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The Outdoor Life Committee (OLC) met on Sunday, January 19th. We planned our upcoming meetings for the remainder of the school year and have listed them below. We discussed garden maintenance and we have a tip to share with you that we think you will find helpful at home. We also have a message for you about sticks and our lovingly curated and landscaped pathways.

Our Upcoming Meetings

  • Sunday, March 1 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)
  • Sunday, April 5 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)
  • Sunday, May 3 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)
  • Sunday, May 17 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

We meet and review our ongoing projects, plan action items for ourselves and then we do some gardening. You are welcome to join the outdoor life committee at any time during the school year.

A Tip from the Outdoor Life Committee
As New Englanders we share a common challenge each winter to keep our walkways and driveways free of ice. Many of us try to be conscientious about the impact ice melting substances can have on the environment, especially on plants. Here at school we use a type of salt that is mindful of our responsibility to the land and we thought you might like to try it too! Both calcium chloride and magnesium chloride are safe for the environment and for pet paws. You can purchase them at Ace Hardware. You’re Welcome!

Sticks
Children love to play with them. They become swords and steeds, guitars and pens for writing in the dirt, walls for forts and arrows for directions. All the things a stick can become give our children’s hearts great fondness for them. And after this deliciously creative play we ask that the children please let the sticks live in the woods for the next outdoor play session or the next hike to the lake or the next gardening expedition.
Sticks are fun and they should fully enjoy the exploits of our children’s imaginations. But sticks also hurt gardens. Gardens that are carefully tended by a few willing hands around campus. Gardens are sensitive to the digging and prodding and striking that sticks tend to do. Our children will always want to keep their sticks. We understand and expect that natural urge. We ask that as the adults around campus, we all help them do the right thing for our gardens and put down the sticks as they exit the woods. You can say that sticks live in the woods. You can tell them that our gardens are carefully planted for all to enjoy and that sticks are not allowed because they cause harm to gardens. You can word your message however you see fit. With a few gentle reminders, you can help us take good care of our children and our gardens. And we thank you for that.

A man rakes leaves.

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