The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 30
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May 23, 2019

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence
Grade 5 Students at the Spring Music Concert


Next Week

May 27 - 31
Bike to School Week
Monday, May 27
SteedCYCLE Bike Demonstration 3:00 pm, GS
Tuesday, May 28
Grade 7 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS
Wednesday, May 29
Grades 9 & 11 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, HS
Grade 12 Parent Evening 8:30 pm, HS
Thursday, May 30
Grade 12 Rose Ceremony 1:00 pm, HUC
Full Faculty & Staff Meeting 3:00 pm, HS
Friday, May 31
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS
Saturday, June 1
Family Yard Sale/Swap 10:00 am - noon, GS


June 10-14 | Outdoor Week
June 15 | Graduation
June 19 | End of Year Picnic
June 20 | End of Term
June 24-28 | Summer Unplugged Camp
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.


North Vancouver School District: Warning from the North Vancouver RCMP – Stranger commits an indecent act in front of a 13-year-old child in the 200 block of 27th Street West on Wednesday, May 22. Read the RCMP Report 
Bike to School Week – Everyone is encouraged to find a self-propelled way to get to school next week. The weather is forecast to cooperate with our plans! Stick around after dismissal on Monday for a demonstration from SteedCYCLE on bike safety & how to change a flat. See you with your helmets on! 
Grade 12 Rose Ceremony – The Rose Ceremony is a beautiful internal celebration honouring our lead class and their families as they prepare to head out into the world. Classes have been preparing offerings for these nine students to take them on a journey of memories as they reflect on the years of schooling that have brought them to this present moment. Grade School parents, please be aware that a notice will be coming very soon regarding dismissal this day. 
Summer Camp Registrations – Summer Unplugged, our day camp for children ages 6 – 12. Registration closes on June 14! The camp runs during the last week in June, 24 to 28. All the details can be found on our website here: Also if you have friends who are curious about Waldorf and want to experience Waldorf Education without enrolling, this is a great opportunity to get a taste.  
Family Yard Sale/Swap – June 1st from 10:00 am to noon at the Grade School in the big field (if the weather isn't great, we'll set up in the gym). This is a leave-no-trace event so everything you've got left on your tarp/blanket will have to accompany you home. This is a Waldorf community event so let's work together to keep the quality and condition of goods high and appropriate. Suggested items: snow sports gear, kids bikes and helmets, outdoor clothing and boots, wool clothes, concert clothing (ie: black pants, white shirts, black shoes). Whether you buy, sell, swap, gift or receive is up to you. Supervised kiddos are welcome to join the fun!  
Christmas Fair Visioning Meeting – Come and join in the conversation about the evolution of the Christmas Fair as we envision a refreshed Fair. We’ll gather in the Music Room on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 pm to share ideas, experiences, and inspiration while creating a plan for the coming years. If you would like to be a part of the conversation but are unavailable on June 12th, please be in touch with Mary Henley, Community & Resource Development Manager, at to schedule a different time to connect. Thank you! 
Employment Opportunities – VWS seeks to expand its faculty and staff with like-minded colleagues who are committed to working out of Waldorf education’s foundational theories and practices. Key qualities include strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment across departments. Visit our website to see all open positions: Employment 
Red Door Store – UREIL PHARMACY Preorder! 've had such great feedback and personal success with this Anthroposophical homeopathic line of medicines. We are placing another order before Summer break so please get your orders in by Monday, May 27th. People in the community love the Aurum Lavender Rose Cream and Oil, Threefold Balance Pellets, Meteoric Iron Pellets, Plantain Spruce Cough Syrup...I personally love the Ferrum Quartz Headache Relief Pellets that I sampled in the travel kit. I've purchased ALL the kits and I'm super happy with the results so far. Please note that prices are in US dollars and will be converted at your time of pick up. Email your orders to Ella at 
Community Classifieds & Marketplace – A collection of "Seeking/Help Wanted", "For Sale/Service", "To Eat", "Accommodation", and "Ride Share" and well as a Waldorf Family Business Marketplace. Community Directory
Grade 4 Students received a special visit from OWL. The OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society is a non-profit organization whose staff and volunteers are dedicated to public education and the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned raptors. Visit their website to learn more about their work.


Consistent Rhythms - A third essential component of Waldorf early childhood education is the creation of consistent rhythms that promote health, security, and trust.


Class plays are at the forefront this spring!

At the beginning of the month, Grade 8 presented The Twelfth Night and last week Grade 2 shared Big Sage, Little Sage. This week Grade 1 did two presentations of their class play, Grade 12 will present this weekend, and Grade 3 will be on stage on June 7!

"The class play gives a teacher many chances to build the social strength in the class. It often also reinforces aspects of the curriculum. It changes the routine in a stimulating artistic way that provides relief from the steady rhythm of the days and weeks and months of the school year. This relief returns when the regular rhythm returns and the class feels the ordinary soothing events of life replace the dynamic and artistic tension of preparing a play and performing it.

Plays in a Waldorf school are called “pedagogical” dramas for a very good reason. They are aids to the class teacher in developing skill and capacity in students, strengthening the sense of interdependence in the whole class, and brightening the creativity of the class through drama."

Read more from Waldorf Publications here

Grade 2 Following their Play Last Week


As we draw nearer to the end of the school year, the many different aspects of development are brought into focus through honest conversations about what was, what is and what’s to come. While we continue to work on the day-to-day tasks associated with all of the many exciting events and activities scheduled for the next four weeks, we are also reviewing, planning and building for the years ahead.

Recent discussions with parents, colleagues, alumni and alumni parents have all included a rich sharing of diverse perspectives on fundraising, marketing, events, admissions, parent education, and community engagement. The common thread is that no matter what is being discussed, there must always be a priority placed upon creating space for everyone to have their voices heard.

During one of my first touchpoints with the VWS, when I was considering enrolling my daughter, I was speaking with a seasoned community member who shared with me that one of the many unique things about a Waldorf school is that parents actively participate in forming the school community.

While participation may look different for every family, our work in Development is to ensure that we are actively listening to our community so we continually offer a variety of ways to participate and contribute that speak to the needs, wishes and vision of our ever-changing community. Thank you all for being a part of that.

Mary Henley
Community & Resource Development Manager


Upcoming Community Events – A Weekend Drama Workshop and Sunday Talk with Michael Burton, Dancing with the Mystery Piano Concert, Summer Camp for Children, and In Search of the Centre-in Depth, Dornach, Arlesheim & beyond. Upcoming Events 



Venturing off for the Greek Games!

The 5th Grade is often referred to as the “Golden Age” of childhood. At this stage of development, students enter a period of enhanced consciousness and sense of self as individuals. In class, study is focused on the history and geography of Ancient India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt & Greece. The year culminates with the Greek Olympiad – a celebration of grace, truth, beauty, and skill.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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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