Outdoor learning, and spring cleaning in the garden next week

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Last month, several of our teachers and parents (pictured here) attended a symposium on expanding students’ nature experience, creative ways to sustain outdoor spaces and optimizing creative play. Following that, the Outdoor Learning Committee has now met twice and is discussing how to support teachers and students in accessing the school grounds for learning opportunities and curriculum tie-ins. We sincerely appreciate of all of the auction success and contributions made by the community toward this endeavor. Currently the committee needs more helping hands with small, ongoing projects.

We hope you’ll consider joining us for a spring cleaning work party at 2:45 p.m. next Wednesday, April 19, in the garden area, in honor of Earth Day the following weekend.

The committee also has larger projects and goals for the creation of an outdoor classroom – adding fencing to preserve the garden space (shelter from deer), and potentially adding playground shade trees. Your participation on the committee is welcome, as are all helping hands for the spring cleaning event next week.

New RSPTC Bylaws

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Riverdale’s Parent Teacher Clubs are in the process of incorporating, forming a new non-profit Riverdale Schools Parent Teacher Club, Inc., (RSPTC) to take the place of our current non-profit PTCs. New by-laws are being drafted to govern the organization, and reflect our future, incorporated non-profit status. Please watch this site for an upcoming notice telling where the new RSPTC Bylaws can be reviewed by you, the general membership, in early October.

We will provide a link to a website where you can see the drafted by-laws and offer your comments.  Stay tuned!

Vibrant Valley Farm:  Veggie and Flower Share Offerings

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Vibrant Valley Farm from Sauvie Island is offering their CSA Veggie and CSB Flower Shares to the Riverdale Community again this year! The farmers are excited to bring their fresh, ecologically grown, and plentiful harvest to our community, and to be able to share their knowledge, farm, and produce with the school. If you feel like a whole share is too much, consider sharing with another family or a half share. PICK-UP IS EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 2:30 pm. JUNE 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 26. Order here.

March Harvest of the Month was a Success

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On March 16th, sweet potato chips, carrots, and hummus grown locally were served to all students during lunch. Thank you to Executive Catering for donating sweet potato chips made from locally grown potatoes and Truitt Farms for their locally grown and processed hummus pods.

Farm Fresh Flowers are coming to Riverdale Grade School

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Receive a farm-fresh bouquet during our CSA season delivered right to Riverdale Grade School. Our Community Supported Bouquet subscription program, or CSB, is much like the Community Supported Agriculture program. By purchasing a full or a half share, you will directly support your local grower and our RGS Outdoor Classroom/Garden program. Seasonal and ecologically sound flowers are perfect not just for the home but also the tasting room, restaurant, or office. Arrangements change each week, just like the flowers on the farm’s fields. By purchasing a CSB subscription, you can expect great blooms,  like dahlias, snapdragons and celosia. Note: the farm season is from Mid June- Mid October.

Full Share – $300, Every week for 18 weeks

Half Share – $175, Every other week (9 weeks total)

To buy now click HERE 

Vibrant Valley Farm is Coming to Riverdale Grade School!

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Buy a box of farm fresh veggies ranging in diversity, delivered to RGS weekly all season long. Expect your everyday favorites like tomatoes and carrots as well as explore new types of peppers, greens and other items. Elaine and Kara, the two wonderful farmers, both have many years of farming and education experience. With your subscription, you’ll receive a weekly newsletter, recipes, and get to know your farmers while supporting Riverdale’s Outdoor Classroom/Garden! They are excited to partner with the Riverdale Community and bring farm fresh veggies to RGS, their newest pick up site for the Vibrant Valley CSA box. Sign ups are happening now; just go to the Riverdale PTC website store or to this link: https://www.riverdaleptc.org/store/outdoor-classroom/csa-farm-share/. Choose between full or half share of vegetables.

  • Full Share, 22 Weeks $850.00 (~$40 weekly, Wednesday, June 4th – October 29th)
  • Half Share, 11 weeks $500.00 (half shares are full boxes collected every other week)

Going out of town? Can’t eat all that food by yourself? Consider sharing your share with a friend or neighbor. We need 30 orders for RGS to be a drop off site.

Garden Club Maiden Voyage, Climb Aboard!

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Does your child enjoy being outdoors- growing, harvesting, and learning about the natural world? Then join the Garden Club! We will take a closer look at our school grounds with a gardeners eye and discover what we often overlook through activities like nature scavenger hunts and tree treasure maps! We will also work to help create a new garden area at our school- lots of opportunity to dig, build, and grow!
Date: Wednesdays 9/17 – 11/5/2014 (8 classes)
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Grade: 3-6
Price: $30
Location: School Garden & Commons
Min/Max: 5/10