It’s time for the 2017 Mustang Stampede! The 1K fun run will take place on April 2 at Mueller Lake Park, and students can register at The Get Moving Crew. It’s easy, and you can even do it on your phone! Then you can invite your family and friends to help support our school.
The PTA has a couple of goals this year. First, we want to involve every kid who wants to be involved in the run. Every child who signs up will get a pedometer immediately, 15 tickets for the teacher experience raffle, and a t-shirt on the day of the run. If you know of a kiddo who needs help signing up please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re also raising funds for the PE department as well as money to get us started moving towards our Big Goal of providing a 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks to kids in Grades 3-6, a mobile computing lab for grades Pre-k-2 and a 3:1 ratio of mobile devices to kids for the whole school.
On Saturday, February 4 Maplewood parents and friends danced the night away at the Parent Prom Presented by Cherrywood Coffeehouse. The Spiderhouse Ballroom was chock full of people decked out in sequins and ruffled tuxes rocking out to the songs of their youth. There was live music by The Recliners and DJ Andy Smith, a silent auction, photo booth and much more. “It was so much fun, because it was that rare time that the community of parents at our school gets to interact with each other as adults. “ Last year’s prom proceeds were used by the PTA to help the school purchase technology, additional books and classroom supplies, and supported the Maplewood food pantry.
Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller
This fall, the Maplewood Elementary PTA Landscaping and Grants committees worked with local nonprofit Urban Patchwork to make plans for a small demonstration food forest at the entrance to the school. Laurie Berman, PTA Grants Chair, submitted an application for a Bright Green Future School Grant from the City of Austin. We hope to receive the $3,000 grant to install the project in Spring 2017.
The proposal is for an edible food forest and rain garden near the main entrance to our school. Our partner on the project, Urban Patchwork, has lots of experience turning underutilized spaces into productive urban gardens and farms and educational spaces, and we were inspired by the Festival Beach Food Forest planned in East Austin. We hope that the Maplewood forest will feed, educate, and inspire our school community and the surrounding neighborhood.
You might be asking what is a food forest? ” A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals make up the lower levels.” (source: Beacon Food Forest). The location we have identified is the triangle to the left of the school’s main entrance. This space is sufficient to host four small varieties of fruit trees as well as eight edible understory plants and lots of rainbed ground plants that will support the fruit trees and soil health, and add seasonal interest to brighten the entry to the school. There will be a focus on educational aspects of the garden with signage and seating. The food forest will provide an engaging outdoor learning space for educators to align math, science, arts, literacy learning objectives with outdoor experiences.
The Bright Green Futures grant is funded by the city’s Office of Sustainability, and is intended to “recognize and support innovative projects that will inspire students to become lifelong environmental stewards.” We hope that we receive the funds and are working on installation next spring!
Design by Urban Patchwork.