Hall-Fletcher Elementary School Events
Additional information provided by Conner Fay
Background for Adult Assistant Chefs
Hello lovers of all things
gardening and Hall Fletcher!
Our HFE Garden Science
program has an incredibly exciting event coming up, and we would LOVE to have
As the 5th grade is heading into a new science unit, and
crawls closer to the End of Grade tests, the HFE Garden Science Program wants
to provide them opportunity to have hands on learning for not only academics,
but for life long healthy habits.
Thus, in March, we will be
hosting the first ever "5th Grade Star Chef" event, in which our
students will plan, prepare for, and help to run their own garden harvested,
vegetarian and science based cooking competition1
So, where do you come in?
While we trust that many of our 5th graders are capable of dealing with kitchen
devices using heat, and can chop their own veggies, we are hoping to have an
adult volunteer chef to assist at each team's cooking station. This will ensure
our 5th graders will be safe, healthy and having fun.
There will be one
"Star Chef" competition per 5th grade class-
Mr. Seijo's class' will be
held Monday, March 3 from 11:15-12:15; Ms. Corral's class' will be held
Tuesday, March 4 from 1:15-2:15; Ms. Shaw's class' will be held Friday, March 7
from 1:15-2:15. If you are interested in helping to be a volunteer chef with
one (or more than one) of these dates, we can't tell you how thrilled and
grateful we'd be to have you.
So, if you're
interested, please email me back by Friday, February 21 (sooner rather than
later is, of course, preferred). I will then email you more detailed
information, as well as a sign up sheet for your designated team/shift, the
dates/times for our volunteer chef trainings, and answer any questions you may
As always, thank you for your continued support of our garden
program, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Common Ground and
Welcome Way Project Description
The Common Ground Project is a
family-centered English as a Second Language class for HFE parents and
friends. Volunteers provide safe, active and fun childcare each
class meeting, as well as serving as conversation and
garden partners for the adults. We meet every Tuesday
and Thursday evening from 6-8 pm. The ESL curriculum is
project-based and hands-on, and we utilize the school garden as a
focal point of the curriculum. We have been fortunate to receive
several grants—a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant and an AB Tech
Foundation Grant, and are hopeful for a West Asheville Garden Stroll
These grants, along with the donation of
a landscape design by Carolina Native Landscapes, have allowed us to
move forward on a project we’re calling the garden “Welcome
Way.” This is a multi-phase project that will allow us to
integrate and beautify the southern entrance area that includes the
Garden Room and EC entrances, the greenhouse, the shed, and the
We would like May 10 & 11 to be the
clay oven building weekend. Along with the
actual building of the oven, we will have different activity stations so
the children can be involved and contributing either in the mixing of clay or
other complementary projects. I will be working with my ESL
students on the language around clay oven building, and I would like them
to be team captains for several of the projects.
We can use help on
everything! Depending on how many Yale volunteers you anticipate
on May 10th, we could expand the number of elements we include on
that day. There are several elements that could use assembly of
pieces or prep work of the site (setting posts, for example).
Then, of course, we need to fire up the
oven and make food—and community. And we invite all the
Yale volunteers to that! (Date TBD. I think the oven
needs to dry/cure first.)
I look forward to seeing how we can
collaborate with the Yale alumni on this project in our planning meeting at the
school on April 21st! I’m including a drawing of the oven to lure you in! I’ll bring
all the drawings to our meeting.
Hall Fletcher Elementary year-Round Schedule
HFE 365 - BALANCED SCHOOL YEAR
Our calendar is changing
next year. Click here to
take a look at next year's calendar!
Our calendar is changing
next year. We are reorganizing our year so that our summer is shorter,
and there are longer breaks throughout the year. This model
creates a balance of instructional time and break time throughout the year.
During the fall and spring, Hall Fletcher and the YMCA will be offering
programs for HFE students to take part in.
Bonus Learning Time (BLT)
During the first week of
each of these breaks, Hall Fletcher students will get extra time with
teachers. In the mornings, students will have the opportunity to work
on reading and do project-based learning activities with Hall Fletcher
teachers. In the afternoons, kids will be able to sign up to go on
field trips all over the city with the YMCA.
During the last two weeks
of the fall and spring breaks, our students can participate in YMCA programs
based at Hall Fletcher. Students will be able to choose the activities
that they would like to do, and have the chance to take trips throughout the
Eighth Annual Organ Concert Scheduled for February 19, 2014
Howard Bakken at the keyboard at the 2012 Concert
The eighth annual AYA Biltmore House Organ Recital--Stables Café lunch has been planned for Wednesday, February 19 at noon. However, please note a major schedule change. Because of the increased number of Biltmore visitors in the warmer (!) February weather, the staff prefer that we have the recital in the afternoon. We have reservations for lunch in the Stables Café loft, across the courtyard from the Biltmore House exit door at noon. The recital will begin when everyone has comfortably finished lunch, paid checks, tended to other needs. The beginning time will likely be between 1:45 and 2:00. As in other years, the recital length will be a short hour.
This week each Biltmore annual pass holder received two guest passes that can be used for this event by anyone who does not have an annual pass. If you do not have an annual pass and wish to attend, please send me the number of tickets desired, and I will attempt again to be the ticket broker. If you have guest passes to share, please let me know the number. The organ gallery has a maximum seating capacity (I've been assured that the chairs will be in place this year) of only 40, so it is necessary for you to indicate your intention to attend. Those unable to have a seat in the gallery will be accommodated in the hallway outside the Banquet Hall. I was told that no one will be allowed to be seated on the Banquet Hall floor, as was the case a few years back. As of today the program includes works by Mouret, Robert Schumann, Bach, S. P. Warren, G. W. Stebbins, and Jacques Lemmens, and another four-hands/four feet duet with our friend Mary Norton. I have selected music composed before 1914 (George Vanderbilt's death) in keeping with the overall Biltmore historical accuracy.
Please send ticket requests, offers of available tickets, intentions to attend, and lunch reservations to me at
Additional details will be e-mailed as February 19 approaches.