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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jog-a-thon/Color Run 2016

Friday, October 7th, 2016-We held a school wide Jog-a-thon and Color Run. The entire student body participated and students that turned in pledge forms were eligible to participate in the Color Run portion of the event. It was a huge success with over 200 students participating in the Color Run.  Students that raised $50 or more got to douse Principal Chaidez with colored powder. We give big kudos to Mr. Chaidez for his positive energy and GREAT Lincoln Spirit!  

In addition to all the fun, our school PTO raised over $13,000!!!! Here's a list of all the cool prizes students will win:

Highest earners:

1st place: Fitbit, $50 Gift Card to Big 5, $50 Gift Card to the Batting Cages

2nd place: Fitbit and $50 Gift Card to the Batting Cages

3rd place: Fitbit

Highest Class Participation: 

Picnic lunch with teacher-Subway lunch & frozen yogurts

All students that earn $100 or more will be entered in a drawing to receive one of the following prizes:

iPad, $20 cash, movie tickets, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk tickets, MYO gift card, etc...

Thank you to all the amazing parent volunteers that made this event happen!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Zero Waste Week

Get ready for Zero Waste Week April 18-22! This is an opportunity for you and your family to join our entire school in minimizing our waste for a whole week! Make a promise to reduce your waste by refusing single-use items and finding alternatives. Some of what you can do can include:

1. Replacing single-use plastic items (such as drink bottles, snack baggies, snack bags, spork packs, etc.) with reusable alternatives
2. Using cloth napkins instead of paper
3. Replacing plastic straws with paper, or consider not using straws
4. Refusing items with microbeads
5. Refusing balloons
6. Using both sides of a paper
7. Step up composting and recycling efforts

Join us in protecting our watershed and ocean for Zero Waste Week as we "Go Green and Think Blue!!!" Our Ocean thanks you for it!

UCSC Life Lab Teacher Training 4/16/16

We had an incredible turn out to the garden training workshop conducted this past Saturday in the Lincoln garden. We owe a big thank you to the professional development trainers from UCSC Life Lab and to Whole Kids Foundation grant for giving us the funds to make it happen. We had 22 educators from Lincoln, other SCESD schools, and outside our district. It was a beautiful day to be in the garden for hands on training on how to use garden based learning practices. Additionally, Lincoln teachers were able to apply for one graduate unit credit through the University of Pacific.  Lincoln HKC will cover the expense ($60) on behalf of teachers that attended the training and applied for the unit.

Here are a few photos from the successful training.

Thank you to all the teachers that took the time out of their very busy lives to attend the training!  We are so excited to see how teachers incorporate garden based practices in their teaching!

Monday, November 16, 2015

2015-2016 Garden Workdays

Thank you to all the wonderful Lincoln volunteers for their continued support of our school garden.  We have held two very successful garden workdays this school year (September 12th and November 14th) and will plan on doing 2-3 more after the new year. So be sure to check our Healthy Kids Club Facebook page for updates and the Lincoln PTO page for more information. 

Also, teachers are prepping their garden beds this week getting them ready for our winter crop. As you may remember, Dr. Brennan planted kale last December. It proved to be a hearty crop for us and yielded several hundred pounds of kale.  We hope to do the same with brussels sprouts and broccoli this wenter.  Be sure to ask your child's teacher if they will need help in the garden. Planting will be happening mid December.

Salsa en Setiembre-Salsa Day 2015

The 2015 Salsa Day was a HUGE success.  Over 750 students at our school participated in the first ever Salsa event.  Lincoln students were truly engaged and excited about the garden, growing food, learning about the scientific process, composting, and tasting (many for the first time in their lives) the fruits of their collective labor.  We have no doubt that our efforts are making a positive impact on the students. 

Lincoln parents, JD and Ginger Aguilar deserve an extra special thank you.  They roasted all the veggies in their wood fire oven, boiled the tomatillos, and did lots of hours of prep work gearing up for the event.  An extra special thank you goes to the volunteers that worked ALL DAY (8:15-2:45pm)-Jodi Delgado, Kelly Dzubay, Hildur Simonardottir, Mary West, Estela Gutierrez, and Ginger Aguilar!  And most importantly, Dr. Eric Brennan deserves a GIGANTIC thank you for his leadership and guidance overseeing our beautiful garden/living science lab.  Our school is truly fortunate to have so many talented and caring parents.

The Salsa event received nothing less than rave reviews from teachers, students and other parents.  Thank you all for the taking the time out of your busy lives to make a difference at our school.  We hope to continue events like these in the future!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

HKC - April updates

Well, a lot has happened the last month.  Here's a brief overview of what we accomplished in the month of April:

Monday, April 13th:  In the afternoon, we welcomed Katie Pofahl from Elkhorn Slough foundation who held class presentation for all 4th-6th graders.  Katie also donated 200 native plants to our school, which our students will be planting in May.

The HKC was invited to give a 10 minute presentation at the SCESD board meeting.  Dr. Eric Brennan, Lelyn Furey and Maria Giannini presented together on the school garden, Just Run and the NOAA grant.  Every board & cabinet member received a bundle of kale from Lincoln's garden.

Thursday, April 16th:  The HKC was selected as the beneficiary of McShane's annual Earth Day Mixer.  Several students and parents attended the evening event where some of Maestra Leyva's 4th grade students read  Spanish essays they had written about the school garden and Just Run.  Some of the students were featured on the Spanish news, Univision.  In addition, HKC received $1,900 in donations and proceeds from the silent auction!  The monies received will be spent on the school garden. 

Friday, April 17th:  In partnership with the Grower-Shipper Association and L + G law firm, we hosted a lunch for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.  It was a huge honor to bring Monterey County Ag leaders together with our State and local educators to recognize the importance of school gardens and salad bars.  Several Lincoln students were on hand to harvest kale, weigh it and prepare it in a yummy kale salad made for the attendees.  We owe a huge thank you to Ginger Aguilar for coordinating all the food and beverage, Lisa Clark for donating all the party rentals, Stacey Wilson and Tracy Russell for making all the beautiful flower arrangements and Raul Suarez for the gorgeous chalk drawing!!!  Some students made were featured on KSBW and in the Californian.

Wednesday, April 22nd:  We held our second annual Earth Day event.  This year we had over 20 parent volunteers that helped man and educate all Lincoln students regarding the 5 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Refuse.  The event was a huge success thanks to all the wonderful parent volunteers and teacher participation.  Students even made commitments to helping our planet on pieces of fabric that they tied onto the chain link fence on the playground near Maple Street.  Thank you to everyone who helped!. 

Friday, April 24th:  We hosted a family movie night with free snacks and drinks.  Families that brought old t-shirts were given a tutorial on how to make a reusable bag.  We showed the documentary "Bag It", which described the importance of reducing our use of single use plastic bags and bottles.  We also distributed bibs and t-shirts for the Just Run 3K.

Saturday, April 25th:  136 runners from Lincoln participated in the 3K Fun Run in Pacific Grove.  Lincoln was awarded $400 for 5th place in the "Large School" category.  We are looking forward to increasing our participants next year and hopefully earning more money for our school!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Eat Green - Wear Green, March 17th!

The Eat Green - Wear Green event is happening this Tuesday, March 17th!  We need parent volunteers.  If you can help please sign-up here:  EAT GREEN WEAR GREEN SIGN UP

All students will have the opportunity to taste yummy kale salad prepared by parent volunteers.  Students and teachers will help harvest kale from our beautiful, edible garden:)

For those who have concerns about allergies, here are photos of the ingredents that are going into the dressings:

Students are welcome to bring their own (alternative) dressing, if they so choose.

Don't forget to wear your GREEN!