Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - December 12, 2017
Upcoming Events   (8)
Thursday, December 14
7:30 - 9:30pm
Parent Council Community Service Gathering (in lieu of monthly meeting)

SignUP to contribute items to our community service event this week. We will make blessing bags for La Casa Norte, stuff Compassion Socks to give to those in need, and organize the items to be sent to Lakota Waldorf School from our recent Warm Things Drive. Come one, come all!

If you can’t make the meeting, be sure to SignUP to drop off items in the box in the foyer this week. We want to share this meaningful holiday service opportunity with all. Questions? Contact co-chairs Briana Villarrubia or Alison Welch.

Friday, December 15
3:00 - 4:00pm
Pop-Up Bohemian Folk Shop and Painting Sale

Our dear friend and former UPWS teacher Leslie Navia has a thriving hand-dyed and crafted clothing business, and she is bringing her wares to the hall for a pop-up THIS FRIDAY 3:00 -4:00 pmBohemian Folk is easy to wear and comfy too.
Our own Ms. Ingold will also be selling her beautiful water color paintings during this time.
Stop by to see for yourself and do a little holiday shopping.  (Parking restrictions are waived for this event.)

Monday, December 18
5:30 - 6:30pm
Community Advent Spiral

This is a quiet festival to celebrate the human being’s individual striving to carry the light in these days of darkness. Individuals walk the spiral garden of greens and candles until they can light their own candle on the large one in the middle. They then leave their light along the path for others to follow.

This year’s festival will be a bit different than it has been in the past. You and your family are welcome to walk the spiral anytime between 5:30 and 6:30. Due to this “revolving door,” we ask that entry, participation, and departure be silent in order to keep the reverent mood of the festival.

All students will walk the spiral during the school day.

Wednesday, December 20
5:30 - 7:00pm
The Shepherds' Play

The Shepherds’ Play is a Waldorf school tradition.  This year, it is brought to us by the Christian Community Church with a little help from some of our very own Urban Prairie faculty.  The play is a warm-hearted nativity folk comedy about the shepherds who travel to see the newborn Christ-child. It originated as a medieval mystery play on the little island of Oberufer on the Danube.  Part of the fun of the play is that faculty vehemently deny that they are cast members, leaving the children to wonder and guess who might be playing whom!


Thursday, December 21
Festival of Light (NEW)

Don’t just pick up your student the last day before break, make it a celebration! Let’s end 2017 with light and joy and gather momentum for meeting 2018. Join us in the hall for singing and a story at 2:20pm. We’d love to have as many community members there as possible. Students will be officially dismissed at 3:00, and we invite you all to hang out for a bit to chat, sip tea, and munch on treats.
Important! Dismissal will begin at 3:00 instead of 2:30. There is no aftercare this day.

Tuesday, January 16
Martin Luther King Day Assembly

Join us for an assembly honoring Martin Luther King and celebrating compassion.  Several classes will offer a song or other performance, and the 8th graders will present this year’s Code of Compassion.

Tuesday, January 16
7:00 - 8:30pm
"Understanding Waldorf Education" Discussions with Ann Burfeind

Christian Community Priest and former Class Teacher from Tamarack Waldorf School Ann Burfeind is offering a discussion series for parents on the basic ideas of Waldorf education, child development, and how the Waldorf curriculum is designed to foster the healthy growth of the human being.  Ann is a great resource for our community, and we are happy to welcome her to the parent education calendar.   Subsequent discussions will be held 4/24 and 5/15.  Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Saturday, February 10
6:00 - 11:00pm
Save the Date: Neighborhood Progressive Dinner and Dance at the New Campus (formerly Montefiore) Gym

Line up your sitters and find your dancing shoes! Adults are invited to host and attend neighborhood progressive dinners and a dance in our new gym! Check back for more details and opportunities to make this event one-of-a-kind!

School News   (6)
Waldorf Calendars Available for Order from the Summerfield Waldorf School

The Summerfield Waldorf School calendar features student work in fine arts from kindergarten through high school. This 15 month calendar runs from January 2018 – March 2019 and illustrates the special place art enjoys in the Waldorf curriculum.

The Summerfield Waldorf School is located in Santa Rosa, CA, a region affected by the devastating wild fires in October. All proceeds from the calendar will go to the Fire Disaster Fund.

The calendar is $18. Please find the online order form and sample images linked below.

Order Online

See sample pages


One Last Chance to Order Last Year's Yearbook

We have reopened orders for the 2016-2017 yearbook just until Thursday, 12/14. If you forgot to order one earlier, you may do so online by clicking here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48aba92ba5fa7-yearbook1

Not sure if you ordered a yearbook? Click on the link to review the list of orders.


Waldorf Books for Sale

We have a few books left over from the Yuletide Festival–you can see the full list here.  If you know what you want, please email Heather Berhalter directly and your books will be set aside for you (the spreadsheet will be updated as books are sold).

The remaining books will be displayed for sale on the last day of school (after the Festival of Lights).

New Vaccine Requirements

There are new vaccine requirements for students in Grade 6 and above:

  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
  • Meningococcal

If your child has received both vaccines above please confirm with Administration that we have the most up-to-date health forms on file. If your child is in 6th grade or higher and has not received both vaccines, please schedule an appointment or submit an exemption letter.

Questions? Contact the UPWS administration at administration@urbanprairie.org 

Student Absences

Please inform the school of your child’s absence as soon as you know they will not be coming in. The preferred method of informing is to email administration@urbanprairie.org and your class teacher, however a phone call to the school at 312.733.5337 is also acceptable.


Save the Date - Parent Education Opportunity

Mark you calendars for the weekend before February break, February 16 – 18. Urban Prairie will be hosting Jamie York, an author and speaker passionate about math education.

You can purchase tickets now by clicking here.

Parent Council   (2)
JoinUP - Makers’ Guild Needs Volunteers

Got the crafting bug in you? Afraid of crafting? Makers’ Guild Wants You! We will be revamping the Makers’ Guild after the holiday break and want to start planning now. Let us know if you are interested. Alison Welch is the temporary committee chair – yes, that means we are also looking for an eager chairperson! Staff are working on a list in partnership with faculty for some quick-win projects we can get done before making items for next year’s incoming first graders in April. No experience necessary. This is a great way to get to know other parents while contributing to the beautiful space in which our children learn.

Yearbook Committee and After School Club

We are excited about the many ways the yearbook will progress in 2017-18 through a soon-to-be announced after-school Yearbook Club for middle school grades led by Ms. Leidy. Questions? Contact Essi Ala-Kokko.

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you bakers and volunteers!

Thank you to all the parents who baked goodies and volunteered at Yuletide Festival!