DECEMBER
December 18 - Last day of classes for fall term
December 19 - Advent Spiral
JANUARY  
January 5th - Winter Term starts

FEBRUARY
February 9th - No School and Family Day
February 16-20 - Teacher Conference Week NO SCHOOL
February 24 - School Planning session 7-9:30 pm
MARCH
March 28 to April 12 - Spring Break

APRIL 
April 13 - Spring Term starts

MAY
May 1 - May Festival 
May 18 - NO SCHOOL
May 19 to 22 - Greek Games Class 5-6

JUNE
June 19 - Last Day of School



After-School Care Program

Lucia Perez Britos currently leads our After-School care program. If you require this program for 2015 please email Lucia at lucia.p@saltwaterschool.com or Julie at juliem@saltwaterschool.com
Parent and Child - Enrol for Winter Session Now!

We are now taking applications for the winter session of the Parent and Child program. Click here for an application or see Julie at the ECE building (2311 Rosewall Crescent) for a paper copy.
Next available sessions are:
January 23 to March 17 (Winter session) (Break February 20)
April 17 - June 12 (Spring session)
 

 

INTERESTED IN LEARNING QIGONG?

Stephanie Ross has studied and practised Qigong with her trainer Yuan Tze for 3 years and 4 Levels of teacher's training. Stephanie is offering a course to her friends and community.

One of the core components of this course is a Qigong method called Yuan Gong.  Yuan Gong helps us gather Qi (you can think of this as life-force) to improve our health on the physical, emotional and consciousness levels.  It is the easiest and most joyful form of Qigong.

Stephanie will hold an introductory series of classes Wednesday mornings from  9:30-11:30 for 6 weeks starting January 7th at the Creekside Common House (2202 Lambert Drive, Courtenay). Cost:  $120. Contact Stephanie via email at: svcasteele@gmail.com
 
SALTWATER WALDORF SCHOOL NEWS

Hello Saltwater Families and Community. The Christmas break is fast approaching and the Advent Spiral will complete our fall term and begin our holiday season on December 19th. See below for details on this festival.

The school is closed for the holidays but Julie will work the week of the December 29-January 2. If you need to contact the school please email or phone and Julie will return your call during this time.

Please note the new entry on the School Calendar: School Planning Session February 24th from 7-9:30 pm at Creekside Commons (2200 Lambert Drive). The School Board will be hosting a facilitated strategic planning session for the Saltwater Waldorf School  Community to consider the 2015-16 school year and beyond in the context of: 
  • Growth of the student population
  • Scope of programming including specialist programs
  • Preparing for middle school
  • School space requirements
  • Review of budget
Child care will be provided - stay tuned for more planning details.

We had a very busy and successful fall. Thank you to everyone who worked to support our many projects. We have done a tally for our fundraising ventures and they are as follows:

Essential  Clothing - $687
deVry Poinsettias - $450
Art Cards by Kids - ~$350
Winter Faire - over $3000


The money raised will be used in a variety of ways to help support the operations of our growing school!


A Big Thank
You to those who stood at the helm of this year's Winter Faire: Emma Hutchinson, Marcie Jamieson, Sara Harrison, Jen Brenner, Janice Forsey, Janet Smitheringale, Michelle Nagle, Grainne Roche, Jen Lavoie, Marussia Nesling, Amanda Howe, Stephanie Deitz, Elyena Lundh, Lucia Perez Britos, Wendy Poole, Jonathon Schut, Alison Hunting and Jen Irwin. And thank you to all of those volunteers who made the day of the Faire a success!

 
IN GRATITUDE TO OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

We are so grateful to our local Comox Valley businesses for their generous support this year. We would like to say a big thank you to the following businesses and people for supporting our school through their donations:
 
Blue Toque, Uptown Yarns, Shane Philip, The Tea Centre, Harmonic Arts, Lovebug Cafe, Marigold Natural Health, Rattan Plus Home and Patio, The Broken Spoke, Podlings, Long and McQuade, Laughing Oyster Book Shop, Planet Kids, Rawthentic Eatery, Delicados, Island Alpine Guides, Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre, Flying Canoe West Coast Pub, Village Yarn Shoppe, Backdoor Gallery & Studio, MiskWill Jewelry, Ski Tak Hut, Jacob Teichrib Photography, Jessie Schut, Signature Oil and Vinegar, Heavenly Goodies, Dawgin' It, Hairpins, be - Solely Canadian Clothing Boutique, Church Street Woodfired Bakery, Gold Silver Guy, Jalu Toys, Planet Kids, Ceylon Cuisine and Spices, Svetlana Giterman, Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Baking, All Keyed Up Music Lessons, Simon's Cycle, Watrin Orchard, Signature Wines, Thrifties, Comox Valley Exhibition Society, and Relay Rentals.
ADVENT SPIRAL

As the days grow shorter and the nights longer it is time to celebrate the light that grows when we come together in community.  The faculty would like to invite you to celebrate the light in our community at our annual Advent Spiral.  Each student will have a turn to walk the magical spiral into the center where the sharing light waits, light their own candle and place the candle on a star.  As the stars build up with candles the room begins to glow with the warmth of community.
 
Soft music, gentle light of candles and the reverence of children and families make this traditional event one of inspiration and harmony.  We are reminded that we are nearing the end of our journey through the darkness, internally and externally, and that light will soon return. This light will bring with it the promise of a new year that we will approach with a renewed sense of self and emerge from the darkness transformed.

 
The celebration will take place on Friday, December 19th at Creekside Commons in the Common House. There will be no regular classes. Parents please only park in visitor spots marked in blue on the pavement or out on the street. We ask that each family arrives outside the Creekside Common House 10 minutes before their scheduled spiral. Parents can you please dress your children in semi-formal to formal clothing. IParents will be invited to enter and be seated while children line-up with their teacher outside. The schedule for the Advent Spiral is as follows:
  • 9 am    Class 5-6
  • 9:30     Preschool and Parent Child
  • 10 am Kindergarten
  • 10:45   Class 1-2
  • 11:30   Class 3-4
For this celebration please have long hair tied back, avoid long skirts and please help to create a space of reverence by avoiding conversation.
The gift of light we shall thankfully take
But it shall not be alone for our sake.
The more we give light the one to the other
It grows and gives light and shines even farther
Until every heart by love set aflame.
In every place great joy shall proclaim.
Not long shall continue the darkness of year
The light draws near.
Author unknown

 

On Behalf of the Saltwater School Faculty and Board - Happy Holidays!
 
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