Community Events to engage the head, heart, & hands

Eurythmy

Holiday Festivals Schedule

In this active time of the year, there are many opportunities to join with the children, faculty and staff in community and ritual events and celebrations. Please note that you can check the school’s web-based calendar for the most up-to-date information about these festivals.

We invite you to join in this season by celebrating with us to appreciate the values that we hold dear as a community. Here is a brief overview of upcoming events:

Festival of Lights Season

These festivals, presented in series, remind us of the light shining within each individual in the midst of the encroaching darkness of the season. School begins each Monday morning with a silent assembly that honors the power of light and community. These assemblies are not appropriate for children younger than 1st grade. All those attending are asked to enter in silence.

1st Festival of Light

Monday, Nov. 28, 8:15am, Auditorium
A peaceful, candle-lit celebration, for ages 3 & up. Parents are welcome to attend.

Winter Spiral

Tuesday, Nov. 29, Auditorium Stage
EC, 1st, 2nd, 8th & 12th grades – classes take turns throughout the day journeying through the spiral. Evening spiral will be open to the community, for ages 3 and up.

A Waldorf tradition made up of a simple pathway of pine boughs leading to a candle in the center. This is a way of experiencing the time of year through movement and reflection. As students take individual turns walking a path into and out of the center of the spiral a candle apple is placed on a star to illuminate the new pathway. Teachers tell stories, and quiet music is played.

Chicago Waldorf School Holiday Fair

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:00am-5:00pm, throughout the school
This school fair is open to the entire community, friends and neighbors, for all ages.

Join in a day-long festival including:
Live Music & Entertainment • Candle Dipping • Unique Artisan Vendors • Jump Rope Making • Crafts for All Ages • Games & Raffle Prizes • Handmade Holiday Greenery • Photo Portraits • Mouthwatering Food & Fresh Baked Goods • Children’s House & Puppet Show (for wee ones)

2nd Festival of Light

Monday, Dec. 5, 8:15am, Auditorium
11th grade eurythmy, for ages 3 & up. Parents are welcome to attend.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas & Rupert

Tuesday, Dec. 6 – to the 1st & 2nd grade classrooms
In Early Childhood, Saint Nicholas & Rupert leave treats in the children’s shoes but do not go into the classrooms to visit. But the 1st and 2nd graders not only get treats but also get a visit from these moral arbiters. This intentional focus is because children of this age do not have a well developed ability to self-reflect. It is the outside conscience that helps makes clear what is right and wrong. In this ritual, Saint Nicholas reads from his “Golden Book” and proffers sage admonitions to the children on how to act kindly and positively. As a model of the id and superego, in this tradition Saint Nicholas is the embodiment of the higher well developed self, whereas Rupert is a non-human, undeveloped, lower self who is very mischievous, offensive, and self-absorbed when left on his own.

Santa Lucia– 3rd Festival of Light

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8:15am, Auditorium
2nd grade will be offering their Santa Lucia processional at the Festival of Light, for ages 3 & older. Parents are welcome to attend.

Based on the Swedish tradition honoring Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia) this candle-lit processional celebrates the gift of light in the time of darkness. Lucia’s name is derived from lux, lucis “light,” as she is the patron saint of those who are blind. The Second Graders will bring a beautiful gift of song and candlelight to the community. We have sometimes shared our Lucia celebration with community organizations like the Swedish American Museum. This integrates with the 2nd grade curriculum which usually includes stories of the saints.

Winter Music Festival

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:00pm, in the CWS Auditorium
Musical offerings from students and faculty to the community, for 1st grade and older. Parents are welcome to attend.

As a gift from our students, to our community, this song-filled event is a fun and beautiful evening of music and choral entertainment. The music program builds toward this opportunity for the students to sing en masse in varied groups, rounds and other choral arrangements. Traditional and holiday-themed songs are presented to paint the spirit of the season.

Chanukah

Wednesday, Dec. 21, studied/celebrated in the CWS classrooms.
Chanukah is also a festival of light and many classes observe the event, its ritual and its history with story, song, and the lighting of the menorah. The Jewish festivals are especially celebrated in the grade school along with studies of the Hebrew Bible in the 3rd grade class curriculum.

4th Festival of Light

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 8:15am, Auditorium
As a culmination of the season allowing community reflection upon returning from Winter break, the 11th grade presents a eurythmy performance for ages 3 & older. Parents are welcome to attend.


Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble to Perform at CWS

Friday & Saturday, October 21-22

In School Performances on Friday:
EC and 1st grade @ 9:30am / 2-6th grades @ 10:30am / 7-12th grades @ 1:50pm
Saturday: Public Performance for the community at 7:30pm in the CWS Auditorium

The Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble will perform The Flea and Little Louse – a charming and comforting tale from France – for younger children (EC through 1st grade). Children in grades 2 through 6 will see a performance of The Goose Girl at the Well, a fairytale from the Brothers Grimm which cautions us that nothing is as it appears. Original music by Jonathan Ackerman leads us into this tale of enchantment where perhaps the witch is not really a witch, and the ugly goose girl not so ugly. Grades 7-12 will see the high school program.

Eurythmy Spring Valley’s evening program for adults is centered on Yeats’ poem “Sailing to Byzantium.” Evoking an image of the “holy fire as in the gold mosaic,” it movingly portrays the journey of deepening, with an understanding that, “An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless Soul clap its hands and sing.” Through its ancient pictures, it tells of the search we each face to find what lies beyond our everyday self. Original music by Marcus Macauley is interwoven in the telling of Yeats’ dramatic tale. Surrounding this journey are pieces on the theme of light by such poets and composers as Wendell Berry, Meister Eckhart, Debussy, Massenet, and Messiaen. It is also influenced by the last panel of the Foundation Meditation by Rudolf Steiner.

Tickets for the evening performance are $12.00 in advance (available in the Main Office) and $15.00 at the door. Cash only, please, and exact change is greatly appreciated!

An additional opportunity for a full day of study with Spring Valley Eurythmy Ensemble:

Two Eurythmy Workshops and an Evening Performance on Saturday, October 22

Attend these dynamic workshops:

Speech Eurythmy Workshop with Christina Beck: Moving Sounds of Poetry
In this speech eurythmy workshop, you will move to seasonal poetry. The group will explore
creative texts through rhythms, sounds and meaning. Please wear loose fitting clothes and eurythmy shoes.

Tone Eurythmy Workshop with Barbara Schneider-Serio
You will be working with exercises and elements of tone eurythmy, such as pitch, rhythm, harmony, and phrasing, and the group wil look at a Schumann piece and enjoy finding a choreography for it.

In the evening you can attend the Spring Valley Eurythmy Performance with workshop members.

For complete details, and a history on the Spring Valley Eurythmy School, Click Here for the event flier and printable registration form.

Questions? Or to register, please contact Susanne Zipperlen , CWS Eurythmy Teacher at 773-728-5282.

These events are co-sponsored by Chicago Waldorf School, Rudolf Steiner Branch and the Christian Community Church.


Weekly Adult Eurythmy Group

Wednesdays 8:15-9:20am

Want to start your day off feeling refreshed and harmonized? Join us in the upper eurythmy room on Wednesday mornings after drop off. We will explore artistic movement to beautiful poetry and magnificent music through eurythmy and rediscover our connection to beautiful sound and gesture. All levels of experience welcome. Wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in and bring eurythmy shoes if you have them, otherwise, socks are fine too. Suggested donation of $5 per week to help defray the costs of music accompaniment.

Questions? Contact Sue Hiertz.


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.


Join Our Weekly Adult Eurythmy Group

Wednesdays 8:20am-9:20am

Did you know that there’s an adult eurythmy group that’s been meeting since the Fall?

It’s led by CWS parent (and recent Spring Valley graduate) Sue Hiertz in the upper eurythmy room on Wednesday mornings after drop off. Every level of experience is welcome to join us. . . the more the merrier. Wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in and bring eurythmy shoes if you have them, otherwise, socks are fine too. An artistic performance in the Spring is a possibility. Suggested donation of $5 per class to compensate our stalwart pianist, John McGuire.


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!