Garden Lunch

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.  gardenlunch copy.jpg

 

My Clothes My World Workshops on June 6th & 7th

Following Frankland’s EcoSchool Textile Drive initiative (that diverted 1300 kg of textiles from Landfill and circulated approx. 600 kg within community) 

MCMW_workshop_J6-7

Frankland Parents Council and Fashion Takes Action is pleased to bring 3 half day workshops  Footprint of Fashion for students grade 5 & 6 and one workshop for Parents (stay tuned for date)

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!

Bike to School Week & Bike Day June 4th

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!Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 10.22.07 AM.png

Eco Club: Plant Drive Update

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.

20180126_124458

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!

Bring a Plant 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.Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 6.26.40 PM.png

For more information, take a look at this handout created by Liisa of Greenhouse Medicine.  Email her if you have any questions.

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.

Join our event on Facebook!