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Waldorf Weekly 8/25

August 25, 2023


September 1: Community Singing, 8:30am (CWS Community Room)

September 4: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

September 8: Grade 7 & 8 Canoe Trip

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

September 11: Board Meeting, 6pm

September 12: Grade 6 Parent Meeting, 6:30

September 13: Grade 8 Parent Meeting, 2pm

September 15: Grade 4-6 Canoe Trip

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

September 19: Parent Association Meeting, 6pm (CWS Music Room)

September 20: Grade 7 Camping Trip

Grade 4 & 5 Parent Meeting, 2pm

The Happy Digital Parent, 6:30pm

September 21: Grade 4 Field Trip

September 25: Records Day - NO SCHOOL

September 26: Grade 8 Class Trip Begins (9/26-10/6)

Grade 4 Field Trip

September 29: Michaelmas Celebration

September 30: Foundation Studies, 10am-3pm

CWS Weekly Spotlight: The Rose Ceremony

This week we welcomed our new first graders to the grade school with a lovely transition ritual called The Rose Ceremony. See pics from this sweet event and learn more about its significance in the life of our school by checking out the blog post here.

Link to Back-to-School Night Handout

Didn't make it to Back-to-School Night — or didn't get the handout? Click here to access a PDF with CWS Parent Resources (Family Handbook, lunch ordering, class volunteer sign-up link, etc.) The PDF also includes the 2023-24 CWS School Calendar At a Glance and the dates and times for this year's Parent Education events!

Please Complete Student Forms ASAP

A big thank you to families for diligently completing student forms. If you have not yet completed forms for your student, please take a moment to do so this weekend.

Student forms are located in your family portal. From the school website, click Family Portal. Log in, then select Webforms from the menu on the left.

*We would ask for ALL families to please log into your family portal review to confirm your answers to the following questions and re-sign the General Liability Release Form.

  1. My child may go on short trips in the neighborhood with school staff during class time. Answering yes to this question gives permission for your student to walk with the teacher and class when they go on nature walks around the school, to the park, the creek, to get ice cream etc. Answering no will state that you do not give them permission to participate in these activities with the class.

2. My student can be included in photographs or recordings taken during school activities (plays, class projects, field trips, festival events, class field trips, happenings around the school etc) and be included in Waldorf Weekly newsletters, events shared with class families, print, video, CWS social media posts or open house, school marketing, public relations purposes. Students will never be named in a photo without explicit permission from parent or guardian. CWS enjoys capturing moments of the students engaged in the beautiful curriculum Waldorf education offers and we like to feature these in communications such as the Waldorf Weekly newsletter to CWS families or on our school social media or marketing pages. Answering yes will include your student in photos taken during the school year. Answering no, we will not include your student in any photos individual or group pictures taken.

School Lunch Updates & Ordering Link

Chef Alexis wants to thank everyone for a great first week! Next week's menu will be posted tonight by 7pm. Look out for exciting new additions to the a’la carte menu! September’s menu will be out next Friday. Order here, or scroll down to the quick link.

If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see, please feel free to email Chef Alexis at Next month families will have the option to pay for meals a month at a time to streamline ordering.

Want 30% OFF school lunch? Chef Lex is still looking for some volunteers to help prepare and serve lunch. Sign up, and you'll get 30% OFF all school lunch orders. Shift 1 is from 9:30 - 12:30. It’ll involve assisting with prepping food and tray set up. Shift 2 is from 12:30 - 2:30. This shift will involve cleaning and resetting the kitchen for the next day. Interested? Email Chef Alexis at

Check Out This Year's Parent Education Events

CWS is collaborating with our wonderful Parent Association to provide a variety of Parent Education events and opportunities throughout the year. These events are a great way to learn more about Waldorf education and the Waldorf curriculum and to engage in meaningful conversations and learning with other CWS parents. (*Big thanks to Casey Gries for making this beautiful flyer!)

Give Yourself the Gift of Foundation Studies

Another great opportunity to deepen your understanding of Waldorf education is to enroll in Foundation Studies! Foundation Studies includes reading and discussion as well as an opportunity to experience various aspects of Waldorf education through practices like print-making, clay modeling, form drawing, and eurythmy.

Enrolling in Foundation Studies can greatly enrich your Waldorf journey and is also a wonderful gift to yourself and your own self-development!

Community Singing Resumes Friday, September 1st!

Everyone is welcome to join choral music teacher Adam Petersen on Friday mornings from 8:30 to 9:15 AM in the Community room for Community Singing! This is a wonderful opportunity to cultivate our community, to make new connections, and to share in the songs of our school's festivals and our students' curriculum. No musical experience necessary.

Congratulations to Our Winners!!!

Not only is being actively engaged in the CWS community meaningful and fun ... sometimes it really pays off! Parents who wrote a Niche review were given the chance to win a Spring Benefit ticket (a $100 value!), and parents who attended Back-to-School had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win five great prizes! Here are the lucky winners:

Niche Review — Spring Benefit Ticket: Angela Campos

B2SN Raffle — Guitar: Ean Siemer

B2SN Raffle — Loom & Louis' Farm books: Gretchen Weiher

B2SN Raffle — CWS 50th Anniversary Print: Danielle Robertson

B2SN Raffle — $1,500 OFF at Wnek Orthodontics: Liz Freimuth

B2SN Raffle — Rain Barrel: Helen Sanborn

Support the PA's Flower Power Fundraiser!!

Thanks to all of you who supported the PA's Spring Flower Power Fundraiser! This fundraiser was so successful that the PA will be using Flower Power to raise funds year-round! Fall bulbs available now until October 15th.

Check out a beautiful selection of daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, crocuses, and more — and get your order in now for September delivery. 50% of your order goes directly to the CWS Parent Association to support parent education, community events like Holiday Faire, faculty appreciation efforts, and more!

Kroger Plus Rewards Earn Big Bucks for CWS!

From May — July, CWS families raised over $400 for CWS simply by linking our school to their Kroger Rewards card! A big thank you to those 106 households, and to the Kroger Community Rewards program!

If you haven't linked CWS to your Kroger Rewards card, consider doing it now! It only takes a minute. Then, every time you shop, Kroger will donate $$ to CWS! It's an easy way for you to make a impact at your Cincinnati Waldorf School. So, don't wait ... link CWS to your Kroger Rewards card now!

Looking for Guitar Lessons?

Rob Keenan (husband of CWS assistant teacher Miss Katie) is a guitarist and singer/songwriter with many years of experience, including national touring with his band Dawg Yawp. His music has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and he has been an award-winning local musician for nearly a decade.

Rob is a fun, creative, and generous teacher and is now offering lessons for beginning, intermediate, and some advanced students. A lover of all things music, he offers everything from coaching in singing, to songwriting guidance and beginning piano. Mostly a guitar focused teacher, he can also share basics in recording technique and creativity in general. Pricing: $30/half-hr. $60/hr.

Contact: or call 513-479-6036.

Be Sure to Get Connected!!

Get connected with other parents and families via the CWS Community Facebook Page.

& Follow CWS on Facebook and Instagram to see what our students and faculty are up to!

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