Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - March 11, 2014
Upcoming Events   (4)
Thursday, March 13
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
UPWS Board Meeting

Board Study and Meeting 
The Urban Prairie Board of Directors welcomes all members of our community to its monthly study and meeting. Board meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. and are open to the public (exclusive of executive sessions, when applicable). Meetings are held in the UPWS Faculty Lounge, 2nd floor.
The agenda is as follows:
  • 3rd floor lease terms
  • Strategic planning for our next facility
  • Bylaws
Questions about board studyagenda itemsUPWS governance, or how to get involved? Follow the links to contact the appropriate UPWS board member.


Our Vision

  • We envision Urban Prairie Waldorf School at the leading edge of Waldorf education in America.
  • We innovate on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner and contemporary pedagogical philosophy to build an educational program that is developmentally engaging, meets the here and now, and prepares our students for an ever-changing future.
  • Our school is a magnet for seekers and doers, who build a close-knit community that is diverse yet connected by shared ideals. We are intentional, accessible, and collaborative. Our relationships are deep and meaningful.
  • Our campus is in harmony with our surroundings and emphasizes ecological and societal awareness.
  • Our education contains the seeds for social transformation.

Friday, March 14
All Day
No School, Parent Teacher Conferences

March Parent Teacher Conferences are optional for parents.  Please see your teacher’s google group e-mail for sign up information.

Childcare will be available during individual conference times from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  for Urban Prairie students and their siblings. (This is not an all day childcare option at this time.)

Wednesday, March 19
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Urban Prairie Professionals Loop Lunch

Do you live in the real world, where work colleagues bemoan their kids’ homework or stare blankly as you try to explain Waldorf? Then join David Stewart (father of Michael (5th), Peter (2nd), Tommy (CG upstairs), parent host for our UPWS Loop Lunch downtown on Wednesday, March 19. 

No fundraising. No hidden agenda. Just an opportunity to get to know other “real world” parents whose kids spend as much time with your kids as you do.  We welcome non-UPWS parents too so invite those jealous co-workers to find out what Waldorf is all about.

Please RSVP by next Wednesday, March 12:    david_stewart@mckinsey.com.  A location will be selected based on total attendees at a spot in or near the loop for lunch.

Friday, March 28
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Mom's Night Out

Join UPWS Mom’s  at 401 North Racine Street for a bit of vintage shopping, drinks and appetizers along with a preview of our Gala event space.  The manager of the event space will open the doors to her amazing closet of vintage clothing and offer items for sale.  Urban Prairie will provide appetizers, drinks are BYOB.

Reminders   (3)
Grandparents & Special Friends Day – Friday, May 2

Invite your child’s grandparents or a special friend for this memorable day.  They will spend time in the morning lesson observing the children, see a performance and finish with all students and  guests having a community lunch in the 1st floor hall.

***Children will be sending out invitations to the grandparent or family member of your choice on Wednesday, March 19.  Please send your child to school with the name and address to give to their class teacher.*****

Derby Day Spring Gala – Saturday, May 3

Come together to celebrate the continued growth of our school and raise money for UPWS Tuition Assistance Program.  To purchase tickets visit click here.   Please consider purchasing at the host or sponsors level and bring friends and family from outside the community to see what the school is about.
Silent Auction Volunteers needed
Looking for an easy way to help?  We need gift cards valued at $25 and up.  Exchange credit card points for a gift card, ask a business that you frequent, or repurposes any gift cards you have received!   Drop any items off with Peggy Lofgren or email fundraiser@urbanprairie.org to coordinate a pick up.

Click here for more details.

(Invite Grandparents to attend the Gala or stay at home with the children to babysit for the night.)


Annual UPWS Student Jump-a-Thon – Wednesday, May 21



Ways You Can Support Urban Prairie

Annual Fund donations

Annual Fund donations support the on going financial needs to operate and expand the school as we are still in our founding years.   Donations help fund items like: our 3rd floor remodel, a science lab for middle school, a counselor for middle school students and families, a specialized wood floor for the Eurythmy Room, additional support faculty and administration staff and continued support of our emergency fund.

Please click here to support the Annual Fund.

2013-2014 Spring Gala 

Our Derby Day Gala is an evening to come together in support of our Tuition Assistance Program.  Our program supports families that value a high quality Waldorf education for their child but may not be able to meet the full tuition requirements. Urban Prairie’s Tuition Assistance Program allows us to build a vibrant, healthy and well-rounded community.

Please click here to purchase tickets to the Derby Day Gala.

Gifts in both areas enable our school to set a reasonable tuition, hire dedicated teachers, create beautiful classrooms where an integrated curriculum will unfold, and fulfill our mission to set our students on the path to grow into free-thinking, caring adults who can make meaningful contributions to society. Every gift is met with gratitude and appreciation.

Annual Fund donations

UPWS Coffee and Tea Fundraiser

Look for news in the coming weeks about how you can purchase Bridgeport Coffee House Coffee and Tea AND support Urban Prairie!

School News   (2)
2014-2015 School Enrollment

The enrollment deadline for the 2014-15 school year is March 15.  You should have received your enrollment e-mail from TADS with all enrollment details.

UPWS Summer Camp

We are very excited to be offering full and half day summer camp this year at Urban Prairie with weekly special subject offerings such as Mandarin, Spanish, Music, Book Making and Circus Camp.

Camp will be available to UPWS and non-UPWS students.   We hope to see your child this summer! Click here for more details.

News from Parent Council   (2)
March Drop Off Volunteers
March comes in like a lion, but out like a lamb. Come experience Chicago in the spring time as kids are dropped off. We especially need help on Thursdays with all the instruments coming in. Please arrive by 7:45 am and plan to be done at 8:15am. Thanks again to all of our regular volunteers! Sign up here.




Adopt-a-Beach 31st Street Beach Clean-Up
When: Saturday, April 26th, 9:30am-11:30am
Where: 31st Street Beach
Warm summer breezes and beach days are not far away!  We’re looking for UPWS families to join in a school-wide cleanup of 31st Street beach, home to UPWS summer beach Tuesdays.  Families with children of all ages can help.
With your help we will collect, sort and catalog trash, assess and measure the wind and current, take water samples, look for wildlife and complete other diagnostics. The information we collect helps the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a Chicago-based nonprofit, advocate for healthier beaches and cleaner water.  In the past, such data has helped secure smoking bans on Chicago Park District beaches and improve bacterial testing to make beach closings more accurate. 
– RSVP to Beverly McClellan at bevmcclellan@gmail.com by April 21st.

Community Outreach News   (1)
UPWS can be an Angelic Organics CSA drop site
  • Have you been looking for a way to add more vegetables to your family’s diet?
  • Are you curious about biodynamic food and if it’s really better tasting?
  • Did the store where you get your CSA box recently close and you are looking for a CSA?
Urban Prairie is proud to announce that we can be a drop site for Angelic Organics if we sign up 20 customers by the end of March. After Friday, March 7th, we will open up the sign up to community members, so sign up here.
When you sign up by 3/24/14 and use discount code Save4, you save 4%.
Curious as to what type of box you should order?
The Nishi’s and Ms. Vandermeulen got the half vegetable share last summer, and the food lasted for two weeks and was just the right amount for them. They also did the extended share until November and had some nice squash among other vegetables.
The Stewarts get the full share weekly box, which feeds their family of five and then some!

Angelic Organics is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) family farm that has been growing Biodynamic vegetables and herbs for people in the Chicago and North Central Illinois area since 1991. (We currently grow for over 1600 Shareholders/Customers.) We work directly with households like yours, without the intermediary of stores or wholesalers. This allows us to provide the freshest quality produce and the most competitive organic prices.

Beyond meeting the requirements of farming organically, we are committed to nurturing soils and plants to extraordinary health!  In 1993, this goal led us to adopt Biodynamic farming practices, which enhance both the substance and the forces in food. Learn more about our Biodynamic program.