Did you know we will be getting a food forest at Langley? Thank you to Landscaper, Lincoln Smith, and to our garden committee chair, Dawn Madura, for making this a reality! Read about food forests here in the Washington Post (Langley is mentioned).
We are excited to continue FoodPrints this year with a new FoodPrints teacher, Ms. Courtney Lucente, and assistant teacher, Ms. Allie Davis. Ms. Courtney has a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Johns Hopkins University and over a decade of teaching experience. FoodPrints combines her passion for education and love of food and cooking. Ms. Allie has a degree in Public Health from Dickinson College and comes from a family of teachers. She is excited to apply her knowledge of nutrition in the FoodPrints classroom. They both look forward to gardening, cooking, eating, and learning with Langley students this year!
All Langley students will participate in FoodPrints this year! We are planning monthly sessions for each class throughout the school year. FoodPrints integrates gardening, cooking, eating, and academic learning with the goal of growing healthy students and families. We help students learn about the natural world and how to enjoy eating healthy, whole foods.
We welcome parent volunteers! Parents (or other family members) help our classes run smoothly. Students are so happy to have their parents come in to help, and there is always something tasty to eat. Look for FoodPrints dates from your classroom teacher or reach out to Ms. Courtney for dates.
FoodPrints recipes will be served in the Langley lunchroom on Wednesdays. As part of the
Class to Café program in partnership with DCPS and with the support of Wellness in the Schools Chef Meagan, the Langley cafeteria team will be scratch-cooking and serving some of the same recipes that we are preparing in FoodPrints.
We hope your students will try these new recipes!
Burrito Bowl: Sofrito Rice and Chicken
Warm Bean & Corn Salad
9/25, 10/16, 11/6, 12/4, 12/18
Pasta with Colorful Marinara Sauce
Simple Green Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing
10/2, 10/23, 11/13
Red, White, and Green Hot Sandwich (Toasted Cheese Sandwich with Tomato and Spinach)
10/9, 10/30, 12/11
footprints lead teacher
Spring is spectacular at Langley Elementary! Langley students now have beautiful raised beds full of growing food to enrich their FoodPrints lessons.
During a typical FoodPrints class, kids receive a short lesson from their FoodPrints teacher and engage in a hands-on food-preparation activity, followed by a tasting! After the snack, the FoodPrints teacher takes the students outside to the school garden for another hands-on lesson on growing food.
A HUGE thank you to all the people who came out on this cold and blustery Saturday, to help prepare our space for construction. We accomplished even more than I'd hoped! Here's what happens next:
April 15th: Love & Carrots will come install nine of our raised beds
April 16th, 10 AM: Volunteer day! Help us shovel compost into the raised beds
April 17th: Love & Carrots will come back to install the irrigation system
We hope that the project will really get rolling then, with additional raised beds, trellises, a natural playspace and an outdoor classroom coming next. Thank you, school family, for all your love and support!
Garden and Wellness Committee Chair
Langley tiger families, families of prospective students and dear neighbors,
I'm excited to announce that we have scheduled Phase I of our new garden build!
Thanks to the hard work of our community members, and to the generous support of our donors, we will be able to install our first nine raised beds on Monday, April 15.
We are in the process of securing funding for Phase II, which will include a walkway, a natural play space and more raised beds.
In the meantime, we need volunteers who are capable of strenuous work to join us for two upcoming dates:
Saturday, March 23, 9:30-noon
This Saturday will be our last chance to clean up and level the ground in preparation for our garden beds. I'm reaching out to the city to borrow wheelbarrows - if you have one, let me know! Bring your kids if you'd like and we can take turns watching them in the ECE playground.
Tuesday, April 16, 10 am until it's done
Our beautiful cedar beds will be installed and our compost delivered - but we have to fill them up! It's important this be done in one day, so our irrigation system can be installed on Wednesday.
Garden and Wellness Committee
While Langley students throughout the school were churning concepts and making discoveries Friday morning, second-graders in the science lab were churning butter and making waffles.
Foodprints teacher, Sarah Gaudreau, walked down the hall to fetch the children from their homeroom. When the kids realized it was their day to participate in the special gardening and cooking program, a cheer rose up from the group. Because, yes, second breakfast! Nothing wrong with that. But also, hands-on learning, making messes, working together and accomplishing a big goal - delicious food for everyone.
The kids were divided into several groups and each given a different task: some ground wheatberries into a fine flour, others shook jars of heavy cream to make butter. A group of children used kid-safe knives to cut up apples for a sweet compote, as another composed a few sentences describing what they know about butter; what does it look like, where does it come from, what is it used for? "It looks like a rectangle!" one shouted out, "We get it at Wal-Mart," said another. "Write it down," replied educational aide Ronnie Johnson.
The flurry of excitement throughout the room was also packed with learning opportunities. Math was done as ingredients were measured out. Chemistry was observed as those ingredients were combined and heated. Kids debated the efficiency of a low-tech antique mixer verses an electric one.
A group of determined Langley parents, staff and community volunteers spent a muddy Saturday clearing out the garden in front of the school. Friendship and kid-baked pumpkin bread made an ambitious project manageable, and after a few hours we saw great progress. Only the safety enclosure for our hibernating rescue turtle was left standing.
As little kids grow and develop, so do schools. We’ve welcomed more students, growing to three PK-3 classrooms and a larger total enrollment. Conscious Discipline is in its second year, and our partnership with FRESHFARM’s Foodprints is teaching gardening, cooking and nutrition to more and more kids. The rooftop beehives, the butterfly garden, the little turtle and flourishing plants - all these things bring our children learning and joy. And with your support, the PTSA has grown from a dogged startup to a small but fierce Tiger parent organization. All of this has been made possible with the support of our community—volunteers, neighborhood businesses, generous donors, and everyone who wishes us well.
We couldn’t be prouder of Langley’s growth! But we have a challenge this year. The garden needs a full overhaul to accommodate our growing school and our ambitious plans. We’re hoping to install permanent seating for an outdoor classroom so classes can easily gather and learn in the space. It’s important to have accessible garden beds and pavers between them so that we can welcome all of our children, parents and grandparents, even those with limited mobility or wheelchairs. The garden will need an irrigation system so it can be managed efficiently and we’d love to have a space where we can host chickens too.
A garden should be built to last, and all of these things have a cost. We have set a fundraising goal of $20,000--- several times more than the PTA has raised in any previous year. Grant applications are underway, and we’ll have a Parents Night Out at Spark on January 11th as a general fundraiser. Please come! But we’re also asking you to consider us in your year-end giving. The PTSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and would be thrilled to receive your donations. We use PayPal at LangleyPTApayments@gmail.com, receive mail at 101 T St. NE, and can make other arrangements for your convenience.
A thriving neighborhood school is possible only with your support. Thank you so much for believing in us and sharing our dream for an inclusive and effective learning garden!