Week of November 5th
STEM with Mrs. Sawyer
Mrs. Sawyer (2nd grade teacher) has released her newest at-home STEM challenge video. Visit this link to try this month's challenge: https://www.smore.com/vdzna. Additional challenges are available on her website! (Link is in the newsletter.)
The PTA would like to invite parents to join them every 1st Thursday of the month to meet in the cafeteria at 7:45 a.m. We will also share evening events as they are scheduled.
Bradley Creek Parent Teachers Association would love your help aiding our teachers with copying, laminating, and cutting as needed for various classroom projects. If you have any extra time and want to volunteer at the school please join us on Fridays through December from 12:30pm - 2pm in the teachers lounge. Click on the signup genius to register for a date.
If you are looking to join the PTA or purchase Bradley Creek gear please go to our Member Hub at
Garbage to Gardens
Dear Bradley Creek Elementary School Community,
Your school will be participating in a waste diversion program called Garbage to Gardens.
This program aims to reduce school waste by educating students and staff on how to conserve
resources through recycling and composting. Not only does this program have a substantial positive environmental impact, but it is also a hands-on way to cover some of your students’ curriculum goals and develop critical thinking, cooperation, and leadership skills. You are receiving this letter so that you have more background information on composting, recycling, and the Garbage to Gardens program to help answer your students’ questions or even implement some of these systems at home!
The following outlines the procedure for waste diversion that will be implemented in the school
1. Each lunch table will be provided with a bucket for students to remove all of their landfill
trash before walking up to the waste station.
a. This means that all a student should have left once they leave their table is their tray,
their drink, and their leftover food
b. The landfill bucket can be dumped into the large trash can at the end of lunch by one
2. The waste station is arranged so that students can move through the line and stop at each
bin to dispose of their lunch items
a. Liquids (dumped into bucket)
b. Recyclables (aluminum, paper milk carton, plastic #1, #2, #5) dropped into the bin
c. Compostables (all food items including meat, dairy) dumped off of the tray into the
3. Trays are stacked on a table at end and discarded as a stack at the end of lunch
4. Students line up one classroom at a time with a staggered lunch dismissal
5. Volunteers or student ambassadors can stand behind the line of bins and assist each student
with separating what goes where on their lunch trays
6. Custodial Specialists are also available to empty liquids bucket and landfill bin as needed
Example Lunch Tray:
● 1⁄4 PB&J: Compostable
● 1⁄2 String Cheese: Compostable
● Plastic string cheese wrapper: Landfill
● Orange peel: Compostable
● Paper milk carton: Recycle
● Aluminum Drink Can: Recycle
● Plastic Spoon: Landfill
The following is more detailed information about the benefits of recycling and composting, as well
has how to recycle and compost properly in New Hanover County:
Composting food scraps helps to divert that waste from ending up in the landfill. This conserves
already limited landfill space in New Hanover County. Our landfill only has enough space for about
28 more years of trash! The food scraps are put through the county’s composting system, and the
compost can then be used to enhance the soil quality at school gardens, local parks, or even for NHC residents! Materials that can be composted in the NHC facility include:
● Fruit and vegetable scraps (remove
● Meat, poultry, and fish (no bones
larger than your index finger)
● Dairy products
● Spoiled or uneaten food
● Breads, crackers, cookies, and other
● Eggs and egg shells
● Pet food
● Pasta, rice, cereals, grains, and flours
● Herbs and spices
● Coffee grounds, coffee filters, tea bags
● Any bags, plates, utensils, or cups
marked “BPI Certified Compostable”
Our facility can compost animal products, but if you decide to compost at home, DO NOT include
any animal products besides eggshells in your compost pile!
Recycling also helps to reduce our reliance on the landfill. Making products from recycled materials
requires about 88% less energy than using raw materials. Proper recycling means having an
awareness of what materials can be recycled at your local facility. These are the materials that can
be recycled in NHC:
● Metal Food Cans - Any metal container
used for soup, pet food, vegetables,
condensed milk, soda, etc.
● Cartons - Milk, juice, soup, broth,
cream, egg substitute cartons, etc.
● Glass Bottles and Jars - Remove the
lid, and rinse clean before recycling.
● Mixed Paper Products - Office paper,
cardboard, magazines, paper bags,
cereal and food boxes, craft paper,
wrapping paper, mail, brochures, and
soft cover books.
● Newspaper - Newspaper inserts can
be recycled as well.
● Paper cups or cartons - To-go cups
used at restaurants and coffee shops,
● Plastic Containers - Please no plastic
bags, films, or Styrofoam. No
containers that contained motor oil or
pesticides are accepted. Milk jugs,
soda, water bottles, plastic cups, and
detergent bottles (plastics #1, #2 and
Thank you for your role in helping to facilitate the Garbage to Gardens program at Bradley Creek
Elementary School. I look forward to working with you and your students to increase sustainability
efforts in New Hanover County! If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please
do not hesitate to reach out to me directly!
Garbage to Gardens Program Coordinator
Thursday, November 9th Picture Make-Up Day
Friday, November 10th Veteran's Day, No School
Week of November 12th, NC Check-Ins grades 3-5
Thursday, November 14th Papa John's Fundraiser
Wednesday, November 22nd-Friday, November 24th, No School
Monday, November 27th-Friday December 1st Scholastic Book Fair
Thursday, November 30th, Book Fair Night 5:00-6:30