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



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


2, Thursday
3:15PM - Curriculum Mtg.

6, Monday
7PM - Long Range Planning Mtg.

7, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel Mtg.

11, Saturday
6PM - Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table
16th Annual Valentine's Dinner

15, Wednesday
7:30AM - Finance Mtg.

18, Saturday
9AM - 2PM  All-School Clean-up

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

Hot Lunch Menu
Mon, 1/30 - Pasta Marinara
Tues, 1/31 - Burritos
Wed, 2/1 - Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Thur, 2/2 - Chili & Cinnamon Rolls

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 Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Story of Stuff Project

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

29 January 2012

How can we make sense of the myriad technologies at our fingertips today? What capacities do we need to develop to effectively manage them?
Join us Tuesday, January 31 at 7PM for a panel discussion at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table, in the Viroqua Public Market on Main Street. Panelists include Tom Gullion, software consultant for NASA; physician Paul Bergquist; counselor and therapist Kevin Schmidt; Darlene Buhr, AV librarian for Viroqua High School; Paul Grenier, chiropractor; and Matt Voz, YIHS teacher, History of Technology.
This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for our 16th Annual Valentine's Dinner!
Click here to make reservations.
This year we'll be holding our gala event on Saturday, February 11
at the Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table
Here's the menu:

Salad Course
beet salad with sheep’s milk feta,
toasted hazelnuts & fresh mint

Soup Course
Mother Hubbard squash soup with garam masala

Main Course
pork loin with prosciutto, roasted garlic, & rosemary
with roasted rutabaga puree
smoked blue cheese & root vegetable gratin (vegetarian)
white wine braised cabbage & winter spinach

chocolate mousse with cognac soaked candied ginger cream

to Sean Treacy and Avery Willis who joined the YIHS Junior class this week.

Thank You
Organic Valley for donating a bigger better printer for the school office!
- Mike Karacek for extra help with office re-arrangments and fire safety upgrades.
- Paula Grenier for assisting in the Carpentry class.

YIHS is seeking:
- voltmeters to borrow for the week of February 13th for the Electricity class. We really need 1, but could make use of 3 of them. Contact
- sewing machines for the upcoming Fiber Arts block and spring play production. They needn't be fancy, but they do need to work reliably.

Curriculum and Personnel Committees
are working on next year's schedule and course offerings. If you have feedback or suggestions, please contact a committee member.

Curriculum Committee members:
Jacob Hundt
Julee Caspers Agar
Cecilia Kouba
Alyson Hornby
Corinne Horan
Vicki Ramsay
Jane Lofton Kouba
Dean Staffanson

Personnel Committee Members:
Jacob Hundt
Matt Voz
Kate Buche-Pattison
Terry Beck
Karen Dahl
Summer Willis
Chenoa Moore
Paula Grenier
Liz Cox

Community News

Ready Driving Academy: Driver Education Class
Instructor: Daryl Ertl
Classes begin this Wednesday, 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.

No Impact Man Movie
Next Thursday, February 2,  at 5:30 pm, the inspiring movie NO IMPACT MAN will be shown at the Vernon Memorial hospital in the Community Room #1.   Film viewing is free!  This moving documentary shares the journey of a man and his family who take on the challenge of creating as little impact on the environment as possible.
The film brings forward questions that we all share in common... Can simple changes in our daily habits really make a difference in global warming and the current destruction of our world?  Is our consumption based culture that we daily buy into really creating the health and happiness we long for?

Thanks to Nan Marshall for organizing this event.  Anyone interested in possible citizen engagement for lower impact in our Driftless area is welcome to stay for conversation following the film.  Sincerely, Adrienne Fox, 608-675-3737  or

Reiki Class Convening
The first session of a Second Degree Reiki Class will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 2 p.m at Chrysalis Farm. I will be incorporating new information learned from a Reiki teacher in Kentucky. Anyone interested in the class should contact me.  We can discuss my sliding fee scale and other times if this one does not work for you.
Returning Home
Marcia Halligan
Reiki Classes and Treatments
(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,  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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