The Bulletin

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.

Come see the 12th Grade Eurythmy Performances

We invite you to this year’s 12th grade eurythmy performances. The program is a medley of poetry and music, expressed in movement. The students’ selections for the program will include: Native American Indian poems, Shostakovich, poetry by Kathleen Raine, music by Brahms and Debussy, poetry by William Ernest Henley and others. The students will present solos and duets that have been developed with hard work and determined focus over the last few months. And, of course, Matilda the naughty girl has promised to make an appearance!

Come enjoy Naughty Matilda’s special Valentine’s refreshments for the eurythmy performances. In the hope of winning your hearts—and presence—for the performances she is creating special Valentines gift bags for sale. Give them as gifts to charm your own Valentine!

12th Grade Eurythmy Performances in February

February 10th at 10:45 AM . . . . . . . .  All performances are at the school auditorium.
February 11th at   7:00 PM
February 12th at   4:00 PM

For more information, contact Susanne Zipperlen. Please come and celebrate this amazing program!

Welcome our newest Administrative Staff Member

We are excited to announce that we have hired a new Marketing and Communications Director.

Jason Greenberg joins our staff ready and equipped with an amazing array of professional marketing and communications experiences. He is the founder and principle director of Art Works Design, a communications consulting company specializing in the development of compelling message and branding strategies. Art Works Design clients have included Exelon Corporation, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, and Adventure Stage Chicago. Jason has also held teaching positions in the world of higher education as professor of Art, Media and Design at DePaul University and as Dean of the Institute of Art and Design at Robert Morris College.

Jason’s non-profit experience includes founding the Empirical Opera, an educational advocacy network, and leadership with the Chicago Center for Green Technology as well as collaborative partnerships with advocacy groups such as the Active Transportation Alliance, and Angelic Organics Learning Center. As the Chicago Waldorf School reaches out into expanding markets, Jason will guide our efforts with visionary leadership, a deft understanding of promoting community-building initiatives, expertise with social and strategic marketing, all backed with expert digital and technical skills.  Welcome Jason!

-Leukos Goodwin
Administrative Director, Chicago Waldorf School

PTO Sponsored Events for February

PTO Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 9th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: CWS, High School Music Room, 2nd floor, Main Building (Early Childhood side)
All CWS parents, staff and faculty are invited to attend PTO meetings. Please join us for snacks and conversation followed by an update and discussion addressing your questions, concerns, and ideas for future PTO initiatives. And, we’ve invited Jackie Johnson to discuss the upcoming CWS Gala on March 26th! Have ideas or questions? Contact your class PTO representative.

February Events at Commons on the Corner

2/11 Lattes with Luke
2/18 Building Intentional Community (BIC) with Frances Vig and Hazel Ginsberg

Join CWS parents, staff and faculty for coffee and conversation at Commons on the Corner every Friday morning after drop off in the Parent Child Room, 1301 W Loyola. Children are welcome. Direct questions to Commons on the Corner Leads, Christine Carroll or Karen Hallman.

The Four Temperaments

Date: Wednesday, February 16th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: CWS Lower Eurythmy Room
Save the date! Andrea Shaffer, CWS faculty and parent, will discuss Steiner’s Four Temperaments. Watch for more information. Direct questions to Lisa Rekstad, Parent Education Lead.

Knitting with Megan Cummins

Date: Thursday mornings through February
Time: 8:15 – 10:30am
Location: Parent Child Room, 1301 W 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.

The Return of Swap-O-Rama-Rama

Saturday, February 12, from 9AM to 5PM
in our School Gymnasium

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through recycling. Help save the environment (and get a new spring wardrobe). Bring in those forgotten clothes, swap them for something new and then get creative! You get access to everything from sewing machines to silk screens, and all the supplies and coaching you’ll need to make new outfits, bags, jewelry and more. If you’re fashion-independent, green-minded, or DIY-centric, this is for you!

•  tons of swapped clothes available for your creative rescue
•  volunteer-assisted sewing machines
•  silk-screening stations
•  workshops in sewing, button and jewelry making, embroidery, knitting and fabric art
•  fashion shows
•  live music & more!

Chicago Waldorf School will again be hosting this event on Saturday, February 12, from 9AM to 5PM. Suggested Donation: $20 + a bag of clothing (students and seniors—half off). If you would like to learn more or are interested in volunteering to help sort clothes, teach crafts, run sewing machines and other essential tasks, check out their web site at Hope to see you there!

Thursday SKATE at Warren Park

Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm skate to your heart’s content

In a recurring tradition, every Thursday a growing number of Waldorf families join other friends, students and community members for after-school ice-skating at Warren Park.

From beginning learners to confident and experienced skaters, the ice is open to all.

Interested families are invited to come (bring friends and fellow outdoor enthusiasts) and feel the nip in your nose and catch a snowflake on the tip of your tongue as you skate in the beautiful outdoors.

Bring your kids, bring your skates (or cheap $6 rental is available at the shop) for free skating sessions. Meet-ups will continue at the Warren Park ice rink, weather permitting, for the entire Winter season through Sunday, Feb 27 (last day the rink is open).

Warren Park
6601 N. Western Ave.  (Map)
$6 skate rental or free if you bring your own skates

Looking for a rink closer to home? See the Chicago Park District Rinks.

Understanding the Nuances of Pluralism…

Pluralism & Multiculturalism: What Does it Mean for Our School?

The Diversity Committee invited Lusanda Mayikana, Dean of Pluralism and Multicultural Affairs and a member of the English Department at Lake Forest Academy to present and lead a roundtable discussion regarding issues of diversity at our school. Dean Mayikana spoke and facilitated a broad discussion on January 20, first dialoguing with the Faculty and Staff at their weekly meeting, then returning to speak to the larger community that evening. The discussion centered on exploring and analyzing the topics of pluralism and multiculturalism, appreciating their importance in our children’s education and learning how to incorporate a comprehensive and open-minded perspective to issues of difference in our community. Definitions of stasis and “tolerance” were identified as commonplace but unproductive relationships. In a memorable phrase from the discussion, it was commented upon that our community would benefit from a stance of “being comfortable with being uncomfortable” in our efforts to make connections that may put us outside of the comfort zones that are pre-established in the status-quo tolerance of multi-culturalism.

Please contact Jennifer Zielinski, Chair of the Diversity Committee, at or 773.828.8468 if you would like to join future meetings and discussions regarding these issues.

Lusanda Mayikana is the Dean of Pluralism and Multicultural Affairs and a member of the English Department at Lake Forest Academy. She holds an MA in English Education from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and an MA in English from Middlebury College. She earned her BA, BEd and a Higher Education Diploma (Postgraduate) from the University of South Africa. Before coming to LFA, Ms. Mayikana was a fellow in the African American Studies and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

Seeking Pentathlon Judges

Fifth grade marks an important learning transition from mythology to history. Through study of the ancient Greeks, students develop an appreciation for the balance between skill and beauty, art and science, earthly life and spirituality. In the spring, students participate in a five-event Greek Pentathlon with students from other regional Waldorf schools, allowing them to test their skills in a celebratory environment.

You Be the Judge - Pentathlon 2011 / Volunteer Now!

What is the Waldorf approach to sports and athletics? A great way to experience first-hand this important part of the curriculum is to be a judge at the pentathlon! This year’s pentathlon is in Hartland, Wisconsin from May 11-13, and features almost one hundred 5th graders from 7 schools. The camp is on 500 acres of pine forest; all pentathletes and judges stay overnight in rustic furnished, heated cabins that have fireplaces. You will meet parents and children from other Waldorf schools, watch the events and participate in all social activities.

Pentathlon Judges:

• Communicate Inspiration & gravitas

• Observe dedication, effort, athleticism and concentration

• Evaluate team spirit and fraternity

• Validate the students’ Experience

We are looking for volunteers to be pentathlon judges.
Future and past 5th grade parents welcome!! Past pentathletes, please volunteer!!

Interested? Questions? E-mail Andrea Shaffer or call 773.465.2662 x8323

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