Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - December 4, 2018
Upcoming Events   (7)
Friday, December 7
7:45 - 9:00 am
First Friday Coffee

Come mingle with fellow parents and guardians, plus get a sneak peek of some of the products that will be sold at the community fair!

Bring a breakfast treat to share, remember to bring nut-free items and avoid eggs in whole form (like quiche).

Saturday, December 8
1:00 - 4:00pm
Community Fair - Volunteer

Join the festivities in our new space as we celebrate our intrepid and entrepreneurial community! Shop from vendors comprised of our very own faculty, staff, and families as well as Waldorf friendly businesses in our greater community.

There will be activities for the kids as well so bring the whole family.

We could use your help! Set-up, clean-up and welcome table shifts need filling. Click here to sign up.

Print and share a flyer for the event by clicking the link below.

Community Fair 2018 Flyer

Monday, December 10
Ann Burfiend: Understanding Waldorf Education

Christian Community Priest and former Class Teacher from Tamarack Waldorf School Ann Burfeind is visiting UPWS for one last time before she moves!  She’ll discuss 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 back.  Don’t miss this great opportunity not only to hear her speak but also to bid her a fond farewell!

Thursday, December 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm
UPWS Board of Trustees Meeting


Planning Initiative on Governance, Administration, and Assessments

Interim Leadership Team Mandate

All-School Mtg Follow up / Tuition

Tuesday, December 18
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Community Solstice Spiral

Come find your quiet strength and guiding light that will see you through the darkest, coldest days of the year. This tradition, practiced in Waldorf schools the world over but plucked from much older roots, provides a meditative space for us to focus our energy for the challenges to come. A spiral is laid out for you to walk and candles are provided to light your way.

The students will walk the spiral the following day with their class.

Thursday, December 20
1:30 - 2:15 pm
Festival of Lights

Families are invited to attend this all school assembly. Come enjoy a puppet play and community sing-along to start your winter vacation off right!

From 2:20 – 2:40 pm we will have an open dismissal for parents/guardians to bid faculty and staff a happy holiday and clean out cubbies before the break. Children can bypass the car line and leave with parents/guardians.

Important Note: There will be no Aftercare, all children must be collected during normal dismissal (2:25 – 2:40 pm).

Friday, December 21 - Friday, January 4

There is no school on Friday, December 21. We will see you on Monday, January 7!

School News   (2)
Warm Things Drive

Please bring your gently used warm things to the front office. These will be donated to those in need during these chilly Chicago days!

The last day to bring in items will be December 8.

Parent Child Winter Session Now Available

Urban Prairie Waldorf School Parent Child Programs

Deepen your relationship with your child as you enter their world of imagination. Enjoy the opportunity to increase awareness of your amazing role as a parent and learn creative ways to support your child’s developing capabilities, create a healthy home life and discover the world of Waldorf education.

Parent Child Class experience will offer you the chance to:

• Learn songs, games, finger plays, rhymes and stories
• Prepare healthy and delicious snacks with your child
• Learn simple, handwork focused craft projects
• Join a welcoming community of parents and little ones with a Waldorf teacher
• Have guided group discussions offering parenting support and tips for creating a healthy home
• Spend time in a welcoming, homelike environment as well as outdoors (all outdoors if you choose our “Parent Child in the Wild” program!)
• Apply methods of Waldorf philosophy to your parenting


Curious Questions   (1)
What is an AWSNA mentor visit?

If you were around the school today, you may have seen Luke Goodwin from CWS.  He is visiting UPWS for 2 days as part of our AWSNA Path to Membership process.  We are an AWSNA Initiative School on the path to full member.  CWS is our mentor school in this process, and Luke occasionally visits in order to make sure we are moving appropriately towards this goal, which includes documenting administrative and pedagogical procedures and an extensive self study of our school.