N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072   262.646.7497   PrairieHillWaldorf.org

This Week's Highlights
Soup Days Needs You
Transportation Contracts
What's Buzzing in the Bee Hive?
Bring Your Family Photo
Welcome Wagon
Calendar of Events
September 2013 
5 Playgroup Open House     9:30-11:30 a.m. 
10 Fund Development 
      6 p.m.
17 Finance 6:30 p.m.
20 Roots & Wings PFA           Back-to-School                   Dance & Spaghetti             Dinner 5 - 9 p.m.                 at PHWS 
24 Class Picture and    
      makeup day
24 Board of Trustees    
      6:30 p.m.
27 Fall Festival-Extended       School Day - 4 p.m.    
      dismissal - NO   
October 2013
2 All School Meeting            6:30 p.m.
7 NO SCHOOL - Teacher    Professional Day
12 Journey Through               Waldorf - Alumni                 Panel & Open House       11 - Noon
15 Finance Meeting 6:30       p.m.
22 Board Meeting 6:30           p.m.
23 HALF DAY 12:15 p.m.       dismissal NO                       AFTERCARE
24-25 NO SCHOOL                       Parent-Teacher                 Conferences 
Parent Meeting Dates
September 2013

Grade 3/4 - 6:30 p.m.
11 Grade 6 - 6 p.m.
18 Early Childhood 6    
19 Grade 1 6:30 p.m.
24 Grade 2 6:30 p.m.
24 Grade 8 6:30 p.m
Lunch Days

September 2013
10 Soup day
19 Pizza day
24 Soup day
26 Sub day
October 2013
3 Pizza day
8 Soup day
10 Sub day
17 Pizza day
22 Soup day
31 Pizza day
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Windows into Waldorf - PHWS Blog on the Horizon
Be a Part of the Fun!
   Prairie Hill is gearing up to have our blog, Windows into Waldorf, go live on the web! We are in the process of creating a collection of material from staff, faculty, board members, parents and friends to post. Do you have a story about Waldorf or how you came to Prairie HIll? Ideas to share about simple living, healthy eating or parenting in today's world? A craft recipe? An Alumni testimony? All submissions will be considered!
    Share with us through this wonderful channel and give others the opportunity to glimpse into the amazing and wonderful community we are!     
    Please send questions or blog submissions to phws7497@me.com. 


Parking Lot Safety


     Please help keep everyone safe by using the One-Way drives in and out of the parking lot. If you use the back lot, this means traveling past the front of the school building and taking the appropriate exit drive. 

Use the traffic lane next to the front sidewalk for Drop-Offs only; park your car in a regular parking space even if just running into the building for a short time. 

      A new safety this year: when using the back parking lot at pick-up time, please come into the building and meet your child so they can be safely escorted to your car. 

      Per School policy: Early Childhood thru Grade 3 students are escorted by parents to their classrooms in the morning, and met by parents at their classroom door at pick-up time. Grades 4 and above have the option of being escorted.

Jack Petrash

Educating Children 
for the Future

How do you talk about your Waldorf School?

Not sure what to say to your family, friends and neighbors? 

 Watch the video, email it to a friend and let Jack Petrash do the talking for you. 

Use any social networking sites you may be a part of to share this video too! 

September 4, 2013
"Need to Knows" 
  • Check your school district guidelines to see if you qualify for transportation reimbursement 
  • Email or bring in your family photo for our community garden in the front hallway. 
  • Bring your Take Home quart soup containers back to school & be entered in a drawing
  • Check the Parent Meetings Calendar on the left column of the newsletter.
Soup Days Calling Soup Volunteers

      A number of our very dedicated Soup Volunteers have moved into bigger volunteer roles in the School. If we want to keep Soup flowing for the children on our 2 Soup Tuesdays a month, we will need to fill up our team with new recruits. 

     It's a simple process and takes just a couple of hours on Soup Day to heat the soup (provided to us by The Soup Market), fill the children's thermoses, and pack/label Take Home quarts and extras for sale. 

     We are looking for a minimum of 3-4 people who can help for either a semester, or whole school year - and there are soup perks! Contact 
news@prairiehillwaldorf.org or contact Sally in the School office at 262-646-7497. We have a temporary crew just for September and will need to have new volunteers in place by October 1 if we want Soup Days to continue.
Transportation Contracts 1st notice

    For families attending Prairie Hill but living in the school districts of Arrowhead, Hartland-Lakeside, Kettle Moraine, Pewaukee and Waukesha; you are eligible to receive Transportation Reimbursement from your local school district. According to state statutes, students who qualify must be at least 4 years of age by September 1, 2013. Please click here for further details and what you need to do to receive this funding. Sally Sommer, School Office

Student Photos on the Way

     For those of you who participated in pictures on Forms, Photos & Fees Day, packages are anticipated to arrive around September 18. Please note: because Class Group Pictures are not taken until September 24, the class pictures for your package will arrive at a later date. Contact the School office if you have questions. Any Re-Takes or absent student photo requests need to come to the office before September 24, as the photographer will be at PHWS for only an hour.

Turn in Soup Containers for a Drawing  

      We'd like to see the Take Home quart containers return to school. This year we've  null

added an incentive - for every quart container returned (top and bottom in good condition), your name will be entered in a drawing. Return containers to School office so your name can be noted. Thanks for supporting Soup Day.
Come Experience the Wonder!

PLAYGROUP- Starting September 9

Ages infant to 4 years 
    Our Playgroups provide the opportunity for parents and children (ages infancy to four) to connect with others, learn and have fun! Children enjoy interacting with others while developing new skills and parents enjoy discussing the joys and struggles of parenthood with other adults. 

     Our Parent-Infant class helps prepare parents to respond to each new phase of their child's development and learn how to see and better understand their little ones. You will find a safe, natural environment for your infant to explore, as you observe; it also offers time for conversation and sharing with other parents. 

     Contact Stanlee with any questions at playgroup@prairiehillwaldorf.org or 262.646.7497 Ext 17. 

       Classes offered

     Monday - Friday


What's Buzzing in the Bee Hive? 
(formerly know as The School Store)


    Do you use True Botanica, Weleda or Uriel products?  Are you running low on your supply?  The Bee Hive will be placing a True Botanica, Weleda and Uriel order on Wednesday September 11. All orders need to be received by noon. 

  •  20% discount for orders of 3 or more True Botanica products (lip balms excluded).  
  • 15% off Weleda and Uriel discount of you order 2 or more Weleda and or Uriel items. 
  • You can mix or match Weleda and Uriel and still receive the 15% discount (lip balms excluded). 

     You can view the Weleda product line by visiting www.usa.weleda.com and the Uriel products at www.urielpharmacy.com Please remember orders must be placed through the The Bee Hive or schoolstore@prairiehillwaldorf.org in order for the above discounts to apply. 

***Note: no other discounts or offers will apply. 

Bloom Along With Us! 

      As you walk past the front bulletin board, you may have noticed a beautiful hand-painted flower garden blossoming with some of the faces of the families that make our school community so bright.

     Please do participate by forwarding a photo of your family to Michelle Lawrence at phws7497@me.com.

If you prefer to print your own photo, please do so and submit to Michelle in the Admin office or to her mailbox located in the School Office. 



A Warm Welcome To Our New Early Childhood Assistants! 


Tiffany Paff Assisting in Wonder Garden & Our Before Care Provider

     Tiffany comes to Prairie Hill with a long standing love for children and education. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from UW Oshkosh. She has experience in nanny work as well as Montessori education. 

     Tiffany has always wanted to be a teacher. She says "there is nothing more rewarding than having a child's eyes light up when they see you or seeing a concept click in their minds when you are teaching them something new." When she learned about Waldorf education, it totally resonated with her. Everything about it felt so natural and inherent to me. She is truly thankful to have found Prairie Hill. 

     When she is not working, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and three pets. This includes walks with their Boxer, Elmer, and enjoying the peaceful sunshine with their two cats. Environmentalism is her other long time passion and she enjoys nourishing it with activities such as "adopt-a-highway" in her free time.


Julie Mauer Assisting in Linden Tree Kindergarten
     Julie comes to Prairie Hill Waldorf School as a massage therapist and yoga instructor and is the mother of a compassionate stepson entering second grade and a spunky and smiling 11-month old daughter. She is thrilled to be part of the Prairie Hill community for she experienced the power of a Waldorf education as a student at the Milwaukee Urban Waldorf School. 
     She brings her skills as a harpist, musician and artist to the Early Childhood Department and, of course,  her passion for Waldorf education. Julie believes that "Children are incredible bundles of energy, intelligence, love, and potential, and there is no greater fulfillment than watching young beings grow and explore."

Christina Anderson Assisting in Juniper Tree Kindergarten

   Christina graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a degree in Psychology in hopes of working in a school setting. She says that prayer has been answered and feels very blessed to be part of such a caring team of teachers.  Working with children has always been a passion of hers and says "their Spirit, compassion and creativity never ceases to amaze me."  

Family & Friends Day Raises $200


 "Gratitude is a two fold love - love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest."- Henry Van Dyke

      Thank you everyone who visited Good Harvest Market for Prairie Hill Family & Friends Day on Saturday, August 24. The weather outside was fabulous that day, but we still had a good turn out and between your total purchase donations (5% if you mentioned PHWS at checkout) and a donation from Good Harvest, $200 was raised for Prairie Hill. Thank you to all for your support and dedication! A big thank you also, to Miss Vicki for delighting the group with a lovely underwater puppet play adventure!
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Congratulations Lieber Family
  In addition to welcoming in a new school year, the Lieber family welcomed a new baby! Congratulations to Bill & Deb Lieber who welcomed baby Joseph David ("Joey") into the world on Saturday, August 31 at 7lbs. 6 oz. This is the Lieber's fourth baby! Joey's sister, Anna, is in Wonder Garden this year, and big brother John, is in the Juniper Tree Kindergarten. Roots & Wings (our Parent & Family Association) has created a meal train for their family. You are welcome to contribute a meal by going to: http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=m5lkvfxcndxt
Tamarack Waldorf High School Update

     Please join the Initiative Committee of southeastern Wisconsin's first Waldorf High School for an information evening at Prairie Hill Waldorf School on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m., entitled "Waldorf High School: Concepts, Curriculum, Questions."

     The evening will provide a comprehensive look at the Waldorf High School, its concepts and curriculum. We will look at the similarities and differences of a Waldorf High School to other high schools - and how different it is from the Waldorf grade school experience.

     Tamarack Waldorf High School students, guided by expert faculty, participate in an academically rigorous, creatively artistic and socially relevant curriculum. Initiative, inquiry and social development thrive. Community service and service learning are woven throughout. It is real-life learning, readying students for tomorrow's world.

     Tamarack Waldorf High School welcomes its pioneering class of 9th graders in Autumn 2014, growing one year at a time thereafter. Admissions processes begin Autumn 2013.

     For more information about Tamarack Waldorf High School or the information evening, please write to highschool@tamarackwaldorf.org  or call 262-385-8931.

Newsletter Notes and Guidelines for Submission
    Prairie Hill's newsletter will be delivered to you on Wednesdays rather than Fridays in the coming year. If you would like to submit an article or photo to the newsletter, please email phws7497@me.com. Deadlines are Mondays by 9 p.m. Articles are to be 250 words or less and are subject to approval. 



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