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Waldorf Weekly 9/15

September 15, 2023



9/18: Lower School Picture Day #1

9/19: Grade 3 Parent Meeting, 2pm

Parent Association Meeting, 6pm (Music Room)

9/20: Grade 7 Camping Trip

Grade 4 & 5 Parent Meeting, 2pm

The Happy Digital Parent, 6:30pm

9/21: Grade 4 Field Trip Lower School Picture Day #2

9/22: Community Singing, 8:30 (Community Room)

Craft Guild, 9:30 (Community Room)

9/25: Records Day - NO SCHOOL

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

Grade 4 Field Trip

9/27: Michaelmas Celebration (Preschool & Kindergarten)

9/29: Michaelmas Celebration (Grades 1-12), 1:15pm

9/30: Foundation Studies, 10am-3pm


10/2: Holiday Faire Kick Off Meeting, 2pm (Community Room)

10/6: Community Singing, 8:30 (Community Room)

Craft Guild, 9:30 (Community Room)

10/7: Fall Frolic, 1-3pm

10/11: Parent Education Event: Waldorf 101, 1:30-3:00pm

10/13: Community Singing, 8:30 (Community Room)

Craft Guild, 9:30 (Community Room)

10/15: Join CWS Families at Irons Farm Pumpkin Patch, 3-5


It's that time of year when we notice an upswing of illnesses weaving through the school. As a reminder, please do not send sick students to school. We want to minimize spread and help keep our teachers, students, and community healthy. If your student is absent due to illness, be sure your student is well enough to participate in all activities and that they are fever free with improved symptoms for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school. If your child is absent, please notify the class teacher and main office with a reason for absence; otherwise, the absence is unexcused.

CWS Picture Days: 9/18 & 9/21

Mark your calendar for school pictures!


Rose Blossom Kindergarten

Sweet Pea and Woodland Preschool (3-day & 5-day students)

Grades 3, 4, 7, 8

Grade 4 & 7 sibling photos THURSDAY 9/21 Oak Tree Kindergarten Sweet Pea and Woodland Preschool (2-day students) Grades 1, 2, 5, 6 *Siblings will take photos on the same day as the youngest sibling (with the exception that all Grade 4 & 7 students and siblings will take photos on Monday, Sept 18). *5 day Preschool students will take class photos on both picture days.

Get Your Michaelmas T-Shirt & Other CWS Spiritwear!

We are excited to be working with a new, local spiritwear vendor and have some exciting options to share! Michaelmas shirts are available for order until September 22nd for pick-up at the school starting September 27th! We also have an amazing new volleyball design created by CWS parent Kelly Larbes, so check that out as well. You can access our online store here.

This stunning design is based on a chalk drawing done by Mr. Bustillo for last year's 2nd grade! On the back, it reads:

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it." - Nelson Mandella

We also have a friendlier Michaelmas design for young children!

Celebrating Michaelmas: The Festival Feast!

A defining aspect of our Michaelmas celebration for grades 1-12 is a community feast that follows the class performances and a brief work period for students. This feast features apples, veggies, and ... dragon bread with honey butter!!

This year, the third and fourth grade families will be taking up the charge to supply food for the feast, but we still need additional donations from the community!

If you'd like to donate an item for the feast, please sign up here!

Making dragon bread can be a fun family activity — and an amazing contribution to the feast! Online resources abound, but you can also access a recipe and instructions here.

All are welcome to join the Michaelmas Celebration for the Grades (1-12) on Friday, September 29th. Class sharings — including the Michaelmas Play — begin at 1:15, and the feast begins at 2:30. See all the event details here.

Need Help Managing Kids and Screens? You're not alone!

Back by popular demand! Join Everyschool founders Amy Tyson (CWS Parent) and Blythe Winslow for a conversation so many of us are desperate to have - how to keep our kids healthy and happy in today's technology-saturated world.

The Happy Digital Parent

Wednesday, September 20


No blame. No shame. Just open, honest conversation and practical advice to help us each feel more intentional, empowered, and happy as parents raising kids in the digital age. This event is sponsored by your Cincinnati Waldorf School Parent Association.

Attend the First Parent Association Meeting 9/19

Get to know other parents and take part in meaningful projects that benefit CWS students and faculty when you join the CWS Parent Association! All parents are welcome!

Meetings are typically the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 in the CWS Music Room at the lower school.

Plus, new this year, the PA will be starting a Book Club! The first book pick is Good Inside by Dr. Becky Kennedy. The discussion of this book will take place following the PA meeting on October 17th. That meeting will be held at MadTree Brewing in the Oakley Room. Time to get reading!!!

Join Craft Guild at the Hub and Get Creative for CWS!

Craft Guild invites you to enjoy a community meet up at the Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Center Saturday September 16th from 12 to 2pm. Meet at the first floor sorting stations, and bring your recyclables. For a list of what the Hub accepts, visit here.

Also enjoy hunting for treasure to be used and repurposed by the Cincinnati Waldorf School Craft Guild and for your own personal projects. Children welcome with an adult.

What is Craft Guild? A community of committed individuals who love to reuse reduce and recycle. Craft Guild focuses on community building by offering support to parents and faculty by finding fun unique ways to fix what we already have and explore our inner creativity. Craft Guild meets Fridays 9:30 to 11:30am in the lower school Community Room. Children always welcome.

Join the PA on 10/2 to Kick Off Preparations for Holiday Faire!

Holiday Faire is one of the most magical and best loved traditions at CWS — and the Parent Association is excited to bring back this event for the enjoyment of our entire Cincinnati Waldorf community! This event has traditionally included food, music, crafts for the children, a Vendor Village, and unique story-led “faire” games like the treasure gnome.

To make this event a success requires the love and commitment of many volunteers, so please consider being part of the planning and preparations. This is a golden opportunity to engage in fun, meaningful work and to get to know and spend time with other parents and meet new people. The Holiday Faire Planning Committee will meet Monday, October 2nd at 2pm in the CWS Community Room. We hope to see you there! You can also sign up to volunteer here.

WECAN Parent Evening: Self-initiated Play

Self-initiated Play: The Beginning of Lifelong Learning and Developing Trust

Presented by Philipp Reubke, Co-Leader of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum.

Why is self-initiated play, beginning in the earliest years, the most appropriate way of developing a long-lasting interest in the changing environment and an active engagement in society? Why it is an excellent support to building self-confidence and trust in life? How can we foster and accompany free play without disturbing the initiative of the child? How can we welcome each child’s initiative while keeping the environment (relatively) harmonious? Philipp Reubke will give examples from his experiences at home and as a kindergarten teacher.

The registration fee is $10 and you can register online through the WECAN bookstore. All who register will receive access to the recording of the evening.

We want everyone to to be able to participate in this evening, if you require financial support please contact Heather Church at

NOTE: IF YOU ARE PURCHASING FOR A GROUP: You must provide all of the email addresses of each person attending in the notes on the first page of the checkout.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT CLOSES 24 hours before the event begins.

Join the Cincinnati Waldorf School Ski/Board Club!

The Waldorf Ski/Board club is a loosely formed club of enthusiasts, family, friends and kids. We will have 4-5 Wednesday or Thursday evenings in Jan/Feb when we will carpool from school and finish our day at the slopes.

Club pass deadline is November 5, 2023 ( 30% off regular price). From November 5- December 1st, the discount will be 20% off, and after December 1st, passes will be 10% off regular price. All club passes include free introductory lessons.

As a club member, you can purchase 3 week skiing or boarding beginners group lessons. This year, club racing is an exciting new option. Please contact Kirana Rao at 513-377-7495 if you are interested in club racing or club group lessons.

To purchase a pass online:

  • Go to

  • Scroll to find Cincinnati Waldorf Friends and Family

  • Sign in to club page - Username: waldorfff & Password: center

  • Use the 3 line menus in the upper left corner and select the pass you would like to buy. Enter quantity and click next

  • Sign in to personal account (Create one if you are new). Use drop down menu to select pass holder name. Double check all Info. Select an option for season pass photo and press continue

  • If you would like to purchase rentals, purchase them from drop down menu

  • Sign liability waiver and rental agreement digitally

  • Checkout and finalize club membership

  • Passes can be picked up the first day you are at the slopes.

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