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Sir Peter Crane

Yale Dean of Forestry and Environmental Studies



When: Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014. Reception and appetizers (cash bar), with ‘social half-hour’ beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dean Crane’s presentation will begin at approximately 6 p. m., followed with a three-course dinner (choices of first course, entrée, dessert, coffee and tea).

Where: Our familiar ‘home-base’ of Grovewood Café, on the west side of the Grove Park Inn (111 Grovewood Road, Asheville,NC 28804).

Cost: $35 per person, inclusive of reception on lovely patio (weather permitting), with a 3-course served dinner with dessert and coffee/tea. Cash bar.

See the Welcome page for details. 

Hall-Fletcher Elementary School Events
Information provided by Conner Fay

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 grant. 

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 garden. 

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


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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 city.