Friday, March 2013
The 3rd Annual Chicago Waldorf School Gala is this Saturday, March 16th, 2013. Building Our Future Today is a momentous event in the history of the Chicago Waldorf School and will be a night of celebration and entertainment.
Building Our Future Today
is the kick-off of our FIRST
capital campaign for a
To many who will attend the Gala, a permanent campus is a dream that has been a long-time wish. For others who are newer to the school, please know how important this effort is to the growth of CWS and its importance in Chicago’s arena of independent schools.
THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE! Purchase your tickets online or call 773.828.8458 today!
This year’s Gala has many new and exciting highlights, including:
Germania Place – 108 W. Germania Place – Chicago (Clark and North Avenue across the street from Latin School).
Germania Place is listed with the National Registry of Historic Buildings, and is situated in the heart of the Gold Coast. Designed in 1888, Germania Place endures as one of Chicago’s most significant historic landmark buildings and exemplifies the style of 19th Century Victorian architecture.
Dance to the amazing music of Lynne Jordan & the Shivers. Lynne Jordan has a powerhouse voice and is one of the most talented musicians today.Go to Lynne’s website to hear her musical talents. http://www.lynnejordan.com/
Robert Black, architect for the Rudolf Steiner High School of Ann Arbor, will headline our speaking program and share his expertise and experiences in renovating a building into a school.
Child Care from High School Students
Thank you to our high school students for offering to sit for your children in your home while you enjoy this year’s Gala. Funds raised are designated for the 12th grade prom. If you are interested in child care, please email Colleen Everhart at email@example.com. Make your request TODAY!
The Presentation of the Boyce Award
The Boyce Award will be presented at this year’s Gala. The faculty member selected for this award will have a long-time commitment to CWS, ongoing full-time service, the ability to bring joy to students and colleagues, and the talent for inspiring others and/or taking initiative. Join us as we congratulate the winner of the Boyce Award.
Questions about Gala? Email Alexa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.828.8458.
Friday, March 2013
Care to Share is a school wide committee that connects our community with other Waldorf schools and other education and social services support initiatives around the globe. We nurture this connection through correspondence between CWS students and other students throughout the world, and by contributing funds to Waldorf schools and other teacher and class-chosen initiatives. It is amazing how strong an impact our donations can have. Our funds are raised with the help of CWS parents, teachers, staff and students creating handcrafted goods in workshops and classrooms or donating their handwork for sale in the Care to Share room at the Holiday Fair and May Fair. Also look for the "silks for sale" table outside Early Childhood this Spring!
The Care to Share Committee would like to thank everyone who supported our international outreach efforts at the Holiday Fair in December and to those individuals who came to various crafting workshops and knitting circles to create toys and handwork pieces to sell as fundraising for Care To Share initiatives. With your help and the generous CWS community support,
Care To Share was able to
raise over $3,600 in 2011-12
That amount will be donated to support initiatives with our partner institutions. Here are some updates on those CTS partner projects:
CWS received recent correspondence from the McGregor Waldorf School in South Africa. The 5th & 6th grade students are now learning about Ancient Greek History, decimals and fractions, measurement and money just as many Waldorf middle school classes do traditionally. Our funds for McGregor are managed through Waldorf for Africa. As part of their correspondence the McGregor students sent us thank you notes and beautiful handdrawn artworks from their block curriculum and lesson plans.
Additional CTS support will go to the Kibera Social Circus, an NGO in Africa co-founded and supported by Meshu Tamarat (of CWS Circus Club fame!) and the Escuela Caracol, a Waldorf school in Guatemala, South America.
You can still support Care To Share initiatives by buying beautiful handcrafted goods. CTS fundraising goods are still for sale down the street at Tibble Square, 1228 W. Loyola, hrs: Wed – Sat 12noon – 7pm
Where you can purchase these fundraiser goods:
- Play silks in all the rainbow colors
- Silk dress-up capes
- Baby Blankets
- Children's bibs and aprons
As always, if you have any questions or would like to donate directly to the CWS Care To Share Initiatives, please contact Laura Donkel or Margaret McGuire and thanks for supporting Waldorf Education throughout the world!
Friday, March 2013
Enroll now in the CWS 2013 Summer Camps which have many new offerings and specialty camps & creative workshops with Waldorf teachers. See these camp descriptions and program details.
This summer kids will experience making music, puppetry, sports, arts, songwriting, theater, drumming, handwork and many more offerings as part of the vastly expanded summer program offerings. Also new this year, we are offering half day camps, full day camps and aftercare & pre-care options too for a complete day of coverage.
And finally there is a new SUMMER CAMP $100 Reduced EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*
for registrations received by March 15th
(*For registrations for a minimum of 4 weeks of summer camps, submitted by March 15th, 2013)
Please see each camp’s specific costs and dates in the 2013 CAMP REGISTRATION FORM.
Friday, March 2013
This past January, Chicago Waldorf School students and parents were invited to present their artworks in a curated visual arts show in the foyer gallery of Prop Thtr while it hosted the 24th Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival. The festival has been a bedrock event for Chicago’s experimental theater community for decades—this year’s lineup featured some of the brightest stars of Chicago fringe theater, music, multimedia, and performance. And the Waldorf students paintings, drawings and photography fit right in to this creative environment.
CWS parent and Curious Theatre Branch member, Vicki Walden, was tasked with curating a lobby art show for the festival. “I immediately turned to the CWS artist community for entries, and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful response,” she said. “We only had a few weeks to turn it around, but students and parents alike created some great pieces. A number of audience members and festival participants expressed how much they loved the work. It even led to a couple of post-show conversations about Waldorf education.”
demonstrating how schools and theaters can collaborate in a desirable community exchange.
There were two themes for the show: artist parents and children creating work together, and solo pieces that reacted to the themes: rhinoceros, theater, or festival. The artists responded with photographs, collages, drawings, and water colors. Fifth grade teacher Nancy Melvin even held a special painting assignment in her class, weaving a rhino into the image especially for the festival.
A big thank you to the artists who shared their work!
Claudia Bonaccorsi Zoe Miller
Paul Bonaccorsi Elizabeth Nebel
Anne Cousineau Zosia Smal
Maci Greenberg Ely Taylor
Jason Greenberg Owen Taylor
Curran O’Brien Leo Weingarten
Nancy Melvin Charlie Wild
The Preus Family (incl. John, Eva, and Solveig)
The students and parents who created art for our Rhino Fest were able to be both literal and extraordinarily imaginative, to be both whimsical and to astonish with the thoughtfulness of their ideas, full of humor and warmth, yet challenging viewers to second looks and unexpected discoveries.
- Stefan Brun, Prop Thtr Artistic Director
Prop Thtr Artistic Co-Director, Stefan Brun, had this to say about the exhibit: "It is always a challenge to put an exhibit in our theater gallery, which complements our plays upon the stages. Upon being told, the time-frame in which this art was largely produced: I was extremely impressed. The idea took flight and yielded some intricately worked results...We have learned how dialog can be shown in pictures as well as words, how schools and theaters can collaborate in a desirable community exchange. This exhibit has inspired me and I very much hope we can work together soon again."
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.