Valley View is on its way toward creating a Monarch Waystation Habitat right in our school garden. With the help of Miss Amy Burd's second grade class, we now have precious milkweed seeds in the ground awaiting signs of spring! Special thanks to Valley View's Mia Baldwin for her expertise and donation of milkweed seeds!
To learn more about the Monarch Waystation Program please visit the Monarch Watch organization.
On November 1st, 2018 Mrs. Simila's 2nd grade class participated in National Outdoor Classroom Day. They took the learning outdoors and conducted a science lab in the outdoor classroom garden area as part of the new Science FOSS unit on solids and liquids. Students set out on a search for puddles, tried creating puddles, and then took water samples all while having engaging and meaningful conversations around their observations. All in all, it was a sun filled, fun science lab in the great outdoors!
Mia Baldwin, a paraprofessional at Valley View School, volunteered at the beginning of this school year to help keep our school garden growing. Miss Burd's and Mrs. Best's students worked with Mia to create a Red, White and Blue garden bed. We will be looking forward to seeing this colorful garden in the spring! In addition to this beautiful garden bed, Mia began organizing a native pollinator garden which will continue to be a work in progress. Thanks Mia for dedication, willing spirit and hard work!
A few new residents have joined the Valley View Family... Four baby birds! This bird family is located in the School Garden just outside of the Library. We will post additional pictures of their growth as the year comes to an end. We are looking for some bird-watching helpers to aid in the identification of these beautiful creatures!
During this year's "Spring Night Out" parents and students were invited to take a stroll through the garden. The garden was decorated with beautiful string lights and other garden friendly decor. Special thanks to Mrs. Despreaux and Mrs. Stettner, members the the garden committee, who volunteered their time after school to decorate for the family friendly event.
We are busy getting the garden beds ready for spring planting. Mrs. El-Zahr and Miss Depreaux's classes cleaned up the garden beds while Mrs. Simila`s Class began weeding some of the flower beds. The children were busy uprooting plants, weeding, and loosening the soil. Valley View School is excited to start planting in May.
Upon return from the summer break, Mrs. El-Zahr and Mrs. Pearl's students helped to harvest 15lbs of produce from our school garden it's first year of implementation. These fresh crops were donated to the Open Cupboard Food Pantry in Clinton, NJ.
Special thanks to all families in our community, friends, and Valley View Staff members who volunteered throughout the summer months to weed, water, and tend to our garden.