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The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 4
September 27, 2019
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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

Brave and true will I be,
Each good deed sets me free,
Each kind word makes me strong.
I will fight for the right!
I will conquer the wrong!

Sword of Michael brightly gleaming,
Down to earth, its light is streaming,
May we see its shining rays
In the Winter’s darkest days.

CONTENTS

CALENDAR

Monday, September 30

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
Grade 12 Zoology Trip all week, San Juan Island

Tuesday, Oct 1

The First 7 Years: Twelve Senses 7:30 pm, ECC

Wednesday, Oct 2

Jr Boys Soccer Game: Waldorf vs Stratford Hall 3:30 pm, Norseman Park

Friday, October 4

Photo Retakes GS
Coffee Morning Cancelled
 
ECC (Early Childhood Centre) | GS (Grade School) | HS (High School)

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

CELEBRATING WALDORF100

Following the all-school assembly of story and song, students had an opportunity to plant flower bulbs around the Grade School campus in recognition of 100 years of Waldorf education. Spring promises to be beautiful, indeed! Here's to the next 100 years!

NOTICES

MICHAELMAS PLAY - Please join us at the Grade School campus today, Friday, September 27, late-morning for our annual Michaelmas Play. Please gather in the big field for 11:40, the play will begin at 11:45 am.

UPDATED DRESS CODE - The intention of our updated Dress Code is to support children in learning and playing safely and happily. We are committed to the principles of Free Movement and Comfort, Warmth, and Integrity and Simplicity for our dress code while serving the students at our school. Please read the full dress code www.vws.ca/grade-school-dress-code/. Thank you for your support in ensuring that your child comes to school adhering to these guidelines.

STUDENT PHOTOS - Student photo galleries were sent out to families yesterday. If you are a parent at the Vancouver Waldorf School, please check your inbox or junk mail for the email from communications@vws.ca with login info and promo code. Please note that measures are in place to ensure that parents are only able to purchase photos of their own children and that photos will be delivered to the student at school in October. Retakes are scheduled for Friday, October 4 at the Grade School.

ORANGE SHIRT DAY: EVERY CHILD MATTERS - Students are invited to wear an orange shirt on Monday, September 30. We are in the process of planning special assemblies at both the Grade School and the High School. Please read about Orange Shirt Day and Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s important story here www.orangeshirtday.org.

CLIMATE STRIKE - VWS is committed to supporting students and families in taking action in climate action and awareness. Many of our students will be taking part in the rally and march this afternoon (Friday) in downtown Vancouver. Notice should have been given to the Grade School or High School office if you are planning to have your child away from school; if you have not yet done so, please do ASAP. We encourage all families to have in-depth, exploratory conversations to find additional, ongoing methods to contribute to climate action and activism. We look forward to having students share their ideas among their classmates on how to continue to support this important cause and make a true difference in the world!

LOST & FOUND - As the season's change and warm layers are starting to arrive at school, please take a moment to label your children's belongings. At this time of year jackets, raincoats, fleeces and mitts are often forgotten and left behind. Items found at the Grade School will be placed in the Lost & Found, near the Practical Arts room. Please make a point of checking frequently.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & MARKETPLACE - Events are posted to our website here www.vws.ca/category/community/ and classifieds and marketplace listings are posted here www.vws.ca/community/vws-community-directory/. Check back frequently as posts may be added and updated at any time. Contact me at lbergstrome@vws.ca if you would like to post.

WILDERNESS TRIP

High School students in group 1 visit Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
GoPro footage by Wendy Young, September 2019

Quotes from Fall Trip 2019

The route (to the campsite) got harder and harder and my muscles ached, but suddenly we saw the two lakes and I was proud for myself and for the group. I think it’s a fantastic experience and the Guides really help everybody. (International Student)

This was a great experience for me and I’m already looking forward to next year! (Grade Nine)

Anywhere you look, the World just goes on forever. (Grade Ten)

Grade 2 students enjoy playtime in the wilderness of Hunter Park.

OCTOBER IN A SNAPSHOT

4 | Photo Retakes
11 | Harvest & Thanksgiving Lunches
14 | No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
20-23 | AWSNA Accreditation Visit
30 | VWSS AGM

CELEBRATING MICHAELMAS

Michaelmas is a time for celebrating strength and courage, for facing dragons, external and internal. It is a time for harvest, a time for storing away that which we need for the cold dark months ahead. The flashing meteor showers are said to represent St Michael's sword; each falling star is made of iron - the iron we need to strengthen our resolve. St Michael beckons us to find the spirit to come alive through the dying year and the seed-thoughts of the summer may be harvested now as deeds.

Many blessings
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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