September 4th - Labour Day October 8th - Thanksgiving November 12th - In Lieu of Remembrance Day 13th - 16th - Pro-D Week December / January Dec 10th - ECE Pro-D Day - No school for Kindergarten and Preschool Dec 24th - Jan 4th - Winter Break February 18th - BC Family Day 18th - 22nd - Pro-D Week March 18th - 29th - Spring Break April 19th - 22nd - Easter Long Weekend 23rd - Pro-D Day NO SCHOOL May 20th - Victoria Day June 14th - Last day of School
School Events - 2018-19
September 4th - Welcome Back to School & Rose Ceremony 8:45am - Grades school back yard, all welcome! 7th - Family Welcome Picnic - 3pm - 7pm - Goose Spit, all welcome! 13th - New Family Orientation - 8:45am - Grades School Movement Room 24th - School picture day with Lifetouch 26th - What is Waldorf? 6pm at Stan Hagan Theatre, all welcome! 28th - Michaelmas Festival 8:45am - Grades school back yard, all welcome! October Stay tuned for date of the Halloween Family Dance! 18th - Shamrock Farms pumpkin patch, grades students and parent volunteers 18th - Whole School parent evening 6:30pm Grades School Movement Room November 8th - ECE Lantern Festival 4:30pm 22nd - Grades Lantern Festival 5pm Simms Park December 8th - Winter Faire 10am - 2pm, all welcome! 21st - Advent Spiral - Classes will be assigned times. Parents to attend with their children. Not a regularly scheduled school day. May 3rd - Maypole Festival 10am - 1pm - Simms Park, all welcome! 21st - 24th - Grade 5 field trip to the Greek Games in Hope, BC June 7th - Student Led Conferences. Parents to attend with their children. Not a regularly scheduled school day. 14th - 16th - Family Camping Trip to Kin Beach, all welcome! 18th & 20th - Work Parties!
Program Hours - 2018-19
Preschool 3-Day, Monday - Wednesday - 8:30am - 1pm 2-Day, Thursday-Friday - 8:30am - 1pm Kindergarten Monday - Thursday - 8:40am - 2:10pm Friday - 8:40am - 12:40pm Grades 1 - 7 Monday - Thursday - 8:30am - 3pm Friday - 8:30am - 12:30pm Aftercare Monday - Thursday - 1pm - 5:30pm Fridays - 12:30pm - 5:30pm Parent & Child Winter Session Tuesdays: January 8th - March 12th (No Class February 19th) 9am - 11am Winter Session Wednesdays: January 9th - March 13th (No Class February 20th) 9am - 9:45am Spring Session Tuesdays: April 9th - June 4th 9am - 11am Spring Session Wednesdays: April 10th - June 5th 9am - 9:45am
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.
THE 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.
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.
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.