The Current | VWS News & Events | Issue 23
March 5, 2020

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Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

A letter was sent to families today regarding our school’s management and response plan for ensuring the continued safety and well-being of our students and staff which can now be found on our website. We wish to thank you for your support and partnership in keeping our community healthy. If you have any questions or concerns about our school’s response to COVID-19, please feel welcome to reach out to Lorna Fortin, Principal.

Grade 2 students following their class play

CALENDAR

Monday, March 9
Grade 9 Parent Evening 6:30 pm

Thursday, March 12
Early Dismissal (GS only) 1:15 pm
Festival of the Arts 6:30 pm, Centennial Theatre

Friday, March 13
Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS

2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINNING & END OF TERM DATES

NOTICES

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Next Thursday evening is our annual Festival of the Arts. All students from Grades 2 – 12 will be performing on stage at Centennial Theatre. Early dismissal at the Grade School will be at 1:15 pm and the concert begins at 6:30 pm. Please refer to the parent letter sent early this week for drop off, costume, and rehearsal details.

VOLUNTEER Hooray – tickets are selling like hot cakes for the Spring Mingle on March 18! Thanks to everyone who’s jumped on board to support this fun spring celebration. We need a few volunteers to staff the bar during the event and help with take-down. If you can commit to an hour, we’ll happily cover your ticket cost. Thank you! Contact Mary Henley (mhenley@vws.ca).

COFFEE MORNING CANCELLED Friday Community Coffee is cancelled tomorrow (March 6). One of our teachers needs the space for a project with her students. We’ll be back in action on March 13.

COVID-19 INFORMATION Information from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education is kept up to date on the North Vancouver School District website.

SPRING CLEAN If you notice any damage or areas that need attention around the school grounds, please let Mary Henley (mhenley@vws.ca) know as we plan to freshen up the campuses for spring.

SUN RUN TEAM There is still time to join our April 19, 2020 Vancouver Sun Run team. Register at vancouversunrun.com. Select “Join Existing Team” then search for Vancouver Waldorf School.

LATE & ABSENTEE STUDENTS

  • HS 604-986-2922 or highschool@vws.ca
  • GS 604-985-7435 x 421 or reception@vws.ca
  • ECC 604-985-7435 x 101 Dandelion & Mulberry, x 102 Plum Cottage, x 103 Red Rose, x 104 Sunflower

Please contact the school within 30-minutes of school start time to let us know if your child/student will be away.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Festival of the Arts

A presentation of our student’s work from grades 2 – 12, and will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. The program will include eurythmy, drama, singing, orchestra, and recitation. Parent letter and tickets here

Spring Mingle

Our Spring Mingle is an event that celebrates our robust and vibrant school community by creating a warm and inviting space to eat, drink, dance, and joyously connect with good friends, old and new. This night is in honour of you – our wonderfully diverse community of parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Please join us as we raise a glass! All are welcome to join the celebration as we wrap up winter and welcome the spring. Tickets here

Mindful Mending

Who – VWS Community hosted by Ella (it’s free!)
What – Stitch, Patch and Repair your existing wardrobe
When – Friday, March 20, 8:30-10:30 am
Where – Music Room
Why – Community, Sustainable Fashion, Creativity

Bring your favourite, well-loved, clean and ready for mending items of clothing. This is for adults of all skill levels. Various tools, fabrics for patching and sewing supplies will be available for use. Ella will be available for hands-on help and suggestions. Please RSVP if you plan on attending (last minute attendees are also welcome) reddoorstore@vws.ca.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

VWS faculty and staff attended two professional development days on February 18 and 19. We began by singing a sample of choral pieces brought by Lorna Fortin, Principal. It was so nice to sing together! After this, we attended an anti-racism workshop delivered by Cicely Blain, which was a wonderful exploration of how privilege and bias can lead to prejudice and uphold systems of oppression. We discussed our own experiences and Cicely helped to put them into the broader context with statistics around discrimination. This highlighted the need and many benefits of “counter-stereotype techniques.” The rest of the day was focused on emergency preparedness as we worked through different scenarios getting familiar with our new emergency manuals.

On the second day, teachers divided into their separate departments to work through specific tasks relevant to their groups. Early Childhood and Grade School worked with Andrea Lymon, a Waldorf teacher from Idaho who lead beautiful songs and gave a fascinating lecture on the Waldorf music curriculum from kindergarten through Grade 8. Meanwhile, High School faculty focused on important core competencies in the BC curriculum. Our second day closed with presentations about the development realm, community-building, and fundraising.

We enjoyed plenty of learning while enjoying valuable time together!

Chris Henley
French Gr 1 -6

BAMBOO SHELTER

Recess fun in the bamboo shelter

GRATITUDE

Thank you to everyone who participated in the work party last weekend to make improvements to the Grade 2/3 playground.

Blessings,
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events