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Happy HalloGreen!

 Here are some cool eco-tips for an environmentally friendly Halloween.
 
Guess how many schools have contacted Lisa Hanson ( Daves Ave Green Team leader) and me (at Lexington) recently to start a Green Team, out of the clear blue sky??? FIVE!! Lisa H and I are hard at work informing and spreading the good, green word at Van Meter, Blossom Hill, Carlton, a school in Campbell, and Saratoga Elementary! 
Look out world, here we come!! 

World Centric Speaker Comes to Lex

Come join us on October 30th from 12-1:00pm in room C14 to learn more about single use plastic awareness, zero-waste, sustainability and conscious living. LexEcology proudly welcomes Bhavani Werning from World Centric, a leader in the compostable products industry. All welcome!
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To the 18 families who came to Lexington last Sunday for the Fall Beautification Day... 

We Thank You!!

Together we:
-Sanded and sealed the outdoor classroom stumps and Kinder kitchen 
-Planted more bulbs in the front of the school to enjoy come Spring
-Weeded and pruned throughout the school
-Planted more lavender and sage and added mulch
-Created steppingstones for the life lab

And a special thanks goes to David Hubbard who built this amazing root view box from scratch. Wow! Come check it out on the lower field next to the worm compost bin and small outdoor classroom.
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Patrick Keller built this beautiful redwood bench to add to our Redwood Retreat area just below the classroom planter boxes. Thank you Patrick!😘
While creating the Redwood Retreat, two sunken benches were discovered dating back to the late 50’s and 1962. These concrete benches were created by Lexington students back in the day.
Feel free to come down to the lower field and see all of the amazing changes that are taking place in our Life Lab.
Thank you again to all of those who came to Beautification Day and showed their school spirit!☮️
Patrick Keller built this beautiful redwood bench to add to our Redwood Retreat area just below the classroom planter boxes. Thank you Patrick!😘 While creating the Redwood Retreat, two sunken benches were discovered dating back to the late 50’s and 1962. These concrete benches were created by Lexington student back in the day.  Feel free to come down to the lower field and see all of the amazing changes that are taking place in our Life Lab. Thank you again to all of those who came to Beautification Day and showed their school spirit!☮️
Patrick Keller built this beautiful redwood bench to add to our Redwood Retreat area just below the classroom planter boxes. Thank you Patrick!😘 While creating the Redwood Retreat, two sunken benches were discovered dating back to the late 50’s and 1962. These concrete benches were created by Lexington student back in the day.  Feel free to come down to the lower field and see all of the amazing changes that are taking place in our Life Lab. Thank you again to all of those who came to Beautification Day and showed their school spirit!☮️
 
 Patrick Keller built this beautiful redwood bench to add to our Redwood Retreat area just below the classroom planter boxes. Thank you Patrick!😘 While creating the Redwood Retreat, two sunken benches were discovered dating back to the late 50’s and 1962. These concrete benches were created by Lexington student back in the day.  Feel free to come down to the lower field and see all of the amazing changes that are taking place in our Life Lab. Thank you again to all of those who came to Beautification Day and showed their school spirit!☮️
 

Here are more photos from Beautification Day.

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Meet Captain Green 

This cute character is the brainchild of Jef Bambas, a Daves Ave parent and talented comic strip creator who will be developing issues of Captain Greenmonthly to support every Green Team in the district and our cause....Lucky us!Thank you, Jef! 
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12 years, eh? Have you seen the news or read the report that states that we have just over a decade to get climate change under control?
 
Everyone's talking about the report released the beginning of October by the U.N Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) https://www.ipcc.ch 
 
 
 
I know, I know....Doom and gloom...
But let's all focus on what we CAN do! What eco-friendly thing have you mastered? What's one thing you are working on or improving?
Here's a pretty straight forward article that gives some ideas of what your family can do to help reduce global warming.
 
We're in this together, my friends.
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Our First Four Green Team Meetings were a Huge Success!

Day one: We created our IB Essential Agreements (rules) as a team. Then, we reviewed last year's successes and picked up trash behind the classrooms. 
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Day two: We watched a short video about the effects of plastic in our oceans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFZS3Vh4lfI&t=26s
We learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and
then brainstormed ways WE could reduce the the amount of trash we produce as individuals.
 
Day three: The Green Team planted a new Japanese coral maple tree in front of the school where an old shrub had died this summer.
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We celebrated the success of our anti-straw initiative. Yea!!
Last year, the Green Team created a petition asking the Los Gatos Union School District to eliminate single use plastic straws from our cafeterias. They received 150 signatures from Lex as well as numerous signatures from Daves Ave's Green Team led by Lisa Hanson. Because of our tenacity and commitment to clean up the oceans, the LGUSD Nutrition Services and Sodexo agreed to have straws and the spork packs (that are wrapped in plastic) eliminated from the district’s program. They also now provide compostable napkins and are discussing implementing Trash Free Tuesday's district wide.
 
We also rejoiced in the passing of Assembly Bill 1884 last week! https://www.cawrecycles.org/ab1884calderon/
Last year, students each wrote a letter to Assemblyman Evan Low urging him to pass this bill which would require dine-in restaurants to forego offering straws to customers unless they specifically request one. Their letters, along with the letters from Daves Ave's Green Team, were sent to the Assemblyman's office last March. The students cheered as we learned about the new law will going into effect this January 2019! Woohoo!
 
WAY TO GO GREEN TEAM!  So proud of you for taking action!
 
To celebrate, we took the lavender from the front of our school that would otherwise be composed and made lavender sachets to enjoy.
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The Green Team meets the first and third Tuesday of every 
month at lunch. All ages welcome!
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What are Trash-Free Tuesdays/Thursdays? 

 The concept is simple...We want our kids to bring lunches that don’t generate any trash. It’s a great way to help our planet AND save money!

 Forget the Ziploc bags and tin foil, buy in bulk, skip the individually wrapped packages…You get the picture. (A little pro-tip: pack the lunch in a reusable container the night before school)

 As an added incentive, your child will have a chance to win fun (eco friendly) prizes on randomly chosen Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year! All kids with completely trash free lunches brought from home will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win. 

 Let’s show our kids that we are working together to help take care of our planet and be conscious of the amount of waste we create!

TRASH FREE LUNCH

 
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We leave you with this to chew on over the summer...
 
 
 
Dear Future Generations-Sorry
https://youtu.be/eRLJscAlk1M
 
 

Did someone say MORE SCIENCE at Lexington?

LexEcology is excited about expanding our Life Lab/Garden next school year.

Featuring…IB and Core Curriculum based ecology lessons specific to each grade level!

  • Compost and Worm Bins - These bins are already up and running and require minimal maintenance.
  • Themed Gardens Beds (one per class) - Garden parents will be given seedlings assigned to your class based on the season, along with instructions on how to plant a care for them throughout the year. You will be working closely with the life lab lead(s).
  • Green House - We are looking into getting supplies donated for this project, and would love to partner with parents who have an interest in offering input on how to make this functional and effective for the school.
  • Fruit/Veggie Harvesting - This can be a fun and integrated part of the garden, where kids can harvest and market the food they have grown.
  • Water Conservation - We are looking into a possible water catchment system for the school, via cistern or other means. We need some parents with a passion for efficient water use for our school and its garden.
  • Root View Box - We could use somebody who is handy with woodwork to build a simple viewing box for our garden so that kids can witness seeds geminate and take root, while growing throughout the season. We have plans, we just need hands.
  • Garden Maintenance and much more!

 
We realize that this is a long plan and that not all of these things will happen right away, or even by the end of the year. We’re excited to nurture these projects until they are mature, but to make this program successful, volunteers are not just appreciated, but needed! It’s a simple, fun way to get involved and spend time with your student outdoors. We will be looking for 1-2 garden parents per classroom (time commitment 2-3 hrs/month) who will work with the LexEcology and the Garden Leaders to cultivate our kids’ love of learning, nature and science.

 Interested in learning more? Excited to commit for next year? Please reach out to Adrienne Cox at babylemon2010@yahoo.com

 Have a wonderful summer break!

 
You Made A Difference and

We Thank You!

Celebrating the end of the school year with a HUGE thank you to the 23 Lexington families who signed up and participated in OhmConnect this year. Together, these families have raised over $1900 for our school simply by decreasing their energy usage for just one designated hour per week. Thank you for supporting our school and sending a message to our children that we care about our environment.

 

The Lebleu-Ficara Family

The Cox-Bandaian Family

The Rayner-Goodman Family

The Wilk Family

The Logan-Green Family

The McCalley-Chappelle Family

The Hakimi Family

The Song Family

The Bannon Family

The Garonzik Family

The Swift-Cato Family

The Hickey-Peak Family

The Merriman Family

The Rolinson Family

The Saenz-Lebaredian

The Hedges Family

The Hayes Family

The Fan Family

The Rizzi Family

The Monk Family

The Degraff Family

The Keller Family

 

Please sign up today at ohm.co/lexingto. If you have any questions or issues registering,

please reach out to Lisa Keller lisaandbean@gmail.com

 

Brought to you by LexEcology

Lexington Families working Together for a

Greener Tomorrow

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A HUGE THANK YOU to the 10 moms, 1 dad and kids who showed up to our school wide Beautification Day last Saturday!

Without their help we wouldn’t have been able to:
-Plant our first apple tree along with 10 native shrubs
-Weed the front and back of the school
-Amend our vegetable garden
-Cut back overgrowth
-Clean up trash on campus

Pssst... The District doesn’t do this for us folks...It takes a village.

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 HOLY HARVEST!

Garlic bread anyone? Last week we also harvested our veggies and garlic. The garlic bread was deeeelish and the kids enjoyed trying out the different herbs and vegetables that they had grown. Thank you Candice Brown for the countless hours you’ve spent watering over the course of the year. We couldn’t have done this without you.❤️
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Our Recycled Art Sculptures

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SO PROUD! Please read!


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.  

 

Click  here  to get the PDF poster.