. Young women enrolled in the program meet two Saturdays a month to engage in discussion, writing, critiques, and interviewing techniques. Participants also receive press opening tickets to every production of the Goodman’s season, experience one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists, and interview artists associated with the Goodman.
Talia became involved with the program at the urging of high school English teacher, Barbara Huckabay. “It sounded interesting because I love theater and writing,” Talia reflects. In order to be accepted, she had to submit a review of a movie or show she had seen recently, along with a letter of intent. The basis for acceptance is excellent writing skills and a strong interest in theater.
Talia shares how the writing process works. After attending press night at the Goodman, she writes a review of the play and sends it to the Goodman Theater for review. She also sends it to her mentor who corrects it and revises it along with Talia. Once the final draft is edited, it is posted to the Goodman Theater’s blog. The students hone interview skills by practicing interviewing their mentors, and are constantly exercising their writing skills. “I think this will help me with my Senior Project,” Talia shares. “I am definitely learning how to voice my opinions and practice vocabulary and word usage. Waldorf helps me with this a lot. We do a lot of writing assignments in English and Morning Lessons, and this has helped enhance my writing vocabulary and ability to write strong thesis statements.”
“I’m not necessarily going into journalism,” says Talia. “But this will help me if I decide to go into theater. I am learning a lot from closely watching shows, and love the behind-the-scenes look at the productions that I am getting.”
For more information on the Cindy Bandle Program and the Goodman Theater, visit their website.