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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


6, Tuesday
First Day of Regular Classes!

8, Thursday
11:30AM - Finance Mtg.
3:10PM - Curriculum Mtg.

10, Saturday
6PM - African Dance Performance

12, Monday
6:30PM - Board Mtg.

13, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel Mtg.

16, Friday
Half Day of School
Faculty Inservice

19, Monday
6PM - All School Meeting

Link to:

WikiSpaces for Parents, Students and Faculty only for weekly/final student reports.

2011-12 Schedules

September Hot Lunch Form

Other Related Links

The Whole Plate: A Return to Real Food
  - the YIHS Foods & Nutrition Curriculum

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Three Rivers Waldorf School

Driftless Folk School

Essential Skills Outdoor School

3 September 2011

A couple of photos from the Camping Trip

Next Saturday!

tickets are on sale now!
Parents, call Susan (608-606-4566) or Paula (608-606-3500) if you can help cook and/or serve on the day of the show.

A Giant Step
We took a leap on the road to godliness on Clean-up Day last weekend. We had a good turnout and the school is looking wonderful, AND we had parents and friends help paint this past week!

Clean-up Day Thanks to:
Lars Bergan, Adrian Ugo, Steve Lawless, Shawn Lavoie, Jacob Hundt, Mike, Christian & Carly Horan, Dean Staffanson, Ambra, Robert & Eli Perry, Matt, Bean, Otto, Ivan and Millie Voz, Kay, Eva and Freya Fandel, Dan & Makenzie Burke, Paul & Justys Grenier, Joan & Derek Tromp, Susan, Charlie & Arlo Townsley, Elijah Kolenko, Tom, Kristina, Noah & Satya Gullion, Chenoa Moore, Nora Finnerty, Allie McNall, Susan Nesbit & Kili McGeorge, and Dodie Whitaker. Special thanks to Erin Varney for providing some of the snacks, to Sandra Schmidt for helping clean out the art supplies, and to anyone whose name I missed.

Painting Thanks to:
Adrian Ugo, Steve Lawless, Ambra & Robert Perry, Mary Kehoe & Jeff Miller, Leo Cox and JIM PATTISON.

Tickets for this excellent tipi are on sale this Saturday, September 3, at the Viroqua Food Co-op, and on September 17th at the Farmer's Market! Parents, call Susan at 608-606-4566 to help with sales.

Office Staff Changes
Say hello to Lisa (Bean) Voz (L) who is taking over Office Manager duties for Kumari Sky (R). Bean will be at school most mornings, and will also be teaching the Pre-Algebra/Algebra I class. She's been a popular math tutor for several years around here and we're very happy to have her on staff!

Kumari will still be teaching Yoga at YIHS, and will be focusing more time and energy on teaching in other venues as well. This is a big change for us! Kumari's been working in the office for about 10 years, making her our second-longest term employee (next to our other movement teacher, Lerie Alstad Van Ells), and she's always been a cheerful, calm presence and voice on the phone. Her yoga class has consistently been one of the more popular movement electives, and we're glad she's staying on to teach.

The Whole Plate nutrition & cooking project  will go on the road again soon. Dawn and Shawn will be attending conferences near and far to demonstrate our amazing curriculum, and they are looking for donations of airline miles to defray travel expenses. Contact Shawn ( or Dawn ( if you can help.

And, speaking of the curriculum:
Foods and Nutrition will be a combined 9th/10th grade class this September. Students will read parts of the classic Please Doctor, Do Something by Dr. Joe Nichols.  They will also receive lectures on nutrients in food such as protein, carbohydrates, and fats. They will do a lot of hands-on food preparation including a unit on canning.  An apron and hair covering are required for this class. A few aprons are available at school.

Also, there are a few ITEMS NEEDED FOR CLASS:

Tomatoes for canning and sauce
Apples for pies, cobblers and sauce
5 lbs nice carrots for salad
2 heads green cabbage
10 to 20 onions
Green, red peppers, and some jalapenos for salsa and the all school meal

We will be having the wild foods lunch at Jane Siemon's farm and need 4 drivers/chaperons one morning from 8:30 to noon.
The date is yet to be decided.
If you can help out with any of the above, call Jane at 608-483-2520 or email
~Jane Marie Siemon

Garage Sale!
The Simmons-Newton family is having a moving sale from Friday 9 September at 3pm through Sunday 11 September at 3pm. We have lots of great stuff - household goods; zillions of high quality books (including "Waldorf" children's books); lawn furniture; household furniture such as bookcases; a couple of office desks and filing cabinets; and outdoor things such as a big picnic table that seats 8, a garden mulcher, a Western saddle, big dog kennel....and much more. No junk! 205 West Maple Street in Viroqua. 608-637-8031, Donna.

Alumni News
Adam Cox ('06) spent the summer in Alaska doing archeological research of one sort or another. Here he is, defending the tundra north of Kotzebue (a.k.a. "bear guard duty").

Alumni! Send us your news!

Harvest Celebration and Parade, 2011
Help build the 2011 Viroqua Harvest Puppet Parade! No experience necessary!
The Viroqua Harvest Celebration & Parade is building puppets for this year's parade every Thursday afternoon, starting around 5 p.m., at the back door of Driftless Books in Viroqua. All ages are welcome--come prepared to get messy and have fun. (Parade day is Saturday, October 8.)

(YIHS parents are planning to have a food booth at the celebration in October -- and they'll be raffling the tipi, above.)

Attention Student Artists!
The  Driftless Area Art Festival is sponsoring a teen level exhibition for the first time. If you are a teen, you are eligible to enter! Here are the steps:

1) email Anne Tedeschi ( your name, address, phone, age and school affiliation.
2) produce ONE art work that is ready to be hung up or displayed (if sculpture or another medium).  Your work must have your name, age, affiliation & phone affixed to the back or the bottom of your work, which should be wrapped and be accompanied by the form below. You may use any art work you have done in the last two years.
3) deliver it to the Soldiers Grove Fair Grounds on Friday afternoon, September 16th  OR, if it is more convenient, deliver it to the VIVA Art Gallery in Viroqua on Main Street by September 14th for me to pick up.

There will be a $50.00 award for Best-in-Show and an honorable mention: both winners will be featured in the window of the VIVA Art gallery in Viroqua for the month following the festival. Registration forms are available at YIHS!

Thanks! -- Anne Tedeschi


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