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2011-12 Academic Calendar
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19 - 30
Two Week Spring Play Intensive

19, Monday
6:30PM - Board Meeting

20, Tuesday
3:15PM - Personnel Mtg.

22, Thursday
3:15PM - Curriculum Mtg.

23, Friday
7:30AM - Finance Mtg.

29, 30, 31, April 1
YIHS Presents:
Little Shop of Horrors


2 - 6, Easter Break

9-13, Junior College Tour

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

Hot Lunch Menu

Mon, 3/19 - Pasta Marinara
Tues, 3/20 - Quesadillas
Wed, 3/21 - Stew & Cornbread
Thur, 3/22 - Asian Noodles

March Hot Lunch Form

April 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
17 March 2012


Artwork on display from History of Revolutions and Western Religions.

Warm wishes and healing thoughts
- go out to our beloved Yoga teacher and former school parent Kumari Sky, who was seriously injured in a car accident Friday night. She is beginning a long recovery process and will need lots of support when she returns home.

The Junior class paints images from the medieval story of Parzival.

Play Intensive Weeks
Monday, March 19 begins our two weeks of Spring Play Intensive. We'll start every day at 8:20, reviewing the schedule and assigning tasks for the day.

Making dolls

Thank You!
- Denise Benoit and Bean Voz for helping in Amy's Doll Making Class
- Anna Rodriguez, Karl Schlecht, Joe Hart, Amy Arnold, Jessica Hooper, Corina Bergan, Libby Frank, Geri Shonka for construction of a certain voracious plant
- Gigi Morton, for heading up costumes for the play

A Note from Kate in Germany
We have this update (a couple of weeks old now) from sophomore Kate Buche-Pattison, who is attending school near Stuttgart this semester:

"...We leave the house every morning at 7 and walk to the train station where we ride to Pforzheim Haubtbahnhof (main train station) and get on a school bus (which looks like our city buses) and then we are the second stop.  We get out of school at 1:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at 4:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so on the days we get out early, we come home and eat lunch (which is the main meal of the day here, and we eat at 1-2:00 even on weekends and vacations) then we have a light dinner of Brot (sandwiches) at 7:00 or so in the evening.  We have very little homework so most of the afternoon is freetime or Mittagschlaf (nap) some days!  I am understanding most of what people are saying to me in German, including lessons and big group conversations, and am able to convey what I mean (most of the time) which is better than I thought, but I  definitely have room for improvement!!
 The weather is very warm and spring-like here it was 18 °C (64.4°F) here the other day! It has been rather misty in the mornings and it sometimes stays cloudy/rainy/cold all day, but when the sun is out it is quite lovely, needless to say there is no snow!!  Louisa and I have been walking around Pforzheim and and taking the bus to the shopping straße (street) so I have been getting to know her neighborhood and also a little bit of downtown and the wider city too.  (Pforzheim is -very roughly- the size of Madison)..."

--Kate also says that she is enjoying her time there and was able to quickly check off her "to do" list: "get lost in a big city".

Notes from our Parent Meeting of
Tuesday, March 13

We had an interesting discussion with Kevin Schmidt from Center Point Counseling Services on Tuesday night (download Kevin's handout here), and took care of general business, including:
- approval from parents present for the Technology Policy;
- approval from parents present for the proposed changes to the Attendance Policy;
- support for students running concessions for the play;
- plans for Graduation--location and brief mention of class-related duties.

Thanks to Erin Varney for taking notes (download them here) at the meeting!

Junior College Tour - April 9 - 13
The YIHS 11th grade will be embarking on our annual Junior college tour during the week of April  9-13.  Our plans are coming together nicely. We will need an adult driver and two vehicles for this trip, probably a mini-van and a regular sedan or 2 minivans.  If you are interested in helping us out and getting a head start on the college search, please contact Jacob.

Permaculture Design for PRWS Greenspace
Viroqua, WI

Introduction to Permaculture Ecological Design
Friday Evening Lecture, April 13th, 7-9 pm
Old Main Building, 321 E Decker
Open to Public: Free-will Donation
Full On-site Workshop* at PRWS to Design new Greenspace between PRWS & Landmark Building
Saturday, April 14th, 9 am-4 pm

PRWS building and grounds
*$50 Fee (lunch provided).  Reservation required.
Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School has received grant funding from the Paul E. Stry Foundation and Organic Valley to create a greenspace on school grounds (currently asphalt) between PRWS and the Landmark Building in June 2012.  Mark Shepard, alumni parent, organic farmer and renowned Permaculture expert, will lead a design process for the school using this project to teach permaculture design principles and include individuals within our school community as well as area partners, neighbors and community members to help design the space.   This will include a Friday night lecture (open to the public) and a full Saturday workshop (for a fee) on site for participants.  Download the full flyer here.

Community News

Friday, March 23, 2012, 7pm

Come one, come all to a sparkling showcase of community talent! Marvel at singers, dancers, musicians, and thespians—show-offs of every sort—as they strut their stuff upon the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School stage. Good, clean fun for ladies and gents, boys and girls of all ages!

Admission: Adults $5 / Students $3 / Family $10
Sweet and savory treats and a bevy of beverages will be available.

Call for Talent
* Acts are open to students, teachers, parents and other community members.
* Maximum length of act 5 minutes.
* Gear acts for a family audience.
* For an application or questions, call Arwyn at 637-8304 or email

Submit applications by Monday, March 19 to the PRWS office or email Arwyn (above).

Thank you from the PRWS 6th grade class.

Beloved Viroqua Farm For Sale!
It's less than 10 miles from town, just south of Liberty Pole, in a beautiful warm loving community of mindful neighbors.  The farmhouse is a renovated 6 bedroom, with a Russian stove for central heat, south facing two story with 1 bath--the house has been Coulee Cap weatherized.  There's a certified organic commercial kitchen and land---12 acres with  2-3 tillable, balanced pasture, woodland, and meadow, (possible to purchase only 10 acres), a renovated 20 x 30 studio with vaulted ceiling, loft and half bath, small summer kitchen, large milking barn, straight wood barn, greenhouse (will be repaired from storm damage), approx one acre of goat fencing.  Possible spring/pond--formerly on land--trees have grown inside reservoir.  $220,000.
Available for viewing through scheduled appointment after April 1st!  Adrienne Fox:  or 608-675-3737

Teacher Development Opportunity
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Milwaukee, WI, is pleased to announce its 2012 Summer Intensive courses: The Inner Life of the Waldorf Teacher & Classroom Management; Sing Me the Creation: Language Arts in the Waldorf School (grades emphasis);  Meeting the Needs of the Young Child in the Waldorf Kindergarten (early childhood emphasis); and Artistic Work in the Waldorf School. The program runs July 2-21. For more information, please visit our website at and find the 2012 Summer Intensive page under GLWI Events, or call Lori Barian, Director of Administration, 414-616-1832.

News from AWSNA
The March issue of Inform, the AWSNA newsletter, is available here.

Driftless Folk School Classes

Visit to  learn more about upcoming classes, register online or download a registration form.

Saturday, March 31
  - Blacksmithing for Kids with Robert Schulz
Saturday, April 7
  - Grafting with Rikardo Jahnke
Saturday,  April 21
   - Beekeeping with Jordan Bendel
   - Slip Form Masonry with Tom Spicer
Our mailing address is:
500 E Jefferson St. #302, Viroqua, WI  54665. ph: 608-637-6445
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