Our Visit from Mr. Soil!

Mr. Soil Jerry Tyler May 2013Our fourth-graders had an unusual visitor this week! This is “Mr. Soil” (aka Jerry Tyler), an Oregon resident and UW soil scientist who came to school to talk about soil in Wisconsin and educate the students about concepts to consider when planting a garden. Two fourth-grade classes worked to prepare the four raised beds and planter with the appropriate amount of compost. Due to the weather this week the actual planting is now scheduled for early next week.

Thanks, Mr. Soil, for visiting. We hope you come back again soon!

 

Visit from the Oregon Rotary

We were so happy today to host the Rotary Club of Oregon, Wis., for their meeting and for a tour of the progress in the NKE Arboretum. Last summer a donation from the Oregon Rotary was critical in our being able to buy the materials for the entry walkway and patio. This morning we were able to show them the progress in the last year, as well as some projects that are underway. A big thank you to all the Rotary members for their support!

Oregon Rotary President Jeanne Carpenter and Netherwood Knoll Elementary Principal on the new platform under construction in the NKE Arboretum.

Oregon Rotary President Jeanne Carpenter and Netherwood Knoll Elementary Principal Dan Rikli on the new platform under construction in the NKE Arboretum.

Netherwood Knoll Principal Dan Rikli discusses progress in the NKE Arboretum. (Cool fact: DId you know that in the stone patio you can find the continents of Pangaea, by the way?)

Netherwood Knoll Principal Dan Rikli discusses progress in the NKE Arboretum. (Cool fact: DId you know that in the stone patio where Mr. Rikli is standing you can find the continents of Pangaea?)

 

The “Treehouse” is Underway!

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NKE Principal Dan Rikli takes a look at progress on the raised platform in the Arboretum.

As you may know, last summer we were fortunate to be awarded a $5,000 grant from the American Girl Fund for Children for the creation of a multi-tiered platform “treehouse” area for music, movement and more underneath our beautiful pine trees. We are happy to report that construction has begun! NKE Arb friend, compost guru and former contractor Nox Seehafer is leading the creation of the deck. Looking good, Nox!

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