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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


3, Monday
4:30PM - Driftless United v. Madison Homeshool (JV)
6:30PM - Driftless United v. Madison Homeschool (V)
7PM - No Impact Man screening at Vernon Square Cineman, $2.00

6, Thursday
4PM - Girls Volleyball

8, Saturday
2PM - Harvest Parade

10, Monday
4:30PM - Driftless United @ Prairie du Chien

15, Saturday
Driftless United @ Eagle School (Tournament)

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 10/3 - Pasta Alfredo
Tues, 10/4 - Enchiladas
Wed, 10/5 - Chili & Cinnamon Rolls
Thur, 10/6 - Baked Potatoes

Link to:

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

2011-12 Schedules

October 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

2 October 2011


Next weekend is your last chance to buy a ticket for this tipi!
Join us at the Harvest Parade in Viroqua on Saturday, October 8.

Congratulations to Shawn and Anna Jo
on the birth of
Julian Aster Lavoie

After a 40 hour voyage across rough waters, a little sailor arrived at our farm. It was the late afternoon, Friday September 23, 2011, the first day of Autumn.
We are both so grateful for the support of our midwives, Denise and Hanna, for the bulwark of MaryEllyn, the grandma, and for the thoughts and prayers funneled to us through means too various and wonderful to explain. Thank you.
Join us in welcoming this new human being to earth's shores. Ahoy matey!
Love and awe,
~Shawn, AnnaJo and Julian

Bienvenidos a la Luz, Julian Aster Lavoie!
Despues de un viaje de 40 horas a travéz de un mar picado, un marinero pequeño llegó a nuestra casa.  Llegó en la tarde, viernes, el 23 de septiembre, 2011, el primer dia de otoño.

Sentimos gratitud por el apoyo de nuestras conmadronas, Denise y Hanna, por el bastion de MaryEllyn, la abuela, y por los pensamientos y oraciones que nos han canalizado por maneras y caminos tan varios y maravillosos. Gracias.

Entonces, le damos la bienvenida a este ser humano nuevo que acaba de desembarcar en las orillas de la tierra. Ahoy matey!
Amor y asombro,
~Shawn, AnnaJo y Julian

The Auto Mechanics Class is ready to serve YOU!

The Auto Mechanics Class would like to borrow the following items. Please contact Matt Voz, 608-638-3466 or if you can lend us these tools for a couple of weeks:

socket sets (metric and standard)
floor jacks
jack stands

Parent Fundraising
Food Booth at the Harvest Parade on October 8th.
We will be selling apple pie by the slice, and some kind of delicious veggie wrap.  Thanks to Erin Varney for heading up this project. We will need help with prepping food/ chopping veggies for wraps and people to sell food at the Parade later in the day. If you took some tipi raffle tickets at the meeting on
Monday night, please turn in the stubs and money by Saturday, October 8th!

Apple Pie Sale.  Whoa--We made 125 pies this weekend!
Help us sell them at the Harvest Parade!

Gracias para todo,
~ Susan Nesbit (

Call for True Botanica Orders
The next True Botanica order will be placed this Friday, October 7th. Please email Diana Horan at or call 637-2586.

YIHS Sports:
We Really Love to Move.

Visit our sports page at the
YIHS website!

Alumni News
Forrest Humphrey, ('11) is just getting started on his year at Antioch College. He and his parents were interviewed for a piece for American RadioWorks. Here is the link:
Forrest also has a front page spot on the Antioch College website!

College Admissions Representative
A representative of Cornell College will be coming to visit YIHS at 3 pm on Tuesday, October 4.  Parents and students are invited to come and learn more about this distinctive block-system based liberal arts  college located in Mt. Vernon, IA.  YIHS alumni Eva Pitsch and Henry Hundt are currently attending Cornell.

is coming to Viroqua!

October 9-16 is No Impact Week
for Viroqua and La Crosse Communities

UW La Crosse, Viterbo University, WTC, and Coulee Partners for Sustainability have kindly invited the Viroqua Community to join them in the first No Impact Week for Southwestern Wisconsin!

What is No Impact Week?
      The No Impact Week is a one-week carbon cleanse that allows participants to experience the difference lowering their impact can have on their quality of life, their community, and their planet! It’s about discovering how these lifestyle changes can increase personal fulfillment, health, happiness, and time with family and friends. Beginning Sunday, October 9th, participants will work through a series of eight daily challenges, from decreasing trash production to eating locally and sustainably.
      When you register, you’ll receive a fun and engaging How-To Guide, which will walk you through each day’s challenge. Get your family and friends on board too!
How to participate?
It's easy, and you can choose how much to challenge yourself.
Each person registers and participates for free!  Join the Viroqua and La Crosse communities in the Challenge: Look to the sidebar on the left for La Crosse + Viroqua. Scroll down the page to register....For the question “Which of the following best describes you?” click on Viroqua Community! All are welcome to join as a member of the Viroqua Community challenge,  even if you do not live in the city of Viroqua proper. Share photos and experiences during No Impact Week on Facebook, the link is on the La Crosse + Viroqua registration page.

The No Impact Movie, Man, and Book
         October 3, Monday  7:00 pm The movie No Impact Man  Vernon Square Cinema. $2.00 each.  A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency and vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year.  Thank you Organic Valley for your generous donation which made it possible to feature this film in our public movie theater!

         October 5, Wednesday  7:30 pm   Public lecture with Colin Beavan, No Impact Man.  Valhalla/Cartwright Center at UW La Crosse Campus. Colin will share his journey and what each of us can do to end our environmental crisis, make a better place to live for ourselves and everyone else, and hopefully come up with a happier way of life along the way!  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Ticket sales (to sell out fast) 608-785-8898,  $6.00 each.

        September 28, Wednesday and forward:  The book No Impact Man by Colin Beavan will be available at our local Bramble Book Store at a 15% discount. As a note, UW La Crosse has 400 copies of the book No Impact Man, which is now required reading for all entering freshman students.

       October 15, Saturday 11:00 am –4:00 pm  Living Green Expo Lunda Center/ WTC La Crosse Campus.  Free admission.
       Sponsorship:  No Impact Week October 9-16 is being financially sponsored through UW La Crosse, Viterbo University, WTC, Coulee Partners for Sustainability, and a grant. The Viroqua community has been graciously invited by the No Impact Project and these La Crosse groups to join No Impact Week . These cited institutions are all contributing funds to make this No Impact Week possible, and it would be great to show thanks from our Viroqua Community with a contribution of our own!
          Donations can be made directly on the No Impact website, or you may offer checks made out to Sustainable Markets Foundation (In memo write “No Impact Project”).  As the No Impact Project appointed contact person for Viroqua community involvement in the week, I will be sending a letter with local checks to the No Impact Project on October 17.  The Viroqua Food Co-op has already offered a donation----Thank you dear Co-op!  My address is: Adrienne Fox  S7304 Gardner Rd. Viroqua, WI. 54665 if you’re interested.

     2012:  I’m full on committed to making this week happen in an even greater way next year for our Driftless Area. We are already on the No Impact Project schedule for October 9-16, 2012....Any other folks interested in helping out?  I'll be organizing a  planning meeting for next year, following this No Impact Week--date and time to be announced.
      Any further questions?   Feel free to contact me, Adrienne Fox, at 608-675-3737 #2 or

Driftless Folk School Classes

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

Monday, October 3:
Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing (pottery) with Maureen Karlstad (begins)

Friday, October 7:
Wine and Clay with Maureen Karlstad (begins)

Saturday, October 8:
Build and Bake in a Portable Brick Oven with David S. Cargo
Build a Solar Dehydrator with Dale Kittleson
Clay for Kids with Maureen Karlstad (begins)
Firewood Making with Vince Hundt

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.)


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