Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - October 31, 2017
Upcoming Events   (4)
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 wallet 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
This Sunday - Annual Geppetto's Toy Box Shop 'N Share Night

Please RSVP at this link to join school parents Brandy and Eric Masoncup at their amazing toy shop, Geppetto’s Toy Box (730 Lake Street in Oak Park. Oak Park is (truly!) a hop, skip and jump from UPWS, and their store has wonderful toys, games, and gifts for children (and adults!) of all ages. They will even wrap and hold your gifts until the holidays to prevent any sneaky sleuths from finding them before opening day. 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
Sign Up for the UPWS Community Fair


Question – What can I find at this year’s community fair? Answer – YOU ….and essential oils, realty services, art made by faculty, vintage wares, homemade food items, jewelry, homemade balms, textiles, wellness coaching, coffee, tea, beeswax candles, olive oil, Norwex products ….and more!

This is your chance to share your business, hobbies, and more with the greater Waldorf community. Add the community to your list of customers and clients. This is a no-brainer and a total win-win! Our community loves shopping local and learning from one another…now’s your chance! City Garden and Urban Prairie families are encouraged to participate! Please REGISTER HERE to secure a table for the event. All families – that’s hundreds of people! – are invited to attend the fair for a chance to shop super-local and support our community members. Contact Briana Villarrubia with questions.

Friday, November 17
2 - 3pm
Harvest Thanksgiving Assembly

Students will enjoy a shared meal followed by an assembly open to all.  Plan to join us!

School News   (2)
Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 20 – 21. Teachers put considerable time and energy into preparing for these meetings; we ask that you make every effort to schedule a meeting during the times provided. If it is not possible for you to meet during the given times, please reach out to your class teacher to schedule an alternate meeting time.

Special subject teachers will reach out to you if they require a meeting with you. If you would like to meet with a special subject teacher regardless of requirement feel free to schedule a time, but be aware that their time is available on a first come – first serve basis.

Click here to schedule your conferences.

*If you have twins, please schedule time to discuss each child separately.


Ordering School Photos

Orders placed through the school are due this Friday, November 3rd.

  • 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 3rd. 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.

Parent Council   (3)
It's Library Week! Remember to bring in books!

Please remind your children to return their books any time on or before their library checkout day. Tuesday – 5th and 6th grades; Wednesday – 2nd and 4th grades; Thursdays – 3rd and 7th grades. Interested in helping with book checkout? Contact Tara Hornell to get signed up and trained (easy peasy!).

Book Orders Due! Sunday, 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.

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!

Parent Council Fundraising Corner: Upcoming ways you can contribute to our $10k fundraising goal - we have raised $1500 so far!   (1)
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.

Sales benefit Parent Council.

Curious Questions   (1)
What is the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address?

The Haudenosaunee Address is an ancient message of peace and appreciation for all the peoples, creatures, and natural resources of the Earth.  This year each class will recite a part of the address for our Harvest Thanksgiving Assembly.

In Gratitude   (1)
Thank you to our Pan de Muertos bakers!

Thank you to all who were able to bake bread for Dia de los Muertos.  We are happy to be able to add this traditional food to our celebration.