Our committee has join forces with WRDSB and Forest Hill staff to create an outdoor natural learning grounds. Designed with early learning in mind, its’s an integrated outdoor play and learning environment where students learn by doing, experimenting and observing. Teachers and students will be able to enjoy diverse and stimulating outdoor play opportunities. The space will include a combination of trees and shaded seating, a pathway, a no mow area, a play deck, a sand area, a bridge, a natural climbing components utilizing a berm and logs, and play posts. While the focus is on Kindergarten students, all students in the school will benefit from the space. Being part of a pilot program our teachers will help teachers from other schools in the Board, learn how outdoor play will expand the learning experience. There will be positive impacts on health as children will be more engaged with their space, increasing their level of physical activity. Shade trees will also benefit students whether they are active or passive in the space.
Unfortunately, I can’t post the original drawing or the updated computerized version until I learn how to copy a PDF file.
We had an overwhelming amount of items donated but the weather worked against us and kept people away. Still, $382, is money we didn’t have before. All proceeds are going toward the Outdoor Learning Grounds Project.
Finally, the new seating areaa/outdoor classroom rocks are here! I saw one kindergarten class raring to go as I left the area. Thank you to Manulife Financial’s Helping Hands grant of $500 which, along with money raised during last year’s rain barrel sale, will help to payfor these rocks. Thank you to Richard Schaefer and Son’s Haulage for doing a great job. Pictures will follow. I know that these rocks will add more to the school yard than shady seating on a hot day but also a fun area to climb and play! Our goal is to provide a cool and shady place to play:)
We have been discussing a circular outdoor seating area of rocks with trees planted around them. I looked in the school yard and have one idea for a seating area. It is an area that is muddy in the spring and worn grassless during the rest of the season. Please look at the picture posted and see if you can visualize a class sittingcircle on either side of the path, mulch or stone dust at their feet and a few more trees planted just behind them. Other ideas are welcome. We are always looking for fresh “green” blood to join our committee.
Well, so far this spring has been cooler and we have had so much more rain than last year. If this keeps up, Mother Nature could be doing all the watering this summer. But, perhaps only in our dreams could that happen, we do need to be prepared for hot, rainless weeks. A schedule will be circulated via email so look for that if you are on the regular parent council list. If you are not on our email list please call the school and leave your name and number for Laurie Hunter to call you back. All help is appreciated not only by the Forest Hill TreeGeneration but also by the trees 🙂
If you have ordered your rain barrel, bring your confirmation email and your cash , to Forest Hill Public School on Saturday April 27 between 9-1 to pick up your order. SEE YOU THERE!
Ed Hunter pictured in the Kitchener Citizen showing how to assemble rain barrels in a row, while at training through REEP on how to best plan and promote the rain barrel sale. Laurie Hunter quoted about Forest Hill’s TreeGeneration and why we want to raise money for more trees and rocks.
With the help of REEP/rain and rainbarrel.ca we raised over $2000! The wonderful organization was already done and sent via a manual so each step was timed to perfection. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who came out to help on distribution day.
A great way to help control and save storm water is by owning a rain barrel or a rain diverter. Go to www.rainbarrel.ca/fhtreegen to order yours today.
Spring is arriving. We have hints of it a day or two at a time. Who says spring has to be warm weather all at once. Last year it got hot in March and stayed and then it didn’t rain much. So enjoy the April showers and look forward to May flowers. Like in the old days!