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!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Promoting March Nutrition Month 2016

 At FES we  promote wellness everyday and everywhere. This month we had fun creating new giant paper mache' fruits and vegetables that catch your attention as soon as you walk into the building. Students and staff were guided by our creative art teacher Bonnie Taylor and the results are truly remarkable. The pictures below show how much fun we had with our very own March Madness project.
Giant fruit bowl
Fruit crafters


It is hard to picture the finished product at this early stage

It is important to protect your clothes

Family fun



MS Garden Club helps out




Kindergarten students enjoying the display


Friday, March 4, 2016

Handouts and Links for first 2 weeks of Nutrition Month

Dear Teachers and Parents:

FES will be celebrating National National Nutrition Month school-wide. Each week we will focus on the 5-2-1-0 message through the announcements, our wellness blog and by sending health information handouts/links to teachers and parents. PE classes will learn about My Plate and Lets Go 5210 .Specialists in music, library, art, computer, health and Spanish will integrate nutrition information in their classes. We hope you enjoy our front lobby display. These giant fruits and vegetables were made by staff and students, under the supervision of art teacher, Bonnie Taylor.

Handouts for Week 1 (Focus on 5 or more fruits and vegetables)

Week 2=2 hours or less a day of screen time and other nutrition info.

Computer Activities and Educational sites:


Friday, February 26, 2016

March Nutrition Letter to Parents 2016



MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

Dear Parents/ Guardians,
FES will be celebrating National National Nutrition Month school-wide. Each week we will focus on the 5-2-1-0 message through the 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.  All students will participate in Read Maine Agriculture on Mar. 22. Guest readers will read the book “Potatoes for ME” in the cafeteria. Classroom teachers will receive a copy of the book and activity guide.

The First Lady is once again teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among young people across the nation.
The challenge invites kids ages 8-12, in collaboration with a parent or guardian, to create an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious. One winner from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia will win the opportunity to be flown to Washington, DC and the opportunity to attend the 2016 Kids’ “State Dinner” here at the White House, where a selection of the winning recipes will be served. Kids will also have the opportunity to learn from television personality and member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Rachael Ray.
More information on healthy eating, interactive games, and children’s recipes are available at Let's Go and My Plate Kids. We hope you join us at home to celebrate Nutrition Month.

FES Wellness Committee

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Growing Valentines 2016

Such fun when 5th grade buddies help Kindergarteners!


This is the third year that Falmouth Elementary students have planted hundreds of bulbs to bloom just in time for Valentine's Day. While they grow, students nurture and observe them inside our building. Just as they are about to bloom, we reach out and deliver these heartfelt Growing Valentines to seniors in Southern Maine.  Several private and civic senior communities have been designated as distribution centers. Some of these locations include, Ocean View, Falmouth By the Sea, Foreside Harbour, Sedgewood Commons, Piper Shores, and Falmouth Memorial Library. Special recognition for organizing and implementing this project goes to first grade teacher, Cathlyn Langston.
Many students throughout FES participated in this fun-filled project. Here is a summary from 5th grade teacher Amy Wheeler "We had a great time today planting valentines with our kindergarten buddies. There was lots of fantastic communicating and cooperating going on which are two huge goals of this mentor program between fifth and kindergarten. I am really excited at the questions that came up for fifth-graders about how bulbs work, What a paperwhite looks like, and how they grow without soil! We also have some misconceptions to clear up since many kids thought these were avocados we were planting. This fits perfectly into our non-fiction reading unit which introduces primary research projects to fifth grade. After vacation we will use this topic as a model before children pick their own topics to explore. Good times and a nice unplanned connection to reading!"




5th grade and K buddies
4th graders graphing their observvations
Mrs. McNally's K class bringing bulbs to the lobby
Happy Bulb Recipients
Luna the service dog delivering Valentines!
Mrs. Voisine's 2nd grade Bulbs

Ready for delivery!