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As a result of our Green Action Team (LexEcology) submitting a petition to the Los Gatos School Board with signatures from almost every Lex student and staff member, the Los Gatos Union School District has agreed to ban straws and spork packets (wrapped in plastic), add compostable napkins, as well as implement a district wide Trash Free Tuesday beginning this week! The schools win, the district wins (this saves them $$) and our earth wins too. Huge thumbs up to the Daves Ave students for joining us in this initiative as well.

Hooray for the kids for showing our community that doing the right thing and TAKING ACTION makes a difference!
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Earth Week is Next Week!
We will be harvesting (and enjoying) our veggies from our garden as well as having the Green Team (Lex's garbage hauler) come to speak about the recycling process and trash reduction. The Saratoga Library will bring it's book mobile filled with books about ecology and the earth, then do an earth-friendly art project with us during lunchtime. The bike-rodeo will be on Wednesday for 4th & 5th grades and Friday we will celebrate by all wearing green! And don't forget about Lexington's Beautification Day on Saturday the 28th at 9:00am. We can't keep our school looking as beautiful as it is without your help.

 


https://www.theoceancleanup.com

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STUDENTS WORKING IN THE GARDEN

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Earth Day is around the corner...


Together with your child, check out this link to learn about this celebration dedicated to saving our planet. Take a quiz to find out how green you are are more!
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/celebrations/earth-day/?utm_source=NGdotcom-FFG&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=20180321_FFGfooter&utm_campaign=NGdotcom&utm_rd=18263111215#earth-day-cleanup.jpg
 

 The world's oceans are full of plastic and 4 billion plastic-lined Starbucks cups end up in the garbage every year. These are nearly impossible to recycle because of their plastic lining.
The sheer amount of plastic trash created by Starbucks is out of control -- and is ending up in waterways and other fragile ecosystems.
In 2008, Starbucks boldly told the world it would serve a 100% recyclable paper cup and increase reusable cup usage to 25% by 2015. To date, it hasn’t kept either of these promises.
Starbucks is part of the problem: tell the coffee giant to switch to 100% recyclable cups!
https://actions.sumofus.org/a/starbucks-recyclable-cups?sp_ref=393357785.99.186465.e.0.3&referring_akid=39889.14208892.2b4Lv6&source=mlt

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The GREEN STUDENT ACTION TEAM is fired up! Tuesday they gathered 129 signatures from the Lexington student body and staff on their NO MORE STRAWS IN OUR CAFETERIA petition...Wow! Way to go, Guys!
The petition is going to be delivered to the LGUSD School Board. Our goal is to have the District and Board agree to eliminate the "spork packs" that include a napkin, spork and straw all wrapped in plastic (most of which ends up in landfills)
Instead, the students would be offered just a spork and napkin.
And who came up with the idea that kids couldn't drink directly out of milk cartons?

The Green Student Action Team is taking action!

 
Last week, we wrote letters to California Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) to ask him to vote YES on AB-1884, a bill that would require dine-in restaurants to forgo offering single-use plastic straws to customers unless
they specifically ask for one.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/01/29/plastic-straws-illegal-unless-requested-under-california-bill/1074610001/
Our kids are on a quest to educate people about the harmful effects of plastic straws.

Want to get involved and have YOUR voice heard? Forms and info supporting AB-1884 will be available in the school office for you to fill out and sign. We'll make sure they get delivered to our assemblyman next month.
Thank you!

Please Donate
We are looking for clean recyclable materials that would otherwise be headed to a recycle bin. The Green Student Action Team will be working with other Lex students to create sculptures from these recycled materials to display in the office during Earth Week next month. Please have your students gather interesting materials and drop them off in the office.
Interested in helping with this project? Please email Lisa Keller lisaandbean@gmail.com Thank you!
 
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RETHINKING PLASTIC STRAWS
Everyday in the US alone, 500 million plastic straws are thrown away. They are not recyclable or biodegradable...They remain on this earth FOREVER. Thank you for taking a minute to share these videos with your kids. It's time we all reconsider using plastic straws.

PBS- How Much Plastic is in Our Ocean
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFZS3Vh4lfI

Straws Trailer
https://youtu.be/zVnyMuXnEcg 


Mark Your Calendars for our Spring Beautification Day!
Saturday,  April 28th at 9:00am
Bring your kids and garden tools for a fun 1/2 day of sprucing up our school and spending quality time with Lex families.
Thank you in advance!
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We are excited to tell you about a special program we’re coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to turn used markers into energy!

All around Lexington School students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

Please help support our efforts by sending your kids to school with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off boxes will be located in each classroom for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!

Brought to you by the LexEcology Team
 
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Cursing Trash Free Tuesdays and Thursdays? We get it, but it's a small "action" that can make a real difference in the world. Here are some tips to make it a bit easier.


*If you don't do so already, try packing lunches the night before and keeping them in the refrigerator overnight.

 

*Cut up fruits and vegetables.  Children often take 1 or 2 bites out of an uncut apple or banana and throw the rest away. Your child can take a few     bites and save the rest for later.  

 

*When shopping, buy foods in bulk or in larger packages. Avoid individually wrapped portions.

 

*Encourage your children to help plan, prepare and pack their own lunches. They're more likely to eat a meal that they've helped prepare.  

 

*Hot lunch everyday...really? Try bringing a trash free lunch on Tuesday and Thursday. It's catchy and, guess what...healthier. 

 

Click  here  to get the PDF poster.