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Upcoming Deadlines

Friday, April 27
Indy Study Proposals for Elective Block 6



26, Monday
6PM - DevCom Meeting

29, 30, 31, April 1
YIHS Presents:
Little Shop of Horrors


2 - 6, Easter Break

9-13, Junior College Tour

9, Monday
Classes Resume

10, Tuesday
7PM - Long Range Planning Mtg.

16, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

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

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 3/26 - Pizza
Tues, 3/27 - Tostadas
Wed, 3/28 - Soup & Bread
Thur, 3/29 - Mac & Cheese

April 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

Unintended Consequences Project
24 March 2012

YIHS presents Little Shop of Horrors
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
March 29, 30 and 31

Evening performances nightly at 7:30,
Additional Saturday matinee at 2PM.

Admission prices: $8 adults/$5 students/$3 children

Our first-ever musical the satirical smash hit about love, betrayal, and the seduction of success that is The Little Shop of Horrors.
Bursting with juicy DRAMA, ridiculous COMEDY, as well as one humungous and blood-thirsty plant, Little Shop combines all the best of musical theatre. To truly understand, one must experience it in person!

Samuel Varney and Misa Grenier in the roles of Seymour and Audrey, respectively-
Featuring all the other awesome kids you know and love!
-Ella Wegman-Lawless as Audrey II aka the Plant!
-Caleb Slemer as Mr. Mushnik!
-Emmitt Kehoe-Scott as Orin the Dentist!
-Ayana Perry, Cecelia Kouba, Genevieve Breitbach, Eleanore
Staffanson, and Chenoa Moore
as the fabulous Doo-Wop Ladies!
...And many more talented, wonderful people!
~Special thanks to the Jam Band who will be providing the instrumental groovy tunage crucial to the production.~


Please call (608) 637- 6445 if you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets in advance. Most parents know this show, please use your discretion with younger children. Questions? Give us a call!

We invite you to come join us for an evening of music, magic and deliciously wacky fun! Hope to see everyone there, the more the merrier...
~ See More

Props needed
Contact Steve if you can contribute one of these items:
-Artificial flower arrangements
-Fake money
-Misc. flower pots, tray
-Large canvas bag
-Old phones (60's era)
-Old newspapers
-Coat rack
-Metal plant mister
-Garden Shears

Thank You!
- to Brendan Heberlein for working with the screen printing crew
- to Adam Cox for helping with the music/band class
- to Tom Gullion for anchoring the pit band

Junior College Tour - April 9 - 13
The YIHS 11th grade will be embarking on our annual Junior college tour during the week of April  9-13.  Our plans are coming together nicely, but we still need one more vehicle!  If you can help us out, please contact Jacob.

New Blocks beginning April 9th:
Freshmen/Sophomores: morning - Human Anatomy; afternoon - Geology & Geography
Juniors: College Tour, then, morning - Native Cultures; afternoon - English
Seniors: morning - English; afternoon - Health

Quiz Bowl Airs
The recent YIHS quiz bowl match will air on Fox 25 TV on Sunday, April 15 at 10:30AM.

Service Week, May 7-11, 2012
Parents are needed to help us organize Service Week this year. We have a few standing engagements: the Humane Society, the Community Arena, and the PRWS Pentathlon, and we are looking for more! Please contact Liz or Jacob if you would like to fill this very necessary and rewarding role this year!

Permaculture Design for PRWS Greenspace
Viroqua, WI

Introduction to Permaculture Ecological Design
Friday Evening Lecture, April 13th, 7-9 pm
Old Main Building, 321 E Decker
Open to Public: Free-will Donation
Full On-site Workshop* at PRWS to Design new Greenspace between PRWS & Landmark Building
Saturday, April 14th, 9 am-4 pm

PRWS building and grounds
*$50 Fee (lunch provided).  Reservation required.
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School has received grant funding from the Paul E. Stry Foundation and Organic Valley to create a greenspace on school grounds (currently asphalt) between PRWS and the Landmark Building in June 2012.  Mark Shepard, alumni parent, organic farmer and renowned Permaculture expert, will lead a design process for the school using this project to teach permaculture design principles and include individuals within our school community as well as area partners, neighbors and community members to help design the space.   This will include a Friday night lecture (open to the public) and a full Saturday workshop (for a fee) on site for participants.  Download the full flyer here.

Community News
Salsa Dancing in LaCrosse - tonight, March 24
Grupo Candela from Madison, 7:30PM Cartwright Center, UW-LaCrosse

Ewetopia Fiber Shop is MOVING!
We are finally moving to our new location in the beautifully refinished historic Felix Building on the corner of Court St. and Main St in Viroqua (same block, same side of the street!) We will be closed from March 25-27th and will re-open on the 28th.
On April 14th - Visit us for a GRAND RE-OPENING EVENT with sales and snacks! Check out our huge new selection of yarns and fibers!
-Kathryn Ashley-Wright (YIHS alumna!)
102 S. Main St, Viroqua, WI 54665

Kickapoo Earth DAy
Friday, Saturday, April 20, 21
at the new Gays Mills Community Center and Library
Lots of activities and ways to participate! Call 608-625-6061 to find out more.

Beloved Viroqua Farm For Sale!
It's less than 10 miles from town, just south of Liberty Pole, in a beautiful warm loving community of mindful neighbors.  The farmhouse is a renovated 6 bedroom, with a Russian stove for central heat, south facing two story with 1 bath--the house has been Coulee Cap weatherized.  There's a certified organic commercial kitchen and land---12 acres with  2-3 tillable, balanced pasture, woodland, and meadow, (possible to purchase only 10 acres), a renovated 20 x 30 studio with vaulted ceiling, loft and half bath, small summer kitchen, large milking barn, straight wood barn, greenhouse (will be repaired from storm damage), approx one acre of goat fencing.  Possible spring/pond--formerly on land--trees have grown inside reservoir.  $220,000.
Available for viewing through scheduled appointment after April 1st!  Adrienne Fox:  or 608-675-3737

Teacher Development Opportunity
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Milwaukee, WI, is pleased to announce its 2012 Summer Intensive courses: The Inner Life of the Waldorf Teacher & Classroom Management; Sing Me the Creation: Language Arts in the Waldorf School (grades emphasis);  Meeting the Needs of the Young Child in the Waldorf Kindergarten (early childhood emphasis); and Artistic Work in the Waldorf School. The program runs July 2-21. For more information, please visit our website at and find the 2012 Summer Intensive page under GLWI Events, or call Lori Barian, Director of Administration, 414-616-1832.

Driftless Folk School Classes

Visit to  learn more about upcoming classes, register online or download a registration form.
Spring/Summer catalogs now available!

Saturday, March 31
  - Blacksmithing for Kids with Robert Schulz
Saturday, April 7
  - Grafting with Rikardo Jahnke
Saturday,  April 21
   - Beekeeping with Jordan Bendel
   - Slip Form Masonry with Tom Spicer
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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