One exciting new venture at DCES this year has been building three raised beds outside the 3rd grade cove and starting an after-school garden club. 17 third- fifth grade students signed up in the fall and planted our inaugural garden. They planted beets, kale, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, kohlrabi (what’s that?!), and many herbs such as rosemary, mint, and thyme. They had modest success as they tried to figure out which critters were eating the tender plants and how to get the drip irrigation just right. Gardening in the desert is a challenging, but rewarding endeavor. The spring gardening group were able to harvest kale and carrots, enough to share and eat!
The spring group has planted cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and zucchini. Many flowers have been planted as well to brighten the area and attract pollinators like bees and hummingbirds.
Next year the garden club may add a pollinator garden around the side of the garden on the north wall. This would be a wonderful way to help monarch butterflies have enough to eat along their long migration to Mexico. Their primary food is milkweed, which has become more and more scarce.
The garden will continue to evolve and will be a wonderful outdoor classroom for the students at DCES!
Girls on the Run
WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY GIRL
CAN EMBRACE WHO SHE IS,
CAN DEFINE WHO SHE WANTS TO BE,
CAN RISE TO ANY CHALLENGE,
CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion
Kids Club is a licensed before and after school program administered by Scottsdale Unified School District’s participating elementary schools. Early bird drop off begins at 6:30 a.m. and after school operates from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. Students are greeted each day by qualified child care specialists who facilitate activities that may include: arts and crafts, active group games, sports, team-building exercises, science, technology and supervised homework time. Snacks are served every day.
Enrichment Zone engages students in fun activities that create a desire to learn.
Classes are offered throughout the year giving students an opportunity to explore activities of particular interest to them and their families outside of the regular school program.