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Happy Thanksgiving - October 6 2017

Commitment - Have dedication, have courage, take responsibility
Harvest Lunch at the Grade School

CALENDAR

Monday October 9
Thanksgiving Holiday No School

Tuesday October 10
Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs SJS 5:30 pm (St. John’s School)
The First Seven Years Seminar Series 7:30 pm (ECC)

Wednesday October 11
VWSS Board Meeting 7:00 pm (GS)

Thursday October 12
GS Class Photos, Photo Retakes (GS/HS)
Volleyball Game VWS vs FA 4:30 pm (Fraser Academy)

Friday October 6
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am (GS)
Christmas Fair Planning Meeting 9:00 am (GS)
Bairns Bazaar Crafting Group 9:45 am (GS)
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal on BigSIS or on our website.
Download the Important Dates & Closures Calendar.
High School Thanksgiving Potluck

REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Photos - Photo Retakes are next Thursday, October 12th in the morning. Please advise your teacher and Ronaye in the Grade School or Sarah in the High School if you wish a retake for your child/student.

Become a Homestay Host - Are you interested in becoming a homestay host? We have an international student arriving in January for 3 months who is looking for a warm and caring, pet-free family to take them in. Please contact Karen at admissions@vws.ca if you would like to learn more.

Red Door Store - The Red Door Store is looking for volunteers for after school shifts: M, W & F 2:30-3:30 pm, and Th 1:45-2:45 pm. The Red Door Store is sweet community hub and is an excellent place to get to know other parents at the Vancouver Waldorf School. Please stop in and say hello to Ella who manages the store, or drop her an email at reddoor@vws.ca if you are interested in helping out.

Volunteer Opportunities - Areas to volunteer include: Friday Coffee Mornings, Crosswalk Safety, Special Event Support, Christmas Fair Planning, Event Baking, Parent Council, Gardening & Grounds, Red Door Store, Fundraising, and more! Please connect with Laura to get involved!

Lost and Found - Our Lost & Found fills up quickly, especially when the days start cool but, finish up warm. If you are missing any items please check in the bin outside the Woodworking Shop at the Grade School.

STAFF FEATURE

Kaitlyn Cramb, High School Math & Science
Hello! I am so thrilled to be joining the Waldorf community this fall. As a recent graduate of a Masters in Cell Biology, I am delighted to be able to spend every day teaching science to our wonderful high school students. I completed my Bachelors degree in Microbiology & Immunology at UBC in Vancouver which included one year studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. During this time, I worked on researching developmental biology, where I developed a passion for advancing scientific knowledge.
Afterwards, I moved to Switzerland for two years to pursue my masters, where I specifically focused on brain research whilst teaching first-year Biology at my university, ETH Zurich. There, I spent many hours hiking and snowboarding and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Outside of science, I also love to rock climb, play soccer and volleyball, sail, kayak and generally enjoy our great outdoors! I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you!

THE MARIGOLD CHILD

The Marigold Child loved the sun above all else. She was a friendly, happy little flower who loved to hear the laughter of the children who played in the garden all summer. When Autumn came and Mother Earth told her that is was time to return underground, the Marigold Child wanted to leave a gift behind for the children. So she left them her beautiful dresses. The children learned that the dresses held within them a little of the golden sunshine that the Marigold Child loved so. They decided to use the dye from the marigold petals to make themselves beautiful, golden Michaelmas cloaks. The golden colour would remind them of the light of the sun and would give them the courage they needed to go into the dark winter nights. 

A window into Grade 1

Dying with Flowers with Ella  & Grade 1

PARENT EDUCATION

Building Social Health in a Digital Age - On October 18, the Vancouver Waldorf School welcomes Christof Wiechert to speak to parents, teachers and caregivers about how children adapt, step by step, to sense-perceptional sensations. Children need the time to adapt; the brain needs time to adapt. If sensory overkill happens, the brain cannot 'digest' the information. This causes damage to the whole system of nerve-sense-brain relations. These facts are well known in the scientific community, but are not made public frequently enough. Register here.
The Inner Life of Bees Study Group - Join us for an in depth exploration of the Meaning of Bees. We will begin by screening The Queen of the Sun at 7:00 pm on Monday October 23, then continue with discussion for an additional 4 Mondays (breaking on November 6). We will meet again in the spring for an additional 5 weeks for a practical hands-on experience learning about beekeeping, as we install a hive and introduce honey bees to our Grade School campus.
The First Seven Years - What can parents and teachers do to support a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development? Each session builds on earlier sessions, and we encourage participants to attend the series as a whole. This Seminar Series is at 7:30 pm on Tuesday evenings.
 

GR 12 FUNDRAISING

Fundraising with Flowers
9th Grade Students will be at the Grade School on Monday October 2 to collect your flower bulb orders! Please review the catalogue and help them raise money for the Grade 12 Year End Trip. View the catalogue here: https://goo.gl/kmZjxZ. Bring cash or cheque please, and just think of how beautiful your garden will be come spring and summer.

AWSNA

During these challenging times, AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) has shared an article titled How Do I Find and Create Goodness For My Children. This article was authored by Susan Weber of Sophia's Hearth in 2011, and remains just as relevant today.
 
"Steadfast I stand in the world
With certainty I tread the path of life
Love I cherish in the core of my being
Hope I carry into every deed
Confidence I imprint upon my thinking.
These five lead me to my goal
These five give me my existence."
~Rudolf Steiner

WEEKEND READING

Teach Your Child to Be An “Includer” - When we instill kids with pro-social skills, we spread kindness and compassion. Read More

Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes You Knew - 1. Respect me. I’m my own person, not just your kid. Read More

FUNDRAISING

Gift Card Bonanza
Same great program, more than 50 store options. Coming up soon in time for Holiday shopping! With cards from: department stores, gas stations, home improvements stores, more grocery options, specialty stores, restaurants, travel, spas and cinemas. See the list here: vws.ca/gift-card-bonanza. Order forms will be distributed to families soon with a due date of October 31st. Payments will be processed and cards delivered mid-November.
New SPUD Cards
SPUD now offers a new fundraising model that earns funds for the school on ALL SPUD PURCHASES! VWS still receives a great return, and you can still set up recurring orders (weekly, bi-weekly or every four weeks) to save you time.

To get involved:
  1. Purchase a gift card of any value from SPUD.ca/spudcards
  2. Select Vancouver Waldorf School from the drop-down list.
  3. Complete your purchase and your gift card will be emailed to you or whomever you list as the recipient.
  4. 10% is donated to our fundraiser!
  5. To redeem the gift card, sign-up or sign-in to SPUD.ca and enter the gift card code at checkout.
  6. Sit back and wait for your groceries to arrive at your door!
For more information, including FAQs, visit vws.ca/giving/spud-fundraising
*Please note, the current Produce Box fundraising will still be available until October 12.
VWS Spirit Wear
Check out our online store for comfortable sweats, hoodies, totes, and more. We have received approval from P.E. teacher, Mr Jeremias, for children to wear their spirit gear during PE class (in navy only please). Children's size samples for t-shirts & hoodies are available in the Red Door Store.
Grocery Cards
It couldn't get much easier! Order your pre-paid grocery cards and then use them in place of your usual payment method. You pay nothing extra and the school receives a kickback from the store. Download an order form here and get your orders in by Oct 18 for November delivery. Visit our website for all the details.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Vancouver Academy of Music - Ronaye has free vouchers for tickets to see the Vancouver Academy of Music’s first concerts of the year. On Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 pm they will present Beethoven’s Emperor, Piano Concerto No. 5, Symphony No. 7 and Egmont Overture. On Sunday, November 12 at 1:30 pm  they will present Verdi’s Requiem.
Please see Ronaye for complimentary vouchers.

Vancouver Opera Dress Rehearsals - Tickets are available for VWS families. L’Elisir d’Amore is on Thursday, January 18 and Eugene Onegin is on Thursday, April 26, each at 7:00 pm. To order, bring cash in an envelope with your name, phone number and the number of tickets for each opera to Grade School Reception. $15 per ticket. Please check website to make sure that it is age appropriate for your child.

NOTES

Brave Saint Michael
In the words of our Business Manager Susan Connon-Wilby, We closed last week on a lovely, albeit somewhat soggy note, with the conquering of the dragon – rather fitting after the events earlier in the week. And in response, our community has come together in strength and truth.

We gathered in a gesture of giving and gratitude at the Grade School on Wednesday for our annual Harvest Lunch. Thank you to Mrs. Elliott for co-ordinating all the classes, to Grade 1 for the beautiful leaf rubbings, to Grade 2 for the sweet rosehip dolls and centerpieces, to Grade 3 & Mrs. Mortin for the warmth of freshly baked bread, to Grade 4 for the cookies, to Grade 5 for washing the mountains of dishes, to Grade 6 for clearing away the tables, to Grade 7 for setting up our festive dining hall, to Grade 8 for scrubbing & chopping vegetables and transforming them into a delicious soup, to the innumerable volunteers who assisted with their classes to help bring all these pieces together, and to our honoured elders for joining us in feasting (or sent their blessings from afar). Our community is at its finest when we come together in love and support.

Our High School also celebrated with a Thanksgiving Potluck this afternoon, and were nourished with the contributions of their schoolmates. Some of the photos can be found at the top of this newsletter.

Speaking of coming together in the spirit of "We are all one", did you know that over fifty thousand people gathered at the 2017 Vancouver Walk for Reconciliation? Find their thanks here: link

Happy Thanksgiving.
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
   
Did you see any errors? Or do you have something to contribute?
Contact Laura at communicationsandevents@vws.ca

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