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September 29 2017

Commitment - Have dedication, have courage, take responsibility
Making Michaelmas Dragon Bread in Plum Cottage

CALENDAR

Monday October 2
Flower Bulb Sales 3:00 pm (GS)
Boys Soccer Game VWS vs SJS 4:00 pm (Kirkstone Park)

Tuesday October 3
Waldorf Welcome 8:45 am (GS)
Girls Volleyball Practice 3:30 pm (HS)
The First Seven Years Seminar Series 7:30 pm (ECC)

Wednesday October 4
Harvest Lunch (GS)
Boys Soccer Game VWS vs SGS 4:00 pm (Kirkstone Park)

Thursday October 5
Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs EJV 5:00 pm (Ecole Secondaire Jules Verne)

Friday October 6
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am (GS)
Christmas Fair Planning Meeting 8:45 am (GS)
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal on BigSIS or on our website.
Download the Important Dates & Closures Calendar.
Gr 4 Baking Cookies

REMINDERS

Emergency Contact Forms - Login to your Parent Portal to complete or confirm these essential forms. The process should take only a 2 to 3 minutes minutes per child. All forms are due tomorrow

Parking & Morning Drop-off - Please be reminded that the front of the school is for drop offs only. Please do not park in this lane at any time nor block the entrance to the parking lot. May we suggest parking in the neighbourhood and walking to school, thereby using the time to invigorate your physical and mental well-being with your family and friends? The fire/bus lane needs to be free of vehicles for safety and insurance reasons. Please help us keep the school and parking lot a safe place. We do not want to resort to blocking the driveway to cars in the future. Thank you!

Red Door Store - The Red Door Store is looking for volunteers for after school shifts: M, W & F 2:30-3:30 pm, and Th 1:45-2:45 pm. The Red Door Store is sweet community hub and is an excellent place to get to know other parents at the Vancouver Waldorf School. Please stop in and say hello to Ella who manages the store, or drop her an email at reddoor@vws.ca if you are interested in helping out.

Photos - Grade School class photos will be taken on October 12 as will the retakes for High School and Grade School students. Please let your class teacher and Ronaye (Grade School) or Sarah (High School) know if you want retakes.

Become a Homestay Host - Are you interested in becoming a homestay host? We have an international student arriving in January for 3 months who is looking for a warm and caring, pet-free family to take them in. Please contact Karen at admissions@vws.ca if you would like to learn more.

Volunteer Opportunities - Areas to volunteer include: Friday Coffee Mornings, Crosswalk Safety, Special Event Support, Christmas Fair Planning, Event Baking, Parent Council, Gardening & Grounds, Red Door Store, Fundraising, and more! Please connect with Laura to get involved!

STAFF FEATURE

Mary Henley, Community and Resource Development Manager
I’m excited to have joined the School’s development team this week as Community and Resource Development Manager. My areas of focus until the end of the year are meeting as many parents and guardians as I can, connecting with our treasured elders and learning how I can best serve our wonderful community. Most of my career has been spent working with students and I’m thrilled to again be surrounded by so many young people, their incredible teachers and their loving families. My husband, Ben, is a natural builder and we live in North Vancouver with our two children, Sky, in preschool and Sydney, in Grade One. When I’m not at the School, you’ll find me crafting at home, playing in local parks, cycling slowly around town or taking in a cultural event. You are welcome to drop in to the Development Office at any time to chat and share ideas. I’d love to meet you.

FUNDRAISING

Fundraising with Flowers
9th Grade Students will be at the Grade School on Monday October 2 to collect your flower bulb orders! Please review the catalogue and help them raise money for the Grade 12 Year End Trip. View the catalogue here: https://goo.gl/kmZjxZ. Bring cash or cheque please, and just think of how beautiful your garden will be come spring and summer.
Grocery Cards
It couldn't get much easier! Order your pre-paid grocery cards and then use them in place of your usual payment method. You pay nothing extra and the school receives a kickback from the store. Download an order form here and get your orders in by Oct 2 for mid-month delivery. Visit our website for all the details.
SPUD Produce and Grocery Delivery
Order your organic BC apples in the Best of Fall Box at SPUD.ca/fundraising. If this is your first time supporting this fundraiser, enter the code FUNDRAISING at checkout and select Vancouver Waldorf School from the drop-down list, then complete your order. 25% of your produce box proceeds will be donated to our school!
VWS Spirit Wear
Check out our online store for comfortable sweats, hoodies, totes, and more. We have received approval from P.E. teacher, Mr Jeremias, for children to wear their spirit gear during PE class (in navy only please). Children's size samples for t-shirts & hoodies are available in the Red Door Store.

WINDOW INTO GRADE THREE

Throughout the Grade Three year, we wind our way through the stories of the Hebrew Scriptures. We immerse ourselves in the tales of an ancient people, while also enriching our experiences with many aspects of Hebrew culture such as songs, food, language and festivals.

This year started off the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, The Days of Awe, and some aspects of Yom Kippur. We will be celebrating Sukkoth, which is a special eight day Harvest festival, for which we wish to build a temporary Sukkah in the Grade 2/3 play yard. We are in need of some lumber to build the structure and were hoping that perhaps parents in the school community might have some scrap lumber around that might be donated to this project?

We require:

  • 4 pieces of 2X4 lumber that is 8 feet long
  • 14 pieces of 1X4 lumber that is 8 feet long.

If you have anything you think might work for us, Please contact Grade Three Class Teacher, Raja Chrimes at rchrimes@vws.ca. Thank you.

Gr 3 Sukkah built by our current Gr 8 Class

PARENT EDUCATION

Building Social Health in a Digital Age - On October 18, the Vancouver Waldorf School welcomes Christof Wiechert to speak to parents, teachers and caregivers about how children adapt, step by step, to sense-perceptional sensations. Children need the time to adapt; the brain needs time to adapt. If sensory overkill happens, the brain cannot 'digest' the information. This causes damage to the whole system of nerve-sense-brain relations. These facts are well known in the scientific community, but are not made public frequently enough. Register here.

The First Seven Years - What can parents and teachers do to support a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development? Each session builds on earlier sessions, and we encourage participants to attend the series as a whole. This Seminar Series is at 7:30 pm on Tuesday evenings.

The Inner Life of Bees Study Group - Join us for an in depth exploration of the Meaning of Bees. We will begin by screening The Queen of the Sun at 7:00 pm on Monday October 23, then continue with discussion for an additional 4 Mondays (breaking on November 6). We will meet again in the spring for an additional 5 weeks for a practical hands-on experience learning about beekeeping, as we install a hive and introduce honey bees to our Grade School campus.
"Love is allowing ourselves to become so vulnerable and unprotected that others are not prevented from seeing us."
~Rudolf Steiner

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Vancouver Academy of Music - Ronaye has free vouchers for tickets to see the Vancouver Academy of Music’s first concerts of the year. On Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 pm they will present Beethoven’s Emperor, Piano Concerto No. 5, Symphony No. 7 and Egmont Overture. On Sunday, November 12 at 1:30 pm  they will present Verdi’s Requiem.
Please see Ronaye for complimentary vouchers.

WEEKEND READING

Where Are The Computers? Why Waldorf Eschews Classroom Tech - Most countries that invested heavily in education related IT equipment did not witness an appreciable improvement in student achievement over the past 10 years. Read More

When Adult Perceptions of Risk Result in Real Bans on Children’s Play - Time in nature is essential - it should be recognized for what it is: a right and a need, not a luxury. Read More

How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success - The function of play is to build pro-social brains, social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways. Read More

NOTES

Recess in the 2/3 Play Yard

What a fantastic first month everyone. Hopefully you and your children have all settled into the flow and routine of family meals, early bedtimes, and morning commutes. Bravo for making the transition from summer to autumn with grace and ease!

Please take note of a few of the activities coming up in the month of October. We begin with a Harvest Lunch at the Grade School on Wednesday and a Thanksgiving Potluck at the High School on Friday. Please refer to the separate emails which have already gone home to see how to contribute.

Three upcoming events include, the parent education evening with Christof Wiechert on October 18, the 5 week Honey Bee study group beginning October 23, and the Annual General Meeting on October 25. And finally, watch for communications coming up soon around Christmas Fair; we’re only 7 weeks away from this wonderful whole school festival!

Happy Michaelmas to you and your family. To learn more about this festival, visit the Community area of our website here: vws.ca/michaelmas. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
   
Did you see any errors? Or do you have something to contribute?
Contact Laura at communicationsandevents@vws.ca

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