Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - November 27, 2018
Upcoming Events   (8)
Thursday, November 29
7:00 pm
All School Meeting

At this meeting, we will discuss setting a responsible tuition and tuition assistance model that supports the education we want for our children, values our faculty and staff, encourages diversity within our community, and is inclusive and affordable for all Urban Prairie families.

Notes will be provided for those unable to attend.

Friday, December 7
7:45 - 9:00 am
First Friday Coffee

Come mingle with fellow parents and guardians, plus get a sneak peek of some of the products that will be sold at the community fair!

Bring a breakfast treat to share, remember to bring nut-free items and avoid eggs in whole form (like quiche).

Saturday, December 8
1:00 - 4:00pm
Community Fair - deadline for table sign-up is FRIDAY

Join the festivities in our new space as we celebrate our intrepid and entrepreneurial community! Shop from vendors comprised of our very own faculty, staff, and families as well as Waldorf friendly businesses in our greater community.

There will be activities for the kids as well so bring the whole family.

Interested in having a table? It’s free, but time is running out. Click here to reserve your spot by this Friday (11/30).

Print and share a flyer for the event by clicking the link below.

Community Fair 2018 Flyer

Monday, December 10
Ann Burfiend: Understanding Waldorf Education

Christian Community Priest and former Class Teacher from Tamarack Waldorf School Ann Burfeind is visiting UPWS for one last time before she moves!  She’ll discuss Waldorf education, child development, and how the Waldorf curriculum is designed to foster the healthy growth of the human being.  Ann is a great resource for our community, and we are happy to welcome her back.  Don’t miss this great opportunity not only to hear her speak but also to bid her a fond farewell!

Thursday, December 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm
UPWS Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, December 18
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Community Solstice Spiral

Come find your quiet strength and guiding light that will see you through the darkest, coldest days of the year. This tradition, practiced in Waldorf schools the world over but plucked from much older roots, provides a meditative space for us to focus our energy for the challenges to come. A spiral is laid out for you to walk and candles are provided to light your way.

Thursday, December 20
1:30 - 2:15 pm
Festival of Lights

Families are invited to attend this all school assembly. Come enjoy a puppet play and community sing-along to start your winter vacation off right!

Important Note: There will be no Aftercare, all children must be collected during normal dismissal (2:25 – 2:40 pm).

Friday, December 21 - Friday, January 4

There is no school on Friday, December 21. We will see you on Monday, January 7!

School News   (2)
Warm Things Drive

Please bring your gently used warm things to the front office. These will be donated to those in need during these chilly Chicago days!

The last day to bring in items will be December 8.

Parent Child Winter Session Now Available

Urban Prairie Waldorf School Parent Child Programs

Deepen your relationship with your child as you enter their world of imagination. Enjoy the opportunity to increase awareness of your amazing role as a parent and learn creative ways to support your child’s developing capabilities, create a healthy home life and discover the world of Waldorf education.

Parent Child Class experience will offer you the chance to:

• Learn songs, games, finger plays, rhymes and stories
• Prepare healthy and delicious snacks with your child
• Learn simple, handwork focused craft projects
• Join a welcoming community of parents and little ones with a Waldorf teacher
• Have guided group discussions offering parenting support and tips for creating a healthy home
• Spend time in a welcoming, homelike environment as well as outdoors (all outdoors if you choose our “Parent Child in the Wild” program!)
• Apply methods of Waldorf philosophy to your parenting


Curious Questions   (1)
Can we support UPWS while taking care of Holiday Shopping?

You can! In addition to checking out the Urban Prairie table at the Community Fair, you can syphon off some of your Amazon shopping proceeds to us by selecting us in Amazon Smile!

Go to www.smile.amazon.com and search for “Urban Prairie” in the list if charities.

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you to Lisa Gonzales, Sarah Steedman, Heidi Jacobson and Adriana and Jesus Ruiz-Velasco! Also thank you to nurseries CJ Fiore and Christy Webber Farm and Garden

We couldn’t have had our Festival of Thanks meal without the wonderful help of our parent volunteers.  Heidi and Adriana really jumped into action when it seemed lunch wouldn’t be ready on time, and I heard rave reviews from all the students!

CJ Fiore and Christie Webber Nurseries generous donated perennial grasses, flowers, trees, and edible plants this fall.

Several classes helped put the plants in the ground and there will be lots of blooms springing up when warm weather returns.

You can support those who support us by checking out Christy Webber’s family friendly Winterfest at their retail location at 2833 W Chicago Ave. The event is Saturday, December 1 from 11:00-3:00.  They will have kid’s crafts, wine tasting, gourmet chocolate, live music, and Santa. Click here to learn more.