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June 8 2018

Our Core Values: Community, Respect, Integrity, Commitment, & Reverence.

Fun at Maplewood Farms

In May, students from Preschool and Kindergarten made a visit to Maplewood Farms to meet the baby goats and other small animals. Photo credit Brendon Purdy.


Monday June 11
Out Door Week Begins!

Wednesday June 13
New Moon Social 6:30 pm The View on Lonsdale

Thursday June 14
Adult Eurythmy 1:20 pm GS

Friday June 15
Summer Camp Registration Deadline
Coffee Morning & Clothing Swap 8:30 am GS

Saturday June 16
Grade 12 Graduation 1:00 pm HUC
Find the detailed 2017-18 calendar in your Parent Portal or on our website. Plan ahead with the 2018-19 calendar here.
ECC - Early Childhood Centre | GS - Grade School | HS - High School
Congratulations to Grade 8 teacher Phil Fertey for winning “Most Magnificent Bicycle” on his penny-farthing at the Tweed Ride Victoria on May 26. Click the image above to see a short video by Jack Flash Photography & Video that beautifully captures the spirit of the ride & picnic. All funds raised benefit Bicycles for Humanity who sends refurbished bikes to Africa. Photo by Helene Cyr.


Outdoor Week - Students and faculty alike are all looking forward to Out Door Week next week. The trips they take over their years at the Vancouver Waldorf School help to create lasting memories that are treasured in years to come. To give an idea of the trips planned in the upper grades:
  • Grade 12 Service trip to Thailand
  • Grade 11 Cycling Southern Vancouver Island
  • Grade 10 Whale watching & surfing in Tofino
  • Grade 9 Organic farming in Duncan
  • Grade 8 SALTS tall ship sailing
  • Grade 7 Canoeing on Pitt Lake
  • Grade 6 Caving and climbing at Horne Lake
New Moon Social - Wednesday, June 13 at The View On Lonsdale, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue. Click for tickets: 

The New Moon Social is an event that celebrates our robust and vibrant school community by creating a warm and inviting space to eat, drink, connect and give joyously amongst friends new and old. With the 100th anniversary of Waldorf Education in 2019 and our school's 50th anniversary in 2020, we have plenty to celebrate! You can expect outstanding catering generously donated by ECC parents, Alison and Bill McCaig, owners of Nicli Antica Pizzeria in Gastown (soon to be in Edgemont Village as well!), a beautiful venue with an earthy bohemian theme and an inviting reception designed for socialising. Current parents, alumni and alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends are all welcome to join the celebration. Proceeds raised from the New Moon Social will directly support the School Expansion Group, which is a team of parent volunteers, staff, and faculty that are working to realize our community's long-held vision of building a new school that houses all students. Our fundraising goal for this event is $50,000 and gifts will be graciously accepted in any amount. Do note that this is an adults-only event as there will be a cash bar on site.

Please join us as we raise a glass to our charming school and wonderful community! Tickets are still available here: 

High School Graduation - Celebrate our Graduating Class of 2018 by attending their Graduation on Saturday, June 16 at 1:00 pm at Highlands United Church. Just as important as their academic success, our graduates value life-long learning. They are self-reliant and self-confident, they strongly value interpersonal relationships, they are highly tolerant of the viewpoints of others, and at work, they care most about ethical principles and value helping others. read more

Summer Unplugged! - VWS summer camp for children ages 6 to 12 is back! Our camp runs from June 25 to 29, 9:00 to 3:00 pm daily. Activities include garden art, outdoor play, baking, beach trip, and more. $350 includes hot organic lunch and snacks. Contact or 604-985-7435 x 0 for more information. Visit the program page on our website to register before June 15.

Community Marketplace - Click the Help Wanted, For Sale, To Eat, and Accommodations tabs to expand, keep scrolling to see VWS community business listings, or submit your own business listing! read more

Upcoming Community Events - Community Indigo with Ella & Gwen, Summer Singing for adults with Marilyn Lange, and children's Summer Camps! Come take a look at what's on offer & let us know if you have anything to post. read more

Red Door Store - We are in the last weeks of school before we break for the much-anticipated summer and things soon wrap up at the Red Door Store. We would like to offer the community 20% off all regularly stocked items during the Friday, June 15 Coffee Morning. This includes all crayons, coloured pencils, main lesson books, beeswax modelling wax, wool felt, Bheda wool, knitting needles, drop spindles, watercolour supplies, postcards… read more



Grade 7 students have completed a project in designing a machine using the principles of mechanics, a couple of students have even built their machines! A very fun and completely independent project.


Grade 8 students learned an important lesson in Chemistry this week - do not attempt to put out a grease fire with water!


click the image for details

New Moon Social

We are really excited about the upcoming New Moon Social, taking place at The View on Lonsdale on June 13. The energy around gathering the community for some fun, connection and future-imagining has been wonderfully positive. Get your tickets here:

Graduation Ceremony

Come bear witness as our twelfth-grade students ceremoniously complete their time at the Vancouver Waldorf School and enter into the world as free-thinking and able individuals.

Year End Picnic

3-legged race, balloon toss, bean bag toss or walk (bag on head), relay, tug of rope, skipping race, hula hoop contest, egg and spoon race, & sac race!
Please bring a potluck snack or treat to share, dishes, cutlery and cups, & festival chairs or a blanket to sit on.
Read more to get involved!

Summer Camp

Summer Unplugged!
June 25 to 29, 2018

Imagine your days filled with arts and crafts, creative play, music, picnics, gardening, games, and more. Come spend a week and try something new! Registration forms are available at Reception or for download on our website here:


Congratulations to Rochelle Chapman, our June winner of a free $50 gift card! Congratulations and thanks also to everyone who got involved in the gift card program this year. Together we've raised over $8,000 - our best year yet! Parent Council will put the funds to good use on improvements for our students.

New or revised gift card orders are now closed until September, but SPUD's programs run all year long and are a great way to keep supporting the school with fresh, local produce delivered right to your door. Please see linked flyer for details.
Rachel Garratt



New Moon Social

A number of people have asked how they can get involved and help with the New Moon Social. We would love your help and have a few options to share:
  • donate a silent auction item,
  • donate a bottle of wine,
  • check the VWS Buy Sell Trade Group on Facebook for other requested items,
  • sign-up to be a volunteer on the day of the event (set-up / take-down crew or other support roles during the event),
  • and of course, buy your ticket and encourage your friends to buy their ticket here
If anything resonates or inspires you, please connect with Mary at
Mary Henley


Students needed to work around the Grade School and High School for:
  • Repair & maintenance work
  • Groundskeeping, playground work
  • Other miscellaneous work
Under the supervision of the VWS Maintenance supervisor, students must be able to work alone and within a team.
Available positions:
2 full time student workers:
June 25 - August 24
7 hours/day
$12.00 - $12.50/hour (based on experience)
Please send resume to


I'll wrap up by saying thank you to everyone who supported the Hot Lunch Program these past few weeks. I will be sending out a request for feedback next week and would love if you could take a moment to let us know what worked, what didn't, and what could be done to make it even better.

Please join me in extending a massive thank you to Jacinda Oldale who crafted the menus, organized the kitchen crew, and was the master chef for our three lunch offerings. Thank you as well to Vlado, Jenn, Michelle, Elena, Ella, Ronaye, Mary, and Gr 7 students for your help shopping, chopping, prepping, delivering & cleaning up at the end. And thank you to our faculty for your patience and gentle feedback while we tested systems. We were thrilled to end on a high note of a highly organized and efficient kitchen & delivery system. I'm so sorry if I missed thanking anyone, please know that no one was left out intentionally.

I'm thrilled to be ending the year by ticking off one (of many) goals I had set for myself at VWS. It's been my dream since arriving 8 years ago to nourish and feed children at our school. What we've created is beyond what I had envisioned and I'm grateful to have co-created with such a wonderful crew who has also held a fire in their hearts for a Hot Lunch program to manifest.

Thanks for allowing me to wax on. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
Did you see any errors? Or do you have something to contribute?
Contact Laura at

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