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October 18, 2018

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence

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Our girls have come together to form an excellent Volleyball Team who is playing well and having a lot of fun! Back Row: Mr Jeramias, Asha F, Ella F, Lily V, Anna-Sophia V, Nissa S, Isabelle V, Sofia A. Front Row: Anika V, Kaitlyn L, Alma S, Bella V, Michaela N.


Next Week

Tuesday, October 23
Grade 12 Treat Sales at pick-up 3:00 pm, GS
Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs VCS 7:00 pm, Vancouver Christian School
First 7 Years Seminar Series: Nutrition 7:30 pm, ECC

Wednesday, October 24
VWSS Annual General Meeting 7:00 pm, GS

Thursday, October 25
Christmas Fair Planning Meeting 1:00 pm, GS
Girls Volleyball Practice 3:30 pm, HS
Full Faculty & Staff Meeting 7:00 pm, GS

Friday, October 26
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS
The Sound of Music Film and Fun 6:00 pm, GS

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


Grief Circle – November 2
KG Lantern Walks – November 8 & 9
November Break – November 12 → 16
Parent/Teacher Interviews – Tuesday → Thursday, November 13 → 15
Children's Christmas Fair – Saturday, November 24
Parent Education: Askable Adult 101 – Wednesday, November 28
Advent Spiral – Sunday, December 2
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.


Jason Yates - High School Eurythmy and Digital Technology and Grade School Therapeutic Eurythmy
I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the VWS faculty this year! Originally from the well-treed state of Pennsylvania in the United States, I lived most recently in Germany before immigrating to Canada. Having lived in North Vancouver for several years, I have had the chance to participate in the school community by volunteering, offering workshops, and performing. Now I look forward to deepening my relationship with the school through working with students in the diametrically opposed realms of eurythmy and technology. When I am not at VWS, I live and work alongside adults with special needs and abilities at the Cascadia Society for Social Working.
~Jason Yates


Welcome New Students - Please help us in extending a warm welcome to: Luca Amadeu Fernandes – Mulberry Preschool, Nicole Zhylina – Gr 6, Rosa Sariolghalam – Gr 6, Adelaide Pelletier – Gr 9, and Manami Fujita – Gr 11.
Student Photos - Photo retakes for GS & HS students will be tomorrow (October 19) morning. Please notify Ronaye or Sarah ASAP if your child/student requires an individual retake. Weather permitting, we will also have the Grade School panorama.
Work Party - Come join us for a work party on the grade 2/3 playground Saturday, October 20, from 10:00 am to noon. Children welcome to come and work too but will need to stay in the 2/3 playground. Bring gardening gloves, pruning shears, and your enthusiasm.
Indigenous Council - Indigenous families, and the parents and guardians of Indigenous students, including former students, alumni and members of the wider VWS community, are warmly invited to an informal weekend gathering in October to meet, connect, and discuss the formation of an Indigenous Council at the Vancouver Waldorf School. read more
Halloween - We would also like to remind you of a few guidelines regarding costuming at the Grade School: homemade costumes are preferred, please no face paint, gore, guns, or sparkly makeup, however, sparkles are okay on costumes. Please also avoid any caricatures of cultures. Speak to your class teacher if you need clarification.
Caramel Apples - Once again VWS Parents are gathering to prepare delicious biodynamic caramel apples, which will be for sale after school on Wednesday, October 31.
Ukulele Lunch Club - Grade School students are gathering on Wednesdays at lunchtime to strum in the sunshine (or in the Music Room) with Ronaye Ireland and Bonnie Gosse. Bring your ukulele to join in!
Head Lice - Please notify both reception and your child's teacher ASAP so that we may send a notice to parents as appropriate, depending on which children are affected, e.g., classes, and siblings’ classes.
Community Classifieds & Marketplace - New listings this week include help wanted for house-cleaning and an excellent offer for private Pilates sessions! Come take a look or add your own. read more
Upcoming Community Events - Vouchers for free tickets to see the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s performance The Planets at the Orpheum on November 18, 2018, 5th Annual PROUD2BE; Vancouver Opera Tickets; Robot & Me workshop; and a Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour! read more


Shape Our VWS Future!

On Tuesday this week, you received an emailed invitation to have your say in the AWSNA Self-Study that will help guide our future planning for the VWS. We hope to see you on Saturday, October 27th.

The portion of the Self-Study that we will be discussing is how the school is doing well and where we have opportunities for growth in relation to the seven AWSNA Principles for Waldorf Schools. We are gathering input from Faculty and Staff, but we are also interested in our VWS parent's, guardian's and community member's perspective.

The seven AWSNA Principles are:

  1. The image of the human being as a spiritual being informs every aspect of the school.
  2. Waldorf schools foster social renewal by cultivating human capacities in service to the individual and society.
  3. Anthroposophical understanding of child development guides the educational program.
  4. Waldorf schools support freedom in teaching within the context of the school’s shared agreements.
  5. The conscious development of human relationships fosters individual and community health.
  6. Spiritual development in support of professional growth is an ongoing activity for the faculty, staff, and board.
  7. Collaboration and shared responsibility provide the foundations of school leadership and governance.

More detail on each of these Principles can be found here Seven AWSNA Principles.


Grade 12 Students will be at the Grade School on Tuesday afternoons at pick-up with baked goods and treats on offer. You'll find them weekly, so be sure to bring your loonies and toonies! And be sure to ask them about their ever evolving plans.
Sound of Music Film & Fun Come for an evening of song, film, food & fun hosted by the students of our Grade 12 class on Friday, October 26 at 6:00 pm. Themed costumes are encouraged! Tickets are available in advance from Ronaye or at the door. Suitable for students Grade 6 and up.


While on the cusp of the flu season, we wanted to include a special reminder and clarification of our school's illness and communicable disease policy. This policy can be found on pages 13 and 14 of our Parent Handbook (found online under "Resources & Publications" on our website). Our policy has been created in conjunction with the Public Health Act and takes into account the legal requirements of our school community and what is considered best practices for keeping everyone as healthy as possible.

Some important reminders:

  • Anyone with a diagnosed communicable disease (Whooping Cough (Pertussis), Measles, Mumps, Scarlet Fever, Influenza, Pink Eye, Strep Throat, Ringworm (Tinea), Chicken Pox, etc.) will not be permitted to attend school.
  • Parents must inform the class teacher and school reception within 24 hours of the diagnosis, and the student should not come to school until he or she is past the communicable stage.
  • Upon returning to school, the student must submit to reception a doctor’s letter which states that the individual may return to school.
  • As a courtesy, we appreciate being informed about any other illnesses not listed here.

Our biggest and most effective defence is proper hand-washing. Please encourage your children to wash their hands throughout the day, especially after toileting, blowing their nose, sneezing, or coughing; before and after eating; and upon entering the home.

Our health and illness policies seek to support community well-being by recommending, and in some cases requiring, preventative, proactive, and even cautious health measures. Ultimately, your courtesy and community-minded approach will serve all and graciously be returned in kind. Wishes to all affected by any of these illnesses for a speedy return to good health. To all the parents and guardians supporting children through these illnesses, we wish you the best through these challenging days for your family.

Thank you to the Masjid Ar-Rahman mosque for hosting our 11th Grade Students during their main lesson block on World Religion.


Grocery Card Program - We now have 49 recurring participants who have raised $2,555 since July! With this steady growth trend, we'll be right on track to reach our target of $20,000 by the end of the school year. Did you know this program was designed based on the mandatory participation program run by the Waldorf school in Calgary? (who by the way, raises over $70,000 each year!) This program presents enormous potential for our school; get signed up online here Grocery Card Program or in person at the Grade School, and help us achieve our goal!
Christmas Fair Planning Committee - Now meeting weekly, are you up for guaranteed fun, zero stress and celebrating our community? Contact Mary by stopping by her office or by emailing if you want to get involved. read more
Gardening Committee - Are you keen to get involved in helping to beautify and maintain the gardens at the Grade School and Early Childhood Centre? The Gardening Committee is welcoming new members to join in light planting, pruning, and planning for spring. Contact Anne Pepper at or 604-709-8155 if you are interested in helping out.
Today was the Great British Columbia Shakeout! We practiced our "drop, cover and hold on" drill and then met in the big field to confirm everyone was safe and accounted for.


First Seven Years - Laying the Foundation For Life

At the Vancouver Waldorf School, we understand that a child’s experiences in the first seven years set a foundation for life. What can parents and teachers do to support a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development? rsvp here

Grief Circle

Grief Circle, Friday, November 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Roundhouse
Death is a Wild Night and A New Road”… Moved by these expressive words by Emily Dickinson, we may struggle with the deep mystery of death. find out more

Askable Adult 101

Build comfort in discussing and teaching challenging topics such as body science, safe and unsafe touching, appropriate behaviour, and sensuality and sexuality. Build your skill and comfort to talk about sexuality and relationships as your child grows up!

Simplicity Parenting

Kim John Payne is returning to North Vancouver in January to lead his popular and well-received parent evening, Simplicity Parenting. Build deep connections, resiliency, and joy. Stay tuned for tickets!


In Our Brutal Modern World, Science Shows Our Brains Need Craft More Than Ever - With what is increasingly referred to today as "mindfulness" being a much-desired quality for many people, it's not surprising crafts are being sought out for their mental and even physical benefits. read more

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm - Research reveals negative effects of academic preschools and kindergartens. read more

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away - Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still advantages to doing things the old-fashioned way. read more
Our sweet Red Door Store. Thanks for holding such a warm and welcoming space on these crispt autumn mornings, Ella!
I'd like to welcome back our Grade 4 students who had the opportunity to step out of time and visit the traditional Coast Salish Big House at the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale. To learn more about this incredible opportunity for our students, visit their website here: Cheakamus Centre Indigenous Cultural Programs

I also want to wish Ms DeCeuster and the Grade 6 class the best of luck tonight for their class play: All Roads Lead to Rome. If you are able to attend, please come to the Grade School for a 7:00 pm start time. Break a leg!

Thanks for reading and engaging with our robust community. Watch for our submission in the North Shore News next week in the Independent School Insert on October 24, you might just see a few familiar faces!
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
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