Community Events to engage the head, heart, & hands

From the PTO

PTO Sponsored Events for January

Window Into the Waldorf World

Saturday, January 28 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Register Now for these weekend workshops at the Chicago Waldorf School

Want to experience a day in the life of a Waldorf student? Become a student!

Explore what our children experience every day when they enter Chicago Waldorf School. Learn about the Industrial Revolution, Color Exploration, and the approach to creative uses of Technology within Waldorf Education. Experience a lesson in Physics, German, Singing and much more. Get to know Chicago Waldorf teachers by asking questions and engaging in dialogues. Become a student for a day! Mingle with other parents and strengthen your community ties.

Curious about “what’s ahead” for your child?
See for yourself!

Parents are welcome to attend one educational session or stay for the whole day. Online registration will be made available for individual sessions with limited seating. On-site childcare is an option for an affordable fee.

8:30-9:00 Auditorium/ Registration & Social Time
9:00-9:30 Auditorium/ Singing with Jeff Spade
9:30-9:45 Auditorium/ Introductions to the day’s events

Session 1: (10:00-11:30)
Auditorium/ EC Winter Circle
Physics Room across the street/ John Trevillion, Brian Gleichauf, Jim Kotz
2nd grade classroom/ Nancy Szymanski
North Handwork Room/ Nancy Matson
1st grade classroom/ Lara Brackett

Session 2: (11:45-1:15)
Auditorium/ EC Winter Circle
Physics Room across the street/ John Trevillion, Brian Gleichauf, Jim Kotz
Gymnasium/ Claude Driscoll
English Room/ Diane Meinke

Lunch 1:15-2:00

Session 3: (2:00-3:30)
English Room/ Diane Meinke
1st grade classroom/ Lara Brackett
North Handwork Room/ Nancy Matson
6th grade classroom/ Ileana Valencia

3:45-4:30 Lower Eurythmy Room/ Closing Question and Answer Session

Please Reserve your Space Now

For additional information please contact PTO Community Education Lead, Lisa Rekstad.
We also welcome submissions for future parent education event ideas.


PTO Sponsored Events for October

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:

Halloween Costume Making Workshop with Lisa Zweben

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.
 


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 kaaron@everlights.com


Attend Our Spring “All School Meeting”

Spring State of the School Meeting
Wednesday, May 11th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

You are warmly and cordially invited to attend the annual 2011 Spring State of the School meeting in the CWS auditorium. This event (sometimes also referred to as the “All School Meeting”) is an important opportunity for our community to meet the school’s Board of Trustees, College Chair, and Administrative Director and hear about the finances, operations and programs at the school.

The PTO is hosting the event and is inviting everyone in our community to come at 7:00pm for refreshments and social gathering. This will be followed from 7:30pm-7:50pm with a musical recital by our High School students directed by Jeff Spade before the topic presentations start at 7:50pm.

The State of the School meeting will be full of information about all sorts of issues that are important to our families and the school’s future.

At the behest of the PTO, the evening’s topics will include reports from the Board of Trustees and College of Teachers, an overview of efforts being undertaken this year by the Strategic Planning Committee and additional reports on fund development, the budget and more.

A community question and answer period will follow. We invite you to attend, socialize, and then participate in this dialogue with the school’s leaders.

Invitation Announcement submitted by
Sally Rosenthal & Sheryl Wandler
Parent Teacher Organization Co-chairs


PTO Sponsored Events for April

Math Night

PTO Sponsored Parent Education Evening
Thursday, April 7th
Refreshments at 6:30pm / Presentation at 7:00pm
Lower Eurthymy Room

A good foundation in math is always useful. If we learned math in a traditional school, we might wonder how our children learn math in the Waldorf curriculum. We might find it difficult to be helpful at home because our childrens’ lessons seem so different. Please join CWS faculty for this enlightening and educational discussion of how math is taught in the early grades and expanded upon in the middle grades and high school. This is an opportunity to experience Waldorf math, and a chance to reflect and ask questions. This will help you and your child with math at home.

Please RSVP to Lisa Rekstad, PTO Parent Education Lead at lrekstad@gmail.com

Doll Making with Nancy Melvin

April at Commons on the Corner
Friday mornings in April / 8:15am – 9:15am
The Parent Child Room, 1301 E. Loyola

Join CWS faculty member, Nancy Melvin, for a discussion of the importance of dolls in a child’s development. In addition, you will have the opportunity to knit a doll, beginning with making your own knitting needles. This is an experience that will give you insight into your child’s experience in the Waldorf classroom. Stay tuned for more information.

Direct questions to Commons on the Corner Lead, Christine Carroll at cityteach@gmail.com.

Knitting with Megan Cummins

PTO Sponsored Parent Education Event
Thursdays, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 and 4/29 / 8:15am – 10:30am
Parent Child Room, 1301 E. Loyola

What do you get when you rub two sticks together? Fire, right? Well, we are igniting the fire of learning by rubbing those sticks together – and adding wool. Yes, it’s time to learn to knit. This is a great skill and a lot of fun too! We will learn how to knit from fellow CWS parent and Urban Prairie handwork teacher, Megan Cummins. We will learn to cast on, knit, purl and even bind off. Don’t get cold feet… Why? We will learn how to make socks too!

Please register with Parent Education Lead, Lisa Rekstad at lrekstad@gmail.com.


Math Night: A Review of Waldorf Curriculum

Mathematics Unfolded

April 7, 2011 Refreshments at 6:30pm / Presentation at 7:00pm

CWS Lower Eurthymy Room

What does a child in a Waldorf School experience on his/her first day of the 1st grade? Why, the teacher presents the student with two lines: a curve and a straight. Are there any other kinds? Not really. And just think about it: all of our numbers and letters, the primary symbols that govern our lives and interactions, are formed out of these two fundamental types of lines. On the first day of elementary school the child is presented with an archetypal experience.

Now this experience will be revisited and expanded upon in a multitude of ways and contexts throughout the child’s education. One of the most obvious of these contexts is mathematics. How do we measure curved lines, or calculate the area bounded by such lines? This is a question first addressed in 7th grade geometry, and re-visited again in high school calculus. Are there, in fact, two archetypal lines, or is there only one? This is a question taken up in high school geometry, and it constitutes a culminating response to that seed experience planted back on the first day of grade school.

The teachers at the Chicago Waldorf School would like to share with you the nature in which important educational themes are introduced, explored and metamorphosed through the grades always, of course, in harmony with the developing child. Last year we presented the theme of fire as it is introduced in 1st grade, and developed in chemistry lessons in the middle and high schools. This year we invite you to attend an evening in which the theme of the curved and straight line is developed through the 12th grade curriculum. On Wednesday, April 7th, at 7 PM, this PTO-sponsored evening will feature presentations from Nancy Szymanski, John Trevillion and Brian Gleichauf, representing the early, middle, and high school grades, respectively. We look forward to seeing you.

Please RSVP to Lisa Rekstad, PTO Parent Education Lead at lrekstad@gmail.com


P.T.O. Sponsored Events for March

Lattes with Luke at Commons on the Corner

Wednesday, March 11th, 8:15 – 10:30am
Parent Child Room, 1301 E. Loyola

Join Luke Goodwin, Administrative Director of CWS, for lattes and conversation in this small group setting. The Commons offers a warm and informal space to ask questions, discuss their concerns, and learn sometimes surprising information about our community.
Direct questions to Commons on the Corner Leads, Christine Carroll or Karen Hallmann

Knitting with Megan Cummins

Thursdays, 3/10 and 3/17, 8:15 – 10:30am
Parent Child Room, 1301 E. Loyola

What do you get when you rub two sticks together? Fire, right? Well, we are igniting the fire of learning by rubbing those sticks together – and adding wool. Yes, it’s time to learn to knit. This is a great skill and a lot of fun too! We will learn how to knit from fellow CWS parent and Urban Prairie handwork teacher, Megan Cummins. We will learn to cast on, knit, purl and even bind off. Don’t get cold feet… Why? We will learn how to make socks too!
Please register with Parent Education Lead, Lisa Rekstad.

Family Jam

Saturday, March 19th, 1-3pm
2135 W. Wilson Avenue ($5 donation suggested)

Are you itching to make music with others? Are you looking for something fun and low-stress to do as a family on the weekends? If so, we have the event for you. Once a month, CWS families are invited to take part in informal jamming session. Bring your instruments, and the kids! Not musical? Not a problem. Just come and hang out, listen and talk with others.

To RSVP and for more info, go to www.meetup.com/CWS-After-Hours/


Building Intentional Community Discussion

Friday, Feb 18th, at 8:15am

at Commons on the Corner

Look into the fire behind Building Intentional Community (BIC)
at the Commons on the Corner. February, 18th after drop-off.

BIC & Student Social Action Council (SSAC) cultivate and nurture an environment of mutual respect and inclusion, implementing practical strategies for building agreement and creating a healthy social environment.

Come find out more about the work, share stories, ask questions, and meet some of the team.


PTO Event: Join the Family Jam

Are you itching to make music with others?

Saturday, February 19th, from 1:00-3:00 pm

Location:The Christian Community Church
2135 W. Wilson St. (at Hamilton)

A PTO Sponsored Event

Are you looking for something fun and low-stress to do as a family on the weekends? If so, we have the perfect event for you! Once a month families of the CWS community are invited to take part in an informal musical jamming session. Bring your instruments and/or your singing voices. And bring the kids! Not musical? Not a problem, just come to hang out and listen and talk with others. This is a low-key, fun, informal gathering for people who want to hang out without stress or pressure. There is no fee for this but there is a suggested donation of 5$ per family to thank the church for letting us use their beautiful space.

For more details and to RSVP go to: www.meetup.com/CWS-After-Hours


A PTO Sponsored Talk with Andrea Shaffer

The Four Temperaments: Which is Your Child?

Wednesday, February 16th, 7:00pm

Location: CWS Lower Eurythmy Room
a PTO sponsored event

Q: What do the Beatles and the Winnie the Pooh characters have in common?
A: Not just plush stuffed toys made by Disney.

(Did you know that Eeyore is made to look like Ringo? And Tigger is made to look like Paul?)

But more to the point, they illustrate Steiner’s Four temperaments. It’s not hard to pick out which one is sanguine, choleric, melancholic or phlegmatic. But how do you deal with such different personalities when they live under your own roof?

Come out and listen to Andrea Shaffer, CWS faculty and parent, who has studied the temperaments so well that she can pick them out in a lineup. She will help you identify your child’s—and your own—temperament and give direction and insights into their behaviors. This is going to be a great discussion—very helpful to parents. Come receive advice in regard to how to use this information constructively at home. Just a hint: melancholics liked to be asked “Can you help Mommy with this?” Some parents report that these tips work magic in the home.

Please RSVP to save your seat with Lisa Rekstad, Parent Education Lead at lrekstad@gmail.com.


PTO Sponsored Events for February

PTO Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 9th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: CWS, High School Music Room, 2nd floor, Main Building (Early Childhood side)

All CWS parents, staff and faculty are invited to attend PTO meetings. Please join us for snacks and conversation followed by an update and discussion addressing your questions, concerns, and ideas for future PTO initiatives. And, we’ve invited Jackie Johnson to discuss the upcoming CWS Gala on March 26th! Have ideas or questions? Contact your class PTO representative.

February Events at Commons on the Corner

2/11 Lattes with Luke
2/18 Building Intentional Community (BIC) with Frances Vig and Hazel Ginsberg

Join CWS parents, staff and faculty for coffee and conversation at Commons on the Corner every Friday morning after drop off in the Parent Child Room, 1301 W Loyola. Children are welcome. Direct questions to Commons on the Corner Leads, Christine Carroll or Karen Hallman.

The Four Temperaments

Date: Wednesday, February 16th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: CWS Lower Eurythmy Room

Save the date! Andrea Shaffer, CWS faculty and parent, will discuss Steiner’s Four Temperaments. Watch for more information. Direct questions to Lisa Rekstad, Parent Education Lead.

Knitting with Megan Cummins

Date: Thursday mornings through February
Time: 8:15 – 10:30am
Location: Parent Child Room, 1301 W Loyola

What do you get when you rub two sticks together? Fire, right? Well, we are igniting the fire of learning by rubbing those sticks together—and adding wool. Yes, it’s time to learn to knit. This is a great skill and a lot of fun too! We will learn how to knit from fellow CWS parent and Urban Prairie handwork teacher, Megan Cummins. We will learn to cast on, knit, purl and even bind off. Don’t get cold feet…Why? We will learn how to make socks too! Please register with Parent Education Lead, Lisa Rekstad.