Week at a Glance October 15-19

Dear VWS Parents & Guardians,

While we are on the cusp of the flu season, I wanted to include a special reminder and clarification of our school’s illness and communicable disease policy. This policy can be found on pages 13 and 14 of our Parent Handbook (found online under “Resources & Publications” on our website). Our policy has been created in conjunction with the Public Health Act and takes into account the legal requirements of our school community and what is considered best practices for keeping everyone as healthy as possible.

Some important reminders:

  • Anyone with a diagnosed communicable disease (Whooping Cough (Pertussis), Measles, Mumps, Scarlet Fever, Influenza, Pink Eye, Strep Throat, Ringworm (Tinea), Chicken Pox, etc.) will not be permitted to attend school.
  • Parents must inform the class teacher and school reception within 24 hours of the diagnosis, and the student should not come to school until he or she is past the communicable stage.
  • Upon returning to school, the student must submit to reception a doctor’s letter which states that the individual may return to school.

Our biggest and most effective defence is proper hand-washing. Please encourage your children to wash their hands throughout the day, especially after toileting, blowing their nose, sneezing, or coughing; before and after eating; and upon entering the home.

In the case of Head Lice, please notify both reception and your child’s teacher so that we may send a notice to Early Childhood, Grade School, and/or High School parents as appropriate, depending on which children are affected, e.g., classes, siblings’ classes. As a courtesy, we appreciate being informed about any other illnesses.

Our health and illness policies seek to support community well-being by recommending, and in some cases requiring, preventative, proactive, and even cautious health measures. Ultimately, your courtesy and community-minded approach will serve all and graciously be returned in kind. Wishes to all affected by any of these illnesses for a speedy return to good health. To all the parents and guardians supporting children through these illnesses, we wish you the best through these challenging days for your family.

Upcoming Events:

MONDAY – October 15

  • Marigold Parent & Tot Begins, Cedar Place
  • Student Mental Health Workshops, HS

TUESDAY – October 16

  • Girls Volleyball Game VWS vs SJS 4:00 pm, St. John’s School
  • Grade 7 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS
  • First 7 Years Seminar Series: Healing Power & Mystery of Sleep 7:30 pm, ECC

WEDNESDAY – October 16

  • Grade 1 Parent Evening 7:00 pm, GS

THURSDAY – October 17

  • Great British Columbian ShakeOut
  • Christmas Fair Planning Meeting 1:00 pm, GS
  • Girls Volleyball Practice 3:30 pm, HS
  • Grade 6 Play: All Roads Lead to Rome 7:00 pm, GS

FRIDAY – October 18

  • Community Coffee Morning 8:30 am, GS
  • GS & HS Photo Retakes & GS Panorama


Two events to keep on your radar for next week are the Vancouver Waldorf School Society Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 pm and for your children (Grade 6+) Grade 12 students are hosting The Sound of Music Film & Fun on Friday, October 26 at 6:00 pm, both at the Grade School.

Speaking of Grade 12, there will not be a bake sale this week, as the students will be away on a field trip.

For those of you who purchased flower bulbs through our Grade 9 fundraiser, thank you so much! The students raised ~$1,200 to contribute to the Grade 12 Year End Service Trip! Well done! The bulbs will be arriving in approximately 2 weeks time.

Wishing you a lovely and health-filled week ahead.

Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events Coordinator
604-985-7435 ext 202

The Vancouver Waldorf School is situated on the unceded ancestral territory of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) Nations.