New Beginnings

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Joint Learning Session, August 2017

 

The 2017-18 school year began with almost 3 weeks of a Joint Learning Session.  Home school students and The Greenhouse students learned together about Ancient Rome, writing research papers, science and reviewed their math.  They learned to play basketball better and how to tie knots and how to use them!  It was a full three weeks of learning and fun!

 

 

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100th Day of School!

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On Thursday, January 28, we celebrated the 100th day of school at The Greenhouse.  Each class had activities centered around 100.   Students weighed, measured, counted, and guessed if there were more or less than 100.

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The whole school on the 100th Day of School. Principal, Mary Santos, got to wear the crown to celebrate!

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Welcome to the 100th Day of School!

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Kindergarten students practiced counting to 100!

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Grade 1 students hunt for 100 items!

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Grade 1 & 2 students roll the die 100 times!

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Grade 3 & 4 students create designs with 100 items.

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What can be done with 100 items?!?!?

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Grade 5 & 6 students explore the weights of various items!

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Weighing and measuring by the grade 5 & 6 students.

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Termites!

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A termite mound was removed from the rafters of a nearby building in early January.  On the first day of school after Christmas Break, each class at The Greenhouse took a turn studying and dissecting the mound.  Prior to the ‘field work’, each class learned about termites from books borrowed from the school library.

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Kindergarten, grades 1 & 2 students start their examination of the mound!

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We looked at the bottom of the mound.

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The kids agree that it was super hard!

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We saw some termites and ants in the abandoned tunnels.

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Some grade 3 students are getting ready for a closer look!

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Knock, knock…

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A close-up picture of the bottom of our termite mound.

 

 

First day of the new school year, August 10, 2015

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Excitement was high both outside and inside of school on the first day of the new school year.  Students and parents were gathering outside waiting for the bell to ring.  Teachers and staff were inside with last-minute preparations and peeking out the window to catch glimpses of their students.

Home school students and The Greenhouse students will have three weeks of classroom learning: reviewing math skills, writing research reports (grades 3-6), science projects and learning about Ancient Egypt. We’re off to a good start with lots of learning and growing to come in the next three weeks!

Mrs. Santos talks with students about where they can and cannot play at recess.

Mrs. Santos talks with students about where they can and cannot play at recess.

Parents and teachers listen to instructions on the 1st day of school.

Parents and teachers listen to instructions on the 1st day of school.

The grade 5 & 6 students know how to line up!

The grade 5 & 6 students know how to line up!

Kindergarten students (on right) and grade 1 & 2 students line up for class.

Kindergarten students (on right) and grade 1 & 2 students line up for class.

Volunteers provide answers for where students can play at recess.

Volunteers provide answers for where students can play at recess.

Waiting patiently to go to class.

Waiting patiently to go to class.

A new pole at last!

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One day during rainy season, the electrical pole at FES was noticed to be leaning a bit.  A few day later, and a good storm later, it was noted to be leaning significantly and directly over the walkway and gate to the school.  We called the Maintenance Department and put the request in to the electric company to have the pole replaced as it was clear that termites had been feasting for quite a while on the base of the pole. The gate and walkway became off-limits to students, staff and parents.

Last week, a crew of 6 men brought in a new electric pole.  Here are a few pictures to document it’s arrival.  All is good now :-).

The old electrical pole leaning precariously over the walkway!

The old electrical pole leaning precariously over the walkway!

The new pole coming in on the shoulders of the workers.

The new pole coming in on the shoulders of the workers.

Setting the new pole next to the old one.

Setting the new pole next to the old one.

Securing the new pole.  No cement, but rocks firmly imbedded along with the pole keep it secure.

Securing the new pole. No cement, but rocks firmly imbedded along with the pole keep it secure.

Changing the wires from the old  pole to the new one.

Changing the wires from the old pole to the new one.

The new pole with all it's accoutrements :-).

The new pole with all it’s accoutrements :-).

The 100th Day of School

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Friday, January 23, 2015 was the 100th Day of School at The Greenhouse. We celebrated school-wide with special activities in each class!

Several teachers came to school looking 100 years old.  We especially enjoyed Miss Myrtle and Miss Gertle leading our chapel worship :-).

The kindergarten and grade 1 & 2 teachers: Miss Gertle and Miss Myrtle

The kindergarten and grade 1 & 2 teachers: Miss Gertle and Miss Myrtle

Worship during chapel

Worship during chapel

Students in grades kindergarten through grade 2 also came dressed as 100 year olds.  Some had special glasses, most had flour-white hair while others needed a cane and one student had a paper white beard.  Very creative indeed!

These kindergarten students look to be 100 years old!

These kindergarten students look to be 100 years old!

Pretending to be 100 years old, these grade 2 students need a cane.

Pretending to be 100 years old, these grade 1 students need a cane.

These 100 year old grade 2 students!

These are 100 year old students!

In PE, Mrs. Anderson had the students do 100 physical activities such as 10 jumping jacks, jumping 10 hurdles, bouncing a basketball 10 times, running 10 laps, etc.  Amazing what the kids could do!

100 physical activities included jumping hurdles

100 physical activities included jumping hurdles

Grades 1-4 combined efforts for a multi-class scavenger hunt for numbers 1 through 100.  In pairs, the students found the hidden numbers and then had to put them in order on the number line on the classroom floor.

Pairs of grade 1-4 students located the hidden 1-100 cards and then put them in order.

Pairs of students located the hidden 1-100 cards and then put them in order.

In the 5th and 6th grade classroom, students were counting 100 items and then weighing and measuring them.

Counting and weighing 100 items

Counting and weighing 100 items

Counting and weighing 100 items

Counting and weighing 100 items

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Miss Watts and Grandma Gracie

Miss Watts and Grandma Gracie

Even Miss Watts got into the spirit of things and brought Grandma Gracie to school! She can give you Miss Watt’s list of Top 100 Favorite Books in the ERC.

Overall, the day was most enjoyable with opportunities for teamwork and math and a break from the routines of school.

P.S. Don’t tell the kids they were doing math!