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January 12 2018

Our Vision: Socially responsible, independent thinkers able to fulfill their life tasks and contribute to world renewal.

Grade 7 field trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery

CALENDAR

Monday January 15
Grade 8 High School Experience (Monday - Friday)

Thursday January 18
Adult Eurythmy Winter Session Begins 1:20 pm GS
Girls Basketball Game VWS vs WPGA 3:45 pm Vancouver
Class Rep Meeting 7:00 pm GS

Friday January 19
Kim Payne: The "No Maybe Yes" Years 7:00 pm Cardinal Hall

Saturday January 20
Grade 10 Class Play: The Passage 8:00 pm GS

Saturday January 27
Open House: Preschool through Grade 8 10:00 am - 12:30 pm ECC/GS

Tuesday January 30
Open House: Grade 9 - 12 7:00 - 9:00 pm HS
Find the full calendar in your Parent Portal on BigSIS or on our website.

Grade 7 portraits at the Vancouver Art Gallery

REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parent Education Evening with Kim Payne - Friday, January 19 at 7:00 pm. This presentation is designed to help parents of tweens and teenagers and to help prepare parents of younger children for the years ahead. It will highlight issues affecting young people between the ages of 8 and 18, and offer workable strategies for navigating what can be one of the most difficult periods for parents, teachers, and teenagers alike. order tickets

Grade 10 Play: The Passage - Saturday, January 20 at 8:00 pm. Under the direction of Sandra Ferens, this class has been working to develop the theme, plot and script for a play exploring a pivotal moment set in a dystopian future. Follow the path of discovery into the nature of existence and ask the big question: Why?

Community Coffee Mornings - Join us for coffee or tea each Friday after drop-off between 8:30 and 10:00 am. Stay a while, or just drop in for a bite and a hot drink to start off your day! This is an unstructured gathering to meet other parents and socialize. Contributions of snacks and baked goods are always welcomed, as are volunteers to help set up or clear away at the end.

Open Houses - For parents whose children are entering Grade 1 next year, we invite your family to attend our Open House on Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 - 12:30, to get an exciting preview of the grades curriculum. For families with children in Grades 7 & 8 we hope you will attend our High School Open House on Tuesday, January 30 from 7:00-9:00 pm.  

Red Door Store - Our little store is happy to take your special orders for Ostheimer and Grimms wooden toys and birthday rings. Save on shipping, support your school and order by Monday January 15 (next week). For catalogue and pricing info contact Ella in person or by email at reddoor@vws.ca.

Community Classifieds & Marketplace - Ride sharing, accommodations, au-pair opportunity in Germany, Vancouver Opera tickets, instruments, and more! Follow this link to our website to see all the wonderful offerings! Once there, keep scrolling to see professional services offered by members of our community.

Alumni Corner - An interview with Michelle Alexandre, 1998 VWS alumni and co-founder of the Saltwater Waldorf School in Comox Valley. read more

Submissions for Renewal Magazine - Renewal, A Journal for Waldorf Education is interested in receiving article submissions for upcoming issues. read more

WONDERFUL WORLD OF FRACTIONS

Main lesson work by Yolanda Several times this week Grade Four teacher, Mrs. McKenzie has heard enthusiastic, "I LOVE fractions!!" from her students. Students are wholeheartedly chopping and eating their way through an introduction to the world of fractions as apples, noodles, cheese strings, oranges, cake, and more are sliced into halves, quarters, eighths, sixteenths and beyond!! Perhaps this in an indication of the group's temperament, but it is also a testament to the head, heart, hands brilliance of the Waldorf curriculum and learning by doing. During a quick scan around the classroom at lunch time students can be seen eating their cucumbers, salami, crackers, and sandwiches but not before an attempt is made to break the edibles into equal pieces!! One student reported while helping make dinner, he had cut all the potatoes and carrots into fractions!
(main lesson book by Yolanda)

DEVELOPMENT OFFICE GREETINGS

I began in my role as Community and Resource Development Manager in late September and since then have had two priorities: to meet and connect with our community and to gain an understanding of our operating environment and culture. As I work my way through the many documents and systems, the years of history and shared experiences, and cultivate relationships across our community, I’m beginning to understand the role we all play in shaping our school’s biography. The narrative we ourselves create and the stories we choose to tell define our perception of this dynamic school and solidify the foundations of its’ culture.

Ostheimer Wooden Toys at the Red Door Store

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEEKEND READING

Why Bright Children Deserve Age-Appropriate Academics - How effective is teaching academics to younger children? link

Raising Overcomers: How To Teach Your Kids To Do Hard Things - Five things to be intentional about in raising kids who can do hard things, kids who are overcomers. link

The Benefits Of Learning a New Language and Being Bilingual - Learning a different language, no matter your age, is a key component to personal growth. link

ENSWaP Conference 2018 “Digital Reality in the Waldorf School” - 13-15 April 2018 Bologna, Italy. Digital technology has become part of our everyday life. Some people embrace it without any questions, others demonise it – but for most of us it is an exciting challenge. link

French Summer School in Provence - Two weeks in France. Holidays to improve your French at the Steiner-Waldorf school in the Avignon region of Provence offers students aged 15 to 18 a two-week summer program. A living linguistic and cultural program. link

Kings from far away lands we are
Kaspar, Melchior, Balthasar
Guided by the golden star

"Festivals are not merely the commemoration of historical events or personalities. They are in and of themselves, each year, spiritual events carrying a significance that grows and deepens with the developing phases of human evolution."
~ Rudolf Steiner
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
   
Did you see any errors? Or do you have something to contribute?
Contact Laura at communicationsandevents@vws.ca

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