Green Scene Oct. 2017

October 2017 Fort McMurray Public School District

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All through our district, amazing Green Things are happening!

FMPSD is one of the leading Alberta school districts, for encouraging and supporting Environmental Education and Stewardship. Join in!

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Happy Waste Reduction Week! Oct. 16-22, 2017

It's a perfect time to analyze the waste in your class & office garbage can & make a plan for waste reduction. Waste Free Lunches and reusable bottles are a great start!

Waste Reduction Week Canada
School Waste Audit

Reuseit: Great sale on reusable containers, bottles, bags, & baggies.
Watch FMPSD kids explain Waste Free Lunches.

School Learning Gardens

Students of all ages have been have been learning hands-on science through FMPSD School Learning Gardens.

Coming up! Join in!

  • RMWB Green Teen program, with Jr. & Sr. High students are designing and implementing action projects that help improve the community. Seven teams are enrolled from Westwood and Ecole McTavish, and one from Bill Woodward.

  • Oct. 23, 2017 Emerald Day Speakers Series for youth: Free, Keyano Theatre

    • The Emerald Speakers Series features our past Emerald Award recipients providing TEDTalk-styled presentations on the environment.
    • EcoPitch, our take on Dragons Den, invites students to pitch their environmental dream projects to a panel of eco-celebrity judges for the chance to receive a $1000 grant to make it a reality. Runners-up receive $500, permitting their pitch meets the criteria of the Youth Environmental Engagement Grant program. Register now!

    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 Emerald Speakers Series (Session 1)

    11:00 – 12:00 EcoPitch*

    12:45 p.m. – 2:00 Emerald Speakers Series (Session 2)

  • Nov. 2, 2017 Student Sustainability Summit
    Take climate action in your school and community! Join Inside Education as we explore energy and climate change in Fort McMurray. This no-cost experiential education program is open to junior and senior high school students from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Join experts and other students in discovering sustainability initiatives right here in our own backyard through hands-on workshops, speaker sessions and tours. Sign up today.

  • Nov. 15-17, 2017 Destination Conservation . Teams of students from grades 4-12, come together from each school to learn about conservation and create year long projects to improve their schools. Students attended a day-long workshop this fall, with 2 more this year. This is our third year. Watch for upcoming information!

    Year 1's focus: Energy Conservation
    Year 2's focus: Water Conservation

    This year's focus: Waste Reduction

  • EnviroMentors with Grade 12 students have been buddied with Grade 4 students to teach about community environment and beautification over 5 weeks. Contact 780-792-5968 or for more information.

Inside Education

Inside Education offers free programming:

Grade 5 - Wetlands classroom program: examine connections with the wetland as well as go through wetland types, wetland adaptations and wetland values.

Grade 8 - Water in Alberta classroom program:examine the cumulative effects of people on our watersheds through an interactive activity. Basics of water testing and innovations related to water will also be examined.

Contact Laura Pekkola / Educator, Northeast Alberta Inside Education c: 587-645-0985

Elements Society For Environmental Education & Leadership

Elements Society for Environmental Education and Leadership has a local facilitator offering experiential learning opportunities for all grades. They can organize curriculum connections. Workbooks and worksheets are included. Possible themes include wetlands, watershed, waste reduction. They can come into the school and work with an individual teacher/class. The can also work with a school to establish environmental goals.


More amazing Green Things happening!

Environmental Dates

Oct. 16-22, 2017 Waste Reduction Week
Ideas: Do a Waste Audit of your class & schoo, Waste Free Lunches, Community clean-up

Oct. 26, 2017 Take Me Outside Day

Head to the great outdoors for learning & mindfulness

Grants To Apply For

  1. Fall Quest Environmental Grant
  2. Twice a year, Alberta Emerald Foundation
  3. August-Dec, Jan.-June, $500, different green categories
  4. Nov. 30 Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant
  5. December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017 Staples Super Power Your School

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Green Scene FMPSD

We are a group of teachers, CUPE staff, admin, parents and students of Fort McMurray Public School District, dedicated to environmental education and action. Making green happen!

Join in!