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September 15 2017

Respect – For ourselves, for each other, for the earth, for the education
Grade 5 Study of Ancient India

CALENDAR

Monday September 18
Boys Soccer Practice 3:30 pm (Delbrook Park)
Grade 8 Parent Meeting 7:00 pm (GS)

Tuesday September 19
All High School Parent Meeting 7:00 pm (HS)
The First Seven Years Seminar Series 7:30 pm (ECC)

Wednesday September 20
Boys Soccer Practice 3:30 pm (Delbrook Park)
Grade 2 Parent Meeting 7:00 pm (GS)

Thursday September 21
Full Faculty Meeting 3:00 pm (GS)
Girls Volleyball Practice 3:30 pm (HS)
Class Rep Meeting 7:00 pm (GS)

Friday September 22
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am (GS)
Christmas Fair Planning Meeting 8:45 am (GS)
Boys Soccer Game VWS vs SH 4:00 pm (Kirkstone Park)
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal on BigSIS or on our website.
Download the Important Dates & Closures Calendar.

MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD

Welcome to the new school year! On Wednesday night the Board of Trustees held a joint meeting with the College of Teachers to discuss the VWS Strategic Plan. Rachel Garratt, on behalf of the Strategic Planning and Visioning Committee, updated us on the status of the project, and we had a good group discussion on how to best continue to push it forward. Both the Board and the College reconfirmed their positions that the Strategic Planning exercise is an important component of the continuing development of our School, and we all are committed to progressing it. Read More

Summer Camp Paper Making

REMINDERS

Emergency Contact Forms - Our forms have moved online! Thank you to everyone who has logged into the Parent Portal and completed these essential forms. If you haven't had a chance yet, please do so now. The process should take only a 2-3 minutes minutes per child. All forms are due no later than September 29.

Become a Homestay Host - Are you interested in becoming a homestay host? We have an international student arriving in January for 3 months who is looking for a warm and caring, pet-free family to take them in. Please contact Karen at admissions@vws.ca if you would like to learn more.

Red Door Store - Stock up on your back to school organic woolens and Abeko Rain Gear through Warmth and Weather. Until this Sunday, September 17th, our community may place their orders using the promo code: VWSFall2017 to receive free shipping (approx $10) and Warmth and Weather will donate a 30% rebate to VWS on all orders! Orders will ship to VWS Red Door Store where you will be able to pick mid September.

Playground Wrap Up - The Playground Committee is very close to completing their work in the big play yard, but we need help with a few final pieces - putting a roof on the pergola before the rains begin, painting hopscotch outside the Community Kitchen, beautifying the entrance to the Round House with an awning, a bench, and some planting. Please contact Jann if you would like to donate time, skill, or resources to help make these final items happen. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities - Areas to volunteer include: Friday Coffee Mornings, Crosswalk Safety, Special Event Support, Christmas Fair Planning, Event Baking, Parent Council, Gardening & Grounds, Red Door Store, Fundraising, and more! Please connect with Laura to get involved!
ABSENTEE STUDENTS
Please phone or email the school by 8:45 am to report absentee students.
* To report Grade School absences, call (604) 985-7435 x 5
(absentee line) or email rireland@vws.ca
* To report Early Childhood absences, call (604) 985-7435
Preschool x 101
Plum Cottage x 102
Red Rose x 103
Red Rose x 104
* For High School absentees call (604) 986-2999 or email svondruska@vws.ca
Thank you!

FUNDRAISING

Help us raise more without spending any extra! - It couldn't get much easier: order your pre-paid grocery cards and then use them in place of your usual payment method. You pay nothing extra and the school receives a kickback from the grocery store.

Download an order form here, and get your orders in on Monday for early October delivery. If you want all the details, visit our website to learn all the ins and outs of the program.
VWS Spirit Wear is available from our online store. Orders placed this weekend will receive 15% off. These comfortable sweats & hoodies make excellent birthday gifts, and we have even received the OK from PE teacher, Mr Jeremias, that children may wear spirit gear during PE class (in navy only please). Children's size samples for t-shirts are hoodies are available in the Red Door Store.

FACULTY FEATURE

Rachael Perry, Grade School French
Bonjour! I'm delighted to join the Vancouver Waldorf School community. I've already received such a warm welcome from both my new colleagues and students. I was born in England, but immigrated to Ottawa when I was very young. I was one of the first children to experience the French Immersion program, which I followed until Grade 10. I then returned to England where I completed my degree in Honours French. I spent a year teaching in France so that I could fully experience the culture. I taught French in England for a few years before becoming the Head of the Modern Languages faculty.
My heart belonged to Canada however, but this time I landed in Vancouver. I have taught in several school districts here at both the elementary and secondary level. I have also been busy raising my three lovely children. Other than French, my passions are travel and photography. I'm excited to share the gift of a second language with the students and am looking forward to a fun and rewarding year.

SOCIAL INCLUSION

"We are building an inclusive, compassionate and engaging school community with transparent processes. We work to support simplifying children’s lives, creating a rhythmical day so they can relax and feel held by the adults in charge. We are striving to create a safe harbour where expressions and resolutions can be heard and met."

~The Early Childhood Faculty

PARENT EDUCATION

The First Seven Years - What can parents and teachers do to support a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development? Each session builds on earlier sessions, and we encourage participants to attend the series as a whole. This Seminar Series is at 7:30 pm on Tuesday evenings beginning next week on September 12.

Building Social Health in the Digital Age - Special guest Christof Wiechert will guide us on the topic of Building Social Health in the Digital Age. Please take up this opportunity to attend this unique lecture at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18.

The Inner Life of Bees Study Group - Join us for an in depth exploration of the Meaning of Bees. We will begin by screening The Queen of the Sun at 7:00 pm on Monday October 23, then continue with discussion for an additional 4 Mondays (breaking on November 6). We will meet again in the spring for an additional 5 weeks for a practical hands-on experience learning about beekeeping, as we install a hive and introduce honey bees to our Grade School campus.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Walk for Reconciliation - Join the Vancouver Waldorf School team! The purpose of this year's walk is to honour residential school survivors, intergenerational survivors, and to bring together Canadians of all backgrounds in a stand against intolerance and injustice. Meet at 9:00 am at Queen Elizabeth Plaza on September 24. ~ register here and search Vancouver Waldorf School.

WEEKEND READING

Scientists to Schools: Social, Emotional Development Crucial for Learning - Students' social, emotional, and academic development are "deeply intertwined," and all are central to learning. Read More

The Comeback of Cursive - More than mere pride in penmanship is lost when people can no longer even read, let alone write, cursive script. Read More

NOTES

VWS Garden & Play Yard
Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend! And happy returns to our High School students and faculty after a week away in the Stein Valley, we look forward to hearing all about it!
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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