The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 26
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April 25, 2019

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence
The Easter Nature Table in the Faculty Room


Next Week

Tuesday, April 30
Grade 7 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS
Thursday, May 2
Upcoming Grade 1 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS
Friday, May 3
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS
Weekend Anthroposophical Medical Conference Begins


May 8-9 | Grade 8 Play
May 15 | Spring Concert & GS Early Dismissal GS
May 21-24 | Greek Games
May 27-31 | Bike to School Week
May 30 | Grade 12 Rose Ceremony
June 10-14 | Outdoor Week
June 20 | End of Term
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.
Grade 5 Presents their Class Play: Demeter & Persephone on Friday, April 26 at 6:00 pm


Mother's Day Flower Baskets - Today is your last chance to order spring flowers to the support students in the High School! Place your order with any Grade 11 student, with Ronaye (GS), Sarah (HS), or online
Grocery Card Winner! – Congratulations to Inna Goncharova who won the $50 Whole Foods gift card for the month of April! 
Upcoming Grade 1 Parent Evening – Thursday, May 2 at 7:00, parents with children who are transitioning from Kindergarten into Grade 1 are invited to a parent evening to discuss the wonderful world of the Waldorf Grades (and the corresponding parental transition). RSVP to
Provincial Literacy Assessment – Congratulations to the Grade 12 Class for successfully completing the Provincial Literacy Assessment today. They are now one step closer to graduation! 
Cellphone Free Zone – You will notice that around the Grade School campus, there are now signs that our Grade 8 students have made alerting visitors that our campus is a Cellphone Free Zone. Please help model to our emerging digital savvy youth that cellphones should be tucked away at drop-off and pick-up and throughout the day. 
New Titles in the Grade School Parent Library -
Thank you for your suggestions for new titles in our expanding Parent Library. Christiane Rolland, our wonderful librarian, has been adding exceptional titles this year. Please keep your suggestions coming to either Mary Henley, Community and Resource Development Manager ( or Christiane (

Upcoming Community Events - Rudolf Steiner Centre Association AGM, The Vancouver Opera: Faust & La Cenerentola, North Shore Celtic Ensemble Spring Ceili Dance, Anthroposophic Medical Conference: Metamorphosis in Life & Death, VAM Community Concert Series, ENSWaP Conference 2019: 100 Years of Waldorf Pedagogy — Preserving Ashes or Lighting Fires?, A Weekend Drama Workshop and Sunday Talk with Michael Burton, Dancing with the Mystery Piano Concert, and In Search of the Centre-in Depth, Dornach, Arlesheim & beyond. Visit our website to learn more.


Order your flower baskets, strawberries, veggies and herbs before it's too late! Order Here


Since this school year started, I have been reminded time and time again that our community cherishes opportunities to come together. Whether it’s to mark the changing of the seasons with a festival, to work together to host a fair, and to attend a play, a class meeting or a parent education evening, we show up to connect with each other, share ideas, and support our teachers and children.

This past week, we hosted our first book swap to celebrate World Book Day and it was a smashing success. We were also treated to a lovely Community Forum hosted by the AWSNA Steering Committee where many gems were shared about the accreditation process, including personal reflections from the committee members as well as thoughtful questions and comments from those in attendance. Chatting with so many of you in the Grade School administration hallway this week has also been wonderful. Thank you for dropping into the Accounting Office to buy grocery cards – it is appreciated!

As we move through our final term, Laura and I are designing our events calendar for the coming school year. We are planning for a year that celebrates the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education by offering rich content that supports learning about anthroposophy and the education we have chosen for our children. We are also looking at our approach to long-standing events and traditions to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of our diverse community. Stay tuned for calls for input and ideas as we would love to hear from you about what you would like to see on our events calendar next year.

Mary Henley
Community & Resource Development Manager
The Admin Team was serenaded while cutting a cake to celebrate World Admin Day. Thanks to the Faculty for taking such good care of us!


Tips for Teaching Realistic Optimism - Simple strategies can help students reframe challenges as opportunities for growth.
Math And Science Can't Take Priority Over History And Civics - We know that only a minority of students will end up working in STEM fields. But virtually all will be expected to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democracy. And if they don’t have the background knowledge and vocabulary necessary to understand a newspaper article or even a news report on TV, we’re all in trouble.
Seventeen Walnut Hills Students Earn Perfect ACT Scores - A total of 17 students from Walnut Hills (Waldorf) High School earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, a standardized test used for college admission. "I have never heard of so many students in one school earning a perfect score," said Ed Curry, spokesperson for ACT



Our book swap was a wonderful success. Students excitedly rushed into the Hall after school to choose their new-to-them titles from a selection of non-fiction, picture books, and chapter books. We had a table of parenting books for adults to enjoy as well.
Grade 8 Art Gallery

Somehow, already in this shortened 4-day week, much has been celebrated, presented, accomplished and shared. My hope is that through it all, we remember to pause and breathe in each special moment, and practice gratitude for each other and the wonderful culture we are building together here at the Vancouver Waldorf School.

Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events

The Vancouver Waldorf School is situated on the unceded ancestral territory of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) Nations.

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