Queen Anne Elementary is committed to connecting our students with the environment. We have a space in the nearby P-Patch and our amazing Garden Coordinator Andrea Hildebrandt has created some programs for our kids.
She wanted to share this opportunity to connect with our parents and educators in Seattle:
The event's purpose is to bring together teachers, garden educators and coordinators, parents and families, and community members that educate in and tend outdoor learning spaces across the Puget Sound. The Winter Workshop offers an opportunity for participants to learn, share, network, improve their practices to support sustainable outdoor classroom program development. These outdoor learning spaces on or off schoolyards might include stormwater gardens, urban forests/trees, permaculture and restoration spaces, wetlands, pollinator and native gardens, and, of course, food gardens.
DATE | TIME: Saturday, March 7, 2019 | 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Jane Addams Middle Elementary, 11051 – 34th Avenue NE / Seattle, WA 98125 Lake City neighborhood
QUESTIONS: Please contact Gretchen DeDecker, firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP: RSVP here...
HELP US CREATE THE PROGRAM!
• Call for Presenters: Let us know if you would be interested to present on a specific topic. Please click here to complete a short questionnaire, by January 17.
• Suggest topics that are of interest to you: Please click here to tell us more, by January 17.
Please share this information with other school garden enthusiasts, and/or send us names of people who may be interested, and we’ll add them to our mailing list.
Please join the QAE Green Team for some weekend fun taking care of our school grounds.
When: Saturday, Dec. 7th, 12-2pm
Who: Everyone! It would be great to get 25 people!!
Sign-up: e-mail email@example.com with “school clean up” in the subject line and state how many people you’ll bring. This will help make sure we have enough supplies.
Come for a bit or the whole time. We will rake leaves, collect garbage, recycling and compost from Boston, Bigelow, Newton, 4th and inside our gates where we play. There will be hot cocoa and cookies.
Cleaning up, raking and collecting leaves from our site helps the environment in so many ways. Just a few examples:
Saturday, November 2nd, 9am-12pm
We're happy to collaborate with Green Seattle for an earth stewardship service project. Our school will help this year at the Duwamish location, just over the West Seattle bridge.
Our friends at GS have reserved up to 20 spaces for our community to join in the action. "Join the fun at East Duwamish Greenspace and be one of hundreds of volunteers planting native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that will become the future forest of Seattle. All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary! The event is family friendly and open to all ages."
You don't have to register but we want to give the site leader an idea of people to prepare supplies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "SGD" in the subject line and the number of people you are bringing. Look for our school garden coordinator, Andrea Hildebrandt, who will be wearing our school colors, at the site when you arrive. Hope to see you there QAE. It's a great way to give back!
What to Bring
Come dressed for the weather (rain or shine) in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes (rubber boots, hiking shoes or boots), long sleeves, long pants, warm layers and rain jacket. We'll have tools and gloves for you to use, as well as coffee, water, and a mid-morning snack. Help reduce waste by bringing your own refillable coffee mug/water bottle if you have one.
Where to Meet
Use 8631 39th Ave S as an approximate address for the upper trail entrance, and contact us if you need directions. The forest is located along 39th Ave S, between S Cloverdale and S Trenton Streets in South Beacon Hill. We will meet at the entrance by the yellow fire hydrant, but if you arrive late, just follow the trail and look for us in the woods. The forest is a short walk from bus stops or light rail.
Where to Park
Limited parking is available adjacent to the site along 39th Ave S, and more parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
• Green Seattle - https://www.greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/
• Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center - https://www.duwamishtribe.org/
Saturday, October 19 12-2pm at the Queen Anne P-Patch
All QAE families and friends are invited to the QA P-Patch, where our school garden is located, for some fun! Expect, cider pressing so bring your growlers! Get ready for bobbing apples, building a scarecrow, scavenger hunts, seed collecting, autumn nature crafting, pumpkin carving, sharing food and playing outside. Encourage your ghouls and goblins to wear Halloween costumes for fun. We'll also be collecting non-perishable item that will be donated to NW Harvest.
Sounds so fun that you want to help out? Volunteer to help with crafts, games and activities via the Sign-Up Genius form here.
QAE PTSA Garden Coordinator and parent volunteers in collaboration with the QA P-Patch gardeners and orchard keepers bring you this event. We hope you can make it! If you don't already have a special QAE Growler, buy it now! There is a limited quantity.
Check out the QAE Garden Blog for more form last year's Harvest event. Here's a few photos:
This is the second summer the QAE P-Patch has been planting, growing & harvesting and sharing, exploring, learning and enjoying it all with students and families! All are welcome to join us this Summer as it's the best time of the year to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and treats of fresh veggies and berries right off the vines. At each session students will help water and harvest our P-Patch, do an earth based craft, get to know our local urban wildlife and explore basic garden science concepts.
Sign-up your kiddos now by e-mailing email@example.com. Subject line "Summer P-Patch"
Class dates and times:
Where: 301 Lynn St, Seattle WA 98119, just off of Boston St. in Queen Anne
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 per child with the option of giving more to offset costs for others. All the money goes back to supporting our school P-Patch and garden program.
Who: Any and all kids in our QAE and beyond entering grades K-5 in Fall 2019. Invite friends, family, neighbors, visitors etc. Kids under Kindergarten age will need to have an adult in tow.
Team taught by QAE Garden Coordinator, Andrea Hildebrandt and QAE Substitute Teacher, Tamara Convertino.
Summer P-Patch Help and Other Ways to Get Involved:
We need people to help water and harvest our p-patch. Sign-up here!
Our QAE Garden program is always looking for helping hands! If you and or your family members enjoy being outside, want to know more about growing plants, working with soil or have something to share we would LOVE to hear from you! E-mail garden1@qaeptsa with your interest. Visit our school Garden Blog "Gather in the Garden"
The QAE IslandWood Fundraising Team of adults and students is hosting a screening of REVOLUTION on Tuesday, April 23 at John Marshall. We invite you to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by watching this acclaimed documentary by Rob Stewart which highlights his true-life adventure through 15 countries over four years, and where he discovered that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger - it's humans too. Revolution premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won numerous awards, including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival, Most popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Victoria Film Festival and the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It's a beautiful documentary informing, inspiring and motivating positive action for the future of the planet. The this award-winning movie helps to inspire and find out what you can do to help save our environment.
"Change starts with education. If people are aware of their impact on the Earth, they'll make smarter choices". - Filmmaker Rob Stewart
When: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, 6-8pm
Where: QAE Lunch Hall at John Marshall, 520 Ravenna Blvd
Cost: This is a free community showing with a suggested donation of $5 per adult who attends. Kids are welcome and free! Half of the donations will go towards the Rob Stewart Fund and half will go towards IslandWood Fundraising.
Please RSVP here to reserve your spots...
All are welcome to attend, including families from other schools. We want this screening to be inclusive and accessible to all — if the cost is a burden, please come anyway!
The 4th Graders will be selling popcorn, water and other snacks during the film!
About the Movie
At the age of 13 young Rob Stewart started to practice underwater photography. He grew to be an award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist, author and filmmaker. In 2012 he released Revolution. It's international release in 2013. Through out his movie he concentrates on the efforts of young people, as they have the most to lose making their motivation high. This movie captures the definition of ocean acidification and how humanities greatest challenge, Revolutuion, ..."won't be stopped until a sustainable human population is reached, human consumption is in balance with the natural world, and the world's ecosystems are restored to full capacity - meaning lakes and rivers and oceans are unpolluted and teeming with fish, and thriving diverse forested ecosystems cover most of the land". The Rob Stewart foundation is loaded with discussion guides and resources for further discussion and ways to take action no matter how big or small. Find out more here...
While QAE is at John Marshall this year, our PTSA Garden Coordinator Andrea Hildebrandt is helping keep us connected with our natural environment!
On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 15th, come celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Seattle P-Patch program with neighbors at the Queen Anne P-Patch at 217 Lynn St. See the flyer below for more information.
Are you interested in helping with the garden at John Marshall? If so, please contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
End of Year Garden Gratitude
Saturday, June 23 at the QA P-Patch from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
All are invited to have coffee, pastries, kid-friendly and garden variety snacks while getting to know other members of our greater QA Neighborhood. Check out the QAE Garden Patch, find out how you and your family can get involved, crafting and nature hunts for kids, ask questions and enjoy the morning.
A Summer Garden Class is being offered by the QAE Garden Coordinator, on various Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30 at the QAE P-Patch. It's a suggested $10 and 100% will go towards Lowell Elementary 2018-19 5th graders to help fund their Fall IslandWood experience. The Summer garden class schedule will be out shortly.
See the QAE Garden site for more details...
These buzzing furry friends are important for pollinating fruit trees. They're great for kids to observe because they don't sting. These special native bees require a special clay to protect their eggs. With the help of parents, students, teachers and staff our QAE community can help bees do the important jobs of pollination and growing future generations of bees. It's exciting to learn about the natural world around us! Please talk to your kiddos about the Mason Bee Hive. The Bees will be our guests until June.
Visit the QAE Garden Blog for information and fun links.
Check out the complete list of activities below. See the QAE Garden site for more info!
We need your recyclables! Before we adventure off on Spring Break please bring in your clean and dry recyclables. There will be collection boxes near the entrance to the Tree House and Brick Buildings this week, April 1st-5th.
These materials will be used at the Recycled Instruments Creation Station set up after school on Monday, April 16th. All students young and old are invited to create as we kick-off Earth Week, 2018. Visit the garden blog to get the scoop!
Here's a quick list of what we need:
Building momentum towards Earth Week: a creative community event!
Gather to help construct the largest globe we can! It will hang in the lunch hall at school when it is complete. Expect a casual, fun and creative family time with our QAE Community!
When: Saturday, March 24, 11am-4pm
Where: The Powerhouse Art Studio in Fremont, 3940 Fremont Ave North
More information will be available on the QAE Garden page.
UPDATE: Due to weather concerns, this event has been changed to Saturday, November 18th from 10am to noon! We'll see you there!
Join us for a QAE Fall Garden Party on Sunday, November 19th! Our November Big Dig is all about finding new homes for the perennial garden plants. Come June, our garden space is going to be sadly bulldozed. The good is that it makes new classrooms for our growing population of students.
Our Big Dig will be from 10am-12pm at the QAE Garden! Dig up now as these plants go dormant for beautiful blooms in the spring/summer. Learn how to build a cloche for winter gardening.
We hope your family participates in this growing adventure with us! Find out more on the QAE Garden page...
Who: QAE Community, families, students, staff, faculty and friends
What: A little work, a lot of play! Help spread wood chips and hay at school. It's a labor of love and gratitude. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Post work, You and your families are invited to come hang, eat, drink and be merry. BYOB and dish to share. We'll provide the BBQ Grill, S'mores, Coolers, Music and open our home for a gathering space (although small, it will be cozy).
Where: QAE Garden and The Hildebrandt Home located at 510 W Galer St, Seattle 98119.
When: Saturday, June 24 10am- 12pm at the QAE Garden ... Potluck to follow immediately with no planned end point.
Why: As our Seattle summer turns into drought-like weather, typically, July into September, the wood chips and hay will keep the soil moist and prevent it from turning into plots of dust. It will be a good way to indicate appropriate walking paths and put nutrients back into the soil as it decomposes over the coming seasons. We need your help spreading them! Out of gratitude for the garden, our school community, the work our students have done and everyone that has helped in the garden, we want to gather in recognition of it all. Evan if you haven't had a change to help in the garden but are happy for it's existence and our community please come and celebrate!
Help us plan by RSVPing to email@example.com. And see our Garden page for more details.
The Queen Anne Elementary Garden has received a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation! Check out the write-up in the Queen Anne View about the grant!
Our wonderful Garden Coordinator Andrea Hildebrandt has big plans build on integrating the garden into our Five Pillars of learning. And as the weather is getting better, be sure to join us after school on Wednesdays for Gather in the Garden. Take a little time after school to help our garden grow and learn about earth and plant science!
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