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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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Upcoming Deadlines:

Friday, February 10
Independent Study Proposals due for Elective Block 5 & 3rd Trimester Path


6, Monday
7PM - Long Range Planning Mtg.

7, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel Mtg.

11, Saturday
6PM - Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table
16th Annual Valentine's Dinner

15, Wednesday
7:30AM - Finance Mtg.

18, Saturday
9AM - 2PM  All-School Clean-up

20 - 22, Monday - Wednesday
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parents - see separate email to sign up

Standing Meetings
10:30AM - Thursdays
 -- Faculty Meeting
 -- Student Meeting
3:15PM - Mondays
 -- Administrative Meeting

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 2/6 - Pizza
Tues, 2/7 - Tostadas
Wed, 2/8 - Soup & Bread
Thur, 2/9 - Mac & Cheese

February Hot Lunch Form


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

Waldorf Today

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute

riftless Folk School

Essential Skills Outdoor School

City of Viroqua

Driftless United Athletics

The Turning Place

Viroqua Area Hockey Association

Viroqua's Community Radio Station

More Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Story of Stuff Project

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

4 February 2012

Join us for our 16th Annual Valentine's Dinner!
This year we'll be holding our gala event on
Saturday, February 11 at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table. Here's the menu:

Salad Course
beet salad with sheep’s milk feta,
toasted hazelnuts & fresh mint

Soup Course
Mother Hubbard squash soup with garam masala

Main Course
pork loin with prosciutto, roasted garlic, & rosemary
with roasted rutabaga puree
smoked blue cheese & root vegetable gratin (vegetarian)
white wine braised cabbage & winter spinach

chocolate mousse with cognac soaked candied ginger cream

Click here to make your reservation.

Thank You
-Susan Townsley and Halle Pollay for their presentation on Judaism in the Western Religions class.
-Technology Panel participants: Paul Bergquist, Kevin Schmidt, Darlene Buhr, Paul Grenier, Eric Snowdeal, Tom Gullion and Matt Voz.
-Robotics Class and Tom Gullion for their Morning Circle presentation on Friday.
-Geri Shonka for designing our beautiful Valentine's Dinner poster.

Jacob presented Thermodynamics at the Faculty Showcase in January.

Robotics class - just playin' around.

YIHS is seeking:
- voltmeters to borrow for the week of February 13th for the Electricity class. We really need 1, but could make use of 3 of them. Contact
- sewing machines for the upcoming Fiber Arts block and spring play production. They needn't be fancy, but they do need to work reliably.
- brown paper bags.
- paint, in pinks, greens, and browns.

Jam Band:
residing in
The Pit,
open to new

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20, 21, and 22--daytime hours on Monday; afternoon and evening hours Tuesday and Wednesday. Parents, please see separate email to sign up for a time.

Also please note: we will be holding financial pledge meetings for the 2012-13 school year at the same time. Email Liz to sign up for a slot.

Long Range Planning
welcomes new members to the group at their meeting on Monday, February 6 at 7PM. This will be a review and regroup to decide on next steps toward our goals and updating our 3 Year Plan for AWSNA. Contact Matt for more information.

Interested YIHS members are encouraged to attend the AWSNA Great Lakes Regional Conference, February 23-25 at the Minnesota Waldorf School in St. Paul.

The conference brochure is available at the Minnesota Waldorf School website. Information about other AWSNA-sponsored events is available here.

Community News

Reiki Class Convening
The first session of a Second Degree Reiki Class will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 2 p.m at Chrysalis Farm. I will be incorporating new information learned from a Reiki teacher in Kentucky. Anyone interested in the class should contact me.  We can discuss my sliding fee scale and other times if this one does not work for you.
Returning Home
Marcia Halligan
Reiki Classes and Treatments
(608) 637-2079

The Turning Place: Where Spirit and Earth Meet, is a center to hold meetings and activities related to Spiritual Science and its fruits. The Turning Place moved from Main Street last summer and after organizing the space and the library, the steering committee feels ready to offer a small program or festival study at each monthly meeting. We invite you to share in what we hope will be a nurturing activity.

Our monthly Turning Place meeting will take place on the second Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday evening February 13, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Room 202, Landmark Center. For those who wish to socialize and browse the anthroposophical library, we will open at 6:30 pm.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm with our study this month on Rudolf Steiner’s Verse for America and we will work with Annette Conlon to move it with Eurythmy.

At 8:00 we will begin our business meeting, looking ahead to other monthly topics for the coming year. If you would like to be part of the planning, we welcome your ideas. If not, people can leave at this time.

Our monthly meetings are open to all who share an interest in the work of Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy. We invite local friends of anthroposophy to share their work with us during these meetings, so let us know if you are interested in presenting some time during the year. We would like to have a statement describing your presentation or an outline; we also plan to have festival studies four times during the year (March, June, Sept., Nov).

Call or email with questions: 608-629-5507

Viterbo University is sponsoring a symposium on the ideas of heroes in our time--Tuesday & Wednesday, February 7-8 at Viterbo University Fine Arts Center. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
If you have questions, contact William Reese at 608-796-3708 or email
Viterbo University
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601

Driftless Folk School Classes

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

Saturday,  February 18
- Basics of Blacksmithing with Robert Schulz
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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