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The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 10
November 8, 2019
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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

CONTENTS

CALENDAR

Dec 1 | Advent Spiral

Dec 3 | Giving Tuesday

Dec 6 | St Nicholas Day

Dec 11 | Christmas Concert

Dec 13 | Santa Lucia

Dec 19 | Shepherds' Play

Dec 19 | End of Term & Early Dismissal

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

FESTIVAL OF ADVENT

The first light of Advent
is the light of stone–
Stones that live in crystals,
seashells, and bones.

Dear <<First Name>>,

Throughout the year in Waldorf schools, we celebrate festivals to connect us with the cycles of nature, establish a yearly rhythm for the children, and strengthen our community. Many festivals celebrated in our school originated in ancient cultures and have been adapted over time. Festivals help us to nourish our souls through the sharing of stories, food, songs and activities linked to the seasons and expressed with beauty and reverence.

Although Advent is traditionally known as a Christian festival encompassing the four Sundays before Christmas, pre-Christian peoples who lived far north and who suffered the loss of life and light with the disappearance of the sun also had ways of wooing back life and hope. In Waldorf schools, the Advent festival invites us to be vulnerable to our longing and open to our hope. In December the days grow noticeably shorter, the cold winter nights approach their longest, and we all begin to yearn for the light. 

In our High School, students and faculty light a candle and sing traditional carols together. In the Grade School, there is a festive assembly every Monday morning with song, stories, and an Advent Spiral. Children in Parent & Tot, Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 3 will also celebrate with their families through a special Advent Spiral ceremony on Sunday, December 1.

During the Advent Spiral, a path is laid of green boughs of evergreens and stars of gold card shine inside the path. A single candle in the center of the spiral lights the room. Peaceful music sets the mood as, one at a time, the children walk the path of the spiral. They light their own candle from the center candle and on the journey back, they place their candle in their apple upon a gold star. When all the children have walked the path, the whole spiral is aglow with beautiful light – the promise of the light, and a symbol of the divine light within each of us.

NOTICES

ADVENT SPIRAL - Notices would have been sent home or emailed regarding the Advent Spiral on December 1. Please be in touch with your teacher if you need more information.

The Advent Spiral will be walked by children in all Early Childhood programs and Grades 1 - 3. This is a time of quiet celebration and we ask that children be dressed for the occasion, and that hair is neatly combed or tied back from the face so that their shining faces are clearly visible and hair is out of reach of candle flames. For safety reasons, long dresses are not recommended. Children will need to have indoor shoes.

We also ask that parents support the reverential mood of the celebration by filing quietly into the hall and refraining from socializing until outside.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT - Our annual Christmas Concert is on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm at Highlands United Church 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver. The concert features student performers from our Grades 4 - 12 Music Programs. An email detailing dress code, rehearsals, and arrival times will be sent home shortly. Please mark your calendars.
SHEPHERDS' PLAY - Each year, on the last day of school before the winter break, the faculty and staff come together to perform The Shepherds’ Play, as a gift to the students and families in our community. Performing this reverential, yet humorous medieval nativity play is a tradition observed in many Waldorf schools across the world. Mark your calendar for December 19 at 7:00 pm.
END OF TERM - December 19 is the last day of school before we break for the holidays. Early Dismissal at the Grade School is 12:20 pm and 1:00 at the High School. There will be no Aftercare in the ECC or After School Program this day. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6.
CHILDREN'S WINTER FAIR - This past weekend, we joyfully celebrated our Children's Winter Fair. Over 200 volunteers gathered to run activities, bake cookies & savoury treats, prepare wholesome meals & crafts, decorate, carry tables and crates, pick up donations, and so much more. We look forward to sharing a report very soon to let you know how we did, but in the meanwhile, please accept our heartfelt thanks for all your support. This Fair is only able to happen because of you.

*PS if you provided baking, there is a table of Tupperware at the entrance to the Grade School, please stop by an pick yours up.

ADVENT LUNCHES

Over the past several years parents have shared the gift of a warm and loving homemade meal brought to their class teacher at lunchtime for the entire Advent season. We invite you to take part in this simple, yet thoughtful way in which to share gratitude for our faculty who hold our children with such care and dedication.
  • Early Childhood Centre - signup sheets are posted outside the classrooms where you may add your name during drop-off or pick-up.
  • Grade School and High School - please use this link signup.com/go/HSopEaR to find your class and sign-up online. If you would prefer to not use this tool, you may email me at lbergstrome@vws.ca or Sarah at the highschool at svondruska@vws.ca and include the grade and day you might like to bring lunch on.
  • Subject Teachers and Support Staff - There will be a separate Advent Potluck Lunch offering each Tuesday. If you wish to contribute by bringing a potluck dish, you will find an additional sign-up called "Potluck".
SIGN UP TO PROVIDE A LUNCH OFFERING

GIVING TUESDAY

December 3 is Giving Tuesday

The Vancouver Waldorf School works to preserve childhood and nurtures the healthy development of children as they grow into socially responsible, independent thinkers who are able to fulfil their life tasks and contribute to world renewal. Every gift helps us to continue building toward this vision. #givingtuesdayca

MAKE A GIFT FOR GIVING TUESDAY

UPCOMING EVENTS

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GRATITUDE

One of the more unique aspects of a Waldorf education is the celebration of festivals. In our modern, urban lives, it becomes perhaps even more important to highlight nature’s key transitional points as ways of reminding us that, in spite of how it may seem, we are not separate from nature.

In addition to helping to keep this knowledge intact within our children, the celebration of festivals helps to establish a yearly rhythm of celebration and anticipation and is connected with the building of community. Festivals help to nourish our souls through the sharing of stories, lovingly prepared food, joyous songs and engaging activities.


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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