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Geodome/Eco-leaders March Update

In preparation for ensuring a successful succession plan that supports the building of student and teacher capacity, the 5/6 student eco-leaders are busy preparing a series of lessons to teach the younger grades. Under the guidance of Ms. Martin and the teachers who form the Naturalization Cohort, students have planned and taught Lesson # 1 of a series of 4 lessons. This lesson supported students in understanding the optimum requirements for seed planting including the following: 1) depth of seed to be planted in soil, distance apart between the planting of seeds, sun/shade requirements, acidity of soil requirements, watering requirements and appropriate planting combinations of seeds that are compatible.

The eco-leaders have also begun growing vegetables indoors in preparation for replanting in the geodome after Spring Break.

Thank you to Ms. Martin and the 5/6 Ecoleaders for ensuring the growing sustainability in and for the Geodome.

Capitol Hill School Eco-Leaders in Action

Our Eco-Leaders represented our school last year in creating a school that was more environmentally conscious. Students were able to learn about vermiculite which contributed to our soil in the Geodome and also sold terrariums made out of reusable materials where students raised funds for other communities to start their own sustainable eating program selling them to the community at a local farmer’s market. Through this work, students were able to recognize how one small step goes a long way. After the leaders were able to participate in the Mayor Expo last year in June, students donated $50.00 to another school so they can have access to Green Calgary help them start their own “green” initiative.

This year, the Eco-Leaders efforts have continued to contribute to our school. Every class has a new recyclable bin and compost bin to help our school community become more environmentally aware of our waste. The Eco-Leaders went even further by donating money to pay it forward and support other initiatives. On September 9th, Abby, a school Eco Leader and Ms. Paul went on behalf of Capitol Hill School and to donate $500.00 to Grow Calgary in hopes that other students will have access to sustainable eating and growing their own food. As leaders of the school through Eco leaders, students were able to be contributing members to their society and their leadership went a long way.

Geodome and Naturalization Update

A special thank you to Rebecca Martin, our volunteer gardening teacher for all her work in supporting our students and teachers last spring to plant and care for all the plants that are in the Geodome. In addition, over the summer, thank you to her, Linden Achen and many others for continuing to care for the plants in our absence. The students have gone in this fall to harvest the vegetables that are growing in the Geodome. As this is the first season of growing, it was amazing to see how bountiful the harvest will be as we will continue to be able to grow some of the plants during the colder fall season. Rebecca and Linden have been a valuable resource to support this pilot CBE project.

We would also like to extend a thank you to all those families who participated in watering our naturalization area to continue to foster its growth during this delicate stage of establishing firm roots that provide a foundation of a healthy naturalization space in years to come.

We are establishing a parent sub-committee to take on the ongoing work that the Naturalization and Geodome projects require for them to be sustainable projects in years to come. For example, each year during the summer months we will need to have families participate in a watering program in order to water the plants during our growing season while staff and students are on holidays. The upkeep and commitment of the Geodome and naturalization area will be forever ongoing work as a part of these projects. This parent sub-committee will be established this year and will continue to be a part of the Geodome naturalization work of Capitol Hill School. If you are interested in volunteering time to support us in caring for the Geodome and naturalization projects please contact the school to express your interest in supporting these vital projects at Capitol Hill School.


Going Green

Geodome/Eco-leaders March Update

In preparation for ensuring a successful succession plan that supports the building of student and teacher capacity, the 5/6 student eco-leaders are busy preparing a series of lessons to teach the younger grades. Under the guidance of Ms. Martin and the teachers who form the Naturalization Cohort, students have planned and taught Lesson # 1 of a series of 4 lessons. This lesson supported students in understanding the optimum requirements for seed planting including the following: 1) depth of seed to be planted in soil, distance apart between the planting of seeds, sun/shade requirements, acidity of soil requirements, watering requirements and appropriate planting combinations of seeds that are compatible.

The eco-leaders have also begun growing vegetables indoors in preparation for replanting in the geodome after Spring Break.

Thank you to Ms. Martin and the 5/6 Ecoleaders for ensuring the growing sustainability in and for the Geodome.

Capitol Hill School Eco-Leaders in Action

Our Eco-Leaders represented our school last year in creating a school that was more environmentally conscious. Students were able to learn about vermiculite which contributed to our soil in the Geodome and also sold terrariums made out of reusable materials where students raised funds for other communities to start their own sustainable eating program selling them to the community at a local farmer’s market. Through this work, students were able to recognize how one small step goes a long way. After the leaders were able to participate in the Mayor Expo last year in June, students donated $50.00 to another school so they can have access to Green Calgary help them start their own “green” initiative.

This year, the Eco-Leaders efforts have continued to contribute to our school. Every class has a new recyclable bin and compost bin to help our school community become more environmentally aware of our waste. The Eco-Leaders went even further by donating money to pay it forward and support other initiatives. On September 9th, Abby, a school Eco Leader and Ms. Paul went on behalf of Capitol Hill School and to donate $500.00 to Grow Calgary in hopes that other students will have access to sustainable eating and growing their own food. As leaders of the school through Eco leaders, students were able to be contributing members to their society and their leadership went a long way.

Geodome and Naturalization Update

A special thank you to Rebecca Martin, our volunteer gardening teacher for all her work in supporting our students and teachers last spring to plant and care for all the plants that are in the Geodome. In addition, over the summer, thank you to her, Linden Achen and many others for continuing to care for the plants in our absence. The students have gone in this fall to harvest the vegetables that are growing in the Geodome. As this is the first season of growing, it was amazing to see how bountiful the harvest will be as we will continue to be able to grow some of the plants during the colder fall season. Rebecca and Linden have been a valuable resource to support this pilot CBE project.

We would also like to extend a thank you to all those families who participated in watering our naturalization area to continue to foster its growth during this delicate stage of establishing firm roots that provide a foundation of a healthy naturalization space in years to come.

We are establishing a parent sub-committee to take on the ongoing work that the Naturalization and Geodome projects require for them to be sustainable projects in years to come. For example, each year during the summer months we will need to have families participate in a watering program in order to water the plants during our growing season while staff and students are on holidays. The upkeep and commitment of the Geodome and naturalization area will be forever ongoing work as a part of these projects. This parent sub-committee will be established this year and will continue to be a part of the Geodome naturalization work of Capitol Hill School. If you are interested in volunteering time to support us in caring for the Geodome and naturalization projects please contact the school to express your interest in supporting these vital projects at Capitol Hill School.


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