Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Ms. Cather's Class
Weekly Update - March 8, 2019

Looking Ahead

  • 5th Grade Social Outing: One Earth Film Festival, TOMORROW:  You are invited to our first social event on Saturday, March 9 from 10-2 pm. The event will be at the beautiful Thatcher Woods, in River Forest, IL (20 minutes west from UPWS). Plans for the day include a hike, watching the film, “Backyard Wilderness”, and sharing a meal together. Parents, kids and siblings are all welcome and encouraged to participate. It is not too late to sign up to attend!


  • You are invited to the last Circus class of the block! Monday from 2:30 – 3:15 pm: Please check-in at the front desk and remove your shoes upon entering the gym. The class will start with a warm-up which you are welcome to join or watch. The class will then split into 3 groups and rotate working on their devil stick, aerial silks, and partner balancing skills.


  • Field Trip to the Library, Wednesday, 1:00-3:00: We’ll walk to the Lozano branch of the Chicago Public Library to check out books for our upcoming state reports. Please sign the permission slip through the Portal or by printing the copy that Ms. Huckabay emailed previously. All 5th graders must have a library card with them on Wednesday. If they do not have one, they will not be able to check out a book.


  • Parent Teacher Conferences, Thursday-Friday: Please sign up if you have not done so yet. I look forward to meeting with everyone!


  • As a reminder, the Pentathlon will be from May 20-22. T-shirt orders are being made. Please email me with your child’s t-shirt size as soon as you can.

Morning Lesson

This week was a very interesting one! On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the 5th graders learned about the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. They heard the Abenaki tale “Gluscabi and the Game Bag,” in which Gluscabi, too clever for his own good, tricks all of the animals into coming into his game bag. Luckily, his wise Grandmother Woodchuck rebukes him and teaches him that if he takes all of the animals now, his children and their children will have nothing to eat. Besides, she reasons, it is good that it is hard to hunt the animals, for it makes both the people and animals grow in strength, speed, and wisdom. They later learned about Abenaki lessons for living well on the Earth and with other people: Silence, Respect, Sharing, and Circle.


They made maps of New England and the Mid-Atlantic, which were challenging for them, but I am coaching them to persevere through the work and reflect on what went well and what didn’t, so they can learn from those lessons next time.


On Tuesday, Jean Mishima visited from the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, and on Wednesday we went on our field trip to the Field Museum. Thank you to Alejandra and Paul for chaperoning, and thank you to Andy Hershberger for spending time with us and leading the class through an activity on biomimicry!


Skills Classes

In Language Arts skills, we read from the book Sacajawea by Joseph Bruchac. We discussed Sacajawea’s life as a young woman before she joined the Lewis and Clark expedition. In Math Skills we continued to work with decimals and fractions. In Clay Modeling, the class modeled sarcophagi that we saw in the Field Museum.


Have a wonderful, restful weekend!