Urban Prairie Waldorf School
Administration Weekly Update - August 23, 2017
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Upcoming Events   (9)
Thursday, August 24
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Fill and Chill

Join other parents to help fill bean bags and lavender pillows for incoming students. A special shout out to new families to join! Thursday, August 24, 1 pm – 3 pm at Urban Prairie.

Thursday, August 24
7:00 pm
Kim John Payne - Raising Strong and Can-Do Kids

Kim John Payne is back in town. He will be inspiring the faculty for several days as we further develop Urban Prairie’s Three Streams of Student Support. But he is also giving a parent talk this Thursday, Aug 24 at 7:00pm – “Resisting Harmony Addiction: Raising Strong and Can-Do Kids”. We are nearing our final workshop weekends with Kim, and he won’t be coming to town as often after this, so take advantage opportunity! Tickets are $10 or 2 for $15, and info is here.

Friday, Septmeber 1
9am - 10:30 am
Open House for Grades 1 - 4

First through fourth grade students are invited to come and meet their teachers and see their classrooms.

Friday, September 1
10:00 am
Opening Ceremony Rehearsal

First and eighth grade students are asked to attend a rehearsal for the Opening Ceremonies on the Friday before school starts. Please arrive in time for rehearsal to begin promptly at 10:00 am.

Tuesday, September 5
8:15 am
Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony marks the beginning of the school year. This is a short assembly to welcome back all students and most particularly to welcome our first graders with the traditional Rose Ceremony.  All are invited as we gather in the hall.  Because seating is extremely limited, we ask that viewing priority be given to families of the 1st and 8th grade students.  Parking will be waived for the morning.

Friday, September 8
7:45am - 9:00 am
First Friday Coffee

Please join Parent Council for the 1st First Friday Coffee of the year!  Parking is waived during the event.

Tuesday, September 19
7:00 pm
All School Parent Night

All parents will meet downstairs to discuss topics of general interest then move into the classrooms for your first class parent nights.  Please plan for at least one parent to attend. 

Thursday, September 21
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Parent Council Meeting

Parent Council meets the 3rd Thursday of the month. Mark your calendars for our first meeting, to be held Thursday, September 21stfrom 7:30 – 9:30 pm. All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Questions about Parent Council? Contact co-chairs Alison Welch (aliwelch@gmail.com) or Briana Villarrubia (bvforestpark@gmail.com).

Friday, September 29
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Michaelmas Festival

We’re altering the way we do Michaelmas, Harvest Fest, and Chili Cook-off this year, combining them all into one big autumn fest and feast. More details to come, but it will include the traditional student-performed pageant. All grade school students will be participating. You won’t want to miss it!!


School News   (6)
Lunch Catering from Green Monkey

Once again Urban Prairie students can choose to receive hot lunches from Green Monkey Catering. New this year students can select a cafe menu instead of the typical hot lunches.

For details on the program please read the Green Monkey Catering Information; quick links to the hot lunch and cafe menus for September can also be found below. Go directly to Green Monkey Catering to get signed up!

Please sign up no later than September 1.

Green Monkey Catering Information

Hot Lunch Menu – September 2017

Cafe Lunch Menu – September 2017

 

Student Health Form Requirements

As you prepare for the school year, below is a schedule by grade of required health forms and due dates.  All examination forms are attached or should be available at your child’s doctor office.  If you choose to waive the immunization requirements, the dental exam and/or the eye exam for clinical or religious reasons, the waiver must be signed annually in accordance with state law and submitted to the school.  All forms can be submitted to Administration in hard copy form or via e-mail to administration@urbanprairie.org.

All Grades

  • Illinois State Health Examination Form – Due by September 30, 2017

o   To ensure we are in compliance with State regulations, we are requesting an immunization form or waiver for each student.  The form may have been completed during any doctor office visit during the last 12 months up to September 29, 2017)

Health Exam Form

Vaccination Exemption Form

 

  • Allergy and / or Food Intolerance Forms – Due September 1, 2017

o   If your child has any physician-diagnosed food allergy, please have your physician’s office complete our Allergy Form.

o   If you child has a known intolerance to a food (i.e. they are not allergic to gluten but chose to be gluten free due to the physical or mental effects on their body), please complete the Food Intolerance Form.

 

1st Grade

  • Eye examination form due by September 30, 2017

2nd Grade

  • Eye examination form due by September 30, 2017 (unless already on file with  the school from 1st grade)
  • Dental examination form due by May 1, 2018

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade

  • No other reports are due to the State, but you may be contacted by Administration to complete an eye examination report or dental report if your child does not have one on file.

6th Grade

  • Dental examination form due by May 1, 2018
  • Eye examination form due by May 1, 2018 (if you do not have one on file with the school at this time)

7th Grade

  • No other reports are due to the State, but you may be contacted by Administration to complete an eye examination report or dental report if your child does not have one on file.

8th Grade

  • No other reports are due to the State, but you may be contacted by Administration to complete an Eye examination report or Dental report if your child does not have one on file.
UPWS Allergy Policy and Forms
The full policy is here: UPWS Allergy Policy 2017-2018, but for quick reference we do not allow items with peanuts, tree nuts or eggs in pure form (i.e. hard / soft boiled).  Questions about the Allergy Policy can be directed to administration@urbanprairie.org

o   If your child has any physician-diagnosed food allergy, please have your physician’s office complete our Allergy Form.

o   If you child has a known intolerance to a food (i.e. they are not allergic to gluten but chose to be gluten free due to the physical or mental effects on their body), please complete the Food Intolerance Form.

Daily School Schedule

Our daily school schedule is as follows:

Arrival Time                                                             7:40 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.

School Day Starts                                                    8:00 a.m.

* If your child arrives at 8:00 a.m. or after, the parent or driver will have to come to the office to sign the tardy slip for the child.

Dismissal      

Monday – Wednesday and Friday                  3:25 – 3:40 p.m.

Thursday                                                               2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

 

Aftercare and Aftercare Contract

Aftercare is available beginning Tuesday, September 5.

If your child(ren) will attend Aftercare on a daily basis or the same day each week we recommend you sign an aftercare contract (see attached).  The contract rate for aftercare is $8.00 per hour and the drop in rate is $12.00 per hour.  The contract can be changed or cancelled at anytime. Please fill out the Aftercare contract 2017-18 and return it to administration for annual discounted rate.

Any child that is at school after dismissal (3:40 p.m.) will be sent to aftercare and the family will be billed in 15 minute increments until the child is pick up.

UPWS will provide children with a snack during aftercare.  The contract, questions, and / or any last minute, day of aftercare requests can be sent to aftercare@urbanprairie.org

Dress Code

Dress Code –  Please help us keep the classrooms clean and send your child should with indoor shoes on the first day of school.  Please see attached highlight document for complete dress code details.

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