Waste sorting line re-opened!

We have reopened the lunchroom waste sorting line in the “Green Wing” Annex (the “old” Annex). It has been almost two years since we did full-fledged waste sorting. It is a great experience to witness our students’ seriousness and dedication. But they need guidance! First Grade continues Tree studies on Monday. And for this reason, I won’t be able to monitor and guide our kids. Can anyone help? If we can staff the line for a week or two, good habits will be formed, and we will be able to move on to the other, “new” lunchroom, and eventually the hallway lunch corridors. We also expect that lunchtime staff will be stabilized in the upcoming weeks. In the past, these staff was critical to keeping the waste sorting and food sharing going smoothly. Please let me know if you can help.  Lunch periods are 11:15 to 11:35 for 2nd grade; 12:10 to 12:30 for 8th Grade; 12:45 to 1:05 for 4th Grade.

On Tuesday, February 1, two eighth grade classes will visit the garden (9:30 and 10:30) to roast potatoes, drink hot  spiced cider, and process garden mint tea and pumpkin seeds. Volunteer assistance will be helpful to keep things moving smoothly. I have a master chef on deck for the fire and potatoes! 

On Tuesday afternoon, from 1:00 till 3:00, 2nd Grade Room 202, will venture to the Riverbank Neighbors Natural Area at Berteau to check out the river in winter. It is the river that never freezes. Do you know why?? Join us 15 minutes prior to the trip to be briefed on trip goals and your roles. 

On Wednesday, February 2, 4th Grade, Room 317 Mighty Acorns will travel to Sauganash to explore, discover, and cut buckthorn. So far the week’s weather forecast looks promising. I really appreciate that “sweet” zone, from 20 – 30 degrees, to keep the snow and ground frozen, and mild enough to make the outings very enjoyable.  On Thursday, February 3, 4th Grade Room 308 will repeat the trip just described.  We’ve had to cancel two trips because of cold. These trips, for rooms 216 and 217, have been rescheduled for February 16 and 17. Fingers crossed. I’m still looking for a donated sled, suitable for hauling our winter equipment to our work site. It can be beat up, as long as it works. 

You must be a CPS Approved Volunteer to attend any of these activities. 

CPS volunteer application.


Visit watersecology.org to see the updated calendar and postings. Thanks to Lucia for website care.

Thanks to all for endless help and support, 

Mr. Leki