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December 1 2017

To provide and maintain a beautiful and healthy environment that supports the education of the students.

Grade 3 Bread Making with Mrs. Morton & Farewell to Cecilia


Sunday December 3
Advent Spiral - PS/KG (Round House) - Gr 1-3 (GS)

Tuesday December 5
Waldorf Welcome Information Session for Adults 8:45 am (GS)
Early Dismissal 1:15 pm (GS)
Christmas Music Concert 7:00 pm (Highlands United)

Wednesday December 6
St Nicholas Day

Thursday December 7
Adult Eurythmy 1:20 pm (GS)

Friday December 8
Purdys Chocolates Delivery
Community Coffee Morning
8:30 am (GS)
Christmas Fair Wrap-up 9:00 am (GS)
Wool Workshop Craft Group 9:15 am (GS)
Grade 6 Mini Bazaar 2:45 pm (GS)
Grade 7 Class Play, a C.S. Lewis Classic 7:00 pm (GS)

Saturday December 9
Homeopathy for Childhood Workshop 12:30 pm (ECC)
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal on BigSIS or on our website.

Stars of our nighttime sky, knit by Mary Anne Taylor for Grade 7 Astronomy


Advent Lunches - Over the past several years parents have shared the gift of a warm and loving meal brought to their class teacher at lunchtime for the entire Advent season from December 4 to 20. We invite you to take part in this simple, yet thoughtful way in which to share gratitude for our faculty who hold our children with such care and dedication.
GS/HS Click to signup here
ECC Signup at each classroom

Advent Spiral - In this time of growing darkness, it is with great joy and anticipation that we create our Advent Garden Festival for Early Childhood and younger grades on Sunday December 3.

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 fighting it with pending mastectomy surgery on December 11, and continued treatments overseen by an oncology naturopath. Please consider a financial contribution here.

Homeopathy for Childhood Workshop - Homeopathy is a wonderful tool for family life, useful in helping ourselves and our children cope with all manner of ailments, from physical to mental to emotional. This workshop will teach you the basics of using homeopathy at home, with a focus on treating concerns such as acute illnesses (colds, flus etc.) and injuries. Saturday, December 9, 12:30 - 3:00 pm. Find out more link or register directly with Blanka at

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

Sprout Organic Market- Sprout has been an ongoing supporter of VWS through donations, the Gift Card Program and employer of VWS students. Please consider supporting them at their upcoming Christmas Nights Celebrations on December 4 - 6, from 6:00 pm to closing. Receive 20% off almost everything in store, gifts with purchases, door prizes and gift basket draws. Sprout is located a short distance from the school at Queensbury and 7th.

Christmas Fair Expenses - Please stop in to see Laura (one door past the mosaic in the Grade School) to pick up a reimbursement form if you have any Christmas Fair expenses.

Community Marketplace - We've had several new additions to our Community Marketplace. Have you taken a look recently? Follow this link to our website to see all the wonderful offerings!

Parking Lot Ding - During setup for the Christmas Fair, a Honda Odyssey was hit in the parking lot on the rear bumper. If you have any information, please contact Sonia Munn at 604-986-3537.

Lost - A small stack of $20 bills fell from the wallet of one of our volunteers at the Christmas Fair on Saturday. If you happened to pick up some loose money and didn't know where to return it, please leave it in an envelope at the Grade School and we will make sure that it is returned. Thanks so much.

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


Due to the school holidays, orders need to be placed by TODAY Friday, December 1 for the mid-December delivery and both January deliveries. Your payments will be staggered as usual, the orders just need to be placed to the stores in advance. As you will have seen in Monday’s Week at a Glance email, December 1 is also the deadline to place Whole Foods gift card orders. Get in quick while stocks last!
Place orders by completing an order form at the school or by printing one from here. They can be submitted to Ronaye at the GS, Sarah at the HS or by emailing to SPUD is also a great option for groceries direct to your door at this busy time of year. For information on how easy it is to support the school with SPUD cards, see link.

Grocery fundraising is a great way to raise funds for our kids without any extra money from your pockets. Please consider getting involved as every little bit counts.


Christmas Music Concert

Join us for a festive evening featuring performances from our Grade School and High School Strings, Recorder, and Choir programs. At Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver.
Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 pm

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

Social Inclusion and a Healthy School Culture

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


Multi-year Teaching in the Grade School - Class teachers in Waldorf Education stay with the same students for multiple years at a time... Link

Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’ - LSE study says money, success and good grades are less important... Link

The Skinny on “Consequences” - Most parents don’t allow the kinds of consequences that actually teach lessons—natural ones... Link

How to Get Your Mind to Read - Comprehension is intimately intertwined with knowledge... Link


From the forest bring the boughs of fir and spruce and pine
Bring them home bedeck the house for now it's Advent time
Bring the boughs, bring the boughs, for now it's Advent time

Light the candles one by one count off the days in rhyme
Everyday a task well done for now it's Advent time
Bring the boughs, bring the boughs, for now it's Advent time

On the hearth a fire lay of oak and yew and pine
Drive the winter chills away for now it's Advent time
Bring the boughs, bring the boughs, for now it's Advent time

Tune the fiddle and the flute, oh let the music chime
Sing ye all let none be mute, for now it's Advent time
Bring the boughs, bring the boughs, for now it's Advent time
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
Advent Garden Photo Credit: Sheiling School, Thornbury, England
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