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The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 17
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January 31, 2019

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence
Children help at the playground work party last weekend
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CALENDAR

Next Week

Wednesday, February 6
Girls Basketball Game VWS vs SH 4:00 pm, Stratford Hall
Education Evening: Digital Citizenship
Social Media & Online Safety
7:00 pm, GS RSVP

Friday, February 8
Chinese New Year Celebration 3:00 pm, GS

ECC - Early Childhood Centre | GS - Grade School | HS - High School

Upcoming

February 13 & 14 | Grade 7 Class Play
February 14 & 15 | Preschool & Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Interviews
February 18-22 | Family Day & February Break
February 25 | Parent Education: Askable Adult with Jessy Wollen
March 4 & 5 | Grade 8 Projects
March 13 | Festival of the Arts (GS early dismissal)
March 18-29 | Spring Break
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.
From How to Know Higher Worlds:
A Modern Path of Initiation
by Rudolf Steiner

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GS/HS Re-Enrollment 2019-20 - Parents should have received a letter containing information regarding re-enrollment for all Grade School and High School programs for the 2019-20 school year. Please contact Karen Broom at admissions@vws.ca if you have any questions about the process. 
Chinese New Year Celebration - You are warmly invited to participate in our Chinese New Year celebration on Friday, February 8. Cultural performances, activities, and experiences will all be offered. This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and is a fundraiser for a new roof at the Grade School. Each activity will be offered by donation. In preparation, here is a song to practice ahead of time! 
Call for Vendors! - Our Spring Fair is around the corner on April 13 and we are on the lookout for vendors. If you are interested in selling your wares, visit our website to download an application here vws.ca/spring-market-call-vendors/ 
15 Min Parking Spots - Our parking lot is equipped with two 15 minute parking spots. We have noticed vehicles left at length in these spaces which are meant for parents picking up and dropping off in the Early Childhood Centre. Please do not park and leave your vehicle in these spaces. 
Upcoming Community Events- 40 days after Christmas – Candlemas Day, Hoobiyee at the PNE Forum, Peter Pan Zen - A Mindfulness Class for Kids, Simplicity Parenting Workshops - 4 week Session, The Vancouver Opera, Music of the Spheres: inspiration from the heavens. Visit our website to learn more. 
Community Classifieds & Marketplace - New listings include "The Happy Hygienist – Dental Hygiene Care Centre" in the Waldorf Business Marketplace, and water kefir, accommodations needed for February Break, co-housing opportunities, and part-time work with Foodie Kids Inc. in the Waldorf Classifieds. Visit our website to learn more.

WALDORF 100 POSTCARD EXCHANGE

100's of postcards are on display in the front hall of the Grade School. We’ve sent and received postcards to and from many of the 1200 Waldorf Schools around the world. 🗺 Come take a look.

GROCERY CARD UPDATE

Thank you all for sharing your insights and feedback about the upcoming changes to our school’s Grocery Card Program. Over the past week, I have been involved in conversations with parents where we have discussed ideas, answered questions and worked through concerns together. I am so appreciative of the trust I am shown by being invited into meaningful and honest dialogue.

To give you a sense of what has been surfaced through these initial conversations, I have been asked about our fundraising policy, about the financial stability of the school, about how the funds raised will be used, and where to find the Grocery Card Program order form on the website.

In response to those specific questions, we are in the midst of reviewing and writing fundraising policies. Once complete, policies will be published on the website and included in the Parent Handbook. Regarding our school’s finances, we are in good shape and rest assured that you are most welcome to chat with Huy Pham, Finance Manager, about our financial statements, budgets and position at any time. You are also welcome to talk to Board trustees, Susan Connon-Wilby, Business Manager, or me if you would like to learn more about our financial picture. As far as how the funds raised will be used, we are working with the Board of Trustees to develop a clear list of priorities for the coming years that will enable continuous improvement of our school and create more opportunities for our students. The ongoing AWSNA Self-Study will offer us a tremendous amount of information in that regard and the Steering Committee will share a draft of the report at the Spring Community Forum on April 24 (the report will be finalized in the Fall).

Over the coming weeks and months, Laura and I will consistently provide more information about the Grocery Card Program, which, in a large part is influenced by the questions, concerns, insights and ideas you share. Please continue to reach out and let us know what you think. Your input is important and valued.

In the meantime, grocery cards are ordered here: http://www.vws.ca/online-ordering-for-the-grocery-card-program/

Thank you again for your ongoing support.

Mary Henley
Community and Resource Development Manager
mhenley@vws.ca | 604 985 7435 x226

PHOTOS

Thanks to everyone who came to help at the playground work party last weekend! I can't wait to see the willow once it has begun to sprout!

UPCOMING EVENTS

MID-WEEK READING

Draw to Remember - Want to remember a lesson? Incorporate drawing. Dr. Jeffrey Wammes of Yale says, "Any time you add an additional form of processing to your learning, you’re going to get a benefit over and above what’s in the nature of the stimulus.”
Curiosity and Confidence Boosts Learning - Encouraging openness, curiosity and confidence in children can help them be more proficient in reading and math.
Learning Empathy Starts at Home - Children watch us for cues on how to behave. To foster empathy in children it helps for them to see their parents embody generosity and be big-hearted.

CANDLEMAS DAY

40 days after Christmas - Candlemas Day
Friday, February 1 - 11:00 am at Cascadia

February 2nd marks a festival which goes by several names depending on who you speak with and the tradition they subscribe to - St Brigid, Groundhog Day, Imbolc or Candlemas.

Candlemas is a holiday that marks the sun’s growing light and strength. Our inner flame is shining a little more brightly, beckoning us to stir from deep winter slumber. (You might stretch your arms and yawn, then nuzzle in bed just a little longer.)

Here on the West Coast, the bulbs planted in autumn are now peeking their heads above the soil, and if we’re lucky we might even see a few crocuses or snowdrops showing the first few signs of the coming spring. This is a perfect time to start planning what to plant in our veggie gardens!

As you hopefully have read above in the Upcoming Community Events, our friends at Cascadia are hosting a 40-days past Christmas - Candlemas celebration on Friday, February 1. All are invited to participate.

In my household, we have marked the occasion in the past by dipping beeswax candles, enjoying a St Brigid Feast of sun coloured foods (think squash soup), lighting a candle in each window to bless our home with light and love, or placing a candle for each family member on our nature table - all to encourage the sun’s full return.

In the northern hemisphere, Imbolc symbolizes the season when mother earth cleanses the debris that is cluttering her delicate topsoil. Glaciers begin to melt, rivers swell and rains wash away that which is no longer useful. She prepares herself to embrace this year’s new growth through elemental cleansing. Imbolc teaches us how to ready ourselves for our own new growth through symbolic cleansing." 

~ Ruth E. hummingbird copy-write mother tongue ink 2005

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

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