Summer is almost here and our Spring plantings are sprouting! We’re looking for some Bell families to adopt a week during the summer months to help water, weed, harvest and care for the school gardens. It is a nice way to keep your children involved with the entire growing season – as you’ll be caring for the vegetables and flowers that they planted from seed this Spring! Please consider volunteering your time for a week to keep the gardens growing throughout the summer. Thank you!
Bell Organic Garden
Bell School first graders spent time in the Upper Bell Garden last week comparing plants by studying their different qualities through touch, sight and smell.
Students visited three different stations looking, smelling and feeling three types of mint, sage and thyme. They wrote down their observations such as what do they smell like; how do they feel; what is similar amongst the 3 plants; and what is different? There was busy chatter at each station as children shared their observations with one another such as, “The hue of three mint plants is the same!” and, “For some reason this mint plant reminds me of apple juice!” Maybe because it was an apple mint plant!
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Garden Fundraising event on Thursday May 17, 2018. We wanted to let you know the winners of the various contests and prize draws. These were announced in school today (Monday May 21) and the kids should be receiving their prizes in the next day or so, if they haven’t already got them!
First, the LOGO DESIGN CONTEST. What a wonderful display! We had 41 logos entered and 242 votes were cast. Thank you to all the kids who took the time to come up with a design and everyone who took a look and voted! We’ll be announcing our plans for these three designs in the next couple of weeks, so please stay tuned! We’ll be returning original designs to all the artists too.
1st place goes to LIAM PYNE – who got the most votes for this fun, colorful design.
2nd place goes to ASHLEY HAYES– with this professional looking design with a great message about being kind, caring and growing strong.
3rd place goes to SYDNEY PALAMARA – with her bright, comprehensive design.
We hope all the kids enjoyed taking part in the SCAVENGER HUNT. We had a prize draw for everyone who participated and brought back their slip. Our three winners are: SAM NORTHROP, ANNIE WALES and CLARK ROSZELL.
Finally, thanks to everyone who bought RAFFLE TICKETS for the Italian gift basket from Wholefoods. The winner is HUDSON MOORE! We’ll be in touch to arrange how to get your prize to you this week.
Thanks again for coming along and supporting our first Spring Fundraiser. We hope you enjoyed it! We’re still totaling up money, but we’ll let you know how much we raised to support the Bell School Organic Garden within the next few days. To get a taste of the programs the money will fund, please check out our garden pages!
Don’t forget too to have a look through the wonderful photos kindly taken by the talented Vicki Hendrix. There’s some amazing shots in there – and you can download them for free!
3rd graders are taking their studies of the Pilgrims to a whole new level! In a 3-part lesson, students will be working with Mrs. Skaane to learn about colonial kitchen gardens: why their design is important, as well as their choices of what to plant. This week the kids imagined themselves in the period of the Pilgrims, when Market Basket and CVS did not exist! They had to come up with a purposeful garden design that will not only feed their “family” for the summer months, but will also provide them with medicinal herbs. The kids worked with a partner to design their garden and then draw an artistic rendition of their garden fully grown. Next week, each class will plant their own kitchen garden!
May’s Harvest of the Month (HOM) is SEAFOOD. Bell School students will be receiving a Seafood card and an “I tried it!” Sticker. Due to difficulties (allergies and expense), we are encouraging families to taste seafood at home with their children. Try this tasty, easy and inexpensive recipe and let us know how it goes!
For more information and more recipes check out: https://www.massfarmtoschool.org/harvests/seafood/
Baked Fish with Ritz Cracker Topping
Serving: 4 – 4 oz servings
1 lbs. of Local White Fish (such as, Pollock, Hake, or Haddock)
8 Ritz crackers, crushed
Sprinkle of Garlic powder
Shake of parsley, dried
Shake of Old Bay seasoning
Squeeze of Lemon juice
1T of Butter
Rinse fish & cut into desired portion size
Mix Ritz crackers, pepper, garlic, parsley and Old Bay seasoning with the melted butter
Place fish on an oiled pan and cover with Ritz mix
Bake at 375°F for approximately 20 minutes until fish is at desired temperature (155°F)
Sourced from: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.