Frankland’s Indoor Plant Drive begins again! Please send some indoor plants to school to your child’s classroom to help improve air quality and bring joy! Here are some great handouts created last year with wonderful plant facts, experiments and information about specific plants and what toxins they remove from our air. #loveplants #greeningclub
If your child is in grade 1-6 and is interested in participating, please carefully read everything below and complete the registration form by November 30 2018.
– programs run from January 7 2019 (first week back after the holidays) to March 8 2019 (the Friday before March break)
– each child is eligible to participate in 2 lunch programs
– registration is via google form only this year, no paper copies are available in the office
– spots will be confirmed by December 7 2018
– do not submit payment for paid programs before your child’s spot is confirmed
– we will accept cash or cheque, we will confirm amount and who to make cheque payable to in the confirmation e-mail
– review the overall schedule of everything going on in the school at this time, lunch programs are in red font
– lunch programs are listed by day, activity and eligible grade levels – please double check grade levels!
– complete one form per child by November 30 2018
– make sure you provide your child’s 1st and 2nd choice, as well as their alternate choice
– wait until your child’s spot is confirmed before submitting payment for paid programs
QUESTIONS: please contact Ali or Natasha at firstname.lastname@example.org
With the holiday season approaching, consumerism can cause unnecessary stress. It can be helpful to take a step back and think about what pushes us to spend money on things we don’t truly need. Buy Nothing Day, which takes place on the last Friday of November is a good time to reflect on alternatives to our consumer culture and an opportunity to get creative.
Friday, November 23rd, is Buy Nothing Day. Our school is participating in a textile waste reduction challenge this year called Fashion Impacts Challenge. We have chosen this day to ‘kick start’ our campaign.
The challenge today is to:
- Leave your money at home
- Use what you already have
- Avoid making small purchases – they add up quick!
- Abstain from making any purchases this day. Avoid going to stores (brick & mortar or online)
- Exchange unused stuff (find a clothing swap near you)
- Reduce waste and make a positive environmental impact
Talk to your family about Buy Nothing Day and how we can extend the practice to our everyday lives by consuming less and producing less waste with our shopping habits.
Our Garden Educator Elin Marley has been back since September, taking classes into the Learning Garden. Teachers have signed up for scissor salsa, kale chips, garden mapping and seed scavenger hunts. Find out more about Elin’s lesson plans and see some great photos of what the kids have been up to on Elin’s Twitter too.
Also the garden is open at lunch on Thursdays depending on the weather! Parents are welcome to join in. Last week, there was a bit of light weeding, some picking up of trash and some kids got to plant radish seeds. Lemon balm was smelled and some chives were tasted.
Following Frankland’s EcoSchool Textile Drive initiative (that diverted 1300 kg of textiles from Landfill and circulated approx. 600 kg within community)
My Clothes My World was created to educate people about the negative impact ‘fast fashion’ has on society and the environment both locally and globally.
- To set the context for the workshop Teachers will show students prior the workshop the following free CBC 5th Estate documentary. Here is the trailer if you want a quick overview for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzEpc8p2u8U. Here is the link for the documentary to show to your students: https://youtu.be/onD5UOP5z_c. There are a few graphic moments in the episode between minutes 9:10 and 13:05; Teachers will use their discretion with students. We understand that each student group may be at a different level of sensitivity or attention span and respect choice to either show or not show the 45 minute video.
- Please have each student bring an old t-shirt from home as we will be teaching them how to upcycle clothes they don’t want anymore into a bag or scarf (they need to know that they will be cutting the shirts so they need to bring in a shirt they don’t have too strong of an attachment to!). It can be any colour and in any condition, however they should make sure that the bottom edge of the shirt is level (front to back) and that it does not have a band or wide cuff, and that it should not be a tank top. If they are smaller children it might be best for them to bring one of their parents t-shirts because if the shirt is too small it will be difficult to make into a bag. If they have more than one they can bring them and we will either use them in class for forgetful students or donate/recycle them appropriately. Note: it is best if they bring a shirt that they no longer wear because it has been stained or torn, as this helps them better understand the nature of “upcycling” and that it is an alternative to tossing it into the garbage.
- 7 R’s of Fashion: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Research, Repurpose, Repair, Rent!
Did you know that this week is Bike to School Week at Frankland? We are keeping track of all the kids who ride, scoot, run or walk to school in the gym! So ride, scoot, run or walk to school tomorrow and for the rest of the week! And remember to wear a helmet!
Then on Monday June 4th, the teachers will be organizing a bike rodeo/parade near the end of the day. So bring your bike or scooter if you can!
Let’s celebrate sustainable transportation at Frankland!
Today we had an Eco Club meeting in the foyer led by Liisa who taught us a lot about plants and what they can do, how they interact and how to care for them. Did you know this about plants?
We also started a Plant Experiment. Come visit the front lobby of Frankland School and participate by talking (or not talking) to the plants as directed. Give them a spray if they seem dry as the school is an incredibly hot and dry place. Let’s see what happens in a couple of weeks.
Check out our booklet we put together for the Plant Drive with interesting “myth busting” facts about plants, directions for the experiment above that you can try at home and some tips on how to care for indoor (typically tropical) plants.
Thanks again for your support! Keep sending plants to school!
This January, bring a plant to school to help improve air quality and remove toxins as well as improve student performance and well being.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the best air cleaning plants and the common toxins that they clean from the NASA Clean Air Study.
We hope to get at least 3 plants per classroom and other spaces around the school. Thanks so much for your support and participation!
The Indoor Plant Drive starts on Monday January 22 and runs until Friday, February 2.
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