Our Garden

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  1. Adult mentor search. Are you interested in being a mentor to a student?  We are searching for a few dedicated adults to work on a project, play games, or have lunch with a student.  The key is common interests and a commitment from you.  If interested please contact Heidi: heidi@springwaterschool.com.
  2. Katie is in search of old picture frames in sizes 8.5 x11 or larger.   If you have any in the house, garage, attic please consider donating them.  Students may bring the frames to Katie in the learning lab.

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Garden progression

During the 2013 Fall Harvest Festival at Springwater, students and parents worked hard pulling weeds in the last part of the school garden. The spiky thistle, deep-rooted dock, and thick grasses grew too high for us to walk through, let alone plant anything in! Thanks to their efforts, the work of the Foxes classes, and Enrichment groups, we were able to sheet mulch the last half of the garden this spring. We have worked hard transforming this space into a new orchard space for the school, planting fruit trees and a variety of perennial plants. Take a look at how we sheet mulched and developed each piece of the orchard  space, below:

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Springwater Garden’s Second Summer

As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, the garden is coming into full bloom and growth. This last trimester was an exciting time to garden as students worked to plant the seeds and starts that make our garden lush and fruitful. The tomato and basil beds are in, there are a couple dozen types of lettuce growing, and kale is already being munched on by eager students.
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May Garden update

See how far our garden has come HERE

Garden update April 15 2013

This week we welcome springtime into our school garden as pollinators begin to emerge and our vegetable starts continue to grow. With the arrival of students, energized from Spring Break, I am looking forward to their help and ideas in building up the soil and making our garden a healthy, thriving space for plants, beneficial insects, and birds. [Read more…]

The Springwater Chronicles March 14, 2013

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Solar Panel Update

Student Weekly Challenge of $ 10 per student a week. View Flyer

1st Student Newsletter

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Change for Good- Solar Panel Project

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Springtime Is Coming Springwater

This trimester is flying by in the garden and spring is well on its way. The signs can be seen all over campus from tulip shoots emerging to the garden’s garlic growing higher.  [Read more…]


Dawn Bolotow: Principal

Dawn Bolotow has over 20 years of teaching and leadership in the public school systems.  She has worked in the Beaverton School District and the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.  She has taught in all grades K-8 with considerable focus in literacy, math, TAG, and special education.  She has served in building administration and on leadership teams in elementary, middle and high schools. She joins us most recently after nine years of work as an Assistant Director of Student Services in West Linn-Wilsonville School District. [Read more…]

Ideas and Materials Needed

We have garden moles and perhaps gophers. We are looking for methods and materials to humanely deter them from being in the garden and help them relocate.  If you have, non-Caddyshack, solutions please connect with Kaci Rae, kaci@springwaterschool.com.

Garden update November 9, 2012

We have plants in the ground! This week, both Salmon classes put in the first plants we can expect in the springtime: garlic bulbs! We hope to continue planting garlic and flower bulbs in the next few weeks, as well as finish our mulching process in the garden before Christmas Break. Keep your eyes out for notice about the big mulching day in a few weeks. [Read more…]

Planting Pots

small starts