Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (A Medieval Tale)
Saturday, January 14th at 7:00 pm, Auditorium
The 6th grade class will be performing Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village written by Laura Amy Schlitz. A librarian at a Baltimore County, Maryland school, Ms Schlitz wrote this engaging book as a piece to be performed by children. It contains nineteen monologues and two dialogues spoken by young members of a medieval village, making it the perfect ensemble work. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! was well received and won the 2008 Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature.
Mark your calendars, support the fine actors of this ensemble, and learn about what life was really like in 1255–fleas, poverty, hard manual labor, and more! See history come alive through this costume drama, with song, dance and the fine art of the monologue.
Mention Martin Luther King, Jr.’s name to anyone walking down the street and you’ll often hear a similar theme—he was a powerful force that fought for equality and justice. Ask a 5th grader from my mother’s class (she’s a teacher) in a rough socioeconomic neighborhood just outside of Detroit and you’ll hear themes of inspiration, hope, and role model. An 11-year old boy told my mother that King gives him hope that the world will continue to change for the better; his work inspires him to be respectful and act with dignity toward all human beings. Powerful words from an 11-year old boy who doesn’t know if he’ll be in the same home each week. He clings to the lessons learned from King’s struggle and attempts to remain a positive change agent within his own family and community.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
Festival: Join CWS on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Friday, January 13th, 2pm in the school auditorium
Born in January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergymen and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Using nonviolent methods such as peaceful marches and sit-ins to seek equality and justice for all human beings, he challenged American society, desiring to put an end to racial segregation and discrimination. He also worked to end poverty and war through education. King continues to be a powerful force 44 years after his assassination. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday established in 1986, is more than a day off from school or work. It is meant to commemorate the sacrifice that King and his family made to secure freedom, justice and a higher quality of life for all mankind.
To celebrate King’s life and work for human rights, Chicago Waldorf School is celebrating King with a special assembly organized by the Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) on Friday, January 13th in the school auditorium. Special reflections and musical offerings will be performed by students and faculty. This year’s theme comes from a letter written by Dr. King while he was imprisoned in a Birmingham jail. In it he wrote:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
The entire school community is invited to attend and share in this school-wide event. This assembly is appropriate for children over 6 years in age.
Submitted by: Lori Browder, Marketing Volunteer Photo from rolexblog.blogspot.com
Thank you to our many generous community members who reached out from their heart by taking a star from our Holiday Fair Giving Tree. Each star represented a family member from the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center located on Albion Street, just behind our school. The Center is a treatment program devoted to the recovery and healing of individuals, families, and communities affected by torture. Kovler clients come to Chicago from all over the world to rebuild their lives. Chicago Waldorf School has many ties with the Kovler Center from mutual support and participation in the Ruby Garden to high school service projects.
Thank you for your generous spirit of support.
That spirit brings hope and builds community.
The Giving Tree held the names of 64 children and young adults ranging from 2-months to 25-years old who were in need of seasonal presents. Many of these young adults are alone and living in shelters or sleeping with friends of friends in crowded apartments. Chicago Waldorf School families and Holiday Fair visitors each selected a star in the Care to Share Room to help a person find solace and healing in their new country. On December 14, we delivered 64 gifts to the Kovler Center. The Giving Tree gifts not only brightened someone’s day who is far away from their native homeland but also kindled hope for a new life.
Care to Share Room Leads: Laura Donkel, Dru Muskovin, Margaret McGuire, Helena and Cynthia Joho
Join us for a wonderful holiday celebration that is sure to be a favorite with your family.
Chicago Waldorf School’s 2011 Holiday Fair features unique vendors, fabulous food, candle dipping, crafts & activities, handmade holiday greenery for sale, a raffle (with a ticket included with each paid admission), puppet plays, a chess & game room, an alumni room for our CWS graduates. Look for old favorites including the Care to Share room, Waldorf Recycled (for gently used natural toys and items) and the always-popular Children’s House special treasures just for the little ones.
Holiday Fair Entertainment
11:00am Capoeira Performance with Rhea Yap
CWS students Eli Miller, Noah Teague and Morgan Reesh will be among the performers in this energetic mix of dance, performance and martial arts that is guaranteed to get you excited if not downright dizzy. Audience members will be invited onstage to try capoeira afterwards.
12:00pm African Drumming Class w/ Instructor Ernest Kinnison
High school students Gabrielle, Jenna, Quin, Claudia, Nora, Natalie, Jimmy, Mataline and Caroline
will be performing traditional African drumming. Wait til you feel the rhythms through your body. The huge sound of the drums will infiltrate your limbs, heart, and mind until you can’t sit still!
1:00pm Bass Clef Bandits w/Brendan Finucane
Six CWS strings students Olivia, Liam, Marci, Leo, Zane and Jessica are the Bass Clef Bandits with their CWS music instructor, Brendan Finucane. See what the mighty musical lessons have wrought from these enterprising and talented young musicians.
2:00pm The CWS All Dads Band
A “rock star” group of Waldorf Dads (Adam King, Heath Jansen, Joe Dennis, Matthew Zumann, Mike Rowe, Mark Miller & Tom McCarthy) take the stage to share pop & rock tunes, seasonal favorites and who knows what they surprise us with next? Spontaneous dancing has been known to break out amongst the crowd.
3:00pm Miss Aimee Leigh
CWS auntie, Aimee Cousineau will grace our stage and share her repertoire of quirky, caring and fun original kids favorites songs including Be True to You Teeth, My Brother the Pirate and Hey, Lunch Lady! and more. Especially great for the Early Childhood crowd; dancing will likely be involved.
4:00pm Holiday Fair Raffle
Come find out if you are the one who wins a week-long stay at a beautiful 40 acre brick farmhouse, tickets to a Cubs Game, YOGA lessons, Tea for Two at the Drake Hotel and more!
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.
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.
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.
Students Perform Slaying of the Dragon
Chicago Waldorf School grade school, middle school and high school students gathered on September 29th, 2011 to celebrate the Festival of Michaelmas. Often called the festival of “strong will,” the community celebrates Michaelmas as marking the initiation of personal reflection. The festival is named for the archangel Michael, the protector of humanity, who inspires qualities of courage, initiative and steadfastness.
The students enjoyed a full day of festivities which included a performance by the Midwest Eurythmy Group, telling the story of St. George and the Dragon, a discussion on the life of Rudolf Steiner and a school-wide participatory Dragon Pageant. The day concluded with multiple bonfires for the individual grades at Albion beach.
These wonderful photos captured by CWS parent, Craig Lewandowski
Celebrate the Fall and the coming of All Hallow’s Eve in the October 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 workshops:
Friday, October 7th and 14th at 8:10am
Parent-Child Room: #1301 (SW corner of Loyola & Lakewood)
Lisa Zweben has been making her children’s’ Halloween costumes by hand for years. Please join her as she answers your “how to” questions and goes over costume making ideas. Lisa will bring in several costumes she has made to demonstrate her technique, and will also show us some simple tricks to get the job done easier. Bring your materials for some social time and costume building. Lisa thinks the key to a successful costume is to recreate with what you already have, and remember simplicity works!
The Origins of Halloween
Friday, October 21st at 8:10am
In the Early Childhood Wing
Come explore the essence of this ancient tradition as seen from many cultural expressions, with Hazel Archer Ginsberg, a non-denominational minister ordained at the Spiritual Science Center, a school dedicated to teaching comparative religions, philosophy, and service to humanity.
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.
Braving the cool, wet weather last weekend, my two-year-old daughter and I attended the Early Childhood Fall Festival as guests this past weekend. Upon arriving, we were greeted with warm smiles and lots of joyous laughter. My daughter gleefully lined up among Waldorf school children to make beautiful banner flags for the upcoming Michelmas Assembly. Judging from the active turnout, the rain didn’t hold anyone back, nor did it spoil any moods.
Susan Bruck, Early Childhood faculty member, has been participating in the Fall Festival for over 11 years. She explained that in celebration of Rudolf Steiner’s 150th birthday, the Early Childhood program gifted 150 flags strung into banners for the assembly. Children proudly stamped leaves and various patterns on linen cloth and selected fall foliage to weave among the flags for decoration. As the banners took shape, they were stunning to see strung among the bushes to dry.
In between bites of apple cake, corn muffins and cider, parents and staff swapped summer stories strengthening the already vibrant and diverse community. Fathers tossed around balls with children in the parking lot next to the school. The littlest kids colored with sidewalk chalk and all wiggled to violin music and song as provided by Felipe Tobar (EC teacher, Nancy Matson’s son-in-law) . It was a wonderful kickoff for a new school year and fall season; one the children fully enjoyed and that I think Rudolf Steiner would be most proud of.
Submitted by: Lori Browder, CWS Marketing Volunteer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Waldorf School celebrates at the 42nd Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday June 26th, 2011
This past Sunday, over 50 CWS parents, faculty, staff, alumni and students from 1st grade through High School donned rainbow capes, facepaint and waved flags and placards as they marched through the center of the city in the 2011 Pride Parade. The spectacular weather swelled spectators to well beyond the 450,000 that were counted at last year’s parade.
Our students enjoyed the enthusiastic support and admiring responses from the crowd that included high-fives and cheering as the students displayed their pride and demonstrated skills such as jumping rope (double-dutch no less), twirling streamers and cheering back to the crowd.
New Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel–who led this year’s parade–visited & chatted with the CWS students.
The CWS Bus (decorated with rainbow banners and signs) and parent marching band accompanied the CWS marchers and made quite an impression on the city of Chicago. The CWS contingent was covered by ABC 7 News, WXRT Radio, Windy City Times and mentioned in numerous other media reporting stories, perspectives and blogsites. As the Windy City Times reported, “PFLAG was as popular as ever, with parents and friends marching along with LGBTs. Nettlehorst and Chicago Waldorf School also marched to great response. Both are [local] schools, showing just how far Pride has come since the 1969 Stonewall protests in New York.”
CWS & Nettlehorst “are showing just how far Pride has come since the 1969 Stonewall protests in New York.”
Overall the students and families had a great experience and were glad to show their support for ALL kinds of families, regardless of their orientation or structural makeup. The LGBT community and the larger city of Chicago opened their arms and welcomed our schools participation in this energizing and historic event along with the CPS Nettlehorst School and Chicago Teachers Union.
Very Special Thanks to:
Jennifer Zielinski- the master event-coordinator and communicator for our parade participants.
Mark Miller, Heath Jansen and Donald McGhee- for creating our new Parent Marching Band.
Brett Johnson (our Development Director’s husband)- for rigging our bus with an excellent sound system to add music to our bus/float.
Carly Garcia & her dad, Carlo- for loaning a generator for powering the sound system.
The Muskovin Family (Naomi & Dru)- for sewing rainbow capes.
The Greenberg Family (Maci & Meka)- for dyeing and painting capes and banners.
Cathey Stamps & Laurie Oswald who travelled all the way from Denver, CO with family to march.
All the families, faculty and staff who participated in this year’s parade!
The parade, now in its 42nd year, celebrates the diversity of Chicago’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender individuals and families. It supports the notion of family in all forms including the significance of LGBT community family members. Chicago Waldorf School is proud to support our LGBT members both within our school community and within the City of Chicago at large.
Take another opportunity to show your school pride in this weekend’s July 4th Parade in Evanston!
Invididuals interested in marching in the July 4th parade should contact Jennifer Zielinski at 773-392-1496.
-submitted by Jason Greenberg
CWS parent & Pride Event Participant
We hope everyone is enjoying summer break. While our classes are completed for now, the school still remains active throughout the summer.
Here are some fun family friendly events coming up that you might be interested in:
• Sun, June 26th: Walk in the 2011 Pride Parade
Last year was a blast and we can’t wait to do it again! We will have a parent marching band accompanying our student and parent walkers and for those who’d prefer to participate in shade and comfort we offer seats on our own CWS school bus. Come join us as we present our school pride and honor the diversity of our school families with Chicago’s LGBT Community in Chicago.
• Mon, July 4th: Walk in the Evanston July 4th Parade
The week before the parade, we will be building a float in northwest Evanston from 9:00am – 12:00pm, Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st. Bring your family, your enthusiasm and your building tools. After the parade, there will be even more fun. The Hartman’s will be hosting a pot-luck and have invited everyone to stay and watch the fireworks that evening.
• If festivals are more your style, CWS will also have booths at the Folk & Roots Festival, Glenwood Arts Festival and the Renegade Craft Fair. Parent volunteers have traditionally helped staff the booths and CWS student volunteers take an active role in teaching Fair participants how to knit, felt and build small craft projects.
Come and participate this summer!! Walk with us in the parades. Join us for a few hours at the fairs.
We love getting together as a community, having a great time and showing our school pride to Chicago.
If you and your kids would like to sign up to participate in a CWS summer event please contact Jennifer Zielinski at 773-828-8468 or email@example.com
Bike The Drive- Sunday May 29th
Join CWS for a Special Bike Ride and Social Outing!
For the past several years, Chicago Waldorf School families have joined thousands of Chicagoans in participating in Bike the Drive, a fun-filled outdoor city-wide event.
Take advantage of an entire morning of car-free biking on Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive. Ride in safety and community while exploring the city. Then have a picnic and play-time in the park.
Bike the Drive is a family-friendly event that is a great way to see the most scenic aspects of our city’s waterfront by biking down Lake Shore Drive–without cars! Families can choose to bike any length of the two 15- and 30-mile course options and can use one of the many turnaround points for a more leisurely ride. For the last five years Chicago Waldorf families have biked the event at their own pace and distance and then met at around 10:30am for a social outing & picnic near Montrose Hill in Lincoln Park after Bike The Drive concludes.
Bike the Drive is a fundraising event for the nonprofit Active Transportation Alliance. Registration supports their advocacy efforts and gives you hours of uninterrupted bicycling, volunteer support, access to rest stops and a fun-filled post-ride festival. The CWS After-Ride Outing is free and all community members and friends are welcome to join us.
Catch the view from behind your handlebars! Ride with us Memorial Day weekend and join CWS families for picnic and fun in the afternoon.
If you’d like to join in the Waldorf Families After-Ride Festivities, please contact CWS Communications Director, Jason Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Sign up today! Click here for their event registration webpage. It supports a great cause.
Due to the current forecast for colder temperatures and a strong chance of showers on Saturday, the May Fair planners, PTO and CWS administration have decided to implement the 2011 May Fair indoor contingency plan.
The May Fair will be presented indoors.
The date, times and full roster of entertainment and activities will be the same. Tomorrow: Saturday May 14th 10am – 4pm.
Please enter the May Fair through the CWS auditorium’s main entrance doors. (The main office entrance doors will be closed). All entertainment and performances will now be presented in the auditorium. (Except Circus Club performance remains in the gym). All crafts, games, tables, and other family activities will now be set-up in the gymnasium. Food vendors will be in the back of the auditorium.
Since ALL activities are still being presented it is imperative that volunteers still show up for your assigned shifts.
All parent volunteers please arrive 5-10 min early to the fair to find your indoor activity area. And please report to your area at the regularly scheduled time. There are no changes to the shift times and duties that are already assigned.
Leaders will meet set-up crews tomorrow morning with full plans for arranging the fair’s activities indoors. If you are one of those crews, please come to the auditorium to meet the set-up leaders.
And finally, it’s important to note that this change is planned so that our families and friends can come to our school and continue to have fun and enjoy a full plate of activities and Spring-themed experiences. The Maypole Dance will still welcome Spring in all of its glory.
We thank you all for your support and energy as we adapt to Mother Nature’s whims. It will be a fitting way to celebrate Spring and its powerful potential for renewal.
May Fair Entertainment
The May Fair has something fun for everyone. Check out this line-up!
10am Assane Seck will open our fair with drumming in the auditorium.
11am Licorice Sticks. Find this CWS staple in the auditorium.
12pm Maypole Dance. Watch our students perform in the gymnasium.
1pm Danger and Beauty Hour. Our own circus club will perform in the gymnasium.
2pm African Dance and Music Institute. Location in the auditorium.
3pm Magician Sean Masterson. Find his witty magic show in the auditorium.