Earth Week, April 24-27, is an opportunity to focus on protecting the Earth’s resources. During the week of April 24-28, St. Michael’s students will be learning about natural resources and taking action to make a positive difference in our community.

Monday April 24, 9:50 a.m.:
All-school Earth Week Assembly
All School Dress Down Day (wear the color green in honor of Earth Week)

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.:
St. Michael’s-sponsored documentary “A Plastic Ocean” at Jane Pickens Theater. Open to public. Tickets on sale now. Click HERE.

PURCHASE TICKETS

All School Challenge: “Waste-Free” lunch week
All students and staff members are encouraged to bring in lunches that do not contain disposable plastic.

Broken Toy Drive:
Happen’s Toy Lab in Ohio is a place where kids and adults can create their own toys using their minds and imaginations along with our collection of recycled toy parts all of which were donated by the community. St. Michael’s students and families are encouraged to donate broken or unwanted plastic toys throughout the week.

Science Class Field Trips:

  • Tuesday, April 25: 5th grade to salt marsh
  • Wednesday, April 26: 7th grade to cliff walk
  • Thursday, April 27th: 8th grade campus clean up
  • Friday, April 28: 6th grade to First Beach for clean up

For additional resources about Earth Week, click HERE

 

Family Outdoor Challenge

“We tend to block off many of our senses when we’re staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses.”–Richard Louv

In Richard Louv’s Book, Last Child in the Woods, Louv presents a case that children in today’s world are so overscheduled with adult-led activities, and overwhelmed with screen time, that they have developed what he calls “Nature-Deficit Disorder.”

He argues that the best way for children to learn about the world is to explore, play, and experiment outdoors in nature. When digging in the dirt, planting, uncovering rocks and exploring the natural world, children engage all senses and interact with something larger than themselves, and this is something far from screen time engagement. Louv also advocates for children to play outside in unstructured settings without adults who orchestrate and facilitate the activity.

I grew up playing “Kick the can,” “Spud,” and “Hide and go seek” with my neighborhood friends, and we had to rely on ourselves to resolve conflict, take initiative to make things happen, communicate with others, and solve problems in a very authentic way.


Families are encouraged to spend time outdoors, take photos, and share with the St. Michael’s community!
Tag your photos with #SMCDSGetOutdoors and follow along on instagram!
Or send your photos to Erin Schmidt to post on our account! eschmidt@smcds.org

Ideas for families to try

  • Have a picnic outdoors
  • Read in the hammock
  • Catch fireflies
  • Identify bugs or flowers
  • Use chalk to create drawings on the sidewalk
  • Climb a tree
  • Take a Bike Ride
  • Run around in the pouring rain
  • Take a walk together
  • Go on a hike
  • Plant trees, flowers, or vegetables
  • Have dinner around a fire pit
  • Camp out in the backyard or take a camping trip
  • Play outdoor games
    • Kickball
    • Ladder golf
    • Flashlight tag
    • Spud
    • Tag
    • Wiffle ball
    • Frisbee
  • Look at the stars and identify constellations
  • Build a fort out of sticks, branches, shrubs
  • Go beach combing after a storm
  • Clear the backyard
  • Play in a creek
  • Make something out of items found in nature
  • Skip stones
  • Make sandcastles
  • Play in a sprinkler
  • Climb a big rock
  • Dig for worms in the backyard
  • Play on a rope swing
  • Fly a kite
  • Jump off of rocks into the water (make sure it is safe first)
  • Make a mudpie

Children Who Play Outside More Likely to Protect Nature as Adults

Protecting the environment can be as easy as telling your kids to go outdoors and play, according to a new UBC study. Research by Catherine Broom, assist. prof. in the Faculty of Education at UBC Okanagan, shows that 87 per cent of study respondents who played outside as children expressed a continued love of nature as young adults. Of that group, 84 per cent said taking care of the environment was a priority.
“Developing positive experiences in nature at a young age can influence our attitudes and behaviours towards nature as adults,” says Broom. “It is important to study these childhood experiences in order to develop environmental awareness and action in the next generation.”