Gage Community School Connection

September 16, 2016 Edition

Super Start

We have our first full week behind us! We had lots of little wins this week that are helping push us toward our goal of 30 in 1 - 30% increase in our math and reading scores in 1 year! We've got big goals, but we've got the best people on our team working toward them! (That's you!)

Gage Garden

Last spring, our 5th grade students built garden beds as part of their STEM class. Funding came from grants from Action for Healthy Kids and the Jeffers Foundation. We partnered with SACC to build two additional beds. Our students and SACC students worked together to plant the gardens with support from Minnesota Farm Bureau and HyVee.

Throughout the summer our SACC students and summer school students cared for the garden. Minnesota State Extension staff and our local HyVee Dietitian did lessons with the students about healthy eating within our garden space. We also explored the garden with families during summer play dates!

Now the garden is ready to be picked and shared! It has produced lots of healthy food that has gone home with students from our family resource room and a produce cart out in front of school. We are all becoming #FitFamilies here at Gage!

Kindergarten Parent Village

Our first of four Kindergarten Parent Village dates was this week! We had 3 families attend to connect with one another and share stories about parenting their kindergarten students. The parent discussion was facilitated by Amy Baker from PAIIR. Future dates are set for October 12, November 9, and December 14th for those interested!
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Facilitating Family

We are looking into some new options for parent communication this school year. We have previously been using Precioustatus, but some new costs for their tool have us looking at other options. If there is a communication tool you love, please let us know! We'd love to include it in our consideration for a new building-wide tool! (Teachers - we want your input, too!)

Powerful Partnerships

As a Community School, we are always looking to expand the partnerships we have with other individuals and organizations who share our mission of supporting student success.

This week we'd like to share more about our partnership with University of Minnesota Extension and their SNAP-Ed Educators. The primary educator we have been working with is Caitlin Anfinson. Caitlin sat on our Gage Garden planning team to get the garden started, participated in our Family Fitness Event last April, lead lessons in the garden with our summer school students for three weeks in July, organized and helped staff our first Fit Family, Fun Friday event last week, and will be in the building more during the upcoming year!

Check out the SNAP-Ed website for more information about the tools and supports they can offer your family!

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