Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - May 28, 2019
Upcoming Events   (8)
Wednesday, May 5
2:15 - 3:15
In-School Music Concert (3rd - 7th grades)

Third – seventh grade students will share their musical works with one another in this in-school concert.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend.  There will be limited seating available.

Friday, June 7
First Friday Coffee

Join us for the final First Friday Coffee of the year!  Please bring a breakfast snack to share.

Friday, June 7
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Annual Gift of Life Blood Drive

Save the date and save lives with your blood donation!  Please sign up here to reserve your time slot.  Fit it in at your lunch time or before or after one of the class plays on Friday.

Friday, June 7
2:00 pm
3rd Grade Play

Friday, June 7
6:00 pm
6th & 7th Grade Play

The Middle Schoolers are doing comedy sketches.  Some of the humor may be above the heads of younger children, and Ms. Pearl and Mr. Riendeau recommend the play for students in grade 5 and up.

Wednesday, June 12
11:00 - 12:00
Closing Ceremony and Early Dismissal

Families are welcome to attend the closing ceremony at 11am followed by open dismissal at 12:00. There is no aftercare on this day.  Please pick up students by 12:20.

Thursday, June 13
Board of Trustees Meeting


Committee on Board Development Update and Q&A with Officer Slate Candidates

PIGAA Update

From PIGAA Chair Aimee Krall-Lanoue – What on Earth is PIGAA?
PIGAA refers to the Planning Initiative on Governance, Administration, and Assessment. Approved in November by the Board of Trustees, PIGAA consists of five board members, four faculty members, and one representative of the administrative staff. Beginning in January the group has met monthly (and sometimes weekly in various forms) to conduct research, both on our own governance structure, done through surveys to faculty, board, and administration, and on governance structures at other Waldorf schools across the country, done through interviews and the gathering of organizational information. In particular, PIGAA has compared the traditional, threefold model to recent trends in leadership, including a head of school model. The past month has seen the drafting of a new UPWS governance model. The goal is to ensure that UPWS governance provides for strong, centralized leadership, clear realms or divisions of the school, transparent decision making process, and accountably. An update will be discussed at the June 13 Board meeting.


Friday, June 28
3 - 7pm
ChiCAT Pride Family Day


This year we’re joining ChiCAT to celebrate Pride Day!  There will be food, music, and games for all.  See the flyer for details.

School News   (3)
Keeping in Touch this Summer!

You don’t have to miss friends over the summer–there are many opportunities to get together to play (or work) this summer!

Tuesday Beach Days @ 31st St Beach – Every Tuesday families gather at 31st St. Beach–bring a snack and plenty of sunscreen.  Families come and go all day.

Wednesday Night Potlucks – gather in the play lot between 5 and 8, bring a dish to share, and catch up with friends.  We’ll occasionally have a work project for anyone who would like to come a little early (clean up the library, painting, etc).

Save the Date–Enjoy a fun Progressive Dinner hosted by Shannon Callahan, Sharla Paul, and Danila Miranda on August 3rd 6-9pm.  Stay tuned for more details and ticket-purchasing information.

3rd Grade Seed Sale!!
All seed packets are $10 and 50% of the proceeds will help support the third grade trip.  Seed Packet Collections include Sunflower House, Heirloom Garden, Butterflies & Pollinators, Fresh Salad, and Pizza Patch.  Click here to purchase.
About all seed collections
  • Sees are easy to grow
  • These varieties grow well in most climates, making seed collections great for friends and relatives wherever they live.
  • All our seeds are heirloom and open pollinated and non GMO
  • To keep seeds viable, store them in a cool, dry place.
  • For more information on everything seeds, visit www. UnderwoodGardens.com
Please submit your vision (kindergarten) and dental exam (k, 2, & 6) forms

All currently enrolled kindergarten students are required to have a vision exam.  Please have your optometrist or medical doctor complete this form.

All students currently enrolled in kindergarten, grade 2, and grade 6 are required to have an oral health examination. There are state forms that must be completed and submitted to the school. Your dentist’s office should have these forms, and if your child has had a dental check-up in the past 18 months, your dentist office should be able to simply send you the completed form.   The forms are also linked to below:

Illinois Proof of Dental Examination Form
Illinois Dental Exam Waiver Form

Please submit these forms to the front office, or via email to admin@urbanprairie.org, by Monday, June 3.

Curious Question   (1)
Did you know that we have honeybees at UPWS and next year we will have goats?

Miss Kiefer will be working with the faculty to plan and intelligently orient the goats’ shelter and paddock in the play lot over the summer.  Party and Yang are two sprightly Nigerian dwarf goats (both are does without horns) who will enjoy summers at pasture in Wisconsin with Three Sisters Community Farm and Miss Kiefer’s mother Renee, and live the Urban life at school during fall, winter, and spring.  Having no ordinances against owning livestock, but only ordinances guiding best practices and a neighborly experience, Chicago has established itself as an urban agriculture friendly environment.

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you for a successful auction party!

Thank you to everyone who contributed and purchased auction items at our Cirque de la Prairie fundraiser.  Special thanks goes to our event donors:

Dee McCord (1st grade) hosted us at her beautiful Shapiro Ballroom space and provided the service staff that made the night run so smoothly.  Dee’s company (I Do Chicago) coordinates events all over the city, and we definitely benefited from her event-planning expertise!

Essi Ala-Kokko and Sergio DiSappio (4th, 7th grades) provided a tremendous amount of delicious food!  Like what you ate on Friday night? You’ll love their restaurants (including Folklore and Tango Sur).

Danila Miranda and Ruben Gonzalez (4th and 7th grade), owners of Gonzalez Liquors in LIttle Village, provided all of the wine for the party, and Ed and Rachel Marszewski (3rd grade) owners of Marz Community Brewing provided beer for the Beer Tasting and the party.