Monday, March 13, 2017

Week One Nutrition Month

Letter from K student about hoop house fun!
During week one we focused on the 5 of 5210 Let's Go. Throughout the school kids learned about the importance of eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables daily. Redy, the Let's Go Mascot was all around school encouraging kids to eat fruits and vegetables. Teachers encouraged healthy snacks and many students went to the hoop house to learn about growing vegetables. The pictures below show how we celebrate March Nutrition Month at FES!

K students went to the hoop house during PE to learn about growing vegetables

Mrs. Mosca and Farmer Justing helping students plant vegetable seeds

School nurses and students setting up Nutrition display

Front Lobby Display

Mrs. Guerra's students make a fruit smoothie

Taste testing!

Redy the 5210 Let's Go Mascot comes to FES.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March Nutrition Month 2017


Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Once again FES will be celebrating National Nutrition Month school-wide. We have been recognized by Let’s Go as a Gold Site School for committing to excellence in healthy eating and active living for children and families. During the month of March we will focus on the 5-2-1-0 message through the morning announcements, our wellness blog and by sending health information handouts/links to teachers and parents. Specialists in PE, music, library, art, computer, health and Spanish will integrate nutrition information in their classes. Our front hallway will be decorated with Giant Fruits and Vegetables to set the theme as you walk into school.

K-4 students will participate in Read Maine Agriculture  during the week of March 20. The 2017 book ”What’s in the Garden” is by award winning children’s author, Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Chris Arbo. The interactive rhyme and riddle format will lead to many discussions of fruits and vegetables grown in our state from apples to pumpkins. We are fortunate in Falmouth to have a very active Farm to School program. You can follow our garden program on  Falmouth School Garden Facebook Page .

More information on healthy eating, interactive games, and children’s recipes are available at Let's Go , My Plate Kids and Eat Right for Kids We hope you join us at home to celebrate Nutrition Month.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Great Pumpkin Contest, year 3!

For the third year in a row we grew pumpkins in the learning garden and sponsored the Roly-Poly pumpkin contest. Classes were encouraged to visit the garden and estimate the weight and seed count for Roly and Poly.

Teachers used math, science and writing lessons to determine their class estimate.
This year Roly weighed 16.6 pounds and had a record 948 seeds! Poly was our smaller pumpkin
at 8.6 pounds with 303 seeds. See the pictures below for more information on classroom activities
and winning estimates.

Pumpkin books on display in the library
Mrs. Bacon's class estimated 8.5 pounds for Poly
Mrs. Walsh's class estimated 16.5 pounds for Roly
Classroom Estimates on Display

Counting Roly's seeds  with Mrs. Bacon

Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Mr. Olins class counted seeds by 10s and 100s

Counting pumpkin seeds in Mr. Olins class was a big job!

Mrs. Meserves' class estimated 303 seeds for Poly
Mrs. Tierney's class estimated 720 seeds for Roly.

Finding Roly and Poly
We love pumpkins!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fabulous Fall school garden

It has been a beautiful fall in Maine this year.  Many teachers and students have taken advantage of this amazing weather by spending time outside in the learning garden, the hoop house site and the high school orchard. The pictures below show some of these fabulous fall school garden events.

1st graders apple picking
Making apple salsa!

2nd graders picking flowers to decorate the cafeteria

K students exploring the garden for the first time
1st graders in the orchard with Farmer Deri

1st graders making curly potatoes

Testing and rating potato samples

1st graders picking potatoes at the hoop house site

Mrs. MacKinnon's students 

1st grade pizza garden

A rainbow of garden color
5th graders at the hoop house site

Panoramic view of the hoop house site.

Monarch wonder!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Spring Planting and Garden Events

It has been a beautiful and busy spring at Falmouth School Gardens. We sponsored a plant sale to benefit our garden program, planted flowers and vegetables in the learning garden and started construction on our hoop house. Elementary students have been involved in all of this. The pictures below tell some of this spring story.

5th Grade students sorting seeds
Seeds harvested and packed by students

The plant sale tent at the Wellness Day

Mrs. Farmer teaching about apples
5th grade buddies with K student

5th grade buddies helping a K student measure growth

The garden is so much fun for Mrs. Farmer's students

Cleaning up the garden doesn't have to be boring
Close inspection

K student measuring plant growth

Mrs. Langston teaching her class about wheat before starting seeds

1st graders planting in the pizza garden

2nd graders planting nasturtiums
Planting onions

Mrs. Clay with her flower friends

Genna,our garden manager,working with 4th graders

4th grade seed starts

Mrs. Voisine's class helping erect the hoop house

Farmer friends observing the hoop house erection

A different view of the hoop house
Hoop House is taking shape!
Mrs. Clay's class lifted the first hoop to start construction of the hoop house- what fun!