Saltwater Tides: December 2015
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I carry a light within me

A brightly burning flame. 

Though dark may try to win me

It ever shines the same. 

It guides me through uncertainty

It warms the wintry weather. 

And brings to every burden

The lightness of a feather.
Verse: Traditional; Image: Marjan Van Zeyl
Hello Saltwater Community,

I just love this time of year.  The duskiness of midday, the wind, the morning frost, the puddles and dampened sounds. 

At Saltwater we celebrate the month of December through Advent, or the coming of Christmas.  On Monday mornings in December we transform our Assembly into a celebration of the light that marks our path to Christmas.  A song is sung as the oldest child in the school lights the candle on the Advent Wreath.  A verse is spoken to offer gratitute to the kingdoms each in turn; first the stones, then the plants, next the animals and finally the humans.  Each kingdom has its week and each week another candle is lit until on the final week leading up to Christmas there are four candles lit on the Wreath.  Each time we come together to light the candles, sing, and speak our blessings and gratitude we are focussing our thoughts, feelings and actions on patience, hope and joy.  

This can be a very busy time of year as we all prepare for the 'Christmas-y' or 'Hanukkah-y' or 'Winter break-y' things we might do.  May it also be a time of anticipation, gratitude, hope, peace and contemplation.  All of us wish all of you a peaceful break.

 
With warm and cinnamon-y regards,
Your Pedagogical Coordinator, Rebecca Watkin
                   ----- IMPORTANT REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS -------
PLEASE keep a close eye on your children at all times when not inside the school yards. Once classes are dismissed, the children are no longer under the teachers' care. We are located in a busy area with traffic coming and going; and while most drivers are cautious, not all are on the lookout for children. It is mandatory for all parents to supervise their children at all times - before and after school hours! 
IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH 
December 5:
WINTER FAIRE - 10:00-2:00
December 9:
PARENT MEETING - 2:00  Playhouse Cafe)
December 18:
LAST DAY OF CLASSES 
ADVENT SPIRAL 
(Individual class times TBA)
January 4: 
WINTER TERM BEGINS

Needle felted Advent figure by Magic Wool (Etsy)
ADVENT SPIRAL 
Each December, Waldorf schools celebrate the Advent Spiral. In this reverent ceremony, children are led by an angel along a spiral path of evergreens.  Reaching the centre candle, the children light their own candles and set them along the spiral path, slowly lighting the darkened room. 
Image: www.magicfairylady.blogspot.co.uk
CALLING ALL PARENTS:
THE SALTWATER PARENT GROUP'S NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD DECEMBER 9TH AT 2:00PM IN THE PLAYHOUSE CAFE. ALL ARE WELCOME; PLEASE COME IF YOU ARE ABLE!

MYSTERY FACULTY QUIZ 


Our faculty members have some interesting secret superpowers! Can you guess whose name matches each of these talents? 

1. Running up hills
2. Remembering faces
3. Climbing rocks

 
November's quiz answers: 

1. LUCIA PEREZ loves kale chips and would probably be a circus performer if not employed in education.

2. MARUSSIA NESLING was once the runner up in Miss Teen Port Alice Pageant.

3. MICHELLE NAGLE's first car was a burgundy Volvo station wagon named Ovlov.
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
In November and December, we have been practicing the virtue of SERVICE. 

"Service is giving to others, making a difference in their lives. You consider their needs as important as your own. Being helpful without being asked. Do every job with excellence. When you act with a spirit of service, you can change the world".
 
In the spirit of service, we have been doing a warm coat/hat/mitten drive for local shelters and a clothing/supply drive for the Covenant House in Vancouver. If you have items to donate please bring them to the Hemlock Schoolhouse! 
Our Winter Faire is this Saturday! Invite friends & family to join us for this special day.  Events and activities will be spread throughout both Cedar and Hemlock schoolhouses. The Winter Faire is a great way to raise funds for our school while spreading awareness of the joys of Waldorf education to the greater community. 





We enjoyed beautiful (but cold) weather for our Lantern Walks last month.

Shane Philip, of Island Soul Films, captured the spirit of the Cedar Schoolhouse Lantern Walk and created a lovely film for us. View it here: 


SALTWATER 
SCHOOL
LANTERN 
FESTIVAL
2015

 
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION! 

Our school would not exist if not for the dedicated service of volunteers. This month, we extend a special note of appreciation to: 

Michelle Nagle (a founding member of the Saltwater School) for 7 years of service on the Saltwater School Board including her roles as School Board Chair and Vice-Chairperson;
Arlene Trustham for 4 years of service on the Saltwater School Board, including her roles as School Board Chairperson;
Adam Morden for two years of service as Treasurer;
Marussia Nesling for two years of service as School Board Secretary;
Jennifer Ross Irwin for 4 years of service as Faculty Representative; and 
Aaron Bible of Word Service (a company that provides formatting and editing services for documents) for his pro bono work on our school policies.


Congratulations to Amy Wells! In November, Amy officially completed her Waldorf Grades Teacher Training through the West Coast Institute For Anthroposophical Studies. Bravo Amy!  
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