Garden Committee Meeting Today at 3pm & Garden Club Tomorrow at 8am

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Bears care garden committee is scheduled for May 10th at 3 pm.
Topics will be:

  • Transplanting seedlings;
  • Bears Care Garden Appreciation Day (preview invites and programs);
  • “Green Fair” which is scheduled for Thursday July 28th from 12-3;
  • and upcoming expenses.

This week 8AM Garden Club will continue to meet in the garden space before school starts.

We are seeking a referral for a local sprinkler company to give us an additional estimate for the Bears Care Garden. Please share your experiences with local companies with us.

Meeting Minutes from March 8 School Garden Committee Meeting

Beachwood Elementary Vegetable Garden Committee – Media Center at Beachwood Elementary

Planting-SeedsMarch 8th 2016

Attendance: Amanda C., Andrew C., Michelle E., Heather C., Gloria M., Jenn L., Sue M., T. Lindemann, A. Nylander, L. O’Donnell, A., M. LaRoche, J. Citta, K. Mayer, M. Castor, D. Cameron, A. Huhn, B. Betz, D. Staffieri, S. Krean, D. Calabrese, L. Mabie, S. Wiest, K. Muir, K. Josberger, R. Lunn & H. Steadman

Old Business

  • 1. Lunch time selling mint Smencils & bears care garden pins set for Fri March 11 & Fri April 8th (lunch 11-12:45) – Success! Raised $277.00
    • show students information board detailing what’s to come
  • 2. Work date for fence and benches
    • Date is planned for Sunday March 13th. – Very productive. Kids were helpful
    • Still need to finish fence and plan to also make benches Sunday 4/10/16
    • Engraved bricks may arrive by then we can review order also…
  • 3. Spring fundraiser: cut out symbols; students purchase & decorate them… Hang like chains in cafeteria… Classroom that purchases the most wins a prize(ideas welcome)
    • We plan to announce the winner on Earth day Friday April 22.
    • Please let me know if you’d like to help on subcommittee for this. Help will be
      • i. Begin sale on April 15th. Need subcommittee to sell Fri April 15th; Monday April 18th and Wednesday April 20th (SALE ENDS WED) from 11:00-12:45
      • ii. Need volunteers to hang papers in cafeteria Thursday April 21… needed to prepare symbols, sell symbols, and then hang them up… Subcommittee will be led by Jessica Bonelli (please contact us if interested in helping this subcommittee)

New Business

  • 1. Sprinklers: hopefully we have news to share
    • We met with sprinkler guy and he will be getting back to us with an estimate.
  • 2. Seed selection:
    • Parent volunteers are available to help plant seeds inside the classroom.
    • Plan to start next set of seeds 1st week of April (right after Spring Break)
    • Follow up on Eggplant seeds: variables from class to class
  • 3. Events to plan:
    • look into making rain barrel
    • Summer Event – Green Festival; Zumba will be present (looking into who ran the class for Beachwood) perhaps we can do this ‘class’ as a fundraiser and also make some $ for the bears care garden…
    • since meeting I have been working on planning this event. Have positive response from Save the Barnegat bay, Friends of IBSP, and Jake’s Branch Park… Working on planning a date.
      • 1. Would also like to reach out to have DARE represented
      • 2. Beachwood police to discuss bicycle safety
      • 3. Someone from recycling perhaps
      • 4. Mayors wellness campaign
      • 5. Someone about seed saving
      • 6. Nutritionist
      • 7. Possible sell tables to vendors (esp. green/organic vendors or craft
      • 8. repurpose or eco conscious crafts) make $

      Also looking to form a subcommittee of helpers with this event…

  • 4. Ideas what to do with extra seeds: we will have a lot!!!!
    • Is there a club we can link up with to make seed paper for fundraiser/ mother’s day etc…. Ideas?

Open to public

  • 1. New Fundraising idea approved to plan paint party. We can do for parents or parents and students. Also need to decide if we want to have at school (FALL 2016) and therefore no alcohol or out at a location either to buy food and drinks or BYOB (in this case no student participation)
    • Also need volunteers to help with this subcommittee (participants Theresa Lindemann & Amanda Cimino)
  • 2. We will be starting an am club for any student and parents who want to arrive to garden space before school. This club will meet 2x a week to weed even before we plant outdoors… most likely in April or May… Led by a parent Sue Marang with the support of the entire committee
  • 3. Fall plan for outdoor movie night!!! Will add to PTO calendar…

Adjourn meeting

March 8th 2016 – Beachwood Elementary Vegetable Garden Committee Meeting Agenda

Elementary Vegetable GardenMeeting Time: 3pm
Location: Media Center at Beachwood Elementary

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Old Business

  1. Lunch time selling mint Smencils & bears care garden pins
    1. set for Fri March 11 & Fri April 8th (lunch 11-12:45)
    2. show students information board what to come
  2. Work date for fence and benches (hopefully)
    1. a. Date is planned for Sunday March 13th time?
  3. Spring fundraiser: print out symbols have students purchase them decorate them and bring them home.. Then hang them in the hallway like a race… Classroom that wins (purchases the most) wins a prize. Perhaps mint smencils. Month of April or May perhaps??

New Business

  1. Sprinklers: hopefully we have news to share
  2. Seed selection:
    1. Parent volunteers are available to help plant seeds inside the classroom.
    2. Plan to start next set of seeds 1st week of April (right after Spring Break)
    3. Follow up on Eggplant seeds
  3. Events to plan:
    1. look in to making rain barrel
    2. (I can reach out to see who ran a class for Beachwood) perhaps we can do this ‘class’ as a fundraiser and also make some for the bears care garden…
    3. summer event; green festival; Zumba
  4. Ideas what to do with extra seeds: we will have a lot!!!!
    1. Is there a club we can link up with to make seed paper for fundraiser/ mother’s day etc…. Ideas??

Open to public

Adjourn meeting

Join Us! Bears Care Garden Committee Meets This Tuesday 2-9 at 6:30 pm

garden_meeting1Below is the agenda for this Tuesday’s Garden Committee Meeting on 2/9 at 6:30 in media center. Hope to see you there 🙂

Also, here are the times and dates of the remainder of our meetings for this school year:

March 8th 3 pm
April 12th 6:30 pm
May 10th 3 pm
June 14th 3 pm & 6:30 pm

As always thank you all for your time!!

~Theresa Lindemann


February 9, 2015 – Agenda 3 pm

Beachwood Elementary “BEARS CARE” Vegetable Garden Committee

Media Center at Beachwood Elementary

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Old Business

  1. Benches/shed/ main gate – we have an agreement for lumber donation for these projects working on amount needed
    • Benches have about 60 left over block enough to make 10 benches?
  2. Garden pins & mint Smencils –
    • discuss putting logo stickers on pencils
    • need to pick dates to sell
  3. Update on donations: we have commitment from home depo & lowes (agreed to donate gift cards)
  4. Security – school making progress to obtain:
    • also discussed mounting sensor solar light on shed
  5. Subcommittees:
    • local businesses to sell our bricks. F/U
  6. DEADLINE FOR BRICK ORDER Feb 26 to guarantee in garden for spring… If needed we will continue this fundraiser next year to fill walkways
    • Reach out to local clubs boyscouts girl scouts etc… (THEY HAVE THEIR SYMBOLS 5$ more)
  7. Discuss time of appreciation day so
    • invitations
  8. Sprinkler options??? Opinions on what is best way to water? Soaker hose? Sprinklers?

New Business

  1. SEEDS
    • Which classes get what
    • Begin discussing how seeds will be planted in classroom
    • Experiments between classrooms that do same seeds…

Open to public

Adjourn meeting

Today’s Bears Care Garden Meeting Reminder and Agenda

garden_meetingToday, Tuesday, January 12th, a meeting is being held for the Bears Care Vegetable Garden committee at 3 pm and 6:30 pm in the media center at Beachwood Elementary School. Please see the following agenda… Hope to see you there…

Please especially try to make it to one of these meetings if you grown your plants from seeds and starts indoors…

Anyone is welcome to join us for the Green Team meeting at 4 pm in the media center, also.

Children are always welcome; but this material is more for the adults at this time.

~Theresa Lindemann (garden coordinator)

January 12, 2015 – Agenda 3 pm & 6:30 meeting

Beachwood Elementary “BEARS CARE” Vegetable Garden Committee

Media Center at Beachwood Elementary

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Old Business

  • 1. Benches/shed/ main gate – ?
  • 2. Thank you cards
  • 3. Family fit night
    • a. Healthy refreshments F/U
    • b. Garden pins
    • c. Smencils
    • d. T-shirt order form & raffle off 3 shirts
    • e. Also raffle brick
    • f. NEED SIGN UP helpers for our table: also need volunteers to decorate our table
  • 4. List of things we need: posted on our website and letter (printed) for donations
  • 5. Security – school making progress to obtain
  • 6. Subcommittees:
    • a. small fundraisers like putting buttons together etc. and F/U
    • b. local businesses to sell our bricks. F/U
  • 7. DEADLINE FOR BRICK ORDER Feb 26 to guarantee in garden for spring… If needed we will continue this fundraiser next year to fill walkways.

New Business

  • 1. Plan appreciation day!!!
    • a. Date
    • b. Refreshments
  • 2. SEED SELECTION
    • a. Which classes get what
    • b. Begin discussing how seeds will be planted in classroom
  • 3. Dates to sell smencils ($1) and button (%0.50 or $1.00) during lunches and sign up
  • 4. Sprinkler options??? Opinions on what is best way to water? Soaker hose? Sprinklers?

Open to public

Adjourn meeting

See you at the next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12 & Garden T-Shirt Order

garden_t-shirtThe first T-shirt order was placed today for t-shirts featuring the Bears Care Garden logo. Please try to have your checks into PTO mailbox in the main office of Beachwood Elementary School by this Friday, January 8th, if possible.

Please write on envelope or check memo. Bears Care Garden or Garden T-shirt. Include adult/child and size of the shirts ordered.

The next Garden Committee meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, January 12, 2016 This is an important meeting, so it would be helpful for as many people as possible to attend. For your convenience, the meeting will be held twice at 3pm and at 6:30pm at the school in either the media center or the garden cafe (the actual room is subject to change). Please attend one of these 2 time slots if possible.

The timing will be close but we may even have the shirts for our 1/12 meeting. If not, we should have them by the end of next week. So exciting.

We would like to use photos of our students and families wearing the garden t-shirts to promote the garden online and in print. Please consider allowing us to take pictures of you or your child in the shirts to post on our website and t-shirt order form.

Minutes from December 9th Vegetable Garden Committee Meeting

vegetable-gardenDecember 9, 2015 – MINUTES

Beachwood Elementary Vegetable Garden Committee

Media Center at Beachwood Elementary

Attendance: Andrea D, Stephanie O, Jenn L, Sue M, Greg M, Mrs. Josberger, & Theresa L

Old Business

  1. Benches/shed/ main gate –?
    1. We may have a new group of dads willing to construct a shed using repurposed fencing (if we need them)
    2. Still need help on benches and entrance gate
  2. Thank you cards
    1. In process
  3. Family fit night
    1. Healthy refreshments-talking to ShopRite for some donations; I will make butternut squash soup to give out free samples
    2. Garden pins- we will have subcommittee to make
    3. Smencils- in process of ordering mint scent smencils
    4. T-shirt order form –working on order forms… we will sell t-shirts for $16 checks payable to PTO.  We need to get an order together of 2 doz orders ASAP (done)
  4. List of things we need: repurposed wood fencing (for art); acrylic paint; shed; rakes; shovels; hand tools; mailboxes; garden gloves(plan for each student to bring a set of garden gloves); pods; trays; solar caps for posts; wheel barrels
  5. Security have temporary camera for now…
  6. Subcommittees:
    1. small fundraisers like putting buttons together etc. and
    2. local businesses to sell our bricks.
  7. Brick fundraiser
    1. We agreed to absorb the cost of a brick for donation – we are going to raffle it off at family fit night
    2. Brick on us?  To family that donated $700 cement block – agreed to purchase this family’s brick.

Open to public

  1. Next meeting we will work on finding a date and specifics of our appreciation day… In June… This will be during school hours so students can show appreciation

Adjourn meeting

CONSTRUCTION DATE Sunday 11/22/15 & Meeting reminder

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Please note our !!NEW DATE!! for construction of the student vegetable garden at Beachwood Elementary School.

Sunday November 22th from 12-4pm

Any parents especially those with experience are welcome to come out and help our committee. We would also appreciate if some parents would please bring some refreshments for those volunteering their time. Coffee will also be available.

The goal is to put up the re-purposed fence, till the garden beds, and lay the cement blocks around the garden beds. If time, daylight, and materials permit we also hope to put the compost into the garden beds.

Please note: we really have no resources for the garden yet so please bring your own shovels, and wheel-barrels and any other tools you feel may be needed if possible.

Also our vegetable garden committee meeting is this Wednesday in the media center at either 3:15 or 6:30.  No need to attend both meetings and as always no pressure if you can not attend check the website for updates!!!

Minutes from 10/14/15 meeting

vegetablesOctober 14, 2015 – Minutes

Beachwood Elementary Vegetable Garden Committee

Media Center at Beachwood Elementary

Attendance: 16

  • Agreed to construct on weekends of November (pending permit)
    1. Fence 1st  
    2. Till 2nd
    3. lay cement block garden 3rd
  • Students to name garden ASAP
    1. to be performed in school this November
  • Discussed garden layout: agreed edible garden will surround outdoor classroom space.
  • Agreed it should be ok to lay-out cement block garden structure now and in spring lay paver walkways… ALL PAVER WALKWAYS WILL BE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE (36″)
  • In regards to benches: plan made to reach out to scouts to see if they can volunteer to contribute benches to our garden project.
  • Contributors THANK YOU
    1. Agreed that list of people (contributors) and addresses will be emailed to teachers so students can write thank you cards.
  • OPEN TO PUBLIC
    1. Mailboxes for classes to keep small hand tools in
    2. Reach out to environmental club at Intermediate South
    3. Rain barrels- idea to attach gutters to top of fence and collect into rain barrel (idea to be revisited)
    4. Composting – currently researching Vermicomposting will be part of long term plan if it does not happen this school year.
    5. Security- encourage older kids to take ownership of garden and Principal Josberger is researching video surveillance of grounds

Meeting 10/14/15 agenda

garden_meeting_agenda500October 14, 2015 – Agenda

Beachwood Elementary Vegetable Garden Committee

Media Center at Beachwood Elementary

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New Business 

  1. Construction dates for fence & blocks in November providing we get permit
  2. Students name the garden – goal for this to be done in November
  3. Discuss layouts of garden using concrete blocks
  4. Discuss how to prepare the ground and how pavers can be added
  5. Discuss benches and ideas for benches
  6. Teachers- can students write thank you cards as people do things for the committee

Open to public

Adjourn meeting