Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - January 26, 2016
Upcoming Events   (10)
January 27 - March 9
3:30 - 5pm
Chinese Calligraphy Afterschool Program

Chinese calligraphy, which is one of the four traditional arts—music, chess, calligraphy and painting– that traditionally all Chinese scholars were expected to be proficient in.  Glenda Ding will lead students in grades 4-7 in practicing seal script.

Sign up today!

January 27, 2016
2nd Grade Parent Evening

January 27
1st Grade Parent Evening

February 2 and February 25
One Book, One Community

Join us in our final group studies of “The Soul of Discipline” as we lead up to Kim John Payne’s visit to our school in March.

February 5
First Friday Coffee

Mark your calendars for the next First Friday Coffee.

February 6 DATE CHANGE
Experience UP

This is your chance to experience Waldorf education in action.  Teachers are offering classes ranging from Norse Mythology to Chemistry.  Childcare is available.  Sign up now reserve your classes–there are only a few spots left!

February 9 (grades 4-7) and March 29 (grades 1-3)
Eurythmy and the Waldorf Curriculum

During this term, two Parent Evenings will offer an opportunity for parents to gain a more in-depth experience of Eurythmy in a Waldorf School setting and as an expressionistic art form.

Each evening will be in 2 parts–the first will address the Eurythmy
curriculum, the second will be purely artistic (adult-centered).

Much of the  evening will be experiential, interspersed with some
explaination…and fun.  Mark your calandar and come prepared to move to this art of movement unique to Waldorf Schools!

February 11
February Board Meeting

Attend a Board meeting.  It’s a great way to keep up with the what is going on at the school and contribute to the discussion.

March 2 and April 6
Parent Council Meeting

Learn more about what’s going on at our school and how can you can take an active role in our community.  Every parent is a member of the Parent Council, and we would love to see you at the meeting.

Monday, March 14
School day cancelled and rescheduled on Thursday, March 24

Faculty Training Days

  • As you have hopefully read in the class weekly update, the faculty has training on the afternoon of Sunday, March 13 and all day Monday, March 14 Kim John Payne will work directly with our faculty to bring this program to our school.
  • We will cancel school on Monday, March 14 but in light of this change we will now hold school on Thursday, March 24, the first of our Parent Teacher Conference days.  Based on this change to the Parent Conference days, please review your class teacher’s weekly update for a full schedule of times for Parent Teacher Conferences.
We do not take this action lightly and realize that it inconveniences many parents; however, we believe that this work is essential to the health of our school, and all of our children will benefit from it.  

School News   (5)
Interested in joining the UPWS Board of Trustees?

The Urban Prairie Board of Trustees seeks members to join its stewardship and long-term planning initiatives. We seek big-picture thinkers invested in leading the school toward a sustainable future. Of particular interest are capacities in finance, change management, project management, real estate, and consensus building. Trustees place the school in their top 2 to 3 philanthropic priorities. Please contact Peg Kern (peg.kern@urbanprairie.org) or Sharla Stewart (sharla.stewart@urbanprairie.org) to learn more or to suggest a candidate.

City Garden Orientation

Do you know someone with a small child who is looking for a preschool home?  City Garden still has a few spots available, and their last orientation is February 8 at 8:30am.

Adult Eurythmy 8:45 a.m., every Friday

Join Ms. Rohde as she leads fellow parents in an Adult Eurythmy each Friday.  Come for one Friday or come for every Friday. Parents are encouraged to attend as their schedule permits.

Kim John Payne Tickets on Sale Now!
  • Saturday, March 12 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.- Kim will offer a lecture at which he will give an overview of restorative discipline as outlined in his book, “The Soul of Discipline.”  He will discuss the three stages of development for children (young children, tweens, and teens) and describe creative, realistic ways to guide them towards compliance with a loving authority.
  • Sunday, March 13 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Kim will follow up the lecture with a workshop opportunity.  This is a chance for you to take the ideas laid out in the lecture and with Kim’s help, create a roadmap to get your family where you want to be.  If you have read “Simplicity Parenting,” you know that Kim doesn’t want to add to anyone’s already full plate.  His great hope is that you will attend the Sunday workshop so that his ideas about restorative discipline move from your to-do list to your list of accomplishments that have really made a difference for your family.

Tickets can be purchased here. 

Summer Camp offerings coming soon

We know many families are beginning summer schedule planning. Ms. Ingold is finalizing the UPWS summer camp offerings to be announced in early February.  We will have great programs for all ages to include offerings such as:

Archery, Mandarin, Capoeira Angola, Parkour and more


Stay tuned for final details!

Community News   (1)
Do other UPWS parents share your hobby or interest?

Inspired by all the books Ms Treadway mentioned and want to start a book club? Want some local friends with kids to try out new foods? Maybe knitting is more your speed but you like to stitch and, er, discuss? Send a note to volunteer@urbanprairie.org with your idea, any perimeters (age limits? Dietary stuff? Dads only?) as well as the details (who, what, where, when) and see what kind of community you can create! Your note will be posted here the next week, with your contact info, and you can take it from there!