The beautiful thing about winter in North Carolina is that we are still growing and harvesting from our outdoor Grove garden!
Brocolli, califlower, brussel sprouts, and a variety of lettuce are all surviving the lower temperatures of winter…and we love it!
Happy winter everyone!!
This Friday, from 3:00pm to 5:30pm The Grove School of Cary will be having a silent art auction at our Night of Giving! Students have been working hard on several collaborative art pieces and are excited to have them displayed…and purchased! All proceeds from the art auction will go towards outdoor playground equipment. We hope to see you there!!!
December 21st from 3pm-6pm, The Grove School of Cary will be hosting our annual Night of Giving. This year we will be collecting various materials to donate to The Comfort Project:
The Comfort Project is a non-profit in North Carolina helping children and their families in hospitals find comfort. So save the date and please join us December 21st as we celebrate this holiday season by giving to others!
The Grove School is participating in the Cary Gifting Tree Project this year. This project is a Tree Decorating Contest with a charitable twist in Downtown Cary where our school had the opportunity to decorate a tree last Friday. We thought this was an exciting way to contribute to the community while displaying the children’s masterpieces! Lorrie, Deedra, and I went on Friday to decorate our tree with all of the items that the children made last week. We had some very creative items to place on our tree, from bells made out of fruit cups and lids, stars made from sticks, and ornaments made from jar lids. It also glows at night with the solar powered lights that we put on!
Our tree will be on display during the whole month of December. From now until December 8th you can visit our tree and vote for your favorite. Hopefully you will vote for ours!! : )
The steps to vote are below:
Our tree is located on Academy St. in front of the Cary Library.
There is a jar with little paper trees to write our #4 on them.
Take your paper tree with the #4 on it to the Holly Daze Shoppe Located on E. Chatham St (down Academy St., make a right onto E. Chatham) and it is near the corner.
The town will be voting on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with the public voting for People’s Choice. If we win People’s Choice we will be able to make a donation to the Charity of our Choice!!
A great time to locate our tree and vote is on Saturday at the Cary Parade. The Grove School will be walking in that parade as well. All families are welcome to join in walking with us! I will send out additional information on the parade meeting time and place. Please let me know if you have any questions about the Gifting Tree Project or the parade!
The Grove School of Cary had a very successful candy drive supporting the Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles Program.
The Grove School provided a basket at our front desk for parents who were looking for an alternative to their children consuming excessive amounts of candy for the holidays. Donated candy was sent as a way to send thanks, encouragement, and sweets to our troops overseas.
Thank you to everyone who donated to support our troops while keeping our children healthy!
In Strands class, we are always experimenting with different ways to create art and explore materials. The students have been discussing farms this week, so we tried filling latex gloves (pierced with a small hole in each finger) with paint. We then worked in pairs to ‘milk’ the paint out of the gloves onto paper. The result? Paint that squirted every which way and loads of laughter!!
November 5th-16th The Grove School of Cary will be collecting donations for local families in need by collecting the following items:
- Canned Meals: Stews, Soups, Tuna, Ravioli, Lasagna, etc. (Pop-top cans a plus!)
- Peanut Butter, Canned Vegetables
- Grains: Cereal, Rice, Pasta and Dried Beans
- Fruits: Fruit cups, Dried Fruit, Applesauce, 100% Juice and Juice Boxes
- Rice, Pasta and Dried Beans
- Kid-Friendly Items: Granola Bars, Popcorn, Graham or Animal Crackers, Fat-free/Sugar-free Pudding Cups
- Baby Products: Diapers, Wipes, Formula, Infant Cereal
- Hygiene Items: Toothpaste, Feminine Products, Shaving Items, Hand Sanitizer, Soap, etc.
- Paper Products: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, etc.
- (Please – No loose glass and plastic jars of baby food as they will have to be discarded due to health regulations)
Please drop off donated items in the box outside your child’s classroom!
In Strands class, students looked at several paintings by Pablo Picasso. We discussed how paintings can evoke different emotions through context, as well as color.
Students learned that Picasso had a ‘rose period’ and a ‘blue period’. We talked about the colors he used for each period, and how those paintings made us feel when we looked at them. We then worked together to paint our own ‘rose period’ and ‘blue period’ paintings.
The Pre-K students in the Apple Grove room enjoyed a warm Fall day in The Outdoor Grove. Clay’s Mom brought turnip and lettuce seeds and small starter plants of cabbage, bok choy and broccoli.
Our friends prepared the planting bed with special gardening tools.
We smelled the earth and the plants too!
We measured the plants.
We measured the planting bed.
Holes were dug.
Seeds were sprinkled.
Small plants were placed gently in the ground as little hands slowly “tucked” and covered the plants in the soil.
We are proud of our hard work.
We love our garden!
Today was a most exciting day in Strands class!! After waiting and watching all summer, we finally picked our Grove garden watermelon!!! We measured it’s length and girth. We smelled, tasted and touched each part of the plant, and we even found a cool spiral pattern in the flesh of the watermelon when we cut it open! Finally, we had a taste!
We composted all our left over watermelon rinds, and kept all of the seeds to replant next spring. How wonderful it is when everything comes full circle : )
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