The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 23
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April 4, 2019

Community * Respect * Integrity * Commitment * Reverence
The Root Children are Emerging and Bringing their Spring Flowers!

Thanks to Grade 7 students for painting VWS values rocks. How many can you find on campus?


Next Week

Friday, April 5 6:00 pm & Saturday, April 6 1:00 pm
Grade 12 Projects Highlands United Church
Monday, April 8
Project Review No HS Classes
Tuesday, April 9
Parent Education: Social Media & Online Safety 7:00 pm, GS
Wednesday, April 10
VWSS Board Meeting 7:00 pm, GS
Friday, April 12
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS
Saturday, April 13
Spring Fair 10:00 am, GS


April 19 - 22 | Easter Holiday
April 23 | Book Swap
April 24 | Community Forum
April 25 | Grade 5 Play
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website.
Thanks to Anne Pepper for Planting the Spring Bulbs - What a Delight!


Grade 12 Project Presentations - Please come support our graduating students at their Grade Twelve Presentations this Friday and Saturday at Highlands United Church. learn more 
Willow Weaving Work Party - Bonnie Gosse is so kindly taking the lead again in beautifying our Grade School grounds. Everyone is welcome to join the work party on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 am to noon. The focus will be on completing the willow weaving on the new willow fence and continuing the spring gardening work. 
Cellphone Free Zone – You will notice that around the Grade School campus, there are now signs that our Grade 8 students have made alerting visitors that our campus is a Cellphone Free Zone. Please help model to our emerging digital savvy youth that cellphones should be tucked away at drop-off and pick-up and throughout the day. 
World Book Day - On Tuesday, April 23, our school will celebrate World Book Day with a free book swap in the Grade School Hall, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to spring clean your bookshelves and donate books that have been outgrown by your family so others can enjoy them. In return, participating families can choose some new books to take home.
This is an absolutely free event designed to spark excitement and enthusiasm for reading in all grades. We will be collecting books starting next week outside reception. Please help us by putting the books in the appropriate box, as marked. Children’s fiction and non-fiction, as well as parenting books, are all welcome. 
Upcoming Community Events - Apr 5-7 - She Summits, Apr 6 - The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily, Apr 25 - The Vancouver Opera, May 3-5 - Metamorphosis in Life & Death Medical Conference, and May 12 - VAM Community Concert Series.
Visit our website to learn more. 
Community Classifieds & Marketplace - Listings include Case Study: Creating a Personal Sacred Space at home, seeking others to celebrate festivals with, rain gear for sale, making water kefir, accommodations needed, and more in the Waldorf Classifieds. Visit our website to learn more. 
Red Door Store - Our little Red Door Store has a brand new Instagram account! Follow along for shop updates at vws_reddoorstore. Visit our brick and mortar shop at our main campus in Lynn Valley. Use the hashtag #vws_reddoorstore on your photos. Email Ella to be in touch.


Thank You Turtle Tree Seed

Grade 3 will be planting these biodynamic seeds to support our school's honeybees and other local pollinators.
Waldorf schools around North America are cultivating gardens and bee-tending programs to help rebuild the pollinator population. For this, we owe great thanks to Turtle Tree Seed, a biodynamic and organic seed farm located on the Camphill community in Copake, New York. Over spring break, we received 15 packets of various herbs and flowers to support our honeybees as they work to collect pollen this summer. read more


Since September, our Board of Trustees has continued the work we began last year to formalize our processes and decide upon how we will best work together in service to our community.

You may recall reading that we undertook two separate trainings last year. The first, in February, was delivered by a local training organization for non-profits and was titled “Board Fundamentals”. This primer for boards gave us all the chance to look at best practices and discuss what would work best in the context of the VWS. In June, we spent a day with an educator from AWSNA who guided us through a series of activities that specifically looked at the unique governance structure of Waldorf schools.

As we moved into this school year and welcomed three new trustees to the Board at the AGM in October, our need to bring clarity to our role and maximize our capacity as a leadership body came even more clearly into focus. Thankfully, the work that the whole school community has been engaged with in support of the Self-Study will inform our work as a Board, as that work required honest conversations about our challenges and opportunities.

The Self-Study is essentially an 18-month process of review that will give our whole community a true sense of where we are currently and what we need to focus on to fully live into our vision, mission and values. Our Self-Study Steering Committee will present a draft of the report at the Community Forum on April 24th, which will be a chance for us all to celebrate the work that’s been completed and to learn about the final steps of this Self-Study journey.

Other items that have been on the agenda through the past six months include: supporting the work of the Strategic Planning and Visioning Committee, specifically around governance and decision-making; the School Expansion Group, as it continues to look at options for the school’s physical improvement and growth; collaborating with the Development Office on fundraising; overseeing the budget and financial planning for the coming year; and most importantly, ensuring that we are working in support of the College of Teachers and all faculty as they continue to dedicate hours of time to fulfilling additional requirements associated with the Ministry of Education inspection visit to our school in November.

Please feel welcome to be in touch with either of us if you would like to learn more about any of the things we have touched upon here or to bring forward any of your ideas, suggestions or questions. We are accountable to you and thank you all for being a part of this vibrant community.

Eric Doherty and Chloe Gow-Jarrett, Board Co-Chairs
Read on the website



The Power of Play - Shows why kids need playtime more than ever. The riskier it is, the safer they'll be in the long run.
Collective Eye Films - For this week only, in celebration of 100 years of Waldorf Education, we have generously been granted permission to view the documentaries: SEED: The Untold Story and QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? for free. Use the password WALDORF to access.
Waldorf Students Take On Plastics Pollution - Maple Village Waldorf School Students recently participated in Algalita’s POPS International Youth Summit, a 3-day empowerment experience held at the Ocean Institute.


Grade 3 and playground volunteers working together to beautify and rehabilitate the grounds.


This Friday and Saturday the Grade 12 students will present their theses and artistic presentations. This is the updated program:

On Friday evening we will hear from Victoria about The Power of Religion on Ourselves, followed by a dance performance by Jessica. Jade will present An Investigation into the History and Uses of the Dog, and Santiago will present on An Analysis of Animation as an Art.

Then on Saturday, Kyrstin will start us off with An Exploration into the Connection between Diet and Mood, Thayden will follow with How Design Teaches Us How to Learn. After a 30 minute break for refreshments offered by the Grade 11 families and Parent Council, Luca will offer A Closer Look at the Innovations the Lead to the Transportation of Today, and we will close with Hannah's presentation on The Psychology behind Altering a Dog’s Behaviour.

On both days, artistic components for all students will be available for you to view.
A sure sign of spring - Handwork teacher Ms Hoerauf shares her little lamb.

What a perfect week it’s been to start the Spring Term. Being welcomed back by warmth and sunshine early in the week hopefully made the transition to the rhythm of school days a little bit easier. Closing the week with rain and cooler temperatures is a lovely reminder that it’s a little early yet to tuck away our winter gear. As we move through the coming weeks and into our final months of the school year, our busy school calendar offers plenty of opportunities to come together and celebrate our children, our school community and this beautiful ecosystem we are a part of. Wishes to you and your families for a lovely spring weekend ahead!

Many blessings,
Mary Henley
The Vancouver Waldorf School is situated on the unceded ancestral territory of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) Nations.

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