Friday, May 24, 2019

Growing in District 35

September 23, 2018

The school year is underway and our students are flourishing across the grade levels! In addition to settling into the routines of the classroom and schools, our students have taken steps to engage beyond the walls of our school. Our teachers strive to make meaning beyond the text or classroom experiences and consider ways to support the growth of the whole child. How may we engage our students in our community?  Each school considers age-appropriate ways for our students to participate in civic engagement.

South School: You will find our students practicing healthy recycling behaviors in the lunchroom. We are thankful for the support of our PTO parent volunteers as we continue routines for sorting our recycling and landfill materials from our lunch. The students are engaging in these routines and also supporting upcycling behaviors as they sort items to be returned to TerraCycle in their classroom and lunchroom.

West School: In addition to continuing the lunchroom behaviors learned at South, the West School students have engaged in our community as they support the harvests from the West School garden.  Classes have taken ownership of the garden beds and several loads of harvested veggies have been shared with the Glencoe Community Garden for outreach in the Chicago area.

Central School:  Our 6th-grade students have taken an even more active role in our community as students visited the Glencoe Community Garden and participated in harvest activities. The students learned about the garden work, including composting, and harvested many bags of veggies and herbs to be shared with Chicago area organizations.  We have come full circle as many of the crops which were harvested had been planted by last year’s 6th-grade class.

We value these opportunities to learn beyond the walls of our classrooms. Thank you to our teachers and community partners (Glencoe Community Garden, the Glencoe PTO, and SWANCC) for supporting these opportunities for civic engagement.