The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 1
September 19, 2019
View this email in your browser

Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education



First Week of School

Tuesday, September 3

Fall Term Begins
Opening Assembly & Rose Ceremony
9:00 am, Highlands United Church
New Family Orientation 10:30 am, Highlands United Church
High School Student Photos, HS
Red Rose Kindergarten Parent Evening 6:30 pm, ECC
Plum Cottage Parent Evening 7:00 pm, ECC

Wednesday, September 4

Early Childhood Programs Begin, ECC
First Full Day of Classes, GS/HS
Mulberry Preschool Parent Evening 7:00 pm, ECC

Thursday, September 5

HS Day Hike 8:45 am, Cypress Mountain
Dandelion Preschool Parent Evening 7:00 pm, ECC
Grade 1 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS
Grade 6 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS
All High School Parent Evening 7:00 pm, HS

Friday, September 6

Grade School Student Photos, GS

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


Tuesday, September 3 is a partial day for all Grade School and High School students. Students are to arrive at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver at 8:45 am where they will be met by their Class Teacher or Advisor for the Opening Assembly & Rose Ceremony.

Following the Assembly, Grade School parents are to collect their children at 10:15 am.

  • Grades 5-8 will be dismissed from the gymnasium on the first floor
  • Grades 2-4 will be dismissed from upstairs on the 3rd floor
  • Grade 1 students will remain with their parents in the sanctuary
  • High School students will remain until 2:30.

Please refer to your orientation package that was emailed on August 15 for more details about this special event.


School photos are next week. We are working with a new photographer, Haley Lorraine Photography and Design, and we think that you will be pleased with the results. High School photos will be on Tuesday, September 3 after the Rose Ceremony and Grade School photos will be on Friday, September 6 throughout the day. Please note the following recommendations:
  • Portraits will be shot outdoors on a black backdrop with a tight frame.
  • Shots will be candid - and will allow your child to be themselves
  • Please avoid large logos. Choose bright colours (no neon) and clothing that shows off detail in the shoulder area...collared shirts, ties, sweaters, stripes or pretty sleeves. All shots are shoulders up.
  • Please contact the studio directly with questions.


Parking is limited at the Grade School and Early Childhood Centre. In an attempt to reduce congestion and keep our neighbours happy, please adhere to the following guidelines at drop off in the morning:
  • Before 8:10 am, the parking lot is exclusively reserved for employee parking. It is important that our teachers are able to park and unload their vehicles near to the school so that they can be ready to greet their students when the bell rings at 8:15.
  • After 8:10 am, please use the "kiss and go" lane to drop off children in Grades 2 through 8 who are capable of making their way to their designated door without assistance. There is no parking in the kiss and go & bus lane; do not leave your vehicle. If you need to assist your child to class, please park in the neighbourhood and leave any remaining parking spots for visitors, ECC and Grade 1 parents.
  • Plan to arrive a few minutes early. If there are no parking spaces remaining in the lot, you will need to find a space on the street in the neighbourhood and walk your child to their classroom. Be mindful of driveways and not blocking neighbouring vehicles. Please consider leaving spots open in the parking lot for fellow parents with babies. The fresh air and short walk can be a lovely and invigorating way to begin the day.
  • Please do not park your vehicle in front of the wooden gate which is marked with cones. This is the only access for emergency vehicles to reach the Early Childhood Centre in case of a fire or medical emergency.


Please resolve any outstanding Emergency Contact forms on BigSIS. These important forms must be completed or updated annually, and before your child may attend class on Wednesday, September 4. Parent Login can be found here

If you are having trouble accessing your account please see me, Laura Bergstrome in the Communications office or Huy Pham in Accounting and we will help you get sorted.


9-13 |  High School Wilderness Trip to Mt Garabaldi
10 | The First Seven Years Seminar Series begins
19 | Waldorf100 Celebration at Alice Lake
27 | Michaelmas Festival
30 | Orange Shirt Day


Thank you for choosing the Vancouver Waldorf School and for trusting us with the education of your children. I have a good feeling about what we will accomplish together in this centennial year!

We try to keep you abreast of all VWS activities in this weekly newsletter and in our Monday Week at a Glance email, however, if there are resources that you feel you are missing, please reach out and let me know. I'd love the feedback.

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

Copyright © 2019 Vancouver Waldorf School, All rights reserved.

You may update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list