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March 16, 2019-

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Our spring workday is scheduled for Saturday March 30, 10am-1pm (rain date April 13). Please join us in preparing beds, weeding and sprucing up our infrastructure. SSL hours available. Park in the lot off Schuyler Rd and enter near the SCES cafeteria. For questions, contact Susan at [email protected]

March 15, 2019-

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The K-3 edible gardening season kicks off next week with 3rd grade pea planting! In the coming weeks, 2nd grade will plant carrots, 1st will plant greens, and K will plant radishes. If you’re interested in volunteering to help students plant or harvest vegetables (no experience necessary), email Debbie at [email protected]

March 14, 2019-

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The results of Ms. Scott’s classes’ soil organism surveys are in! Kudos to the budding field biologists who found centipedes, bess beetles and worms today and graphed their results by habitat. We discovered that last year’s garden beds are home to tiny worms, while centipedes prefer the habitat under the stumps.

March 7, 2019-

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Permission slips are available for 4th and 5th grade garden clubs, which begin the week of April 8. If you need a copy, contact Susan at [email protected]

Priorities, Budget and Volunteer Opportunities!

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Outdoor Classroom Committee Planning for 2015-16


The Outdoor Classroom Committee leadership team met on October 8th to discuss priorities for the year and our budget. We put together this list of priorities to focus our work, direct our volunteers and help us fundraise. The Outdoor Classroom Committee remains open to new ideas that may arise from teachers, parents and students.


• Hire an Ou...

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Thank you Work Day Volunteers!

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

THANK YOU to all the students and families who helped with the SCES/SSIMS Outdoor Classroom Workday on Saturday, Sept. 26! Together we weeded garden beds, landscaped and planted a tree near our new stage, picked up playground trash and had a great time! We couldn’t keep the

Outdoor Classroom looking great without your help, and we really appreciate you generously giving your time – it makes a big difference!

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Join us! Fall Workday - Sat. 9/26 10:00-2:00

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

For the second year in a row, Sligo Creek ES will partner with The Tower Companies ( for their Green Apple Day of Service, in which the company’s employees will complete a service project at our school. The Tower Companies own the Blair Apartments and have many residents whose children attend Sligo Creek ES and SSIMS, and they are very interested in contributing to their educational experiences. This Thursday, the Tower Companies employees will landscape...

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Great New: Outdoor Classroom Stage Built

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summers! We have fabulous news that the stage in the Outdoor Classroom, at long last, is COMPLETE!!!! Pictures are below. This project began many months ago with a survey of teacher priorities, developed through fundraising and a generous grant from Westfield Malls, and finished with construction and the help of MCPS. Thanks to everyone who played a part in making this happen! The stage is intended primarily to give teachers a space to teach lessons outsi...

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The Stage is Coming Over the Summer!

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Sligo Creek Parents –

We are excited to announce that the Stage in the Outdoor Classroom will be built over the summer (image below)! This stage is being built largely as a result of a generous grant from Westfield Malls, in addition to funds raised by the Outdoor Classroom Committee. The location for the stage is currently marked in the Outdoor Classroom with stakes and orange ground paint. Take a look if you’re around school today and Monday to see what yo...

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Edible Garden Update - Spring 2015

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sligo Creek Families –

For the last two weeks, I have had the honor of working with an AMAZING team of volunteers who have made it possible for every single student at Sligo Creek to plant edible plants in the Outdoor Classroom. These volunteers have given up many hours of their time (each class gets a half hour lesson along with their planting) to teach our kids how (and why!) to plant edible foods. Jes Skillman led many of the K – 3 and 4th grade classes and...

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