October 2016

Dear friends, 
Stanley Horowitz said that "winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. " This rings true when we consider the beauty of each of our seasons and dear autumn, holding both invigoration as well as the impulse to go inward, allows us the space to view what was and what will become. Autumn at Prairie Hill ends the swell of outreach under the sun at markets and expos and begins the season of festival; a true mosaic of fun, community, reverence and beauty. 
We've already enjoyed a chilly yet productive and exciting Festival of Courage - Michaelmas and saw how we too can tame our dragons as we go into the darker months. Now we are readying for The Festival of Community - Lantern Walk, our much anticipated Yuletide Faire and the Advent Spiral. Please read on to what lies ahead for autumn at Prairie Hill...

Take a look at some recent photos! Connect with us on Facebook to see more and stay up to date! 
Ongoing Events
Business Administrator, Jeanne Ring, invites you to her office Wednesday mornings after drop off - 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. 
Stop in for a chat, get your questions addressed and have a cup of coffee! 



Prairie Hill Book Study Invites You
Steiner Study Group  
Tuesdays beginning September 13 
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. 
Administrator's Office
This year's study will be focused on the various Waldorf-recognized festivals; beginning with the Michaelmas Festival of Courage.
Come and explore the deeper meaning of these events!
Questions?  Contact Dawn Imes (Handwork Teacher) 262-825-7879
or  Kelly Kohl  (Prairie Hill Parent/Substitute Teacher)  414-807-0149
Upcoming Events
Join us with your lantern! 
Festival of Community - Martinmas
Lantern Walk
Friday, November 4
5:30 p.m.
Martinmas or the "Festival of Community" takes place at the beginning of November. Based on the story of St. Martin of Tours, a Roman soldier who abandoned his position of high rank and wealth to devote his life to serving the poor. This festival invites us to join with others to carry and follow the lantern light through the gathering darkness. At Prairie Hill, we meet behind the school, light our lanterns, many of which the children have made during class time and listen to the story of Martin.  We then go on an enchanted lighted walk through the  meadow  followed by shared community time with light refreshments.
Questions, please email here.
Saturday, November 5
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us for our Annual Autumn Open House: tour the classrooms, view student work, meet faculty, staff, parents and students. 

Find out why, when people walk through our doors, they say, " I wish I went to a school like this!" 

No RSVP necessary. 
Questions? Contact Liz Torinus, Admissions Coordinator. 

Waldorf Education is the fastest growing education in the world! 


Early Childhood Morning Adventure
Thursday, November 10
9 - 10:30 a.m. 
Join us with your child(ren) for this sampler and experience a morning in a Prairie Hill Kindergarten and Wonder Garden classroom. The adventure includes creative play, observation, snack, outdoor time and an opportunity to have your questions answered. Experience firsthand how Waldorf early childhood lays the foundation for your child's life long love of learning.
RSVP required byTuesday, November 8 - email  Liz Torinus or call her at 262-646-7497 ext 20. 
*This event is also the first step in the enrollment process.

Annual Yuletide Faire
Friday, November 18th 
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
ay, November 19th 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Come discover the special magic of the  medieval past! The beloved Yuletide Faire, in its 29th year is Lake Country's premier arts & crafts festival. The school is transformed into a fantasy world, put together and run by parent volunteers, faculty and staff. Entertainment abounds with live local musical acts as well as strolling minstrels and costumed characters such as the beloved Muffin Man, Pocket Lady, Pickle Man, and others. Children's attractions this year include the one-of-a-kind Children's Marketplace, The Wee Tots Theater, Excalibur, Face Painting and Craft Workshops. Experience the very best of independent arts presented in this vibrant and magical marketplace. Among the abundant holiday shopping opportunities at Yuletide Faire are a raffle, book sale, toys made from natural materials and handcrafted items from more than 30 artisans. Other highlights include breakfast and luncheon fare from the Winter Kitchen, decadent desserts from the Dessert Cafe and a la carte sweet treats from the Sweet Shoppe. This is a community favorite for all ages! $5 at the door for adults, children under 15 are $2 and those under the age of 2 are free. Please contact Susan Koppa McClurg with any questions. Visit Yuletide on our website.


Festival of Light

Festival of Light - Advent Spiral
Friday, December 2  
Open to the Community 2:50 - 3:15 p.m.
Sit quietly and listen to peaceful music as a candle is lit in the center o f a spiral of evergreen  boughs, a symbol of life amidst the dead of winter. Each visitor will take a turn, walk to the center of the spiral and light an apple candle to place along the path. The lights brighten the path for those who come after. 
This is a celebration of quiet confidence, of carrying light in darkness, of sharing that light with others.  The word "Advent" means "coming" or "arrival." This seasonal observance has been kept by people around the world from all paths and beliefs. As autumn gives way to winter, we prepare for the return of the sun, the lengthening of days, and for the insights that we can gain from reflection on the year that has been and on what may be to come. Prairie Hill classes take turns visiting the advent spiral during the day - Open to the public from 2:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. only. 

Click here to learn more about Prairie Hill's rich festival life. 
Giving and Receiving at Prairie Hill
John and Mary Ann Gerry - 2016-17 Annual Appeal Chairs
John and Mary Ann Gerry, parents of PHWS Alumni Jacob '06 and Rachel '07, together with this year's Annual Appeal Champions -
  • D.J. Gallaher - Board of Trustees
  • Stanlee Maliszewski - Faculty
  • Vicki Hoppe - Administration
  • Ariel Schoeninger -  Alumni

invite you to join them in honoring Prairie Hill's 30th anniversary by giving generously to this year's Annual Appeal. 

We have much to celebrate! With the support of our community, Prairie Hill purchased its property and improved its 14-acre campus, received AWSNA and WECAN accreditations and graduated twenty Grade 8 classes sending forth more than 250 students fully prepared to explore and engage in life and learning.
Your gift, which can be made in honor of an alumnus or cherished Prairie Hill teacher, recognizes our successes and assures that Prairie Hill is here for another 30 years to inspire future generations of students.
Please respond generously when you receive this year's appeal. You can also DONATE NOW online . Remember, you may have the power to double your gift if your employer has a Matching Gift Program. Many employer match programs also match gifts made by their retirees.
We'd love to include a photo of you, your family or a treasured Prairie Hill experience in our donor recognition display. Send your photo to  Michelle Lawrence.  
30 Reviews for 30 Years
Do you or did you have a child enrolled at Prairie Hill? Have you attended Playgroup or Summer Camp? Have you visited the school as part of your college curriculum? Are you an Alum? If so, please take a few moments to tell the world about your experience, share a favorite memory or mention a teacher or person who helped you. All reviews will be entered in a drawing for two free Stone Creek Lattes (one to keep - one to share). Click below to share your review! 

Inside Scoop
Prairie Hill's Grade 8 Brightens the Social Media World with Song
Over 9,000 "views" 
Last month we posted a video that is more audio than video on P.H.'s Facebook of our Grade 8 students singing "You are the New Day." The class was on their biking field trip and stopped in the tunnel along the Elroy Sparta trail where they were inspired to sing this beautiful tune. The audio/video has spread like wildfire, making this post the most "liked," "viewed," "shared," "reached," and "commented on" in Prairie Hill history. We have had people from Oregon, Pennsylvania, California and as far as Palestine message us with compliments and praise. If you haven't already heard these beautiful voices, or if you would like to hear them again, click below. 
Merry Meet & Merry Part!
Mark your calendars for Prairie Hill's 29th Annual Yuletide Faire
2016-17 represents Prairie Hill's 30th Anniversary year. The Yuletide Faire provides a wonderful opportunity for our community to celebrate the accomplishments of our school and our alumni.  Yuletide Chair, Anne Coburn and Co-Chair, Anna Oakes want to extend an invitation to all Prairie Hill alumni and their families to not only attend the Faire during this milestone year, but to consider reconnecting with the Prairie Hill community by volunteering a bit of time to the event. Have you always dreamed of being the Pocket Lady or Pickle Man? Contact Anne at (920) 723-4815 or by
email  to find out how to make this dream come true.   This year's Yuletide Faire promises to be filled with treasured traditions and some exciting new twists! 
Mark your calendars! Friday, November 18th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See you at the Faire!

Buzzwords at The Bee Hive = Big Savings

The Bee Hive at Prairie Hill is offering specials and discounts as long as you use your BUZZword! 
The buzzword only lasts so long, so hurry by and see what's in store for you! 
Use your BUZZword (Yuletide) and save 20% on felting needles, packages of assorted fleece, felt squares and yarn in plenty of yummy colors - now through November 10th. 
Prairie Hill Families, Alumni Students & Parents & Community Members: 
share your great stories, articles and testimonies!
If you would like to submit an article or photo to the Prairie Hill Quarterly, 
please send it here. Articles 250 words or less and are subject to approval.