Sunday, June 2013
Update: By July we had raised just shy of $143,000!
Thank You all members of our community who helped support our school via Annual Fund so that we can keep our operational budget balanced and our school running smoothly!
Previous Post from May 2013: We are on the home stretch for the CWS Annual Fund. We appreciate those of you who have contributed over $128,000 to date; we need $22,000 more to meet our goal. Of course, we would like to exceed our goal and now we can with the added support of this challenge grant!
The Board of Trustees and a committed group of parents have stepped forward and offered up to a $1,000 matching gift for contributions made between now and June 30th.
The caveat is that the class has to have 100% participation. If you have children in more than one class, your gift will be credited towards the participation of each of those classes.
For each class for which there is 100% participation, there will be 1) a dollar-for-dollar matching gift made up to $1,000 and 2) a pizza party in the fall! The matching dollars will go to the Annual Fund and be credited to the first 10 classes to reach 100%!
The CWS Annual Fund is critical for the school and its operations (as was detailed in this Springs All School Meeting). Annual Fund impacts everything from turning on the lights to covering teachers’ salaries.
Right now we are only at 52% parent participation while nationwide Waldorf schools and other independent schools average from 85% - 100% parent participation. We need to increase this number by June 30th, and raise at least $22,000 to meet our goal of $150,000.
This is a great opportunity! Those of you who have not yet made your Annual Fund gift please take advantage of this moment and do so before June 30th. Your participation is necessary to activate the challenge grant to double your dollars!
And thank you for supporting Waldorf education.
Questions? Please call Development Director Alexa Markoff at 773.828.8458 or by email at email@example.com.
Monday, May 2013
Please invite your family and friends to join in this weekend's
2013 CWS May Fair
Saturday, May 11th, 10am-4pm
A street fair on Loyola Ave. (between Glenwood & Lakewood)
The May Fair is an annual festival of Spring, featuring the historic tradition of handmade arts and crafts that is celebrated by Waldorf schools throughout the Americas and Europe. This event connects the larger community to the creative spirit by which Waldorf schools nourish and support the whole child in attunement with the natural seasons’ cycles.
May Fair takes on its own aura for each individual school with activities ranging from barbecues to child-made crafts, handwork, fabric dyeing and more. The most iconic element of May Fair is the maypole dance that evokes the same community pride and spirit as it did in festivals centuries ago.
The Chicago Waldorf School 2013 May Fair has evolved from a celebration for children into a community-wide affair in Rogers Park that seeks to celebrate the spirit and values of Waldorf education with students, families, and the neighborhood. The festival features Maypole dancing, live entertainment and music, games, food, kid-focused activities, craft-making, and unique vendors and exhibitors of handmade artisanal goods.
Entertainment & Performances at the May Fair:
In addition to the many games, crafts and activities that will be available at May Fair, the event will feature a lively roster of entertainment including:
10:30am The Kelson Twins (location: Street Stage)
CWS student, Juliet Kelson and her twin sister will perform a medley of music. Enjoy these High Schooler's musical artistry.
11:30am Circus Aerialists Perform (location: Gymnasium)
Students from the school’s Circus Club Aerial Group will perform a variety of acrobatic skills and feats on the silks, spanish web and trapeeze.
12:00noon Maypole Dance (location: Street Stage)
The maypole bears garlands and is a symbol for the growth of new vegetation and spring life. Dancers gather around the pole that is sprawling with greenery and colored ribbons attached to the top. To the accompaniment of traditional music they walk and skip in opposite directions allowing the strings to intertwine to create a braided weave around the pole. This colorful dance is a special part of the tradition celebrating the coming of Spring.
1:00pm Circus Club Performance (location: Street Stage)
Students from the Chicago Waldorf School’s Circus Club will perform a variety of skills and physical feats from acrobatics to tumbling, floor exercises, clowning, hip-hop dance performance, juggling, and more. See teams execute advanced jump skills and competitive jump-rope routines. Coached by professional circus artists, athletes and acrobatic performers, this is our circus club students’ chance to show off their excellent new skills.
2:00pm Scenes From Shakespeare (location: Auditorium)
Students from the 8th grade will share a selection of scenes from their upcoming class play, Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream."
2:30pm Brazilian Music with Brasil Nativo (Street Stage)
Hear the energetic sounds of Samba music from Lourdes, Heitor and Paulinho Garcia Family Brazilian Music Trio.
3:00pm CWS Student Talent (location: Street Stage)
Students from the Chicago Waldorf School’s High School and Middle School will perform special selections for the community. See and hear the African Drumming Class perform, watch talent performances and skits from High Schoolers. Comedy, tragedy, or inspiration may ensue with performances that run the gamut from serious to irreverent in nature.
The May Fair will have a variety of booths, food vendors, and activities including the traditional Cake Walk, Jump Rope Braiding Machines, Tie-Dye Station, Flower Crowns, Arts & Crafts projects for kids, a Treasure Hunt and more!
Make sure you invite your friends to come join us!
Monday, May 2013
Tina Howe’s Museum is performed Thursday – Saturday, May 16 – 18 at 7:30pm
(Recommended for grades 5+) - CWS Auditorium
Parents, faculty, alumni and ALL members of the CWS community are invited to see the senior class in their final dramatic production. Yes, that’s right; it’s time for the annual 12th grade play! This year the seniors are tackling the contemporary comedy, Museum.
Written in 1976, Tina Howe’s Museum takes place on the final day of a group show of three fictional contemporary American artists. They are exhibited in a major museum of modern art and, in the course of the day, the usual suspects walk through the show: art lovers, skeptics, foreigners, students, lost souls, fellow artists, and museum guards.
The 12th grade's production of Museum explores the effect of art on the viewer, showing how reactions to a work of art say as much about the viewer and human nature, as they do about the work on display.
Directed by Colleen Everhart and produced by the senior class, all the 12th graders perform and many have more than one speaking part. They are receiving assistance from Nancy Melvin (costumes), Rick Paul and Frances Vig (set), Michele Preysler (hair and make-up) and Mike Smith (lights and AV) for their production.
Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted at the door. All donations will help fund the 12th grade’s Service Learning trip to the Yucatan in Mexico where they will work with the Mayan community on various service projects.
Monday, May 2013
A foundation for learning―and the spark that fuels the creative, inquisitive mind―starts with the question: "Why?"
CWS Annual Fund 2013 Goal: $150,000 Current mark: $110,000
40 In 40 challenges the Chicago Waldorf School community to raise $40,000 in 40 days in order to meet our 2012-2013 Annual Fund goal of $150,000. Click here to donate to the 2013 CWS Annual Fund!
Ask: Why Give to Annual Fund? This is Why...
Your Annual Fund gifts support the costs of important school operations, ensuring that Chicago Waldorf School can keep tuition competitive and offer access to Waldorf education for many families. Other expenses covered by the Annual Fund include everything from classroom enhancements to refueling the bus gas tank. Here are examples of what the CWS Annual Fund donations support:
• Piano tuning $ 80 per piano
• Full tank of gas for bus $ 100
• Gym mats $ 9,600
• Use of canteen for HS lunch $ 35 per day
• Traffic cones $ 150
• Wood chips for play yard $ 400
• Morning Lesson guest teacher $1,500
• Rental of EC5 space for 1 month $1,875
• Soil for community garden $ 300
• Accompanist for concert $ 60
Your Participation Counts!
We need your help to raise 40 In 40. We are asking for 100% participation from parents, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees of the school to reach our goal. Your donation is vital to sustaining the Chicago Waldorf experience, and the benefits are exponential—every dollar donated makes a difference in the life of CWS, which is a benefit to everyone. And all donations are tax-deductible—a great benefit for you!
Monday, May 2013
The awards, a.k.a."Mathlete Bling," earned at Illinois Regionals. Midwest Regionals, here we come!
Exciting news about the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Math Competition. This competition is held every February at Chicago State University on a Saturday during our Mid-Winter break. Students from our high school have been competing in it for years, but this year is by far the best we’ve done! The students/teams have qualified to go down to the State Competition at the University of Illinois in Champaign in May!
Please Congratulate our Math Team on their accomplishments
and wish them well in their upcoming State Competition!
Accolades are in order for the following people:
Samuel Liss and Conor Sullivan have both qualified as individuals in Algebra I
The entire Algebra II Team: Joe Wendy, Paco Alvarez, Lindsay Thompson, Alex Morson, and Merci Randolph
The Junior/Senior 8-person team: Joe Wendy, Paco Alvarez, Lindsay Thompson, Alex Morson, Merci Randolph, and Gabrielle Anspach
The Freshmen/Sophmore 2-person team: Samuel Liss and Conor Sullivan
We are are very proud of them all!
-Robert Wilson and Kelsey DeWitte, Math Club Faculty Advisors/Coordinators
Monday, May 2013
Thursday , May 9th evening 7:00-8:30pm CWS Auditorium
Open to the Public / See our Grade School, Middle School & High School performers
Please join us for the annual Spring Eurythmy Festival in which students from the 4th thru 11th grades perform for the assembled students, faculty, staff, parents and their invited guests.
Eurythmy is a performing art that has been developed as part of traditional Waldorf curriculum into pedagogical movement classes. Pedagogical Eurythmy uses graceful movement that arises out of the human being’s physiology, soul and higher self and is expressed not only through movement in space but also as meaningful gestures that incorporate hand, arm and body positions with flowing complex coordinated patterns of movement in groups. As core elements of the curriculum, Eurythmy presentations are an expression of language, and the inner experience of poetry and music.
Please come see our students present their latest levels of study in the Eurythmy program.
This year's Spring festival will include:
- the 4th grade performing a piece inspired by their studies of Norse Mythology and based on the poem,
"Forge Me With Fire"
- another group of 4th graders will perform with copper rods to the "Sonnen Übung (Sun Ray exercises),"
with German music composed by Carla Ritchie, followed by a Eurythmy presentation incorporating
"The Walls of Asgard."
-the entire 5th grade will perform eurythmy to the poem "The Fountain" written by James Russell Lowell, and
accompanied by a music prelude composed by Leopold Van Der Pals.
- a group from the 6th grade will perform their Eurythmy to the poem "Akbar's Hymn To The Sun" by Lord Alfred
Tennyson and accompanied by a Hebridean song (from the Western Islands of Scotland).
-and a second group of 6th graders will perform to "A Song of King Arthur's Castle" by A.C. Harwood accompanied
by "Music for Transition of Diamonds" also composed by Leopold Van Der Pals.
Come enjoy and support the students in our Eurythmy program; which remains one of the most unique, traditional and quintessential art forms in Waldorf education!
Friday, May 2013
COMMUNITY NEWS :
- Newest Additions to the CWS Community!
We warmly welcome Ursula Burrows (grade 1) and her parents, Lara Oppenheimer and Dersu Burrows, to the Chicago Waldorf community. We love new members to the "CWS Family." Welcome!
- CWS Frosh Create "Geometry Math Rap" Video
High School students self-produced a wordy, wise, and high-speed delivery "Math Rap" that premiered on You Tube to enthusiastic responses. See the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRxanbwaEz8 Congrats to Graham Heavenrich, Conor Sullivan, Shannon Sullivan, Natascha Ulrich and Siubhan Stormont for writing the lyrics, singing, self-producing, directing, performing in, posting and sharing the video!
< Life's Cycles of Renewal Continues. CWS gets a New Tree!
Did you notice that something new stands at the front of school waiting to welcome students for their daily rituals at the pick-up/drop-off lane? City workers recently planted a new sapling to take the place of the old tree that collapsed that had been ravaged by dry rot. Welcome this newest addition to the greenery and natural environment in the school's front vestibule.
- Interested in hosting German Waldorf Students this Summer?
Two high school students (1 boy and 1 girl, both 17 yrs. old) from a Waldorf school in Germany are looking for lodging or a host family in Chicago. CWS Circus Club's Meshu Tamarat encouraged them to come to Chicago and they will be volunteering with CircEsteem this summer. They will arrive at the end of June and stay through August. If you are interested to host them for some or all of the summer please, contact Info@CircEsteem.org
-Albion Parking Lot Gets a Makeover Into New Green Park
See this link for details about the City Parks Department's new proposed renovations of a vacant lot into a new Albion Park which will effect our Rogers Park neighbors..and all CWS classes that make trips to Albion beach!
ALUMNI NEWS CORNER:
- CWS graduate, Gwen Kelly-Masterton, has adapted, produced and directed French neo-classicist Jean Racine's "Andromache," a tragedy about survivors of the Trojan War. A passionate exploration of human relationships in the aftermath of war, this terrific production includes a wonderful mural by aftercare teacher Elena Amesbury, excellent acting, and a surprise ending that may move you profoundly. See a show in the final week of their run: May 1, 2, 3, 4 at Collaboraction's pentagon Theater on the 3rd floor of the Flat Iron Building , 1579 Milwaukee Ave. All performances are at 8pm. $15 Tickets can be purchased online at agatandromache.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door. Submitted by Beth Kelly
- Anna Balch is a CWS Grade School Alumnus from 2013 who is making news in Evanston and Highland Park for her exceptional athleticism in Softball. An excerpt: "Balch is having an outstanding start to the Evanston softball season, posting a 1.571 slugging percentage in the Wildkits’ first four games. Her impressive power numbers show just how much the Wildkits missed her last year. Balch was a sophomore..." Read the full article here Submitted by Cheryl Henley
Friday, May 2013
This year at Chicago Waldorf High School, all 11 of our graduating seniors have applied to a college or university. The schools below have accepted our graduating seniors as of 4/26/2013. Merit scholarship offers have been generous as colleges attempt to lure the most qualified students.
Worthy Of Note:
Our sought after seniors collectively were granted over $2 million dollars in merit scholarship offers!
Fourteen colleges/universities are new to our list when compared with the last few years. These new schools are Dickinson College, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Stetson University, Albion College, University of Pittsburgh, American University of Paris, University of Arizona, American University of Rome, Indiana University – Bloomington, Rollins College, Hendrix College, Lynn University, Providence College and Susquehanna University. College familiarity with CWS continues to expand with each graduating class!
Congratulations to the 2013 Seniors & their families!
Their future plans will be profiled in the next bulletin.
Colleges that the Senior Class of 2013 have been accepted to:
Albion College, MI
American University of Paris
American University of Rome
Bard College, NY
Boston University, MA
College of Wooster, OH
Dickinson College, PA
Earlham College, IN
Eckerd College, FL
Goucher College, MD
Hampshire College, MA
Hendrix College, AR
Indiana University – Bloomington
Ithaca College, NY
Kalamazoo College, MI
Knox College, IL
Lawrence University, WI
Lewis & Clark College, OR
Lynn University, FL
Naropa University, CO
Oberlin College, OH
Providence College, RI
Rollins College, FL
St. Olaf College, MN
Sarah Lawrence College, NY
Skidmore College, NY
Stetson University, FL
Susquehanna University, PA
University of Arizona
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh, PA
University of Puget Sound, WA
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Whitman College, WA
Willamette University, OR
Vassar College, NY