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The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 3
September 19, 2019
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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

Today, on September 19, 2019, Waldorf education celebrates 100 years!
Across the globe, Waldorf schools are engaging in creative, social and environmental actions. With these initiatives, Waldorf communities are seeding the future. 100 years is only the beginning.

CONTENTS

CALENDAR

Tuesday, September 24

The First Seven Years Seminar Series:
Child Development II
, 7:30 pm ECC
 

Wednesday, September 25

Class Rep Meeting 7:00 pm, GS
 

Friday, September 27

Community Development & Coffee 8:30 am, GS
Michaelmas Festival
 

Monday, September 30

Orange Shirt Day
 
ECC (Early Childhood Centre) | GS (Grade School) | HS (High School)

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

EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE

Waldorf100 An Education for the Future video from AWSNA

ABSENTEES

If your child/student will be absent or late, please let us know by calling the school.
  • Early Childhood call (604)985-7435 with the following extensions:
    • Mulberry and Dandelion Preschool x 101
    • Plum Cottage Kindergarten x 102
    • Red Rose Kindergarten x 103
    • Sunflower Preschool x 104
  • Grade School absentees, call (604)985-7435 x 421 (absentee line) or email rireland@vws.ca
  • High School absentees, call (604)986-9753 or email svondruska@vws.ca

PHOTOS

Grade 3 picking and processing apples from our apple trees

NOTICES

STUDENT PHOTOS - Student photo galleries will be ready on Wednesday, September 25. We will share links and info as soon as they are available. Retakes are on the calendar for Friday, October 4 at 10:00 am at the Grade School.

LOST & FOUND - As the season's change and warm layers are starting to arrive at school, please take a moment to label your children's belongings. At this time of year jackets, raincoats, fleeces and mitts are often forgotten and left behind. Items found at the Grade School will be placed in the Lost & Found, near the Practical Arts room. Please make a point of checking frequently.

KISS & GO SUCCESS - The Kiss & Go lane has been working so well. Thank you so much for your willingness to embrace new habits. The mornings feel much safer in the parking lot and we have you to thank for it!

COMMUNITY EVENTS & MARKETPLACE - Events are posted to our website here https://www.vws.ca/category/community/ and classifieds and marketplace listings are posted here https://www.vws.ca/community/vws-community-directory/. Check back frequently as posts may be added and updated at any time. Contact me at lbergstrome@vws.ca if you would like to post. In addition, there are a parent-led VWS Buy, Sell & Share and Community Page on Facebook.

IN MEMORANDUM

Dear Community,

We are writing to let you know about the passing of one of our community members. Arnold Grimm passed away Tuesday, September 10th in his home in Birken, BC with family and friends by his side.

Arnold was a student at our school in the '80s and was one of three children of a long-standing family who were very involved in the school and in the Christian Community. After many years of teaching in Germany, Arnold, with his wife Ute, returned to Canada and to our school to be the Pedagogical Administrator. He later stepped back into the classroom as the much loved Grades One to Four Teacher for our current Grade Nine class and was present at their moving up ceremony this past June. Arnold and his wife Ute were very committed to our school and made many significant contributions during their time with us.

A quieter life drew them to work at the Whistler Waldorf School, and most recently, Arnold worked as AWSNA’s Director of Accreditation. Arnold’s twenty years spent educating children and guiding and mentoring schools in Germany and Canada provided him with incredible depth and insight in his role both with our school and with AWSNA.

Arnold was intensely dedicated to supporting schools to flourish, and his expansive capacity for clear and inclusive work had a tremendous impact on the sustainability of schools in British Columbia.

The Vancouver Waldorf School will be hosting an opportunity for those who wish to gather to remember him in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for more information.

~ Lorna Fortin, Principal
For the College of Teachers

OCTOBER IN A SNAPSHOT

4 | Photo Retakes
11 | Harvest & Thanksgiving Lunches
14 | Holiday - Thanksgiving
20-23 | AWSNA Accreditation Visit
30 | VWSS AGM

THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS

IN GRATITUDE & CELEBRATION

In celebration of Waldorf education’s centennial, we join other schools and sister organizations worldwide to engage in social and environmental impact projects. The higher aim is to regionally and internationally create a vital interconnectedness essential in today’s world.

Centennial Initiatives Thus Far

  • Worldwide Postcard Exchange – we have sent and received 1,100 hand-drawn postcards to and from every Waldorf school, connecting students from around the world;
  • Bees and Trees – we have built and installed a hive of honey bees to support pollination and help teach our children and community about hive life, and have planted pollinator-friendly gardens connecting us via a “green-web” with other beekeepers globally;

Centennial Initiatives To Come

  • Fairytale Performance – we are collaborating with the companions at Cascadia Society to bring eurythmy, storytelling and music to Kay Meek on November 27; and
  • Waldorf Chronicles – we are collecting the stories of our founders, families – current and past, faculty and staff to share throughout the year.
You can find information about these initiatives, and more on our website here https://www.vws.ca/about/waldorf100/

All the campaigns aim to stimulate dialogue around human values in education and support initiatives that revitalize society and our relationship with each other and our earth.

Many blessings
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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