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Tidbits Newsletter

Tidbits Newsletter Archives

Welcome to the Tidbits Newsletter -- published every Thursday to keep you current on All-School events and announcements. Your classroom teacher will also communicate regularly regarding individual class events.
The Tidbits is distributed by email only, so if you have not received it by Thursday night, please email tidbits@springwaterschool.com.

Springwater Needs YOU! Please volunteer!

There’s no better contribution to the lives of our kids than partnering with our teachers and staff at Springwater School.  Whether you volunteer for an hour or make a commitment over many months, your volunteer time is appreciated.  We need your help at school.  Please consider filling one of the staff needs below.

  • Katherine in the Garden: Monday – Thursday anytime before noon to help weed Bermuda Grass and clear areas behind the garden shed –“for anyone who really likes to be a part of a transformation”
  • Hannah support in the classroom 2/2-  3/15 with dissection on Tuesday and Wednesday 8:55-11:10am and on Thursday 9-10:50am. 
  • Caitlin support making connections with people with local expertise in pollinators to be community experts/resources for her Dragonfly class.
  • Amanda needs some extra prep help for the new interact unit.  Flexible schedule!
  • Jen would like help on Mondays for read-aloud and monitoring chores 2:20-3:15pm.
  • Heidi would like help with her do and redo classes on Monday and Thursday from 2:30-3:15pm.
  • Kassandra needs at least 3 FFS volunteers on Fridays.  Please sign up!
  • Sarah would like literacy help from 9:15-10:15am Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Katie has some grant ideas and would like to connect with parents who can help.
  • Kathy needs 6 FFS volunteers every week for bird watching with 3rd graders in small groups.  Please sign up!
  • Dawn and the school need help cleaning up a few areas: red shed, storage areas, kitchen!  Flexible schedule.

Katherine Globerson

Garden Coordinator, Katherine Globerson.

I grew up amid the stark four seasons and Great Lakes of Michigan and later attended the University of Michigan before traveling West. My studies in Anthropology, time spent on the campus farm and potluck dinners with friends helped me to develop an appreciation for the way that food connects us to our bodies, our communities and our planet.

Propelled by a desire to immerse in a lifestyle close to land, I found myself in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada at the Woolman Semester School where I lived, worked and learned alongside a cohort of teens from across the country. Inspired by Quaker principals, classroom learning on topics of peace, justice and sustainability were brought to life through the cultivation of a 2-acre organic farm and explorations throughout California. My time as an educator and farmer at Woolman became a lightbulb moment in my passion for garden-based education, sending me to the Northwest where I fell in love with bringing garden-based learning to thousands of students during the regular school day. After some time spent in Bellingham, Washington I’ve settled here in Portland where I have been lucky to cultivate
school gardens and teach garden-based lessons across the metro area.

In my spare time, I love to head into the mountains with a backpack for a few nights or spend a day on skis. I appreciate our long winters for the endless reading, cooking and project-dreaming & doing that takes place. I love contra-dancing, live music and all manner of podcasts. I’ve got a family travel-bug and hope to make a venture south to Chile or Guatemala next– hopefully to refine my almost-there Spanish speaking skills. I’m looking forward to getting to know the many talents and joys of students, staff, and families at Springwater!

Visiting the Springwater garden, it is clear that this community sees a thriving garden space as an essential part of a good education. I am so thrilled to learn from and build on the amazing work put into the garden program and bring my own land ethic & passion for growing, preparing and sharing food to the Springwater community.


November 29, 2012

Christmas Tree Sale This Weekend!

This Sunday, December 2nd is the Springwater Annual Christmas Tree Sale. Head out to the Springcreek Tree Farm, 22299 S Spring Creek Road in Estacada, just a few miles from school, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and cut down your beautiful noble fir. You can pick up your pre-ordered wreaths at the event. This is a fun day for the whole family and will make memories for years to come. This event is open to the community, so please let your friends and neighbors know to come cut a beautiful tree and support Springwater at the same time. [Read more…]