The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 27
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May 2, 2019

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence
The Flowers of Spring, water colours by the GS Faculty


Next Week

Tuesday, May 7
Waldorf Welcome 8:45 am, GS
Wednesday, May 8
Grade 2 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS
Board Meeting 7:30 pm, GS
Thursday, May 9
Grade 8 Play7:00 pm, GS
Friday, May 10
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS
Grade 8 Play 7:00 pm, GS


May 15 | Spring Concert & GS Early Dismissal GS
May 17 | Grade 2 Play
May 21-24 | Greek Games
May 24 & 26 | Grade 12 Play
May 27-31 | Bike to School Week
May 30 | Grade 12 Rose Ceremony
June 10-14 | Outdoor Week
June 20 | End of Term
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.



Mother's Day Flower Baskets - Your orders are due to arrive next week on Monday, May 6 before dismissal. Thank you so much for supporting our High School fundraising with your purchase. 
Spring Music Concert – Looking ahead to Wednesday, May 15, please mark your calendar for our annual Spring Concert featuring all students from our Music Program, Grade 4 and up. The concert will be at Highlands United Church and is free to attend. All Grade School students will be dismissed at 1:15 pm that day to give an opportunity to rest before their evening performance. 
Cellphone Free Zone – You will notice that around the Grade School campus, there are now 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 - Anthroposophic Medical Conference: Metamorphosis in Life & Death, 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, and In Search of the Centre-in Depth, Dornach, Arlesheim & beyond. Visit our website to learn more.


Ample Time and Space - The first essential component of a Waldorf early childhood education is the provision of ample time and space for joyful creative play and imagination.


Outdoor Learning - Contact with nature can enhance creativity, bolster mood, lower stress, improve mental acuity, well-being and productivity, cultivate social connectedness, and promote physical activity. It also has myriad educational benefits for teaching and learning.
Early Childhood, Physical Activity as Pre-Literacy Training - While on the surface the connection may not be apparent, physical development plays an important role in reading skill acquisition in children. The growth and coordination of both fine and gross motor movements are crucial to developing the ability to communicate with others. This growth milestone is a precursor to oral language development upon which reading skills are built.
To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more - Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).



Wooden Spoons made by Grade 6 Students in Practical Arts with Greg Scott
Grade 5 Class Play Demeter and Persephone
Thank You Party for High School Humanities Teacher, Dennis Scott with Students from Grade 12
Robin Eggs Found on Campus...
Only to have Disappeared again after the Weekend...

We have had the opportunity to witness the balance of lightness and darkness, birth and death, new beginnings and closing of chapters. As the season turns toward the warmth of longer days, we too, lean towards the light in search of opportunities for growth. As April was a rich month for gathering and collaborating, we anticipate that May will bring much of the same with its celebrations, festivals, field trips, and plays, as you'll find in the Calendar. This is a time of purposeful transformation and your willingness to take part helps to reinforce the stable foundation from which we can continue to grow.

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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