Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - March 27, 2014
Upcoming Events   (2)
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.

Saturday, April 5
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Parent Education Study on Adolescence Featuring Brain Development Speaker

It’s not all just raging hormones and teenage doom and gloom! Our study group on adolescence continues April 5 from 10-11:30 am, featuring clinical psychologist John Ardizzone (Dona Nishi’s father, grandfather to Nora, 3rd, and Hana, incoming 1st) who will help us to see the positive aspects of the changes in the brain from early adolescence on.  And, technically speaking, the adolescent brain may be coming your way sooner than you think—changes begin as early as 10!

We will also discuss Part 3 (pp. 191-245) of Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years.  All are welcome and bring any and all questions you have!  Please RSVP, including childcare needs, at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E48ABA92BA5FA7-upws.


ONLINE FORUM FOR ALL: We are creating a web discussion forum to share resources and insights amongst all parents, even if they can’t attend study group.  Please email Beverly McClellan at bevmcclellan@gmail.com to participate.


Parking is open from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Reminders   (1)
Top Ten reasons to attend the UPWS Derby Day Gala on May 3, 2014
10)     All proceeds support UPWS Tuition Assistance Program.
9)       The weather will be above freezing, maybe.
8)       Pulled pork sliders, portabella mushroom with goat cheese sliders,
            shrimp n grits, derby pie, mint juleps…
7)       Excellent tunes courtesy of Tony “DJ Wellness” Deneal.
6)       Someone else will feed and put your children to bed.
5)        Whiskey Tasting courtesy of Koval Organic Wiskey
4)       Find out who will win a $1,000 at the raffle drawing.  Winner, Winner,
            Chicken Dinner!
3)       Spend time with amazing Urban Prairie and City Garden teachers and
            staff outside of school.
2)      Bid on awesome auction items including: unlimited UPWS after care for
           2014-2015 school year; behind the  scenes tour of the Shedd Aquarium;
           Guided canoe trip down the the Chicago river by senior  instructor with
           the REI Outdoor School; Sleep away “camp” in Michigan; Mother’s Day
           Baskets,  Children’sParties and much, much more.
There are so many reasons to attend the Gala (and bring your friends).  To purchase tickets to the event and/or buy raffle tickets to enter a chance to win $1,000 Please click here to purchase tickets to the Derby Day Gala.

School News   (2)
New Family Class Observation, April 9 at 8:30 a.m.

There is a Class Observation for perspective parents on Wednesday, April 9, at 8:30am.  If you have friends who are still looking for a school (now that CPS decision letters have arrived), please share your experience with them!  We have space available in several grades and are looking for families committed to a great education for their children.

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   (3)
April Drop Off Volunteers
It was 38 degrees at drop off today and there may be just one more snow storm this season so in the mean time come enjoy the cool spring morning air at drop off.



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.
Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher appreciation week is fast approaching. If you are interested in coordinating the week with other parents to show the teachers how much we appreciate their hard work and sacrifice, please email volunteer@urbanprairie.org