OCTOBER (Click on month for link to website calendar)

October 3 - Michaelmas Festival
October 8 - Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting 9-11 at the Early Childhood building.
October 9 - Grades wide game of Knights, Farmers and Giants from 11:15 to 12:15 at Martin  Park. If you can be a trusty steed to a Grade 1 child please let Michelle Nagle know
October 13 - Thanksgiving (No School)
October 14th  - 5:00pm  Early Childhood Thanksgiving Potluck. Come and join the Parent and Tot, Preschool and Kindergarten families for an evening full of delicious food and great company. We will be gathering and sharing a meal in the Early Childhood building. Everyone's welcome!
October 17 - Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip 11:15 to 12:30 at Shamrock Farms
October 21 - 6:30 pm. Join Angela Willard in an evening discussion about health and nutrition. With longer days at school and the cold weather approaching, how can we ensure our children are getting the necessary fuel for optimal development? Come and find out!

October 28 - Annual General Meeting 7-9 at the Rose Theatre

NOVEMBER
November 3 to 10 - No School for Parent/Teacher Interview week
November 11 - Remembrance Day No School
November 13 to 14 - Lantern Festival
November 17 - Student Photo Day

DECEMBER
December 6 - Children's Winter Faire
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

MARCH
March 28 to April 12 - Spring Break

APRIL 

April 13 - Spring Term starts

MAY

May 1 - May Festival 
May 18 - NO SCHOOL

JUNE

June 19 - Last Day of School
Thanks to our Saltwater Families and Community
 
Hello Saltwater Families and Community. We have completed our first month of school and thanks to our school benefactors, teachers, families and community we have successfully moved into our new grades building.

The new preschool classroom is also complete and the Early Childhood class teachers and children are transitioning wonderfully into their new classroom.

A big thank you to Rick for his volunteer efforts to create a beautiful and safe seismic wall for the preschool classroom.

Parents your generous work hours are so appreciated - our school campus is complete! Thank you all for your support and patience in this process.

*Please note that we have added a school calendar to our website.

Annual General Meeting - October 28
If you are  interested in learning more about the Saltwater Waldorf School come and meet the School Board at our annual AGM.  This event will take place October 28 from 7-9 at the Rose Theatre. Come for tea and snacks and meet your School board. This is also a call out to anyone who  is interested in participating on the School board. We will be taking nominations and voting in new applicants for Treasurer, Secretary and Board Directors.

After-School Care Program for 2014-15
Lucia Perez Britos currently leads our After-School care program. If you require this program please talk to Lucia as space is limited.  Our preference is a monthly commitment - however drop-in may be available.  Lucia and Wendy Poole offer programming for preschool to Grade 6 students with a cost of 7$ per hour. Activities include outdoor time for play, arts and crafts and a small snack. 
Games Wide Event this Thursday - Story of Knights, Farmers and Giants
In a far-away land it is harvest time. The farmers have worked hard all year to produce the golden grain, in which they have just harvested. Not far away is a castle where a  host of knights live. Although they are brave and courageous, they are no good at growing food. So they ahve reached an agreement with the farmers: if the farmers give them grain, then the knights will protect their fields from the giants who roam the land. So the farmers start dragging a big sack of grain from their village towards the the knights' castle. But between the castle and the village is Giant Land. The giants are afraid of the knights on their flashy horses. and they know that the knights will starve if they don't get the grain form the farmers - then the giants would not rule the land. So the giants try to stop the farmers taking grain to the knights by catching them and clubbing them. TO do this a giant must club a farmer twice in quick succession. When a farmer has been clubbed he has to go to the edge of Giant Land. The knights try to protect the farmers from the giants. They can capture a giant by pursuing him and pulling off his hat, which robs him of all power. The giant may not be taken back to the castle and help prisoner.

Fall Parent and Child  - still taking applications
We are still taking registrations for the fall term for Parent and Child led by Christine Pearce. Click here for an application or see Julie at the ECE building (2311 Rosewall Crescent) for a paper copy.

Call for Woodworking Instruments
Do you have any woodworking tools collecting dust in your garage? Sara Mullin could use them in her Class 5-6 Woodworking program including back saws, fret saws, coping saws, spoke shaves, hand drills, chisels, raps, gouges, carving knives.

Kindergarten Wish List
Hello Parents  - can you donate any of these things?
  • Coffee/tea canister
  • Cookie baking sheets
  • Large mixing bowls (stainless steel)
  • Measuring cups set
  • Glass pirex measuring cup
  • 20 small cutting boards (2$ at Dollarama)
  • Ladle
  • Set of kitchen knives
  • Cutlery set x 20
  • Stainless steel lidded garbage bag
  • 4 small natural brooms
  • 20 small soup bowls
  • Wooden foldable drying rack
  • Dish drying foam matts
  • Dish cloths
  • Soup pot (stainless steel)
  • Small pot to warm food
  • Small and large graters
  • Masher (metal) x 5
  • Garlic press
  • Whisk x 3
  • Apple corer x 3
  • Pirex containers all sizes
  • Salad spinner
  • Shelving units
  • Coffee tables
  • Chest of drawers
  • Book shelf small
  • Wooden crates
  • Large blocks
  • Food processor and blender
  • Food dehydrator
  • 2 Waffle Irons

Volunteer Opportunities
The Saltwater School has many committees and volunteer activities available to families. If you are interested in finding out more about these opportunities please talk to Julie at the office.

New First-time Donor's Super Credit
Did you know that the Conservative Government has introduced the temporary First-Time Donor's Super Credit to encourage new donors to give to charities. The new First-Time Donor's Super Credit gives you an extra 25% non-refundable federal tax credit when you claim your charitable donation tax credit. This means that you can get a 40% credit for up to $200 in cash donations and a 54% credit for the part of the cash donations that is over $200 but not more than $1000. This is in addition to the provincial credit.
Saltwater School Bottle Drive Accounts
Saltwater families and community who drop their bottles off at either of the two bottle depots in the Comox Valley can donate their money to the Saltwater account. If you wish to donate your own bottles to the Saltwater School, when you drop them at the bottle depot ask to have the money put into the following accounts:
1. Bottle Depot Courtenay - Saltwater Account # 285
2. Bottle Depot Comox - Saltwater Account # 152

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