Planting a Seed One Step at a Time
I had a wonderful time gardening with 3rd and 4th grades; an initiative led by parent and master gardener, Celina Long!
We are very grateful to Celina for guiding us through this process. We also want to thank Texas A&M AgriLife for providing supplies to plant the first seeds of the school year. With these amazing resources, we are able to harvest a Fall and Spring garden as part of the science program. They also place HSES as an environmentally-conscious organization that integrates our campus ecosystem with the academic curriculum and student wellness.
In the summer, a few teachers and I attended the Edible Academy sponsored by Urban Harvest and I'm excited to implement one of their techniques in our next step: Harvest to Cook. In this garden-to-classroom session, 3rd and 4th graders will cook what they planted in the garden.
School-wide future projects for our outdoor classrooms include two raised beds, a butterfly garden and composting. I'm proud to invest in an outdoor education program that cultivates a sustainable environment and nurtures learning through nature.
Michelle Symonds, Head of School
Students in Character
Third Grade presented the Living Wax Museum with characters who've made an impact in society.
It might have been a cold day, but that didn't stop our community from enjoying the fun celebration last Friday, February 2. The festival kicked-off at 3:30 p.m. with games, rides, yummy treats, live music, and lots more. Of course, it culminated with the raffle and many of the winners claiming their prizes such as the popular "Pie in the Face".
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers, friends, families, neighbors and sponsors who made this year's FamFest a huge success!
Members, families and friends of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Holy Spirit Episcopal School and Emmanuel Episcopal Day School enjoyed an evening full of creativity and yummy treats.
Teachers, parishioners, student families and community members decorated the trunks of their cars with unique themes that offered a variety of goodies for a safe trick-or-treating environment.
The children explored the themed-trunks such as Primary School's Starbucks, Girl Scouts' Alice in Wonderland, Mrs. Armintor's gumball machine, Mrs. Sully's Kentucky Fried Chicken, StuCo's Smashing Pumpkins, spooky carnival, under the sea and more. They also had fun decorating pumpkins, mummy bowling, playing spider crawl, cupcake walk and apple bobbing.
- First place – The Wyatt’s Candyland metropolis.
- Best giveaways – The Meldrum’s Scottish biscuits and light-up foam tubes.
Scariest décor – The Neuman's spider trap.
After students in 5th grade read the Houston Chronicle article "New wave of rescues target pets" they also wanted to help in the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts for pets. They are collecting items to donate to the S.P.C.A. and Wildlife Center of Texas.
The students created their own marketing materials and collections boxes, along with a wish list based on both organizations’ needs for families to consider helping rescued pets and injured wildlife.
Mrs. Jones will deliver the supplies to each center and provide a report to students and sponsors to showcase the huge support they have added to the mascot and wildlife community.
Primary 3 students created a Zoo in their classrooms and invited the HSES community to visit the exotic animal exhibit. The 3-year-old Scottie Dogs and Ladybugs researched about their species and each child designed a display to showcase their animal.
As we toured through the Primary School Zootopia, the “mini” zookeepers educated us on the types of food and wild habitats of the different creatures. Some were even tamed behind bars in case they wanted to escape. But all furry friends behaved kindly under the control of their masters.
After the exhibit, the proud ethologists released their animals back into their natural environment: their mater’s arms.
“Livi” has blossomed socially and academically since she joined HSES. Olivia was struggling with anxiety and undiagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and “I was extremely impressed with the school’s response,” shares mom Kristen. The faculty and staff play an important role in Livi’s increased confidence and academic skills according to mom. “The outstanding resources and amazing opportunities available to students” is what made Livi transition to HSES in Middle School.
Theatre is one of Livi’s favorite subjects at school. Mr. Williams and his “phenomenal arts program” have allowed for the seventh grader to discover her acting abilities and find her “tribe”.
The Costa Rica Exchange Program and Ecolink trips have also helped Livi experience emotional growth. The Outdoor Education curriculum entices her to learn through travel, hands-on activities and cultural encounters.