The Bulletin

Waldorf Thunder Athletics

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

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

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-

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

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 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


A PTO Sponsored Talk with Andrea Shaffer

The Four Temperaments: Which is Your Child?

Wednesday, February 16th, 7:00pm

Location: CWS Lower Eurythmy Room
a PTO sponsored event

Q: What do the Beatles and the Winnie the Pooh characters have in common?
A: Not just plush stuffed toys made by Disney.

(Did you know that Eeyore is made to look like Ringo? And Tigger is made to look like Paul?)

But more to the point, they illustrate Steiner’s Four temperaments. It’s not hard to pick out which one is sanguine, choleric, melancholic or phlegmatic.  But how do you deal with such different personalities when they live under your own roof?

Come out and listen to Andrea Shaffer, CWS faculty and parent, who has studied the temperaments so well that she can pick them out in a lineup. She will help you identify your child’s—-and your own—-temperament and give direction and insights into their behaviors. This is going to be a great discussion—-very helpful to parents.  Come receive advice in regard to how to use this information constructively at home. Just a hint: melancholics liked to be asked “Can you help Mommy with this?” Some parents report that these tips work magic in the home.

Please RSVP to save your seat with Lisa Rekstad, Parent Education Lead at

10th Grade Presents Aristophanes' The Birds

Thursday & Friday, February 17 & 18 at 7:30 pm In the school auditorium

This play was first produced in ancient Greece in the 5th century BC. The original production featured two Athenians who were fed up with government corruption, high taxes, a litigious society and a protracted war with Sparta (sound familiar?). These fellows hear about a legendary Athenian who has reincarnated as a bird and they go off in search his otherworldly paradise, Cloud Cuckoo Land. Their search results in a hilarious, madcap romp complete with music, dance and many surprises!

Come see the 10th grade production of this Greek classic which has been updated to the present (wherein the word, Twitter, takes on a whole new meaning…).

Recommended for grades 5 and up. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to support the 10th grade’s Service Learning Trip.

Our weekly Bulletin has adopted a new format!

We are excited to introduce the new web-based sound of Thunder which will continue to announce news and promote activities involving the Chicago Waldorf School community. It will include the events calendar and link articles directly to information on the school’s website and other sites.

This website newsletter has many new features and advantages over the previous paper/PDF format. The online format will receive updated information in real time and will have the ability to utilize dynamic media—like slide shows, video presentations, google maps links, and interactive charts. Some of this new mobility includes the opportunity for community members to leave comments and develop discussion threads at the bottom of every article. Please post comments to the articles that you have an opinion about; we’d love to hear from you. Readers will also be able to share the articles through buttons that automatically post the content to social media sites (including Facebook, Twitter, Digg It, and Yahoo profiles). This feature will also enable viewers—at the touch of a button—to automatically print the bulletin articles or email them to friends.

Rather than simply a one-way communication, the new sound of Thunder becomes a discussion forum in which the community can engage in dialogue and feedback with the school and with the public at large. Additional features—like online polls and surveys embedded in the bulletin—will enable the CWS administration to collect data and hear member perspectives from the community to benefit our long-reach institutional planning.

Besides the value of a dynamic communications tool, our bulletin will generate a more active web presence which will represent our school to the world (as people are increasingly searching the web to learn more about Waldorf education). While all these enhancements provide new opportunities, the bulletin will continue to focus on the essential value of communicating all the great experiences and activities that make our community unique.

So read on, and please enjoy this new reflection of Chicago Waldorf School…

...and please send all feedback about the new format to Jason Greenberg
or you may start a conversation/comments thread in response to this post.

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