Happy New Year, Caraway! It promises to be another great and very Green year! Our special Green shirts were delivered just before winter break — remember, we ordered extra, so it’s not too late to get one!
If you had a chance to walk around the school before the holidays, you might have noticed a lot of spectacular green-inspired art and nature-related projects from our students. Here’s a glimpse of quite a few. Thank you to all our Green Kids — you are inspiration to us all!
First, here are some amazing research projects on native insects and plants by some of our 4th-grade TAG students. In fact, many of the plants and insects are native right here in Texas!
The reports covered plants such as poison ivy, bluebonnets, Texas milkweed, glacier lilies, yaupons, and chocolate daisies — and also monarch butterflies and grasshoppers.
Here are some fun facts the students wanted to share with us.
- Dylan says that the reason people are allergic to poison ivy is because the plant is covered in an oil called urushiol, so don’t touch the plant!
- Claire learned that the glacier lily is native to North America and that Native Americans used to eat the bulbs.
- Lilly says that Texas Milkweed (Asclepias texana) was once part of an Indian folktale where the root of the plant cures a rattlesnake bite.
- Isabel tells us that the bluebonnet is our Texas state flower and is also native to South America.
- Mohan shared that Chocolate Daisy (a favorite of many of our Caraway students) is a perennial, and its petals open in the morning and droop in the heat of the day.
I know that I learned a lot from these great reports! Thanks for teaching us so much about native plants and animals!
Just down the hallway were many artistic T-shirt designs from our 2nd-graders, who learned about good citizenship. Many of the T-shirts identified important laws, and several of them were about littering and protecting the planet — I wish I could post them all. Thank you all for reminding us of the importance of being good citizens!
Our preschoolers created wonderful wreaths to decorate the hallway, using elements of nature such as dried leaves, twigs, and acorns. Simply beautiful!
And finally, I want to commend our Reflections participants on their brilliant creations for the theme “Together We Can.” Several were Green-related, and they are all creative and inspiring! Here are some samples of ones on display at school. Wow!
Cheers to ALL of our talented Green Kids!