Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I SCREAM for ICE CREAM!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, was free ice cream day at Haagen-Dazs! For a special treat, many of the teachers walked to the local Haagen-Dazs in Harbor East with their students. The students really enjoyed the experience, exploring a new part of Baltimore that they may not know existed. The childrens' faces lite up with excitement and joy when we told them our surprise for them!







The ice cream was fabulous! Thank you, Haagen-Dazs, for providing our children with an awesome experience!

Friday, May 1, 2015

THE 19TH ANNUAL BUGS FARMERS MARKET

From making Ice Cream and Pasta with Ms. Ronnie, to making pillows, tote bags, and snow globes with Ms. Kat, planting numerous plants with Mr. Jason and making Soaps and scrubs with Ms. Valerie, The 19th Annual BUGS Farmers Market was a complete success. The children all showcased all the cool things they made throughout the year, worked every station diligently and made such a huge profit for the program all while having fun and being as awesome as they possibly could. Every child woke up eager and ready to help and have fun on a saturday morning and made our Farmers Market a flawless event. Lots of people from our neighboring communities, families and friends came out to support our students and their amazing work and to see their show stopping performance! There was dance, fashion, popcorn, face painting, music, food fresh off the grill, and the sound of children's laughter in the air, all the key ingredients to create The Bugs Farmers Market. Until next year..........:)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Coming this Saturday...the BUGS FARMERS MARKET!

Where will you be this weekend?! At the BUGS Annual Farmers Market of course! Our students have been preparing for a months and it's going to be an amazing event! Come buy tomato, pepper, herb and flower plants for your garden, see amazing dancers in action, taste our homemade ice cream, purchase beautiful soaps and art and enjoy face painting and BBQ. Help us paint our raised beds and meet the BUGS chickens! 
This Saturday, April 25th
19th Annual BUGS Farmers Market
10-2 at 802 S. Caroline St
Rain or Shine! 


Monday, April 13, 2015

BUGS take a new look at science

On the last day before spring break, BUGS ventured to the MD Science Center! We attended an IMAX presentation about lemurs, an endangered species in Madagascar. Afterwards, we had lunch by the Harbor and explored the Science Center! Students got a chance to learn about many topics, such as blue crabs and the Chesapeake Bay, dinosaurs, and had the opportunity to lay on a bed of nails. It was a great way to spend our last day together before the break!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Superheroes and Spring Coming!

The BUGS artists have been busy using their creative powers for good! The Ladybugs put their imaginations to work deciding what kind of superheroes they are - they designed and created costumes including masks, wings, bows and arrows, helmets, shields and capes. After visiting Guerilla Comics in Fells Point to research female super heroes it is clear that the ladybugs are some of the bravest, fiercest, and most powerful superheroes around. 


 Aside from this snowy first day of spring the weather has been beautiful and the BUGS students have been ready to celebrate warmth, seedlings sprouting, and the sun! Watercoloring around the gardens is a favorite new pastime.  

Legg Mason & Bikes

On Monday, March 16th, the BUGS After-School Program was given two bikes from Legg Mason. These bikes were constructed as a part of a team building exercise with high-ranking directors. The directors were from New York, Baltimore, London, and Singapore. They were separated into small groups. Each group was given a problem to solve. Once the problem was solved, they were then awarded a part of the bike. As the problems were solved, they were able to receive all the parts of the bike and then able to construct it.  At the end of the exercise, there were 8 bikes constructed.

Rebekah Lin Meyer, Living Classrooms Volunteer Coordinator, and Jennifer Byers, Legg Mason Non-Profit Outreach Director, were instrumental in allowing the BUGS Program to be about of the bike giveaway. Jeff Masom, Living Classrooms Foundation Board Member, briefly spoke about his connection to the Living Classrooms Foundation and all of the incredible programs that the foundations has in reaching the Baltimore community.  He then introduced the BUGS Program. Shyan Locklear and Darryl Spence were two students who represented the BUGS Program with this presentation. Needless to say, the students were excited! BUGS is now the proud owner of two bikes (one girl, one boy). These bikes will be a part of a giveaway for the BUGS First Annual Parent/Child Dance.  
            

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUGS Expo a Great Success

Despite the bleak weather and the many snow days, the BUGS students and staff made each day count to get everything ready for the Expo. The teachers all planned their posters and carefully setup their tables to showcase what the students have been working on over the last few months. And Mr. Tyone, with some help from Mr. Al, ran the students through rehearsal after rehearsal trying to get everything ready for the big day.

Mr. Tyone oversees a rehearsal at CJR

Some Grasshoppers squeeze in a few extra minutes of practice

Yet another rehearsal, this time at LCF. Gotta get this down.

Everyone's efforts paid off as a the cafeteria at Commodore filled up with families eager to see the students progress. They had a chance to mingle with other parents, eat some supper and wander through the displays from the various classes.
Ladybugs running an assembly line of Chicken Caesar Salad wraps to share
To top off the whole evening, the students put on a spectacular performance featuring music from Michael Jackson and Aaliyah. The audience loved it!
Enjoying the show

Here's a short clip of the finale of the show.  
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Hopefully we will have some copies of the full show available in the future.

Now our thoughts turn to springtime. Along with melting snow we have lots of things to look forward to including outdoor recreation time and some more great events to show off what the BUGS students are up to. On March 28th we will have a Parent-Student Dance and then a few weeks later, on April 25th we will hold the 19th Annual BUS Farmer's Market. So mark your calendars so you don't miss 'em.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

THRILLER

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The Spider Clan has been working very hard on preparing for the BUGS Expo, scheduled for February 25, 2015. For the Expo they will be paying tribute to the late, great Michael Jackson. They will be doing their own rendition of one of MJ's biggest hits, "Thriller". Check them out as they rehearse for their performance.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BUGS show great leadership!


 
This week presented an exciting opportunity for students of the  
Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students after-school program.

Baltimore City's Student Environmental Leadership Action Team (SELAT) meeting was hosted by Commodore John Rodgers, just a few blocks from the BUGS campus. Our students prepared themselves for the meeting by talking about what healthy changes they would like to see at their school. The conversation focused a lot on trash, but we also touched on worms, bees, gardens, trees and more.

Afterwards, BUGS students designed and created a coloring book about recycling which they will give away at the BUGS Expo on Feb. 25th.

In other news... If your school green team is still looking for plants for the spring:

BUGS will start your seeds from scratch – submit request by Mar 1

Students will be growing seed starts for schools. If you provide the seeds, there is no cost; if BUGS supplies the seeds, schools can ask for specific plants and then pay a small fee ($5 per 20 plants).  Seedlings will be ready for pick-up at the BUGS Farmers Market on Apr 25 (802 S. Caroline St. in Harbor East, 10am-2pm).  Alternate pick up times can also be scheduled.
Please email Jason Reed at jason.reed@livingclassrooms.org

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Team Building with BUGS

Many of our students were taking great advantage of a meeting being held at their school for the Student Environmental Leadership Action Team with Mr. Jason. This meant that we were a few BUGS short of a regular day. With this, Mr. Tyone and I decided to combine our students to do some team-building and get to know our students on a more personal level. We tied in elements of both dance and STEM to make this a fun, educational, and productive time together.

 Here I am teaching the girls how to do a thigh stand. We talked about balance and weight to make our stunt safe. Pictured left to right: Ty'nasia, Lariyah, Ms. Valerie, Sharron, Tracey, Taylor, and Arly.
 Success! We completed the thigh stand stunt and the girls were very proud! We bonded over learning a new skill and learning about Ms. Valerie's cheerleading past.

To engage the girls and boys to work together more willingly and cooperatively, we challenged the students to make a human pyramid. We talked about elements of safety, how many people they had in total versus how many people would be on each level of the pyramid, weight distribution, and balance.

In the beginning, the girls and the boys did not want to work together or have anything to do with each other. Here, they are joined for a happy group photo for a job well done!