November Board and Community Report
East Omak Elementary
East's Virtual Veteran's Day Assembly
The East Omak Elementary School Veterans Meet was very successful. Fifth grader Malorie Grimes led the meet, fourth grader LeeAnn Allen led the National Anthem "Star Spangled Banner", students introduced their Veterans and told about their Veterans as well as presented the "Thank You Veterans" cards they made. All joined in a sing-a-long of traditional patriotic songs and students read famous quotes written by our founding fathers. There were pictures and videos of Reville, Armed Forces Medley presentation of flags, the meaning of the folds of the flag, and more. Thank you to everyone attending, everyone who made the meet possible, and most of all thank you Veterans!
Rihanna Howard and her grandpa, Don
Don served in the army.
Many thanks to Mrs. Clough for coordinating yet another thoughtful and meaningful Veteran's Day assembly.
Roselyn Halvorson and her dad, Jeff
Jeff served in the Navy for 25 years.
School Garden Update
- In September East received a grant in the amount of $1,740 from the Okanogan County Conservation District. They were awarded a larger grant from the USDA Farm to School program and then distributed it to school gardens throughout our valley. We used some of those funds to purchase weed barrier and gravel to finish the entire enclosed space which was started last October.
- On October 28th, Kim Kogler (Okanogan County Conservation District), Jim Anderson (who is a retired teacher from Okanogan and is the new School Garden Coordinator in our county), and Mrs. Schrock moved the log rolls and cement blocks that were placed last October. We moved the cement blocks to create a higher raised bed to be wheelchair accessible. Weed barrier was also laid for the remaining area of the garden.
- On Wednesday (October 4th), through multiple collaborations, we were able to spread over four yards of 3/4 inch gravel and crushed gravel to create ADA accessible paths to the classroom space and around the entire wheelchair accessible raised bed. The log rolls were replaced on top of the gravel to provide seating for the outdoor classroom. Beds were weeded and reinforced for weed control. A large pile of old dirt was leveled out and rocks were moved.
- We are very grateful to our district's amazing maintenance crew, Kim Kogler and Jim Anderson at the Conservation District, Nick Sackman and the OHS Football Team, Elaine Lewis and the FFA Members, and Dave Haigh and his OSPA Elite Young Athletes for showing up and making all of this happen in a very short amount of time! THANK YOU ALL!
- Thanks and appreciation also goes out to the East Omak Parent Lighthouse Team for paying for 18 Hometown Pizzas for all to enjoy after all the heavy lifting was completed!
- Each student who participated earned 2-hours of Community Service Hours.
- I want to take a moment to thank Kayla Gutierrez for all the watering and coordination she has done! She has also been the liaison with the Conservation District for the last year. I also want to thank the MacDonald family for doing the weeding last spring and over the summer! So very appreciated!
- Make a dump run to clean up area in front of the garden shed along the fence.
- Spread compost in the raised beds and border beds.
- Plant native perennials around the entrance of the garden and vegetables in the raised beds. We are wondering about a pumpkin patch with an arch that they could grow up?!
- Add garden benches and an arbor at the entrance.
- Come up with some art projects for students to add some color and imagination to the area. Ideas include painted steppingstones, painted rocks around the flower bed borders, some type of permanent artwork or color on the chain link fence, and signs for the flower beds.
- Purchase some additional tools and gloves for students and adults.
- Find a way to deliver standards-based science lessons in the garden. Jim Anderson is going to help with this and is looking into creating some virtual lessons for us to accommodate hybrid teaching and learning. (THANK YOU, JIM!)
So many thanks and great appreciation to all who have contributed to our school garden over the last year! It is actually starting to look like the schematic that was created nearly two years ago (pictured above)! It is very exciting!