September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, the federal government passed legislation in June recognizing September 30, 2021, as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day

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Trauma Informed Practice

Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) In essence, TIP is beneficial to those who have experienced traumatic events, adverse childhood experiences, or excessive ongoing stressors. In schools, it allows for learning to occur by addressing the needs that may impact the capacity of a student to learn. We can reasonably assume that all children are likely to have experienced some degree of

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Updated Mask Guidelines for K-12 Schools

Updated Mask Guidelines for K-12 Schools Dear VWS Community, On March 30, the Ministry of Education issued updated health and safety guidelines for all K-12 schools in the province (Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings). One of the key updates included a change to requirements concerning mask-wearing in schools. All staff, volunteers, visitors, and students in Grades

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Health & Safety February Protocols

Health & Safety February Protocols Dear VWS Community, Per the updated guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) on February 4th, the Vancouver Waldorf School (VWS) is revising its Health and Safety Handbook – COVID-19. The MoE has recently confirmed that Independent Schools requiring protocols that are either more or less stringent than

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Grade 8 High School Immersion Highlights

Grade 8 High School Immersion Highlights Thank you to the Grade 8 class for sharing your feedback from their immersion week in January! During the week at the high school, I enjoyed being in the village a lot. Once it’s time for lunch, we can do whatever we want, and since it’s such a respected school in the area, people

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High School Information Session

High School Information Session We invite you to our Waldorf High School information session on February 23 at 7:00 pm. Over the course of 1½ hours, you will have a chance to meet our High School faculty, hear about what attracted them to the VWS, and learn what they bring to the school; engage in a presentation about pedagogy, course

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Winter Health & Safety Update

Winter Health & Safety Update Dear VWS Community, Thank you for your continued partnership as we enter the winter term. Linked below, you will find our revised VWS Health & Safety Handbook – COVID-19. We ask that you please note the following important information: Effective Monday, January 18th, students in Grades 5 through 8 are required to wear a non-medical

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ECC Recommitment

ECC Recommitment Our Admissions Office is already receiving applications for Kindergarten and Preschool in September 2021. We wish to offer our current families the chance to confirm their child’s enrollment for the next fall before processing these new applications. To begin the recommitment process, please visit your Parent Portal at vws.bigsis.com/portal. Confirmation is due January 10. Tuition & Fees We

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Against Fear: The Michaelmas Call

Against Fear: The Michaelmas Call We live in a fear-filled world. This has always been true for humanity. Whether it has been a threat from wild beasts, natural disasters, famine and starvation, war plague and illness, or material poverty, humanity has always had big worries. In our own time we experience strongly that fear and anxiety fill the air we

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Ministry and BCCDC Updates

Ministry and BCCDC Updates The following documents from the Ministry of Education and the BCCDC have been updated to include refreshed information about the procedures allowing for students and staff to return to school with mild symptoms of illness remaining, to ensure staff and students are not kept out of school longer than necessary. Do not require a health-care provider

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Important Return to School Update #4

Important Return to School Update #4 Dear Parents, We are looking forward to welcoming your children to school next week. While your Class Teacher will provide specific in-class details, in this message we hope to offer more clarity around what to expect in the first few days regarding events, drop-off and pick-up, arrival times and class locations. Monday – Labour

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Important Return to School Update #3

Important Return to School Update #3 Dear VWS Families, On behalf of the VWS Faculty, Staff, and Board of Trustees, we are pleased to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. We are working hard to plan a robust return to school in September while being mindful of the need to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Along with

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Health & Safety Handbook COVID-19

Restart Plan – Health & Safety Handbook COVID-19 As we prepare to welcome more students to our campuses next week, we require those parents and caregivers with children attending in-person instruction to read the attached VWS Health & Safety Handbook COVID-19. In particular, please note the following key pieces of information: Students or staff who have common-cold, influenza, or COVID-19

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Return to School Plan

Return to School Plan Thank you for your patience as we plan for our Return to School Plan for optional in-person learning beginning Monday, June 1. At this time, we have a schedule confirmed, shared below. We will share details about how our school will manage the school-based control measures outlined by the Ministry of Education in the coming days.

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Easter Activities with Children

Easter Activities with Children Spring is a time of rebirth. Eggs have long been a symbol of new beginnings. People in many parts of the world colour eggs at this time of year. This year, spring is like no other – all the more reason to celebrate what we can and feel the interconnectedness of the world while taking solace

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