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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


19, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting
6:30PM - PRWS 8th Grade Eurythmy performance: "The Clown of God"

20, Tuesday
6:30PM - PRWS Shepherds Play

22, Thursday
6PM - YIHS Circus!!!
Landmark Center
7PM - PRWS Alumni Gathering

23 - January 8
Christmas Break


9, Monday
Back to School!

11, Wednesday
7:30AM - Finance Mtg.

12, Thursday
3:15PM - Curriculum Meeting
7PM - Parent Meeting

16, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

19, Thursday
7PM - Faculty Showcase

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

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 12/19 - Pizza
Tues, 12/20 - Soup and Bread
Wed, 12/21 - French Toast w/Fruit Salad
Thur, 12/22 - Holiday Potluck at YIHS

Currently Seeks
Donations of:

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

Noise-making electronic toys

Stainless steel kitchen rack: up to 33"W x 18-30"D, height variable

Half-pint canning jars

1-2oz glass tincture bottles

Aseptic containers (rinsed)


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

16 December 2011

Next week YIHS will be putting on a circus show with a holiday-solstice theme. Featuring many up-and-coming superstars, the show will have stiltwalkers, unicyclers, surprising juggling, clowns, and acrobats. Whoopee for the whole family!!!
Thursday December 22nd 6pm-730pm
Landmark Center Bigtop Auditorium
$5/Adults, $2/Child, $10/family

ALSO PERFORMING!!! The Youth Initiative Jam Band, under the direction of Ben McDonald and Tom Gullion, will perform with members of the YIHS Choir, under the direction of Dodie Whitaker.

After the Circus Show--
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School
Alumni Gathering
Wander next door after the show and catch up with old friends!  Starts at 7PM at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Want to be a circus roadie?
The YIHS circus act will be performing next Wednesday afternoon 12/21 at Three Rivers Waldorf School in LaCrosse and needs 2 more drivers. Contact Liz if you can help - 608-637-6445 or

Holiday Potluck for the last day of school
Join us on Thursday the 22nd at noon for a potluck luncheon before afternoon classes.
Faculty and Parents - please bring savory dishes
Students - please bring desserts
Parents are welcome to stay and help us get ready for the circus in the evening.

Save the Date
for our Panel Discussion on Technology coming on Tuesday, January 31. Location TBA.

The Classic Holiday Desert - Apple Pie...
makes the perfect potluck presentation for holiday parties.  These pies are 100% organic, can be frozen for months, and taste fantastic: what could be better?

$15.00 ~ call Jenny Cain at 608-606-0572.

Classroom Supplies requests:
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.

Supplies needed for Soapmaking and Herbcrafting Class:
1 and 2 ounce glass tincture bottles (recycled bottles are fine, we will clean and sterilize them)
12-14 half pint canning jars
12 rinsed aseptic containers (the typical rice and almond milk containers)

Thank You
- Ben & Julee Agar for the toy fire engine.
- Wild Rumpus Circus for lending their tightrope to the YIHS circus class. (They have a great Circus Arts Day Camp every summer for children ages 7 & up! Visit the Wild Rumpus Circus or call 608-669-6403.)

New from Long Rang Planning!

Express yourself! Click on the image above (it works this week).

Ridgetones Holiday Concert  
Saturday, December 17, 7:30PM

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
504 S. Main St., Viroqua

Adults: $10
Children and Seniors: $5
Families: $20
A great night of holiday entertainment for the whole family!
Refreshments by donation. Please join us.
Happy Holidays from the RidgeTones!

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.

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           

Saturday,  Jan. 14
- Garment Construction with Jessica Hooper

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