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The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 13
December 13, 2019
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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

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Dear <<First Name>>,

This morning, we joined Scandinavian countries in celebrating Santa Lucia Day. 2nd Grade students and their Grade 6 buddies formed a procession to visit each of the classrooms and serve Lussekatt (saffron buns) to the classes and kaffe (coffee) or tea to the teachers. The lights were dimmed and the students carried candles to light their way as they softly sang. At the front of the line was 6th grader, Frankie M., dressed as Santa Lucia, a martyred Swedish girl who delivered food to those hiding in the dark catacombs during the Roman rule of the 3rd century. Just like Santa Lucia, Frankie wore a crown of lit candles atop her head, lighting the way through the darkness. In the old Julian Calendar, December 13 marked the Winter Solstice - the longest night of the year. As a symbol of hope, Santa Lucia Day celebrates the return of light, something especially important here in the north.

CALENDAR

Dec 16 | Bake Sale 3:00 pm GS

Dec 16 | Girls Basketball Game VWS vs EJV
4:00 pm Ecole Secondaire Jules Verne

Dec 19 | End of Term & Early Dismissal
12:20 pm GS, 1:00 pm HS

Dec 19 | Shepherds' Play 7:00 pm GS

Dec 20 | Fall Term Reports

Jan 6 | Winter Term Begins

Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.

FESTIVAL OF ADVENT

The third light of Advent
is the light of beasts–
All await the birth,
from the greatest and in least.

NOTICES

LOST & FOUND - There are many beautiful winter jackets and sweatshirts in the lost and found; isn’t someone missing them? Come now to take a look (outside the Wood Working room). After December 19 they will be sent to Goodwill as the pile grows beyond capacity.
TEACHER GIFTING - Please check with your individual Class Rep to discuss any plans for end-of-term gifting for your Class Teachers, High School Advisors, and Subject Teachers.
ADVENT LUNCHES - Thank you so much for the delicious lunch contributions. We have been feasting very well and are so very grateful for your offerings.
EARLY DISMISSAL & END OF TERM - The last day of school is December 19 and there will be no ECC Aftercare or After School Program. Grade School students will be dismissed at 12:20 pm and High School will be dismissed at 1:00 pm. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6. The administrative offices will be closed for the week from December 23 - 27.
COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES - We are looking for assistance in a couple areas, are you able to help?
  • Shepherd's Play shopping for the reception - contact Laura at lbergstrome@vws.ca
  • Open Houses - Greeters, bakers, refreshments - contact Carman at admissions@vws.ca
COMMUNITY EVENTS - Have you taken a look at the community events listings on our website recently? We have dates for the Cascadia Christmas Store and Space, Time and the Mystery of Christmas; an update for the VWS Community Choir; and special ticket pricing for Lions Gate Sinfonia - Celebrating Mozart with the Jupiter Symphony.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHEPHERDS' PLAY - Each year, on the last day of school before the winter break, the faculty and staff come together to perform The Shepherds’ Play, as a gift to the students and families in our community. Performing this humorous, yet reverent medieval nativity play is a tradition observed in many Waldorf schools worldwide. Mark your calendar for December 19 at 7:00 pm.
JUST SINGING 'ROUND - Save the date! February 4 will be a wonderful community dinner and musical evening at the Vancouver Rowing Club. We're looking forward to sharing more information in the new year!

GRATITUDE

“It is my fervent hope this holiday season that no matter what our spiritual leanings are, that we are all working toward and being the most loving, compassionate people we can be. Our children need that,”… “I hope this holiday season and throughout the year we can all treat each other with respect and dignity We are one in humanity.” ~ Carrie from the Parenting Passageway.

Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
The Vancouver Waldorf School is situated on the unceded ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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