Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Conversation with Terrence Parker

At the PTO's September 8th meeting, Terrence Parker and Kathy Gunst shared how the Outdoor Classroom and Garden have progressed and the steps that need to happen next. It was an exhilarating meeting that left everyone with a "can do!" attitude. Terrence emphasized that this project is truly a community project, with many local businesses and community members having already donated their time, talent and resources to build what will truly be an exceptional creative play environment for our children. These three You Tube videos are clips from Terrence Parker's presentation.

Proposed Rock Garden
Proposed Log Walk
Proposed Boulder Walk
Earthen Mound
SO much work still needs to be done! Donations of time, talent and resources are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in being a part of this community project, please contact principal Vicki Stewart at vstewart(at)msad35.net Our next work day is Oct. 2nd!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Central School's Hoop House

You will soon see the outline of Central School's hoop house when the foundation is built on the next work day. But what is a hoop house? Here is an image of a hoop house at an organic farm. Our hoop house will be 25 ft long, 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall. Using measuring tape, a meter stick or a ruler, try measuring a space 25 by 10 feet in your backyard or playground to get an idea of how big the space is. We'll be able to grow quite a few different kinds of vegetables in that space!

Here is a video that describes a hoop house and how it helps plants grow, even in the winter!

What Is a Hoop House? -- powered by eHow.com

Here is another short video that describes the benefits of a hoop house.

Benefits of a Hoop House -- powered by eHow.com

Friday, September 3, 2010

Principal Vicki Stewart Gives A Tour of Our Progress

Vicki Stewart, principal

Vicki Stewart gives us a tour of Central School's playground, highlighting some of the changes that have been made and the wonderful progress being made due to community members and local businesses.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Work Day

Over the summer we had two workdays to take out the invasive plants and prepare the landscape.We want to thank all the helpful hands. It was a great day!
 While clearing invasive plants from the edge of the woods, we found old drainage pipes and trash that had blown in over the years.

This is one of the piles of invasive plants that were taken away by Urban Tree Services.