Help tidy up the school’s Nature Garden and get it ready for spring outdoor learning! Bring the whole family out for Yard Day and Earth Day on April 21st from 9am – noon.
Help spread a ‘Mountain of Mulch’ onto the Nature Garden’s trails
Celebrate Earth Day with our Kids’ Book Swap (bring a book and take one home)!
“Plant” some live worms in the Nature Garden
Do a nature craft!
What is Yard Day?
It’s a fun, family friendly event that brings the school community together to clean up our nature garden and the schoolyard. In addition to the yard work, we’ve got fun spring-themed/Earth Day kids’ activities planned.
Who should come?
Runnymede families! Yard Day is for students, parents, teachers and staff.
What should I bring?
It would help to bring things like:
Re-usable coffee cups and water bottles (to re-fill on-site if you get thirsty)
Despite the fact that there was no Fall Yard Day community event this year (due to construction and permit issues) the Yard Committee had a very busy fall in the schoolyard.
1) The Green Teacher program allowed classes to enjoy the long, beautiful fall with some outdoor exploration and learning.
Grade 2 classes studied basic animal needs (water, air, shelter, food) in the Hillside Garden.
Grade 4 classes created ecologist notebooks and learned about living and non-living parts of an ecosystem and more.
Grade 6 classes explored the concept of biodiversity in their very own schoolyard and nature garden. They did a “biodiversity blitz” to identify and classify canopy tree species.
The Green Teacher will return for winter sessions in early 2017…
2) The school Green Team and Yard Committee volunteers planted special bulbs to commemorate Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017. These bulbs were provided to Runnymede via the Eco-School Program and we look forward to seeing them at the front of the school next spring.
3) The Yard Committee organized a Saturday morning of construction work to build some much-needed retaining walls in the Hillside Garden. Thank you to the parent and student volunteers who helped out with this task. We look forward to maintaining the nature garden with the entire Runnymede community at Spring Yard Day 2017.
Saturday, September 24th, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This special Fall Yard Day event will include our usual yard work in the morning, followed by a special performance and BBQ lunch! Bring the whole family to this great community event to kick off the school year!
A HUGE thank you goes out to all the Runnymede families who braved the wind and rain on Saturday, April 16 to help out at Spring Yard Day. We spread a “Mountain of Mulch.” We tended to the Hillside Garden trails. The Kinder-Garden now has a pathway! We also collected a lot of litter and spruced up the front beds of the school.
Meanwhile in the Kindergarten classroom, children painted cedar planks for the Adventure Playground, had their faces painted and enjoyed wonderful baking, drinks and warm coffee. We capped off the morning with a dynamic performance by Creole Drummatix in the library – check out this video!
Want to help out next time? Contact Yard committee chairs Bruce Toner and Sarah Frame. Thanks again, everyone.