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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


5, Monday
3:15PM - Curriculum Comm.
6:00PM - Development Comm.

10, Saturday
Three Rivers Waldorf School Holiday Fair

13, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel Comm.

19, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

23 - January 8
Christmas Break

Standing Meetings
10:30AM - Thursdays
 -- Faculty Meeting
 -- Student Meeting
3:10PM - Thursdays
 -- Administrative Meeting

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 12/5 - Pizza
Tues, 12/6 - Burritos
Wed, 12/7 - Soup and Bread
Thur, 12/8 - Mac & Cheese

Currently Seeks
Donations of:

Remote Control Cars (motors need to work, controllers not needed)

Noise-making electronic toys


Link to:

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

2011-12 Schedules

December 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

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

Driftless Folk School

Essential Skills Outdoor School

City of Viroqua

Driftless United Athletics

Viroqua Area Hockey Association


More Interesting Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Story of Stuff Project

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

3 December 2011

YIHS receives new cookware from
Partnership for a Healthier America

YIHS is grateful to have just received $2,000 worth of cookware that will be used for our Foods and Nutrition curriculum.

We received this set as part of a program called Chefs Move! to Schools designed to encourage chefs to get involved with their local school disctricts and work with teachers, parents and administrators to help educate children.

The Partnership for a Healthier America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan convener across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to accelerate existing efforts addressing childhood obesity and to facilitate commitments toward First Lady Michelle Obama’s national target.

The Classic Holiday Desert - Apple Pie!
All of the Gluten Free pies are sold, but thankfully there are still traditional Apple-Maple Pies available.  They make the perfect potluck presentation for upcoming holiday parties. They also are the ideal way to finish off a Christmas meal!  They are 100% organic, can be frozen for months, and taste fantastic: what could be better?
Please tell your friends to help support YIHS by buying one of these delicious pies. 
$15.00 ~ call Jenny Cain at 608-606-0572 to order your pie today!

A heartfelt Thank You
goes out to Rick and Peg LaMartina. As Rick prepared for his recent passing, he earmarked his large format, professional printer to be donated to the Youth Initiative.

Rick's beautiful nature photography is visible all over the region, and his work and life have been inspirational for so many of us. His generous donation will help take the Youth Initiative photography program to a new level. We are very lucky to have known him, and very grateful.

More Thanks to:
- Annie Bussiere for speaking with the senior class about Warren Wilson College and the Woolman Semester,

- Silas Hundt for speaking with the seniors and senior parents about financial aid and,

- Nan Marshall for speaking with the seniors about Sterling College.

- Adrian Ugo for working on facilities projects at school.

to Misa Grenier on her acceptance to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, CA.

New Elective Blocks
will be starting on Monday in Circus Arts, Comics, and Photography I. Visit the YIHS Curriculum Page to view all our course descriptions.

Waldorf Education in the News
Recently, Waldorf Education has been the subject of a few news reports, notably in the NY Times, and, just last week, on NBC news. Click here to see this segment on the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, CA.

Development Committee Meeting
Monday, December 5, 6PM

Help us assess and strategize for the coming month!

Upcoming True Botanica order
The next True Botanica order date is Monday,  Dec 5th.
Call Diana 608-637-2586 or email
Any orders for 50.00 or more will get a free True Defence for Kids--regularly $17.90.

Annoying toys needed for robotics class
Next month YIHS will offer an elective block on robotics and we are asking (begging?) for a few noise-making electronic toys. Those plastic presents from beloved Aunt Bezelda which make really annoying sounds would be perfect. We're only interested in the internal electronics. If the original features (motors or plastic bits) are broken, we can still use them. Also, we could use four Remote Controlled cars. Small and cheap are ideal. We only need the cars, not the controllers (the extra box with joysticks or steering wheel and an antenna). Note that these won't be returned. They will be ruthlessly hacked and repurposed for (mostly) educational purposes.

Three Rivers Waldorf School
(TRWS) is seeking a long-term substitute teacher for the remainder of 2011/2012 school year.   This person will teach a combined First and Second Grade class.  

Our ideal candidate is caring, friendly, confident, and willing to self educate.   Teacher must be comfortable and capable of working cooperatively with fellow teachers, parents, and children.   TRWS would prefer a candidate with Waldorf familiarity, a Bachelors of Arts degree, and teaching experience.
Position is full time. Responsibilities include creating pedagogically appropriate lessons plans following a yearly block schedule, supervision duties, and attending appropriate faculty meetings.
Application deadline is December 3rd , 2011.   Please submit your resume and letter of interest to: Long Term Substitute Hiring Committee, Three Rivers Waldorf School, 901 Caledonia Street, La Crosse, WI 54603.
To submit electronically, please send the required materials to with Long Term Sub Hiring Committee as the subject.

Norskedalen’s 27th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas
“Make it Merry”

Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd and 4th, 10am – 4pm

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, 3 miles north of Coon Valley, WI on Hwy PI.
N455 O. Ophus Rd, Coon Valley, WI 54623

Regular Admission Rates Apply: $6 adult / $3 child / $15 family rate (two adults and their children under 18).

Make it merry! Join us at Norskedalen for a festive holiday experience, Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd & 4th, 10am to 4pm. Revel in the timeless sights, sounds, and smells of an Old-Fashioned Christmas.

For more information, please contact Norskedalen at 608.452.3424 or Information is also available on our website –

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute
in Milwaukee, WI, is offering a new course--
"Contemplative Practice: Beginning a Path of Transformation" that will start with a weekend retreat January 6-7, 2012, and continue online after that.
If you are interested in developing your own meditative practice or in exploring the Anthroposophical approach to mindfulness, this course may be for you.
For more information, please contact Lori Barian, Director of Administration,, or 414-616-1832.

Driftless Folk School Classes

Visit to  learn more about upcoming classes, register online or download a registration form.

Saturday, Dec. 3
-Chip Carving Essentials with Marty Leenhouts

Saturday, Dec. 10
- Basic Sausage Making with Vince and Dawn Hundt

Sunday, Dec. 11
- Sheep Butchering with Jason Thimmesch

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan 3 - 26
- Hand Building and Wheel Throwing with Maureen Karlstad

Saturdays,  Jan. 7-28
- Clay for Kids with Maureen Karlstad

Fridays,  Jan. 6-27
- Wine and Clay with Maureen Karlstad
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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