Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - December 12, 2017
Upcoming Events   (5)
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!

Parking is waived for this event.

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.
Parking is waived for this event.

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.

Parking is waived for this event.

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!

Parking is waived for this event.

Saturday, February 10
6:00 - 11:00pm
Neighborhood Progressive Dinner and Dance at the New Campus Gym

6-8pm: Appetizers and Dinner at various homes hosted in Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, Tri-Taylor & Oak Park for 10-15 adults (limited tickets)

7-11pm: Dancing at the New School, 1320 S Ashland. (These tickets are not as limited)


BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! Follow this link for tickets. Note: Tickets are limited for each neighborhood and will only be available via this link. Once they are sold out, that is all there is.

School News   (4)
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


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 

Save the Date - The Wonder of Mathematics with Jamie York

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.

Full details are available on the Urban Prairie website, click here for details.

Parent Council   (2)
What’s Up Newsletter

In case you missed it, you can find the What’s UP? Parent Council Newsletter from last week here. See the newsletter and below for key dates for January and February 2018.

Key Dates in January - February, 2018

Friday, January 12, 7:45 – 9 am – First Friday Coffee (hosted by 3rd grade)

Monday, January 15 – NO SCHOOL (MLK Holiday)

Tuesday, January 16, 2-3 pm – MLK Assembly

Tuesday, January 16, 7:00 – 8:30pm “Understanding Waldorf Education” Discussions with Ann Burfeind

Thursday, January 18, 7:30 – 9:30 pm – Parent Council Meeting

Friday, February 2, 7:45 – 9 am – First Friday Coffee (hosted by 6th grade)

Thursday, February 8, 7 – 9 pm – UPWS Board Meeting

Saturday, February 10, 6 – 11 pm – Neighborhood Progressive Dinners and Dance at New Campus

Thursday, February 15, 7:30 – 9:30 pm – Parent Council Meeting

Friday, February 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Parent Ed Event with Jamie York, Renowned Waldorf Math Teacher

February 19-23 – NO SCHOOL (mid-winter break)

PLUS….A special evening with Parent Council in partnership with Mx. Miller (details forthcoming)

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you for a wonderful first half!

A sweet Rose Ceremony, square dancing our way through Michaelmas, an inspiring rendition of the Haudenosaunee Address, and yummy buns on Santa Lucia Day–it’s already been a wonderful time packed with memorable moments, and we’re only half-way through!  Every day we get to work with a wonderful group of children and their parents, and for that, all of the faculty at UPWS are thankful!  We hope that you enjoy a restful break and look forward to seeing you in the new year.