The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 29
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May 17, 2019

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence
Caring for, hatching, and releasing Painted Lady butterflies in Grade 2


Next Week

Monday, May 20
Victoria Day Holiday No School
Tuesday, May 21
Preschool Farm Outing 10:00 am, Maplewood Farm
Grade 5 Greek Games Hope BC
Grade 8 SALTS Trip Victoria BC
Friday, May 24
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS
Grade 12 Play: NaCl2H2O 7:00 pm, Kay Meek Studio Theatre (by donation)
Sunday, May 26
Grade 12 Play: NaCl2H2O 2:00 pm, Kay Meek Studio Theatre (by donation)


May 27-31 | Bike to School Week
May 30 | Grade 12 Rose Ceremony
May 31 | Community Beatles Dance
June 1 | Family Swap/Sale
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.


Student Supervision – As the weather improves and mornings are getting lighter, we have noticed a number of children arriving earlier and staying later. We would like to remind you that there is no supervision for children outside of school hours and that VWS is not responsible for children left unattended before and after the school day, with exception to children registered in the After School Program. Please consider making arrangements for suitable care should you need it. Thank you so much for helping to make the safety of our children a priority. 
Play Yards – We would like to remind everyone that the Early Childhood and Grade 1 and 2/3 play yards are off limits before and after school. During the school day, the big field and play structure are reserved for Grades 4 – 8 from 12:40 pm onward or when classes are using the play yard. We’ve had some near-misses at recess between ball-playing bigger kids and our little ones lately.  
Summer Camp Registrations – Summer Unplugged, our day camp for children ages 6 – 12 is now taking registrations. 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.  
Christmas Fair Visioning Meeting: Wednesday, June 12, 6:30pm in the Music Room – 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 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! 
What Stars Keep Silent About – Wishing Evgeny Shcherbakov all the best at the world premiere of his new composition What Stars Keep Silent About. Performed by world renowned Ukrainian pianist Artur Nikulin in The Great Hall of the Dnipropetrovsk Philharmonic, Dnipro, Ukraine on on May 21, 2019. 
Cellphone Free Zone – You will notice that around the Grade School campus, there are signs that our Grade 8 students have made alerting visitors that our campus is a Cellphone Free Zone. Please help model to our emerging digital savvy youth that cellphones should be tucked away at drop-off and pick-up and throughout the day. 
Upcoming Community Events – VAM Community Concert Series, ENSWaP Conference 2019: 100 Years of Waldorf Pedagogy — Preserving Ashes or Lighting Fires?, 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  
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


Caring Environments - The second crucial component of a Waldorf early childhood education is the creation of caring environments that nourish the senses.


Grade 2, very enthusiastically, presented their play Big Sage, Little Sage six times this week to audiences here at the Grade School as well as off campus. After delighting school mates, family, and members of the faculty and staff, the students made their way to our neighbours at Sunrise Senior Living and then caught the school bus to Cascadia Society to perform. Photos to come next week.

This week, our 8th Grade students had the honour of meeting Minnijean Brown-Trickey as part of their Modern History block. Minnijean was one of a group of African-American teenagers known as the "Little Rock Nine" who, in the late '50s were the first group of students integrated at Little Rock Central High School, and who faced torment and discrimination from many of their classmates. Minnijean spoke about social justice, diversity, and the battle against discrimination and racism, and where we can begin thinking about making positive change.

Minnijean Brown-Trickey
The Little Rock Nine Forgive Their Tormentors


On Friday, May 3rd, many of our High School students took part in a Climate Strike with thousands of students around the world.
Vancouver students skip school for climate change


As we continue to work on a fundraising strategy, and the fundraising policy that will guide it, the money we are raising as a community this school year continues to grow. The total raised through our various fundraisers is $44,113 with $24,000 coming from one-off donations and our monthly donor program, $8,213 from the Grocery Card Program, and $9,600 from events (ie: Children’s Christmas Fair, Chinese New Year Celebration and Spring Fair).

One of our next steps is to form a Development Committee that will serve as a hands-on group, equipped with clear guidelines, to help with delivering our events and fundraising strategy. If you are interested in learning more about the Development Committee, please contact Mary Henley, Community and Resource Development Manager, at or drop by the administration hall at the Grade School to chat.



Skateboard making in Friday Options class
Twelfth Night - Congratulations to Grade 8 on their wonderful class play


Mariella Costanzi
Class of 2001

..."It was an amazing experience to not only start a school but also to create a community from such diverse family backgrounds, It was also wonderful to bring everyone together with the common denominator of giving children an education that supports their creativity and development in a more holistic way."

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Painted Lady chrysalids in process of transformation

As the chrysalid transforms into a butterfly, I'm noticing the changes and growth around campus as our students also transform. I'm reflecting on the early days in September when the year was new and Grade 1 students were embraced into the Grade School and Grade 9 students were welcomed at the High School. I'm now suddenly aware that very soon we will be wishing Grade 8 and Grade 12 students farewell as they move on in their life's journey and also spread their wings. I have moments of wishing we could hold on a little longer, but then we would miss the beauty of first flight.

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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