Community Events to engage the head, heart, & hands

Archive for September, 2011

PTO Sponsored Events for September

Commons on the Corner

Fridays at 8:10am in the Parent-Child Room

The Parent-Child Room is located at street-level #1301 on the SW corner of Loyola & Lakewood.

We’re starting the school year off with three Commons on the Corner events!
Join us in the Parent/Child room on Friday mornings after drop-off for a coffee klatch and discussion sessions with these excellent speakers:

SEPTEMBER 16th: Lattes with Luke
CWS Administrative Director

Our own Administrative Director, Luke Goodwin, will ring in September with an introduction to the new school year. Luke often hosts Commons on the Corner sessions to answer any questions you might have or discuss the latest topics and projects relevant to the school’s operations and initiatives. Find out about upcoming events, or ask questions about specific issues. Luke offers an open door and attentive ear to all members of our community for focused discussion.

SEPTEMBER 23rd: Making Healthy Lunches with Kim Lutz

Kim Lutz is the author of Welcoming Kitchen. With food allergies, sensitivities, and restrictions becoming increasingly common, creating a welcoming kitchen—a place where friends and family can all come together and share a meal—has become a challenge. Kim will share her expertise in serving delicious, nutritious meals that everyone can enjoy.

SEPTEMBER 30th: Vermicomposting with Stephanie Davies

Create your own home composting program with guidance and tips from an experienced expert. Community educator, entrepreneur, author, and health care professional, Davies revels in the wisdom of the red wiggler composting worm. As the founder of Urban Worm Girl, she educates the urban community about the ease and benefits of recycling kitchen waste by composting with worms. You’ve always wanted to start vermicomposting, so come and learn how easy, clean, and virtually odorless it is. Come and do the worm!

For more information about these PTO events, and to RSVP, please contact PTO communication lead, Kelly Aaron at


Simplicity Parenting Workshop with Susan Bruck

Simplicity Parenting Workshop

runs weekly, October 1st – January 7th

Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Simplicity Parenting offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change.

CWS Early Childhood teacher, Susan Bruck, will be leading a workshop designed to help parents understand and achieve the goals outlined by Kim John Payne’s approach. All of the sessions will be held in the Parent-Child Room.

Attend our Free Introductory Session: Saturday Oct. 1st

*Session 1 is a Free introductory workshop but registration is required.

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October 1
October 15
October 29
November 5
December 3
December 17
January 7


The cost for the entire workshop series is $100 (price includes the Parent Workshop Handbook). Please register with the Main Office. Questions? Contact Susan Bruck at

Puppetry & Storytelling for Young Children

Puppetry Workshop for CWS Parents and Friends

Friday, October 7, 8:15am – 12:00noon

Join us for an exploration into the delightful and meaningful world of storytelling and puppetry for young children. We will create a needle-felted pumpkin house and a hedgehog, and with them develop a magical seasonal puppet story that will warm hearts and help children feel that all is right with the world. You will leave this workshop with many ideas, and a puppet story ready to share with your children! This workshop welcomes beginners and seasoned storytellers alike.

All children love stories and a puppet show!

Suzanne Down is Director of Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts based in Boulder, Colorado. She travels internationally bringing delightful workshops like this one to schools and other organizations! Learn more about her work at

The Puppetry & Storytelling Workshop cost is $35 plus $10 for materials – Pre-registration is required. To pre-pay and register please contact the Main Office.

For Questions, contact Susan Bruck, or 773-465-2662, ext. 8301

Special Offer: Pre-Order the 2011-2012 Yearbook now!

This school year a dedicated group of High School students are starting to work, from the very first day of school, on designing and producing the best yearbook ever. We plan to document the life, fun and spirit of CWS and student life, as well as include coverage of most of the signifigant events at our school. Here’s more good news! We are offering the CWS Yearbook, The Loop, at a reduced pre-order price: only $40. (This is substantially discounted from the end of year pricing.)

Order now to get a reduced “Pre-Sale Price”
Only $40! Offer expires Nov. 1st

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Place your orders as soon as possible, since this offer will expire by November 1st. Also, if you wish to place an ad in the yearbook, reserve your space now with Yearbook Faculty Advisor, Sr. Correa at

High School Academic Support for Students

Is your High School student needing more feedback on their work? Are they having trouble completing a homework assignment? Does your son/daughter feel unprepared for an upcoming quiz or test? How can he/she get academic assistance when not in class? High School students are encouraged to advocate for their needs in the following ways:

During the School Day – The first step in seeking help is to approach a teacher right after class. Questions and concerns may be resolved then, or if lengthier assistance is needed, a meeting time will be scheduled during lunch, morning break, or before/after school.

Lunchtime Homework Room – Students may drop in to Lunchtime Homework Room (located in the library—2nd floor of the High School) on any given day for help with math or simply to have a quiet place to study. Homework Room is scheduled during first and second lunch, and is staffed by Mr. Jim Davis, our new math teacher.

Before or After School – Whenever a student needs help, but is unable to speak with a teacher directly after class, the student may request a meeting time with the teacher via a visit to the teacher’s classroom or by leaving a note in the teacher’s mailbox in the High School office.

At Home – Teachers will provide information about homework assignments via a syllabus and/or their online classroom resources board, in addition to assigning tasks verbally and in writing on the classroom blackboard. Parents and students may also communicate with teachers via e-mail (the preferred method) or telephone. In general, faculty will respond to phone calls and e-mails within 48 hours.

Researchers Offer More Support: “Respect for Recess”

In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, authors Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang discuss the connection between the modern rise in near-sightedness and our increasingly indoor lifestyle:

Researchers suspect that bright outdoor light helps children’s developing eyes maintain the correct distance between the lens and the retina — which keeps vision in focus. Dim indoor lighting doesn’t seem to provide the same kind of feedback. As a result, when children spend too many hours inside, their eyes fail to grow correctly and the distance between the lens and retina becomes too long, causing far-away objects to look blurry… (read the entire article at its source)

Further evidence that kids benefit from outside play!

Sandra Aamodt, is a former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, and Sam Wang, an associate professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton University. They are co-authors of the forthcoming Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College.

High School Beautifys the Rogers Park Neighborhood

During the last two Community Service Days in Spring and Summer, a group of CWS High School students worked on painting a mural at the CTA underpass on Albion and Lakewood. Most of our grade school children, and even some of the Early Childhood students, use this underpass on their way to Albion Beach. The project idea was to paint a mural recreating a forest path in the city. Work continued on the mural over the summer, and the completed portions are ready to be enjoyed by all who pass by.

Enjoy these student-made murals in our neighborhood.

Interested in the project? Contact CWS teacher, Sr. Alberto Correa at