In celebration of Earth Day, the Garden broght in Create Studio, a local art studio revel in fun and funky DIY art projects geared toward creative exploration through open end art, for some “out of the box” art time during lunch recess. Allowing the kids to “dumpster dive” by providing a wide array of recycled, artistic and crafty materials, along with some innovative problem solving challenges (construct their art mater pieces using only tapes and yarn), our kiddos surprised us adults with their marvelous products. There is treasure everywhere, and the kids proved it.
By: Jo Louie, SCS Garden Project Chair
Despite of two postponements due to inclement weather (we were rained out on Valentine’s Day, and SNOWED out on the rescheduled date a week later), our first annual Valentine’s Student Music Concert at the Garden was finally presented on Friday, February 22nd. to a very warm reception and great delight of the Sycamore Canyon school community.
Audiences young and old were treated to an intimate showcase of over 40 talented Sycamore Canyon musicians, presenting a wide selection of work that included vocal and instrumental performances ranged from the classical to modern pop. The enthusiastic crowd was a great encouragement for our young budding musicians, as many of them expressed interests to audition again for a spot for next year’s performance. Inquiries were also being made by others on the audition process, as well as students initiating dialogs on potential collaboration with one another to produce work for consideration for the next year.
As an organizer for the event, developments like these are encouraging signs on how the Garden is helping to bring students and the community together. We are excited to bring this new program to our school, and we look eagerly forward to next year where we can once again bring love, friendship, and music to our kids.
By: Lauren Wu, 7th Grade
Culture at the Garden Taiwan was held at Sycamore Canyon School on February 1, 2019.
It was an amazing event and more than 600 elementary students participated. My mom, Cindy Wu, was the cultural advisor and I was excited to share my heritage with my fellow students.
I lead a booth that taught kids how to make simple Chinese knots which symbolizes strength and unity. Prior to the event, I taught core volunteers how to make the knot and they provided great advice on how to simplify the knot-making activity into a 10-minute project. On the day of the event, I was excused from my seventh grade class to run the booth during elementary lunch.
There were many other booths filled with students making pig figurines out of clay to celebrate the Year of the Boar, watching the Taiwanese hand puppet show, and spinning the Chinese Zodiac wheel.
My knot-making booth was not as crowded during the Kindergarten through 3rd grade lunch recess, however, it got increasingly crowded with 4th-5th graders since they were interested in taking time to make the knots.
After almost 2 hours of continuous hands-on demonstrating, I was relieved that the Culture at the Garden: Taiwan was huge hit!
Today at the Edible Lab Mrs. Smith’s first-period middle school students came out and joined us wrapping up our last Manna Project session for the 2018-2019 academic year. We were able to harvest two full boxes of fresh produce to contribute to Manna Conejo Valley, our local food bank. The boxes contained spinach (our first ever successful growth!!), celery, green onions, garlic sprouts, onion, thyme and rosemary. The produce were promptly delivered and enthusastically received by the staff at Manna.
A big THANK YOU to Mrs. Namrata Dutta, for her great work throughout this school year leading the Manna Project. We are happy to announce that Mrs. Dutta will be continuing her role next year as the Manna Project Coordinator, and we look forward to another year ahead of great bounty to provide to our community.
Congratulations to SCS alumni, 15 year old Rohan Jhingan of Boy Scout Troop 754, for completing his Eagle Project with the Garden!
Rohan and his team built the highly anticipated ALUMINUM GREENHOUSE for the Garden’s Edible Lab. Equipped with full climate control instrumentation, the greenhouse will make possible year-round production of produce, allow the Garden the capability to supply freshly grown produce to MANNA, our local food bank, as well as flexibility and access for our teachers to teach curriculum related to planting.
Additionally, Rohan and his team mulched part of the hillside Native Landscape Observatory and planted native Matilija poppies to beautify the area.
Rohan raised $3,383.57, plus $50 of his own fund, to finance his effort. Rohan was also successful in obtaining support from the local businesses with: $50 gift card for materials from Home Depot, 5 cases of water from Hollywood Storage, 2 dozen bagels over 2 days from New York Bagel Company, 10 pizzas over 2 days from Dominos, 2 days of coffee from Starbucks, and 7 dozen donuts from Spudnut Donuts (that’s a lot of donuts!!)
A total of 103.25 hours was spent by Rohan for the planning and preparation of his project, with an additional 416 hours of work provided collectively by Rohan and his recruited team of volunteers to complete the project.
This charming new structure will help elevate our vegetable growing experience to the next level for the students and the community we serve for years to come. We applaud Rohan for his accomplishment, making a meaningful contribution to the community, and achieving the highest scout honor of Eagle.