Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - October 24, 2017
Upcoming Events   (7)
Friday, October 27
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day was rescheduled from today to this Friday, 10/27, due to the rain. If your child was absent or is in grade 5 or 7 please send them to school photo ready. Information about ordering prints can be found in the School News section.

Saturday, October 28
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Memorial for Cynthia Trevillian

An open memorial will be held for Cynthia Trevillion at the Chicago Waldorf School, 1300 W. Loyola Ave. Find details below.

Cynthia Trevillion Memorial Details

Community members who wish to sign a journal or leave a card to be given to John Trevillion are asked to do so by the end of the day Friday, October 27. The school will plan to package and send the thoughts, wishes, memories, and cards to him next week.

The journal and card are available in the front office with Sophie Huckabay.

October 27 - 29
5:00 PM 10/27 - 1:00 PM
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.

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.

Tuesday, October 31
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Help Bake Bread for Dia de Muertos

SIGN UP HERE to join the Food and Wellness Committee Chair and Baker Extraordinaire Sarah Steedman to learn how to make tasty Pan de los Muertos for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and help make loaves that will be enjoyed by our children when they visit the altar on November 1st. This sweet bread symbolizes a fraternal offering to the souls of those we have lost. And guess what?!! You can make a loaf to take home! Please bring 4-5 cups of (ideally organic) unbleached white flour. All other ingredients and a copy of the recipe will be provided. Thanks for learning and helping! Questions? Contact Sarah Steedman.

Friday, November 3
7:45 - 9:00 AM
First Friday Coffee

The next First Friday Coffee will be hosted by the fourth grade. Enjoy breakfast nibbles, Modest Coffee, and Four Elements Tea. Questions? Contact 4th Grade Delegate Jen Mayfield or Sarah Steedman Bring your pocketbook to buy some great tea, olive oil, beeswax candles and honey from Parent Council’s fundraising team to take to your Thanksgiving gatherings!

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

School parents Brandy and Eric Masoncup 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 Brandy Masoncup.

Saturday, November 11
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Register for the UPWS Community Fair

Spots are still available for our annual Urban Prairie Community Fair. We’ve had everything from food items, handwork items, art, community service projects, businesses owned by parents, environmental education, and more in the past. Nothing is too unusual, we promise! Please REGISTER 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 Briana Villarrubia with questions.

School News   (2)
Special Lunch for Dia de Muertos, November 1
Green Monkey will be providing a special buffet lunch for Dia de Muertos on November 1. The menu will be tamales, Spanish rice, beans and fresh fruit. If you do not normally order Green Monkey lunch on Wednesdays, and would like your student(s) to participate, you can order lunch for $4.50 per meal.
Orders must be placed by this Friday, October 27.
Ordering School Photos

The photos that were taken last Tuesday are now ready for purchase. Prints can be ordered online with a credit card or through the school by check.

  • Prints ordered online will incur an additional shipping charge and be shipped to the address provided.
  • Prints ordered through the school by check will be shipped to the school for no additional charge. Orders through the school must be placed by Friday, November 3. Submit order forms to Sophie Huckabay in the front office.

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

Picture Order Form – Check Order

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

Curious Corner   (1)
What is the Dia de Muertos?

Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday for friends and family to remember loved ones who have passed and support their spiritual journey.

Each year Señor Flannery leads us in this beautiful tradition of honoring those in our lives who have passed. Students are invited to bring in photos of departed family or friends to add to the ofrenda (alter). No pets, please. All photos should be brought in by Friday, Oct 27, labeled with the student’s name.

Green Monkey will provide a special buffet lunch on Nov 1 of tamales, Spanish rice, beans, and fruit. If you don’t normally order lunch and would like your students to participate, you can sign up here.

Parent Council   (1)
Next Parent Council Meeting: Thursday, November 16th at 7:30 pm

Join other parents in sharing class milestones and events, contributing ideas, helping to solve problems, and brainstorming the best ways to leverage parents in shaping the future of our school. We added 30% to our attendance last month – the more the merrier!

Fundraising Corner: Upcoming ways you can contribute to our $10k fundraising goal - we have raised $1500 so far!   (4)
Wreath and Poinsettia Sale Starts Soon!

Stay tuned for details. You will want to resist buying elsewhere – these wreaths and poinsettias are not to be missed as they have a certain je ne sais quois – too hard to describe their beauty! Consider asking neighbors and friends to purchase…nothing like a full block or hallway of the same wreath to get the holidays going.

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!  A percentage of sales will come back to our school. When emailing please include the following:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • School (City Garden or Urban Prairie)
  • Complete book title (very important as some are similar!)
  • Last name of author
  • ISBN
  • Quantity desired

Questions? Contact Brandy Masoncup or Heather Berhalter.

Geppetto's Toy Box Shop 'n Share Night - Sunday, November 5th, 5 - 8 pm

Details above. A percentage of sales comes back to UPWS!

Ongoing Sales of Fabulous Food and Gift Items

Follow these links to place orders:

Questions? Contact order.tracking@urbanprairie.org or our Bookkeeper Dona Nishi.