Farm Trip 2015 – Part II

24 Apr

Here’s another round of photos from our 3rd grade’s week long trip to Hawthorne Valley Farm. Enjoy!

Farm Trip 2015 – Part I

23 Apr

Every year, WSB’s 3rd grade heads to Hawthorne Valley Farm for a week-long farm trip. This is has a been a tradition for over 30 years! In fact, Ms. Smith, the 3rd grade’s homeroom teacher, was last here when she was a 3rd grade student at WSB!
On the farm, students work hard and play hard. They’re involved in just about every facet of farm life — from cleaning out the mudroom and washing dishes to mucking out the dairy barn and chopping firewood. Please enjoy the photos below. We’re two days in with two more to go and plenty more to do!

Storm Drain Mural Project Underway!

10 Apr

Today our 6th & 7th grade students chalked out their proposed storm drain murals. Check them out in person on the front plaza! Below are some photographs. We will be submitting these images to Blue Water Baltimore to obtain a permit to install them over some of the storm drains in the Coldspring neighborhood. We are also inviting the Coldspring Community Association to visit in order to get their feedback. Click on the four thumbnails below to see each one enlarged and enjoy the slideshow of their creation!

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Playground Archeological Dig! Primitive Tools & Chicken Gosip!

7 Apr

Next time you’re in the WSB schoolyard be sure to check out the sandpit. Students have been diligently excavating a giant rock (most likely from outer space). They have been requesting a crane of Mr. Williams, WSB Facility Manager, to finalize the project. (He’ll be getting on that next week.) Be warned: booby traps have been found around the job site!! ;-)

During recess, in the far corner of the garden, you will find a vibrant market place where chickens and students meet to discuss topics ranging from playground politics to buried treasure. Stone tools are also available for sale.

Forest Restoration & Storm Drain Murals!!!

2 Apr

Spring is here and with it an abundance of spring related projects are budding!!
On Wednesday, Mr. Anderson, WSB parent (Lauren), and her two children (Ellie and Sebastian), took part on our volunteer day to clean up the forest in time for the Children’s Garden Spring Festival. In just 45 minutes this small crew picked up 35 pounds of garbage! (Which just so happens to be the body weight of Sebastian.) Just imagine what a larger group could do within 2 hours of time! Please consider joining us for our next round of volunteer days!

WSB’s 6th & 7th Grade students are designing storm drain murals for the Coldsping Newtown neighborhood. We are hoping to get 4 of them installed this Spring! Students have been working on their designs and will be chalking them onto the drains next Friday. They were given guidance by Blue Water Baltimore over the winter on how to make effective murals. We will be inviting members of the Coldspring Community Association to visit in order to seek their approval!
Check out drafts of the 4 creative designs!

Volunteer Work Days!

24 Mar

gloves-clippersHello and welcome back! This week WSB will be hosting 3 volunteer work days: Wednesday (3/25) through Friday (3/27) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. If it is raining, or has rained heavily during the day, the volunteer work day will be postponed. This week, we will focus on clearing our forest of rubbish and English Ivy. Please brings gloves and garden sheers if you have them. We will meet in the school garden at 3:30pm each day for further instruction. Happy Spring!

Good Bye, Old Man Winter!

12 Mar

220px-Old_man_winter.svgWith Spring just around the bend, a variety of outdoor projects will be springing up around the school. And, you (yes, YOU, dear reader), will have the opportunity to participate in some of the action. The Green Dragon Action Team will be hosting 9 garden volunteer days after school from 3:30pm-5:30pm on the following days:

  1. Wed, March 25
  2. Thurs, March 26
  3. Fri, March 27
  4. Mon, March 30
  5. Tues, March 31
  6. Wed, April 1
  7. Wed, April 15
  8. Thurs, April 16
  9. Fri, April 17

To participate please send an email regarding your interested to WSB’s Ecoliteracy & Sustainability Coordinator, Michel Anderson. NOW, before enjoying Spring Break, please take in these photos displayed in homage to Winter and its wonders. In them you will find Mrs. Friedman’s ride down the hill and the grand finale (aka: The Super, Mega-awesome Sled Ride of the Century)!

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Be sure to get your hands earthy!

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