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Waldorf Weekly 9/8

September 8, 2023


September 8: Grade 7 & 8 Canoe Trip

Community Singing, 8:30am

September 9: Oak Tree Class Picnic, 10-12

Apple Picking at McGlasson Farm, 3-5pm

September 11: Board Meeting, 6pm

Grade 9 Field Trip - Local History

Grade 10 Field Trip - Local Farm

Grade 11 Field Trip - D.C. Trip

Grade 12 Field Trip - Maine

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

Craft Guild, 9:30

September 18: Lower School Picture Day #1

September 19: Grade 3 Parent Meeting, 2pm

Parent Association Meeting, 6pm (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 Lower School Picture Day #2

September 22: Community Singing, 8:30

Craft Guild, 9:30

September 25: Records Day - NO SCHOOL

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

Grade 4 Field Trip

September 27: Michaelmas Celebration (Preschool & Kindergarten)

September 29: Michaelmas Celebration (Grades 1-12)

September 30: Foundation Studies, 10am-3pm


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 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 Weekly Spotlight: Oak Tree Kindergarten

Oak Tree Kindergarten made bread and delighted the office by sharing!

Bread baking is a beloved part of the Waldorf preschool and kindergarten curriculum. Children knead the dough while listening to a delightful story depicting the journey of the grain from farm to table. Fine motor development, listening skills, and environmental studies are all enhanced in this multi-sensory experience that allows children to see, touch, smell, hear and taste their morning snack.

Oak Tree kindergarten also spent time wet-on-wet water color painting this week. Painting on wet paper allows children to experience the flow of color, and using one color at a time gives children an opportunity to fully, joyfully experience the richness of each color while also gently developing their fine motor skills!

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.

4th-6th Grade Canoe Trip Reminder From Mr. Joe Thomas:

Parents of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, our canoe trips on the nearby Little Miami River are coming up!

*The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade will go on Friday, September 15th.

Parents are welcome to join, but they must fill out a waiver and pay $35 before the day of the trip. Arrival and dismissal will be just like any other day, and we will carpool to Scenic River Canoe at 9:15.

Parents who are willing to drive students other than their own must complete a background check through our Business Office prior to the field trip. Please contact Libby Rupp for details about this process.

If you have not filled out a waiver for your child, or you want more information, please email

Sign Your Student Up for After School Homework Help!

Join CWS for Apple Picking Tomorrow at McGlasson Farm!

Nothing says fall like apple picking on a beautiful blue-sky day! Lean into living seasonally and enjoying fun family time outside when you join us for apple picking - and sunflowers - at McGlasson Farm on Saturday, September 9th from 3-5pm. This idyllic family farm in Kentucky features a host of apple varieties, a gorgeous sunflower field, and lots of yummy farm stand treats! Please note McGlasson Farm only accepts cash or check. Apple picking is $30/bag.

There is no formal structure for this event, so come when you can, stay as long as you want, and look out for CWS friends in the orchards and among the sunflowers! 🌻

Celebrating Michaelmas: Festival Songs!

Singing is an important part of our Michaelmas celebration and provides much of the material for our fall music curriculum. If you'd like to learn some of the songs your children are singing - or sing along with them at home and/or at Michaelmas - you can listen to some festival favorites recorded by the Cincinnati Waldorf singers here!

Don't forget! Anyone is welcome to attend Community Singing on Fridays from 8:30-9:15 with Mr. Petersen. That's another great way to learn the songs of each season!

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, 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.

Show up anytime to 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.

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.

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