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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


Small-Job Sign Up!
Sign up here to help us get a head start on Clean-up Day.

Inservice Days:
Monday - Wednesday
August 20-22


School Supplies

Please come to school with:

Notebooks (a 5-subject one is nice)
Folders (to store loose hand-outs)
Small set of colored pencils (optional)



Friday, 8/17 - Indy Study Consult with House Leader

Monday, 8/20 - Indy Study Proposal review committee

Friday, 9/7 - Noble Conference 48 Applications due

Volunteer Opportunities

Gleaning: every Thursday afternoon. Contact Nicole Pennick

Ho-Chunk Nation's Honoring our Parents event. September 21. Contact Liz

Halloween Haunted House at The ARK. Contact Anna Rodriguez.



17, Friday
Yawo, at the VFW Shelter

20, Monday
12PM - Indy Study Review Committee
6:30 - Board Meeting

21, Tuesday
Orientation/Camping Trip Meeting
6:00 - New Parent Orientation
6:30 - Returning Student Gathering
7:00 - Camping Trip Meeting

20-22, Monday-Wednesday
Faculty Inservice

25, Saturday
All School Clean up Day
9AM - 2PM

27-31, Monday-Friday
2012 Camping Trip


4, Tuesday
8:20AM - Classes Begin


Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

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

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Three Rivers Waldorf School

City of Viroqua

Driftless Folk School

Driftless United Athletics

Essential Skills Outdoor School

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute

Lakota Waldorf School

The Turning Place

Viroqua Area Hockey Association

The Waldorf Exchange

Waldorf Today

Viroqua's Community Radio Station

More Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

The Story of Stuff Project
16 August 2012
Tomorrow night--dancin' outside!!

African Music and Food this Friday night
at the VFW shelter! We're so fortunate that Yawo and his group love to come to Viroqua. If you can help cook, set up, clean up, or serve food, contact Paula Grenier, 608-606-3500.

Orientation and Camping Trip Meeting 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  6:00 - New Parents are invited to an Orientation Meeting for the beginning of the school year.
6:30 - Returning Students will meet with this year's camping trip coordinator, Dave Hibbard-Rode.
7:00 - All Students and Parents are invited to the Camping Trip Meeting.

Group Equipment Needs List:
If you have any of these items that you are willing to let us use for the camping trip, please bring them, labeled, to the Camping Trip Logistical Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21st. 
Thank you!

Camping Related
·    Tents – Enough space for about 50
·    Tarps – Any old tarps you have lying around.  Preferably without holes.
·    Large outdoor shade/somewhat waterproof picnic shelter.
·    Twine – A random bale of twine will do.
·    Backpacks – Ideally for backpacking, but large durable packs of other kinds could work too.  If you got’em, bring’em.  We need enough for about 50 people.
·    Compasses – Eight total.
·    Lots of ropes of many kinds – Any will do really; they are for activities, not safety.
·    Sleeping bags – If you have extras, bring’em for kids who don’t.
·    Lots of two liter bottles with tops for water for backpacking trip.

Food Related
·    Cooking pots that can get soot from fire on them – We need a total of about eight of these pots.
·    Cooking utensils – Big spoons and spatulas, knives for cutting food.
·    Large, durable plastic bags for liners.
·    Stoves for cooking – Double burner stoves preferable.
·    Large pots, skillets, griddles, frying pans for cooking – Think food for fifty!
·    Mixing Bowls

Vehicle Related
·    2-3 large vehicles, such as a large van, that we can drive out to the State Park and leave there for the week as an emergency vehicle as well as a place to store food.
·    Drivers – We need enough drivers to bring fifty people to Black River State Forest, about an hour and a half away.

Back-to-School Clean-Up Time
Check out our on-line sign-up list for jobs we'd like to get done ahead of time this year. Visit  SignUp Genius (you'll have to sign in), sign up for a job, and indicate in the comment section when you'd like to come to school.
Most jobs can be done in an hour or less. Bring a friend! Just make sure to indicate when you're coming - we'll make sure the doors are open and supplies are available.
We may add more jobs to the list for the clean-up day itself, which is Saturday, August 25th from 9AM - 2PM.

Thank You  
- Julie Turino for taking care of our plants this week.
- Penny Zinky and Lydia Turino for refurbishing the bulletin board in the Lounge.

Looking for tools
We are looking for tools for some of our Practical Skills classes. Contact Liz if you could donate or lend any of these:

- Carving knives - 10
- Carpenter's axes - 2 or 3
- Carving gouges - any number
- Basic hand tools for carpentry work
- Sewing machines in good working order

The Whole Plate, gearing up for 2012-13
We are looking for parent volunteers to join The Whole Plate team to continue into our next phase of marketing our unique Foods and Nutrition Curriculum. If you have skills and interest in helping this effort, contact Dawn.

Julee and Ben Agar on the birth of their grandson, Leo John Barstad on Sunday, August 12! Erin, Jesse, Reed and Leo are all doing well.

Community News

Farm for Sale
Alumni parent Adrienne Fox is selling her lovely farm just south of town. Visit her blog to find out more:

Driftless United Futbol (Athletics)
has opportunities to play soccer for boys and girls this fall.  Registrations should be turned in and practices start:

1)  August 21 for all players 14 or under after August 1, 2012.  Roughly this is 7th and 8th Grade.  Practice is at 3:30 at field above the tennis courts by the Viroqua football field.  Practices for this team are Tues and Thurs from 3:30-5. Games are Saturdays in Richland Center in the mornings starting Sept. 8 through end of October.  Carpooling will be set up by the club.

2) August 23 for players 12 or under after August 1.  (Roughly 5th and 6th Graders.  Practice is from 5:30 -7 at the same field as U14 team.  Games same as U14 team.

3) For all high school players (homeschool, public, and private) first practice is Monday August 13 from 5-7 at Ebbots field.  (Baseball fields south of tennis courts)

Youth teams played teams from Spring Green, Muscoda/Boscobel, and Richland Center area.  All teams are coed. For all of the registration info go to

Youth players do not need Sports Physicals.  High school players do need them.  You can register and pay the first day of practices.  Any questions call Kelsey @ 634-6974 or Mitch @ 606-5215.

Gleaners Wanted!
Help feed the 99%
Spend a summer afternoon on a beautiful farm and get your hands in the soil!  
Gleaning is from 12:30-4:30 every Thursday.
We meet at the Food Enterprise Center parking lot and car pool out to area organic farms and harvest produce. Produce is packed in the field and delivered to a cooler. All produce is donated to area food pantries in Vernon, Crawford and Monroe Counties.
Please wear weather appropriate clothes (layers, sunscreen, hat, rain gear) bring drinking water & snacks, wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes.
To sign up as a gleaning volunteer and join the update list please contact Nicole: or call 608-637-3615.

Driftless Folk School Internship
The Driftless Folk School is seeking an enthusiastic, versatile intern to help us grow and develop during 2012 and 2013. The core responsibilities would include assuming the duties of the Folk School Registrar and working on the creation of the next two DFS catalogues of classes. In addition, the prospective intern would work with the Board of Trustees to develop and deepen the offerings and infrastructure of the organization. While working in collaboration with and under the supervision of the DFS Board, the prospective intern would have considerable scope for personal initiative and self-management in this position. This will be a paid internship of $300 per month and free access to all DFS classes, with the possibility of an increase at mid-year. Housing with a local DFS affiliated family in exchange for farm help may also be a possibility.
Application deadline: August 20, 2012
Position Starts: As early as possible in September 2012
Duration: 1 year.
To Apply: Download a full position description and application instructions at the Driftless Folk School website.
Questions?  Contact Jacob Hundt -

Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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