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‘Garden Recess Continues to Grow’ by Katrina Campbell

Please check out “Seth Boyden Garden Recess Continues to Grow” by Katrina Campbell on the Seth Boyden page of the district website and in the Village Green!

Thanks to Katrina, who has a second grader at Seth Boyden, for writing this wonderful article and helping to spread the word about our school!


garden recess district siteWho​ ​says​ ​children​ ​don’t​ ​eat​​ ​vegetables?

Let​ ​kids​ ​pick​ ​their​ ​own collard greens, then​ ​blend​ ​the leaves ​with​​ ​olive​ ​oil​,​ ​garlic,​ ​sunflower​ ​seeds​​, ​and lemon​ ​juice. Voilà: ​pesto​!​ ​Blend​ ​kale​ ​with​ ​apples​ ​and​ ​​berries​ ​​for smoothies.​ ​​ Sauté ​collards​ ​and​ ​carrots​ ​with​ ​olive​ ​oil​ ​and​ ​salt​ ​for​ ​a​ ​tasty​ ​stir-fry.

Greens ​pesto​,​ ​kale​ ​smoothies,​ ​​stir-fry,​ ​​carrots,​ ​​tomatoes​, ​potatoes​ ​–​ ​all were​ ​served​ ​up​ ​this​ ​fall​ ​during​ ​Garden​ ​Recess at Seth Boyden Demonstration School.​ ​ Each​ ​Friday,​ ​dozens​ ​of students​ ​ opted ​to​ ​spend​ ​their​ ​recess​ ​in​ the school’s produce garden, “​Strawberry​ ​Fields.”​ The kids​ ​harvested​ ​fruits, ​vegetables,​ and herbs, ​pressed​ ​flowers,​ ​created​ ​garden​ ​art,​ ​and​ ​watched​ ​nature happen​ ​all​ ​around​ ​them. Continue Reading

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Free Farm Stand at Seth Boyden on Monday

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Check Out Our #GivingTuesday Wish List on Amazon

amazon giving tuesday wish listPlease consider supporting our garden activities and our students’ classrooms on Nov. 28, #GivingTuesday!

Any items you purchase from our Amazon wish list will be delivered directly to school. We would love to have some butterfly nets, fairy dolls, dinosaurs, watering cans and more for our students to use in the outdoor spaces.

Thank you, as always, for your support of Seth Boyden School! Together, we make a difference!

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Join Us Saturday Morning in the OLC

UPDATE DEC. 1: Turns out the brick manufacturer had to delay the delivery, so we will be doing less work than expected in the Outdoor Learning Center this weekend. We only have one work shift planned, on Saturday morning, when we will take apart the garden beds, move plants, and add more mosaic tiles to the sundial.

If you have any amount of time to help, sign up here and help us spread the word by asking other parents to join too.

Our Outdoor Learning Committee will also be meeting briefly on Saturday at noon in the garden. Everyone is welcome!

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Making Pesto at Garden Recess

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Photos From Harvest Fest 2017!

Thanks to all who helped to make this year’s Harvest Festival the best yet! You can see our Facebook photos here and here.

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Help Make Harvest Fest 2017 a Success!

It’s almost here! Our annual Harvest Festival is Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 4pm!

All your favorite activities will be back, including games, pony rides, painting pumpkins, creating fairy houses, making god’s eyes, and other fun projects for the whole family.

And of course it wouldn’t be a Harvest Festival without the mouth-watering fall delicacies prepared by our own Seth Boyden families. As always, we’ll have the delicious and fun cupcake contest, and many different kinds of chili. (Vegetarian,too!)

There will also be a raffle for exclusive experiences with some of our wonderful teachers. We’ll have the whole range of Seth Boyden merchandise available for sale, including sweatshirts and sweatpants for cooler weather.

We can’t do all of this without YOUR help! Please volunteer for a shift (or two). It’s easy — and fun!

Sign up to help with crafts and games, staff the tables, and cook or bake.

We look forward to seeing you next Saturday! (If necessary, the rain date will be the following week, Saturday, Oct. 21.)

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Volunteer in the Outdoor Learning Center

Here are two great ways you can help out in the Outdoor Learning Center.

Fall Clean-Up Day, Sunday, Oct. 8, 1-5pm
This fall clean-up day is an annual event where we need as many people as possible to spend a few minutes or a few hours to get the school yard tidied up before the Oct. 14 Harvest Festival. As a bonus this year, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension will be sending us some master gardeners who will work side-by-side with us and will answer your gardening questions. Sign Up for a Shift

Daily Setup in the Outdoor Classroom
Here is a quick, easy way that you can help with outdoor learning at Seth Boyden. We need people to put the stools and umbrellas out in the Outdoor Classroom each day and put them away at the end of the day. This is a super easy, quick job that has a huge impact! You just need to move the stools 10 feet. This is a great way to volunteer if you are already dropping your child off at school and picking them up in the afternoon. Sign Up for a Shift

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Scenes From Garden Recess and the Outdoor Classroom

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Garden Recess Photos

By Elizabeth Ebinger

Our kindergartners had their first garden recess of the school year on Friday. The kids had several stations to visit, and the mister was on for those who needed a quick cool-off.

In the outdoor classroom, the students were given clipboards, a small piece of paper and a Sharpie so they could draw a picture of something that they saw in the garden. The kids could also work at the woodworking station, where they wore gloves and sanded.

Also on Friday, our older students used plants for paintbrushes and made flower bouquets for the ice cream social, and they even found a salamander and a snake.

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Seth Boyden Celebrates Back-to-School With Ice Cream Social

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See more great photos from Anna Herbst on Facebook.

By Alison Poe

On the warm late-summer evening of September 15, the Seth Boyden PTA welcomed hundreds of students and their families to the annual fall Ice Cream Social in the school’s gigantic Outdoor Learning Center.

Hot dogs, Roman Gourmet pizza slices, and free hunks of watermelon were on offer, as were an array of treats from Michael Passero’s vintage ice cream truck, which had completely sold out by the end of the night.

Jenn Jones, a popular local DJ and Seth Boyden parent, indulged a barrage of requests for popular hits, drawing so many kids to the hillside-turned-dance-floor that it was nearly impossible to count them all.

Miniature bouquets on the backyard tables had been made from flowers picked by students earlier that day as part of Seth Boyden’s optional Friday “Garden Recess” program in the huge school garden. While the kids at the party danced, climbed on the playground equipment, cooled off in the water mister, and ran around in the open field behind the Outdoor Classroom, parents and other family members – as well as Principal Frye and a number of faculty members – socialized happily.

The sky was thoroughly dark before families could persuade the last of the children to call it a night.

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Upcoming Events for the Garden and Outdoor Learning Committee

Seth Boyden’s Garden and Outdoor Learning Committee are parents who have helped create and maintain the backyard of the school and we would love your help and input. You can get active in one or more of these ways:

  • Attend our planning meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7:30pm in the Seth Boyden cafeteria. Join our meeting to be part of the team that shapes the outdoor learning environment!
  • Join our mailing list to either be a part of the upcoming planning and projects for this year or just to stay in the loop about what is happening.
  • Attend a daytime garden recess on Fridays to spend time with your child and help run garden activities. Sign up on the link above for more information.
  • Lend a hand at a Weekend Workday to weed, build or tidy up the garden or outdoor learning areas. These dates will be announced soon.

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Help Out in the Garden This Summer

Outdoor Learning Center work daysAttention garden friends — we need your help this summer! We need two families per week to weed, and one family to fill the tree bags with water.

Please sign up for a slot or two!

We need all hands on deck so that we can hit the ground running in September. We will have a lot to harvest and experience in the garden when we return to school in September. We also plan to rebuild the garden beds at the end of the 2017 growing season.

We have met with Landscape Architect Bill Scerbo many times and have a beautiful plan for the garden. Our old beds are rotting, and we will replace them with cedar or another wood that will last for many years. We are also changing the shape of the garden beds to be more child-friendly, and we plan to have enough space around the beds so that the district lawnmowers can easily maintain the area.

The best part is that we already have funding for this project! There is a lot to be excited about!

Thank you in advance for your willingness to pitch in. See you in the garden this summer!

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OLC Work Days on June 3 and 4

We are having Outdoor Learning Center work days this Saturday, June 3, from 9am-5pm, and Sunday, June 4, from 2-5pm.

We need as many volunteers as possible to get the SOMA arboretum installed and to take care of our trees, outdoor classroom, vegetable garden and habitat garden!

We’ll be mixing concrete for the tree markers, so bring work gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows if you have them.

 

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Outdoor Learning Center and Garden Updates

Thought last spring was awesome? This spring, the Outdoor Learning Center is getting even better and closer to completion! You can read all about on the flyer below. To make a financial contribution, download the flyer and fill out the form at the end.

 

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Native Plant Sale, With Delivery Before Mother’s Day!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Seth Boyden is selling plants that are native to this region, which means they can survive our temperatures and rainfall.

To purchase plants, fill out this order form and return it with a check made out to Seth Boyden PTA by May 3rd. All plants will be available for pickup on Friday, May 12th, and Saturday, May 13th.

Proceeds from the sale go to support outdoor education at Seth Boyden.

2017 Native Plant Sale
Download the Form (PDF)
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Join Our Garden Work Days on June 3 and 4

Thanks to everyone who came out to work in the garden on Saturday and Sunday.

For our next work days, we’ll install tree markers and Story Trail signs. Please join the fun on Saturday, June 3, from 9-4 and Sunday, June 4, from 2-5. Mark your calendars and pitch in!

For more updates on our garden and Outdoor Learning Center, including the SOMA Children’s Arboretum at Seth Boyden and sponsorship opportunities, see this flyer.

Thanks to Kelly Villanueva for these great photos from Saturday!

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New Teachers’ Station Features Chairs by Local Artist

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Local artist John Kaufman made the chairs for our new Teachers’ Station.

This week the PTA dedicated the new Teachers’ Station in our Outdoor Learning Center to Seth Boyden’s faculty, who play such an important role in the lives of our children and our school.

The Teachers’ Station features sculptural chairs and a table by John Kaufman, a Maplewood artist known for making sculptural collages.

Just like his artwork, which combines differing materials into fascinating wholes, our teachers join our diverse group of students into cohesive units of learning and friendship.

The PTA is very excited about this latest addition to our wonderful outdoor space!

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Garden Work Days April 22 and 23

garden work daysWe have some volunteer workdays coming up in our Outdoor Learning Center and garden.

Join the fun this weekend, Saturday from noon-5pm and Sunday from 2-5pm, when we’ll be installing our new garden fence and drip irrigation and planting grape vines.

We’ll also be installing tree markers and Story Trail signs on Saturday, June 3, from 9-4 and Sunday, June 4, from 2-5. Mark your calendars and pitch in!

For more updates on our garden and Outdoor Learning Center, including the SOMA Children’s Arboretum at Seth Boyden and sponsorship opportunities, see this flyer.

 

 

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Outdoor Learning Center Work Day

Thanks to all who came out to work in the habitat garden on Saturday. We have new stone dust pathways, and the old garden fence has been completely removed.

But we’re not done yet! We’ll start installing the new fence, which will also serve as a trellis for a variety of grapes, on Sunday, 4/9, from 2-5pm, and also on 4/22 and 4/23. We need volunteers for these work days too, so mark your calendar and come out to pitch in!

Some images from our April 1 work day are below.