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The Current | VWS News & Events | #10
20/11/20
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Window display for Diwali, a five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world

Dear <<First Name>>,

What an odd feeling it has been these past few weeks to walk the halls of the Grade School and not see signs of the Winter Fair everywhere.

I’ve been a part of the school community since 2015, and my involvement with bringing the Fair to life has increased dramatically through the years. This year has given me a chance to become an observer of the Fair once again. It’s incredibly moving to see what the Winter Fair Committee of parent volunteers has created as an offering to the community. And likewise, how the response has been one of encouragement and appreciation. There is a tremendous amount of care, time, and love going into preparing the 300 goody bags, which will be picked up this Saturday. It has also been lovely to see volunteers delivering yule log greenery and crafted treasures for the goody bags. While I am beyond thrilled that the concept of a take-home experience has been enthusiastically embraced, I want to acknowledge that for many among us, the absence of the Fair as we know it is really sad.

The Fair has been a beloved VWS tradition for 50 years. 50 years! It’s mind-boggling to think about how much heart and soul have been directed toward the Fair through the years and how many people have been moved by their experiences here. We’ve had decades of support from parents, faculty, staff, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, friends, marketplace vendors, neighbours, and local businesses. What has always struck me about the Fair is that no matter how chaotic things may look or feel during Friday evening set-up, everything comes together beautifully by the time we welcome the revellers.

Whether you relate best to it as the Children’s Christmas Fair or the Children’s Winter Fair or simply The Fair, this year’s iteration gives us all a chance to reflect on what an impact our community has made in the hearts and minds of so many. The Fair has always been a celebration of everything we work to nurture each and every day in the classrooms: beauty, reverence, creativity, commitment, collaboration, community, and the wonder of childhood. In that respect, this year is no different. Thank you all so much for being a part of it.

Mary Henley
Community & Resource Development Manager

WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

Saturday, November 21

Winter Fair Goody Bag Pick up
 

On the Horizon

GivingTuesday December 1
Grocery Card Distribution December 1
Full Faculty & Staff Meeting December 3
Parent Education: SHIFT Sexual Health December 3
Grade 8 Play: A Christmas Carol December 16-18
End of Term, Early Dismissal December 18
Winter Break December 21 - January 1
Winter Term Begins January 4

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

NOTICES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

EARLY DISMISSAL - Reminder of the early dismissal affecting the Early Childhood and Grade School (1:10 pm) today. No Aftercare or After School programs. (Friday, November 20)

GOODY BAG PICK UP - Winter Fair Goody Bag pick up is this Saturday, November 21. Each time-slot is 15 minutes, so please be sure to arrive on time for your drive-through appointment (walk-through only for those without a vehicle). In adherence to the PHO's order to limit social interactions, we ask that you please maintain a safe distance from anyone outside your core bubble and if you are able, please wear a mask. Protocols will be in place to ensure everyone's safety.

HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE - In accordance with information from the BC Centre for Disease Control and conversation with HealthLink BC, the VWS will be implementing the following starting Friday, November 19:

  • Masks must be worn by all Faculty and Staff at all times in common areas, including school hallways and faculty rooms, except when eating.
  • Masks are not required in classrooms when teaching within cohorts.
  • Masks are not required when alone in individual offices.
  • All students in Grades 8-11 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in common areas, such as hallways and bathrooms.

COMMUNITY HIKES POSTPONED - Until restrictions on social gatherings are lifted, our bi-weekly community hikes are on hold. We'll let you know when we may once again convene.

CLASSIFIEDS - Take a look at new postings in the classifieds section of our website. Galloping Hobby Horses have been added to our classifieds in the for sale section. vws.ca/community/vws-community-directory

GRADE 8 PLAY - If you can help with lighting or filming, please contact Ms. De Ceuster at mdeceuster@vws.ca. Here are the details:

  • Someone to set up all the lights any time after school or between 9 am, and 10:45 am on Weekdays.
  • Someone to make a simple lighting plan (with Ms. De Ceuster - any weekday after school)
  • Someone to do the (simple!) lighting during the play (4 performances; December 16 and 17 6:30 - 9 pm; December 17 and 18: 8:30 - 11 am)
  • Someone to record or lend us a video camera + tripod to record the dress rehearsal on Wednesday, December 16. Capacity to record for 2+ hours. (9 - 11 am)

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

GivingTuesday - December 1

Anchoring our annual campaign is GivingTuesday, a global day to celebrate the charities we love. Every donation to the VWS creates opportunities to strengthen our community—whether by hosting guest speakers for Parent Education evenings, supplying our faculty and staff with beautifully designed t-shirts for Orange Shirt Day, or delighting every student from preschool right up to the high school grades with goodies from a surprise guest on Halloween. Creating these moments of connection enhances the experience of our students, faculty, families and, we hope, you!

Not able to donate this GivingTuesday? That's ok! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for campaign content, photos, and progress on our goals. Watch for instructions on how to share our fundraiser and help us spread the word with your friends, family, and fellow Waldorfians!

While GivingTuesday is only one day out of the year, our annual campaign will actually stay open until December 31 for your year-end charitable giving. Please consider sharing our campaign page to show your support for our shared values of community, respect, integrity, commitment, and reverence. www.vws.ca/giving/givingtuesday

As always, thank you for supporting the VWS and being part of this amazing community.

Donate to our Annual Campaign

GRADE 6 IS BAZAAR

A tradition that cannot be skipped in the Grade 6 Bairn's Bazaar. Ms. Chrimes and her students have been busy designing, crafting, and practicing their business math skills to put together an online bazaar with stalls filled with delights! Jewelry, toys, clothing, wax wraps, hair accessories, and more - they are confident that you will find something to tickle your fancy.

Coming soon to an online space near you!

RED DOOR STORE

Launched and live, and with the little glitches fixed! The Red Door Store is a great way to shop locally and support small businesses and independent vendors over the holidays and beyond. Shop comfortably online then arrange to pick up your treasures either in the store or from reception in the Grade School.
Visit reddoorstore.ca for Waldorf toys, books, art supplies, clothing and more. 

GROCERY CARD PROGRAM UPDATE

Our Grocery Card Program forms the backbone of our school fundraising program. The program was started by a parent volunteer five years ago and was voluntary until the start of the last school year. It was quite the journey deciding to transition the program from voluntary to mandatory participation, including many discussions and the implementation of new accounting and administration processes.

When participation in the program was voluntary, we raised an average of $7,000 from it annually. Last year, our program raised $16,727 with a minimum required order from enrolled families of $100/month. We put the program on hold from April until October as we all recalibrated to the demands of COVID. Our first grocery card order this school year was processed in October and totalled $17,400. From that order, we fundraised $986, making the average return on cards sold 5.5%. The most popular cards purchased are Save-On-Foods $100 at a value of $6,400 and President’s Choice $100 at $4,300.

If you aren’t yet enrolled in the program, please contact Mary (mhenley@vws.ca) to learn how. Grocery cards can also be purchased directly from the Accounting Office at any time (accounting@vws.ca). It’s straightforward, and all funds raised go directly to the Community Fund, which supports all sorts of initiatives that improve the school.

Thank you all for sticking with the program and bearing with us as we’ve adjusted to new systems this year.

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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