Dear Family and Friends of Abernethy Garden Afterschool Program,
As the seasons are changing and we’ve settled into the rhythm of the new school year, we wanted to reach out to parents and let you know what we’ve been up to!
We’ve been having lots of fun prepping our ‘Kitchen Garden’ for the winter! This is the garden space behind the school cafeteria in between the brick walls. We’ve planted cover crops, moved in a few new garden beds and are keeping a close eye on our carrots that (may or may not) grow. The students have also had a blast tending to our new worm bin! Who knew worms could be so much fun? We’ve also been enjoying the colorful autumn leaves by raking, collecting, and using them for crafts -- what a special time of year!
In the coming months we have many activities planned, including making rain gauges, birdseed ornaments, natural dyes and tiger’s eyes. Don’t worry about the weather, a lot of these activities can be done inside!
Some reminders to make sure your students are prepared for each day of GAP:
-We’d love to be outside as much as possible throughout the next couple of months, it is important that your student has proper rain gear and warm clothes (perhaps also a change of clothes) so we can enjoy ourselves as much as possible. Of course if the weather is too bad, we’ll be inside engaged in cooking, crafts and group activities.
-Also a reminder during pick-up to please grab your students’ backpacks from the hallway before signing them out. This allows our instructors to stay engaged with the students instead of pulling away to let parents in the building. We will always strive to be in the classroom by 5pm each day. If there are any questions or concerns about pick-up that day, please text or call Ellen at (828) 329-6589.
We’re excited for the rest of the school year and happy that everyone is enjoying themselves.
Thanks for all your support!
-Ellen, Arielle, Linda