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May 11 2018

Our Core Values: Community, Respect, Integrity, Commitment, & Reverence.

May Festival Queen and King


Saturday & Sunday
Grade 12 Play: 308 Presentation House Theatre
8:00 pm Saturday, 7:00 pm Sunday

Monday May 14
Grade 12 Donut Sale 3:00 pm GS
Beekeeping 101 4:30 pm GS

Tuesday May 15
Early Dismissal 1:15 pm GS 
Spring Music Concert 7:00 HUC

Thursday May 17
Adult Eurythmy 1:20 pm GS
Grade 4 Play: The Theft of Thor's Hammer 7:00 pm GS

Friday May 11
Coffee Morning 8:30 am GS

Monday May 21
School Closed: Victoria Day Holiday
Find the detailed 2017-18 calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website. Plan ahead with the 2018-19 calendar here.
ECC - Early Childhood Centre | GS - Grade School | HS - High School

Grade 3: Queen Esther Banquet


Hot Lunch Program - Healthy home-cooked meals are on their way! We are thrilled to be launching this affordable trial program for next Wednesday. Our scrumptious menu, prepared by Grade 5 and 10 parent Jacinda Oldale, includes burritos (May 16), penne pasta (May 30), and a Greek feast (June 6)! Order online here Hot Lunch Order Form or pick up a paper form from the racks across from reception. Pre-ordering is be required.

Summer Unplugged! - VWS summer camp for children ages 6 to 12 is back! Our camp runs from June 25 to 29, 9:00 to 3:00 pm daily. Activities include garden art, outdoor play, baking, beach trip, and more. $350 includes hot organic lunch and snacks. Contact or 604-985-7435 x 0 for more information. Visit the program page on our website to register before June 15.

A Special Thank You - to Marjorie Thatcher and Phil Fertey for sharing their wisdom on Wednesday evening at our Community Forum. Many of us are still talking about and reflecting upon the pearls we took away that night. Thank you as well, to Mary Henley for so graciously holding space for the conversation to take place. And finally, thank you to the 50+ community members who took time out on a busy weeknight for mutual enrichment.

New Moon Social - The early-bird deadline for tickets to the New Moon Social is this Sunday! Our event team is working hard to make sure that this community connection fundraiser will be a fantastic evening out. Catering has been generously donated by Bill and Alison McCaig, owners of Nicli Antica and ECC parents. Our wonderful beverage sponsor is Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers. Entertainment will be great: two local talents, Mark Fortin and Mark Woodyard, plus a light-hearted live auction featuring exciting items donated by our community, like weekend getaways and photography packages. You'll also be delighted by a silent auction featuring goodies from our robust community and bustling neighbourhood. You can also expect a few fun surprises that reflect our creativity and spirit of revelry. Please be in touch with Mary in Development if you'd like to learn more about the event or get involved in bringing it to life. And remember to mark your calendar for June 13th and get your tickets here by Sunday:

Grocery Card Online Ordering - Grocery Gift Card ordering is now available via an online order form! With online ordering, various payment options and the choice of mailing cards to your house, participating couldn't be any easier. Online Order Form

Upcoming Community Events - Including Homeopathy Workshops with Susan Drury, Spacial Dynamics®, Community Indigo with Gwen & Ella, voice workshop, an amazing sounding parenting workshop "Struggle Less, Connect More" with Dr Shefali and so much more!. Come take a look at what's on offer & let us know if you have anything to post. link

Health & Safety - Thanks to all for supporting the "Kiss & Go" model for drop off at the Grade School, and not leaving your vehicle in the fire lane along the front of the school. The mornings have seen a much-needed improvement to the flow of traffic. Thank you, as well for awareness around reducing cell phone usage on campus.

High School: Adventure Friday Options


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Grade 12 Presents: 308

Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 13 at 7:00 pm
Tickets are available for $5 at Grade School or High School reception. Suitable for students in Grade 7 and older. At the Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver.

Spring Music Concert

Our students are excited to share with you their musical achievements. The concert will be held at Highlands United Church in Edgemont Village, below the High School. Letters were sent home last week outlining arrival times and clothing requirements.

New Moon Social

We are really excited about the upcoming New Moon Social, taking place at The View on Lonsdale on June 13. The energy around gathering the community for some fun, connection and future-imagining has been wonderfully positive. Get your tickets here:

Graduation Ceremony

Come bear witness as our twelfth-grade students ceremoniously complete their time at the Vancouver Waldorf School and enter into the world as free-thinking and able individuals.


A number of people have asked how they can get involved and help with the New Moon Social. We would love your help and have a few options to share: donate a silent auction item, donate a bottle of wine, sign-up to be a volunteer on the day of the event (set-up / take-down crew or other support roles during the event), and of course buy your ticket and encourage your friends to buy their tickets. If anything resonates or inspires you, please connect with Mary ( The early-bird ticket deadline of May 13 is quickly approaching, click here to order

Have you picked up your flower basket order yet?

If not, contact Ronaye to arrange pick up.


Students needed to work around the Grade School and High School for:
  • Repair & maintenance work
  • Groundskeeping, playground work
  • Other miscellaneous work
Under the supervision of the VWS Maintenance supervisor, students must be able to work alone and within a team.
Available positions:
2 full time student workers:
June 25 - August 24
7 hours/day
$12.00 - $12.50/hour (based on experience)
Please send resume to


Congratulations to Sarah Vondruska, this month's winner of a free $50 gift card!! Thanks for your ongoing support of the gift card program. As a community, we've raised $7,143 so far this year for Parent Council funded initiatives for our students. With just one month to go, get your gift card orders in quickly for your chance to WIN a free $50 card. Order right now from your phone or PC at

Rachel Garratt
VWS Gift Card Program Coordinator (Volunteer)
Cell: 778-772-3601 | Email:
Order your official school spirit wear at 10% of proceeds will be donated back to our school. Available in multiple colours and styles, and approved for P.E.

Honey Bees

This week, while observing the hive, we were most surprised to find the development of three unoccupied Queen Cups and a full bar of male drone cells (the raised comb pictured above). Queen cells on a hive so newly established are quite unusual; we can only guess as to why the bees were thinking it was time to develop a new queen. A new queen would result in swarming and potentially the loss of half our hive!
Our theory is that they were feeling crowded and experiencing a false abundance of food (because of the honey-tea we have been supplying them with over the past few weeks). As a result, we inserted additional topbars and removed the tea feeder. Then, after deliberation chose that it was in the best interest of the school and the new colony to remove the Queen Cups and observe over the coming weeks to see if they build more.
Thank you to Jason Yates for guiding these thoughtful conversations and to Ben Garratt for photographing the experience.

Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
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