The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 6
October 10, 2019
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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education



Monday, October 14

Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Tuesday, October 15

The First 7 Years Healing Power & Mystery of Sleep 7:30 pm, ECC

Wednesday, October 16

Jr Boys Soccer Game VWS vs SG 4:00 pm, St Georges School

Thursday, October 17

Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs KDHS 2:00 pm, Jewish Community Centre

Friday, October 18

Community Crafting & Mending Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS
ECC (Early Childhood Centre) | GS (Grade School) | HS (High School)

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

Bounty for our Harvest Lunch. Thank you for your contributions!


VWS COMMUNITY CHOIR - Inviting all eager singers (age 18+) to join Fa la la Lorna Fortin in preparing songs to present at the Children's Winter Fair on November 23 and at the Fairytale Performance / Waldorf100 Celebration on November 28. If you are not able to perform but would simply like to sing, you are still welcome! Rehearsals will be Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 at our High School campus at 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver starting October 17th.

VWS INDIGENOUS COUNCIL INVITATION - Indigenous families, parents and guardians of Indigenous students, including former students, alumni and members of the wider VWS community, are warmly invited to an upcoming informal gathering to meet, connect and discuss the continued development of the VWS Indigenous Council. (date and location to be confirmed)

GIVING TUESDAY - On December 3, our school is participating in GivingTuesday which is an amazing global movement celebrating giving and the social profit sector (non-profits/charities). Last year, $15 million was raised for charities in Canada on GivingTuesday! Stay tuned for more information about how we are getting involved. To learn more about this progressive movement, check out

VWS POLICIES - Policies updated on BigSIS include: Unscheduled School Closure Procedure, Full or Partial Program Closure Policy, Fundraising Policy, International Student Graduation Credit Policy, and Course Challenge Policy.

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  • Select the Parents tab from the top menu
  • Click Documents in the left-hand menu
RED DOOR STORE - We currently have a limited supply of Faire Child Weatherwear Midi Coats and Rain Pants in the Red Door Store. Stop in if you would like to see them up close. Faire Child also offers a waterproof mitten. Learn more about these quality products at Contact Ella in the store, at or on Instagram @vws_reddoorstore
MARKETPLACE - Community classifieds and marketplace listings are posted at our VWS Community Directory. Folks are looking for childcare, WCI accommodations in November, baby items, a cello, and a host family. Others are offering German/English tutoring, elderberry syrup, fire cider, opera tickets, and a house swap! Plus, take a look at the Community Business Listings on the same page.
COMMUNITY EVENTS - Current listings include A Celebration day for Girls, She Summits - community festival, The Zarathustra and Buddha Paths weekend workshop, VAM Symphony Orchestra tickets, an evening of Storytelling, and Soul Conversations. Events are posted to our website at Community Events. Contact me at if you have an event to include.


Notice of the VWSS AGM on October 30, at 7:00 pm, was sent to Society members this week. The purpose of the AGM is to confirm Society membership; consider reports, financial statements and the report from the accounting review engagement for the year ended June 30, 2019; appoint up to 5 Members to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees; and conduct other business that may properly come before the meeting.

Visit the Society page on our website to view the Notice Package, become a Society member, nominate a Board member, and become familiar with the work of the VWSS Board of Trustees.


Upcoming VWS Volleyball games are listed at GVISAA. Go team!


Speak with AWSNA Visiting Team

As mentioned in last week’s Current, from October 20 - 23, we will be welcoming an 8-person team of teachers and administrators from different Waldorf schools across North America who have volunteered to visit the VWS to provide objective insight into our school. In order to prepare their report, they will visit classes, speak with faculty, staff, select parents and alumni, as well as review our school’s policies and practices.

A traditional part of the AWSNA team visit is to set aside an hour when any interested community member may engage in a short individual conversation with a Team Member. This is an open invitation from the Visiting Team for any individual who would like to communicate something to the Team to schedule a 15-minute one-on-one meeting.

The Visiting Team will be available for these one-on-ones on Tuesday, October 22 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in the Marjorie Thatcher Room (upstairs in the Early Childhood building). To ensure that no-one misses out on their chance for a conversation, we ask that you please select a time to attend here: If you would like to remain anonymous, simply enter any initials in the mandatory name field rather than your name when signing up.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Accreditation Steering Committee at


Grade 3 students, along with several volunteers and Class Teacher Mrs. Johnston, have worked together to build a tiny library for our school! Thank you to all the parents who helped with this project.

The project created a hands-on learning experience for children to practice sanding, painting, staining, cutting, measuring, hammering, levelling, shovelling, stirring, and more!

This beautiful new lending library now stands outside our school thanks to the students' hard work and some incredible parent volunteers. Book donations are warmly welcomed!


Grade 8 has been learning about Platonic solids - cube, tetrahedron, octahedron, icosahedron and dodecahedron. Plato believed that these 5 geometic shapes were the building blocks of everything in the universe! The Platonic solids provide a rich foundation for investigating 3-dimensional geometry and is often a highlight of the Grade 8 Waldorf math curriculum. Beautiful work by all!


In Grade 9 Science, Dr. Wendy Young challenged the students to build a model of DNA using limited resources based upon structural characteristics determined by scientists.


Joined by the senior class from Seattle Waldorf School, our Grade 12 students, with Dr. Wendy Young and Sarah Vondruska, spent a week on San Juan Island in an immersive study of zoology.

Photos include Wildlife Presentation from Shona Aitken from Wolf Hallow Wildlife, as they were looking at bird’s wings, sculls and feet (all perished from natural causes); the University of Washington Marine Labs examining the marine life; and a demonstration with Sue Kellogg from Freehorse Farm on Natural Horsemanship.

All in all, an incredible opportunity for our students and faculty.


Oct 14 | No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
Oct 20-23 | AWSNA Accreditation Visit
Oct 30 | VWSS AGM
Nov 6-7 | Grade 7 Play
Nov 11 | No School - Remembrance Day
Nov 12-15 | No School - November Break
Nov 22 | Night Market
Nov 23 | Children's Winter Fair
Nov 28 | Fairytale Performance: Bees & Trees

Click the event posters to learn more!


"Give us thankful hearts... in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude... passes the gift joyfully on..." ~W.E.B. Du Bois

Many blessings & Happy Thanksgiving
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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