April 15 – Board of Trustees Meeting

April 28 – Middle School Parent Night


Rising Grade 2 Teacher Announcement

We are so pleased to welcome Liz Avila back to Urban Prairie Waldorf School as our rising grade 2 class teacher. Liz (she/her) is currently a mentor teacher, after being the class teacher for the class of 2026. She joined the teaching team at Urban Prairie after working in the Chicago Public Schools, both as a classroom teacher and a teacher coach and mentor with the Chicago New Teacher Center and the Erikson Early Math Collaborative. Between her time in CPS and UPWS, Liz assisted in an early childhood classroom at City Garden Waldorf School. Liz has a BA in Sociology from Augustana College and an MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also earned her ESL/Multicultural Certificate at the Erikson Institute. Liz continues to pursue her Waldorf Teaching Certificate at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute in Milwaukee. Liz is eager to return to teaching in the grades.

Liz takes the place of current grade 1 teacher Ashley Bloczynsky, who has made the very difficult decision to return to her Wisconsin hometown following this school year. Ashley joined Urban Prairie late last summer, after Liz decided to step away from the school for pandemic-related reasons. Moving to a large urban environment in the middle of the pandemic, entering a new school, and launching a first grade made for a great challenge that Ashley mer head on with humor, pragmatism, and grace. We send her warmly back home, absolutely convinced that her path forward will lead her in a wonderful direction. And like we have with others before her who have made this hard decision to leave beloved students and families, we do not say goodbye, but rather, “see you in the future.”

Annual Family Feedback Survey 

We want your feedback! The purpose of this survey is to gather information about your family’s experience at Urban Prairie Waldorf School this year. Your responses, when taken together with those of other parents and guardians, will help faculty, administrators, and the board evaluate the school’s progress. Complete it here:

Board of Trustees Meeting and Recruiting

Calling big picture thinkers, particularly those with professional experience in marketing, strategic planning, law, and finance. For more information contact shannon… or any current trustee. Meet the Board and hear school updates at Open Session on April 15th, 6:30 p.m.

Here is the Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 778 139 0165

Passcode: Paul

Festival of Rebirth

As we celebrate the passage of the seasons through art, music and story, we deepen our connection to the working rhythms of nature.  Urban Prairie works to re-envision and renew the festival traditions to honor the diversity of cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds of the families in our school.  Classes will celebrate the Festival of Rebirth by participating in outdoor environmental projects.  These days are 4/20; 4/22; 4/23.

Summer Camp
Now’s your chance to secure your child a spot in UPWS summer camp! Enrollments are filling up. Follow this link for all the details:

The 2021 Waldorf Wall Calendar!

Summerfield School and Farm 15 Month Waldorf Wall Calendar provides artistic inspiration and hope moving into 2021 for families in Waldorf communities around the country. Sample pages can be seen here in low-resolution PDF form: Front and Back cover  |  Monthly Pages  |  Intro Pages

Calendars are $18 each, and $15 each for orders of 10 or more.  Order online HERE: []

When you order, include Urban Prairie Waldorf Schools or UPWS in the Note Field, and Summerfield will credit our school with funds at the end of the sales period.

Community Members Making a Difference

Young entrepreneur, artisan and 5th grade student, Maya A., makes and sells jewelry on her own platform.  Check out her creative line of TWIRE jewelry at

To share your stories of UPWS Community members making a difference please e-mail: Kimberl…



Community Connection would like to thank all who participated in Cookbook Bingo on Friday April 9th.  Next week’s Admin Weekly will provide more details of the lively online event!


The lovely yearbook fairies could really use some help filling in the gaps for a few grades last year.  PLEASE CLICK HERE for details & thank you!