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I am very excited to be the new Education Outside, Outdoor Classroom Corps Member at the amazing San Francisco Community School. Please email me or, even better, stop in the garden any time to see what is happening and how you can get involved. *** About Us: Education Outside is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that transforms school gardens into dynamic outdoor classrooms where learning comes to life. Learn more about our Corps for Education Outside at www.educationoutside.org. Interested in learning more about Education Outside? Follow us on Twitter: (http://www.twitter.com/eduoutside) Like us on Facebook: (http://www.facebook.com/educationoutside)

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What seeds (and ideas) will we grow next?

Well, it has been an amazing year in the garden. Thank you so much to all the families, staff and students that made our small patch of Earth grow, live and thrive. It will be so exciting to come back to our wild garden at the end of the summer and do it all over again next year. I cannot wait to see what
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Oh MAY Goodness…

Hello and Happy May, I cannot believe how quickly the months have passed this second semester and I am so SAD that we will soon be saying goodbye until next year. There is so much happening in the garden and I feel like we could spend the entire summer, exploring, creating, building, cooking, and playing in the outdoor classroom. K/1 students have built an
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How will YOU Celebrate Earth Day (everyday)?

  Ms. Kathleen’s 2nd Graders chalk up the sidewalk with a big reminder that next Tuesday is EARTH DAY. They brainstorm ideas about what they love about nature and what they do in their lives to to thank and protect Mother Earth: things like carpooling, composting, recycling and growing our garden. The garden is a great place to connect with nature and to learn
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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

With less than a week until Spring Break, students are completing projects and getting plants in the ground to get a head start on the rest of the semester. K/1 continue to explore the wild world of animals in the garden. This week we are finding examples of the things animals need to survive in their garden home. 2/3 and 4/5 are experimenting with
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It’s time to Spring forward: what’s growing on in the garden?

  Another wild perspective from the garden. K/1 take charge as 7/8th grade help investigate the population of insects in the garden as we start our Animals and their Environments unit. We look for sources of food and shelter for our insect inhabitants. See the ladybug below eating a buffet of aphids.   2nd and 3rd grade investigate weather patterns and climate before we
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Garden Workday + Loco Bloco = SO much fun!

This Saturday was supposed to be a rainy, sleepy day in the SFCS garden but when I arrived at 10AM it was not only sunny, but things were really heating up! All the dance and drumming crew from LOCO BLOCO were getting ready to practice and it was THRILLING to hear the powerful drums and see everyone dancing in unison. I cannot wait for
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In other news:

What’s cooking in the SFCS garden? ImageJanuary 31, 2014 Leave a comment Edit Orange calendula, green lettuce and blood red beets are just a few of the colorful ingredients that students harvested. Rainbow salad and fried rice with garden veggies were the first recipes we tested in the outdoor classroom and it was a HUGE success. Students worked together like a kitchen full of professional
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Our garden is growing…

Don’t forget: next Saturday come to our monthly garden work day 10 AM to 2PM! Below: K/1 plant and label peas for a spring harvest and then add entries to the log at the wildlife observation station.   During recess K/1 have been building fairy houses and searching for residence in the mythical creatures garden. Below, Kaitlyn and Wilson (5/6) harvest, rinse and bunch
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Saving our Planet: say YES to sustainability

Alert: SFC students have taken over and are running the school! Ms. Joy’s 2nd Grade class daily coordinate a seamless composting program for our K-3rd grade lunch period. Ask your student what goes in the green, blue and black bins. Can you spot the intruder in this tasty worm buffet below?   Mark your calendars: Every first Saturday of the month from  10 a.m.
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2014 here we come…

A sighting of our local garden hawk! 7th and 8th Grade students participate in a conversation with local non-profit organization, Poder (http://www.tides.org/community/project-directory/show/project/single/title/poder/) about planning a community garden in Crocker-Amazon. They shared ideas, experiences and feedback. It was a great opportunity to think through all the planning it will take to complete their own independent projects for next semester. Some projects include a mural and
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