Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - February 7, 2017
Upcoming Events   (5)
Thursday, February 9
7:00 p.m.
UPWS Board Meeting

All UPWS Parents are encouraged to attend our Board Meetings.

The meeting will start with a Board study,  followed by:

Faculty Update

Development / Fundraising Report

Committee on Board Development update

February 20 - February 24
Mid-Winter Break - No School

February 28-April 4
After School Games Club

After School Games Club
Dates: Tuesdays, from 3:45-5pmFebruary 28 – April 4.
Games club is offered school wide in 2 groups:
Grades 1-3 will be led by game-maker Janine Fron, who will be bringing in her homemade games to explain and play with the children.
“Play and make your own cooperative green games to enjoy with family and friends. Children will experience the magic of fairytales in Prairie Fairies and Princess on the Prairie, and from farm to table foodstuffs in Harvest Dreams, along with other heart-healthy green games.  Enliven rhythmical abilities, storytelling, and imaginative thinking. Cultivate cognitive skills, creativity, and collaboration in a socially dynamic way that values the participation of each player.  Cooperative games help prepare children for team work and belonging with a playful spirit.  Planned activities include storytelling, playtime, guided conversation, and handcrafts.”
Grades 4-8 will be led by Ms Kondrat.
Games club encourages patience, team-building and strategy. Ms Kondrat will lead the students in playing games such as various card games, Risk, Chess, Ticket to Ride and Settler of Catan.
Price includes 6 weeks of after school games and snack: $15 per class, $90 for 6 weeks. Drop ins welcome.
Please forward any questions to Ms. Ingold: ashley.ingold@urbanprairie.org 

March 4, April 1, and April 22
Biography and the Social Art

Veteran Waldorf teacher Paulette Arnold will return to Urban Prairie to lead another biography workshop.  She will cover the temperaments and how the events of the 7-14 age range and the 14-21 age range repeat themselves in subsequent periods of adulthood.  Biography work is invaluable in that it helps us to understand how the events of our own childhoods affect our parenting.  Prior participation in a biography workshop is not a prerequisite.

Please sign up here today to reserve your spot.

April 29
Film Series: "Beyond Measure"

Click here to purchase your tickets to “Beyond Measure,” a film about what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change.

School News   (5)
Fill out the High School Working Group Survey!

To ensure the newest Waldorf high school reflects our community, the High School Planning Committee will continually seek your feedback throughout the planning process. First and foremost, please complete the naming survey here to provide input on two potential name choices (or a new suggestion). The survey also contains our working Mission and Vision statements for the school. We welcome questions and comments to be sent to waldorfhswg@gmail.com.

Makers' Guild - Sewing Help Needed!

There are several sewing projects that need to be finished, and we need your help!  If you can lend a hand, please contact Hannah Dallman (hannah.dallman@urbanprairie.org).

2015-2016 Yearbook Sale

Please sign up  here and pay online if you would like a yearbook for the 2015-2016 school year.

The price per yearbook is $40. The yearbooks will be on sale beginning the week of February 27th.

If you cannot pay online through sign up genius, please email ashley.ingold@urbanprairie.org with inquiries.

WordPress Expertise?

Our website is hosted on WordPress, and we are interested making some changes to the site and would like your help!  Please contact Heather Berhalter (heather.berhalter@urbanprairie.org) if you have experience with WordPress templates.

Urban Prairie Job Postings

Urban Prairie is hiring!  See postings here for our Development Coordinator, our 2017-18 incoming 1st Grade Teacher and Middle School Block Teacher.  If you know anyone that may be interested inside or outside our community please pass along the information.

Community News   (3)
Waldorf High School Working Group
The High School working group has developed a mission statement and some names! We’ve moved a few meetings to accommodate parent schedules and adjust to the school year calendar. We plan to meet the following dates, but these may change as the year goes on.
Tuesday, February 28th 7 – 9pm Van Deusen-Phillips Home
Tuesday, March 21st 7 – 9pm Location TBD
Thursday, April 29th 6 – 10pm Beyond Measure Screening at UPWS
Tuesday, May 23rd 7 – 9pm Location TBD
Tuesday, June 13th 7 9 pm Location TBD
Looking for a Sitter?
Hiring a sitter in the city can be hard, but UPWS has you covered! We’re partnering with UrbanSitter to provide our school community with a fantastic childcare benefit. If you sign up through our special webpage (and enter GIVEUPWALDORF), UrbanSitter will donate $20 to our school after you hire your first sitter! Visit www.urbansitter.com/promo/ urbanprairiewaldorf for more information. Many parents are on there already, so you can trust the recommendations that they’ve given and hire sight unseen in some cases!
CHIditarod Food Drive

Once again Ms. Ingold will be participating in CHIditarod and needs UPWS to help raise over 69 pounds of food! Please bring in any food that is either canned or heavy! Anything is appreciated. The race is March 4th. See below to learn more:

CHIditarod is Chicago’s 100% volunteer-driven epic urban shopping cart race, charity food drive, costumed beauty pageant, talent show and chaos generator, all in one. It’s a micro-grant fundraiser for the CHIditarod Foundation, and probably the world’s largest mobile food drive, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

With Gratitude   (2)

Thank you to Kevin Ofloy for supporting us with AV equipment and making our viewing of Screenagers a success.

Thank you to Alejandra Garcia, Blanca McCarthy, Julia Smart, Sarah Steedman, and Angela Assad for helping the 3rd grade make dumplings for the whole school in celebration of the Chinese New Year.