N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072    

262.646.7497   PrairieHillWaldorf.org

This Week's Highlights
Book Fair Ending
Grade 3/4 Play
Mies Family
Yuletide! Yuletide!
Harvest Bonfire
Calendar of Events
November 2013
1 Grade 3/4 Play 7 p.m. at PHWS
Early Childhood Morning & Open House 10 a.m. at PHWS
2 PFA Harvest Bonfire at PHWS
Lantern Walk 5:30 p.m. at PHWS 
12 Fund Development 
6:30 p.m.
19 Finance Committee 6:30 p.m.
22 NO SCHOOL- Yuletide Set-up
23 Yuletide Faire 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Board of Trustees 6:30 p.m.
12:15 Dismissal - NO AFTERCARE
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     Join us for Chat N Craft each Wednesday after drop off in the Handwork Room. Chat N Craft gives the community an opportunity to work together on craft donations for our Yuletide Faire in November. 

      Everyone is welcome for coffee, tea, snacks and chat! Craft experience not necessary. Little ones may play at the side of crafting parents. Accomplished artists in our community will lead us in Waldorf-inspired projects or bring your own project to 

work on.

     There is no cost to participate, materials are provided. Questions? Please contact Mary Frances Linzer at mlinzer@wi.rr.com. 

Parent Meeting Dates
Grade 8 6:30 p.m.
7 Grade 3/4 6:30 p.m.
Lunch Days
November 2013
Soup Day
7 Sub Day
14 Pizza day
19 Soup day
21 Sub day



at drop-off and pick-up.

Help raise free money 

for our school!

Bee Hive Holidays


Ostheimer wooden animals make lovely holiday gifts, and can also be used in making nature tables. These quality toys can be special ordered at a 20% savings for a limited time. You can check out their selection online at www.meadowviewimports.com

 - but make sure to place the order through The Bee Hive at Prairie Hill if you want to save 20% off retail (with free shipping). Many more characters are available than we can display in our cozy hive. There are also a few catalogs that can be signed out. Orders placed by November 8 will arrive by Yuletide. Order forms with details on the discount are available at the School Office counter. Watch for the Bee Hive's own special room at the Yuletide Faire and Bee-lieve in the magic.


PHWS Variety Show
Calls for Talent

      This coming January 11, 2014, Grades 6, 7 & 8 students will host a Variety Show and Dinner; a community based friendraiser - fundraiser. Please save the date in your calendar. 

     In order for it to be a meaningful experience, we need you - first and foremost -  to plan to attend and enjoy! Secondly, we will be joining efforts with other classes to make light work, but will need some adult organizational volunteers. Thirdly, please consider entering an act in the show. We want the students of course, but this is a great time to appreciate what our adult community has to offer! There is plenty of time to plan!  What talent can you offer? Can you combine with other community members to make a group act?  Do you have a suggestion of someone who might be too humble to come forward but we could personally ask? This is a great opportunity to know and enjoy the great people of this community better. Your participation is so greatly appreciated! Contact Patti Beres for more information beres@begreenlawncare.org

Private School Tuition Tax Break for 2014

       The tax deduction begins in the 2014 tax year.Taxpayers can deduct up to $4,000 for tuition paid for dependent children in grades kindergarten through eighth and up to $10,000 for high school students. 

     The tax deduction is expected to save Wisconsin parents up to $30 million in 2014-2015. Since the tax break is set up as a deduction, the average Wisconsin family would get a $240 tax cut per elementary and middle school child and a $600 tax cut for each high school student.  

A 2 minute San Diego news report on the connection between knitting and math, reading and technology
Employment Opportunities at Prairie Hill
Click the position title below for more information
(deadline Oct 24)

October 30, 2013
"Need to Knows" 


  • Yuletide Tickets on Sale - Purple Light Special - Monday, November 4 at Pick-up
  • Yuletide is 4 weeks away! Have you signed up to work a shift? 
  • Time to start your craft donation for Yuletide

Book Fair

Final week to order adult or children's books to benefit our Library!  Order deadline is November 1. Order forms available at the School Office

Moses Comes to Prairie Hill:
Grade 3/4 Play November 1 at 7 p.m. 
  Plan for a night of theatrical fun as these young thespians tell the intriguing story of Moses. Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
Mies Family Update
Desiree and Jason Mies have daughter, Kayla in Grade 3, son, Finley, age 1 1/2 in Playgroup and baby on the way, due in 8 weeks. 
The blessing of a new job for Jason, working on the pipeline, means they must relocate to Texas in just one short week. Kayla will be staying here with her dad and stepmom, Bryan and Andrea Burg for the remainder of the school year. 
Please consider helping the Mies as they make this (fast) transition. Urgent needs: 
  • Help loading truck on Saturday, November 2. People can come any time they are able to, from 8 a.m. on. 512 Capitol Dr. Hartland, WI 53029. Phone: 262-993-5085 (receives texts) 
  • Prayers and energy  for health, safety, comfort and love for their entire family at this time.
November 2 - Early Childhood Morning

Step inside the world of wonder and creative imagination alongside your child.

This abbreviated version of an early childhood classroom will

allow you and your child to experience hands-on, what it's like to attend Preschool

and Kindergarten at Prairie Hill. You and your child will participate in making a hand-made snack together, the children will get to play both inside and out, and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. Please RSVP to admissions@prairiehillwaldorf.org


FREE childcare is available with registration for siblings

ages 2 - 12 years that are fully daytime potty trained. Registration required at


Early Childhood Parent Informational Saturday
This Saturday, Nov 2nd, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. the EC Dept. is hosting a Parent Informational Morning focussing on Discipline. Parents will be offered tools, insights, as well as an opportunity to share and discuss among other parental peers. We will also spend some time offering gift and celebration ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Although hosted by the EC Dept, parents with children in the lower grades are very welcome to come and share in our conversations.

FREE childcare is available with registration for children ages 2 - 12 years that are fully daytime potty trained. Registration required at news@prairiehillwaldorf.org or please contact Sally Sommer in the School Office. We hope to see you there.

Make Yuletide a Success - time to gear up! 
Prairie Hill's 26th Annual 
Saturday, November 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
With Yuletide only 4 weeks away, it's time to work on your craft project (or attend Chat N Craft), select your favorite recipe for the Dessert Cafe or Sweet Shoppe and sign up for your work shift. 
When we all contribute, we all bring success to Yuletide, the school and our kids as the biggest fundraiser and friend raiser of the year. 
The children so look forward to this day - I've already seen glistening eyes at the mention of Yuletide! Please make the following venues a success by signing up for a work shift:

More Help Needed in Winter Kitchen and Dessert Cafe

There are still opportunities to sign up to work a shift in the Winter Kitchen or the Dessert Cafe. Please consider making your volunteer commitment in one of these two areas. And REMEMBER IF YOU SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER, YOU WILL RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO THE FAIRE AND ALL ADULT VOLUNTEERS WILL RECEIVE A TICKET TO THE PRE-FAIRE SHOPPING EVENT ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (Adults Only event). 

Please contact kaitlinyuletide@gmail.com with questions or to sign up.


Yuletide Pre-Shopping Event

Those who have signed up to work a shift at Yuletide will receive their Adult-Only Pre-Yuletide Shopping ticket in their parent mailbox by Tuesday, November 19. 

The Pre-Yuletide adult only shopping event will take place Friday, November 22 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. and will include our fabulous vendors and Prairie Hill's own Bee Hive, School Store! 

Remember, you must bring your ticket to get in the door for this Pre-Shopping event! 


Children's Bazaar Seeks Treasures

One of the most favorite children's venues seeks your gently-used items such as:

  • Waldorf items / simple crafts
  • Unused candles / knick knacks
  • Stuffed animals / art supplies
  • Jewelry / purses
  • Holiday items / ornaments

There will be a festive box appearing soon marked Children's Bazaar in the front foyer for your donations.

Thank you to everyone, it's the loving and giving spirit of our community that makes Prairie Hill so exceptional! 



Monday, November 4 

at Pick-up in the 

Front Foyer

Yuletide tickets will be on sale! Adult tickets  will be 

10 for $20 

Children's tickets will be .50! 


Get Your Poinsettias! 

It's time to order poinsettias! These gorgeous 6 1/2 inch plants help decorate our hallways for Yuletide and then after the faire, you get to take them home or give them as gifts. They are only $14 each or 3 for $35. Plus, nearly half of each sale supports the school! We'd love to exceed last year's goal! If each family ordered three plants, we could easily do so! They make great gifts for neighbors, family, and business clients. 
Also, ask family and friends if they would like to order for themselves. Forms were put in family mailboxes and extra forms are by the Yuletide board. Return forms to Arnold family mailbox with payment no later than 
November 13Thank you in advance for beautifying and supporting our school! 
Welcome Susan Koppa McClurg 
      Susan Koppa McClurg has recently joined the Prairie Hill Administrative Team as the school's Development Director.      

      Susan brings to Prairie Hill her successful background in fund raising and business development. In her work with Aurora Health Care, Susan has stewarded successful annual and capital campaigns, organized events and been awarded substantial grants from both local and national foundations.

      Susan and her husband, David, are the parents of Prairie Hill Class of 2007 Alumnus - Kelsey McClurg.  Susan's deep love for Prairie Hill combined with the comprehensive understanding of Waldorf education she has developed as a class parent, place her in a unique position to articulate the value of Waldorf education and the mission of Prairie Hill to potential funders.

Autumn Family Fun:
Roots & Wings PFA Invites You! 

Harvest Bonfire 

Saturday, November 2
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
    We could use a few volunteers to be "fire keepers" at the bonfire, who would arrive first/early to get the fire started, as well as a few who could help organize the games. (We were thinking sack races, three-legged race, hanging apples from a tree, etc... we're also open to ideas!)  *Please indicate in your Evite response if you're able to help out.   
Grade 8 Students Help Lakota Waldorf, You Can Too

      Last year's Grade 7/8 class visited the Lakota Waldorf School in May to perform service work. It was an eye-opener for these children to see this level of poverty. Despite this poverty, they have founded a wonderful Waldorf school near Kyle, SD on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It is the only Waldorf school on a Native American reservation. The Lakota people joined with Waldorf because it agrees with the true Lakota teaching methods and reflect the Lakota values. Both respect the sacredness and individuality of each child and teaches through experience and pictoral thinking rather than concepts.

    This year's Grade 8 class is asking for much-needed donations of: dishes (not plastic please), silverware, mittens, hats, coats, clothing, food, toiletries, toys, and lastly money. The donation bin will be in the front entrance between the front entry doors. Monetary donations can be given to Sally Somer in the School Office. Our driver will be picking up and taking the donations to South Dakota on  November  6. 


"Thank You" in Lakota   

      For more information about the Lakota school, culture, history and Reservation, please visit  lakotawaldorfschool.org 

Lakota Waldorf School Children 
Prairie Hill's Grades 7 & 8



Join PHWS at a Free Green & Healthy Workshop
Thursday, November 14, 2013

      Prairie Hill's Wonder Garden Assistant and Before Care Coordinator, Tiffany Paff will be attending a free workshop and is Looking for interested parents and community

members to join her in learning about how to receive Green & Healthy School Certification. Please contact Tiffany at Tiffanypaff@gmail.com if you are

interested in joining the Prairie Hill team and learn more.

     Using resources from an Environmental Protection Agency

grant, Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin will hold FREE

workshops October and November.

     This workshop is provided for school teams (up to

4 people each) to learn about how to receive Green &

Healthy School certification and recognition. Limit 40


     Ideally, schools teams would include a teacher,

an administrator, a facility staff member, and a school board

or community member. The teams will be provided with an

expense stipend after the workshop of $100 per team member

 (up to 4) to be used to cover expensing of attending the

workshop (substitute fees, mileage, etc.) or expenses related

to Green & Healthy Schools efforts.

Register Today: Admission: Free

Event Phone: 608-266-0419

Location: CESA 1 - N25W23131 Paul Rd #100


Presented by:

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin

Out & About
Click here for a listing of News and Events from the outer community
  • Soul's Journey
  • Stand-up and Improv Comedy benefit 
  • More Humus More Humanity
  • Music Lessons, coaching, college prep

Newsletter Notes and Guidelines for Submission
    Prairie Hill's newsletter will be delivered to you on Wednesday of each week.  If you would like to submit an article or photo to the newsletter, please email phws7497@me.com. Deadline for submission is Monday of each week by 9 p.m. Articles are to be 250 words or less and are subject to approval. 



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