In November of this school year, all first grade students planted a red emperor tulip bulb. Valley View is participating this school year to help track signs of spring and reporting data to a citizen science program.
A few weeks ago our students ventured out to check on their tulips and report their observations! Their tulip bulbs already began to emerge. (check out the live reporting map here.)
What a great real world science and math application! Students measure their very own tulip bulbs in inches! Our next observation will be when their tulips bloom! They will be bringing their tulip bulbs home with them at the end of the school year!
Mrs. Marciano's 3rd grade class worked with Mrs. Mia Baldwin in the garden this week after their lesson on how to find perimeter using inches as a unit of measure. Prior to visiting the garden for the first time this school year, students reviewed our garden safety rules via the student made video.
While outside, students found the garden bed's inner perimeter and then planned to arrange their seeds, sugar snap peas. We are looking forward to a tasting before summer break!
Students in Miss Smith's, Mrs. Zimmerman's and Mrs. Viteri's 2nd grade class learned about pollinators and started some Zinnia and Marigold seeds for Valley View's Monarch Waystation. Special thanks to Mrs. Baldwin for the inspiration and the seeds!
The Lebanon Township PTA has partnered with the Valley View Garden Committee on a joint project called: Only One You. As one of the many forthcoming projects at Valley View's Garden, this project will serve two purposes, 1)Remind students that each of us is unique 2)To leave a small memory and part of yourself at Valley View for future years to come. This will be done by way of creating a beautiful, colorful, rock path.
During the April all school assembly on Tuesday April 2nd, the 2nd grade and the Light It Up Blue team will host a special program centered around Autism Awareness for Autism Awareness Month. The "Only One You" rock path project will be introduced then. Throughout the month of April, each Valley View Student will have the opportunity to paint their unique rock in their own special way to start this path. Our hope is that for each passing year, each new kindergarten student will create their very own rock to leave behind with us.
To learn more about this project and how you can help, please reach out to the PTA Chair, Laura Morrison, or Mrs. Viteri, Enrichment Teacher.
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!