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Waldorf Weekly 11/10

November 10, 2023



11/10: Lantern Walk, NatureTots - Grade 3 & Families, 6pm (Lower School Bowl)

11/13: CWS Board Meeting, 6-8pm

11/14: CWS Parent Association Meeting, 6-7:30pm (Lower School Music Room)

11/16: Grade 6 Play, 1:30 + 6pm

11/17: Community Singing, 8:30am (Community Room)

Craft Guild, 9:30-11:30am (Community Room)

Grade 3 Field Trip, 8:30am-12:30pm

Grade 10 Play, 5:30pm (School of Rock)

11/18: Foundation Studies, 10-3pm

11/22 - 11/24: FALL BREAK (NO SCHOOL)


12/1: Community Singing, 8:30am (Community Room)

12/2: Sibling Admission Visit Day, 9:00-9:45am

Holiday Faire, 10:00-2:00pm

12/6-12/7: Wintergarden (Grades 1-8)

12/8: Community Singing, 8:30am (Community Room)

12/13: Seasonal Craft and Preschool Information Evening

12/14: Choral Concert

Grades 4-6, 4:00-5:00pm

Grades 7-12, 6:30-7:30pm

12/15: Community Singing, 8:30am (Community Room)

Wintergarden (EC)

Exciting News: The High School Is Moving!

We are excited to announce that the Cincinnati Waldorf High School will be moving to our Lower School building in time for the 2024-2025 school year. This means that next year all CWS programs will be united on ONE CAMPUS, which opens up many exciting possibilities for our students and faculty.

This is a positive and hopeful change, but it is also understandable if it raises questions. While we don’t have all the details to share at this time, we are confident in our school’s ability to successfully navigate this move, and we want to let you know that we have assembled a specialized building use task force made up of faculty members to begin the work of planning this transition.

We trust this group to act in the best interest of our students, faculty, and school.

We also want to underscore that we are continuing our work to identify and eventually purchase the right woodland campus for our school! This is a dream that we are determined to realize, and it is one of the pieces that will complete a long held vision for our school.

The high school move and other changes on the horizon are part of the forward progress and ongoing evolution of our school. We are excited to continue to grow and change together, and we will continue to inform you, our CWS community, as we have news to share.

Holiday Faire Tickets Go On Sale Monday 11/13!

Holiday Faire is back! You can purchase advance tickets and reserve times for Angel Room and Treasure Gnome beginning Monday, November 13th! Look for a reminder text with the link on Monday morning.

All children and adults attending need to purchase a Holiday Faire Ticket that includes ALL of the following:

  • Vendor Village with handmade gifts sold by CWS families, friends and alumni

  • Visit the Treasure Gnome

  • Chai tea and a baked good

  • Hot cocoa and a candy cane

  • Face painting, card making, candle dipping, pomanders, bracelet making, access to the musical performances

Angel Room Tickets are purchased separately, and one ticket will allow children to select one handmade gift. Multiple tickets can be purchased. After purchasing tickets, please reserve times in advance for the Treasure Gnome and Angel Room via the links you'll receive via email. This is intended to decrease time spent waiting in line so everyone can enjoy all of the activities of Holiday Faire!

Chef Lex will also be selling lunch, which can be pre-ordered HERE.

Also, sign up to volunteer, perform, or sell items in Vendor Village!

Sign up to help with your child's class activity!

Please reach out to Amie Duncan ( with any questions.

Meet the Student Council (Grades 6-8)!

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Amaury Bowers Years at CWS: 2nd year Fun Fact: has 7 siblings

Eva Stout Years at CWS: 7th year Fun Fact: has 5 brothers

Carolyn Aerts Years at CWS: 13th year Fun Fact: currently crocheting herself a sweater

Norah Derr Years at CWS: 2nd year Fun Fact: has been in six plays

Gabriella Dedji Years at CWS: 5th year Fun Fact: on a dance team that performs across Cincinnati

Patrick Fallon Years at CWS: 11th year Fun Fact: plays the guitar

Stella Freimuth Years at CWS: 1st year Fun Fact: had a roll in a movie

Sylvia McFarland Years at CWS: 4th year Fun Fact: loves horses

Shayne Fries Years at CWS:4th year Fun Fact: likes sports

The Competition Is Heating Up for this Year's Class Pizza Party & Games Night!!!

(Click the image to see last year's 2nd Grade go wild!)

The CWS Annual Fund Campaign is underway, and that means the competition for the class Pizza Party & Games Night is ON! The first class to reach 100% participation in the Annual Fund Drive will WIN a night of games and pizza with Mr. Thomas!! Gifts of any size count, so please consider making your Annual Fund gift now — and help your child/ren WIN!

The Annual Fund is a vital fundraising campaign for our school, so this is a great way to support our school AND give your child/ren a chance to win a fun night with Mr. Thomas! And, this year, you can choose where you want your gift to go: Click the links to learn more:

Invest in Our Teachers & Curriculum: Enhance Our Buildings & Classrooms:

Show Your Love for Our Gardens and Grounds:

Check out class rankings here!

Did you know? FACTS Has an App!

If you haven't yet, be sure to try out the FACTS Family App. While not all features are enabled, you can use the FACTS Family App to check the school calendar, utilize the directory, enroll/re-enroll, check progress reports, review the school handbook and other school documents, and update forms as needed.

Once you start using the app, we'd love to hear any feedback you have! Send that to

Fall '24 Preschool Admission Visit Day

Sibling Admission Visit Day will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00am- 9:45am in the Woodland Preschool classroom. This is a special visit day reserved only for younger siblings of current CWS students, and children of faculty members who will be ready for Preschool in the fall of 2024. Action Steps for Parents: 1. Please submit an online application for enrollment HERE. The application window for next school year will open in early November, 2023. 2. Sign up for your child's visit HERE Spots are limited, so please sign up quickly! Once you have signed your child up for the visit, Karen will contact you with further details. Please let Karen know if you have questions

Seasonal Craft and Preschool Information Evening!

NOW ENROLLING for Spring 2024 NatureTots!

Registration is now open for the 2024 Spring term of NatureTots with Ms. Kyle!

These popular Parent & Child classes for children 16 months to 3 years provide an opportunity for young children and their parents or caregivers to come together in a joyful and nurturing environment where children are introduced to their first school experience in a safe and gentle way.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am, and on Mondays and Fridays from 12:30pm to 2:30pm, at the CWS lower school campus, located at 6743 Chestnut Street in Mariemont.

Now enrolling for Spring Term!

Begins January 15, 2024 Monday through Friday

• 9-11am • $399 Monday/Friday

• 12:30-2:30pm • $399

15 classes per session

For more information, contact Karen Crick, our Enrollment Director by phone at 513-541-0220, ext. 103, or

Visit our website to learn more about our school's programs and to register for classes.

Save the Date for Wintergarden!

Each December CWS joins Waldorf schools around the world to celebrate Wintergarden. Wintergarden offers students an opportunity to reflect on the light they carry within as they journey through winter's cold and dark and to feel how their light joins with the light of their classmates to create a warm and supportive community.

In preparation for this beautiful and reverent event, which parents are invited to attend, please mark your calendar for the date of your student/s' Spiral Walk.

Wednesday, December 6th

Thursday, December 7th

9:45 - Grade 8

9:45 - Grade 6

11:00 - Grade 7

11:00 - Grade 2

11:45 - Grade 3

11:45 - Grade 1

1:20 - Grade 5

1:20 - Grade 4

High School times are TBD but will require students to be dropped off at the Lower School in the morning, so please plan for this. NatureTots, Preschool, and Kindergarten classes will have their Wintergarden celebration on Friday, December 15th. If you have a child in these classes, please look for information coming via email from your teacher. We will also be holding a Community Walk on Wednesday, December 6th at 5:30pm. More details about this to come.

More information will be coming soon about this event. You can also read about Wintergarden here.

Order Veggies - and Your Thanksgiving Turkey! - from Rose Hill Farm

We are so excited to be partnering with Rose Hill Farm to source local, biodynamically grown produce for our school lunch program — and provide our families easy access to healthy, nutritious, beautiful veggies grown by David Chal, a longtime friend and CWS sponsor (and brother to Katie, Sweet Pea Preschool Assistant). Read this letter from David to learn more.

You can now order produce online from Rose Hill Farm and pick up your order in the grassy area in front of the school on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:15. 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 to pick up on Wednesday. Select "Pick up at CWS" during check-out. The first pick up date will be 11/8.

**Rose Hill Farm will also be offering pasture raised turkeys for Thanksgiving. Check out their online store for more info. Pick up will be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving from 10am to 2pm at Rose Hill. When you pick up your turkey, you can enjoy a festive marketplace replete with an abundant variety of vegetables for making Thanksgiving sides and deserts. Also, homemade, homegrown pumpkin pies, sorghum-cinnamon pastry, sourdough rolls, crafty Christmas gifts, and more!

Support the PA's Winter Flower Power Fundraiser

Get a jump start on your holiday gift giving or order some beautiful winter blooms to brighten your house during the upcoming holidays. Shop the PA's Winter Flower Power Fundraiser now! Check out a large selection of amaryllis, plus a few other winter bulbs!

50% of all sales go directly to the CWS Parent Association to support its mission and fund parent education, faculty appreciation, and other community initiatives. Holiday orders ship starting mid-November, in the order they are received. All orders placed by December 1st, will arrive in time for gift giving for the holiday season!

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