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Welcome to the A.T. Allen Garden Club! Students in grades K-5th may sign up for one session per season. Sessions last for 5-7 weeks (see dates below). In an effort to "go green", sign up will be online using the links below for each session. We are LIMITED to 50 clubbers per session, so register quickly! Be sure to check out our photo gallery, blog, and documents to get "all the dirt" on what's happening at our Garden Gatherings.
*UPDATE/REMINDER* Parent Volunteers must have a completed and approved background check through the CCS Secure Volunteer link before serving in the ATA Garden Club. http://bib.com/secureVolunteer/Cabarrus-County-Schools/
SPRING 2017 SESSION ONE (March 2 - April 13) (CLOSED)
SPRING 2017 SESSION TWO (April 27 - June 1) (link coming soon)
**NOTE** We have expanded our pollinator garden this year. People with allergies to bees, wasps, fire ants, etc. should not attend the fall, spring, or summer sessions for garden club.
Bienvenido al club de Jardinería de la escuela A.T. Allen! Estamos haciendo algunos cambios en la participación del club del jardín , así que asegúrese de leer la información de registro con cuidado. Los estudiantes pueden inscribirse para una sesión por temporada. Las sesiones tienen una duración de 5-7 semanas ( ver fechas abajo ) . En un esfuerzo por " ir verde " , las inscripciones serán por computadoras utilizando los enlaces de abajo para cada sesión . Asegúrese de revisar nuestra galería de fotos , blogs y documentos para obtener " todos los acontecimientos " en lo que está sucediendo en nuestros Reuniones Jardín .
*ACTUALIZACIÓN / RECORDATORIO * Los padres voluntarios deben tener una verificación de antecedentes completado y aprobado por el CCS enlace Voluntarios seguro antes de servir en el Club de Jardinería! Vea el enlace de abajo.
Estamos aceptando estudiantes para la primera Sesión De Invierno. Esta sesión del Club de Jardinería de la escuela A.T. Allen se reúne los Jueves de 3:15-4:00. La segunda sesión de otoño tendrá una duración de 5 semanas a partir del 5 de Enero y terminara el 26 de Enero. El Club de Jardinería de A.T. Allen está limitado a 50 estudiantes por sesión . Si esta sesión está lleno, puede considerar la suscripción a una de la segunda sesión de Invierno o Primavera .
PRIMERA SESION DE PRIMAVERA ( MARZO 2- ABRIL 13) (https://goo.gl/forms/Mkx3Nwodj0EFbl1A2)
SEGUNDA SESION DE PRIMAVERA (ABRIL 27-JUNIO 1) (ENLACE VENDRA PRONTO)
** NOTA ** Este año hemos ampliado nuestro Jardín polinizador. Las personas con alergias a las abejas , avispas , hormigas , etc., no deben asistir a la caída, sesiones de otoño, primavera, o verano del club de Jardineria
The garden looks great! Thanks to the Carolina Tree Company for donating mulch. Also thanks to Mr. Mike Greene and Mr.Sydney Coble for tilling the garden. The clubbers have worked hard putting down cardboard and spreading the mulch throughout the new beds. They have been preparing the garden for winter and seeding. Mrs.Meyers and Mrs.Childress are collecting bottle caps and lids for a mural in the garden. It is going to go in the triangle on the shelter roof. Please save your caps and lids and turn them in at the drop off locations outside the STEM lab and Art room!
Last week in garden club, you wouldn’t believe how much fun the clubbers had!!!! They actually got to make kabobs out of romaine lettuce and veggies from the garden!!! They also harvested peppers and tomatoes and lined the garden with yarn. Well, sounds like this week’s clubbers had a lot of fun!!! Stay tuned for next week’s blog.
The Clubbers have been busy in the garden planting fall crops like garlic,cabbage,onions,carrots,strawberries, radishes,romaine lettuce,broccoli, and cauliflower.Our fence is finally finished and we are ready to start looking into removing grass, adding new beds, and mulched walkways.Our butterfly garden plants have been trimmed for the winter. Our third graders have tested the soil in hopes to analyze it and help us be more aware of what will grow better with the soil we have.
It was a rainy day at the ATA. Unfortunately, clubbers had to meet in our media center. First, we learned about our new rain barrel made by one of our clubber parents. Then, we divided into two large groups, K-2 clubbers working with Mrs. Childress on the smartboard and 3-5 clubbers working in partners on the laptops. Clubbers viewed time-lapse videos of the life-cycle of plants such as tomato, squash, cucumber, sunflowers and more. Then clubbers worked on a vocabulary sight partnering with businees sponsors who donated 10 grains of rice for every question answered correctly. The mission of the ATA Garden Club is to provide healthy food for own community so this was a great way for us to impact communities beyond our reach. Our clubbers were proud to earn over 26,000 grains of rice in just 30 minutes!
Garden Clubbers worked in several teams today. Team 1 worked on pulling weeds on one side of the large vegetable bed and raking down the mulch "craters". Team 2 worked on pulling weeds on the other side of the large vegetable. Team 3 worked in the butterfly garden with adult volunteers adding mulch and beautiful natural stone pavers made by former students of the "old" A.T. Allen. A new hydrangea plant was then added to this area. Clubbers then took a little walk around the gardens clapping & cheering each other for yet another job well done!
We had some very special guests visit the Garden Club....BEES! The amazing Colonel Russ Olson and his lovely wife, Linda, taught us all about the importance of bees and their relationship to our garden. Clubbers got a close up look at beekeeping tools and a frame of LIVE BEES (contained, of course!). We were all "a buzz" about our special visitors!
*UPDATE!* New photos have been added to our photo gallery. The entire school worked in the garden during STEM Lab for a two week period and we are happy to say that our planting is FINISHED! Many of the plants you will see in the photo gallery were started in the STEM Lab by seed using peat pots and a grow light. We are so proud of the loving care our AT Allen students put into their hard work!
It was another fabulous day in the ATA Garden Club! Kindergarteners & first graders worked in the herb beds marking off the perimeter with spoons for our coordinate grids. They also learned the names of each herb, sniffed the aromatic smells of each one, and picked strawberries from the strawberry patch. Second graders finished cleaning up the butterfly garden of weeds and enjoyed viewing the new growth of the liatris bulbs and polycodon they planted a few weeks ago. They also removed the old branches of the lantana to make room for the new growth. Third graders worked as a strong team prepping two new raised beds. Students laid down paper as weed prevention and added rich soil and mulch to the freshly painted beds. Finally, fourth and fifth graders teamed up with adult volunteers at the front of the school to continue sprucing up the bushes and trees with fresh mulch. STEM Lab classes have been working hard laying out the coordinate grid for the large garden bed's new design plan. They have also planted purple hull cowpeas (black-eyed peas) and corn this week. There is still so much to be done, but we have come a long way! Keep it up kiddos...and grown-ups!
We couldn't be any prouder of our clubbers today! They worked so hard marking off the walking paths for the garden design THEY created during the STEM Lab Garden Design Challenge last fall. Clubbers worked in teams to "stomp" the dirt paths, lay out the straw, add colorful pavers, and rake the soil in preparation for planting next week. Bravo to our 4th & 5th graders on a job well done mulching the bushes and trees across from our garden area.
Spring has arrived! Time to really get the garden prepped for action. Clubbers work intensely preparing the area for our very first Spruce It Up Day at the ATA. Working in small groups, our students sanded down our new picnic table, labeled garden tools, planted new bulbs for the butterfly garden, potted pineapple tops, and moved old tires, tree stumps, & pallets to build new beds. *UPDATE* Check out the new pictures in our Photo Gallery from the Spruce It Up Day. Special thanks to all of the volunteers who came out to help make our garden area bright and colorful!
It's been a busy school year in the garden at the ATA! We have registered over 100 clubbers throughout the year. We are so thankful to our parent and staff volunteers who continue to assist us each week. We began the year with a Garden Design Challenge through the STEM Lab designing a garden layout that will provide a maximum yield of vegetable produce. We learned that 1 in 5 kids in the United States do not get the food they need to learn & grow. Our students have decided that we can be part of the solution. The AT Allen Garden Club can donate to a local food bank helping provide healthy vegetables to feed families from our own community. Our students' commitment has never wavered as they have weeded, mulched, harvested seed, and gathered information preparing for spring. We are so proud of our clubbers and look forward to seeing the harvest of their efforts this spring and summer.