PLANT SALE this SATURDAY May 13th!!!

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Pollination Nation!

Pollination in effect! Students got to wander the garden and spread pollen- sometimes competing with bees and butterflies in the process. We then got to collect our first bouquet of the season w/ many pollinators and sweet smelling plants to enjoy. Check the fingers of these kids and see the pollen dust!

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ORCA PLANT SALE MAY 13th 2017

WE ARE BACK TO GIVE YOU MORE OF WHAT YOU NEED! Saturday May 13th! Share our facebook event for the plant sale!

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So many amazing varieties of tomatoes (15+ w/ lots o’ heirlooms and cherries) and every other veggie under the sun. Tons of flowers, berries, fruits, herbs, natives- you will love it. Most grown organically by Orca students to support our school and school garden program. We will have Native Plants from Go Natives and massive amounts of additional veggies and starts from Cascadian Edible Landscapes also. We got you covered. What else can we say?

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The absolute joy of springtime

It’s been amazing planting the garden this last week. Beans anyone?

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Few activities can match the fun of free exploration time in the garden. Yes we learn about pollination, litter critters, plant cycles, native plants, and so on…. but one sees the absolute magic of the garden when children are set loose to explore and munch what they please. They have been really enjoying edible flowers…

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While many times this can be perceived as some type of organized chaos, it should be described as organized joy.

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4th grade had a great time doing a  group project using teamwork to put up a  bamboo beanpole teepee growing structure.

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Let’s not forget about the greenhouse, which is it’s own tropical wonderland of tomato plants and organic goodies. Plant sale approaching!!!!

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Go fish! Salmon Release 2017!

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We stomped through the rain and wind 1.1 miles to Seward Park and released over 150+ of our Coho salmon that we had raised since they were eggs.

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It was a powerful event after spending 3 months w/ these gorgeous fish in our greenhouse. These “fry” are super strong and ready to hit the wild!

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With Coho salmon almost endangered this year, this event is a boon for the ecosystem and a chance for Orca students to really do something positive for our community. Students got a chance to partner up and give their salmon a nice inspirational speech before pouring them into Lake Washington.

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First we had 4th graders scoop them out of the tank because they had a previously scheduled fieldtrip to SAM. We had to give them a chance to say goodbye.

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Since it was so rainy, both kindergarten classes cancelled, so we gave them a chance to come in and name a fish while wishing it good luck on it’s journey to the sea.

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We had a lot of parents come through and it helped make this a true community event. Thanks for all your support!

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Kale Caesar Salad!

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Kids eating greens- one of the highlights of my life. It’s that time of year when we get rid of the old kale plants that are starting to seed and plant fresh seed and starters. So it’s salad time!

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I hooked up some vegan caesar dressing, croutons, fresh parmesan cheese, and fresh lemon. We harvested the kale that is about to seed so that we can make way for the next crop. It was a hit! These kids literally had 2nds & 3rds & 4ths- they couldn’t get enough.

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See ya salmon!

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It’s been an amazing last few months w/ our salmon. There were only 5 casualties (fairly low) and they are as big and strong as I have ever seen here at Orca. Our former science teacher Katherine Law and I revived this salmon program 9 years ago by hustling to different schools to gather the necessary equipment. We have released well over 1000+ salmon since then!

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We are set for our release tomorrow w/ most of the school walking down to Seward Park and being part of this fabulous ritual. Yesterday was a blast in the sun when we did our annual salmon obstacle course…

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Watch out for bears, hawks, and of course- people fishing!

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This capped off s season of salmon activities, including the salmon dice board game…

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and our huge mural of the salmon lifecycle done w/ kindergarteners in their hallway…

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Thanks for all the support! See you at the release around 1:30pm Wednesday April 5th..

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