Greetings Saltwater families and community. We continue to have many exciting events planned for March. The movie "The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner" will be playing over two Fridays at Creekside Commons (February 28 and March 14). A Parent and Tot spring session program is just around the corner (April 7) - you and your child can enjoy baking, crafting and playing together. Yaya Flesher talks about how the Grade 4-5 class turned a challenging situation into a positive interaction with a community member. There are two important announcements - read about our new building purchase and tuition hikes for the fall. Please also note the important dates coming up including Speaker Evening March 18th with Maureen Everatt Rose and our Spring Fundraiser at the Chophouse on March 20th.
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The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner - Movie Event at Creekside Commons
The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner, filmed during 2011 – the 150th anniversary year of Rudolf Steiner’s birth – is a two-part documentary by veteran film-maker Jonathan Stedall telling the story of Steiner’s remarkable life (1861-1925), as well as exploring the influence of his ideas and insights on a whole range of contemporary activities – education, agriculture, medicine, social and financial issues, and the arts. We will be showing this film as a two part series: Part One on February 28th and Part Two on March 14th.
When: Friday February 28th and Friday March 14th
Location: Creekside Commons (2202 Lambert Drive in Courtenay)
To bring: A snack to share if you'd like
Parking: Please park in visitor spots marked with 'visitor' on the pavement of the stall
There will be tea and discussion following the movie for those interested
Can't make one or both of these evenings? Both parts are available on Youtube. You will find them by searching for 'Challenge of Rudolf Steiner'. If you would like to read more about the film you can here: http://rudolfsteinerfilm.squarespace.com/synopsis/
Parent and Tot Spring Program (April 7 to June 9)
The next Parent and Tot session begins April 7th. Parents and tots can enjoy baking bread, crafting and playing with other children and their parents in the ECE classroom on Monday mornings from 9-11. This is a wonderful way to learn more about child development and the importance of play. If you are interested please talk to Michelle Nagle or Julie Mills for registration details.
A Lesson Learnt - Yaya Flesher
Watching students really dig into a project is truly endearing. The day that the 4-5 boys found an old washed out bridge over Morrison creek they were delighted and decided to build a fort out of it and they did. It was growing everyday quite magnificently, until one day we all were rather surprised that there was someone who thought it un-magnificent. One of the business owners of forty years who backed onto that particular area had a lot to say about this. At first we were all a little shocked and scared of how the interaction was about to unfold. A lot of defenses shot up and things could have gone poorly, but instead it turned out to be a wonderful way for the students to really listen to a stranger’s thoughts without rising to the fight. After we all listened attentively as to how the creek has changed over the years and how much the fish need this creek and how delicate the creek bank really is, it only made us realize what we already knew. We love this beautiful area that is Cousins Park and Morrison Creek. The children exhibit a great respect for it and all it’s raw magical beauty. We want to start a stewardship program for the park because we know how lucky we are to play here everyday. At the end of our engaging conversation the boys happily took their fort down with all the vigor of starting a whole new adventure. We also got to learn how to shake hands, exchange names and warm regards for something we all love…the phenomenon of the physical world.
1. New building purchased
We are very excited to announce that our school benefactor has purchased another building in Tin Town at 2398 Rosewall Crescent to address our growing school population. The school board will keep parents updated on what programs will be housed in this building. This building needs a lot of cleaning and some prep work before renovations are made. We could really use the help of our talented Saltwater School community to assist where needed. Please donate some time to help with your new school building. Contact Julie Mills at the office to sign up.
2. Tuition Hikes for the Fall 2014
The Saltwater school board approved a 7% tuition increase for the Fall 2014. All programs including preschool to grades will be increasing in tuition. The kindergarten program will be moving to full time hours and tuition for this program will reflect the longer day and change in staffing needs. Tuition has increased to address our rising operating costs and to ensure we continue to provide quality services and education. Currently the Saltwater School receives 50% of our funding through the Ministry of Education. We rely on tuition from our Saltwater families for the remainder. The Saltwater School has a program of Tuition Assistance to help offset costs for families in need. For more information on the fee schedule and on our Tuition Assistance program please see our website at: www.saltwaterschool.com.
Successful Speaker Evening - February 12
We had an excellent turnout for our Speaker Evening with Kathy Brunetta on February 12th. Kathy, an AWSNA representative came to do a site visit of our school. Kathy spoke on many important themes. These themes included the myths and misconceptions of Waldorf schooling and exploring child development from a Waldorf perspective. Notes from this meeting are available for those unable to attend. Kathy will be sending her site visit report to AWSNA and recommending that we become a 'Developing Waldorf School'. Stay tuned for more information on this.
Learn more about Waldorf Education - Useful Waldorf Links
If you are interested in reading some more about Waldorf education there is a wealth of information on the internet. Click on these links to find out more:
Did you know that we have a well-stocked parent library in the office and in the main foyer? We have information on any Waldorf subject including curriculum, a wide variety of parenting books, crafting and much more. We also have some wonderful children's books. Parents are welcome to sign out any books they are interested in. For more information talk to Alison Hunting.