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The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 28
June 5, 2020
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Dear <<First Name>>,

As a Waldorf community and school, we hold the dignity of life and the human being at the centre of our work. We stand in solidarity against racism and the systems of oppression that allow it to persist and harm people of colour. We are committed to understanding our role in perpetuating and benefiting from those systems and taking action in deconstructing them.

Our deepest condolences go out to all people and communities affected by the recent acts of racial violence, including the families of Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Ms. Breonna Taylor, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more.

It is our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to elevate the voices of marginalized people, to change the course of inequities, and to take an active role in breaking down structural prejudice in all forms where it exists, particularly in Waldorf education.

In response to these injustices, AWSNA released a statement on Monday, June 1, which you will find in this newsletter. Please take the time to read it. As well, students from 10th Grade English have submitted entries for an Anti-Racism Anthology, which you will also find linked following the letter from AWSNA.

We are listening and we are learning.
Laura & Mary
Development Office

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 8 - 12 - Outdoor Week (check with your teacher about planned activities - picnics, hikes, bike trips, etc)

Friday, June 12 - Colin Dutson Awards & Grade 12 Play

Saturday, June 13 - Grade 12 Graduation

Monday, June 15 - Grade 6 Radio Play

Tuesday, June 16 - End of ECC Programs, Rose Ceremony & Closing Assembly

Wednesday, June 17 - End of Term & Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony

*Stay tuned for more information and invitations to any public events.

2020 - 2021 VWS CALENDAR

STATEMENT FROM AWSNA

We send this email today acknowledging societal injustice and the resulting anger that has escalated throughout the United States this past week. We offer our thoughts to the communities of City of Lakes Waldorf School and Minnesota Waldorf School, so near the epicenter of the protests spurred by the murder of George Floyd. We grieve for the family of George Floyd and are outraged by the unjust acts perpetrated by police officers whose very task it is to protect their communities. We are once again reminded of the systemic racism that exists within the United States.

Yet we recognize that sadness and outrage are not enough. At the foundation of Waldorf education lies the mission of social renewal. We wanted to remind you of the AWSNA Member Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), adopted by the delegates in June 2019. In approving this commitment statement, the Association and member schools and institutes agreed to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, advancing DEI is one of the guiding forces behind AWSNA’s strategic priorities. The AWSNA executive team is spending more time than ever asking the following questions:

How do I participate, consciously or unconsciously, in systemic racism?

What meaningful actions will I take in service to the leadership and agency of people of colour?

Where are the possibilities for me to prioritize racial justice in my work to further Waldorf education?

We invite you to join us in exploring these questions and in elevating your school's commitment to social justice initiatives.

We hope you find the following to be helpful:

Blessings on your work,
Beverly Amico, Stephanie Rynas, and Melanie Reiser
Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

AWSNA Member Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

GRADE 10 ENGLISH

Thank you to the students of Grade 10 English for sharing your insightful and powerful work. We are grateful for your passion and vulnerability in sharing.

Anthology of Anti-Racism Reflections

LEARNING CENTRE ACTIVITIES

Students attending our Learning Centre took their lessons outside. After creating boats to float, they walked to Hunter Park to read, write and play at the creek.

SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL

In preparation for welcoming students back to school this week, faculty and staff took up additional duties making sure our campus was spick and span!

GRADE 6 SHIELDS

This is part of Grade 6 Medieval History and the stories and legends of the armoured heroes of that time. We learned about the Code of Chivalry from the Knights of old and explored how those values look in our modern world. During our time at home we strived to show discipline, do daily acts of kindness with our families, clean our rooms, make our beds and have good manners. Some students even went above and beyond and played their violin to entertain neighbours in isolation. These shields are a sample of what the students think of themselves as modern Knights, what represents them and how they would like to be in service for humanity, earth, animals and nature.

ALUMNI CORNER

Dear Waldorf Community,

Thank you for your kind donations to the GoFundMe.com “Alistair Dutson” fundraiser.

I’m making good and steady progress via the specialized medical treatments.

Best regards,

Alistair Dutson
VWS Alumni 1990

RED DOOR STORE

We’ve missed catching up with you in person and we’re grateful to those who supported our school store with their preorders and bench pickups in these past months. We will continue accepting your preorders (and soon to be available online orders!!) throughout the Summer. Stay tuned for further updates on our online shop.

In the meantime please follow us on IG at vws_reddoorstore for inventory updates. While we’ve all been apart the store has received new orders from Ostheimer, Grimms, Fairechild and Spring Fairy Dolls with more orders arriving in Summer months.

Missing ((((hugs)))) from so many of you!

Ella
reddoor@vws.ca

RUN! SKIP! JUMP!

Join us as we Run! Skip! Dance! across the continent until the 100+1-year anniversary of Waldorf education in September. The goal is to make our way, through logged miles from participants in our active school communities, from Waldorf school to Waldorf school throughout North America.

LOG YOUR KILOMETERS HERE!

PHOTOS FROM HOME

Since early April, our home learners have been actively engaged in activities, projects, adventures, play, crafts, and study. These images represent just a small sampling of the activities taken up over the past two weeks. Thank you so much to our supportive families for this glimpse into your homes and lives.

RETURN TO SCHOOL RESOURCES

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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