Posted in BNS love, community, field trip

Dean Street!

A trip conceived, planned, and executed by John and Sophia. John wanted the kids to learn everything that goes into running a restaurant, including the work of front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house staff. What a great idea!

Hanging out

Time for lunch! But first, they have to learn how to work like Dean Street staff…
When your restaurant is staffed by eager fourth graders
Taking orders from their partners
It was fun to use little server notepads and codes
And learn how to set the table

Learning how to use the register to put in an order
Chicken and french fries
Double-checking an order
They got to use the soda gun

Here comes the food!

How do you know which order is which?
Check the check! This one’s for Xavier
This is what happens when you have a 1:1 server:guest ratio

Uh oh, serving mishap for Carma
Dancing all the way to the table
The lunch-time rush

A toast to John, Sophia, and the wonderful staff of Dean Street. Thank you for this wonderful learning experience!

Posted in community, field trip, science

What’s the problem with a little rain?

Checking out the storm drains around 610 Henry. This one drains to our waterways!

The “Spong” (sic), an invention to slow down, absorb, and/or filter rainwater

Last week Barbara and Johanna took us on a trip to the gutters, drains, and tree pits around 610 Henry. Our mission? To see how well equipped the neighborhood is to handle “excess” rainwater. We learned that when it rains more than 2 inches in New York City, water treatment centers get overloaded and stop being able to process dirty water. That means it gets dumped directly into our waterways! We can help by making sure our neighborhood has lots of ways to slow down or absorb rainwater as it falls.

All year 4th graders have been tending to tree pits around the building. Now they learn that they were helping more than the trees. We break up the soil so it is more absorbent!

Another reason we are a green school: rainwater catchment system used to water the garden
Learning about rainwater collection gutters (pipes?) on the BNS shed

After visiting several storm drains, tree pits, and the shed, it was on to the Eco Casita to explore other ecological features that help our waterways.
Green roof on the Eco Casita is looking a little brown after winter. Just another way to slow down and use rainwater.
Flooring is important. These are permeable pavers, designed to let water seep in through the cracks. The kids confirmed they work as advertised.

After conducting their survey, the kids had some time to design inventions that would address the problem of rainwater runoff.

Camilo’s alternative storm drain setup uses wind to separate out garbage.
Rube Goldberg-y setup by Ezra
The Earthanator, Xeta’s green roof.
Jordan designed a green storm drain with a layer of moss planting that would absorb and filter rainwater.
Back at the green studio, scientists shared their proposals with the class.
Hope: a word that captures the spirit of the day.