Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - October 29, 2014
Upcoming Events   (5)
Saturday, November 8th
Cocktails and Crafts

Cocktails and Crafts! You have been cordially invited to a 
Ladies Night Out Saturday November 8th 5:00pm-9:00p.m.

Your $40 contribution includes good eats and treats, cocktails, crafts and the opportunity to holiday shop and craft with Atlanta’s own doll maker, Paige Martin creator of Color of Humanity Dolls http://colorofhumanity.wordpress.com.
I look forward to an evening of cheer and crafting during this community FUNdraiser to support Urban Prairie’s continued mission to deepen and enrich the educational experience of our students.

Spaces for the doll making workshop is limited. Please contact NaTasha DeNeal ndeneal@gmail.com 708.261.1705 to secure your spot.
To sign up online click here 


Thursday, November 13th
Board Meeting

Saturday, November 15
11 AM- 2 PM
Community Fair

Get to know UPWS families at the upcoming Community Fair (11/15, 11am-2pm).   Urban Prairie is a vibrant community filled with talented and entrepreneurial people.  Come to our inaugural Community Fair November 15 (11am-2pm) to share your talent.  If you have something that you make that you would like to sell (or barter) or if you own a business that you would like to let others know about, please sign up for a table.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the families at our school and gives everyone a chance to shop super locally!  Sign up here to RSVP for the event or reserve a table.

Sunday, November 16, 2014
5pm - 8pm
Shop and Share in Oak Park

Shop and Share in Oak Park (note, time change)

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
5pm – 8pm
Get a sitter and save the date to come explore Oak Park and get a head start on holiday shopping! Green Home Experts and Geppetto’s Toy Box have set aside their stores for us to peruse their goods, have some local eats, and hang out with one another. Check back here for more details, including parking instructions and RSVPing info!

Saturday, February 28
Winter's Night

Details coming soon!

Volunteers Needed - Please sign up!   (1)
Morning Drop Off Volunteers

Please sign up as a volunteer to help at drop off and pick up.

  • Drop off begins at 7:55 a.m.  Find you have 30 minutes in the morning or afternoon? Pick up starts at 3:10 p.m. Sign up to help out!

School Reminders and Notices   (4)
Daylight Savings

Daylight Saving Time will be on Sunday, November 2nd. Make sure to set your clocks back one hour to make it to school on time Monday!


Children Absences

If your student is sick or going to be absent from school please contact the office at (312)733-5337 or peggy.lofgren@urbanprairie.org.

Also, please notify your class teacher via email before that school day begins.

Parent Teacher Conferences November 24 and 25

Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Monday November 24 from 7:30 am-4:30 pm and on Tuesday November 25 from 9am-6pm.

Each P/T conference will be 25 minutes long. Childcare will be provided during your meeting. Click on the link below to sign up:

Ms. Peterson’s 1st Grade

2nd Grade P/T conferences will not take place until after January when Ms. VanderMuelen returns.

Mr. Riendeau’s 3rd Grade

Ms. Spadling’s 4th Grade

Ms. Kiefer’s Grades 5 and 6

If you have not already, please create a sign up genius account (https://www.signupgenius.com/register), find sign ups under ‘parent.council@urbanprairie.org

Special subject teachers Miguel Garcia, Glenda Ding and Johanna Rhode will be available in 15 meetings on Monday, November 24 from 9am-1pm. Sign ups to meet with them coming soon.

After School Games for 3rd Grade and up
The last day of sports for the season is Thursday October 30, 2014.
Our next Tuesday/ Thursday after school program will be Games. Students will be strategically learning and playing team building card and board games to increase cooperation, problem solving and the art of being a good winner and loser.
  • We will begin our after school games program on Tuesday November 3rd.
  • Games will be every Tuesday and Thursday until 5:00 PM.
  • Games will end Thursday December 18, 2014.
  • The Games program is for students in 3rd grade and above.
  • Students will be eating snack from 3:15-3:30, please provide your student with a snack.
The Games program will cost $130 if your child will participate in all of the classes for the 6 weeks each Tuesday and Thursday.
The program will be $65 if your child is only participating one day per week.
Drop ins are welcome.
If you would like to sign up for Games please email peggy.lofgren@urbanprairie.org

Parent Council New & Updates   (3)
Crafters' Guild

Join us Wednesday, November 12 to work on crafts for the Yuletide Festival and the 1st UPWS table at Our Lady of Pompeii’s Christmas Bizarre. No crafting experience is necessary, and you are welcome to bring small children. Please contact Heather Berhalter for more information.

Warm Things Drive 

Going through your closets in anticipation of the change of seasons?  Set those too-small coats, snow pants, and boots aside for our Martinmas Warm Things Drive in November.

Parent Council Recap

The Parent Council quarterly meeting was well attended Monday, October 20th. The minutes are located here.

Some great ideas included listing volunteer opportunities clearly in the weekly administrative update. We are looking for a few parents to join a working group to begin to establish protocols for how parents will lead within Parent Council. Please contact parent.council@urbanprairie.org if you are interested in learning more about the working group or participating.

Other News   (5)
Sign Up Genius

The school uses Sign Up Genius to manage RSVP’s and to allow folks to sign up for events or volunteering, as well as to indicate their choices. If you have not already, please create a sign up genius account (https://www.signupgenius.com/register), find sign ups under ‘parent.council@urbanprairie.org‘, and then all the events that you RSVP for will be in one place for you to check and keep track of!

We will be using sign up genius for parent/teacher conferences on November 24th and 25th. Sign ups available soon.


Planning Yuletide Festival

Yuletide Festival workshops and changes:

The faculty of CG and UPWS have decided that the name “Yuletide Festival” better encompasses the feeling of the event, a true celebration where we can connect as a community, where we can sing together and watch the wonder on our children’s faces as the tree is lit–in short, a magical, commercial-free, 3-hour party full of the spirit of warmth and light and joy. You won’t want to miss the Yuletide Festival, Saturday Dec 6 from 4-7pm.

Yuletide Festival Workshops continue in November! These workshops go a long way in creating a successful Yuletide Festival (Dec 6, 4-7pm). Yuletide Festival is our community’s winter celebration, and is the most magical festival of the year, filled with song, light, and great food. Come to the workshops to sip some wine with friends and learn or perfect a crafting or baking skill! All workshops are at City Garden, 920 W. 19th Street.
Workshop Schedule


Tues, Nov 4, 7:30pm – Origami flower folding (for the Fairy House)


Thur, Nov 6, 7:30pm – Sugar cookie decorating


Tues, Nov 11, 7:30pm – Pretzel Workshop


Sun, Nov 16, 2:00pm – Singing! Get your caroling on with Ms. Avellone!


Tues, Nov 18, 7:30pm – Decorating wooden peg people (for the Fairy House)


Sun, Nov 23, 2:00pm – Singing songs of light and joy!


View UPWS photos here

We now have our very own photo sharing site!  To view or upload photos, please visit Shutterfly. If you have any issues accessing or uploading photos to the site, please email Heather.

Boot Camp

Boot Camp will be on Wednesdays and Fridays this month and starts 10/8, 1:45-2:45, at the basketball court across from City Garden (19th and Peoria). Having friends around makes the hour go so quickly! Contact trainer Rachel with questions (773-251-7874).

With Gratitude

A Big Thank You to all the families that helped the school open it’s doors to the neighborhood trick or treaters. Many new neighbors stopped by, some coffee was sold, and the UPWS students who came had so much fun trick or treating with their classmates. Thank you especially to the second grade parents!

See someone making a difference in our community? Nominate them atvolunteer@urbanprairie.org