GreenExpo was a Great Day to Connect Students and Adults

The booth School Connections shared with Students for a Greener World was busy at the 2019 GreenEXPO on Sunday, October 20. Thank you to all who stopped by and especially to our student volunteers who helped to spread the word about Green Teams and actions everyone can take every day for the environment.

  • Children added leaves to our tree of ideas about how to fight climate change and  made pine cone bird feeders. 
  • We were lucky to have the Newton South Farm as our neighbors.  The high school runs a robust farm program, with enthusiastic students. They were selling beautiful vegetables at the fair.
  • We learned about gardens that we didn’t know about at Lincoln-Eliot and Franklin. 
  • Bike Newton expressed interest in connecting the Newton South and Newton North bike clubs to do activities together.
  • We heard that the Climate Action group at Newton North (who promoted the March 15th March) is planning another climate action in Boston the Friday after Thanksgiving. They are set to connect with Newton South so both schools collaborate.

It was a great day to connect and confirm that together we are building a more sustainable school community in Newton.

GreenExpo-2019

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School Cases: Zervas encourages families to walk, bike, ride the bus or carpool to school

Original post from Zervas Walks – 

Zervas is celebrating international walk to school day on Friday, October 4.

GETTING TO SCHOOL

WALKWalking is the best way to get to school! Kids love to walk, especially with friends, and it gives them time to wake-up, socialize and expend a little energy so they arrive at school ready to learn. Walking home is a great way to wind down. We encourage all families to walk whenever possible. Zervas is designed as a walkable school.

BIKE – Biking is another great way to get to school! Children in grades K through 3 should bike with an adult. There are bike racks by the front door of the school and at the back playground.  The Newton Police will host bike safety training for Zervas 5th graders again this year.

BUSSchool buses help reduce traffic! If you live more than a mile from school you may be eligible for bus service. Go to the Newton Public Schools transportation website for more information and Zervas bus schedules.

CARParking is extremely limited. Drivers must use the Blue Zone (a “live” drop-off/pick-up zone) or park legally on the street. If you choose to drive, please read this guide and review the map carefully.

SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY

  • Slow down, hang up, and be patient!
  • Kids must always use the crosswalk even with an adult!
  • Never drop off or pick up from a traffic lane or a No Parking or No Standing area – only from the Blue Zone or a legal parking space. There are no parking spaces in front of the Blue Zone.
  • Beethoven Ave is Do Not Enter at drop-off and pick-up headed north. Stay on the east side of the street to allow for emergency vehicles.
  • No turning in driveways — kids are running down the sidewalk that you are crossing!
  • If the Blue Zone is full you cannot wait for spaces to open – it creates dangerous gridlock. Either circle the block or park legally.
  • Don’t back up to exit the Blue Zone – a child might step off the curb behind you!
  • Park legally. Observe all signs.
  • Do not enter the school bus loop or staff parking lot on Beacon St.
  • Never block (or park within 5ft. of, or park in) a private driveway.
  • Never pass a school bus with flashing red lights! It’s the law.

More on the Zervas Walks website

Tip of the Week: Reduce and Reuse Your School Supplies

-Original post from Green Newton

The Bigelow PTO has suggested great ideas for families to reduce school shopping lists during the summer by keeping items from this school year that are still in good condition. This can save money, will reduce waste and it can be a great opportunity to embrace our sustainable values for students. There’s a reason reduce & reuse come before recycle– not just because it sounds good, but it’s the order in which we should approach sustainability.

After the school year is over, take the following steps:

  • Empty backpacks, pencil cases, binders, folders.
  • Clean everything (a swipe of rubbing alcohol can remove marker and make things look like new).
  • Organize pens, pencils, markers, scissors, calculators, etc.
  • Take out the used pages of notebooks and evaluate if the notebook can be reused in school or at home.

When the school supply list arrives during the summer, compare the list with what you have organized and cleaned. You might find out that there’s very little to buy!

Sustainable Back-to-School Supplies at Bigelow

Newton Schools were honored for their environmental efforts during the 2018-2019 school year

Three Newton schools were awarded with the 25th Annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

  • Mason-Rice Elementary School – “Green Team Kids,” Grades, 3, 4 & 5
  • Bowen Elementary School – “Newton Environmental Science Program,” Newton Conservation Commission, David Backer, Executive Director – Grades 5-8
  • Mt. Alvernia Academy (Chestnut Hill) – “STEM FUN FAIR,” Grades K-5

Winners competed for $5,000 in awards, funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust with the intention to fund further environmental education initiatives at the schools. EEA solicited Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Award nominations in early 2019. Schools and organizations that voluntarily incorporate environmental education into public or private school curricula are given priority. Read more…

Trash and Recycling Bins in Newton Schools

Please find below the number of trash and recycling bins that each Newton Public School has, according to Walk-Through Assessment done in May-July 2018 by the Newton Sustainable Materials Management office and GN School Connection volunteers.

If your school needs more bins, please contact us at [email protected], and we will help you to get them.
If you need to print signage to fix above the bins, please look at your school to see how many you will need. We can also help you figure out how to order and pay for the signage.

Angier – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 53
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 72
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Bowen – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 36
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 46
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Burr – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 40
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 1
Total Trash Bins Indoors 47
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Carr – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 36
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 48
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Countryside – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 36
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 37
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Franklin – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 44
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 45
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Horace Mann – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 36
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 42
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 4
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Lincoln-Eliot – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 56
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 1
Total Trash Bins Indoors 60
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 5

Mason-Rice – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 34
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 41
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Memorial Spaulding – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 37
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 40
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Peirce – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 30
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 26
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Underwood – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 22
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 37
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 1

Ward – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 54
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 48
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Williams – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 27
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 1
Total Trash Bins Indoors 29
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Zervas – Elementary (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 59
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 53
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Aquinas Preschool – Pre-K (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 15
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 35
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Oak Hill – Middle (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 73
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 1
Total Trash Bins Indoors 95
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 1
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Bigelow – Middle (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 54
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 60
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 3
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Charles E. Brown – Middle (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 74
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 104
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 2
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

FA Day – Middle (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 105
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 131
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Newton North – High (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 158
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 8
Total Trash Bins Indoors 186
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 13
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0

Newton South – High (see more information)

Total Recycling Bins Indoors 0
Total Recycling Bins Outdoors 0
Total Trash Bins Indoors 0
Total Trash Bins Outdoors 0
Total Food Waste Bins Indoors 0