Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - November 4, 2019
Upcoming Events   (5)
Thursday, November 7
7:00 pm - midnight
Dia de los Muertos Dinner and Dance

Buy your tickets now! Our headcount is due today to Sergio DiSappio, our host for Dia de los Muertos Dinner and Dance. We are almost to our goal of 75 tickets. Pay what you can, fund teacher tickets, bring a non-UPWS friend, donate a ticket….

Where: Folkore, Argentine Restaurant
2100 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

A huge thank you to the Di Sapio family in grades 5 and 8 for their generosity!

Friday, November 8
NO SCHOOL (records day)

Saturday, November 9
4:00 - 9:00 pm
Community Lantern Walk, Purple and Bumble Farm

The Urban Prairie Community is invited to the farm of Tera O’Hara (Mom of Finn in 7th grade) for a magical evening of lanterns, music, and merriment.

Purple and Bumble Farm is located at 27714 S. Kedzie Ave., Monee, IL.

Find details and let Tera know to expect you by clicking here.

Saturday, November 16
9:30 am - 12:10 pm
Experience Urban Prairie

Be a Waldorf student for a morning! This is an excellent opportunity for current and prospective families to get a glimpse at the wonders of Waldorf education. Don’t miss this year’s line-up:

  • Electromagnetism – Andi Pearl, Grade 7
  • Geometry in the Waldorf 5th and 6th grade – Megan Cather, Grade 6
  • Lower Grades Math – Amanda Poll, Grade 3
  • Higher Level Thinking: Women in Early America – Mat Riendeau, Grade 8
  • You, Too, Can Be a Pentathlete – Adriana Kondrat, movement

Classes are free; childcare available upon request ($30).

Click here to sign up!

Saturday, November 16
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Urban Prairie Community Fair

After an enlightening morning with our faculty, head to Cricket Hall for the Urban Prairie Community Fair!

This is a time for families to share their businesses, hobbies, and talents with each other. Come mix, mingle, and do a little shopping!

Share you talents! Reserve your table by clicking here.

Table space is limited and registration will close Monday, November 11, so be quick and sign up today!

Mark Your Calendars   (2)
School Tour and Observation

Our next School Tour and Class Observation is this Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tell a friend! Future tour dates:

December 12
January 14

All open houses run from 8:15 – 10:00 am. Learn more here.

More Fundraising Events and Parties

Mark your calendars for some signature Urban Prairie parties! You won’t want to miss these shindigs. Book your sitters now!

December 21: Solstice Progressive Dinner (Interested in hosting? Let us know.)
February 1: Mid-Winter Progressive Dinner (Be a host!)
March 7: UPWS 10th Anniversary Party

More details coming soon.

School News   (5)
Welcome Jenifer Brenner, Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator!

Please welcome Jenifer Brenner as our Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator. Jenifer brings a wealth of customer service, project management, and marketing communications expertise to Urban Prairie.

Originally from Chicago, Jenifer has a Master of Marketing Communication from Roosevelt University. She has had an extensive working life in both the commercial and private sectors, both in the U.S. and abroad, with almost 20 years in the UK where the Waldorf/Steiner education is so familiar. She oversaw production of the IKEA UK catalog, ran her own hand printed textile business, was a cofounder of a cooperative arts gallery, and managed promotional strategies for the nonprofit Age UK.   Jenifer’s passion is sacred geometry and Frank Lloyd Wright, having built her own home from a 150 year old barn in Snowdonia National Park in Wales, UK, using all sustainable materials and building practices. Jenifer loves all outdoor activities, but she mainly tries to escape into the hills to hike at every chance! She has a 6th grader at Urban Prairie, and a gorgeous Springer Spaniel, the perfect companions for exploring. She also enjoys textile screen printing and yoga, and is thrilled to enter into this new chapter, advocating and bringing the Urban Prairie’s Waldorf education that she is so passionate about to new families and the community.

Jenifer is a part-time contract employee with office hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings through December, ramping up to Monday through Friday mornings during enrollment season, January to March, and then continuing through the school year with the current schedule. She can be reached at jenifer.brenner@urbanprairie.org. Welcome, Jenifer!

Festival of Thanks - Please Read!

We will celebrate the Festival of Thanks on Friday, November 22. For those of you who were here last year, some of the things we do will be familiar but there are also some significant changes! Please read carefully to know what we need from all of our Urban Prairie families!

Wednesday, November 20: Bring your assigned food item! 

Family Food Assignments

Each family with students in grades 1-8 is asked to bring something for our shared meal. Instead of assigning by grade we are assigning by family. 

Additional Items and Help Needed!

  • Plug-in hot plates for soup cooking 
  • Large stock pots
  • Large folding tables
  • Helping hands! We need helpers on Thursday, 11/21, to help cook soup in classrooms and on Friday, 11/22, to help prepare and serve the meal

If you have items we can borrow or helping hands to lend, email sophie.baumgartner@urbanprairie.org.

There will be an assembly in the afternoon of 11/22. While this assembly is not open to the whole community those helping with the meal are welcome to stay. The fourth grade will be performing the story of Stone Soup!

Note for EC families: While the shared meal in Cricket Hall is too overwhelming for our littlest ones, the EC will be helping us cook soup on Thursday. We welcome EC parents and guardians to come help on Thursday or Friday but do not require you to bring something for the meal.

Take Valentine (the Guinea Pig) home over Thanksgiving!

Our dear guinea pig, Valentine, needs a home over the Thanksgiving break. We will provide all the supplies needed. He is a loving little fur ball.

He can either be brought home Friday after school (11/22) or during conferences on Monday or Tuesday.

If you are able to help out please email admin@urbanprairie.org.

Sign Up for Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences!

Every fall and spring we hold conferences for parents and guardians to meet with their children’s teachers. These conferences are an essential touchpoint and building block in each child’s educational journey. Teachers prepare extensively for these conferences, and significant time and effort is spent scheduling and planning for these days. Families are asked to make every effort to schedule conference times during the times provided by their class teacher. If for some reason it is not possible to meet during the times provided, parents/guardians may reach out to their class teacher to see if an alternative time is possible. Note that it is not always possible for teachers to make these accommodations.

All parents/guardians are welcome to schedule time with special subject teachers. If there is a specific reason a special subject teacher wants to meet, they will reach out to parents/guardians directly.

Conference Days:
Monday, November 25
Tuesday, November 26

Deadline to sign-up:
Monday, November 18

Click here to sign-up.

Find each grade and special subject on tabs along the top.

Contact admin@urbanprairie.org if you have any questions.

Order Your Pictures Today!

You can view the pictures by grade by clicking on the links below.

The password for all links is “up19”

Early Childhood
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Print Pricing

Print Pack 1   $42
1 8×10, 2 5×7, 3 4×6 and 8 wallets of the same image.

Print Pack 2   $30
4 5×7, 4 3.5×5, 8 wallets of the same image.

Print Pack 3   $20
3 4×6 and 8 wallets of the same image.

Print Pack 4   $55
2 8×10, 2 5×7, 16 wallets of the same image.

Individual Prints

1 11×14           $30
1 8×10             $16
1 5×7               $8
1 4×6               $4
1 3.5×5            $4
1 8 wallets       $12

Digital Files 

1 = $30,   5 = $100

Ordering Online with Credit/Debit Cards

  • Click on the image you wish to purchase
  • Select a package, single copy, or digital file
  • Register or sign in
  • Keep shopping or checkout
  • Print orders will ship directly to the address provided, digital copies will be emailed within 48 hours
  • Online ordering will be available until December 1

If you have any questions about ordering or pictures you can contact Eileen at eileen@emphotography.net.

Curious Questions   (2)
Did we ever crack the vault?

Some of you may have been aware that a vault where we were keeping dishes and kitchen supplies got locked over the summer. The good news is, we cut a new door in the wall and now have access to our stuff! The bad news is, our stuff is coated in a think layer of cement dust.

Help us get our dishes clean by Festival of Thanks! Email Sophie Baumgartner (sophie.baumgartner@urbanprairie.org) if you can pitch in.

What's new with the REAL Kitchen?

Every day another piece of the kitchen falls into place.

If you are interested in volunteering in the kitchen once we’re up and running, get your Food Handler’s Certificate now so that you are ready to go!  Here’s one option among many in-person and online classes for this short course and exam. (Any IL Food Handler’s Certification Course is valid if it provides an ANSI-accredited certificate.)  If you have any kitchen-related questions, reach out to Janine Farzin.

Kitchen Education Event: Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 pm
Interested in learning more about the health and nutrition principles fueling our kitchen initiative? There will be education events throughout the year. The next one will be November 20th at 7:00pm!

Community Connections Corner   (1)
BOOK DRIVE: The UPWS Library is holding a book drive Oct 21 through Nov 21!

All books are welcome! Those that don’t go to the library will be sold at the Community Fair on November 16, so please bring any books for adults before then.

In Grattitude   (1)
Thank you to Judith Blanz for the lantern-making workshop

Thank you to Judith Blanz, mom to Clemens (Grade 4), Vincent (Grade 1), and Ruby (adorable baby), for leading parents and their kids in a lantern-making workshop on Monday.