Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - June 11, 2019
Upcoming Events   (6)
Wednesday, June 12
11:15 - 12:00
Closing Ceremony and Early Dismissal

Families are welcome to attend the closing ceremony at 11:15 am followed by open dismissal at 12:00.

If you are able please send children to school with reusable shopping bags to bring home their items. This is a sturdier and more environmentally friendly solution than garbage bags.

We will have lost and found items out in the hallway by the office, please look through these items. Anything left will be donated.

There is no aftercare on this day.  Please pick up students by 12:20.

Thursday, June 13
6:30 pm
Board of Trustees Meeting


Committee on Board Development Update and Q&A with Officer Slate Candidates (President – Shannon Callahan, Vice President Catherine Francis, Secretary Mike Grill)

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.


June 17 - 21
Fiber Arts Camp

Using fabric, thread, yarn and sewing skills learned in handwork class, Sarah Steedman will lead students in  creating items such as an embroidered self portrait, an animal mask, and a fish shaped wind sock.
This camp is for crafty kids who like to use their hands to create useful items to keep or give away as gifts.


June 17 - August 16
Early Childhood Summer Camp

Preschoolers enjoy the beautiful rhythm of the Early Childhood classroom plus plenty of summer fun.  Their days are filled with outdoor and indoor play, storytelling, crafts, and more.  Afternoons will include a nap or quiet time.

Sign up here.

June 24 - 28
Circus Arts & Creative Movement Camp

Join Ms. Huckabay for this high-flying fun camp that will blend the Waldorf-inspired movement discipline of Spatial Dynamics with circus arts.

Sign up here.

Friday, June 28
3:00 - 7:00 pm
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   (2)
Care for the School Guinea Pig June 16 - July 3

We only have one slot left during which a home is needed for our dear school guinea pig, Valentine. He is sweet and affectionate pet and easy to care for. All the materials needed for his care will be provided or reimbursed for.

Click here to snap of that last slot.

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.

Curious Question   (1)
What is work week?

The teachers meet for one week after school is out in June and two more weeks in August to prepare for the coming school year.  During the June work week, teachers discuss how the past year has gone–learning from both our successes and the times when things did not go quite as planned!  We also look forward to the coming year learning about new students who will join UPWS in the fall and discussing plans for committee work, outdoor space, and more.

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you for a successful year!

We are grateful for the trust that you place in us.  Your children brighten the halls and classrooms every day and are the reason that we look forward to each new school year!