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This Week's Highlights
Calendar of Events
November 2013
12:15 Dismissal - NO AFTERCARE

December 2013
Fund Development 6 p.m.
Festival of Light 2:50 - 3:15 p.m.
Showcase of Talent - Waukesha Courthouse through Dec. 18
10 Finance Meeting 6:30 p.m.
16 Grade 7 Open House 2-3:15 p.m.
17 Board of Trustees 6:30 p.m.
19 Shepherd's Play 12:30 p.m.
20 Holiday Song-along 11:55 a.m.
20 Early dismissal 12:15 p.m. - NO AFTERCARE
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Lunch Days
December 2013
5 Sub Day
12 Pizza Day
19 Sub Day


Prairie Hill is looking for a Math Teacher for the Middle Grades, a Grade 4/5 Lead Teacher for the 2014-2015 school year and substitute teachers for Early Childhood and the Grades. 

Scrip gift cards make great stocking stuffers, thank you gifts, hostess
and teacher gifts!

Get them Wednesdays at drop off and pick up

(in the front hallway)


Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience
The answer lies in teaching methods that stress, patience, critical thinking, and a delayed response based on deep and
meaningful contemplation. In the current issue of Harvard Magazine, humanities professor Jennifer L. Roberts describes her teaching methodology in the article, "The Power of Patience." Roberts has made a pedagogical move toward teaching that engineers, "in a conscientious and explicit way, the pace and tempo of the learning experiences." 
Out & About
  • A Christmas Carol 

November 27, 2013
"Need to Knows" 
  • Looking for the Yuletide After-Sales? The few Parent Craft items that were remaining will be either put into The Bee Hive or saved for the Spring Auction or next year's Yuletide 
  • Watch for the December 3 Bee Hive Sale! 
Freshly-Made Take-N-Bake Pizza!
(must be read in an Italian accent!)
Mama Mia! Grade 6 is selling delicious freshly-made take-n-bake pizzas on Fridays in the month of December. Now wouldn't it be nice during this busy time of year to pop a pizza into the oven and voila, you have dinner! 

Choose from our fresh 12" cheese pizza ($7.00) and delicious 12" pepperoni pizza ($8.00). We are doing this as part of our business math block and our profits will be going to our eighth grade trip. We believe in high quality, and use hairnets and gloves. 

The freshly made pizza pick-up will be at the end of the day in the Grade 6 classroom on Fridays during December:

Dec 6, Dec 13, and Dec 20 which is a half day.

Order envelopes are in your mailboxes soon. To ensure quality, we are limiting production; Prairie Hill Families only and please limit your order to no more than 3 pizzas per family per week. 

So don't delay turning in your order envelope with payment no later than the Wednesday prior to the Friday pick-up. Thank you for supporting our class! 

~ Grade 6

Festival of Lights / Advent Spiral
Friday, December 6
(see below for schedule of times)

In Waldorf schools, during the darkest time of year, we hold a "festival of lights."

For young children to age nine, the pathway into becoming human happens within an accepting and participatory relationship to heaven, home, family and friends. The gesture is one of going inward - growing into an earthly body, becoming ready to take up formal learning- and then taking the strength of that gesture outward and interacting with the world. The festival for these children is a spiral walk amongst green branches and beautiful materials of the earth.

For older children, this participatory relationship matures into an ability to choose between separation and connection with another person, as we become increasingly aware of our unique individuality. The walk amongst the greenery now changes, and this festival celebrates the Other, and the importance of relationships in life. The form is not a spiral, but a series of mirrored hearts walked by two, challenging our ability to cross a path and know which way to turn. Choices and chances lie before us, and whether we yield, stand, or lead, determines our way.

For each form, the participant carries an apple that holds a candle, taking it into the depths of the greens and lighting it, and carrying it outward to place amongst the boughs. As one by one the apples are placed, the "garden" becomes more beautiful and enlivened by the glow of the candles, just as our presence carries the possibility to enlighten the community to which we belong. For the entire Festival of Lights, beautiful music fills the air. 

The window for the Adult Spiral is small, please do plan to come and participate 


Kindergarten: 9 to 11 a.m.

Grades 1 - 3/4: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Grades 5 & 6: 1:20 to 2 p.m.

Grades 7 & 8: 2 to 2:45 p.m.

ADULT Spiral: 2:50 to 3:15 p.m.

Flyers with more information will be in Parent Mailboxes on Monday. 

The Five K's...Kombucha, Kefir, Kraut, and Kimchi. 
How to make this stuff and how to get your Kids to eat it.

Intrigued? On December 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, PHWS parent Bridget Shetty will be offering a half-day workshop on basic home fermentation in the EC kitchen/parent lounge area... samples of everything, stuff to make and take home, and a whole new world of nourishing food to share with your family. The cost is $25 if registered and paid in advance, $30 the day of (space permitting).

If you are interested, please contact Bridget at bridgetscherer@hotmail to request a registration form. Space is limited. Priority will be give to those who pre-register with payment by December 6.
Holiday Singalong Friday, December 20 
11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

The beautiful sounds of children will fill the air - the perfect way to wrap up 2013 together as a school community! Parents are welcome to attend and sing along. Please note that your children will be dismissed from the gym at 12:15 p.m. 


When you're ready for a timeout or just a little time with your

'honey', set aside the "To-do" list and take out the "Baby-sitter" list.

Click here for a list of Prairie Hill students and alumni that are interested in babysitting opportunities. Have Fun!



Dear Friends,


I am overwhelmed with how beautiful Yuletide Faire was and so proud to have had such a major role in it this year. I have received countless compliments about it, which I want to extend to all of the volunteers who made it happen: parents, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and the greater community. I especially want to recognize the chairs of each faire area, who went above and beyond the requested 4 hours of volunteer time to make this event a success. I also want to recognize students who did more than just their work shifts and students who weren't even assigned to work that jumped in to help, anyway. The list is too long to mention names! If you are one of those students, please know that you really impressed me and I am so grateful to have you at this school.  
Some highlights of my position as the faire coordinator were getting to know members of this community that I don't always have the opportunity to work with, hearing that the parking lot was full multiple times on Saturday, seeing people step up to help in any way they could, and most of all, hearing the joy-filled excitement and laughter of children in our hallways at this magical event.
As I write this letter, a memory just came to me. My first experience at Prairie Hill was as a performer at Yuletide Faire. I was about 19 years old and playing fiddle with some friends on the main stage. I was in awe, then, and I feel that even more now that I know how much work goes into this event. Thank you, everyone, for making this such a wonderful experience. Together, WE did it.
With gratitude, 
Kaitlin Hahn
Yuletide Chair, 2013
SAVE THE DATE: Fifth Community Education Conference

  Prairie Hill, Tamarack and Madison Waldorf Schools along with Great Lakes Waldorf Institute are sponsoring the 5th Community Education Conference on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to be held at Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI. 

Our conference theme is Weaving a New Web: Education & Parenting in an Era of Technological Change. We are proud to be featuring, as our Keynote Speaker, Eric Utne, founder of the eponymous Utne Reader. (Read more about Eric here). NEW THIS YEAR will be several exhibitors showcasing their products and/or                                              services. Details on breakout sessions and                              registration information coming soon! 


Be sure to mark your calendars NOW. 

You won't want to miss this exciting event!

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