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Waldorf Weekly 9/29

September 29, 2023



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


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

5th Grade Field Trip

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

Craft Guild, 9:30 (Community Room)

10/7: Fall Frolic, 1-3pm (CWS Bowl)

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

10/12: Grade 5 Play, 1:15, 4:30

Picture Retakes

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

10/16: CWS Board Meeting, 6-8pm

10/17: PA Meeting & Book Club, 6-9pm (MadTree Brewing)

10/18: Grade 2 Parent Meeting, 2-3pm

10/20: Community Singing, 8:30 (Community Room)

Grades 6-8 Halloween Dance (Gym), Time TBD

Grade 7 Parent Meeting, 5:30-7

10/21: Foundations Studies, 10:00am

10/26: Grade 7 Trip (through 27th)

10/27: Community Singing, 8:30 (Community Room)

10/30: Parent/Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL)

10/31: Parent/Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL)


11/1: Parent/Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL)

Understanding Michaelmas

By Adam Petersen & Beth McDaniel

On the day of our Michaelmas Festival, a new post in our blog offers opportunities for reflection, deeper understanding, and courageous action. Read now to enrich your experience of Michaelmas and this autumnal season!

CWS Spotlight: Preschool & Kindergarten Michaelmas

Our preschool and kindergarten children had a lovely Michaelmas celebration earlier this week. Their day began with a sweet puppet play, which told the story of the star children who came down to earth with seeds and roots and shoots to make the Earth beautiful, only to be beset by a fierce dragon. Fortunately, St. Michael came to the rescue, battling the dragon night and day until, utterly exhausted, the dragon offered himself in service to St. Michael. St. Michael, in turn, gave the star children golden yellow cloaks and charged them with protecting all living things.

During the weeks prior to Michaelmas, the children pick and dry marigolds and use them to dye their own golden yellow capes. They, too, are called to be brave, do right, and protect living things. After the puppet play, the children did the hard work of pressing apples - and enjoying the yummy cider 🍎

We can't wait for the grades and upper school Michaelmas celebration later today! Hope to see you there!

Attention Parents: AWSNA Climate and Equity Survey

For the past few years, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) has asked accredited Waldorf Schools to participate in a Climate and Equity Survey. The Fall 2023 Climate and Equity Survey links are now open and available for you as a Waldorf parent to participate. The results from the survey will be compiled and reported back to AWSNA and to participating schools once all surveys have been completed.

Please click the link below in order to participate. The deadline to participate in the Fall 2023 Climate and Equity Survey is Monday, October 9th. Thank you for your participation!!!

Access your survey by clicking here!

***New batch of lost and found, folks.***

Please ask your child/children to check the lost and found and claim any lost things: coats, hats, shoes and more! Or, walk down yourself next time you're at school. The lost and found is in the basement hallway near the kitchen.

Sign Up for School Picture Retakes

You should have received a link to your child's school photo via email. If you'd like to sign up for a retake - or if your student was absent on picture day - the photographer will be back at school on October 12th.

Sign up here for retakes!

Cheer On Our Waldorf Wolves Volleyball Teams!

The season for our 4th-8th grade volleyball teams is in full swing! Cheer them on as they work hard and play harder 🏐

You can find this year's schedule in the Quicklinks (at the bottom of this page or any page of our website) or click here to see the schedule of upcoming games!

Join the PA on Monday (10/2) to Kick Off 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.

Calling All Green Thumbs to Join our CWS Garden Team!

As many of you know, we have a lovely garden space at Ann Becker Park near school. This garden is largely used by our 3rd grade as part of their curriculum, but the garden is large and has lots of untapped potential.

Join other gardeners to work in the garden space - and on other plant projects around the school!

Mondays from 8:00-9:00am

starting October 2nd!

Meet at the garden in Ann Becker Park, and help our garden grow!

Join us for Fall Frolic October 7th!

The Festivals Committee and the Parent Association warmly invite you to join us for a celebration of fall on Saturday, October 7th from 1-3pm in the Lower School bowl (grassy area next to the school).

Enjoy light bites and sweet treats, hair braiding and face painting courtesy of our Cincinnati Waldorf High School students, cider pressing, and socializing. This was a beautiful, nourishing community event last year and we look forward to seeing you at this year's event. Fall Frolic is weather-permitting and will not be held in case of inclement weather.

Don't Miss Waldorf 101 Parent Ed Event October 11th!

Enjoy a panel discussion about Waldorf education from early childhood to high school featuring CWS Faculty Chair Connie Davis, Woodland Preschool Teacher Carmy Malora, and High School Humanities Teacher Kirsten Roberts. Come learn what makes Waldorf education unique and how it benefits students.

CWS parents are strongly encouraged to attend this informative discussion -- and bring your questions for our master teachers!

RSVP here!

Pumpkin Patch Outing at Irons Fruit Farm October 15th

Join CWS families at Irons Farm from 3-5pm on Sunday, October 15th to enjoy a hayride, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and farm stand treats! Like apple picking, this is an unstructured event. So, arrive when you're able and keep an eye out for your CWS friends!

Hayrides run every 15 minutes from 11am-5pm and are FREE. You just pay for pumpkins by the pound. For more information about October Weekends at Irons Farm, click here.

DOW/PA Cornhole Tournament Saturday, Oct. 29th

Please join us for our 2nd annual Fall Cornhole Tournament on Sunday, October 29th from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at the fantastic OTR Stillhouse! There is ample outdoor space for the cornhole setups and play. This event is for the entire Waldorf community - there is a very large outdoor space for the tournament, plus once we wrap up with the tournament, you can stay to watch the Bengals vs the 49ers at 4:25PM on the big screen!

Registration is $20 per player, with 100% of fees benefiting the Parent Association. Please register in advance if you'd like to play, and the fee can be paid the day of in cash or via Venmo! If you don't want to play, please feel free to come by to cheer on the players and socialize with the community!

Time & Location

Oct 29, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM OTR Stillhouse, 2017 Branch St, Cincinnati, OH 45214

CWS Is Hiring an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

The Cincinnati Waldorf School is currently seeking applicants for Early Childhood Assistant Teacher. This position is hourly and assistants are on duty for approximately 30 hours per week, working collaboratively with our Preschool and Kindergarten Lead Teachers. The base wage is $15/hour and this is a benefits-eligible position. The ideal candidate will have experience and comfort working with 3-6 year old children and will be calm, compassionate, reliable, and self-motivated. Click here for more information. Questions? Contact Susan Gray, Administrative Director, at

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