Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - November 28, 2017
Upcoming Events   (8)
Thursday, November 30
Deadline Extended for Warm Things Drive

Donate gently used coats, snow pants, hats, gloves and scarves to our Warm Things Drive, led by 2nd grade, in the spirit of Martinmas. Deposit items in boxes in the front entryway of the school (and at City Garden) through this week.  Donations will be given to La Casa Norte and also to the Lakota Waldorf School.  Adult- and child-sized items are all appreciated. Questions? Contact second grade Parent Council Delegate Tara Nemeth.  

Thursday, November 30
6:30 - 8:30pm
New Campus Visioning

Come join your fellow community members and bring your dreams/ideas/concerns/questions. We want to hear from everyone who has anything to say.

We will meet at our new location, formerly Montefiore School, 1310 S. Ashland. Enter through the south side door.

Can’t make the meeting? Email to connect with Sharla Stewart, Ted Shieh, Peggy Lofgren, or Heather Berhalter.

Friday, December 1
7:45 - 9:00am
First Friday Coffee

Catch up with old friends and meet new friends at the First Friday Coffee, hosted by the 7th grade parents, this week.

Bring your wallet to buy some great tea, olive oil, beeswax candles and honey from Parent Council’s fundraising team to give as holiday gifts!

Saturday, December 9
4:00 - 7:00pm
Yuletide Festival

Each year City Garden is transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland complete with a tree, candle-dipping, and yummy treats for the Yuletide Festival.  The Urban Prairie community is encouraged to attend, and we need your help!

It takes a village to make a great celebration — help out by volunteering or donating baked goods, pretzels and other items.  Sign Up Here to donate items or your time. Questions? Contact Claudia Berg.

Yuletide will be held at City Garden Early Childhood, 920 W. 19th Street. See you there!

Thursday, December 14
7:30 - 9:30pm
Parent Council Community Service Gathering

Parent Council is holding a community service gathering in lieu of a meeting. Stay tuned for details.

Monday, December 18
5:30 - 6:30pm
Community Advent Spiral

This is a quiet festival to celebrate the human being’s individual striving to carry the light in these days of darkness. Individuals walk the spiral garden of greens and candles until they can light their own candle on the large one in the middle. They then leave their light along the path for others to follow. This festival will be a bit different than it has been in the past. You and your family are welcome to come walk the spiral anytime between 5:30 and 6:30. Due to this “revolving door” we ask that entry and participation be silent in order to keep the reverent mood of the festival.

All students will walk the spiral during the school day.

Thursday, December 21
Festival of Light (NEW)

Don’t just pick up your student the last day before break, make it a celebration! Let’s end 2017 with light and joy, and gather momentum for meeting 2018. Join us in the hall for singing and a story at 2:20pm. We’d love to have as many community members there as possible. Students will be officially dismissed at 3:00, and we invite you all to hang out for a bit to chat, sip tea, and munch on treats.
Important! Dismissal will begin at 3:00 instead of 2:30. There is no aftercare this day.

Saturday, February 10
6:00 - 11:00pm
Save the Date: Neighborhood Progressive Dinner and Dance at the Montefiore Gym

Line up your sitters and find your dancing shoes! Adults are invited to host and attend neighborhood progressive dinners and a dance in our new gym! Check back for more details and opportunities to make this event one-of-a-kind!

School News   (6)
New Vaccine Requirements

There are new vaccine requirements for students in Grade 6 and above:

  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
  • Meningococcal

If your child has received both vaccines above please confirm with the administration that we have the most up-to-date health forms on file. If your child is in 6th grade or higher and has not received both vaccines please schedule an appointment or submit an exemption letter.

Questions? Contact the UPWS administration at administration@urbanprairie.org 

School Lunches from Green Monkey

Green Monkey offers hot lunches and cafe lunches. You can review the December menus by clicking the links below.

You can order online for December by clicking here.

December Hot Lunch Menu

December Cafe Lunch Menu


Forgotten Lunch Policy

If your child forgets his/her lunch, please do not order lunch from an outside restaurant as this causes significant disruption during lunch time.

You may order a one-off lunch from Green Monkey, but you must call before 9:30 am (Green Monkey’s phone number is 312.913.1355). Please call rather than email.

Early Pickup Policy

If your child will be picked up before normal dismissal please email your class teacher(s) and administration, and please include the pickup time in your email. To ensure your child is ready at the right time, please call the school five minutes prior to your arrival.

If you have any questions, please contact Administration at administration@urbanprairie.org.

Last Chance to Order School Photos Online

Online orders will be available until December 1.

Please read the attached instructions document carefully and pay special attention to the cropping notes. Links to the photos can be found in the instructions document.

Picture Order Instructions and Pricing

Contact Sophie Huckabay with any questions at sophie.huckabay@urbanprairie.org.

Save the Date - Parent Education Opportunity

Mark you calendars for the weekend before February break, February 16 – 18. Urban Prairie will be hosting Jamie York, an author and speaker passionate about math education.

You can purchase tickets now by clicking here.

Parent Council   (3)
Submit Favorite Thanksgiving Break Photos by 8 am November 29

Email your favorite pics from the break to Alison Welch along with names, any details, and location taken. We will pick several to include in the next issue of the Parent Council Newsletter What’s UP? which will come out this Thursday. Read the November 14th issue of What’s UP? here.

Parent Council Surveys - Responses Due December 1

Your opinion matters! We need your input to help guide future decision-making. All surveys are very brief so please take a moment now to add your thoughts. Questions? Contact Alison Welch.

PC Wants YOU!! Open Positions and Committee Opportunities

Parent Council is seeking a Fundraising co-chair and chairpersons for Makers’ Guild (Alison Welch as temp chair), Community Building (Briana Villarrubia as temp chair), and Green Team. We also need parents to join any and all of our committees to help us make things happen! We can only do as much as we have people to help… and we know we can find a way to create a win-win for your participation.