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The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 5
October 3, 2019
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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

CONTENTS

CALENDAR

Monday, October 7

Jr Boys Soccer Game VWS vs FA 4:15 pm, Connaught Park

Tuesday, October 8

Waldorf Welcome Information Session 8:45 am, GS
The First 7 Years Fairy Tales & Media 7:30 pm, ECC

Thursday, October 10

Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs LGCA 4:00 pm, Lions Gate
Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs SJS 5:00 pm, Lions Gate

Friday, October 11

Harvest Lunch GS
Thanksgiving Lunch HS
Community Coffee Cancelled
 
ECC (Early Childhood Centre) | GS (Grade School) | HS (High School)

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

ORANGE SHIRT DAY

September 30, Orange Shirt Day, is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations of children. We wear orange shirts to recognize residential school survivors and to honour their experiences and those of their families.

This year, on September 30, our Grade 12 students were en route to Friday Harbour on San Juan Island for a week-long study in Marine Biology - this did not stop them from donning their orange.

NOTICES

VWS POLICIES - In an effort to provide easy and consistent access for parents and guardians to any necessary VWS policies, they are now stored in your BigSIS parent portal. To find them online at any time:

  • Log on to vws.bigsis.com/portal
  • Select the Parents tab from the top menu
  • Click Documents in the left-hand menu
*Pro-tip - use the Filter to narrow down your search by category!

CHILDREN'S WINTER FAIR - Planning for this year’s Children’s Winter Fair, on November 23, has been underway for the last year and we are excited to share news about what is in store for the big event. Being that this is the year of celebrating 100 years of Waldorf education, the intention for the Fair is to create more space for community connection and celebration. vws.ca/childrens-winter-fair-update-1

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) vws.ca/vws-indigenous-council

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 givingtuesday.ca

I ❤ TRANSIT BUS TO SCHOOL - Translink is offering for KG-12 Students to ride buses for free during the week of October 7-11. (not including SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express)

ONE SMALL THING - Carrying forward work initiated at the High School to bring awareness to municipal waste management systems, the Grade School has now committed to reduce our daily use of large plastic garbage bags, to build on our existing composting system to include all food waste and paper towels, and to collect returnable containers. www.vws.ca/one-small-thing

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS - Events are posted to our website here vws.ca/category/community. Recent additions include Soul Conversations, A Celebration day for Girls, She Summits, VAM Symphony Orchestra tickets, and an evening of storytelling with Death: Wild Night and New Road. Contact me at lbergstrome@vws.ca if you would like to create a post.
MARKETPLACE - Community classifieds and marketplace listings are posted here vws.ca/community/vws-community-directory. Folks are looking for baby items, a cello, and a host family. Others are offering German/English tutoring, elderberry syrup, fire cider, opera tickets, house swaps, and more! Check back frequently as posts may be added or updated at any time.

VWS IN THE NEWS

Thank you to Gail Johnson from The Globe and Mail for this wonderful article Hive mind learning: School programs get students involved in bee conservation. Not only is it a beautiful picture of the beekeeping program we started at the Vancouver Waldorf School but also speaks to the greater intention behind this global Waldorf100 initiative.

AWSNA ACCREDITATION UPDATE

Over the course of the last year and a half, our school, meaning its parents, students, wider community, board, faculty and staff, have taken the time to look closely at our school. Out of this self-study came a beautiful report, highlighting our school’s strengths, innovations and challenges, which in turn has led to the identification of action points for our new Strategic Plan.

Copies of the self-study report are now available in the school library at the Grade School. A big thank you to former VWS class teacher Phil Fertey for being our scribe.

Thank you to all community members who participated in this process, including providing feedback on ThoughtExchange and attending last spring’s Community Forum where we presented the major findings discovered through the accreditation process.

On October 20-23, 2019, we will welcome an 8-person team of teachers and administrators from different Waldorf schools who have volunteered to come visit the VWS to provide us with objective insight into our school, using our own self-study report as the guideline. This team will ultimately be giving a recommendation to AWSNA regarding the full accreditation of our school.

Again, thank you for all your support,
Accreditation Steering Committee

MICHAELMAS CELEBRATION

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.

COMMUNITY IN ACTION

We are very proud of VWS Alumni Harrison Johnston (far left), who along with other Sustainabiliteen members, helped to coordinate the Global Strike for Climate Justice last Friday, September 27.

Many VWS families joined with over 150,000 people of all ages and all walks of life to march together from the Vancouver City Hall to the CBC Plaza downtown.
Pictured to the left is a sign made by a young Kindergarten student from collected waste, and which was kindly offered to us to share. A reverence for the earth and each other is a core value we hold dearly.

AUTUMN IN A SNAPSHOT

Oct 11 | Harvest & Thanksgiving Lunches
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

WALDORF WELCOME

Please share with friends and family who may be interested in Waldorf education. R.S.V.P. or contact our Admissions office for more information at 604-985-7435 ext 200 or admissions@vws.ca.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 8:45-10:15 am

GRATITUDE

And just like that, September came and went in the blink of an eye! I want to acknowledge the loving gesture and commitment of families, students, faculty & staff that went into ensuring that the transition from summer break to the first month of school went so smoothly. There is a positive and lively buzz throughout the VWS and we are all excited as we look ahead to what is to still come in the 2019-2020 school year.

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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