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Waldorf Weekly 2/9

February 9, 2024



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

2/16: Community Singing, 8:30am (After Care Room)

Grandfriends Day (*See below for details!)

2/19-2/23: February Break (NO SCHOOL)

2/29: Grades 5-8 Ski Trip


3/1: Community Singing, 8:30am (After Care Room)

3/8: Community Singing, 8:30am (CWS Community Room)

Admissions Visit Day (No Preschool or NatureTots)

3/13-3/15: Parent/Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL)

Announcements & Reminders:

School Bathrooms! See information about bathrooms for school next year. Click HERE to read about how student bathrooms will be configured and how we plan to provide for everyone's needs.

Did you miss the State of the School? Follow this link to watch a recording and learn more about the things to come for our school.

Germs: We encourage our families to keep unwell students home if they are experiencing symptoms of sickness; runny noses, coughs, aches etc. This ensures a healthy environment for all our students and faculty. Let them rest and heal before returning. Remind your students to wash their hands, drink fluids, rest and eat nutritious foods.

School Lunches: Will your child be absent?  Don't forget to email Chef Lex if you placed an order for school lunch but your child is absent. This will help reduce waste and save you money! Email Chef Lex at

Sweetness Spotted! ❤️

A student gave Ms. Colleen an amazing, handmade gift ... the 2nd graders snuggled up with their 6th grade buddies for a pajama day ... the 7th graders were spotted wet felting hearts ... three Olivers came to the office ... preschoolers helped Ms. Carmy rake leaves ... and two friends shared a swing. All sooo sweet!

Go Waldorf Wolves!!!!

The 5th Grade girls and boys basketball teams have been having so much fun and have shown up to support each other!

Also a BIG CONGRATS to the 5th Grade Boys Team who are UNDEFEATED with just two games and their tournament left 👏🏽

The Community Room Is Moving to the After Care Room!

As you may (or may not) know, the current Community Room is in the process of becoming a classroom — and it promises to be a beauty! This means that starting after February Break, the Community Room will be transitioning (back) to the After Care room.

Please note that the community may utilize the After Care space from about 8-11:30am. We ask that you be particularly mindful of tidying up after yourself because this space is continuing to be utilized for After Care. We will also be asking visitors to sign-in so that we get a better sense of how this space is being utilized.

We look forward to seeing you! As always, ALL are welcome 💜

FLASH SALE: CWS Sponsorships 25% OFF...

but only until Monday!!

Do you own a business or work for a business that might like to support students and faculty at the Cincinnati Waldorf School?

Or, are you a family who would like to showcase your support for CWS while receiving awesome perks - like free tickets to the Spring Benefit!

Now is the time to act! For a limited time only, our Oak & Maple sponsorships are 25% OFF.

Maple Level Sponsorships now $300!

(*Save $100!)

Oak Level Sponsorships now $375!

(*Save $125!)

Get your sponsorship now for 25% OFF now!

Attention CWS Families:

Please Consider Donating to the Spring Benefit

Do you have a handmade item, experience, or service to share?

Each year CWS families donate their talents and treasures to help make the Spring Benefit a success! Examples of items include:

  • A gift card for a service you provide (from massage to cake making),

  • A handmade item (candles, ceramics, woodworking, pottery),

  • Or a stay at a family vacation home or VRBO/AIRBNB property.

Donating an item can be a beautiful way for you to get new customers for your small business, share your talents, or offer something you already have to benefit our school!

Have an item you'd like to donate? Contact Beth McDaniel at

Please Keep Voting -- Just One Week Left to Make Sure Cincinnati Takes the Title "Best Private School"

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!

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.

Join Foundation Studies this Spring!

Foundation Studies, hosted by the Cincinnati Waldorf School, is a 128-hour coursework of anthroposophical studies, focusing primarily on the spiritual-scientific philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education. It is at once an orientation for those interested in Waldorf education, a prelude to any Waldorf teacher training program, as well as an initiation into practical and spiritual self-development.

Come Spring, we will be taking up Rudolf Steiner's lecture cycle, The Child's Changing Consciousness. This is a seminal series given to a multi-national audience of Waldorf educators and enthusiasts four years after the opening of the first school in Stuttgart, Germany. The text is rich with indications for child development and pedagogy, primarily in early childhood and the grade school years. 

Please write with questions or interest to

St. Gertrude Track & Field Season is Open for Enrollment!

Think your child might enjoy Track & Field this spring?  St. Gertrude has a long-standing, quality program open to all fitness  and experience levels. This program focuses on the development of athletic skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Instruction is provided by dedicated coaches in areas of running, jumping, and throwing. Open to girls and boys grades K-8. Check for an email from Mr. Thomas with more details!

WECAN/AWSNA Southeast Regional Conference Registration Now Open!

Where: 3110 Rock Creek Dr. Louisville, KY 40207(Across from Seneca Park)

When: March 22-23, 2024

Who: Waldorf educators who teach Pre-K through High School

age programs, as well as parents.

Purchase Tickets: Click Here

CWS is Hiring!

Please click the links above for job descriptions.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume listing background, training, experience, and three references. Please call or email Susan Gray, Administrative Director, at 513-541-0220 or

Support the PA's Spring Flower Power Fundraiser!

Spring is coming... spring is coming... flowers are coming too... roses, lilies, daffodillies, little crocuses too 🎶

Time to get those spring flower orders in so that your yard will be blooming and beautiful when spring arrives!

Plus, 50% of your order goes directly to the CWS Parent Association. Gifts to the PA support faculty appreciation, community events, facilities improvements, teacher training, and more!

Camp Create with Ryann Turner and Sarah True!

June 17th - 21st 8:30-3pm 

$350 per week*sibling discount available

Come get creative with us at CWS! Kids ages 5 to 9 will enjoy the following activities:

Arts & Crafts | Yoga & Meditation | Creative Movement 

Theatre Games | Time in Nature | Free Play

Camp Director: Ryann Turner Camp Assistant: Sarah True

Ryann Turner is currently faculty at CWS. Formerly, she was a teaching assistant at the Montessori-inspired Carimel Ridge Co-op. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Cincinnati’s CCM. Ryann delights in being with children in nature. She loves spending time with her two kiddos at the creek, splashing in mud and turning over rocks to find crawfish. Her hobbies include hiking, yoga, gardening and trying in vain to finish the rotating stack of books on her bedside table. Her favorite yoga pose is Savasana, because c’mon, who doesn’t love a resting pose?!


Reach Ryann at 818.442.8987 /

Sign Up for Nature's Haven, a New Summer Camp with Sarah & Saren!

Reserve a spot in your child's schedule for Nature’s Haven, a Waldorf-inspired summer day camp run by Saren Wozniak and Sarah Hammond.

Nature's Haven is a summer nature camp for rising kindergarteners through second graders. Throughout the summer we will spend each day outdoors engaging in free play, focused exploration, Waldorf-inspired circle, and listening to nature stories.

Dates: June 24th - August 2nd



Please fill out the survey HERE to receive more information!

Book Childcare with Ms. Mona on Weekends — and Camp During February, April, and Summer Break!

Ms. Mona, CWS Aftercare/Early Childhood Assistant, is offering childcare on select Saturdays in Mariemont across from CWS. Choose your preferred schedule within the hours noted below:

Children will enjoy a mixture of indoor and outdoor play, with activities based on the weather—typically free play, arts, crafts, and making something yummy in the kitchen.

For more information, feel free to text or call Ms. Mona directly: 417-241-1096.

Saturdays: February 10, 17, 24, 10AM-3PM

February Break: Feb. 19-23, 9am-1pm, extended hours available

April Break: April 8-12, 9am-1pm, extended hours available

Summer Break: June 6-8 July 22-26

June 10-14 July 29 - August 2

June 17-21 August 5-9

July 15-19

***All summer camps are 9am-1pm with extended hours available.

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 to pick up on Wednesday. Select "Pick up at CWS" during check-out.

Thank You to the Following Sponsors!

Supporting CWS at the Mahogany Level:

Supporting CWS at the Cedar Level:

Supporting CWS at the Oak Level:

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