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Archive for April, 2011

Invite Friends to Join Our Eurythmy Festival

Thursday, May 5th at 10:45am & 7:00pm

A Eurythmy Festival showcasing the work of students in grades 4 through 11 is scheduled for Thursday, May 5th. There will be both a daytime performance (from 10:45-Noon) and an evening performance (7:00-8:30pm).

Eurythmy is a feature unique to Waldorf education. The beautiful art of eurythmy introduces students to the frameworks underlying speech and music through movement. Development of concentration, spatial orientation and dexterity are enhanced as the rhythms of speech and music are experienced through the whole body.


CWS Model United Nations Team Enacts World Diplomacy

The Model United Nations (MUN) Team is one of the many student initiative groups (SIGs) available to high school students at CWS. Students join a SIG and participate in that special interest club throughout the year.

Recently Chicago Waldorf School’s Model United Nations Team presented at a Model UN at Northwestern University. Here is a report from team member–and 10th grader–Liam Lundy:

“The conference was attended by more than 500 students from twenty-six high schools from around the eastern United States. CWS students, Cairo Fultz, Clay Shane, Nick Park-Reynolds, Rachel Osran, Vlad Yourtchenko and Seth Brav-McCabe represented Egypt in various UN bodies while Sarah Price represented the Secretary of Communications and I represented a member of the Greek Resistance.

Next year we are looking forward to enlarging the MUN program and going to two conferences. Model UN is a great program. It offers a unique opportunity to learn about international relations, practice public speaking, develop writing skills, and have a great time while doing so. I have done MUN for three years now and my public speaking skills, writing ability and knowledge about the world have greatly benefited.”

David Massie is faculty advisor to the CWS Model UN Team. He added this reflection,
“…Representing the Egyptian delegation, our students prepared for this conference by studying Egypt’s modern history and its position on specific current issues. They arrived on campus armed with position papers they had written on their assigned topics, such as atomic energy, food and agriculture, and the international Olympic movement. Participating in this event allowed the students to practice the arts of debate and coalition building. After their four day adventure, our team felt a much-deserved sense of accomplishment…”

Other SIG opportunities for High School students include Student Council, The Green Team, Student Ambassadors, Yearbook, Amnesty International and more.

Make Flower Crowns for May Fair. Volunteers Needed!

The beautiful flower crown on the little girl in the 2011 CWS Mayfair mailer and poster?

Someone in our community made that!

Please join the CWS community to make flower crowns this Friday, May 13 any time between 8am and 3pm, in the entrance/lobby of the Auditorium. Stop by and make just one (or as many as you have time for!). All materials will be supplied, and helpful instructors will be on hand.

Summer Camp Opportunity For Kids

Dive in to a summer of Waldorf-inspired activities at the Chicago Waldorf School Summer Camp

The camp is lead by CWS teacher, Ileana Valencia, who has been with the school for 20 years, is the current Chair of the Foreign Language Department, and is a trained teaching mentor. She will be joined by two assistants.

Activities include:

● Arts ● Nature Crafts ● Sports ● Explore the Neighborhood ● Beach Afternoons ●
● Free Play ● Weekly Field Trips ● Age Appropriate Activities ● And More… ●

Enroll your children in CWS summer camp in as many week-long sessions as you wish.

The sessions run from June 13 – July 29, 2011 from 9:00am – 3:00pm
Early drop-off begins at 8:15am

Week 1: June 13 – June 17
Week 2: June 20 – June 24
Week 3: June 27 – July 1
Week 4: July 5 – July 8

Week 5: July 11 – July 15
Week 6: July 18 – July 22
Week 7: July 25 – July 29

Rates: $200/week (for 30 camp hours) plus a one-time $60 supply fee
$160 for July 5-8 (week 4 has only 4 days due to the July 4th holiday)

For more information—or to receive or submit a camp application form—contact Maureen Flannery at the Chicago Waldorf School: 773.465.2662 or

Summer Immersion Camp for Strings

3rd Annual Chicago Fiddle Camp at CWS
June 20-24 from 9:30am-3:00pm

The camp is run by CWS former musical instructor, Zack Kline, and is open to students looking for an immersion experience playing string instruments (violin, viola, cello & bass). The camp will run June 20-24 from 9:30am-3:00pm each day. Students will be immersed in fiddle tunes, creative exercises and improvising, as well as musical games.

Enroll your kids now! Early registration (before May 13) is $350, after which it is $400.
We also have discounts for CWS faculty, and for multiple siblings attending. Camp is open to violin, viola, cello and bass students of all levels. One school year of experience is necessary. Sign up sheets are at Direct your questions to Zack at

Save the Date! Tell Your Friends!

CWS Senior Prom 2011
Saturday, May 7th from 8:00pm – 11:00pm

In the CWS gymnasium / 1300 W Loyola Avenue

Theme: formal black and white
Black and white attire encouraged

We encourage you to please invite your friends!
Guests from outside the school are welcome to attend.*
$35.00 per ticket (*Special price for non-CWS friends: $30 per ticket)

Contact Catherine Herzog, HS Office Manager, to purchase tickets.

Congratulations to our Seniors!

CWS High School Seniors Receive College Acceptances

This year at Chicago Waldorf High School, 13 of our graduating seniors have applied to college, university or art school for academic year 2011-2012. The schools below have accepted our graduating seniors as of 4/14/2011. In addition, our

Seniors amassed $1.2 million+ in merit scholarships!

Congratulations to our seniors and their families!

Here are some of the reported schools that have accepted our 13 continuing seniors:

Alfred University, NY
Baldwin-Wallace College, OH
Bard College, NY
Beloit College, WI
Bennington College, VT
Bryant University, RI
Cornell College, IA
Drew University, NJ
Drexel University, PA
Earlham College, IN
Eckerd College, FL
Emmanuel College, MA
Erskine College, SC
Evergreen State College, WA
Goucher College, MD
Hampshire College, MA
Hobart & William Smith Colleges, NY
Hope College, MI
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Iowa State University

Knox College, IL
Loyola University, IL
Luther College, IA
Marymount Manhattan, NY
Naropa University, CO
Northern Illinois University
Philadelphia University, PA
Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Roger Williams University, RI
Roosevelt University, IL
Santa Clara University, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Skidmore College, NY
Suffolk University, MA
Temple University, PA
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of Vermont
Wheaton College, MA

Submitted by Diane Meinke, CWS HS College Counselor

Waldorf Students Fold Cranes for Japan’s Tsunami Relief

In April, numerous CWS classes as well as individual students have been participating in a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds for disaster relief for victims left homeless by the earthquake and tsumani that struck Japan in March.

Students Rebuild is a nation-wide effort in which students fold origami paper cranes to benefit the tsunami victims as benefactors pledged $2 in relief aid for every folded crane.

By the official close of Paper Cranes for Japan on April 15, 2011, they had received cranes and wishes from all 50 United States, seven Canadian provinces and more than 37 countries — from Armenia to New Zealand! In just six weeks since the disaster, Students Rebuild tallied 700,000 cranes (and counting!) from young people worldwide.

The incredible outpouring of support inspired a $400,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation. Funds benefit Architecture for Humanity’s reconstruction efforts in partnership with local designers and builders in Japan. The cranes will be woven into a future art installation in Japan — a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.

For more information visit the webpage for Students Rebuild at

March Board of Trustees Meeting

Report from the Board

The Board of Trustees was pleased to announce to the community in late March that the Board had unanimously approved extending Luke Goodwin’s employment contract as our Administrative Director. The Board looks forward to further collaboration with Luke in the leadership of our school, and to his continued growth as CWS moves in exciting new directions.

Trustees also conducted a review of the school’s Form 990 with our tax accountant from Blackman & Kallick. It is critical to the school’s non-profit status that this form be accurately filed, so the Board reviews it carefully before the school files it with the IRS.

Noteworthy details from the administrative reports to the Board included a promising enrollment number for next year’s 9th grade, and Annual Fund and Gala updates that suggest final totals will surpass past-year numbers.

Minutes from the March Board meeting will be available at the Main Office after approval on April 26. All prior 2010-2011 Board meeting minutes are already available for viewing at the Main Office. The Board will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm.

Submitted by Sylvie Desouches, Board Secretary

Remaining 2010-2011 Board of Trustee Meetings:
May 24 – Approve Full Budget, Approve Slate, Strategic Planning
June 14 – General, Strategic Planning

Interested parents, faculty and staff may request to attend by notifying the Board Chair (Mike Motyka at at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting (by May 22).*

*NOTE: While the Board has an open Board policy, certain confidential or sensitive information may need to be discussed under closed door session, per best practices for non-profit boards. The Board Chair may ask guests to leave the room at such times and may limit the number of guests attending a meeting. Guests may or may not be invited to speak.

See the Chicago premiere of the film: Queen of the Sun

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us?

Don’t miss this new film premiering in Chicago, IL at the Music Box Theatre beginning on April 29th. The film will be running until at least May 5th. The film’s director will be in attendance April 29th though May 2nd.

This film is a profound, alternative look into the problems and solutions of the global honeybee crisis from Taggart Siegel, the acclaimed director of the award-winning, grass-roots hit The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Box Office Magazine calls it, “The Feel-Good Advocacy Movie of the Year.”
Find more info on their website at:

Local Happenings

Brief Announcements from our Community Members:

Myles Gebert (6th grade) will be performing as Friar Tuck this weekend in Mudlark Theatre Company’s presentation of ROBIN HOOD. The three performances are this weekend: Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 30 at 7:30pm; and Sunday, May 1 at 3:00pm at McGaw YMCA Children’s Center Auditorium, 1420 Maple Ave., Evanston. Tickets can be ordered online at the link below or at the door ($8 kids/$10 adults). More info at their website:

Janet Oliver, neurodevelopmental specialist from Plan for Learning near Minneapolis, will be in town on May 10th & 11th. She will do 1 1/2 hour reflex integration screenings and follow-up sessions as well as HANDLE activity checks. The cost is $150 and the screenings take place in a private home near the Chicago Waldorf School. Go to for more information. Contact Margaret McGuire at 773.828.8460 or at home at 773.271.8379 or email for an appointment.

Yom Ha-Shoah: The New Budapest Orpheum Society Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day All are invited to this concert commemoration on Sunday, May 1st at 3:00pm.

Featuring: Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano; Philip V. Bohlman, commentary and artistic director; Dan Davis, percussion; Stewart Figa, baritone; Iordanka Kissiova, violin; Ilya Levinson, piano and musical director (and a CWS parent!); Mark Sonksen, bass violin; Don Stille, accordion.

At the Fulton Recital Hall / 1010 E. 59th Street / Goodspeed Hall, 4th Floor. This concert is free.
Event hotline: 773.702.8069 / More info at

South East Rogers Park Improvement Association (S.E.R.P.I.A.)
“Keep it green, keep it clean.” Lets garden together and work on neighborhood greening.

– May 14: Arthur at Magnolia Corner Boxes
9:00 TO 11:00 (Trash cans/rakes for box, gutter and nearby parkway cleanup)
– June 11: Arthur at Glenwood Four Corners Cleanup Plus Box Weeding/Cultivation
9:00 TO 11:00 (Bags for weeding and cleanup)

Feel free to help with any of these projects if you have time. Call Pete or Debt for specifics: 773.218.7422 & 773.965.9954

Enjoy the Creativity & Joy of a Spring Celebration

Chicago Waldorf School’s Spring Assembly
Friday April 15th at 10:45am

in the CWS auditorium

Students from the grade school will be sharing music, original poetry and movement with the community and invited guests. Also the high school Green Team has some fun and informational skits to present in honor of Earth Day.

Note to Parents:
This assembly will be appropriate for children age 3 and up.
Please come and celebrate the final school day before Spring Break.
Classes will be in session until regular end of day at 3:00pm.

CWS Junior, Fiona Kelly Masterton, Performs with Concert Choir and Bobby McFerrin

On Tour April 22nd through May 1st, 2011

Fiona Kelly Masterton (class of 2012) will be traveling with the Concert Choir through Latvia, Estonia and Finland. Fiona has been selected to travel with the renowned Concert Choir as well as 10-time Grammy Award Winner, vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin.

Here is some background from the Chicago Children’s Choir Website:

The world-renowned Concert Choir is the pinnacle of the Chicago Children’s Choir experience, demonstrating the Choir’s commitment to diversity, ambassadorship and artistic excellence. These advanced singers are selected from the In-School and Neighborhood Choir Programs and through open auditions, bringing together a diverse group of children from throughout the city. The repertoire is unique among children’s choirs, spanning classical, world, gospel and popular music, all performed in the original language.

The Concert Choir is comprised of three ensembles: Treble, a traditional childrens choir of unchanged soprano and alto voices, Chamber, changed-voice women, and Men’s Chorus, changed-voice high-school-age singers.

On tour through April and May, the Concert Choir explores the rich culture and history of Estonia, Finland and Latvia. To start the tour, singers will engage in cultural exchange and perform with the Ellerhein Girls Chorus in the Old City of Tallinn, Estonia. This Grammy award winning choir was featured in the highly acclaimed movie “The Singing Revolution” where the ensemble is filmed in rehearsal along with extended interviews with the choir director Tiia Este-Loitme.

The concert Choir will then travel to Finland to perform with Bobby McFerrin at the International Festival in Espoo, Helsinki. Rounding out their tour they will conclude with a performance in Latvia at the Riga Dome Choir School, a state school providing general and music education for girls and boys ages 7 to 18, in the Old Town of Riga, Latvia. Finally they will join Bobby McFerrin as part of the festival “Rigas Ritmus 2011” at the Riga Congress Centre in Riga, Latvia.

For more information please see the Chicago Children’s Choir website.

CWS Parent Photography, Music and Book Signing

Please join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled afternoon of music and conversation!

Sunday, May 1st from 1:00-3:00 pm

Book Signing for Colleen Plumb’s new photography monograph:

Animals Are Outside Today

The Bass Duet of Jacque Harper and Anton Hatwich of the

Chicago Bass Ensemble

About the Book
Published with essays by Lisa Hostetler, curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Animals are embedded within core human history—evident in our stories, rituals and symbols. At the same time, we eat, wear and cage them with seeming indifference, consuming them in countless ways. Our connection to animals today is often developed through assimilation and appropriation; we absorb them into our lives, yet we no longer know of their origin. Most people are cut off from the steps involved in their processing or acquisition, shielded from witnessing their death or decay. This book moves within these contradictions, always questioning if the notion of sacred will survive alongside our evolution.

About the Artist
CWS parent, Colleen Plumb, is an award-winning photographer whose work is held in several photography collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, Fidelity Investments, in Boston and Beijing Natural Cultural Center, China. Her photographs have been exhibited nationwide in many one person and group exhibits, and have been widely showcased in books and publications such as PDN and Hotshoe International. Plumb currently teaches in the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago.

About the Bass Ensemble
The Chicago Bass Ensemble is a unique chamber ensemble made up exclusively of double bassists, performing music with a wide variety of melodic, rhythmic and emotional content on instruments that are not typically seen in a solo role. Audiences who are not familiar with the double bass as a solo instrument are surprised to imagine four basses performing together without accompaniment from any other instruments, and are pleased to find that the music we perform is engaging and expressive. The musicians for this event are CWS parent, Jacque Harper, and Anton Hatwich.

The event is hosted by Valerie and Steve Hartmann
at the Hartmann Residence: 225 Hamilton, Evanston, IL

For more information please visit:

Parent Volunteers Needed to Organize Camping Gear

Monday through Thursday, April 25-28th and May 2-5th

Looking for volunteers! We are looking for a few good women and men to assist with the school’s camping equipment. In May the grade school classes are heading off for their numerous class trips. We need to organize and inventory all the equipment and tents for their trips. We can use some help. Volunteer slots are available to work on this from Monday April 25 through Thursday April 28th and May 2nd through the 5th.

We need help in inventorying tents, packing up the gear and washing the cooking equipment. The equipment is stored at school. If you are interested please contact Deb at or call her cell 773.368.6695 Thanks!

Submitted by Deb Gohr, CWS Camp Quartermaster