Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - December 3, 2019
Upcoming Events   (6)
Friday, December 6
8:00 - 9:00 am
First Friday Coffee

The 6th grade class families warmly invite you to attend the First Friday Coffee Morning, where you can mingle, chat, and meet new parents at Urban Prairie. And something new! At 8:30 a.m., there will be a short, special appearance by the actual 6th grade class, so come and join in the fun!

Thursday, December 12
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, December 17
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Community Solstice Spiral

As we reach the darkest days of the year, come light a candle in this beautiful and reverent ritual of light. All are welcome to come spend a few minutes or the full hour walking the spiral and dwelling in this quiet and peaceful space.

Children are welcome. We ask that parents and guardians prepare children to hold this space silently.

All students will walk the spiral during school on Wednesday.

Friday, December 20
2:00 - 3:25 pm
Festival of Lights and NO AFTERCARE

The community is welcome to our final assembly of the year, our Festival of Light. Come see the third grade perform the Chanukah Story and join in for a beautiful rendition of Dona Nobis Pacem

Parents and Guardians are welcome to come in and help students clear out their cubbies and lockers before the break between 3:15 – 3:35 pm.

Note there will be NO AFTERCARE on this day.

Friday, December 20
6:30 pm
Grade 6-7 Class Play

Monday, December 23 - Friday, December 3

Mark Your Calendars   (2)
School Tours and Observation

Invite a friend to our next School Tour and Class Observation dates: December 12 and January 14, 8:15 – 10:00 am. Learn more here.

Winter Dinner Parties and UPWS10/Waldorf100

Mark your calendars for some signature Urban Prairie parties! You won’t want to miss these shindigs. Book your sitters now!

December 21: Noche de Rábanos dinner, a traditional Oaxacan solstice fest hosted by Janeil and Carlos Ruiz (grade 4 and City Garden kindergarten) in their Garfield Park home. Get your tickets hereTHIS EVENT IS SELLING OUT SOON!
February 1: Mid-Winter Dinner Party, hosted by Julia and Todd Smart (grades 2, 3, 5, 6) in their South Loop home. Tickets will go on sale in mid-December. 
March 7: UPWS10/Waldorf100 Anniversary Party, hosted by Ed and Rachael Marszewski (grade 4) at their Bridgeport gallery.

More details coming soon.

School News   (4)
Lost and Found to be Donated! (Warm things drive extended)

Our lost and found is FULL! On Friday, December 6, we will be carting off all lost and found items. Some items (warm things) will be donated to Casa Norte, other items are going to the Pilsen Food Pantry.

On Friday we will have items spread out on tables. When you pop in for First Friday Coffee, please take a look and collect any items belonging to your child/children!

If you still have warm things or other items to donate, feel free to bring those on Friday as well.

Musicians Needed for Solstice Spiral!

If you or someone you know is a musician who could donate some time to our Solstice Spiral experiences please let us know!

Tuesday, December 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 18, 8:15 am – 3:00 pm (in shifts)

Peaceful reverent music, often strings. The music is played while individuals walk the spiral.

Contact sophie.baumgartner@urbanprairie.org with any leads!

More Circus Classes!

Here at Urban Prairie we are LOVING the circus. After winter break Carmen and Sophie will offer an additional after school club for the older grades and continue to offer a club for grades 1-3.

When: Mondays & Wednesdays from dismissal to 4:45 pm
Dates: 7 week session January 6 – February 26 (Mondays will meet 6 times due to MLK holiday, Wednesdays will meet 7 times)
What: Tumbling, juggling, aerials silks, and tight wire
Cost: Mondays $108, Wednesdays $126 ($18/class)

If you are interested please contact sophie.baumgartner@urbanprairie.org and indicate the following:

  • Which day is better for your family
  • Grade/grades of children interested
  • Note: sending an email is not registering for the class, a sign-up link will be sent out once the grades/days are confirmed
  • If cost is a barrier — we want to pay our instructors what they are worth and to earn towards more circus equipment, but we also want everyone who loves circus to participate!

Neither day work for you, or do you just want MORE circus? Aloft Circus Arts in Logan Square is offering free taster classes for students ages 8-17 and you can sign up here.

UPWS Nosh & Network - Parent Hosts Needed! 

Do you have friends, neighbors, and colleagues looking for schools for their children? Have they expressed an interest in Waldorf education? Do you live in a prime location full of prospective families? Help us get the word out about this transformative education, and please consider hosting a UPWS Nosh & Network event in the new year at your place of work, church, residential building, or even your local pub! We are here to help you help us with materials, training, and general support. Get in touch with Admissions Coordinator Jenifer Brenner for further information.

Curious Questions   (1)
What will become of the goats over break?

Our dear goats will be traveling back to Wisconsin for a vacation at the Kiefer farm over break. Don’t worry, they will be back!

Community Connection   (1)
All welcome at Board of Trustees Meeting

Every board meeting has an open session starting at 6:30 pm.

Class delegates are asked to attend the Board Meeting instead of the monthly delegate meeting on the first Tuesday of the month.

Please reach out to your class delegate to share any questions you might have for the board that they can share at the meeting or email cc@urbanprairie.org.

Our Board does amazing things to support our community and we need to support their efforts, hear the direction, and share ideas! Come check out a meeting this year! You’ll be happy you did!

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you to our bakers, bringers, and Festival of Thanks helpers!

A special thank to our bakers who baked ALL the corn muffins for the festival: Sean Williams, Laura Williams, Judith Blanz, Catherine Francis, and Karen Trine.

Thank you to all the helping hands that sent in ingredients, set up and serve the meal, joined us for the assembly, and moved those heavy tables and chairs!

Every time our community gets together we are in awe of the love, support, and hard work we share together!