Hawthorne Elementary School

Spring 2016

Henry Hawk has been flying high above the Outdoor Classroom and has great news to report. The Hawthorne Students and their teachers have been busy cleaning, planting and learning in the natural setting. The 2nd graders were busy planting their early spring crops of salad ingredients. While the weather didn't really cooperate, some success with different lettuces was had. See the happy faces as they ate their greens on Salad Day last week. Now planting for stew vegetables will take place and hopefully be ready in the fall when the 2nd graders are 3rd graders.

On May 16th, our Outdoor Classroom designer, Mrs. Denise Sandoval of Good-Natured Landscapes, came back to assist Mrs. Graff's, Mrs. Behrend's, Mrs. Nowak's and Mrs. Herward's students as they rejuvenated the garden. They cleaned up weeds and brush from the flower beds without pulling out the native plants. They filled in two new raised beds with Hawthorne compost and dirt and readied them for planting. Pond rock was replaced where water drains from the playground. New signs were placed in the flower beds to identify the native plants. The space looks fantastic.  

Special thanks to the Boy Scout troop that worked last weekend on refurbishing our log benches. It is hard to believe that they were put in place when we dedicated the space and they have held up pretty well since then. Now they are coated and ready to last a few more years.

Have you seen the new informational signs that have been installed in various spots around the space? The first graders enjoyed learning additional information about butterflies when they sent their Painted Ladies out into the world. 

As we all begin to think about summer, our thoughts turn to caring for the garden during the summer. Henry the Hawk is hoping that Hawthorne families will volunteer to take a week this summer to help keep down the weed population. Can't do a whole week, invite another family to share the week with you. We have pictures to reference when pulling weeds!  Please contact Mrs. Hochleutner or Mrs. Lindstrom soon!

Many 5th grade parents who have assisted in a variety of ways in the Outdoor Classroom are leaving for middle school. Thanks to each of you for your support and assistance with this giant endeavor. And most of all, a special thank you to Mrs. Stacey Burns and Mrs. Lisa Gerhold-Dirks for their endless energy and endless hours of work. They were a part of the committee that has been working on this dream for the past 6 years. The space started with red tulips, a tree and a weather station and has certainly blossomed into a rich learning space for the children of Hawthorne, present and future, to enjoy. If you see them, please extend a special thank you.

Well, that's about all for now.  Parents, do you want to be a part of the Outdoor ClassroomCommittee next year? If so, send an e-mail to Mrs. Lindstrom. We would love to have you be a part of our group.