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The Current | VWS News & Events | #9
06/11/20
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Glimmer lantern, glimmer. Plum Cottage Kindergarten prepares for their lantern walk.

Dear <<First Name>>,

As the sun sets earlier and rises later, students in the kindergartens and early grades gather with their classes for their Lantern Walk. Handmade lanterns, often decorated with stars, suns and moons, are lit as symbols for the children of their own individual light. The children sing songs and, as darkness falls, venture out into the night with their glowing lanterns in a mood of quiet reverence. The evening walk gives younger children an experience of caring and sharing as we move toward the darkness of winter.

At this time of year, all across the northern hemisphere, many cultures, religions and faiths recognize a festival of light. Our Lantern Walk serves as a reminder that each of us has a divine spark to nurture and share with others.

“There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”
Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (563-483 B.C.)

Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events Coordinator

WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

Monday - Friday, November 9 - 13

FEBRUARY BREAK - NO CLASSES ALL WEEK
 

On the Horizon

Grade 2 Lantern Walk November 17
VWSS Board Meeting November 18
Community Hike November 20
1:20 pm GS Early Dismissal November 20
No After Care, No After School Program November 20
Children’s (Take-Home) Winter Fair November 21
GivingTuesday December 1
Parent Education: SHIFT December 3

 
ECC (Early Childhood Centre) | GS (Grade School) | HS (High School)

View the full calendar on our website

RED DOOR STORE ONLINE

Making shopping locally so much easier, our Red Door Store is now online! This project has been in the making for quite some time, and now thanks to Ella Pedersen, Store Manager and Alistair Durie, who developed the site, you can now check out all the goodies from the comfort of home. reddoorstore.ca

NOTICES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

NOVEMBER BREAK - A reminder to all, there are no classes scheduled next week. On Monday and Tuesday, we will be hosting Parent-Teacher Interviews, Wednesday is Remembrance Day (BC statutory holiday), and Thursday and Friday are Professional Development Days for all faculty and staff.

PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS - Don't miss this opportunity to meet one-on-one with your children's class and subject teachers next week. The sign-ups are closing Friday afternoon. sign up here

COMMUNITY HIKE - The Development Committee invites parents to a bi-weekly hike. Depart from Lynn Headwaters at 8:45 am around Lynn Loop. Meet in the last parking lot, at the very end of Lynn Valley Road, adjacent to BC Mills House. Rain or shine, unless very heavy rain.

RED DOOR STORE - It’s time to place your winter book preorder through the Red Door Store! Please visit steinerbooks.org make your wish list, and email Ella titles and ISBN# reddoor@vws.ca. Note that web prices are in US dollars and will be converted. Payment is due when you pick up your order (expected mid to end of November). Orders are due this Sunday, November 8, to receive a 10% discount.

SHIFT PARENT WORKSHOP - Parent workshop with sexual health educator, Jessica Woolen. Parents of all grades welcome, although the content will be focused on adolescence (age 13+). In this workshop, participants build comfort in discussing and teaching challenging topics such as body science, safe and unsafe touching, appropriate behaviour, and sensuality and sexuality. Participants will become clear on their personal values about relationships, safety, and sexuality and develop strategies to foster meaningful conversations with the children in their lives. register here

VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH Q&A - In this COVID-19 Q&A session, Superintendents Mark Pearmain (NVSD) and Chris Kennedy (WVSD) ask Dr. John Harding, Vancouver Coastal Health’s new Medical Health Officer for the North Shore, questions received from staff and families. watch here

AFTER SCHOOL FOOT TRAFFIC - Please take note that the driveway sidewalk is one-way only. All foot traffic should exit via the crosswalk and down the stairs. As the exit route, it can get quite congested at the crosswalk. Keeping the stairs clear helps us facilitate directional flow and prevents people from using the narrow sidewalk as a two-way path. Due largely to all of your combined efforts, we have been successful so far in keeping our children safe and our school open. We are grateful for how our parent community has responded to the new protocols and ask you not to let up in observing them. school map

CHILDREN'S WINTER FAIR

Can you believe it? We have SOLD-OUT of Winter Fair Goody Bags! Thank you so much for spreading the news with your friends and family and supporting the re-envisioning of our beloved Children's Winter Fair.

Our Annual Giving Campaign is well underway, and together we have raised over $8600 from 75 donations! Our campaign is open right through December, and donations are made online from our website's Annual Campaign page. You have asked us about a suggested donation amount. We have received donations that range from $10 to $1000, and donations in any amount are gratefully received. Every gift is significant, and all donations we receive enable us to best serve our students, families, faculty, and the broader community. A big thank you to all who have participated in our campaign so far. We are grateful!

Annual Campaign
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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