Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - October 17, 2017
Upcoming Events   (4)
Thursday October 19
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Parent Council Meeting

The Parent Council Meeting is this Thursday (in just two days)!

A portion of this month’s meeting will focus on Martinmas, including more about our Lantern Walk and Warm Things Drive.

See last month’s minutes here. Questions about Parent Council? Contact co-chairs Alison Welch or Briana Villarrubia. Future PC meeting dates: a special community service evening you won’t want to miss on December 14th and regular meeting on January 18th.

Friday, October 20
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Grade 7 Class Play - Her Three Kings

The seventh grade is performing Her Three Kings by Eugene Schwarz and John Trevillion. Come explore the Middle Ages through the life of Eleanor Aquitaine! You’ll laugh, you’ll time travel, you’ll snack on intermission provisions which support next year’s eighth grade field trip fund! Hope to you see you this Friday night! All ages welcome; please note the play runs about 1.5 hours.

October 27 - 29
5:00 PM 10/27 - 1:00 PM 10/29
Foundation Studies Weekend - Individual Workshop Opportunities

Join UPWS faculty, staff, parents, and community members for a weekend of learning with thought leaders in Anthroposophy. We will explore Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy through the lens of nature and solitude by reading and discussing works by Ralph Waldo Emerson, delving into the world of Biodynamics and bringing these ideas to life through Eurythmy and painting.

Join us for the full weekend or a single workshop. Attendance at the full workshop counts towards a 160 Hour Foundation Year Certificate.

Full Workshop: $225

Friday workshop on Nature by RW Emerson, 5:00 – 8:00 PM: $25

Saturday workshop on biodynamics, 2:00 – 5:00 PM: $25

Click here to sign up

Please find more information and a detailed schedule here: Foundation Studies Weekend at Urban Prairie

Contact Sophie Huckabay with questions at Sophie.Huckabay@urbanprairie.org.

Sunday, November 5
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Annual Geppetto's Toy Box Shop 'N Share Night and 2017 Book Sale

Brandy and Eric Masoncup, parents of Tryn (6th), own one of Chicago’s premier toy shops. Geppetto’s Toy Box (730 Lake Street in Oak Park) has wonderful toys, games, and gifts for children (and adults!) of all ages. Please RSVP at this link so we can have a count for the event – wine and snacks provided. A percentage of all sales will come back to UPWS and go toward our Parent Council $10k fundraising goal. Questions? Contact Dona Nishi or Brandy Masoncup.

2017 Book Sale Going On Now – Orders Due November 5th: Check out the 2017 Steiner Books Catalog and email your order to upws@geppettostoybox.com by November 5th to select from and purchase a great variety of books offered – including parenting, young children’s story books, developmental books, tween and teen novels and more!  When emailing upws@geppettostoybox.com please include the following:
  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • School (City Garden or UP)
  • Complete book title (very important as some are similar!)
  • Last name of author
  • ISBN
  • Quantity desired
Questions? Contact Brandy Masoncup or Heather Berhalter.

School News   (1)
Order Your 2016-2017 Yearbook by October 20

The 2016-2017 Yearbooks are now available for purchase. Yearbooks are $55 each and must be ordered by October 20th.

To place your order click here.

Curious Corner   (1)
Why are there brick ovens in the breezeway?

This year’s 8th grade curriculum has 9 goals that all the students must meet.  The goals range from reading 25 books to building a functioning motor.  The ovens that you have seen the 8th graders working on meet one of those goals:

  • Build an outdoor cooking space at the school, and start to use it regularly to create meals. This could include a brick oven, open grill area, and an outdoor sink/processing area.

Parent Council   (2)
SIGN UP FOR COMMUNITY FAIR, Saturday, November 11, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Calling all crafters and makers (and shoppers)!  If you make something that you would like to sell or own a business that you would like to tell others about at our 4th Annual Community Fair, please SIGN UP HERE to secure a table for the event. All families are invited to attend the fair for a chance to shop super-local and support our community members! Contact Alison Welch or Briana Villarrubia  with questions.

Seeking a Volunteer with Finance Background
If you or someone you know has a background in finance and/or accounting and wants to be a part of the Waldorf High School working group, please contact Liz Winfield, Board Secretary.
We meet the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 9pm, and this role would include filing appropriate annual documentation with the IRS as well as working with the development committee to create a strategic financial plan for the Waldorf High School.

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you

Thank you to the many parents who brought food and flowers this week.  Your kind gestures were greatly appreciated.