gardening and cooking program
Dear Oxford Families,
I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. It’s been a good year, with a lot of great things happening at Oxford. I’ve shared lists of some events or activities at the “Coffee with the Principal” mornings. Here are some highlights: Literacy Night, Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Fest, another fabulous Emmy Orth celebration, Parent Ed Nights put on by the PTA, Middle School Information Night, organized games at recesses, beginning implementation of the Toolbox program, teacher peer-observations, Girls On the Run program, an up-to-date cool school website, a 3rd chromebook cart, Lawrence Hall of Science Festivals, and a traffic supervisor on Oxford Street. There are many more wonderful things happening at Oxford and we hope to continue and to grow in 2015-2016.
Our new gardening teacher, Erica Woll, will be joining the staff soon!
Here’s a memo from BUSD Gardening Program Supervisor Jezra Thomson, who will also speak at our first PTA meeting next Wednesday.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year with the BUSD Gardening and Cooking Program!
I hope you have had a great first couple weeks back in school and have had a chance to spend some time in the garden. The Berkeley Public School Gardening and Cooking Program continues to engage students in hands-on instruction in the garden with lessons that directly connect to the Common Core State Standards, with an emphasis in science, English language arts, health, and well-being. The Program is woven into student life District-wide to ensure the academic, physical, emotional, and social development of all students. This year, we are not only piloting a new Garden-Based Learning Curriculum in collaboration with the Edible Schoolyard that supports teaching and learning in grades K-7th, but we are also continuing to build deeper relationships with our schools and community partners.
To expand these conversations and celebrate our Berkeley Public School education and culture, we have partnered with several local businesses and organizations to co-host many fun fundraising events this year. To start, we’ll be having happy hours on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Westbrae Beirtgarten on Gilman St. from 4:30-7:00 pm. Mark your calendar! Every $1 you spend on a liter stein of Trumer Pils will be donated to us! Get to know your colleagues, teachers, garden educators, and school communities in a casual environment at one of our local supporting businesses. We’ll have some tables in the back reserved for us, so please mention the Program when you arrive.
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Thanks to BUSD’s Gardening Education for joining us at Back to School Night and letting us know a new gardening teacher is on her way!
— Gardening Education (@BerkeleyDineOut) September 5, 2014