OUR SCHOOL...CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF WALDORF EDUCATION IN CALGARY!
Looking back to 1989, the fifth year of the Calgary Waldorf School
Did you know...
...that in the 1989-1990 school year we were faced with the challenge of negotiating an extension for our lease on the Marda Loop school... and we almost lost that space!
We were at the end of our third yearly lease and explored all kinds of dead-end alternatives, including leases with the Calgary Board of Education. All that work came to a halt in January when our landlords received an offer-to-purchase from three different developers. Fortunately, the landlords were willing to give us first option to purchase the property. Our little school community went into high gear to figure out how we could raise the funds and negotiate a mortgage to buy the property for $912,000. The bank did agree to a mortgage – at the time the interest rate was 14.5 %! - but only if a large percentage of our school parents signed a document in which each guaranteed up to $5,000 of the mortgage if the school defaulted. In addition, many parents stepped up to donate our target amount of $5,000 per family towards the down payment, some gave non-interest-bearing loans, and some loaned to us from their RRSP's. At our last community meeting to discuss whether we could actually raise the required down payment, we literally passed the hat asking everyone to pitch in an increased donation. It was an amazing effort and quite a leap of faith from our parent community. We did it, and over the summer of 1990 the Calgary Waldorf Building Society became the owners of our Marda Loop property.
At the start of that school year, in September of 1989, Darlene Smith was our Grade One teacher, Jodi Graff took over the Grade Three class, and Anna Hergert joined our Early Childhood Faculty. Our Board President was Keith Archer and our Board Treasurer was Rick Buck.
As we look through the Board meeting Minutes from that year, we see lots of committee work and lots of facilities work going on. One of the Board's decisions was to spend $400 on replacing all the school's fluorescent lights with full spectrum lights. At the Annual General Meeting, the Calgary Waldorf School Society members approved a somewhat controversial decision to volunteer at Bingos and Casinos as a way to increase much-needed revenue.
One thing looking back at the history of our school has proven is that our parents, faculty, and staff have always been extraordinarily dedicated and committed to our school!
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25th T-SHIRTS AND TOTE BAGS
Did you see them at the Faire, but didn't have a chance to pick them up? We have T-shirts in Youth Sizes for $15 (small, medium and large) and Adult Sizes for $20 (small, medium and large). Tote Bags are $10. They are available at the office and would make a great gift! Or think of the tote bag as reusable gift wrap!
CLASS EIGHT RAFFLE
Hello everyone! Class 8 is going on a week-long exchange to Quebec in February and then will be hosting the Quebec class here in Calgary in April. In order to raise additional funds needed for this trip and for the amazing program that we have in mind, we have organized a raffle. Tickets are $10 each.
We are raffling a beautiful oil-on-canvas painting by the very talented artist and Calgary Waldorf School parent Claudia Sanchez. The painting is entitled "Day Dreaming in Colour". We are also raffling a $100 gift certificate to The Living Room Restaurant in Calgary (which is featured in food critic John Gilchrist's popular book "My Favourite Restaurants in Calgary and Banff").
Class 8 would be very grateful for your support. Please see any student in the Class for tickets.
Warmly and with thanks,
Janell Sklapsky, Grade 8 Class Teacher
TOY AND FOOD DRIVE SPONSORED BY CLASS SIX
Class 6 is collecting brand new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter from now until December 14th and we would love your support. The Shelter needs a range of toys for babies to teenagers. You may drop your contribution in the bins outside Class 6.
While you are there, you may notice our large penny jar. We are also collecting pennies along with Class 5 for the "Pennies for Peace" campaign to help build schools in impoverished nations. Class 6 would appreciate any support you can give to help both these worthy organizations.
Thank you very much.
Dean Carter, Grade 6 Class Teacher
LENDING A HELPING HAND
The Junior High Student Council recently volunteered at the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. We donated only 3 hours of our time, yet it helped to feed 570 people. This was a very rewarding experience for us all and we are looking forward to helping there again in the coming months. Currently, we are carrying out a food and used clothing drive in the Junior High for our adopted family of six – an amazing family from Ethiopia who now live right here in Calgary. They are a family who model perseverance and we are excited to help in any way that we can. If you would like to make a donation of food, clothing (especially winter clothes), games, books, etc., please bring your donations to the Junior High hallway upstairs and they will be put into the appropriate hampers. The children are four boys aged 11, 15 year old twins, and a 16 year old. We would like to have all donations in by Wednesday, December 9th in order to ready them for delivery at the end of that week.
Thank you in advance for all of your support.
OUR SCHOOL CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN HIGH STANDARDS IN THE PROVINCIAL ACHIEVEMENT TESTS OF SPRING
The CWS results for the Spring 2009 Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT's) were again very high, showing that our school maintains strong academic standards within the context of our unique curriculum. Alberta Education requires all students in accredited and funded private schools like ours to write the standardized Provincial Achievement Tests in Grades Three, Six, and Nine each Spring. The 2009 results show that our students consistently attained and exceeded province-wide expectations and averages.
While we do not consider these provincial exams to be a complete measure of children's abilities or of our school's educational program – and we continue to have some philosophical and pedagogical questions about standardized testing in general – we are nevertheless pleased to report that once again our students' educational experiences at the CWS prepare them to meet and exceed standards set by Alberta Education.
Congratulations to all students and to all teachers. Our Faculty works with insight and cognizance to integrate the Alberta Program of Studies with our Waldorf ideals and pedagogy.
If you would like to see a detailed breakdown of the results, please contact our School Administrator, Cathie Foote, at 403-287-1868 ext. 152 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper copies of these results are also available from the school office.
Principal and Class Two Teacher