The weather couldn’t have co-operated any better as dads, students and volunteers trekked over to school for a weekend workday. Working in temperatures in the 70 kept everyone in a good mood and skin from burning but the heat was on since there were many projects on the task list.
The Discovery Garden was attacked by weeds and bermuda grass this summer so the dads got dirty to clean the beds. Most of the grasses survived but a few were removed and placed into the compost bin then replaced so observent students don’t notice a vacancy in the landscape.
Gone are the giant sunflowers and summer berries to make room for vegetation more suited to fall. Dozens more of volunteers stripped the fruit and vegetable garden clean to harvest the last of the bounty. Students then planted vegetables and eagerly wait to harvest natures work and eat what they sow.
The Discovery Garden and vegetable garden are a part of the extracurricular activities and learning opportunities at DeGolyer. Please visit the garden and encourage your children to do the same.
The halls were alive with the kids returning to school. Everyone is excited to get started with the new year and with that we are providing the top 10 things to remember for your kids’ first day of school.
10. Don’t forget to drop your kids off before work. They aren’t prepared to do your job until next year.
9. Feed your kids.
8. Wear your proper uniform. If you are wondering about this then we mean you.
7. Encourage reading every day.
6. Look for volunteer opportunities. Your kids will wonder why you don’t do it when other parents make time.
5. Instruct them to respect and listen to the faculty and staff.
4. Have them earn money for the school store by doing chores.
3. Ask your kids what the best part of the school day is every day.
2. Monitor the homework schedule. If you can’t do this then find a homework buddy.
1. Remember the carpool rules. If you don’t, you’ll hear about it.
On Saturday March 31, DeGolyer Elementary hosted students, faculty, staff, parents, family and neighbors at the Discovery Garden ribbon cutting ceremony.
Hundreds attended the ceremony and accompanying carnival at the school to learn about the themes and design elements of the innovative and mathematically inspired landscaping.
The garden was designed by DeGolyer parent, Donna Marquet, and funded by a Lowe’s Toolbox for education grant and the DeGolyer Dad’s club. Ms. Marquet offered some enlightening words on design elements and then handed the garden shears to DeGolyer Principal, Alecia Cobb, to cut the ribbon and release the audience into Fibonacci sequences and isosceles triangles.
The crowd explored the different areas of the garden and embraced areas that were dedicated to retired DeGolyer teachers and posed for pictures with the inspiring leaders. Each of the retired teachers was given an area marked with a stepping stone with a favorite quote or saying. These stepping stones are meant to remind the DeGolyer students that they are the leaders of the future and to pass on the legacy of their inspirational influences.
Join us for the 2012 DeGolyer Discovery Carnival on March 31st from 2pm-5pm! This is an event you don’t want to miss! We will be dedicating our new discovery garden to the retired teachers!! There will be lots of rides, games, prizes, food, shopping, art and crafts, face painting, DJ, dancing, a dunking booth, a photo booth and all around fun! This is an all ages event, current students, past students and future students, COME ONE COME ALL!! This is a community event and we hope to see you all there!
DeGolyer Elementary 3453 Flair Drive Dallas 75229
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(DALLAS, TX) March 16, 2012 – E.L. DeGolyer Elementary (DeGolyer) announced today its plans to unveil the Discovery Garden, an innovative gardenscape for its students and community to enjoy. The Discovery Garden will formally launch at the school’s annual carnival on March 31 at 4 p.m during a dedication ceremony.
The uniquely designed Discovery Garden features many educational elements including Fibonacci spirals, a labyrinth and structures that were developed to inspire learning via measuring, multiplication, division and simple counting. “The design was built around learning. Math and science concepts are intertwined throughout the garden and hands on learning is key to the design,” said Donna Marquet, DeGolyer parent and Discovery Garden designer. Marquet also notes that all of the plants are water-wise and sustained through the use of rain barrels to capture water, thus engaging students in nature preservation.
Discovery Garden development is truly a community effort with funds raised through a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant as well as donations from the DeGolyer PTA, Dad’s Club and community at-large. Five community build days were also integral to the process. “From initial planning to building execution, we had tremendous support from various DeGolyer organizations and parents, including community groups such as Boy and Girl Scout troops,” said Cathy Atkinson, DeGolyer volunteer and garden project coordinator.
The Discovery Garden will also feature plants to attract butterflies as well as vegetable and herb gardens where DeGolyer students can plant, harvest and eat the produce they grow. “We are thrilled for our students to experience all of the educational aspects the Discovery Garden has to offer and to become excited about nature through the first-hand knowledge our garden will provide. We invite all of our Dallas neighbors to attend the unveiling and witness all of the spectacular happenings on our campus,” DeGolyer principal, Dr. Alecia Cobb said.
DeGolyer is a DISD recognized campus in Northwest Dallas with a diverse student body, dedicated faculty and generous parental support.
E.L. DeGolyer Elementary is a public school in the Dallas Independent School District located off Marsh Lane between Royal and Forest. DeGolyer Elementary is an exemplary school that has been educating Dallas students for over 50 years. DeGolyer has a legacy of involved faculty, parents, students and community partners that make our school a fun place to learn and enable leaders.
The DeGolyer Dads’ Club is currently seeking donations for its annual fundraising event. The funds gathered at this years event will help improve and update technology resources at DeGolyer that are not covered in the school’s budget. The district does it best in providing the most up to date resources but we continuously strive to provide more for the kids.
Our annual fundraising event is April 21st and will attract approximately 250 guests. At the event, we plan to offer raffle and auction items from various businesses and vendors that are generously donated to our organization. We need your assistance as a business owner to help donate an item, material, gift card or service so that our organization may auction this and benefit from the proceeds. DeGolyer Dads’ Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and your gift is tax deductible.
To donate an item or service:
- Download and fill out this form
- Return your item and the form or call/email Todd Smith at 214-695-9827/ firstname.lastname@example.org to have it picked up from your business.
- Join us for dinner. Register here.
We always encourage our families to patronize and promote the businesses that support our school. Not only will your donation and company information be published in our auction program, it will also be included in our school’s weekly newsletter. In order to be included as a donor in our program we need your donation information by March 24, 2012.
Thank you for your consideration and support!
If you have a question please email us.
This is the ongoing story of our Discovery Garden- a group of volunteers putting in a living “classroom” where once only sad grass wilted. We hope this blog will help inform our school community as well as the rest of you out in cyber land who think this may be something you may want to try. We will update regularly with our progress and hopefully someday soon with beautiful images of kids exploring nature, science and math.
Article source: http://degolyerdiscoverygarden.blogspot.com/2012/01/welcome-to-new-year.html
Come for a short presentation and performance by our kindergartners. Meet the teachers and tour the campus.
Date: February 7
Time: DeGolyer Elementary
Questions? Contact Monica Sample at email@example.com or call the school at 972-794-2800