April 2016 newsletter
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Upcoming Dates

Thurs, April 14 @ 9:30
Essential oil workshop-free!

Mon, April 18 @ 3:30
Parent Rep Meeting
May Fair Focus

Fri, April 22 @ 9:00am
School Tour

Sat, April 23 @ 9:00am
Biography Workshop-open to all

Tues, April 26 @ 6:45
Early Childhood Parent Evening

Fri, April 29 @ 4:00pm
Grade 4/5 play

Sat, May 14, 10am-2pm

Mon, May 9, 3:30pm
Board Meeting



Grocery Cards

Please help us raise money while doing your groceries! 
These cards are equivalent of cash they come in $250, $100 and $50 denominations.  They can be used at Loblaws, No Frills, Independent Grocer and Valu Mart stores.  
The very best part about the cards is that the school receives 5% of the value of the cards. 
 Drop by the office before shopping and stock up on cards! 

Join us for our monthly Bake Sale!  Wednesday, April 20 @ 12:00 and 3:30pm is our next one!  Money raised will go towards a therapeutic bean box and KG field trip.

Wilton Cheese and Multatuli coffee orders monthly.  Order form available at the main office.  Next order due by: April 15th, order pick up April 20

Message from Board Chair

How exciting to be writing for our newly resurrected newsletter!  First, a big thank you to our Marketing Committee for working so hard to make this happen.  This committee has been through many incarnations over the years and really is the cumulative result of so many people working hard since the committee's inception.  Many hands have contributed to getting the committee to where it is now, and many people need to be thanked for taking initiative to help develop Mulberry's marketing tools:  our website, social media, print ads, posters, promo materials and our newsletter. 

As a not for profit organization that functions under a Waldorf governance structure, much work in our school is carried out by volunteers.  Even our paid staff all serve in some volunteer capacity!  Parents in a Waldorf school participate in the life of the school in a meaningful way, an opportunity that makes a Waldorf school truly democratic.  As members of the school, each family has a voice and may choose any number of ways to participate.
One of the challenges I have encountered in my role as Board Chair these past three years is how to acknowledge each and every volunteer's unique contribution.  My first foray into volunteerism at Mulberry was as a parent rep and volunteer coordinator for Mayfair.  I shared these roles with another friend and parent, when our children were in the Parent and Child program.  At the time, some folks had the great idea to introduce a volunteer coordinator to help recruit volunteers for the fairs.  Our role was to ensure that all the slots on the sign up sheets were filled and to make oversee volunteers the day of the event.  That was my first experience of just how many people contribute to our success!
On behalf of your volunteer Board of Directors, I would like to express gratitude to ALL the people who contribute in large ways and small to Mulberry Waldorf School.  Here are a few of the areas that volunteers can be found having an impact:  Board and Committee membership (parents and arm's length community members), the Annual Giving Campaign, Winter Fair and Mayfair, bake sales, fundraising (coffee, cheese, grocery cards), classroom upgrades and maintenance and technical/professional advice/work.  THANK YOU to all of our faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, founding members, alumni and community members who contribute to the life of our school in all these ways!
As we strive to continue to offer this high level of education for our children, let's all be grateful for each and every act of generosity that has come before us.  We are approaching a TWENTY year anniversary next year.  What an opportunity to acknowledge the foundation upon which we stand!  To learn more about our Board and committees, ways to participate in the life of Mulberry, and to share your voice, please visit me and other volunteers at the Board table at Mayfair on Saturday, May 14.
Crista Thor
Board Chair


Mulberry Choir

The choir at Mulberry has been making music at school and in the Kingston community.  On February 26, our choir participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival.  They sang Nancy Telfer's "Sing Me a Song" and Sarah Quartel's "The Beat of a Different Drum" and were awarded the Pearl Nesbitt Memorial Award.  The choral adjudicator also recommended that the Mulberry Choir participate in the provincial Kiwanis Music Festival competition. 

People are moved when they hear the singing of these beautiful voices and they want to hear more.  The Kingston Chamber Choir has invited the Mulberry Waldorf School Choir to sing in their December  concert, with the theme, "Songs of Delight".  The concert, on December 11 at 2:30 at St. George's Cathedral will involve the Kingston Chamber Choir singing choral selections and will also feature a reading of the "Child's Christmas in Wales" by Toronto actor Richard Partington.  Mark your calendar! 

Margaret Moncrieff


Thank you Crista Thor for the beautiful cupcakes to celebrate 100 days of school!

Michaelmas soup sharing!

Grade 6/7 Roma Amor play

Early Childhood Talk~Tuesday, April 26 @6:45pm
 Thinking with our Fingers: Practical Skills for Living, Learning, and Growing

Join us for an experiential workshop that will give you a glimpse into the daily domestic work and handwork experienced by the students in our Early Childhood programs. Some of our evening's activities may include: bread making, painting, stitching and finger-knitting. Modelling domestic work and handwork gives young children important images and movements to incorporate into play. Teaching children these skills builds a sense of self reliance, supports intellectual learning in a number of ways, and provides opportunities to work creatively and from the heart (students often give away what they make!). In addition, children gain a sense of how everyday items (now usually mass produced) are made, and they learn to fix things rather than throw them away. We will end the evening with a quick look ahead to the role of handwork in the Grade School curriculum.

Jenny Taylor
Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Early Childhood Faculty Chair

An Invitation from the Toronto Waldorf School
Gateways Conference: Raising Healthy, Creative & Resilient Children
Learn how to support the growing child, and how families and communities contribute to the healthy development of children. 

Led by Sharifa Oppenheimer, author of bestseller "Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children", experienced Waldorf kindergarten teacher and teacher mentor.

Ideal for parents, educators and caregivers of children ages 0 - 9.

Fri, Apr 15, 7pm - 9pm: Healthy Foundations
Sat, Apr 16, 9am - 2:30pm: Development of Creativity
Sun, Apr 17, 8:30am - 5pm: Resilience & The Importance of Play

Fees:$30 -160
Limited free childcare on Saturday

Click here for more details and to register
Presented by Lifeways Ontario and Toronto Waldorf School


Morning Garden children at play

Bread Making in the Clover Garden class

Meadow Garden's lanterns

Grade 1 class on yard duty!

Grade 2/3 class practicing recorders

Grade 4/5 Artwork

Grade 6/7 class engaged in a rhythm exercise

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