Green Gifts that Teach and Taste Great!




Instead of buying the usual stocking stuffers this holiday season, why not consider an educational and green gift and help support the Discovery program at Northridge Elementary? Flower bulbs and seeds are great gifts for the avid gardeners in your circle, this year including neighbors, friends, family members, and teachers(!) Hint: Find good holiday gift ideas for your favorite Northridge Teacher here.

A Green Holiday Fundraiser for Discovery

Our goal is to raise $1,000 through this new fundraiser for Discovery Booster Club. You can order bulbs and seeds online through our new Discovery Booster Club Fundraiser website.

This eco-friendly fundraiser is completely online; no paper catalogs! Just shop and pay for your purchases on the website. Your order will be automatically shipped from our fundraiser partner, Flower Power Fundraising, via SmartPost (FedEx/US Mail) to your mailing address. Orders will arrive between April 2018-May 2018, just in time for spring planting in Colorado. Shipping costs $6 per order and orders can be shipped to addresses in all lower 48 U.S. states, except for Utah (sorry Utah!).

Fifty percent (50%) of all purchases directly supports the Discovery Booster Club and the Discovery Program at Northridge. If you are unsatisfied with your order, Flower Power Fundraising guarantees a 100% refund or replacement of your order.

Popular products include:

Easy Care Kids Garden ($10)

Perfect Salad Garden ($10 for 5 seed packets)

Honeybee Seed Mat ($10 for a 17" x 5' long mat with seeds)


Hurry! This fundraiser ends Friday, December 22, 2017. Place your orders today!

Why Running a Home Garden is Worth It

Gardening is a very fun way to introduce and develop your kid's interest in academics, especially science and math, as well as important life skills, such as planning, responsibility, and patience.  It's also a great way for families to bond and spend together.

A 2013 meta-analysis research study (Williams and Dixon, 2013) of 48 garden-based school projects between 1990-2000 found that "garden-based learning had a positive impact on students’ grades, knowledge, attitudes, and behavior", across all grade levels.

There are multiple websites that offer ideas that you can do at home to help your family set up your own home gardens.  Here are a few good ones:

Pinterest Board - gardening projects and ideas

Parent's Resource Guide to Gardening with Children

Gardening with Children - by Eartheasy

Northridge School Garden - Help Wanted!

Northridge Elementary currently has a school garden at the school. However, we need parent volunteers to help plan and run it during the year, especially over the summer. Email us your ideas and help out!


References:


Impact of Garden-Based Learning on Academic Outcomes in Schools: Synthesis of Research Between 1990 and 2010

First Published June 1, 2013https://doi-org.du.idm.oclc.org/10.3102/0034654313475824
Dilafruz R. WilliamsP. Scott Dixon,  Review of Educational Research, Vol 83, Issue 2, pp. 211 - 235

Girls in STEM - Female Role Models Wanted


Click here to apply as a Girls in STEM Role Model.

Why do we need Role Models?
Recent research by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) shows that having a live female role model helps girls counter negative stereotypes about STEM and encourage interest in STEM.

Discovery Booster Club is organizing Girls in STEM event for this January 2018. The purpose of this event is to support Northridge girls in 3rd-6th grades develop STEM connections within the local NRE community.

Role models will speak about how their STEM career enables them to make solve real world problems and make a difference. Role models will respond to student and parent questions about how to encourage and prepare for a STEM career. And lastly, role models will help run a hands-on STEM activity with the students and demonstrate some of the skills you need to be successful in STEM.

To create a highly interactive learning experience for the students, registration for this event will be limited. Click here to get notified when event registration opens.


Have questions? Want to help out? Send us an email at info@nredbc.org!

Thank You October Volunteers



Thank you to our October Popcorn Volunteers. Together, we popped, bagged and delivered over 540 bags of popcorn to all of Northridge. Please make sure to stop and say thank you to these parents for helping out this month:

Laura Allen
Rachel Chiang
Diane Christensen
Kelly Fitzgerald
Tami Frost
Stephanie Geiger
Karen Grewell
Marla Marlow
Alan Marudas
Kristy Nyberg
Filipina Pate
Heather Smith

Our next Popcorn Friday is Friday, November 17, 2017. Sign up for a time slot here.


Donations Needed!

  • Brown Paper Grocery Bags - We use brown paper King Soopers Grocery Bags to carry popcorn to each classroom on Popcorn Friday. 
  • Popcorn Friday Prizes - If you have extra party favors, please donate them to DBC for Popcorn Friday Prizes. Students are randomly selected to win a prize each Popcorn Friday.