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12.16.16

Erika (gr6) as Santa Lucia

CALENDAR

Wednesday December 21
Early Dismissal 12 pm (PS) / 12:15 (KG) / 12:20 pm (GS/SH)
Shepherds' Play 7 pm (GS)
End of Term

December 22 - Jan 6
Winter Break - No School

Monday January 9
School Re-opens

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

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

Wednesday January 18
Parent Education Series:
 Bullies - Their Making and Unmaking 
7 pm (GS)

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Attendance Policy - It has come to the attention of the College of Teachers that not all parents are familiar with the school's policy regarding attendance. Parents are expected to ensure their child's uninterrupted attendance at the school. It is particularly important that students not miss Main Lesson content. Policies can be found on our website at: www.vws.ca/about/publications

Advent Lunches - Thank you, the teachers (and admin) appreciate your thoughtful gifts that warm our tummies and feed our souls at lunch. That extra twinkle you see in our eyes comes from deep gratitude for your kindness and delicious food.

Admissions Update - Please visit our website to see important updates from our admissions office regarding Preschool and Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2017-18 school year, Grade School and High School recommitment, and Kindergarten Aftercare in the new year. www.vws.ca/admmissions-updates

Lost and Found - Please pick up your child’s lost and found items, located in the blue bin next to the Woodwork Room. There are lots of warm coats and gloves that you will likely need over the holidays!

Bales of Hay - We have a few bales of the much loved hay from the Christmas Fair available for sale. Please see Ronaye if you would like to purchase any for your garden or your goats! $20/bale.
Thank you for the blessings of Advent Lunches!

VOLUNTEERING

Shepherds' Play Reception
Parent Council would love your help to host a reception following The Shepherds' Play next Wednesday evening. Please let us know if you are able to help shop, set-up and/or clean-up. We're envisioning sweets, cookies, chocolates, nuts, cut veggies & fruit, with cider, coffee and tea. Email Laura if you would like to help: lbergstrome@vws.ca.
All School Open House
We are seeking volunteers to act as ambassadors for our Open House on Saturday January 14th. Possible areas to assist include: Friday set-up & Saturday tear down (2 strong individuals please), welcoming and greeting visitors, coffee pick-up, poster distribution, baking & food preparation, and maintaining the refreshments table. Please contact Laura if you are able to help: lbergstrome@vws.ca.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

Congratulations to Morgan B, in Plum Cottage for winning 1st place in her age category (4-5 years) for her drawing of Goldstream Park on Vancouver Island in the BC Parks Art Contest. Pictured to the left is Morgan ready to post her drawing and to the right is Morgan with her winnings (BC Parks stuffed moose, a BC Parks water bottle and a camping lantern)! To see all other winners visit: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/contests/art_contest

WEEKEND READING

Waldorf Today - Mending a Broken Childhood, Free College in Germany, January National Conference, First Grade Readiness - Waldorf Today Issue 41

AWSNA Campaign - Support the future of Waldorf Education this holiday season - Waldorf Education

Festivals and their Meaning: Christmas - From the Rudolf Steiner Archive and e.Library we bring you: Signs and Symbols of the Christmas Festival.

Waldorf Education in Canada - The Our Kids guide to Waldorf schools and programs in Canada.

PHOTOS

A favorite winter festival, Santa Lucia Day, falls on December 13th and celebrates the life of the Lutheran Saint Lucy and the return of light. In the old Julian Calendar December 13th marked the Winter Solstice, or the longest night of the year.

In many Scandinavian homes, the day begins before dawn. The eldest daughter, dressed in white and red with a wreath of candles on her head, rises to make Lussekatt (saffron buns) and kaffe (coffee) to serve to her parents. Other daughters also dress in white and sons, or “star boys”, wear pointy star hats. This festival marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

At the Vancouver Waldorf School, this festival is often held by the 2nd grade teacher and students and is an in-house celebration. Santa Lucia is a festival of light that heralds the Yuletide where one might find students softly singing and serving saffron buns and coffee in the warm glow of candlelight.

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NOTES

Each year, on the last day of school before winter break, the faculty and staff perform “The Shepherds' Play” as a gift to our students, parents, and community. Performing this reverential and humorous medieval nativity play is a tradition observed in most Waldorf Schools throughout the world. We invite you to attend on Wednesday December 21 at 7pm. You may just see a familiar face or two!

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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