Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - December 5, 2017
Upcoming Events   (8)
Wednesday, December 6
11:00am - 1:00pm
Cookie Baking at UPWS

What’s a Yuletide Festival without copious amounts of cookies?! Come bake with us in the UPWS kitchen. Please bring 1-2 cookie sheets, and 4 sticks of unsalted butter. All other ingredients and recipes will be provided. We will make three kinds of roll cookies: plain butter cookies, chocolate decaf-coffee cookies, and green tea cookies. Questions? Contact Sarah Steedman.

Saturday, December 9
4:00 - 7:00pm
Yuletide Festival

Each year City Garden is transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland complete with a tree, candle-dipping, and yummy treats for the Yuletide Festival.  The Urban Prairie community is encouraged to attend, and we need your help!

It takes a village to make a great celebration — help out by volunteering or donating baked goods, pretzels and other items.  Sign Up Here to donate items or your time. Questions? Contact Claudia Berg.

The Festival will be held at City Garden Early Childhood, 920 W. 19th Street. See you there!

Thursday, December 14
7:30 - 9:30pm
LIFT UP - Parent Council Community Service Gathering

Parent Council is holding a community service gathering in lieu of its regular meeting. Stay tuned for details.

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 come walk the spiral anytime between 5:30 and 6:30. Due to this “revolving door,” we ask that entry and participation 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
7:00 - 9:00pm
A Human Education for a Technological World (@ CWS)

Technology will present our children with serious challenges as they enter adulthood. Preparing them to meet those challenges and thrive in a digital world requires a conscious effort that starts in early childhood and progresses through the elementary and high school grades. This talk will explore several critical capacities that children must develop, and methods of helping them to do so.

Chip Weems will hold a lecture and workshop at the Chicago Waldorf School (1300 W Loyola Ave, 60626) that is open to all. Come prepared to learn, ask questions, and participate in a workshop.

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   (5)
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 

School Lunches from Green Monkey

You can still order lunches for December from Green Monkey, just be sure that you confirm the date your lunch program will start.

You can order online for December by clicking here.

December Hot Lunch Menu

December Cafe Lunch Menu


Forgotten Lunch Policy

If your child forgets his/her lunch, please do not order lunch from an outside restaurant as this causes significant disruption during lunch time.

You may order a one-off lunch from Green Monkey, but you must call before 9:30 am (Green Monkey’s phone number is 312.913.1355). Please call rather than email.

Early Pickup Policy

If your child will be picked up before normal dismissal, please email your class teacher(s) and administration, and please include the pickup time in your email. To ensure your child is ready at the right time, please call the school five minutes prior to your arrival.

If you have any questions, please contact Administration at administration@urbanprairie.org.

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.

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank You for a Successful Warm Things Drive

Thanks to all families who made this year’s Warm Things Drive successful.  Together, we will make many children and adults warm and cozy through all of these donations to La Casa Norte and Lakota Waldorf School. Your generosity is boundless!