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The Weekender--Youth Initiative High School Newsletter


Small-Job Sign Up!
Sign up here to help us get a head start on Clean-up Day.

Back to School Mailings
Out this week!

Inservice Days:
Monday - Wednesday
August 20-22

Agenda and more Information coming your way soon.


Volunteer Opportunities

Gleaning: every Thursday afternoon. Contact Nicole Pennick

Ho-Chunk Nation's Honoring our Parents event. September 21. Contact Liz

Halloween Haunted House at The ARK. Contact Anna Rodriguez.



7, Tuesday
7PM - Long Range Planning

16, Thursday
6:30PM - Development Mtg.

17, Friday
Yawo, at the VFW Shelter

20, Monday
6:30 - Board Meeting

21, Tuesday
Orientation/Camping Trip Meeting
6:00 - New Parent Orientation
         - Returning Student Gathering
7:00 - Camping Trip Meeting

20-22, Monday-Wednesday
Faculty Inservice

25, Saturday
All School Clean up Day
9AM - 2PM

27-31, Monday-Friday
2012 Camping Trip


4, Tuesday
8:20AM - Classes Begin


Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

The Whole Plate: A Return to Real Food  - the YIHS Foods & Nutrition Curriculum

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School

Three Rivers Waldorf School

City of Viroqua

Driftless Folk School

Driftless United Athletics

Essential Skills Outdoor School

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute

Lakota Waldorf School

The Turning Place

Viroqua Area Hockey Association

The Waldorf Exchange

Waldorf Today

Viroqua's Community Radio Station

More Links

The Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter

The Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Presencing Institute

The Story of Stuff Project
3 August 2012

Back To School Mailings go out this week.

Join us for a night of African Music and Food
at the VFW shelter! We're so fortunate that Yawo and his group love to come to Viroqua. If you can help set up, clean up or serve food on Friday the 17th, contact Paula Grenier, 608-606-3500.

Thank You  
- Shawn and AnnaJo for coordinating (once again) the stilt-walkers for the Kickapoo Country Fair!

Orientation and Camping Trip Meeting 
Tuesday August 21, 2012

Changes are afoot for this year's beginning-of-the-year camping trip. Please join us at the meeting on Tuesday, August 21:
  6:00 - New Parents are invited to an Orientation Meeting for the beginning of school.
6:30 - Returning Students will meet with Dave Hibbard-Rode, this year's camping trip coordinator.
7:00 - All Students and Parents are invited to the Camping Trip Meeting.

Back-to-School Clean-Up Time
Our big back-to-school clean up day will be Saturday, August 25th from 9AM - 2PM. It always feels good to get started with a big purge and this year we can accommodate those of you who can't make it to the Saturday work day.
We have created an on-line sign-up list for jobs we'd like to get done ahead of time. Visit this SignUp Genius site (you'll have to sign in), sign up for a job, and indicate in the comment section when you'd like to come to school. Most jobs can be done in an hour or less. Bring a friend! Just make sure to indicate when you're coming - we'll make sure the doors are open and supplies are available.
We may add more jobs to the list for the clean-up day itself.

Notes from the Rehbachs
Our good friend Conrad has had some serious health issues recently - a severe attack of pancreatitis had him hospitalized in Seattle in mid-July. Conrad is now on the long road to full recovery; he and Marjorie will remain in the greater Seattle area through next spring. Emailing Marjorie seems to be the best way to send well-wishes.

Community News

Farm for Sale
Alumni parent Adrienne Fox is selling her lovely farm just south of town. Visit her blog to find out more:

Tonight: Kick up your Cajun Heels!
Come out and Support Big Brothers and Big Sisters in their efforts to mentor youth in Vernon County with our fundraiser featuring the JJ Zydeco Paydirt Band providing the music and Winston Tally and wife Judy preparing their renowned catfish dinner featuring local Mississippi catfish, homemade potato salad and baked beans. Refreshments include a keg of beer and soft drinks.   Come join the fun on Saturday Night August 4 from 7 to 11 at the VFW Pavilion on South Washington in Viroqua.  Tickets are $10 and the Catfish dinner is $7.  We’ll provide the Louisiana Hot Sauce!  

Gleaners Wanted!
Help feed the 99%
Spend a summer afternoon on a beautiful farm and get your hands in the soil!  
Gleaning is from 12:30-4:30 every Thursday.
We meet at the Food Enterprise Center parking lot and car pool out to area organic farms and harvest produce. Produce is packed in the field and delivered to a cooler. All produce is donated to area food pantries in Vernon, Crawford and Monroe Counties.
Please wear weather appropriate clothes (layers, sunscreen, hat, rain gear) bring drinking water & snacks, wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes.
To sign up as a gleaning volunteer and join the update list please contact Nicole: or call 608-637-3615.

Driftless Folk School Internship
The Driftless Folk School is seeking an enthusiastic, versatile intern to help us grow and develop during 2012 and 2013. The core responsibilities would include assuming the duties of the Folk School Registrar and working on the creation of the next two DFS catalogues of classes. In addition, the prospective intern would work with the Board of Trustees to develop and deepen the offerings and infrastructure of the organization. While working in collaboration with and under the supervision of the DFS Board, the prospective intern would have considerable scope for personal initiative and self-management in this position. This will be a paid internship of $300 per month and free access to all DFS classes, with the possibility of an increase at mid-year. Housing with a local DFS affiliated family in exchange for farm help may also be a possibility.
Application deadline: August 20, 2012
Position Starts: As early as possible in September 2012
Duration: 1 year.
To Apply: Download a full position description and application instructions at the Driftless Folk School website.
Questions?  Contact Jacob Hundt -

Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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