Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - February 11, 2014
Upcoming Events   (5)
Thursday, February 13
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
UPWS Board Meeting

Board Meeting Agenda

  • Board Study: Shop as Soul Craft.  Please click the link to review the article to be discussed.  ShopAsSoulcraftCrawford2009
  • Finance Committee Updates
  • Development Goals
  • Strategic Planning
  • Final Review of By-laws

The January Board meeting minutes are here for your review. Final-Minutes-January-2014

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

Invite your friends and family to enjoy our Winter Assembly and the chance to see what your child has been working on in the class room.

Seating will begin at 1:45 p.m. with the Assembly beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Following the Assembly, students will return to their classroom for dismissal.

Parking is permitted from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, February 17 - 21
Winter Break - No School

Winter Break is a time for faculty and administration to attend national Waldorf training conferences as well as Regional AWSNA meetings.  This year Mat Reindeau will represent Urban Prairie at the Regional AWSNA meeting in Detroit and Peggy Lofgren will be attending at conference at Prairie Moon Waldorf School in Lawrence, Kansas on Administration and Governence Structure

Saturday, March 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 began on February 8 and will continue on March 8 and April 5 between 10:00-11:30am at UPWS.
This study is open to all who would like to join and we encourage parents to attend any session as they are available.  Please find the link to RSVP below. Come prepared to discuss Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years, bring any and all questions you have!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 3, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Derby Day Gala

We hope you have saved the date and secured a babysitter for the Derby Day Gala, our inaugural spring fundraiser on May 3rd.
Top 3 Ways to help UPWS make the live and silent auction a success:
  • Do you have a sports tickets, theatre tickets, a vacation get away or other great items that can be donated to the silent or live auction?  Please contact the fundraising committee or  complete the attached form.  AuctionForm
  • Cash in those unused credit card points for gift cards to include in our silent auction packages (American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Points…).   Retail stores, spa, hotel and restaurant gift cards will enhance our Mother’s Day, date night, travel, and children’s party silent auction packages
  • Become an official member of the Host Committee ($300 includes 4 tickets) or a Gala Sponsor ($500 includes 6 tickets and reserved table at the event) and bring friends and family to experience the wonder and excitement of a UPWS community event!
For more information on these items or others related to the event, email our Derby Day Gala committee at fundraiser@urbanprairie.org.

School News   (3)
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.

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 to the community. We hope to see your child this summer!

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!



Parent Council Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

●      Ambassador’s Program: Help prospective parents by sharing your family’s experience at Urban Prairie. Contact Heather Berhalter, Admissions Coordinator, admissions@urbanprairie.org or attend the next Open House.

●      Crafting Guild: Have a craft you’re good at or have one you would like to learn? Join us on the 2nd Monday morning and the 4th Tuesday morning of each month for the  bi-weekly crafting guild. We will be wet felting the next two sessions at 8:30am at Urban Prairie in hopes of producing something beautiful for the Spring Gala.  If you can join us, please sign up here so that we can anticipate how much wool roving we will need.  Feel free to bring friends and/or your young children.  Contact Heather Berhalter or Hannah Dallman with any questions.

●      Spring Gala: Now in its planning stage, Laurie Hollett and Megan Sindelar are looking for volunteers to solicit donations, especially from friends and family with access to plane tickets, vacation homes, and sports tickets.

●      New Family Welcome Program: Mentors needed for transfer families and new families in the fall. Contact Nancy Trevarthan Hodges

●      Drop off Volunteers: Looking for someone to lead the Drop Off Program for next year. Ongoing volunteers always needed. Sign up here if you have a free morning from 7:45 – 8:15am!


●      Assistant Librarians: contact Julie Needler or Lisa Geiger for more information on how you can help.

●      Administration/Teacher Support Co-Chair needed. Contact Dona Nishi for more information or if you are interested.

●      Teacher Appreciation Support: A parent volunteer is needed to work with Mary Cowen to organize parents and students in events for the week of May 5th.

●      Community Building and Outreach: Interested in reaching out to the greater UPWS community? Already we are in the midst of setting up a drop off location for Angelic Organics, raw milk, organic pasture fed beef, and would love your help to get the word out about all our school is capable of, as well as seeing how our families can enhance the community around the school and our neighborhoods. ContactMonica Saxena Mims if you are interested in learning more!

●      Equal Exchange Fundraiser for Waldorf Schools: Peggy needs a volunteer to establish and manage this program for the next calendar year.

●      Annual Fund: Representatives are needed for each classroom. Contact Jen Noe for more information.

●      Board Members and Board Committee Work: The UPWS Board of Directors is looking for strategic planners and big picture thinkers. Contact Sharla Stewart, Mary Cowen or Heather Berhalter, Committee on Board Development, to see if there is a good fit for you!

●      Parent Portal: Work has started on the parent portal portion of the UPWS website. Parent volunteers are always wanted to design and manage it. Contact parent.council@urbanprairie.org for more info and to volunteer!

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   (2)
8 Week Shamrock Shuffle Novice Training Program

Mike Nishi, dad of a UPWS 3rd grader and incoming 1st grader, and his event production company have made this one of the safest and most rewarding races you can experience. Join UPWS parents and have a fun family day at the Shamrock Shuffle this year. An eight week training plan for novice runners follows, that will get the least experienced runner in shape for race day, March 30th, 2014. Click the link for full program details. ShamrockShuffle8K_2014Plan

UPWS Crafters Guild
Crafters’ Guild: Thank you to everyone who joined the first session of the crafters’ guild! Join us on the 2nd Monday and the 4th Tuesday morning of each month for bi-weekly crafts, conversation and a pot of tea!  Eric Masoncup, 2nd grade parent and needle-felter extraordinaire, will be leading our upcoming session on Tuesday, Feb 25, at 8:30am to make small needle-felted animals.  If you can join us, please sign up here so that we can anticipate how much wool roving we will need.  No prior experience is necessary.  Feel free to bring friends and/or your young children.  Contact Heather Berhalter or Hannah Dallman with any questions.