Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - February 2, 2014
Upcoming Events   (4)
Monday, February 3
All Day
No School - In Service Professional Development Day

The faculty realizes this falls on the heels of 4 weather related cancelled school days.  We were unable to reschedule this professional development day but we have added back two days in March.  The children will now be attending school on Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13.  Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, February 8
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Parent Education Study - Adolesence

“Adolescence is like having only enough light to see the step directly in front of you.”
― Sarah Addison AllenThe Girl Who Chased the Moon
Adolescence is a time of rapid change and many challenges as young people transition from childhood to adulthood. It can seem like teens have one foot in childhood and one in adulthood as they navigate the changes in their bodies and minds. We at UPWS welcome you to join us for a study as we prepare for this new phase of development that lies ahead.
We will be working with Betty Staley’s book Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years (this can be purchase on Amazon.com). Betty Staley has been a Waldorf teacher for over thirty years and is a founding member of the Sacramento Waldorf High School. In addition to this book which can be purchased on Amazon, we will use other articles and resource materials.
The study will take place February 8, March 8 and April 5 between 10:00-11:30am at UPWS.
This study is open to all who would like to join, please find the link to RSVP below. Come prepared to discuss the first chapter of Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years, bring any and all questions you have!

Thursday, February 13
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Board Meeting

Agenda details to be included in next week’s newsletter.

Friday, February 14
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
All School Winter Assembly

Details to follow from your class teacher and in next week’s newsletter.

School News   (4)
Tuition Assistance Applications are Due

If you are applying for tuition assistance and have not yet filed your application, please do so immediately on the TADS website at www.TADS.com.  These applications are past due, and assistance determinations will soon be made.

Class Observations for current UPWS Families

Come to class observation day with parents from your child’s grade and learn about the years to come.

2nd Grade family observation day – February 4 at 8:30 a.m. –   Please RSVP.

3rd Grade family observation day – February 27 at 8:30 a.m. –    Please RSVP.

UPWS Summer Camp

We are very excited to be offering full and half day summer camp this year at Urban Prairie with weekly special subject offerings such as Mandarin, Spanish, Music, Book Making and Circus Camp.

Camp will be available to UPWS and non-UPWS students.  Full details will be e-mailed out by next week. We hope to see your child this summer!

Updated UPWS Household Location Map

We have so many new families in our school that we needed to update the school map.  

Here’s the new version




News from Parent Council   (4)
February Drop Off Volunteers

Drop Off Volunteers are much appreciated during this chilly February – it’s a short month!  It is a great way to say hello to our fellow parents and their children.  Please sign up here!

Thank you to all the January volunteers!


Parent Council Meeting Minutes

Thank you so much for everyone who attended the Parent Council Meeting. We had a great turn out and excellent ideas, as well as many folks who stepped up to volunteer. Please read through the minutes and see if there is a volunteer role that fits your schedule and interests!

click here to view the minutes

Did you know you can donate to UPWS when you shop on line with Amazon

Set up Urban Prairie as your charity of choice when shopping on Amazon.  Visit http://smile.amazon.com and enter Urban Prairie as the name of your charity at which point you can begin shopping.

Please remember, if you want Amazon to donate to Urban Prairie each time you shop on line, you need to start each shopping session at the URL http://smile.amazon.com. You can typesmile.amazon.com into your browser’s address bar or bookmark it to make it easy to return to AmazonSmile. When you start at smile.amazon.com Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.

** Please note that when you select Urban Prairie it will list our Federal Tax ID information with a different address then the school address.  This is currently being corrected but will not effect the donation.


Take Charge of Education®

Target wants to help Urban Prairie! If you have a Target Red Card, designate Urban Prairie Waldorf School as your school. Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases at Target stores in the U.S and at Target.com. They send the school a check each year! Right now, six parents are signed up for this program and have raised over $1000.00. Can we raise that number this year? Applications are available in the office or at your local Target Store’s Customer Service desk.

General Community News   (1)
UPWS Crafters Guild
Crafters’ Guild will start Monday, February 10, with a wet felting project.  Please join us at 8:30 downstairs at school for some fun crafting time.  Sign up here.