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Join us at the school from 12-2pm.

Here’s what we have planned:

  • Continuing meeting of the Parent Dreamer’s Group. We will be focusing on parent communication in support of a strong PTA
  • Dream Big Family Math and Science
    • Science Fair Project Help Workshop
    • Wildlife Exploration Table
    • Snap Circuit Table
    • Lava Bottle Project
    • OZOBOTS
    • Lego Challenge!
    • Alaska Center for the Environment table
    • KCC Aviation Program table
    • and more….

Everyone is invited for a great day of Science and Math exploration.

Snacks will be served.

Dream Big!

246687_10152093847100537_562467375_nOur first Dream Big Saturday is today!

October 10,2015. 12-2 pm

Join us for board games, crafts, and a Lego Challenge!

The PTA is also sponsoring a community cafe in the main hallway.

Dream Big!

Scenes from our 60th Anniversary Party and Reunion, May 9, 2015.

     

A sampling of the projects from this year’s Science Fair.  Thank you, volunteer judges!

     

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Ms. Becker’s Language Arts class recently conducted a research trip to Forget-Me-Not Nursery in Indian, where we visited with master gardener Courtney Ruckel .  We are studying greenhouses as part of an investigation of nutrition and to prepare for the Airport Heights greenhouse!

Don’t forget to join us on Saturday, September 20, for Dream Big Saturday greenhouse construction from 12-2 pm!

A grateful thank you to Courtney for sharing her time and knowledge.  Thanks also to Alaska Division of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program for providing transportation funds.

Photos courtesy Tony Flores.

 

 

FMNN_06What is a greenhouse?     By John and EJ

Greenhouses are places where plants grow inside a shelter. Greenhouses are in Alaska because its too cold outside and some plants need heat. There are a lot of different types of greenhouses. You don’t need a big greenhouse, all you need is a box on the ground for a small greenhouse.  Geodesic domes are really sturdy greenhouses. If you have a greenhouse keep the plants that need the most heat on top because the plants on top get the most heat.

 

Why are  greenhouses used in Alaska?    By Cameron and CJ

FMNN_61It is really cold for most plants to grow.  In the winters it will freeze your plants. The cold will make your house cold so the plants end up dying in the horrible lonely cold with no mama.  So buy yourself a greenhouse so you don’t kill your plants!  We need greenhouses in Alaska for the plants such as tomatoes, squash, and cucumber.

 

What kinds of plants grow well in a greenhouse? Why?     By Jacob and Princess

These are the plants that grow well in a greenhouse:   tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, basil, snap beans, zucchini, flowers and types of squash.  They grow well because it is hot in a greenhouse.  These plants can’t grow well outside in Alaska because it’s too cold and the soil gets stiff and they can’t live in the cold weather.  Plants that grow well in a greenhouse like it warm.

 

FMNN_20What kinds of plants don’t grow well in greenhouses?    By Alana and Sheng

Some kinds of plants don’t grow well in greenhouses because it is too hot for them to grow.  Plants that need it cold to grow are potatoes, carrots, turnips, radishes, beets, and other greens.  The plants like it cold because they are used to being cold.  You can’t grow some plants in a greenhouse because there’s not enough room like carrots and potatoes because they are rooted plants.

 

FMNN_38Where can you put a greenhouse? What is the best place?   By Jimmy and Uzaffa

A greenhouse needs to face south to get the maximum sun exposure for the plants to grow well and be healthy.  Also a greenhouse needs leveled ground so the greenhouse is stable so it will not break down.  The greenhouse needs to be protected from strong winds so the greenhouse will not collapse.   Plants and flowers need well drained soil so they don’t  drown.  You will need a location that does not collect water around the landscape.  Those are the things you need to have for choosing a place to put a greenhouse.

 

What are greenhouses are made out of?   By Diasly and Pablo

They are made out of wood, glass and plastic. They need glass or plastic so the sunlight shines through to the plants. The wood is needed to keep its structure from falling. There are many options to choose from, like plastic film, polycarbonate, glass, acrylic, and fiberglass reinforced plastic.  We visited Courtney’s Forget-Me-Not greenhouse and it was made of wood, glass and plastic.

 

FMNN_11What is ventilation, and why is it needed in a greenhouse?   By Jessica and Amy

Ventilation is oxygen that’s in a greenhouse. Ventilation is needed in a greenhouse because it helps with airflow. But, if there is not proper ventilation, it can lead up to diseases and pest infection. Greenhouses let in heat from the sun and forms moist heat and gets trap in a greenhouse. The regular temperature for a greenhouse is 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If it gets too hot you can turn on fans or open the top roof of the greenhouse.  If your plants get too wet it can contain mold and powdery mildew. But if it gets too cold, heat up the greenhouse.  In conclusion, airflow is clearly important in a greenhouse.

 

Why are dome greenhouses popular?    By Donahven and Ellie

Dome greenhouses are popular because they are large and their dome top sheds snow.  Large greenhouses can store more plants.  They can store LOTS of plants  and they can stand during strong winds.  The shape is based on triangles and circles. They are hot enough to allow plants to live.  For plants, with care, it can be their  oasis….and yours too!!

 

What kind of furniture is used in a greenhouse?    By Genavieve and Fred

There is a variety of furniture in a greenhouse. In a greenhouse you can put the flowers on benches or around the benches. The benches have to be sturdy enough to hold the heavy plants, soil, and water. In the greenhouse moisture is always a problem for the wood. You can get treated wood to help prevent the wood getting damaged. Be sure to get non toxic treated wood if you are going to. In a greenhouse you can also put flowers around or on the table.

In a greenhouse you can have a second level. You can also hang stuff off the ceiling. The reason people hang containers or pots is for decoration or for the other plants that need heat and space. Some people have a second floor for their seedlings to get more heat and to grow faster. There are many types of furniture in the greenhouse and these are some of the many types.

 

FMNN_44What diseases can occur in greenhouses?  By Brea and Josiah

Plant diseases sometimes occur in greenhouses. One way you can have infections are insects. Insects like aphids can make your plants die. When aphids appear in a greenhouse they suck the juice out of plants. Another way your plants can die is the climate. When you leave on the heat for too long, your plants can be moist, soggy, and wet. When that does happen and infection like powdery or downy mildew can let your plant die. If you have even more plants around it, it will spread until there is no more. Make sure to monitor your greenhouse  plants so no pests will attack.

IMG_0310Thanks to everyone that helped out and came out to enjoy the great weather and our 1st ever Airport Heights Neighborhood Sale & Garden Party.

The PTA and the Airport Heights SEL Team planned the event. Along with the vendors selling crafts, household items, jewelry, and cosmetics, there were free shoes, fruit, snow cones, cotton candy and three bouncy houses for the kids. The Airport Heights Garden Club was also on hand to sell plant starts for summer gardens.

Visitors were all smiles.

We hope that this will be annual event and provide a lasting service to the community. It was great to see so many of our neighbors come by and show why Airport Heights is a great place to live and learn.

This was our last Dream Big Saturday event of the year. We’ve had a lot of fun on these Saturdays with events like the Multicultural Potluck, The Dream Big Cafe, Science Saturdays and much more.

A special THANK YOU goes out to our friends at True North Church. The church brought the bouncy house, the snow cones, the cotton candy and a lot of volunteers to help with the event.

Dream Big Airport Heights!

IMG_0498This Saturday, May 10, 2014 will be our final Dream Big Saturday event for the year.

The event opens to the public and 12 and runs until 2 pm.  Swap meet sellers can set-up at 10 am.

We’ve got several activities planned for families and the community.

  1. Swap Meet- The PTA is renting out tables for people to sell goods. You can have a mini-garage sale right here at the school, sell crafts, or buy from any of the vendors. Tables are $20 a piece.
  2. SEL Information Fair- Our Social Emotional Learning Team will have information about summer activities and events for kids and families.
  3. Bouncy House Fun!– Far North Church is brining their Bouncy House to the school. The kids will have a blast.
  4. Garden Party- Our Garden Club has lots of vegetable starts that will be for sale.

 

_MG_1448Our Dream Big Saturday event this last weekend featured a Dream Big Cafe that was planned, and run by our Kindergarten and 1st grade students (with the help of Ms. Moser, and Mrs. Blome).

Our guests included Airport Heights parents, Airport Heights Community Council member Barbara Karl, Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff, ASD School Board President Tam Agosti-Gisler, several local business members from Table 6, M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs and McCool Carlson & Green Architects as well as Anchorage Assembly members Elvi Gray-Jackson and Dick Traini. Everyone had a great time and all were very impressed at the level of work that these students demonstrated.

Thanks to everyone that came out. We believe that when the community supports our kids and we work together, we can accomplish great things.

Here are a few pictures from the event:

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