March 2011


New growth on our grape arbor

We are ecstatic at all the first sights and smells of spring! Already we have peaches, apricots and blueberries making their appearance.  Our fragrant Sweet Peas are a garden hit and the kids (as well as adults) can’t seem to leave them alone!

Nasturtium seedlings

 The garden is taking on all kinds of new life as we continually plan for the future!  We are tending to many projects from a Sugar Snap Pea teepee, and giant strawberry hill, to our First Grade butterfly habitat garden. Maybe next year at this time our students will be able to spot the great Monarch Butterfly as he makes his pit stop in Los Angeles. Drop by in the coming weeks and you will see that Spring has a way of sparking new creativity and fresh energy in student and teacher alike!

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The 2nd and 5th graders have been hard at work in the garden for the past five weeks. The 2nd grade classes have been focusing on the themes of camouflage and fossils both in the classroom and in the garden. The kids went on a camouflage butterfly hunt, examined the garden for lady bugs and preying mantids, and even made camouflaged masks that helped them blend into their favorite garden spots. Try and find our students hidden in the broccoli rabe!

2nd Graders Testing Out Their Camouflage Masks

On top of camouflaging with the garden, the 2nd graders have also been learning about fossils and conducting in their own fossil excavations as paleontologists in the garden! The children were each able to excavate their own homemade fossil from the soil and record their findings like real scientists.

The 5th grade students finished up their final garden classes as students at 24th Street Elementary this week. On top of building beautiful pea trellises out of bamboo and twine, the 5th graders also helped to design, amend and plant over 40 strawberry plants into the new berry patch!

5th Grade Pea Trellises Made of Bamboo and Twine

The departure of the 5th grade students this week is bittersweet, but we know they will enter middle school as the top environmental stewards of their class!