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Friday, April 27 - Hot Lunch Forms Due



27, Friday
7:30PM - KGAP Fundraiser Dance
Viking Inn Upstairs

30, Monday
3:15PM - Personnel Meeting


2, Wednesday
3:15PM - Curriculum Meeting

4, Friday
Last Day of Path Classes

7-11, Monday thru Friday
Service Week

10, Thursday
PRWS Pentathlon

11, Friday
12:50 - Beehive Collective
YIHS Lounge

13, Sunday
Mother's Day Brunch!

14. Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting
End-of-Year Intensives begin

17, Thursday
6:30 - Senior Project Presentations

28, Monday
NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

29, Tuesday
6:00PM - All School Meeting/Potluck

Standing Meetings

3:15PM - Mondays
 -- Administrative Meeting

10:30AM - Thursdays
 -- Faculty Meeting
 -- Student Meeting

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 4/30 - Pasta Alfredo
Tues, 5/1 - Enchiladas
Wed, 5/2 - Stew & Cornbread
Thur, 5/3 - Baked Potatoes

May 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
26 April 2012

News from Mexico
Four YIHS students went to Mexico earlier this month and have been visiting and helping out at the Colegio Yeccan, a Waldorf School on the outskirts of Guanajuato, Mexico. Here are a few updates from our travelers...

We all have wonderfully diverse (host) families and the children all love us. We have been hard at work teaching various dances and helping with other classes as well. The weather is hot and dry, but gorgeous. This weekend we hope to climb a mountain!!

And as you can see here we are having the absolute time of our lives teaching some swing steps to 7th and 8th graders.

Overall, we are having a great time and learning so much everyday! This is an amazing opportunity and we are all so grateful for the experience! Look for more updates on our journey in next week's Weekender:)

(Installment #2):

This picture is us successfully at the top, joyous that we made it. The altitude was getting to our heads so pardon the laughter and "not-fully-togetherness":)

Misa, Summer, Ella and Corinne

to Ella Wegman-Lawless on being accepted to Global Citizen Year, a program supporting high school graduates in apprenticeships with development organizations and social enterprises in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Thank you
- Mary Christenson, Frank Wildingway, Diane and David Banner, Maureen and John Karlstad, and Lamar Janes for participating in the 12th Grade panel on marriage
- Kelly Gibson, Gil Hoel, Susan Webber-Johnson, and Mike Lind for participating in the panel on Careers
- Steve Lawless and the Pleasant Ridge 7th Grade for allowing 12th graders to interview them
- Adam Cox and Kelvin Rodolfo for helping out in the Geology/Geography block this week, and to Susan Townsley and Paula Grenier for lending us their vans.
- for presenting information to the 12th grade Health and Wellness class: David Banner - Enneagram, Daniel Marko - Energy balancing body work, Theresa Washburn - The Hero's Journey discussion, Kathy Lofton - massage therapy, Gayle Nielsen - Hypnotherapy, Prudence Tippins - Belief systems and patterns, Steve Tippins - Financial wellness with Personal Finances and Sacred Economic principles, Susan Barendregt - Nutritional therapy with cleansing principles

Our Condolences
- go out to the Horan family on the death of Mike's father, Robert Horan.

Service Week, May 7-11, 2012
Parents will be needed to drive students to Service Week projects again this year, and we would like to be able to take the Juniors and Seniors to Lac du Flambeau for work and a visit with Nick Hocking. If you have part of a day to help out with logistics (and participate in the work if you want), please contact Liz or Jacob.

YIHS Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 13

We are looking for donations of the following items:
  • Lots of Rhubarb
  • Frozen strawberries, raspberries, other berries
  • Nettles
  • Ramps (wild leeks)
We will also be looking for flowers and beautiful things to decorate the tables. Please contact Shawn if you can contribute.

Kwik Trip Scrip available at YIHS
We now have $50 and $20 gift cards available at school! YIHS receives 10% of the sale of each card -- this is an easy way to support our school while just doing your every day business.

We're Looking for a Few Good Barns!
Youth Initiative High School is about to start a public art intensive: the idea is to paint on the side of any dilapidated barn, outbuilding, even an abandoned house, somewhere on the edge of town--preferably along a busy highway or somewhere else quite visible. The paintings will be of the building when it was first built, showing the contrast between its original form and the shape it is in now. There may also be portraits of the people who originally homesteaded the land the building rests on. ANY SUGGESTIONS?? Contact Liz or Pete.

Job Openings at YIHS for 2012-13 School Year
Youth Initiative High School will soon be interviewing candidates for next school year.

Our Development Director, Shawn Lavoie, has been accepted to the "Arts in Education" program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education! We are thrilled to support Shawn in this quest, and we look forward to his return the following year with new ideas and perspectives. Meanwhile, we will be reorganizing existing staff, and hiring for the following positions:

Camping Trip Coordinator
Duties: Organize a 5 day camping trip for approximately 40 students in grades 9-12, plus 5 adults. Coordinate activities, transportation, and meals; acquire permits and campsite; communicate with YIHS students, parents and staff; be the responsible party during the week of the camping trip itself.
Qualifications:  Education/certification and experience in Outdoor Leadership with teens. Good written and verbal communication skills. Good time management and self-motivation. Demonstrated skills in meeting facilitation and non-violent communication. Demonstrated ability to maintain a respectful relationship with teens while maintaining authority. References and background check required.
Please contact Jacob Hundt or Liz Cox 608-637-6445 for more details.

Development Assistant, part-time temporary position for the 2012-13 school year. (This position could become permanent.)
Duties: Assist the interim Development Director with a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to: database management; event planning & promotions; written updates for major donors; grantwriting, etc.
Qualifications: Successful Development experience, familiarity with Waldorf education (familiarity with YIHS preferred). Excellent organizational skills and written and oral communication skills. Technological literacy and facility with Microsoft Office suite. Ability to stay focused in an atmosphere of youthful exuberance. References and background check required. Contact Jacob or Liz for more details.

High School Humanities Teacher, part time
We have several teaching openings for the 2012-13 school year, including blocks on Comedy and Tragedy, Poetry, and Literature and Writing.
Qualifications: Proficiency with the subject; ability to establish a good rapport with teens while maintaining authority. Familiarity with Waldorf teaching principles and basic anthroposophy preferred. Relevant references and background check required.
Contact Jacob or Liz for more details.

April 30 - May 4
Screen-Free Week

AWSNA officially endorses Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6), the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life. More information is available at
Although we are still on our normal schedule at YIHS, we encourage our school community to spend as much time "unplugged" as possible.

Beehive Design Collective to Visit YIHS
May 11

Promotion and Planning Help Needed!
On Friday, May 11, the Beehive Design Collective, based in Machias, Maine, will be visiting YIHS to do a “high energy, interactive, graphics based picture-lecture” on the topic of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining. We need help from students, parents, and faculty to plan and promote this event.  We'd like to drum up a big audience for this exciting event, and we all need to help plan the logistics, including food and lodging for the Beehive members. If you are interested, please contact Jacob right away at The event itself will be free and open to the public.
For more information and to view the graphics visit OR

Community News

K-Gap Fundraiser -- TONIGHT!
Friday, April 27

Enjoy an evening of music and dancing to benefit our long-standing relationship with the Kickapoo-Guatemala Accompaniment Project.  Area students have traveled to Guatemala with project leader Connie Vanderhyden and visited the returned refugee village of Nueva Esperanza, Guatemala. For more information about the Guatemala Accompaniment Project click here.

Reiki Open House
Come to my annual reiki open house on Saturday, April 28th from 2-5 p.m. at Chrysalis Farm. Share healing stories and meet others interested in wholeness. Bring a friend, particularly if the friend would like to know more about reiki. I will provide tea and cookies.
Returning Home
Reiki Classes and Treatments
Marcia Halligan, (608) 637-2079

Threshold Care Circle Fundraiser
with SUTRA Global by Design
May Day 2012
May 1, 3-7pm

SUTRA fair trade/artisan-made Imports is back again
to raise funds for Threshold Care Circle!
The 3rd annual one-day India MarketPlace at the Banners' Beautiful Abode
424 East Terhune St., Viroqua WI
---brought to you by Kim Hammer & SUTRA global by design
and hosted by the powerful, compassionate women of the Threshold Care Circle
More AFFORDABLE than ever...SUTRA brings home to you
ADORNMENTS for Home & Body:
Trendy People Tree t-shirts for Men and Women
Ethnic tunics and dresses
Scarves and Shawls in cotton, silk, and embroidered wool
Stone pendants and silver earrings
Handbags and other accessories
Buddhist/Yoga/Spirituality gear:  Singing Bowls, prayer flags, banners
Leather-bound journals and *art on a string*
Copper Bells & windchimes
Small boxes, baskets, and brass wall hooks.
Wall hangings, pillows and tablecloths, curtains...
and dare I say?    MORE!
New Shipment just in from Bali....batik mandala prayer flags, percussion instruments, chakra banners and child protectors
--Visa, MC, AmExpress and Discover, cash and checks, too!
A portion of your purchases will be donated gratefully to the important work of Threshold Care Circle ~ SUTRA has donated $800 to TCC, so this is a valuable part of their annual fundraising efforts. You can travel with SUTRA to India in early 2013: details upon request and at this sale!
Learn more:

Biodynamic Prep Digging
Saturday, May 5

The Viroqua Biodynamic Group will hold the Prep Digging event at Chrysalis Farm on Saturday, May 5th. We welcome families with children and people interested in learning more about biodynamics to attend. Work will begin at 10 a.m. with a shared pot luck meal somewhere around noon. Sunday will be the backup rain date. Contact Steven Adams for more information.   (608) 637-2079

Teacher Development Opportunity
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute in Milwaukee, WI, is offering a number of workshops that may be of value to currently practicing teachers for continuing education and to parents and other interested adults for personal enrichment.

See our brief listing below. (No classes will be held July 4th.) Details can be found on the Great Lakes website or by contacting or 414-616-1832.

Ala Carte Workshops –
Part of the GLWI 2012 Summer Intensive:

Adult Eurythmy with Mary Ruud
Monday-Friday, July 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 8:30-9 a.m.
Language Arts in the Lower Grades with Nancy Price
Monday-Friday, July 2-6, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Clay Workshop with Michael Imes
Monday-Friday, July 2-6 & Monday, July 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Perspective Drawing with Michael Imes
Tuesday-Wednesday, July 10-11 & Wednesday-Thursday, July 18-19, 2:50-4:30 p.m.
Biography Work with Linda Bergh
Wednesday-Friday, July 11-13, 9-1:30 p.m. & July 13, 2:50-3:40 p.m.
Calligraphy with Laura Cassidy
Tuesday-Friday, July 10-13, 3:40-4:30 p.m. (July 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
Speech & Drama Exercises with Kim Snyder-Vine
Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
The Play’s the Thing with Nancy Price
Monday-Tuesday, July 16-17, 12:15-1:30 p.m.; 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Additional Offerings by Our Guest Teachers:
Sensing the Invisible – Experiencing Spirit at the Thresholds of Birth, Death and Everyday Life with Linda Bergh and Lori Barian
Wednesday, July 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The Life in Review – Biography Intensive with Linda Bergh
Friday, July 13, 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Power of Speech – Faculty Intensive – for Waldorf Teacher Continuing Education with Kim Snyder-Vine
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. & Thursday, July 19, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Deepening Our Relationship to the Foundation Stone with Kim Snyder-Vine, Robert Karp and Mary Ruud
Friday, July 20, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 21, 8:30-10:15 a.m.

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

Saturday, April 28
   - Round Timber Framing with Allan Mackie
   - Wild Edibles of Early Spring with Nicholas Gale
   - Patchwork Tote Bag with Anna Rodriguez
Saturday, May 5
   - Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Gardening with Roger Reynolds
   - Basic Quilt Blocks Series with Anna Rodriguez
Sunday, May 6
   - Edible Landscaping with Roger Reynolds
   - Seed Starting Workshop with Roger Reynolds
   - Basic Quilt Block Series with Anna Rodriguez
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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