Rohan Jhingan Completes Eagle Project with Greenhouse for the Edible Lab

Congratulations to SCS alumni, 15 year old Rohan Jhingan of Boy Scout Troop 754, for IMG_1121completing 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.




Xiè xiè! (Thank you!)

Thank you, Culture at the Garden: Taiwan volunteers, for ushering in the Lunar New Year of the Pig for the Sycamore Canyon kids!  Your hard work paid off.  The event was a smashing, festive success, with over 600 Sycamore Canyon kids experiencing first-hand what it would be like to celebrate this very important holiday in Taiwan.  Thank you all for making the meaningful cultural immersion experience possible!  You are our rock stars!


Xiè xiè Wú tóng xiá gǔ dà jiā tíng!

(Thank You Sycamore Canyon Family!)

  • Cultural Advisor:  Cindy Wu
  • Planning Committee: Cindy Wu, Jo Louie, Imelda Fuentes Bailey, Marivic Marko, Marie Turner, Subha Tholudur
  • Preparation Team: Cindy Wu, Marivic Marko, Anette Power, Imelda Fuentes Bailey, Marie Turner, Johanna Duc, Lauren Wu, Alexis Pirie, Illy King
  • Artists: Jodi Bobb; Anthony Ha, Mr. Bowen’s 6th Grade Social Study students
  • Photographers: Caroline Malouf, Stacy Gleason
  • Event Volunteers: Agnes Chang, Alex Lagrave, Alexis Pirie, Alicia Andrae, Amanda Lee, Anette Power, Arwen Louie, Chriss Lyons, Cindy Wu, Darshna Bhamre, Dev Doshi, Ella Zhang, Illy King, Imelda Bailey, Johanna Duc, Kay Moore, Lauren Wu, Liz Armstrong, Maddy Tan, Marie Turner, Marivic Marko, Mei Phelps, Namrata Dutta, Nathaniel Schohn, Puja Kaushik, Samatha Gummadi, ShuFen Kang, Sophia Di Stefano, Subha Tholudur, Wing Ku, Winnie Sitarz.


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Red Envelop Design Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Addi Craig for winning the most votes on her adorable Chinese Lunar New Year Red Envelop Design!

Congratulations also goes to Yushan Yun and Katie Deitel, who tied for second place as the audiences’ favorite.

This design contest is a partnership project between the Garden and the 6th Grade Mr. Bowen’s Social Study class.  In celebration of the Chinese Lunar New year of the Pig, Mr. Bowen’s students, who are currently studying medieval China, were given an opportunity to construct and design an oversized Chinese Red Envelop (a red paper container that wraps money to be gifted to children during celebratory festivities, such as the Chinese Lunar New Year).

The students received an overview on the history and customs involving the Chinese Red Envelop.  Each participants then independently research on the symbolism, meaning, and traditions involved with the red envelop, with the freedom of incorporating pop culture that is relevant to their daily lives, to come up with their personal design.  Participants with a completed project received extra credit in their social study class.  Their design were also displayed at the recent Culture at the Garden: Taiwan event, where students Kindergarten through 5th grade voted for their favorite.

A total of 40 entries were submitted and over 400 votes were cast.  It was an exciting event for all.  Winners of this contest receive gift card from BeanoVino.

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More than Dirt

By: Jo Louie, SCS Garden Project Chair

“Pit Discovery” (recently completed by SCS Alumni Chris Boudreau as his Eagle Scout project for the school Garden) was a smashing success!  This newest addition to our school Garden provides a venue for our students to engage in hands-on, cross-disciplinary style of research, which includes, but not limited to, study into anthropology, history, geology, geography, math, engineering, physics, and information sciences.

Mrs. Abraham’s 4th grade Exploration Club kids experienced first hand of what it is like to be an archaeologist.  Working in teams of five, each lead by a “crew chief”, under the supervision of retired archaeology professor Mr. Robert Lopez, students conducted simulations of field survey, artifacts excavation, and performed a joint analysis of data collected to learn more about a human history gap.  In this case, it is a look into the mystery evolved around the Lone Woman of the San Nicolas Island, better known as Karana in Island of the Blue Dolphins, the students’ core literature that they studied this year as fourth graders.  Students uncovered shells, tools, avian bones, even a fire pit, and was able to use the clues they have carefully extracted to reach a meaningful and insightful conclusion about Karana and her 18 years spent in solitude on the island.

On the surface, it may just seem like digging dirt.  In actuality, this is an entry point to help encourage creativity, logic, and observation within our students.

This is part II of “Introduction to Archaeology”, Garden’s new two parts educational enrichment workshop for our Sycamore students.  Part I of the workshop is an introduction to archaeology, which included a hands-on lab working with sandwich stratigraphy.

Special thanks to Mr. Robert Lopez for his advisory and guidance, Mr. John Taillon for building the sifters, parent volunteers as well as our ASB middle school volunteers for assisting in our first ever simulated archaeology excavation.


Digging In Science

By Tracy Abraham, 4th Grade Teacher & GATE Exploration Club Advisor

On Friday 1/11/19 our 4th grade Explorations Club discovered how most archeological dig sites have multiple layers where artifacts can be uncovered. Using the sandwich method, we simulated how to carefully excavate a historical site so that you can preserve the earth materials around the dig site as well as the artifacts found.

Editor’s Note:  This is part I of “Introduction to Archaeology”, Garden’s new two parts educational enrichment workshop for our Sycamore students.  Part II of the workshop will be a field trip to the Garden’s newest facility, Pit Discovery , where students will conduct an actual simulated archaeological excavation of a site along with the analysis of artifacts unearthed to uncover the story of a human past.

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A Celebration with Color and Life-affirming Joy

By: Jo Louie, SCS Garden Project Chair

For many cultures, the concept of death is a difficult one to tackle.  However, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an annual holiday that Mexicans from all religious and ethnic backgrounds celebrates to demonstrate the love and respect the living carries for their deceased loved ones.  It is a festivity that commemorates death through life.

After many months of planning and preparation, supported by the numerous amazing volunteers of our school community, on November, 2nd, 2018, we brought an important tradition and proud heritage of the Mexican culture to share with the Sycamore Canyon students.  The event opened with an art exhibit at the entrance of the Garden of all the decorative skulls designed by the elementary school children, as well as shoebox sized ofrenda (altar) paying homage to someone that had passed by the 8th grade Spanish class students.  Inside the Garden, students experienced interactive educational games, made folk crafts, sampled food, wore costumes, enjoyed live performances, and explored displays in a setting that is surrounded by vibrant colors.

The children were immersed in a part of the world that may have felt foreign at first, but really at the core, speaks of a life experience that is universally human.

Special Thanks to our incredible team of volunteers and beautiful artists that made this event possible. Please click here to see the complete list.

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