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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Earth Day

If you live on Instagram or Twitter you couldn't help but notice that #keyrocks (Keystone Elementary's hashtag) celebrated Earth Day on Friday.  I know your #KFkinders probably came home telling you everything we did, but I wanted to make sure you had all the facts (that may have been hidden in their excitement!!).

Mrs. Happel (1st grade teacher) and Mrs. Bishop (guidance counselor) got together and got us a bunch of trees to plant for our campus.  They are part of the outdoor learning team, which is a team of teachers that are looking into activities, maintenance, and overall organization of the outdoor learning area we have at Keystone Elementary. This is a new space that was implemented this past fall and we are continuing to find new additions and uses for the space.  Here are a few pictures of their recent work day!

The new raised beds are ready for planting! 
Always thankful for great volunteers to provide more learning opportunities for our students.
This is an old picture of our upper deck garden area!
Teachers are encouraged to chase their own passions and interests to help create more authentic opportunities for students.

We even had one of our own #KFkinders lending a helping hand!  Thanks, Kaiser!

On Earth Day our students were given areas to help pick up trash.  These areas had to branch off of campus because Keystone is a VERY clean town!  Our students had to really search for trash (kudos Keystone residents!!).  Here are some pictures of students showing how to be"Earth-friendly"!  We also talked a lot about how this project practices caring and respectful Bobcat Behaviors! 
#KFkinders ready to clean!  They look pretty cute in their Earth Day headbands too!
Don't worry, we gave them gloves so their hand wouldn't get too dirty!
Adisyn provided a helping hand!
Mrs. Townsley and Haddie are showing the true definition of teamwork!
After cleaning up the town and campus, we headed to our planting spot.  If you go look behind Keystone Elementary, you will find our 3 lilac bushes between the windows of Mrs. Kimm (3rd grade) and Mrs. Bonewitz (3rd grade).  I don't know about them, but I would be so excited to have these beautiful bushes bloom right outside my window.  It will take a couple years to bloom, but they smell and look so is definitely worth the wait!  Here are some pictures of #KFkinders planting their lilac bushes!

#KFkinders taking a well deserved break prior to planting!
Kaiser, Kira, and Kenna are showing how our lilac bushes looked prior to planting.  They were shocked they were so little.
We talked about the importance of worms to plants and soil...these were returned after we were done digging!
The ground was a little hard for the kids to dig, so the teachers had to help out a bit!
So curious, and so helpful!

It was such a great day to be a Bobcat!  I love how passionate our teachers are to provide authentic opportunities for our students.  Our students banded together to make a difference in our community and a lasting improvement on our campus.  I can't wait to enjoy these plants for years to come and recall all the fond memories I have of this class.  I am truly thankful that you let me spend my daylight hours with your awesome kinder each day.  This has definitely been a class for the books!  So many memories made, and more time to make a ton more!!  Let's make the final weeks of the 2015-2016 #KFkinder year fantacular (a word my brother in-law uses all the time, but somehow sums up my feeling perfectly!).
2015-2016 #KFkinders

1 comment:

  1. Krew was very excited to tell us about planting the bushes! Such great activity and learning experience! So thankful we have great teachers at Keystone Elementary!!!!