The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 10
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November 23, 2018

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence

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Next Week

Tuesday, November 27
Grade 9 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, HS

Thursday, November 29
Full Faculty & Staff Meeting 3:00 pm, GS

Friday, November 16
Community Coffee Resumes 8:30 am, GS

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


Sunday, December 2
Advent Spiral
Monday, December 3
Advent Lunches begin - Signup
Wednesday, December 12
Christmas Music Concert, Early Dismissal at 1:10 pm
Thursday, December 20
End of Term, Early Dismissal at 12:20 pm - no aftercare, no after-school program
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.


Early Dismissal on Friday, November 23 - A reminder that Grade School students will be dismissed at 12:20 pm and should go home for lunch before parents return to begin Fair set up at 1:30, and that all High School students will take the VWS buses down to the Grade School today at lunch to help set-up for the Christmas Fair, and will be dismissed from the Grade School at 3:15 pm. There is no After-School Program today. For students who travel by school bus, please see the Alternate Bus Route here link.
Food Bank - We have launched our annual a Food Drive from November 19 through to 30. Food banks across the lower mainland are experiencing huge shortages of contributions and empty shelves. Let's do our part by donating non-perishable items. See the story at the CBC that inspired our food drive here read more.
Hand Stitched Quilt - Donations to the Food Drive allow you to receive a free entry for a chance to win a stunning quilt that our Grade 4 class has been working on with their wonderfully talented teacher Ms Chrimes. The quilt will be displayed at the Christmas Fair on November 24. Collection boxes will also be available at the Fair - so please spread the word!
Saturday Parking at the Fair - Hillside Church has graciously offered us use of their parking lot (Next to Molly Nye House on Lynn Valley Road) on the day of the Fair. See the map for the 4 minute walk here



The Advent Spiral ~ our festival of light ~ is coming up on Sunday, December 2 for children in all Early Childhood Programs and Grades 1 through 3. We are kindly asking for donations of cedar and fir boughs to set the spiral. If you are able to sustainably collect any greenery and deliver it to the school before next weekend, we would be incredibly greatful.


Thanks for you support!


Thank you so much in advance from the Grade 12 Students
Purdy's Chocolates
  1. Go to and select 'Support a Campaign'.
  2. Sign in or create an account, then enter the customer/campaign number 41471. Click 'Join' and you will be redirected to the Grade 12 Trip Fundraising group dashboard!
  3. Go to the 'Shop Online' in the menu, then click 'Marketplace' and create your order. If you already know which items you would like to buy, go directly tothe 'Online Order Form'.
  4. Once you have selected all your goodies, proceed to checkout, & select your order to pay for. Enter your payment info, confirm, complete your order, then log out.
Order Here

Poinsettias, Holiday Planters and Wreathes
We are selling beautiful, locally grown Poinsettias, Holiday Planters and Wreathes to help raise money for our year-end Service Trip. By purchasing a beautiful Poinsettia this Winter, not only will you be spreading holiday cheer, but you will also be supporting an amazing cause!

Order Here
Tuesday Treats! Bring your loonies and toonies for an after school treat or beverage offered by our Grade 12 students! You'll find them weekly. And be sure to ask them about their ever-evolving travel plans.
Watch for upcoming samosas ready to take home for your dinner!
Grade 3 baking with Kyle Morton ~ the halls are smelling mighty fine!
I hope to see you at the Night Market tonight for a child-free sneak peek at all the wonderful wears from our vendors, including Grade 11 & 12 Fundraising tables, and mulled wine to warm your hands and taste buds! And then of course, I can't wait until tomorrow when the magic begins for our 48th annual Children's Christmas Fair!
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
The regularity with which the Sun moves through the seasons, the regularity manifested in the growth of plants and in the life of animals, this regularity was once chaos. Harmony has been attained at the cost of great travail. Humanity stands today within the same kind of chaos, but out of the chaos, there will arise a harmony modelled in the likeness of the harmony in the universe. Peace to those who are of goodwill.

~ Rudolf Steiner
from Festivals and Their Meanings
Christmas 1923
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