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Upcoming Deadlines:

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



23, Monday
6PM - Development Comm

24, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel Mtg.
7PM - Parent Meeting

26, Thursday
3:15PM - Curriculum Mtg.

27, Friday
12:50PM - Faculty/Student Meeting

31, Tuesday
7PM - The Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table
TECH<TONIC>SHIFT - panel discussion on technology and human development


6, Monday
7PM - Long Range Planning Mtg.

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

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 1/23 -Pizza
Tues, 1/24 -Enchiladas
Wed, 1/25 -Soup & Bread
Thur, 1/26 -Asian Noodles

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 Interesting Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Story of Stuff Project

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

21 January 2012

One kind word can warm three winter months.
~Japanese Proverb

Join us Tuesday, January 31 at 7PM for a panel discussion at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table, in the Viroqua Public Market.
Local TechSavvies will discuss appropriate management of the many devices at our fingertips today.
This event is free and open to the public.

to Iris Fernandez Blanco who has joined our 10th grade for a couple of months from A Coruna in lovely Galicia, Spain. She is staying with friends of our school, Steve and Prudence Tippins. Please offer Iris a warm welcome to make up for the cold weather!

...welcome back...
Cadan Cummings, who has returned from an inspiring semester at Conserve School in Land O' Lakes, WI.

...and Farewell
to Louisa Kaiser, who will be returning home to Germany after next week, and to Jasmine Jamila-Wuerth, who will be spending the spring semester at Conserve School. We'll miss you both.

Are you Human?
- answer this Long Range Planning question about our meeting culture.

Click on the image to go to our webpage.

Thank You
- Theresa Marquez for our new washing machine
- Sharon Butera for assisting in the Soap-making class
- Steve Firebaugh and Bill Townsley for assisting in the Robotics class

Development Meeting
Monday, January 23

Meet at 6PM at the school. You know who you are.

Parent Meeting, Tuesday, January 24
Join us at 7PM to discuss:

- Study Abroad Options and What Has been Done in the Past
- Independent Study: How it Works and Examples from the Past
- Fundraising Update
- Announcements (including re-enrollment schedule and request for feedback)

YIHS presents: Valentine's Dinner, 2012

Coming Saturday February 11, 2012 to the Rooted Spoon. Watch for details or call the school for reservations: 608-637-6445

Ready Driving Academy: Driver Education Class
Instructor: Daryl Ertl
Classes begin February 1st and meet every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6-8pm.
The class will run for approximately 7-8 weeks.
Register online at
or pick up a registration form in the YIHS office.

Meeting Today's Adolescents
Join us for a special evening presentation
with Michele Starr, titled
Awakening an Authentic Interest in the World...

Can we create engaging experiences that meet the needs of today's adolescents?

Thursday,  January 26th
7 - 8:30 pm, City of Lakes Waldorf School
Suggested Donation: $15  

Michele is currently a support teacher for grades 7 through 10 at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, Vermont. After graduating from Rudolf Steiner College in 1982, she began her Waldorf teaching career in the kindergarten. After six years with young children, she became the pioneering class teacher at LCWS. She was a class teacher for twenty-one years before her new role supporting the upper grades. She serves on the leadership council for AWSNA representing the Northeast/Quebec region. When she isn't gardening, hiking, biking or paddle boarding, her current interests include adolescent education as well as the changing role of the College of Teachers in our schools.

Biodynamic Gathering in Viroqua features Craig Holdredge
January 27-28-29

Plan to attend the talks of Craig Holdredge from The Nature Institute: Viewing Nature, Science, and Technology in Context.

Michael Pollan says: "Craig Holdredge's analysis of genetic engineering is the smartest, most original and most compelling I have seen anywhere in journalism or academia."

Craig will be speaking on Schooling Observation & Thinking: A Goethean Approach to Studying Plants and Animals. He has developed a Science curriculum for Waldorf schools based on these principles he will be speaking about. He will be giving three talks: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. Talks are open to the public for $10/talk. Price is $50 for the whole weekend which includes meals on Friday evening, Saturday Lunch and Saturday evening. Download the brochure here.

Work exchanges and home stay exchanges are available. Student volunteer hours can be earned in any number of ways.  For more information call Brian Wickert, 608-637-8890 or Steven Adams, 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,  Jan. 21
- Winter Stargazing with Jacob Hundt

Saturday,  January 28
- Log Home Building Primer with William Lasko

Saturday,  February 4
- Intentional Community with Rikardo Jahnke and Lamar Janes
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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