Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - February 27, 2014
Upcoming Events   (2)
Thursday, March 6
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Gala Silent Auction Planning Meeting - Volunteers Needed

Please join the Spring Gala Fundraising committee at this brainstorming session for possible Gala silent auction items and as we coordinate volunteers to help secure these items.   RSVP to fundraiser@urbanprairie.org.  If you are not able to attend but have ideas or can volunteer time please email us!

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.
STUDY GROUP: The study began February 8 and continues  March 8 and April 5 from 10:00-11:30 am at UPWS. This study is open to all and we encourage parents to attend any session as they are able. Come prepared to discuss Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years, bring any and all questions you have!  Please RSVP, including childcare needs, at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E48ABA92BA5FA7-upws.
ONLINE FORUM FOR ALL: We are creating a web discussion forum to share resources and insights amongst all parents, even if they can’t attend study group.  Please email Beverly McClellan at bevmcclellan@gmail.com to participate.
Parking is open from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Reminders   (2)

Grandparents & Special Friends Day – Friday, May 2

Invite your child’s grandparents or a special friend for this memorable day.  They will spend time in the morning lesson observing the children, see a performance and finish with all students and  guests having a community lunch in the 1st floor hall.

Derby Day Spring Gala – Saturday, May 3

Food, beverages, silent auction and more! Click here for more details.

(Invite Grandparents to attend the Gala or stay at home with the children to babysit for the night.)


Annual UPWS Student Jump-a-Thon – Wednesday, May 21



Ways You Can Support Urban Prairie

Annual Fund donations

Annual Fund donations support the on going financial needs to operate and expand the school as we are still in our founding years.   Donations help fund items like: our 3rd floor remodel, teacher training and development,  Educational Support programs,  a science lab for middle school, a counselor for middle school students and families, a specialized wood floor for the Eurythmy Room and additional support faculty and administration staff.

Please click here to support the Annual Fund.

2013-2014 Spring Gala 

Our Derby Day  Gala is an evening to come together in support of our Tuition Assistance Program.  Our program supports families that value a high quality Waldorf education for their child but may not be able to meet the full tuition requirements. Urban Prairie’s Tuition Assistance Program allows us to build a vibrant, healthy and well-rounded community.

Please click here to purchase tickets to the Derby Day Gala.


Gifts in both areas enable our school to set a reasonable tuition, hire dedicated teachers, create beautiful classrooms where an integrated curriculum will unfold, and fulfill our mission to set our students on the path to grow into free-thinking, caring adults who can make meaningful contributions to society. Every gift is met with gratitude and appreciation.

School News   (2)
2014-2015 School Enrollment

The enrollment deadline for the 2014-15 school year is March 15.  TADS will be sending families an e-mail with all enrollment details.

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.   We hope to see your child this summer! Click here for more details 2014CAMP

News from Parent Council   (2)
March Drop Off Volunteers
March comes in like a lion, but out like a lamb. Come experience Chicago in the spring time as kids are dropped off. We especially need help on Thursdays with all the instruments coming in. Please arrive by 7:45 am and plan to be done at 8:15am. Thanks again to all of our regular volunteers! 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. 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. Contact Monica 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.

●      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!