April 25 2013 Newsletter 
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Upcoming Dates
Anthroposophical Study Group
each Tues. at 6:30 pm

Grade 5,6,7 Play
Thurs. Apr 25, 4:30pm
All Welcome

Homeopathy Talk
Mon. Apr. 29, 3:45 pm
sign up for aftercare in advance

May Fair Meeting
Wed. May 1, 

May Fair 
Sat. May 11, 10am-2pm

Greek Olympics
Grade 5,6,7
Fri. May 24

Planting chives in the Morning Garden yard

Arwen amending the soil in the raised beds

Morning Garden Students building a new raised bed in their yard
Earth Month at Mulberry!

Mulberry students, teachers an
d parents have been busy this month preparing our yard for spring! Thanks to all the families who have contributed time, soil, compost, seeds and other supplies!

This Saturday, April 27th, from 10 until 1, we will need as many adult hands as we can get for various tasks related to our depaving project and general schoolyard improvements. 

This will incl
ude some simple garden prep and maybe some planting; the rearranging of the sheds in the yard; preparing the ground for a tetherball post; installing a new basketball backboard and frame; some tree trimming, raking and brush gathering; lawn over-seeding; and general tidying in advance of the Mayfair. 

Bring tools and work gloves as you have them--come for as long as you are able.  Children are of course welcome, but their participation in many tasks will likely be limite
d and there may be areas of the yard we need to restrict at times.  Many thanks!

Photos are from the Morning Garden Work Bee on Sunday to create raised beds for vegetables in their yard, and from the Grade 3 and 4 class who readied the raised beds on Markland Street for their vegetable seedlings.
Jeanne d'Arc 

Today at 4:30pm, the Mulberry community is invited to attend the Grade 5, 6, 7 play - Jeanne d'Arc. The play was written by Mulberry's own Johanne Talbot and directed by the multi-talented custodian/aftercare guru, Tim Crease. Early reports from the Grade 3/4 class are that this play is very funny and well-acted. Please come!

Dear Parents, Staff and Friends, 

Our last bake sale for this year was a huge success, with strawberry milk shakes, samosas and yummy baked treats! Thanks very much to everyone who baked and bought our treats all year long.  Some very special thank yous to Mary Pearson for all her hard work, Kris Colwell for all her wonderful baking, the grade 5/6/7 class for all their cashier and serving efforts; the grade 2 class for their tasty donations and to the office staff, particularly Patricia Weidmark, who put it all together!

Thanks very much to Bonnie for leading a wonderful watercolour painting workshop on April 17. It was a relaxed and enjoyable evening as we worked out a colour wheel and then attempted to paint a favourite scene from a fairy tale. Some paintings are still waiting to be picked up in the office, please come by to collect them. Thanks to everyone who came out.


May Fair is coming...
The volunteer sign up sheets are posted on the board outside the office, please sign up for a shift and/or a donation! 

Our next May Fair meeting will be held next Wednesday May 1st at 8:45am, all coordinators are asked to come for a quick meeting to finalize preparations for our festival. In preparation for the May Fair plant sale, please donate empty plant pots and plastic containers such as yogourt or margarine containers. Please put them in the bin under the sign up sheets.

Click above for one take on Screen-free week
APRIL 29-MAY 5, 2013

Between April 29th and May 5th, families around the world will celebrate Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) by turning off entertainment screen media (TVs, computers, video games) and turning on the world around them. The Association for Waldorf Schools of North America continues to be an endorser of Screen-Free Week, as do all our Waldorf schools and communities in North America. 

We encourage all Mulberry families to try out this annual tradition where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life. It’s a wonderful way to help children lead healthier, happier lives by providing free play time, connecting with nature, daydreaming, reading, creating, and exploring. Waldorf communities know this already, and by consciously committing to a national activity such as this, we’re promoting healthier childhoods around the country. Join with us in working to have a free-of-screens week to emphasize the importance of this effort. 

The beautiful new paint cupboard in the Grade 3 and 4 classroom. Many thanks to Francisco Ferrolho for creating such beauty!

 Links We Like...

Thanks to Serena Manson for these links. Serena taught at Mulberry for 10 years and is now pursuing her MA in Education at Queen's
A radio interview with David Sobel  - looking at outdoor education for children
Eugene Swartz lecture--Today's Children need Tomorrow's Schools.

City of Wine
So, the gods are gone (sort of) and the tragedy is over (almost) join us in Thebes (aka the Mulberry gym) this Sunday evening for a glass of wine and to hear an all star cast read CREON the sixth play in the CITY OF WINE cycle. This is the penultimate reading. The last one will be held on Sunday May 5th.
The regulars in a tavern find themselves inventing improv. theatre as they try to make sense of their history, and for once only wine is spilled, no blood.

Anthroposophy Study Group on Tuesdays at 6:30pm
An anthroposophical study group will meet at the school on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. All are welcome. For more information please contact Mary Jane Crich at

A Sure Sign of Spring at Mulberry (thanks Kyra!)
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