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December 8 2017

Inspiring a community where individuals participate and contribute to the school's vision and mission while working out of our core values.

A visit from Saint Nicholas and Rupert

Upon his snow white steed, with wind and lightning speed
St. Nicholas leaves the sky, and comes a-riding by
The little hare hops nigh, and lifts his nose up high
The stag with pointing horn, leaps over bush and thorn
And all the creatures dear, are drawing quickly near
Before St. Nicholas bow, their little heads so low
And we will learn a tune, of sun and star and moon
And sing our happy lay, sing on St. Nicholas Day!

~Traditional German

CALENDAR

Wednesday December 13
Santa Lucia Day

Thursday December 7
Adult Eurythmy 1:20 pm (GS)
Full Faculty Meeting 3:00 pm (GS)

Friday December 8
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am (GS)
Wool Workshop Craft Group 9:15 am (GS)
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal on BigSIS or on our website.

IRON HANS

Some of the photos from Iron Hans can be found here. Thank you Cascadia Society for the incredible opportunity. To read about Iron Hans on "Anthony's Blog", from Anthony's perspective, click here.

REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Advent Lunches - On behalf of the Faculty and Staff, please accept my most sincere gratitude for the beautiful and nourishing lunches which have been delivered each day this week, and for the potluck lunch on Thursday. Delicious food prepared with love is one of the best gifts one could hope to receive. Thank you!
(GS/HS Click to signup here ECC Signup at each classroom)

End of Term Cards & Gifts for Teachers - Though details will vary to some degree from class to class, end of term cards and gift money is being collected at Grade School Reception (ECC/GS) and at the High School Office. Currently there are large collection envelopes & cards marked for each grade, and an envelope (with a shared card) to collect for a gift for Subject Teachers. Please make your contributions by Monday, December 18. Check with your Class Rep for clarification on any of these details.

Call for Support for Margo Running - Our beloved Red Rose kindergarten teacher is dealing with breast cancer that has returned after cancer surgery two years ago. She is courageously fighting it with pending mastectomy surgery on December 11, and continued treatments overseen by an oncology naturopath. Please consider a financial contribution here.

The Rhythms of Destiny: An Exploration of Biography - This course will run for nine evenings, beginning Thursday, January 11, 2018 through March 8. We will meet at the Rudolf Steiner Centre, 3743 Delbrook Ave. (in the Delbrook Plaza), North Vancouver, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Find out more link

Community Marketplace - Christmas accommodations, au-pair opportunity in Germany, Vancouver Opera tickets, rabbit hutch, instruments, and more! Follow this link to our website to see all the wonderful offerings!

Found - A black handled wooden sword from the Christmas Fair has been found, please see Ronaye if you are looking for your sword.

HIGH SCHOOL

French 10 Baking

Students have been invited to create activities and mini lessons in class from things they are inspired by in the French Language. From baking and cuisine, to cultural and musical studies, students are starting to share their inspirations with the class in 15-20 minute presentations. 
 
Maddy and Bella started with baking "La Tarte aux Pommes" and sharing the recipe and product in class. Enjoy!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Come one, come all!

Each year, on the last day of school before the winter break, faculty, staff, and members of our community come together to perform The Shepherds’ Play, as a gift to the students and parents. Performing this reverential and humorous medieval nativity play is a tradition observed in most Waldorf Schools throughout the world. 
Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm

Parent Education Evening

We are thrilled to be hosting Kim John Payne of Simplicity Parenting to speak with our school community. Details to follow.
Save the date: Friday, January 19

WEEKEND READING

Improving Students' Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning - Positive relationships can also help a student develop socially... Link

Reframing Failure in The Classroom - “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson Link

New guidelines released on physical activity, sleeping habits for children - A new set of guidelines taking an integrative approach sets out how much sleep, movement and time sitting are needed by kids ages four and under for healthy growth and development. Link

Waldorf Today - Engineer Trusts Waldorf, Digital Divide: Rich & Poor, Gates & Jobs Knew - Issue #387. Link

Tech Talk Tuesday - Can we trust AI with our kids? and other questions to spark a conversation with our Middle & High School aged kids. Link

FUNDRAISING

Congratulations to the December winner of our free $50 gift card - Lisa He! Thanks to Lisa and all who have taken part in supporting the school through grocery fundraising so far this year.
 
If you have not yet discovered how easy it is to support the school through SPUDcards now is a great time to start, with their Gift Certificate that Gives Back promotion! Learn more here

NOTES

December is one of my favourite months in a Waldorf School. While the outer world hustles and bustles, the school becomes more hushed and there is an element of reverence that is palpable. Our shortened days begin with lights dimmed, and soft musical offerings from students or parents in the foyer of the Grade School. Candles are lit, and stars are in the eyes of the children.

Some of my favourite festivals take place in December; this week we celebrated St. Nicholas Day, next week we will honour Santa Lucia, from Swedish tradition, and on the eve of the Winter Solstice we may look forward to the gift of the Shepherds' Play.

I had the pleasure of helping to attend to St. Nicholas and Rupert's needs during their visit this Tuesday, and I had the opportunity to join in on a few conversations about this festival. The following quote from our website came to mind:

(Saint Nicholas) is an archetypal figure of heavenly wisdom and is the forerunner of Santa Claus, whose very name is reminiscent of St. Nicholas. Santa Claus, however, is a more earth-bound, incarnated figure who dwells with elves in the North Pole. Though he, too, is full of love for the children, his gifts are more of a material nature, even though he comes on Christmas Eve, a time of profound spiritual giving. One can understand how he arose in our more materialistic, secular age, and one can hold him (in) a positive way for the sake of the children who love him so, but one can also create a place in the Advent season to bring the original, more heavenly St. Nicholas to the children.

 

~ An Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten, by Joan Almon

Have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you next week for the second week of Advent.
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
   
Did you see any errors? Or do you have something to contribute?
Contact Laura at communicationsandevents@vws.ca

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