Greenhouse with Shakira – third floor email:

Hello my name is Shakira and I am so lucky to teach K-5 Environmental Science in our rooftop hydroponic greenhouse. Your child will visit our third floor hidden haven once a week to learn about systems, cycles, the environment, conservation, as well as engineering projects. In addition, students become greenhouse maintenance experts as they learn how to care for the plants and animals. How can you help your child? The greenhouse is a very exciting place to be, with lots of things to touch. PLEASE remind your child to calmly follow our three rules: 1) Walk at all times (please help us with this one- kids want to run in the greenhouse!); 2) Hands on your work (as in don’t touch what you don’t have permission to touch); 3) Respect people and materials (this is an easy one for our kids). If your child forgets a rule, I will send home a note, which you will need to sign and return. Other ways that you can help: We can always use donations of these gently used items: toothbrushes, baby bottle brushes, kitchen brushes, clean rags, and small brooms. If you would like to volunteer before or after school, let me know!

Weekly Newsletter #1

Hello families! Welcome back to school!

The students and I have had a wonderful start to our year in the greenhouse. 

We have been reviewing rules and procedures, while learning how to care for each of our unique greenhouse systems. 

The K-1 students have played games to learn where items are stored in the greenhouse, and this week they will start to work in greenhouse centers.

The 2-5 grade students have selected a greenhouse system that will be "theirs" this year as they become experts! In addition, students are brainstorming ways to help the school with Sustainability and zero waste. 

Karen's second grade class is worried about food waste in the cafeteria. Elizabeth's second grade class is upset that kids are hurting nature. Second graders in Huay and Nicole's class are mad that there is litter on the floor and ground.

We will keep you updated on more projects. 

Many parents ask how they can help in the greenhouse. There are countless opportunities! If you are interested in learning how to sign up for 10-30 minute weekly tasks, please consider stopping by the greenhouse on Thursday September 29th from 8:30-9:00.

I am trying to collect a set of metal forks for salad eating. If you have any extra forks that you would like to donate, please bring them by the greenhouse, or drop them off in my mailbox in the office. 

Thanks so much!