Would you be willing to adopt the school’s organic garden for a week during the summer months to help water, weed, harvest and care for them? It is a nice way to keep your children involved with the entire growing season and no gardening experience necessary!
Bell Organic Garden News
On Wednesday June 21, the kids will have the opportunity to taste local, organic strawberries, picked fresh that morning at Riverland Farms in Sunderland MA. Lucky them! For more information on the Harvest of the Month program, please visit: http://www.massfarmtoschool.org/programs/hotm/
Hello! The countdown to the end of school is now in single figures! Here is your quick round up of news and updates. You can also keep up to date by regularly checking our website, especially our calendar and by following our Facebook page.
June 13 – 17 – Magic Hat Week! Please drop in or sign up! You can earn time and a half this month through to August 31. Take your kids! Just one hour working at the Hat over the summer is worth over $80 to Bell School for cultural enrichment projects!
June 15 – Fine Arts Night, 6pm start. Come and see the wonderful art by all students K-3 and the performances by grades 1, 2 and 3 – as well as explore the Organic Garden!
June 16 – Field Day
June 22 – 3rd Grade celebration, 5.30pm start
June 23 – Last day of school – NOON dismissal
FINE ARTS NIGHT is this Thursday from 6pm. Come and see the amazing art produced by students K-3 on display all around Upper Bell and enjoy a walk around the Organic Garden. This will be followed by musical performances by grades 1, 2 and 3 in the gym, starting from 6.30pm. Please see the flyer sent home from school for details.
NEW THIS YEAR is the pottery raffle! The pottery pieces have been decorated by the Bell School staff. Raffle tickets will $2/each or $10/6 tickets – so please remember to bring some CASH if you’d like to participate!
We’ll also be supporting the ‘Arms Around Sophia’ campaign by selling wristbands by the main entrance. Sophia Smith is a former Bell student and was unfortunately diagnosed with a rare brain tumor earlier this year. The campaign is raising funds to support Sophia and her family through her medical treatment. https://www.gofundme.com/armsaroundsophia
Finally, we still have a few gaps in the volunteer sign up to help keep the kids organized behind the scenes before their performance. You’ll not be missing out if you volunteer – and you are guaranteed front row seats! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4daca923ab9-fine1
FIELD DAY will take place on Friday, June 16 (rain date is Monday). The schedule and more information is on our website. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help that day – more details about your role will be sent to you via email this week ( http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f44acac2ba4fe3-field). Please remind your kids to dress accordingly – comfortable shoes like sneakers and quick drying clothes will be ideal. 3rd graders will also have the opportunity to have their hair colored with temporary color hair spray during their session. If for any reason you’d like your child NOT to participate in this activity, please email us at email@example.com by Wednesday June 14. Thank you.
ORGANIC GARDEN: Would you be willing to adopt the school’s organic garden for a week during the summer months to help water, weed, harvest and care for them? It is a nice way to keep your children involved with the entire growing season. Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0444afad2fa31-summer1. Thank you!
Thanks and have a great week!
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage–or a basketball–in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can’t see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot in Milwaukee he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world.
No space, no problem. Poor soil, there’s a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one for his innovative urban farming methods, including aquaponics and hydroponics.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott Medal winner, Snowflake Bentley, and Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious , along with debut artist Eric-Shabazz Larkin’s striking artwork, tells the inspiring story of the African American innovator, educator, and community builder.
Farmer Will Allen is the first book of Martin’s Food Heroes series, followed by Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious. In 2015, it was selected by Points of Light Foundation to set a new Guinness World Record for the most children reading the same book across the globe to promote literacy. Nearly 300,000 participated.
A Perfect Day for Digging
In the spring when trees unfreeze and grass grows green and pansies say, “Please plant me!” Nell and her dog, Rusty, can’t wait to dig in dirt just right for digging. But Norman, their neighbor, says “Ewww!” to digging and dirt.
Until Nell and Rusty begin to dig up unexpected treasures: a pretty striped marble, the mini stegosaurus that Nell lost last summer, and most intriguing of all—part of a tiny china doll. Who played with it? Is there more? Norman wonders.
Now, even Norman can’t resist. He rolls up his sleeves, picks up the extra trowel, and starts to dig in his own careful way—in the process discovering all the simple joys of digging, dirt, and the fun of trying something new. Words and pictures brimming with humor and exuberance capture one of the true rites of spring: Hooray for dirty digging!
Hello and welcome back! We have lots going on in these last couple of months of school, including the 2nd Bell School Fun Run on May 18. We’re also looking for people to join the PTO Board for next year. We have a range of roles – big and small! Please drop us a line if you’re interested in knowing more – or come along to our next meeting on Friday, April 28.
April 28 – PTO General Meeting, Library, Upper Bell, 8.30am – all welcome – including those interested in getting more involved next year!
May 2-6 – Bell School Week at the Magic Hat
May 18 – Bell School Fun Run & Outdoor Classroom Day
PTO MEETING: Our next General Meeting is this Friday, April 28. Everyone is welcome – including younger children. We meet in the library at Upper Bell from 8.30am. We try and keep the meetings as brief as possible – and you’re always free to leave when you need to. Are you interested in getting more involved in PTO stuff – even on a very small scale? We’d love to hear from you and be able to give you more information. If you can make it on Friday, see you there, if not, please drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY: On Thursday May 18, thousands of schools around the world will be taking their lessons and play time outside in recognition of Outdoor Classroom Day. To celebrate the day and inspire a love of the outdoors, the Bell School Organic Garden team will be running a seed planting activity at the Fun Run. We look forward to having some fun with your kids! For more information on Outdoor Classroom Day, please visit: https://outdoorclassroomday.com
MAGIC HAT: We’re now working toward our new 180 volunteering hours target. Bell School’s next designated week is May 2-6. Sign up is open now. You can also drop in anytime Tuesday – Friday, 10-2 and volunteer. Just remember to sign in under Bell School. Every hour counts towards our total for the six months. Thank you for your support.
Have a great week!
On May 18 2017, thousands of schools around the world will be taking their lessons and play time outside in recognition of Outdoor Classroom Day. Spending time outdoors helps improve children’s health, engages them in learning and builds a better connection with nature.
To celebrate the day and inspire a love of the outdoors, the Bell School Organic Garden team will be running a seed planting activity at the Fun Run after school on May 18. We look forward to having some fun with your kids!
For more information on Outdoor Classroom Day, please visit: https://outdoorclassroomday.com