Dear GAP Families and Friends,
This year we are excited to be a part of your student's after school life. It is our hope to provide a space of exploration, creativity, and curiosity with the garden and natural spaces as our backdrop. This year you can expect us to dig deep into natural cycles from the seasons to seeds and from soil to the air around us. We'll leave no stone unturned (literally). We'll be getting our hands dirty, tantalizing our taste buds with recipes reflective of the season, and creating art inspired by the colors and sounds around us. Please know that we are respecting PPS's suggestion to not eat the food from gardens and will be using this topic to test soil, to understand that plants can help to clean soil, and that toxic soil is a global issue that affects everyone. If you ever have questions about what we are doing, please feel free to check-in. We will also be leaving a "Today We..." outside of the classroom door that will give you a few bullet points with insights to our day so that you have some talking points in the car, on your walk, or around the dinner table.
This week and next week we are working toward building our community, encouraging compassion, safety, and getting to know so many new faces (ours included) from all grade levels. Your student might tell you about "Ollyollyoxenfree" which is our attention-getter or they might share some of the guidelines we have worked to come up with together. This week we have also been reading stories, building fairy houses, and starting seeds. We are looking forward to getting to know our students better and building trust with both them and you. We are so thankful for the privilege of working with your students and encourage you to communicate with us about how you are incorporating the natural world into your home life so that we can bridge the larger garden community of the neighborhood together as well.
Thank you for transitioning into this new school year with us!
Millicent Zimdars, Ellen Payne, & Arielle Solomon