September 2nd - Labour Day October 14th - Thanksgiving November 11th - Remembrance Day 12th - 15th - Pro-D Week December / January Dec 16th - ECE Pro-D Day (No School for KG & Pre-K) Dec 20th – Festival of Wisdom (Advent Spiral) Not a regular day of school. Parents attend with children Dec 21st - Jan 5th - Winter Break February 17th - BC Family Day 18th – 21st - Pro-D Week March 16th - 27th - Spring Break April 7th & 9th – Preschool Easter Hunts – Not a regular day of school. Parents attend with children 10th – 13th - Easter Long Weekend May 18th - Victoria Day June 5th - Student Led Conferences Not a regular day of school. Parents attend with children 12th - Last day of School
School Events - 2019-20
August 26th & 27th – Work Parties! September 3rd - Welcome Back to School & Rose Ceremony 8:45am - Grades school back yard, all welcome! 3rd & 5th - Preschool Beach Days, Kin Beach 9am - 11:30am (Parents to attend with their children. Not regularly scheduled school days) 4th & 6th - Preschool Open Houses 9am - 12pm - (Parents to attend with their children. Not regularly scheduled school days) 6th - Family Welcome Picnic - 4pm - 7pm - Goose Spit, all welcome! 12th - Parent Orientation 26th - 11-12:30 at Martin Park: Michaelmas Games 27th – Festival of Courage 8:45am - Grades school back yard, all welcome! October 6th - 1-3:30 Making Sense of Discipline Part 1 11th – ECE Thanksgiving Potluck 20th - 1-3:30 Making Sense of Discipline Part 2 26th – Family Harvest Dance 29th – School Photo Day November 3rd - 1-3:30 Making Sense of Discipline Part 3 7th – ECE Festival of Compassion (Martinmas/Lantern) 21st - Grades Festival of Compassion (Martinmas/Lantern) December 7th - Winter Faire 10am - 2pm, all welcome! 20th – Festival of Wisdom (Advent Spiral) - Classes will be assigned times. Parents to attend with their children. Not a regularly scheduled school day. March 12th - The Human Life Biography Workshop Part 1 - 7pm - 9pm April 2nd - The Human Life Workshop Part 2 - 7pm - 9pm 7th – 2-Day Preschool Easter Hunt - Not a regular day of school. Parents attend with children 9th – 3-Day Preschool Easter - Not a regular day of school. Parents attend with children 23rd - The Human Life Workshop Part 3 - 7pm - 9pm May 1st - Maypole Festival 10am - 1pm – Bill Moore Park, all welcome! 19th – 22nd - Grade 5 field trip to the Greek Games in Hope June 5th - Student Led Conferences. Not a regular day of school. Parents attend with children 9th & 11th - Preschool Beach Days at Kin Beach, 9am - 12pm - (Not regular days of school. Parents attend with children) 10th - KG & Grades Service Day 13th - 15th - Family Camping Trip to Kin Beach, all welcome! 16th - Work Party!!
Program Hours - 2019-20
Preschool 2-Day, Monday - Tuesday - 8:30am - 1pm 3-Day, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:30am - 1pm Kindergarten Monday - Thursday - 8:30am - 3pm Friday - 8:30am - 12:30pm Grades 1 - 7 Monday - Thursday - 8:30am - 3pm Friday - 8:30am - 12:30pm Extended Care (Preschool only) Monday - Thursday - 1pm - 3pm Parent & Child WEDNESDAYS 9am - 11am Fall Session: September 11th - November 6th Winter Session: January 8th - March 11 (No class February 12th) Spring Session: April 8th - June 3rd
THURSDAYS 9am - 11am Fall Session: September 12th - November 7th Winter Session: January 9th - March 12 (No class February 13th) Spring Session: April 9th - June 4th
Festivals at Comox Valley Waldorf School Festivals play an important part in Waldorf education. Throughout history, festivals have marked the rhythmical passing of time, reflecting nature’s seasonal rhythms and cultural celebrations. They contribute to bringing shared consciousness and unity to community life.
The elements of festivals – light, food, song and story – speak deeply to children’s imaginations. Our weekly school rhythm weaves into seasonal festivals to celebrate life in ways that help foster wonder, reverence and gratitude. Some Festivals are celebrated with the whole school Community and others are very simple and are done in the classroom during school hours. Information about those festivals celebrated with the whole community will be sent ahead of time.
THE ROSE CEREMONY - WHOLE COMMUNITY The first day of school is a rite of passage for the incoming Class 1 children. This is the beginning of their journey through grade school. All of the grade classes are assembled along with parents, faculty, and staff. Kindergarten parents and children are also invited. Each Class 1 child is welcomed to the school and receives a rose presented by students in the highest grade.
Festival of Courage (MICHAELMAS FESTIVAL) - WHOLE COMMUNITY In late September, closely following the autumn equinox, we celebrate the festival of Michaelmas. The students in the lower grades learn the story of “St. Michael and the Dragon” and perform the Michaelmas Play for their schoolmates and community. St. Michael represents the unconquered hero, fighting against evil and the powers of darkness. He is a model for valour and courage. The life forces of nature have drawn to a close; the fruits have ripened and have been harvested. The leaves have burned out in their blaze of colour and dropped to the ground. Gardens and yards are cleared out now and left to rest. This creates an opening for people to develop their inner soul life and the challenge is to awaken to the cultivation of the inner life.
Festival of Compassion (MARTINMAS LANTERN WALK) - WHOLE COMMUNITY Each November we have a Lantern Walk to celebrate Martinmas, a festival of inner light in the outer darkness of the approaching winter. Celebrating Martinmas serves as a reminder that each of us has a divine spark that we must ferry out into the world and share with others.
ST. NICHOLAS DAY - IN CLASS Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, is celebrated on December 6th during the season of Advent. On the eve of St Nicholas, children may leave out a freshly polished shoe, with a small snack for St Nicholas and his horse. In return, the simple gesture of a small gift will be left, perhaps a crystal or gem, sweets, nuts, or a mandarin orange.
WINTER FAIRE - WHOLE COMMUNITY Our school’s annual Winter Faire is the biggest festival of the school year and takes place in early December. For this festival our whole school is magically transformed into a Winter Wonderland with the help of many parent volunteers It is open to the public and is a fundraiser for our Parent Group.
SANTA LUCIA DAY - IN CLASS Santa Lucia Day falls on December 13th and celebrates the life of Saint Lucy and the return of light. In the old Julian calendar December 13th marked the Winter Solstice, or the longest night of the year. At Saltwater School, the Grade 2 children dress in white and, carrying candles, visit each class singing the songs of Santa Lucia.
Festival of Wisdom (ADVENT SPIRAL) - WHOLE COMMUNITY The Advent Spiral is a tradition for all children in the school and takes place on the last day of school before the Winter Break. The room will be darkened and filled with a mood of wonder and quiet anticipation. Cedar boughs are laid out to create a spiral with a lit candle in the centre. The children go one at a time through the spiral of evergreens to the center of the Garden. Each child lights their own candle and then places it somewhere on the pathway to light the way for the next child. It is a reminder of the journey inward each of us must make during the dark days ahead.
CANDLEMAS - IN SCHOOL In early February, while the groundhog, of popular folklore, comes out of the ground to determine whether spring is “just around the corner”, or is still “six weeks away”, we celebrate the ancient festival of Candlemas. As the days start to grow longer, this simple festival celebrates the light coming back with the children making dipped beeswax candles.
MAYPOLE FESTIVAL - WHOLE COMMUNITY Happening in early May, our Maypole celebration is a joyous festival filled with song, dance, and merriment. This spring festival celebrates the lengthening of days, the awakening of the new growing season, and the rebirth of our external natural environment. The children enjoy the tradition of dancing to music around the Maypole which is decorated with flowers and colored ribbons. All of the students sing traditional spring songs. Parents are invited to watch the students weave colored ribbons around the pole for each dance.