The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 7
October 18, 2019
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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education



Sunday, October 20

AWSNA Visiting Team Social 4:30, GS

Monday, October 21

Federal Election - Get out and Vote!
Jr Boys Soccer Playoff Game
Grade 8 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS

Tuesday, October 22

AWSNA One-On-One's 2:00 pm, ECC (sign-up)
Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs SH 4:30, Stratford Hall
Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs EJV 5:30, Stratford Hall
The First 7 Years Nutrition 7:30 pm, ECC

Wednesday, October 23

Full Faculty & Staff Meeting 4:30 pm, GS
Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs TI 7:15 pm, Mulgrave

Friday, October 25

Community Events & Coffee 8:30 am, GS
ECC (Early Childhood Centre) | GS (Grade School) | HS (High School)

Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.


Speak with AWSNA Visiting Team

We are looking forward to welcoming our guests from Waldorf Schools across North America this coming Sunday for their 3-day visit. If you see some new faces on campus Monday to Wednesday, please make them feel welcome; they are working very hard for us.

If you are interested in having a one-on-one conversation with a member of the AWSNA Visiting Team, be sure to select an open time slot. Team members have made time available on Tuesday, October 22 to meet with parents and community members. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, simply enter any initials rather than your name when signing up.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Accreditation Steering Committee at

Book a time slot


VWSS AGM - Save the date for October 30, at 7:00 pm for our Annual General Meeting. The purpose of the AGM is to confirm Society membership; consider reports, financial statements and the report from the accounting review engagement for the year ended June 30, 2019; appoint up to 5 Members to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees; and conduct other business that may properly come before the meeting.

Visit the Society page on our website to view the Notice Package, served October 9, and download forms to become a Society member or nominate a Board member.

COMMUNITY CHOIR - Inviting all eager singers (age 18+) to join Fa la la Lorna Fortin in preparing songs to present at the Children's Winter Fair on November 23 and at the Fairytale Performance / Waldorf100 Celebration on November 28. If you are not able to perform but would simply like to sing, you are still welcome! Rehearsals will be Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 pm at our High School campus at 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver starting October 17th.

VWS INDIGENOUS COUNCIL INVITATION - Indigenous families, parents and guardians of Indigenous students, including former students, alumni and members of the wider VWS community, are warmly invited to an upcoming informal gathering to meet, connect and discuss the continued development of the VWS Indigenous Council.

MARKETPLACE - Community classifieds and marketplace listings are posted at our VWS Community Directory. Folks are looking for childcare, accommodations during November break for WCI students/staff, baby items, a cello, and a host family. Others are offering German/English tutoring, elderberry syrup, fire cider, opera tickets, and a house swap! Plus, take a look at the Community Business Listings on the same page.
COMMUNITY EVENTS - Current listings include She Summits - THIS WEEKEND, VAM Symphony Orchestra tickets, an evening of Storytelling, and Soul Conversations for Day of the Dead. Events are posted to our website at Community Events. Contact me at if you have an event to share.

GI❤INGTUESDAY - Celebrating the Collective Spirit of Generosity.
After the hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is the movement that celebrates giving back. Join millions across Canada and around the world, and give what you can to the causes you care about.
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During their walk through Hunter Park this week, 2nd Grade students were thrilled to encounter an owl up in the branches of one of the trees. Look closely at the top, right corner of the photo to see the white owl at rest.


Grade 3 has had a busy past few weeks building and working with their hands. Their latest class project was to build a traditional sukkah to celebrate the festival of Sukkot. Special guests Rabbi Philip and parent, Lauren Hornor, visited the class and offered a blessing. The sukkah will be dissembled by volunteers on Friday afternoon; come take a look beforehand, if you can.


Click through to read the Development Update to reflect back over the previous seven weeks since the start of school, and to look ahead at the activities yet to come now that fall has fully taken root. In addition to celebrating our strong and diverse community and the events that we've shared, the Update also discusses the newly forming Development Committee, Community Fund, Fundraising Policy, and more!

"In the Development Office, we have been working hard to create a structure that will support the formation of the parent realm. As a first step, we had a long and considered look at what is and what has been. We wanted to understand what’s working, what needs improvement, and what needs creating."

Continue reading on our website


A shared Harvest Lunch, enjoyed by all. The Harvest Lunch is a whole Grade School undertaking with delicious results!


Oct 30 | VWSS AGM
Nov 6-7 | Grade 7 Play
Nov 11 | No School - Remembrance Day
Nov 12-15 | No School - November Break
Nov 22 | Night Market
Nov 23 | Children's Winter Fair
Nov 28 | Fairytale Performance: Bees & Trees


There's magic in the air...

Planning for this year’s Children’s Winter Fair has been underway for the last year and we are excited to share news about what is in store for the big event. Being that this is the year of celebrating 100 years of Waldorf education, the intention for the Fair is to create more space for community connection and celebration.

The original impulse for the Fair, when it was birthed 49 years ago, was that it would be a magical seasonal gift created by parents for the children. That impulse will always be honoured, as will the years of time, attention, and care dedicated to the Fair by the thousands of parents, guardians, and grandparents over the years.

Continue reading on our website

Click the event posters to learn more!

A tiny toadstool spotted by Mrs. McKenzie.


"Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for instance, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants or thinks they need. Tossing off the half-hearted "thanks" won't cut it; deep gratitude has to come from within and in a meaningful way. This spotlights the highly social aspect of feeling grateful. Gratitude is also getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Practicing gratitude means paying attention to what we are thankful for to the degree of feeling more kind and compassionate toward the world at large. It can motivate people to make positive changes in their lives. Studies show that people can deliberately cultivate gratitude by literally counting their blessings and writing letters of thanks, for example. This proactive acknowledgement can increase well-being, health, and happiness. Being grateful—and especially the expression of it—is also associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy." ~ Psychology Today

Many blessings & a heart full of thanks
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
The Vancouver Waldorf School is situated on the unceded ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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