Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - January 9, 2018
Upcoming Events   (8)
Friday, January 12
7:45 - 9:00am
First Friday Coffee Hosted by 3rd Grade

Reconnect with friends in the new year by joining Parent Council for this week’s First Friday Coffee hosted by the 3rd grade. Enjoy breakfast nibbles, Modest Coffee, and Four Elements Tea. Coffee, tea, olive oil and beeswax candles will be available for purchase/pre-sale at great prices with proceeds going toward our $10k Parent Council fundraising goal. Questions? Contact Sarah Steedman, chair of our Food/Wellness Committee.

Parking is waived for this event on Lexington, Lytle, and Cabrini.

Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Day

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:  what are you doing for others?”  –Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are many organizations and websites set up to facilitate volunteerism on MLK Day:



Tuesday, January 16
2:00 - 3:00pm
Martin Luther King Day Assembly

Join us for our annual Martin Luther King Day assembly celebrating compassion.  Several classes will offer a song or other performance, and the 8th graders will present this year’s Code of Compassion.

Parking is waived for this event on Lexington, Lytle, and Cabrini.

Tuesday, January 16
7:00 - 8:30pm
"Understanding Waldorf Education" Discussions with Ann Burfeind

Christian Community Priest and former Class Teacher from Tamarack Waldorf School Ann Burfeind is offering a discussion series for parents on the basic ideas of Waldorf education, child development, and how the Waldorf curriculum is designed to foster the healthy growth of the human being.  Ann is a great resource for our community, and we are happy to welcome her to the parent education calendar.   Subsequent discussions will be held 4/24 and 5/15.  Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Parking is waived for this event on Lexington, Lytle, and Cabrini.

Thursday, January 18
7:30 - 8:30pm
Parent Council Meeting

At next week’s meeting we will reflect on Monday’s Martin Luther King assembly and look ahead to next month’s Chinese New Year celebration. We will also discuss items relevant to moving Committee work forward (library, yearbook, community building, makers’ guild, and more). Please plan to attend and offer your input! Questions about Parent Council? Contact co-chairs Alison Welch or Briana Villarrubia.

Parking is waived for this event on Lexington, Lytle, and Cabrini.

Wednesday, January 24
8 - 9pm
Rhythmic Movement Workshop

“The brain requires stimulation from the senses for new nerve growth, branching of existing nerves, and myelination of nerves. The main sensory stimulation for the process of brain maturation comes from the balance, tactile and proprioceptive senses. These three senses are fully engaged while doing rhythmic movements. The rhythmical baby movements done in the first year of life give the brain the stimulation required for maturation and for connectivity between parts of the brain. For many reasons, children may not get enough opportunities to do these rhythmic movements in infancy.

When there is not enough brain stimulation in infancy, it can result in a compromised ability to process sensory information and access the cortex. Access to the cortex is the basis for many skills such as focusing, control of impulses, managing the emotions, abstract thinking, learning, planning, making decisions and using foresight.” (moveplaythrive.com)

Education Support Specialists Kris Boshell (Chicago Waldorf) and Candace Choma will teach parents how to practice these exercises at home with their children.

Parking is waived for this event on Lexington, Lytle, and Cabrini.

Thursday, January 25
6:30 - 8:00pm
Therapeutic Eurythmy Workshop

Ever wonder what therapeutic eurythmy is, how it is different from the eurythmy offered in our regular school schedule, and how it could be helpful for your child? Workshop leader Mary Ruud will demystify this topic for you and even get you moving a bit!  Mary has been teaching Eurythmy to adults and children for more than 30 years. She teaches in several Waldorf teacher training courses for private, public and charter schools as well as Lifeways and Early Childhood Training.  Mary will soon begin to offer therapeutic eurythmy at UPWS.

The Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America (Athena) has generously provided funding for this parent education workshop.

Parking is waived for this event on Lexington, Lytle, and Cabrini.

Saturday, February 10
6:00 - 11:00pm
Neighborhood Progressive Dinner and Dance at the New Campus Gym

6-8pm: Appetizers and Dinner at various homes hosted in Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, Tri-Taylor & Oak Park for 10-15 adults (limited tickets)

7-11pm: Dancing at the New School, 1320 S Ashland. (These tickets are not as limited)

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! Follow this link for tickets. Note: Tickets are limited for each neighborhood and will only be available via this link. Once they are sold out, that is all there is.

School News   (4)
Urban Prairie's New Early Childhood!

Hopefully you have heard by now that Urban Prairie is starting our very own Early Childhood program next year. Help make this new endeavor successful by donating gently used early childhood items and spreading the word about our upcoming open house.


Parent Education Spring Calendar

At Urban Prairie, we consider parent education to be an essential part of the work of our school, and we strive to offer a wide range of lectures, workshops, and experiences.  These events are intended to enrich the parent experience at UPWS and strengthen the bridge between school and home; however, they are not limited to UPWS parents.  We welcome all who are interested in learning about child development, education, and how Urban Prairie brings Waldorf education to life.

Check out (and share!) the spring parent education calendar here. 

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 

Save the Date - The Wonder of Mathematics with Jamie York

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.

Full details are available on the Urban Prairie website, click here for details.

Parent Council   (1)
Submit your Photos from Break!

Email (aliwelch@gmail.com) or text (708-860-7342) Alison Welch a favorite photo from your holiday break. Please include names and grades of students in the photo, as well as any other descriptive information. We look forward to seeing what everyone was up to during the chilly days (or perhaps you went somewhere warm!). We will include your submissions in Thursday’s What’s UP?, the Parent Council Newsletter.

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you for a beautiful Festival of Lights and kind holiday gifts!

Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us on the last day of school for the Festival of Lights.  It was great to see so many of you before heading off for the holidays.

We also want to give a huge thank you for the many holiday gifts and goodies.  It was so kind of you to remember us at this time of year!