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The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 8
October 31, 2019
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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

CONTENTS

CALENDAR

Tuesday, November 5

The First 7 Years Guidance & Discipline 7:30 pm, ECC

Wednesday, November 6

Plum Cottage Kindergarten Lantern Walk 5:30 pm, ECC
Class Rep Meeting 7:00 pm, GS

Thursday, November 7

Grade 1 & 2 Lantern Walk 5:00 pm, GS
Red Rose Kindergarten Lantern Walk 5:30 pm, ECC
Grade 7 Class Play: Camelot 7:00 pm, GS

Friday, November 8

Community Coffee & Fund Development 8:30 am, GS
 
ECC (Early Childhood Centre) | GS (Grade School) | HS (High School)

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

NOTICES

PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS - As noted in the email from the College of Teachers on October 20, Grade School interviews will be held between now and March 20 which marks the end of the Winter Term. Kindergarten and High School Parent/Teacher interviews will continue as usual during the November Break. Grade School parents - you will receive a signup link on Monday with any appointments available in November.
ADULT vs STUDENT VOLLEYBALL GAME - Following an excellent season and the great fun had by all last year, the Girl's Volleyball has invited/challenged team parents and staff to a friendly volleyball match tomorrow, Friday, November 1 at 1:30 pm at Delbrook gym. Come cheer our players on!
BUS SERVICE - Public transit services TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Co. services (including public bus & seabus) are planning a strike. The current information suggests a phased introduction of measures that will affect their services. Therefore, students may experience some delays in tomorrow’s bus travel, but this is only likely to increase to full shut down of services next week. VWS is currently exploring possible alternatives for High School students travelling home over town at the end of the day, and an email will be sent out shortly.
AWSNA VISIT - For four days last week, our school had the pleasure of hosting the AWSNA Accreditation team, consisting of teachers and administrators from other Waldorf Schools. As a gift before they left on Wednesday, they took the time to verbally share their warm observations of our school’s strengths, as well as the challenges they identified. To guide us on our path forward, they read us a list of priorities and recommendations for the future, which we are ever so grateful for as an always developing and growing school. In January, we’ll receive the final written report, as well as a decision regarding our full membership. We look forward to sharing this outcome with you, as well as some highlights from the report. A heartfelt thank you to all who helped in welcoming our guests and showcasing our school!
Accreditation Steering Committee
COMMUNITY CHOIR - There will be no practices tonight for Halloween or on November 7 due to the Grade 7 play. Please contact Lorna at lfortin@vws.ca for details. If you are not able to perform but would simply like to sing, you are still welcome to join! Rehearsals will be Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 pm at our High School campus at 3255 Edgemont Blvd.
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.
COMMUNITY EVENTS - Current listings include North Shore Storytelling Cric? Crac! Mythic and Original Stories & Music: an evening of Storytelling, Soul Conversations for Day of the Dead, and VAM Symphony Orchestra tickets. Events are posted to our website at Community Events. Contact me at lbergstrome@vws.ca if you have an event to share.

GI❤INGTUESDAY - Celebrating the Collective Spirit of Generosity - and celebrating our first donation received! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, join millions across Canada and around the world, and give what you can to the causes you care about.
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ATHLETICS

Our Junior Boy's Soccer team finished the season in the GVISAA league making the playoff round last week. They showed strong team effort and ever-improving games. Thank you, players, for the good work and our community, for enthusiastically supporting the team!

Back row from left: Emiliano, Noah, Kiran, Tavish, Tomas, Drake, Rahmon, Geordie, Mylo, coach Tibor Jeremias. Front row from left: Luca, Japhy, Pearse, Reen. Missing from the picture is Evan and assistant coaches Emmett Vandergriend and Harrison Johnston.
The Waldorf Girl's Volleyball team had a great season. Although there were various skill levels ranging from complete beginners to more advanced players everyone showed consistent and marked improvement at the end of the season. It was a pleasure to have coached them this year and I look forward to them continuing to build their skills next year.

Back row from left: Jule, Robyn, Ella, Carlotta, Siarra, Anika, Georgia, Julieta, Ella. Front row: Michaela, Bella. Missing from the photo Paulina, Sanoe and coach Eric Lee.

HALLOWEEN

AUTUMN IN A SNAPSHOT

Nov 11-15 | No School - November Break
Nov 22 | Night Market
Nov 23 | Children's Winter Fair
Nov 28 | Fairytale Performance: Bees & Trees

Click the event posters to learn more!

GRATITUDE

The schooling that we seek is full within.
It rises to the surface as we move.
It has the face of angels, human speech.
All present borderlines are lit with warmth
like autumn maples tilting in the sun.
 
Our planet is our school, and far beyond:
our church, our shop and study, and our fields.
We are all learning to awake:
awake in dream, in meditation, and in prayer.
Inspired awake! Inspirited awake!
We feel it thus: one mighty school, the teaching everywhere.

~ excerpt from Opening Anthem
by MC Richards, Opening Our Moral Eye

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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