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As we set two firm feet into our third month of the 2014-15 school year, I would like to thank all of our community members who took the time to either sign proxy or attend the Annual General Meeting on November 4.  This year we had our highest turnout in many, beginning the meeting with a 77% quorum (76 members of 98 represented).  I would also like to acknowledge the many founding members and folks from our early days who continue to make the time to be interested in the life of our school.  
 
Highlights included:  
 
  • Singing of our school song with Jenny Taylor (thank you, Jenny!)
  • A message from our Strategic Plan leader, Shayna Watson, about our school's biography
  • Announcement about our upcoming Annual Giving Campaign (launching soon) and it's crucial role in the operating budget
  • A short review of Waldorf governance and the role of a volunteer Board
  • HIghlights from representatives of our Administration, Faculty and each of our committees
  • A few words from our 7/8 Working Group and our Parent Representatives
  • Review of financial statements and the current year's budget
 
In the "Directors" portion of the meeting, we said good bye to a total of six members this year, and we acknowledged Rob Ivimey, Jack Reid and Kris Colwell (each with terms expired many years ago!) for their ongoing support to the Board.  They have provided such wise guidance and continuity to the Board over the years.  
 
Thank you also to Jane Chin, Anne Gaskin and Todd Weidmark for their service to the school.  During the year, we filled the three vacancies created by their resignations, and would like to welcome Christina Branco (Human Resources), Natalie George (Marketing) and Allyn Marshall (Treasurer).  Welcome also to Jay Piercy, who was elected at the AGM and will continue his work with Property.  Please see our school website for a full listing of directors here.  
 
Many thanks to all those who contributed to making this meeting a success:  Stana & Lachlan Oddie for their video assistance in spreading the AGM word, Kimaya Tegtmeyer for her lovely piano playing to welcome guests, Peelu Hira and Kristie Gambrel for helping me round out the refreshments table with baked delights, Susannah Groen for acting as Secretary and Tim Crease, Mike Bayne and the Grade 5/6 helpers for getting the room ready.
 
Finally, I would like to acknowledge our returning Board members:  Stephanie Belanger, Jessica Bosso, Liz Grier, Mary Huggard (faculty member) and Shayna Watson.  Last year, this volunteer Board lived into its role in the governance of the school and the energy of this group to take on a true, working capacity leaves me with much to be grateful for at Mulberry.
 
Crista Thor
Chair, Board of Directors 
Grade 3/4 Measurement Main Lesson Block

What's Happening


Nov. 11 - 5:45pm Remembrance Day & Lantern Walk
Nov. 17 - 3:30pm Parent Rep. Meeting – Please sign up for After Care
Nov. 28 - 6pm - 9pm Mulberry After Dark! 
Nov. 29 - 10am - 3pm Winter Fair
Dec. 01 - PA Day No Classes, Camp available, advance registration with office
Dec. 02 - Spiral Walk

Dec. 03 - 9:00 School Tour
Dec. 03 - 3:30 Bake Sale

Apple Fairies


Then Grandpa took out his pocketknife, cut right through the middle of the apple, and gave it to Mandy. When Mandy opened her apple she was so surprised to see a star right in the middle of each piece. "Oh Grandpa,"said Mandy, "These are star fairy kisses aren't they?" ~ From the story "Star Kisses", by Suzanne Down, re-told in the Meadow Garden Kindergarten in October.

Warmth & Wool Fundraiser


We are pleased to present a Shop and Support program this fall with organic wool clothing. The clothing is sold to the school at the manufacturer's suggested retail price and 40% of the revenue goes to the school.

   
To learn more about wool and the importance of dressing your family in wool, visit our POST HERE.

Flyers are being sent home that list the styles, sizes and colours available. Order forms are included in the flyers.

Please send your order by November 27th, 2014 to the office with a cheque payable to Sara Gabova. Delivery of the clothes will follow in a few after the order. Exchanges or refunds are available, if needed.

May this venture bring warmth while raising funds for the school.
Please join us for our annual Lantern Walk Tuesday November 11 at 5:45pm beginning in the green space.

Mulberry's New Cupboard


The Cupboard is a small store located in the Office to supply the Mulberry community with quality crafting supplies and artisan made objects.  The intention is that all items in the store emphasize the use of hand and fingers in true craft practice as valued in Waldorf education.  All products  are naturally derived, ecological, locally sourced and made by hand or for handwork, with a preference made towards simple and functional. 
 
My hope is that this little store is a tangible way for families to bring material-beauty into their lives at home, and nourish their children’s senses through the handmade. 
 
My vision is that the store is a non-event fundraising activity, therefore a portion of the sales will be donated to the school.
 
Sara Gabova


Recipe of the Month


Scalloped Butternut Squash

Thank you to Susanna, mom of Stella, Cole and Luke for sharing this delicious recipe with us. This recipe was shared with a large group of friends where both adults and children alike enjoyed the dish.

The recipe is based on a delicious dish made by Laura DaMiano, a Quebecois chef. She loves the flavor of butternut squash paired with Oka cheese, a mild, semisoft cow's-milk cheese. Mild Cheddar can be used as a substitute.

Serves well with ham, chicken or turkey for a whole foods meal the entire family will love.


Find the full recipe HERE







Bake Sale Fundraising


Thank you to all the bakers who baked goods for the October Bake Sale. The proceeds went to purchasing new bowls and utensils for the Meadow Garden class.
 

Halloween

Friday October 31st, Mulberry Grade School children went on their annual visit to the Rideaucrest Senior Home.  Children from the grade school performed Halloween songs and poems for the residents.  On a day when children can focus on receiving, it is a small way for them to give back to the community as well as join their voices in song. 



Baby Boom


Mulberry Waldorf School has experienced a baby boom!

Our Wednesday afternoon drop-in group, which runs from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, for parents and babies has grown so much this year that we now have two Baby Groups for the first time in Mulberry history.

Thank you Mary Huggard for your amazing programming and ongoing efforts towards making this program a success for both the school and families alike.

The new Thursday afternoon drop-in runs from 2:00 to 3:30pm and is welcoming new families to come in
and enjoy a cup of tea and talk about parenting topics in a supportive group. 
 
Morning Garden conversations in the play yard.
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