GALA EVENING FOR YALE ALUMNI AND FRIENDS:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014
Sir Peter Crane
Yale Dean of Forestry and Environmental Studies
“FROM LAND MANAGEMENT TO
CLIMATE CHANGE: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AT YALE”
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,
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
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