Community Corner – June 18
A chance to meet our school community
Jen Dodds – WWS Director of Admissions
Do you have any reflections at this end of this year?
Without doubt it has been a big year for our small school. We experienced the passing of a collegue, a beloved teacher was involved in a very serious accident and, of course, Covid-19. There has certainly been a lot of complexity and uncertainty to manage. At the same time, the kindness, care, and incredible commitment that I see displayed by our leadership team, teachers and students is really inspiring; there are a lot of people in our community doing little bits of good where they are – and I feel grateful that my children and I are a part of it.
If you could choose 1 word/phase about the last few months what would it be & why?
I studied Chinese for years and the Chinese word for “crisis” comes to mind. This word is comprised of two Chinese characters signifying both “danger” and also “opportunity” or “change”. This word aptly characterizes the present moment – we have all been challenged in many ways, but situation has encouraged reflection and prompted positive change as well.
What do your summer plans include?
Like most parents, the home/work life balance has been a struggle for me the past few months. I am looking forward to a quiet summer with decreased screen time. Camping in Tofino is all that is currently on the bucket list.
Thank you Jen for sharing your thoughts.
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Event and ISO Posts from our community
LIT Minds on June 23rd – Youth Mental Health Conversations:
As we all know there is so much going on in our world right now – and we want everyone to know that they are loved and are not alone.
Which is why, The Whistler Youth Centre, Whistler Public Library and Luna Whistler have teamed up with councillor Greg McDonnell to bring you Lit Minds. Lit Minds is an in-depth and far reaching virtual conversation covering all sorts of topics.
Week 1: What is Resiliency and Hope in the time of Chaos
Week 2: Relationships in Covid Times
Week 3: The Art of the Pivot
Week 4: How to talk and be Heard
If you have missed any of these talks – or want to watch them again on a rainy afternoon with hot cup of tea, check out Greg’s YouTube Channel:
Tuesday June 23rd our Lit Minds is about what to do “Now that I can’t send it…
Join us at 8:30 p.m. to chat about coping with the loss of your favourite sports, activities, and hobbies due to the pandemic.
As always Lit Minds is a live and free online event with an anonymous Q & A – anyone who is watching can submit questions for Greg via https://www.sli.do/ and use password Litminds.
Join us on for the June 23 session here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRXmdn6WFKgnbllyvAt–Cg/live
New Waldorf Family looking for housing by this Sept.:
A new family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids) is looking to move to Whistler for the 2020/2021 school year and need a place to live.
Do you know of a 4+ bedroom house available for rent starting the first week in September through the year June/July 2021?
Please reach out to Julie if you know of anything coming available.
In the Know Workshop – June 25:
How to Manage Your Mental Health in Tight Quarters: A Conversation for Families.
Join us in a facilitated group discussion building upon the video with Liz Kay, RCC on how to manage stress and anxiety while living in closer proximity to each other. We will also explore how to create balance, meaning and connection during stressful times.
Registration Required at https://itkjunevannshoresquamish.eventbrite.ca
Video: A Conversation for Families. See the poster for more details.
Cost: Free of Charge
Date: June 25, 2020 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Discussion facilitated by FamilySmart Parent in Residence. Watch the video on your own time and come together with other families for a facilitated discussion.
Whistler Children’s Festival Online:
For this year’s Whistler’s Children’s Festival from July 10-12 – we have taken the Festival Online! We hope it will be a fun and useful resource for families during these times – especially on those rainy days we’re currently having!!
You can view the festival either on YouTube:
Or you can view the festival on the Children’s Festival Website:
Housing Required – New Waldorf Faculty Member in need:
Professional family looking for long term housing in Whistler area
Hi! We are Rachel & Mark Colvin, an American/Canadian (and now Australian!) couple with three children ages 11, 10 and 9. We are moving to Whistler or Pemberton this August.
Mark is a chiropractor specializing in pediatrics, and I am a teacher and will be working at the Whistler Waldorf School. Our children attended a Waldorf School in Australia.
For the past 13 years we have lived and worked near Melbourne, Australia (and before that- England). We went on an around-the-world-journey with our three kids last year and decided then that we wanted to call Whistler home. We also want to be closer to our Canadian parents.
We are looking for a house to rent or buy, minimum 3 bedrooms, and one that is willing to let us have our beautiful old cat, Bella. I also love gardening, and would be happy to negotiate animal care (if you’re travelling and need to leave a furry friend behind), and basic maintenance/gardening. We’re open to anything, including sharing a rented house.
If you own or know of an available property please contact us on +61 480 197 095 (Australian number) or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Summer Reading Circle Book Club – Alpine Learning:
Alpine Learning is hosting a Summer Book Club for all ages and abilities. Feel free to check out the poster and forward should you have anyone in mind.
Here is the link to the book the club will be reading.
Whistler Food Bank New Location:
The Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) Food Bank has moved to the Whistler Conference Centre and is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. There is no appointment necessary. We will give out food while supplies last every day.
Thank you so much for passing this on! Please call 604-902-4800 if you have a question for need to book an appointment for another time.
Virtual events @ the Whistler Public Library.
The Whistler Public library has moved their community events online! Using Zoom and Facebook Live the WPL will bring you virtual versions of some of your favourite programs, from Book Club to Story Time to Meditation and more.
The full list of programs for all ages is in the Virtual Events Calendar.