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January 6 2017

Three Kings
The Three Kings Felt art by Serge Arzan

CALENDAR

Monday January 9
School Re-opens

Tuesday January 10
Early Years Seminar Series: Sleep 7:30 pm (ECC)

Saturday January 14
All School Open House 10 am - 12:30 pm (ECC/GS)

January 16 - 20
Gr 8 Visit to High School (HS)

Monday January 16
Sr Girls Basketball vs KDHS 4 pm (Vancouver)
Gr 7 Parent Meeting 7 pm (GS)
Gr 12 Parent Meeting 7 pm (GS)

Tuesday January 17
Early Years Seminar Series: Nutrition 7:30 pm (ECC)
Gr 4 Parent Meeting 7 pm (GS)

Wednesday January 18
Parent Education Series:
Protecting Our Children against Bullying
7 pm (GS)

A NEW YEAR

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we’d like to welcome everyone back for the new year. 2016 was an exciting year for our school and we are confident we can continue our momentum into the new year. Thank you all for the support you provided the Vancouver Waldorf School last year, and we wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.
~ Eric Doherty, VWSS Board of Trustees, Chair
Dear Parents, Happy New Year to you all and just a reminder to drop by any time to say hello or to discuss a pedagogical issue should you have one!
~ Malcolm Nash, Pedagogical Manager
Please join me in warmly welcoming the following new students to the Vancouver Waldorf School.
 
Parent & Tot 9 new children in new Monday class
Dandelion PS Jack Harbidge
Plum Cottage KG Sophie Harbidge
Grade 3 Benny Peng
Grade 4 Yusen Zhang
Grade 10 Carolina Pucher, Leonie Heckelmann
Grade 11 Lily Lin, Penelope Preusche

In case you missed it in December, be sure to visit www.vws.ca/admissions-updates for important updates regarding:
  • Preschool and Kindergarten pre-registration
  • Grade School and High School recommitment
  • Kindergarten Aftercare
~ Karen Broom, Admissions Coordinator

VOLUNTEER REQUEST

All School Open House
Volunteer to be an ambassador on Saturday January 14th.
  • Welcoming & greeting visitors; maintaining the refreshments table
  • Coffee pick-up
  • Baking & food preparation
  • Friday set-up & Saturday tear down (2 strong individuals please)
Please contact Laura if you are able to help: lbergstrome@vws.ca.
If you've ordered gift cards for January, they will be available for pick up on Wednesday January 11th. The deadline to place orders for February is January 23. Or shop at SPUD for the convenience of home delivery, and 25% of your order will be donated to the school! Easy right? Find the details here: www.vws.ca/giving/spud-fundraising

GRADE 12

Meet the Class of 2017 - Our graduating class is looking forward to sharing their Project Presentation with us all on March 10th and 12th. Stay tuned for more details!

PARENT EDUCATION

The First Seven Years Seminar Series
7:30-9pm in the ECC, by donation
January 10 – Sleep, Margo Running
January 17 – Nutrition, Margo Running
January 24 – Discipline & Guidance, Susanne Schonthaler
Parent Educations Series 2 - Anti-Bullying with Colleen Drobot B.Ed., Dip. Of Special Education; Registered Professional Counsellor; Neufeld Institute Faculty Member
For parents with children of all ages
7pm at the GS, by donation

January 18 – Protecting Our Children against Bullying
As parents we want to protect our children from the wounding, harm and even trauma that happens when our children are bullied.  Parents often wonder:  is there a way we can prevent our children from being bullied? What can we do as parents to decrease the likelihood our child will be bullied? Are there skills that can be taught so that our child can learn how to deal effectively with a child who is bullying? And if our child has been mistreated, what can we say and do to lessen the hurt and foster resilience? In this presentation, Colleen Drobot will address these questions and will discuss three key factors that are imperative for parents to understand if they hope to protect their children. Through theory, stories, and examples she will address how parents can best equip their children against bullying and cultivate resilience in the face of it.

February 1 – Bullies - Their Making and Unmaking
Children who exhibit bullying behaviour are often enigmas to us. Because of this, we mistakenly project strength where there is fragility, attribute intention where there is instinct, and assume choice where there is drive. Because of common misperceptions, we proceed to battle against the symptoms, hardening the very syndrome we wish to confront. We cannot effectively address a problem we do not understand. Colleen will trace the bully syndrome to its roots and pave the way for change that is deep and lasting. The answer lies in softening the defenses of a child who is bullying. For anyone raising a child who is very sensitive or is stuck, softening the defenses the brain has erected for protection can be a daunting task that sometimes seems almost impossible.  This workshop will focus on ways we can soften a child’s heart to decrease or eradicate bullying behavior. Colleen will use theory, examples, and stories drawing from her years of experience as an educator, family therapist, faculty member of the Neufeld Institute, and mother of two.

After a restful few weeks I hope you are ready to jump back in for a fun filled winter term! We have so much in store over the next three months for students and families alike. Please reach out if you need more information or want to get involved.
Many blessings
Laura Bergstrome
Communications & Events
   
Did you see any errors? Or do you have something to contribute?
Contact Laura at communicationsandevents@vws.ca

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