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Waldorf Weekly 1/19

January 19, 2024



1/26: Community Singing, 8:30am (Community Room)

Ski Trip - Grades 5-8

1/29: Admissions Visit Day (No Preschool or NatureTots)

State of the School, 6:00-7:30pm (CWS Gym)


2/2: Community Singing, 8:30am (CWS Community Room)

2/3: Open House

Pre-K - High School, 10am-1pm (6743 Chestnut Street)

2/7: Parent Education Event: Building Life Skills , 6:30pm-8pm

2/9: Community Singing, 8:30am (CWS Community Room)

2/12: CWS Board Meeting, 6-8pm (CWS Music Room)

2/15: Grade 7 Play, 1:30, 4pm (CWS Gym)

2/16: Grandfriends Day (*See below for details!)

Vote Today - and Every Day! - to Help CWS Keep the Title "Best Private School in Cincinnati"

It's back - CityBeat's Best Of Cincinnati competition! And your votes will help ensure CWS wins "Best Private School" again this year! (CWS was voted Best Private School in 2016, 2020, 2021, and 2023!!!!)

You can vote once a day until February 14th. So, get voting, and help us WIN 👑 Hint: "Best Private School" is in the CITY LIFE category. Also, you have to vote in 20 different categories for your ballot to count. Happy voting!!

Get Your Spring Benefit Tickets 10% OFF During Our Early Bird Special - NOW through January 31st ONLY!

Saturday, March 23

6pm, CWS Gym

The CWS Spring Benefit is the school's biggest fundraiser of the year -- it's also a PARTAY that you don't want to miss!

And right now, event tickets + GOLDEN TICKETS (these tickets get you a chance to win the LIVE auction item of your choice, often valued at thousands of dollars!) are 10% off!

This year's event is a Work Out theme, so dig out those leotards and leg warmers or get thrifting for that perfect vintage track suit. (More outfit inspiration to come!) Natalie Jones from Q102 will be behind the microphone and DJ booth to make sure our party muscles get a good workout. So, come drink, eat, bid, win, and dance the night away!

Please Review the Final Calendar for 2024-25

The calendar committee has approved the final version of next year's school calendar. Please refer to this most recent version for the 2024-25 school year.

Our Next Open House Is February 3rd!

Please help us promote our next Open House, which is coming up on February 3rd by sharing this info with anyone you know who might be interested!

If you'd like to volunteer to give tours during Open House, contact Karen Crick at, or sign up to bring food here!

Craft Guild Announcement!

Craft Guild will be taking time for rest and renewal during the month of January. Enjoy this break before we reconvene to brainstorm our project to support the CWS Spring Benefit silent auction!


Check for upcoming sport events you can attend to support your Waldorf Wolves!

Check it out HERE!

Join Us for Grandfriends Day!

Friday, February 16th

We are so excited to welcome our Grandfriends to CWS and show them some love on Friday, Feb. 16th! The schedule will be as follows:

Preschool & Kindergarten Grandfriends Day *Friday students only.

       11:30 - 12:30

11:30-12pm: Classroom/Play Yard Visits

11:45-12:30pm: Photo Opportunity (Front Entryway)


Grades 1-8 Grandfriends Day

         2:00 - 3:15pm

2-2:15pm: Welcome & Program (CWS Gym)

2:15-2:45: Classroom Visits for Grades 1-8

2:30-3:15: Photo Opportunity (Front Entryway)

Grandfriends visiting children in Preschool and Kindergarten who have siblings in grades 1-8 are welcome to grab lunch together off campus and return in time for the 2pm grades presentation.  (Suggestions for nearby restaurants include Madison Place, National Exemplar, Dilly Deli, Frisch's, Chipotle, Mac's Pizza, etc.)

This is a lower school only event. Find more info and RSVP here.

State of the School - Jan. 29th, 6:00 - 7:30pm

It is that time of year again when we invite parents to come to the annual State of the School presentation.

What is State of the School?

We're glad that you asked! State of the School is a time for our parents to hear from Board Members and Administrative Faculty on the business and happenings of our amazing school. You will hear about the work of our Board, how we are progressing with our Strategic Plan, how we are doing financially, and so much more. Even though this all could sound pretty dry and boring, attendees of past State of the School presentations tend to find them very inspiring and heartwarming. 

Please plan to join us on Monday, January 29th from 6:00-7:30 pm. This is an adult only event. Babes in arms always welcome. All parents/guardians at CWS are invited to attend. 

Don't Miss the Next Parent Education Event!

Wednesday, February 7

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Building Life Skills with Amie Duncan,

CWS Parent and Clinical Psychologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

This workshop will focus on how to make a doable plan to target life skills at home and in the community to increase independence. Great for parents of children in the upper grades and high school.

A Remembrance of Bill Cordray by Lydia Kelley

Bill Cordray was a class teacher at the Cincinnati Waldorf School from the mid-80s until 2017. Our community was deeply saddened to hear of his passing over the holidays. Lydia Kelley shares her memories of Bill in a moving piece on the CWS blog.

Reminder: Gear Swap Donations Accepted Anytime!

The PA Gear Swap accepts donations all year round! Accepted items include boots, coats, snow pants, layering pieces (i.e. long underwear), and rain gear. Donations can be placed in the bin under the table in the Community Room. The Annual Gear Swap typically happens on Back-to-School Night — so that is a great opportunity for you to stock up for the school year! Gear Swap proceeds benefit the CWS Parent Association.

Great Wolf Deal Ends 1/20 - Book Now!

*If you tried to book and were told this deal was sold out, try again! Great Wolf Lodge has added rooms to our block!

If you're looking for something fun to do over the February Break, this could be it! Great Wolf Lodge is once again offering a discount to CWS families on the Tuesday and Wednesday of our February Break.

A BIG thanks to all the families who have booked so far! Thanks to you, Great Wolf Lodge is donating a FREE night to auction at our Spring Benefit! Hooray!!

Additional details: Each standard room comes with (6) Water Park passes and can sleep up to 6.  You may show up as early as 10am to begin using the water park. You may pre register at the front desk upon arrival.  If your room is ready, you can go ahead and get checked in.  If it is not ready yet, you can still collect your wristbands to go have fun in the water park.  Check out is at 11am, and you can utilize the water park until close that day once checked out of your hotel room! 

Order Your Veggies from Rose Hill Farm!

Winter sweet carrots, ruby red napa, and Christmas radicchio ... these stunning greens and more lovely, nutritious vegetables available from Rose Hill Farm!

Order your veggies and pick up in front of the school on Wednesdays from 2:45-3:15. Please note that you must walk up to get your order — orders will not be delivered via the car line.

Place your order online by EOD Monday 1/22 to pick up on Wednesday 1/24. Select "Pick up at CWS" during check-out.

Thank You to the Following Sponsors!

Supporting CWS at the Cedar Level:

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