The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 16
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January 24, 2019

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence
The Three Norns who rule the destiny of gods and men

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Next Week

Tuesday, January 29
Boys Basketball Game 4:15 pm, Mulgrave School

Wednesday, January 30
Whole High School Parent Evening 7:30 pm, HS

Thursday, January 31
Girls Basketball Game 3:00 pm, St. John’s School
Boys Basketball Game 4:30 pm, St. John’s School

Friday, February 1
Winter Day Grade 8-12 Whistler
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS

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


February 6 | Parent Education: Social Media & Online Safety with Jesse Miller
February 8 | Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Pig
February 18-22 | February Break
February 25 | Parent Education: Askable Adult with Jessy Wollen
March 13 | Festival of the Arts (GS early dismissal)
March 18-29 | Spring Break
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.
Grade 8 travelled to Fort Langley last week to experience the "Vive les Voyageurs" festival. The students moved from station to station where they were able to learn about the Voyageurs' traditional dress, equipment and lifestyle. The program was delivered almost entirely in French! Students participated in musket demonstrations, scavenger hunts, French-Canadian singing and dancing, and they were able to make and taste maple taffy! They also met a local artist from the Kwantlen Nation, and were able to learn about her amazing work with Cedar.


GS/HS Re-Enrollment 2019-20 - Watch your inbox at the end of this month for information regarding re-enrollment in the Grade School and High School for the 2019-20 school year.
Indigenous Council Meeting - The next meeting of the Indigenous Council will be this Sunday, January 27, 11:00 am to noon in the VWS Music Room. 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 meet, connect, and participate in the ongoing discussion of the formation of an Indigenous Council at the Vancouver Waldorf School. Please contact Mary Henley, Community and Resource Development Manager, for more information and to RSVP.
Playground Work Party - This Friday (tomorrow), 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to noon. The Playground Committee is currently focused on two projects: building a climbing structure in the Grade 2/3 Play Yard and improving the “Three Tree Knoll” area. Complete information about the projects and the work party this Friday and Saturday is in the attached PDF.
RSVP to Bonnie Gosse (604-980-0741 or or if you are able to help with the digging on Friday or the shaving, grinding and sanding on Saturday RSVP to Bernie Engelen (604-230-9989 or
Call for Vendors! - Our Spring Fair is around the corner on April 13 and we are on the lookout for vendors. If you are interested in selling your wares, visit our website to download a vendor application here 
From the Greater Vancouver Food Bank - Thank you for raising 300 pounds of food through your food drive at Vancouver Waldorf School to support the work of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank! We sincerely appreciate the commitment, time and energy you’ve taken to create a great opportunity for people to give so generously. Thank you for your tremendous support of our work!
Upcoming Community Events- Simplicity Parenting Workshops - 4 week Session, The Vancouver Opera, Music of the Spheres: inspiration from the heavens. Visit our website to learn more.
Community Classifieds & Marketplace - New listings include "The Happy Hygienist – Dental Hygiene Care Centre" in the Waldorf Business Marketplace and accommodations needed for February Break, co-housing opportunities, and part-time work with Foodie Kids Inc. in the Waldorf Classifieds. Visit our website to learn more.


Please helps us extend a warm welcome to new students:
Kristrun Kjartansdottir – Grade 5
Lewis Sandor – Grade 7
Theresa Kaps (Germany) – Grade 9


The Rebuilding of a Playhouse - Early Childhood children watch in awe as Mr Scott and Grade 12 students construct a playhouse
Grade 4 Class Play: Journey to Utgards Castle
Indigo dying in Grade 11 Botany class with Mrs Elliott



Tech Generation Needs Wilderness Time - Wilderness therapy aims to remove the temptation of technology, increase movement and introduce the healing element of nature.

AAP Advises Traditional Toys over Tech - The American Academy of Pediatrics just issued a statement advising parents to choose traditional, physical toys over elaborate digital ones.

Multi-sensory Learning Deepens Connections - Multi-sensory learning experiences, such as art, movement and music, help students remember and re-apply what they have learned.

From our Three King's Assembly on January 7
"When human beings meet together seeking the spirit with unity of purpose then they will also find their way to each other"
~ Rudolf Steiner

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. I apologize for missing you last Thursday, but I'm back in the saddle and happy to continue to share VWS happenings. Wishing you a wonderful week and I look forward to connecting again, in your Inbox, next Thursday.
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
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