Saltwater Tides: October 2015
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Scamper, little leaves, about, in the autumn sun.
I can hear the Wind shout, laughing, as you run; 
And I haven't any doubt that he likes the fun. 

So run on and have your play, romp with all your might. 
Dance across the autumn day, when the sun is bright. 
Soon you'll hear the Wind say "Little leaves, good night." 

-Image: Marjan van Zeyl.Verse: Frank D. Sherman
Welcome to October at Saltwater School! 
This month's newsletter is full of important information... read on to the end for a mystery faculty quiz! 
    • From Rebecca's desk
    • Virtue of the month
    • AGM  & Michaelmas info
    • Film Night - A time to play
    • Tuesday Craft Nights 
    • Smile cards - AKA the easiest fundraiser ever 
    • Reminders: lice and peanut policies
    • Saltwater Parent Council: meet the executive board

An introduction to our Pedagogical Coordinator 
Greetings Saltwater Families,

It has been so nice to see your smiling faces these past few weeks.  I have been witnessing a real-time building of community as families gather in and around the buildings to drop off/pick up, chat, plan, make new friends, reunite with old friends and delight in what the community has to offer. 

My role this year has changed and I wanted a chance to tell you about it here.  I will try to attend as many of your Parent Evenings and Parent Council meetings as possible this term as well in case you need to put a face to the type.  

I am the current Class four five teacher.  I began teaching this class when the fives were ones, to think!  But my beginning with Saltwater School began in my living room a couple of years before that.  I'll save that story for another newsletter, lets just say that I am very motivated to do my part in ensuring that Saltwater is a thriving school community.  When the school began we were called to appoint a Principal for communication with the Ministry.  In Waldorf schools we work with a three fold governance model, not a top-down model, so the word Principal was difficult for me to say yes to.  On paper I said yes and since then I have been 
working my way toward a better understanding of what it means for a Waldorf school to work with the Ministry in this way.  

Over the years the Saltwater Board of Directors has been supported to better understand the needs of a growing Waldorf School in terms of leadership and management.  We are very excited that our journey has lead us to honor the work I do as Pedagogical Coordinator and blend it with the required work of Principal, with office hours!  Up until this point I had been doing this work after hours so it feels very grown up to have school hours alotted to supporting teachers, administrators, students and families in this way.  My job as Pedagogical Coordinator is multi-faceted but is mostly a support role.  I will tell you more about it in subsequent newsletters, and hopefully, in person. 
To get in touch with me you can pop by the Hemlock Schoolhouse Office in the afternoons or, for an official meeting, email me at  I would love to chat about curriculum, Waldorf philosophy, the ins and outs of Saltwater or about your gifts and what you want to bring to the community.  I'm looking forward to meeting newcomers and growing this school with all of you.
                                                ~Rebecca Watkin

What is steadfastness? 

  • Being steady, dependable, sticking with something no matter what.
  • Being faithful and purposeful. 
  • Remaining true to someone or something in spite of any tests or obstacles that appear. 
Michaelmas is a festival celebrated by Waldorf schools each September. If you're new to Waldorf curriculum, however, you may be wondering what it is all about. Amy Wells, our class 2/3 teacher, provides this description of its meaning and significance: 
The grade school has a large game of Knights, Farmers and Giants to celebrate Michaelmas through movement.  This event will be held on Friday October 2nd from 11am-12pm in Martin Park field.  Parents and siblings are welcome to attend!

Images of St Michael slaying the dragon; artists, clockwise from left: Dorothea Schmidt, Marjan van Zeyl, Luciane Coelho
Click here for directions to Creekside Commons for the AGM!
A Time to Play is a 45 minute film exploring the significance of family and home, rhythm and routine, and the value of allowing time and space for deep, meaningful play. Kim is an experienced Waldorf ECE instructor from Saltspring Island.  Everyone is welcome to attend this event!

Click HERE for more information and
to view a trailer.
Did you know that you can raise money for our school while you purchase your groceries? We are signed up for the Thrifty Foods Smile Cards program - the easiest way to raise money! See Julie (Hemlock Schoolhouse) for a Smile Card. At the Thrifty Foods checkout, first load the card, then use it to buy your groceries. 5% goes directly to our school! See Julie for more information! 
Head lice alert! With school back in session, it is essential to be on the lookout for lice. If you suspect your child has contracted lice please keep him/her at home and notify the school immediately. 
Click here to find out how to tell if your child has lice
The Saltwater Parent Council is pleased to announce its executive board for 2015/16:
Chair: Janet Smitheringale
Vice Chair: Christine Laird
Secretary: Jen Brenner
Treasurere: Lourdes Gant
Administrative Liason: Marussia Nesling

Thank you for taking on these roles! Parent Council Meeting dates coming soon! 

Saltwater School is on the web!

Our website is packed with useful articles and links pertaining to Waldorf education. You'll also find information about our school policies, the Parent Handbook, detailed faculty bios, and so much more. 

We also have an active community on Facebook, and Twitter feed in the works.

Join us online to stay up to date! Connect easily with the links below:
1. This faculty member is fluent in American Sign Language, and hates to cook. 
2. This faculty member's most embarrassing moment involved a splintery teeter totter and an unfortunate bottom.
3. Two of our faculty members dream of vacationing in Africa to work with textile artists.  

a.  Miss Mullin  b. Ms Watkin  c. Ms Nagle  d. Marussia  

Answers in the next issue! 
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