Community Corner – January 30

WWS Spotlight

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Mollianne ReynoldsWWS Grade 1 Teacher

After a couple class teaching cycles, you were solely the Handwork teacher. You are now back at it again with Grade 1. How has the return to class teaching been?
I cannot say the return to class teaching has not been a little exhausting some days and specifically the early morning start was not something I missed as a handwork teacher. That being said, I have always loved and been inspired by the many intertwined aspects of the curriculum and as class teacher I revel in exploring all these aspects and the many subjects with a class again. Not to mention how lovely it is to once again swim about in imaginative stories, create more chalkboard art, and develop songs, poems, and plays for lessons beyond the yarn bin. And of course I miss teaching all the students for handwork; however, I find it equally fulfilling to be with the Grade One (and Two!) and work with more than just yarn, fabric and thread.
Each day must present you with funny memorable moments from your students. Do you have one to share?
Indeed I have a number of priceless moments that I have stored away in a little corner of my head – they often come out at important times of reflection like graduations. Often the humorous comments or situations reflect the students’ experiences at that moment, but occasionally they could apply any one of us. As was the case one day when a Grade Three student paused in their book work and muttered in explanation, “My third eye is all wobbly.” My heart went out to him – I hate it when that happens too.
You are known for your impressive art skills across mediums – fabric arts, chalk, and watercolor. Do tell – what is your favorite?
When it comes to the arts, I have to admit I often feel like a jack of all trades and master of none  regularly I create pieces that I know could be better, but I haven’t the patience or expertise to perfect to them to the finished products I had in mind. But the closest I come is with chalkboard art – especially when I have an idea in mind – so I that is where I am most content with my end results. Knitting, however, is something that I find the most relaxing and almost addictive (when I have the time to work on it).

Thank you Mollianne! 

 

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Long-term Accommodation Required: 

The Vidal family of four is looking for long-term accommodation in Whistler starting August 2020, with their 2 girls hoping to attend WWS.

Originally from Spain, they are currently living in Quebec but hope to move to Whistler this summer. Please contact Javier Vidal if you know of any accommodation options that may work for his family.

Parent Community Workshop Feb. 23:

Whistler High School is offering a FREE parent event with practical tips for parents to help children learn executive functioning skills from renowned education therapist Sarah Ward.

Date: Sunday Feb. 23

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Whistler High School at 8000 Alpine Way, Whistler BC

Doors Open at 4:30pm. Parking will be limited so please carpool or take a bus from the village.

Please Sign-up (So we know how many chairs to put out) to get your FREE tickets at: www.eventbrite.ca/e/bridging-function-in-school-home-with-sarah-ward-tickets-88708817461 

Women’s Centre Donations Needed –  It’s the Year of the Rat and that means you may find yourself de-cluttering for 2020. Please donate any clothing to Whistler’s Women’s Centre.

 

Registering Now for 2020! Kindergarten registration due March 31st

If you would like to book a personalized tour at the school view tour dates for January/February.

Any questions or to connect with the Admissions Manager, please email or call 604-932-1885.

Come Tour Whistler Waldorf School in 2020

Book a personalized school tour* and learn more about Whistler Waldorf School’s unique characteristics and educational programs for Playschool, Grade School and High School.

  • Small class sizes
  • Arts-based approach
  • Early French instruction (from Grade 1)
  • Non sectarian & Non Denominational
  • Outdoor Education specialization
  • Unique handwork & practical arts additions
  • Service work, community building & cultural exchanges.

Practical details about our Admissions Process & Financial Aid Program will also be addressed. The best way to make an informed decision is to see it in action yourself.

Tour Dates for January/February:

Tuesdays – January 28, February 4 and 11

Thursdays – January 30, February 6 and 13th

Book a tour today –  RSVP to Admissions or Call 604-932-1885. If you can not make any of the above dates, please connect and let us know when might work for you.

*Up to 3 families may attend 1 tour, but specific questions/programs can be addressed during the tour.

 

Community Corner – Jan.23, 2020

WWS Spotlight

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Vicky BunburyWWS Founding Parent; Whistler Summit Centre Executive Director

Our school is entering it’s 20th year! You were one of the three founding members. Do you think back in 2000 you knew it’d grow to be the size it is today?

Honestly, we didn’t really plan that far ahead. We knew we wanted to offer Waldorf education for more than our children, we wanted to provide a Waldorf education option for Whistler families. In the very early days it was about gathering 10 children so we could hire a teacher and qualify as an independent school with the BC Ministry of Education. After that we would add a class each year and that’s how we became a Pre-k to 8th grade school.  The decision to launch a high school came after that. By then we had a lot more experience and expertise in the school. Ali Blancher and Christine Cook (who moved back to the U.K.) were instrumental in bringing the high school into being. The two of them really made that happen on the educational side.

I have portrayed a somewhat unstructured picture of the forming of the school. It was unstructured in that we really couldn’t predict, with something so new, what would happen. But we did a lot of strategic planning way back starting in 2001 and so always balanced form with what was at times quite a fluid environment, growing a school from the ground up. So I guess the answer to your question is no and yes. Obviously when you are planning and looking ahead the numbers show up. But that said, you are so busy in the day to day making it happen and planning for the next year that we didn’t really have time to live in that space.

What is a favorite memory from your days on the ground at WWS?

Okay, that is a really difficult question to answer. There are so many amazing memories. Hiring our first teacher, Janet Goldhammer, who was such a great gift and really set us on our course. I remember the first presentation the class did. It was Michaelmas in 2001 and the children had been with Janet for about 3 weeks. We gathered at Rainbow Park and the class recited a poem that must have been 10 minutes long. I was blown away. They were 7 year-olds – it was incredible. I think that was the moment that I knew we had made the right choice.

When my eldest son was in 6th grade we brought a choral group, Musica Intima, for a performance at Maury Young Theatre and the students sang 2 pieces with them. Now this was the lead class in the school and at that time I think there were only 6 of them. They sang a few pieces with the group and then did a piece on their own. Ms. Reynold’s will remember, she was their teacher at the time and brought so much amazing music to them. It was really incredible. Their voices filled that space and they sounded like angels. That was an amazing experience.

Also, of course when we hired Kyle Kirkegaard as the grade 1 teacher a few years ago. For one of the children, from the first 3 of the home school cohort come back to teach at the school was a pretty profound moment for me. Of course there’s all the building and opening new buildings but for me it always comes back to the children and their experience. I mean that’s why we’re doing all of this.

Your own boys were some of the school’s first students. What are they up to now?

My boys are great! One is at UBC and of course living in Vancouver and the other has just moved to Squamish after a stretch in Vancouver, Banff, and the Kootenays. They are terrific people and I love nothing more than the opportunity to hang out with my adult children.

What are your wishes for WWS for the next 20 years? (Obviously here looking for something about your work with WSC.)

Obviously it is to finally have a permanent, purpose-built school facility where the amazing education that the teachers give to the children can be uplifted to an even higher level. That the teachers have a workplace that allows them to give their energy to their work rather than a work around. And finally, that Waldorf education in Whistler has a space that honours it’s important place in the educational landscape both in Whistler and in the world.

Thank you Vicky! 

 

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January YC Calendar – Come on out to the Youth centre for some fun events like skating & soup, Free tubing at the Whistler Blackcomb Tube ParkGiant JENGA night and much more. There is lots to do, so come get involved and meet new people. Check out the website for more details.

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Parenting in Another Culture Program – 2 sessions in January:

Whistler Welcome Centre will be hosting a free two-part workshop as a part of the Parenting in Another Culture program. We’ll be inviting Amanda Walker, a Student Career Facilitator from Capilano University, to talk about the Canadian Post-Secondary System for immigrants and new comers with high school children. It’s a two-part workshop at the Whistler Public Library on: 

Thurs. Jan. 23, 6 – 7:30pm  – Session 1: Explore career and academic options: distance learning, colleges, trades, university.

Wed. Jan. 29, 6 – 7:30pm – Session 2: How to choose the best option and apply plus vocabulary to help with scholarships, grants and bursaries. 

Questions & Answers after the sessions. Join for one session or both. Please email Welcome Whistler for more information or to register ahead. 

 

Art.Works! Coming Feb. 6th

The 2nd WWS celebration event for Waldorf 100…

In celebration of 100 years of Waldorf education this year, Whistler Waldorf is putting on a performance event called Art.Works! Join our students, faculty, and friends for an evening of artistic expression showcasing how creativity enhances academic learning and the sense of community at our school.

What: Student, faculty and parent lead live performances by open mic., poetry, and music.

When: Thurs. Feb. 6 from 5:00-7:30pm

Where: WWS @ Spruce Grove Fieldhouse

Full poster with details!

Early Years Centre Open House announced for March 11

Thinking ahead to spring & summer childcare needs?

Join us to learn more about the Whistler Waldorf School Early Years Program.

Our Early Years Program is offered for children 30 months-school age. Care is offered from 2-5 days/week in two locations – Spruce Grove & Spring Creek.

The info session will include tea and snacks with a short presentation on program details, rates, the admissions process & wait pool policy information. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and mingle with staff. Please note that this is an adult oriented event.

Date & Time: Wed. March 11 from 6:30-7:30pm

Where: WWS’s Early Years Centre in the Sea to Sky Services Building at 1519 Spring Creek Drive

Whistler Waldorf features a caring, thoughtfully designed learning environment integrating arts, movement, music and storytelling into the curriculum daily. This allows children to learn the best way they know how – by doing!

Hope to welcome you on March 11th at our new centre!

Early Years Teacher required immediately

Early Years Teacher Posting – January 16, 2020

The Whistler Waldorf School is seeking an experienced Early Years Teacher to start immediately. Full time, part time positions and teachers on call are available.

The Early Years Teacher upholds a beautiful, warm environment where the children feel safe and nurtured, creating opportunities for children to experience the world around them through artistic activities, tasks of the household, oral storytelling, singing, movement, and organizing festivals following seasonal rhythms of nature.

In addition to the above, the perfect candidate will have:

• Training in Waldorf Early Childhood Education or a willingness to be trained as we offer free training for those who are interested in committing to becoming Waldorf ECE trained.
• An ability to foster professional relationships between teacher and parents as a mutual working together to support students’ best interest.
• A desire to work collaboratively with other Faculty and Administrative Staff colleagues.
• A commitment to self-development and a self-reflective practice to ensure personal development to meet the age of the children that are being taught.

Applicants must have or be eligible for a licence to practice ECE with B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development and, ideally, also have a BC teaching Certificate with the teacher regulation branch.

Whistler Waldorf offers a:
• Full compensation package including medical and dental benefits, life and disability insurance and pension support.

• Competitive salary based on relevant education and years of relevant work experience.

• Professional development for ongoing teacher education experience.

• Partial tuition remission for those with children may attend the school.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and three reference letters to the Head of School 
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Thank you for your interest! Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Posting timeframe: Jan. 16 – Jan 30, 2019

Community Corner – January 16

WWS Spotlight

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Ali BlancherWWS Parent, Math/Science Teacher & Lower School Chair

Ali, you are one of the longest standing faculty members at the school, right?

Right. I’ve been at WWS since 2009. Katherine Fawcett, Molli Reynolds and Tracy Graham have all been here a longer than me but I think I am the only one to have worked across all three divisions – Early Years, Lower School and High School.

What keeps you here?

In addition to being a teacher here, I am also the parent of two young children who are in the Early Years. I believe in the educational philosophy. Our school is committed to its students both as learners and as human beings. As a parent, I am appreciative of the care and attention that my children receive and the values that are instilled.

What might folks not know about you?

Well, I am a secret knitter. I supported Molli in Grade 1 handwork when I first started and learned to knit. I am also an avid biker and skier.

What excites you about the future here at WWS?

Every single year since I started, conversations have been had about finding a permanent home for our school. I am so excited – so excited – about the Whistler Summit Centre’s plan and am so grateful to everyone who is donating their time and resources to this project. I can’t wait for the school to finally be in a permanent place.

Thank you Ali! 

 

Bulletin Board Listings

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January YC Calendar – Come on out to the Youth centre for some fun events like skating & soup, Free tubing at the Whistler Blackcomb Tube Park, Giant JENGA night and much more. There is lots to do, so come get involved and meet new people. Check out the website for more details.

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Parenting in Another Culture Program – 2 sessions in January:

Whistler Welcome Centre will be hosting a free two-part workshop as a part of the Parenting in Another Culture program. We’ll be inviting Amanda Walker, a Student Career Facilitator from Capilano University, to talk about the Canadian Post-Secondary System for immigrants and new comers with high school children. It’s a two-part workshop at the Whistler Public Library on: 

Thurs. Jan. 23, 6 – 7:30pm  – Session 1: Explore career and academic options: distance learning, colleges, trades, university.

Wed. Jan. 29, 6 – 7:30pm – Session 2: How to choose the best option and apply plus vocabulary to help with scholarships, grants and bursaries. 

Questions & Answers after the sessions. Join for one session or both. Please email Welcome Whistler for more information or to register ahead. 

 

Community Corner – Jan. 9

 

WWS Spotlight

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Cristiana Spooner – WWS Communications Manager

When did you join WWS? 

I’ve been the Communications Manager for Waldorf since May of last year. It’s been a wonderful experience. I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone at the school, as well as getting to know all the lovely students and families. I’ve also learned a lot more about Waldorf education and am very impressed with the principles of it.

What else do you do when you’re not at WWS?

I volunteer as a Girl Guides Leader with about 24 enthusiastic 9-12 year old girls on Monday nights and am proud to help with communications as a board member for Whistler Adaptive Sports Programs which run adaptive sports in the Corridor for all ages. I’m also an instructor at the Whistler Adventure School teaching editing with their Media & Marketing program. Visual communications design and marketing has always been my a big part of my life and now, I feel like I’m at the stage where I can hopefully impart what I’ve learned along the way working in communications and marketing in Whistler for over 25 years. It’s been a lot of fun and has recently inspired me to get my camera out again to capture more of this beautiful place we live in!

Thank you Cristiana! 

 

Bulletin Board Listings

Posts from the community and school

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Parenting in Another Culture Program – 2 sessions in January:

Whistler Welcome Centre will be hosting a free two-part workshop as a part of the Parenting in Another Culture program. We’ll be inviting Amanda Walker, a Student Career Facilitator from Capilano University, to talk about the Canadian Post-Secondary System for immigrants and new comers with high school children. It’s a two-part workshop at the Whistler Public Library on: 

Thurs. Jan. 23, 6 – 7:30pm  – Session 1: Explore career and academic options: distance learning, colleges, trades, university.

Wed. Jan. 29, 6 – 7:30pm – Session 2: How to choose the best option and apply plus vocabulary to help with scholarships, grants and bursaries. 

Questions & Answers after the sessions. Join for one session or both. Please email us for more information or to register ahead.