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Bike/Walk to School Week - May 20-24


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Earth Day 2013

The students at Dowling had a wonderful Earth Day!! Classrooms took on an Earth Day challenge this year and despite a rainy day, students and teachers helped make our earth a better place!
Here are a few of our students describing their project for Earth Day 2013:







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Welcome Back - School Year 2012-2013


Let's Get Outdoors this year!The Green Team would like to welcome all students and families back to Dowling! We are looking forward to another great year. We have many fun activities and events that we will be planning or hosting with other Dowling groups including:
  • River Walk (late September)
  • Bike/Walk to School Week (October 1-5)
  • Winter Get Outdoors (tentative: February 9)
  • Earth Day Celebration (April)
  • Bike/Walk to School Week (May)
  • Used Gear Sale (May)
If you are interested in joining the efforts of the Green Team, please contact our chair Sophie Munholland (Sophie.munholland@dowlingpto.org). Please visit the blog again to keep up with the latest Green Team News! The first Green Team meeting will be on September 12 from 7-9pm.

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Winter Get Outdoors - It's ON!


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More lock and dam #1 activity!!!



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Beautiful limestone formations to reflect on with our fossil inquiry lessons



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The weather started to clear.....



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Wilderness Inquiry canoe trip-National Parks Interpreter



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Going through the lock and dam #1



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Canoeing with a friend





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Canoeing with Wilderness Inquiry

Fourth grade students canoeing with Wilderness Inquiry September 2011


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Paper Milk Cartons Needed! :)

milk cartonsMs. Freeman will be doing some planting with her students and she is in need of some paper half-gallon milk cartons. Drop them off with Ms. Freeman or in the greenhouse. Thank you!

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Mark your calendar! Get Outdoors Event!

Get Outdoors Details

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Green Team Meeting - All Welcome!


UPDATE: The location to the Green Team Meeting has been changed! Please contact Lisa Moreno at moreno.five@yahoo.com for more details if you plan to attend. Thanks!Green Team Meeting

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A success! Bike and walk to school week


bikerThanks to everyone for making Bike & Walk Week so fun and successful! We recorded a total of 376 bike rides or walks. Many kids rode or walked on multiple days. Many had never biked to school previously. The beautiful weather was certainly a bonus! Thanks also to Dowling parent Gina Sekelsky who is donating “I biked to school today " and "I walked to school today” hand stamps we will use for all future Bike & Walk Weeks.

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Bike and Walk to School Week

Walk and Bike to School Week

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Welcome Back from the Green Team!

Green Team Members
The Green Team is excited to start another year of school! We are looking forward to working with the students and staff to support the environmental focus at Dowling.

We are looking for more volunteers to help us in our effort. Please let our co-chairs know if you are interested in helping out (Lisa: moreno.five@yahoo.com and Susan: sfeyer@visi.com). Our meetings will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm.

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Earth Day Picnic Rescheduled

Due to snow, the Earth Day picnic is cancelled for Wednesday, April 20. It has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 14. The Used Gear Sale and Bike Clinic will also be held on Saturday, May 14.

Used gear for the sale can be dropped off on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00am-12:00pm. The drop-off site is near the large compost and garbage dumpsters in the back of the parking lot. Thank you for your contributions!

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Mural Dedication


Mural DedicationStudents and staff at Dowling celebrated a 50 foot by 4 foot mural of the Mississippi River painted by parent Asako Nakauchi. Art teacher, Lee Schwanke also particpated in the project including working with the students to create clay tiles, which border the mural. The mural depicts a scene from the portion of the Mississippi river, which flows right in front of Dowling school.

Asako Nakauchi explained at the dedication why she chose to use the season of spring for the mural, "Spring is fresh, young, optimistic, and so the Dowling students are. I also depicted a day from dawn to dusk. I remember when I was a 1st or 2nd grader. I didn't worry about two seasons ahead of me or a year later. Just "today" was full of potential and filled with a lot of plans. One day was a long time to me. I hope Dowling students enjoy each day at school and at home, and spend time as if today is their best day each day."
Mural Dedication
Mural Dedication
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Winter Get Outdoors - A success!!


Dowling students and their families had a great time skiing, snowshoeing and sledding at the Get Outdoors event! Many students also participated in the Medallion Hunt and really got to explore the Dowling grounds. The hot chocolate was delicious and the fire kept everyone toasty. The weather was perfect - the sun even came out for a bit. Thanks to the volunteers and participants for making it such a great event.



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Winter Get Outdoors - A success!!

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Winter Get Outdoors Details


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Winter Break!

The Green Team wishes you a wonderful winter break. Hope everyone has some time to enjoy the snow. Stay tuned for more details on our Winter Get Outdoors event scheduled for Saturday, February 12.
Snowy stick fort at Dowling!

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Teacher Green Tips - Ms. Kujat

Ms. Kujat Dowling Bag Lady

In addition to being the dubbed the “Heartlady”, several of my friends, relatives and teaching colleagues started calling me the “Bag Lady.” Many mornings, I arrive at school loaded down with several bags of “stuff” for my kindergarten classroom. We kindergarten teachers need our “stuff”, since hands-on experiences are crucial for learning when you are five years old!


My “Bag Lady” title actually started when I was teaching in north Minneapolis. Not only did I have to have bags for my “stuff”, but also to pass out to the many children I worked with that came to school each day without a backpack. Either families couldn’t afford to buy one, or they were lost in a move. I attend many meetings and seminars where materials are given to us in bags with advertising on the front. I would collect the bags from people at the end of these meetings that didn’t want them. Whenever a child needed a bag, I had one. At one time I had over 50 canvas bags to distribute from my collection.


When I started teaching at Dowling and became more conscientious about recycling, I decided that I could help the environment by using my bags when shopping instead of gathering all the paper grocery bags and plastic bags from stores. I now keep several bags in the trunk of my car, so whenever I need one, I have it. I especially love the large reusable bags I bought at IKEA. They hold a lot of grocery items and are cute too! I also have a thermal bag that I bring with me for the frozen foods.


I’m proud to be called the “Bag Lady”, since it is one way I can help save trees and be more environmentally friendly.


Janet Kujat



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Get Outdoors Event

We had a great turn out at the Get Outdoors event on Friday, October 15. Students and their families had a great time hiking on by the river. Here are a few pictures from the event.


Photos by Susan Feyereisen


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Green Team to Host PTO Meeting


PTO Meeting - Please attend!

Please come to the PTO Meeting on Tuesday, October 19 from 6:30-8:00pm. The Green Team will be leading the meeting and sharing more about the Environmental Education focus at Dowling. Hope to see you there!


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Get Outdoors Event - Friday, October 15


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Kindergarten Students Plant Red Emperor Tulips


The tulip bulbsSome Kindergarten students stayed after school to plant some Red Emperor tulips. They plan to measure and chart the growth of the tulips in the spring with media teacher, Megan Miller. It was fun to watch the students get their hands dirty!

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100 Students Bike or Walk to School!


Walking to school on 38th StreetWe had a great turnout for bike or walk to school day! Groups met in various places and headed toward Dowling on foot or riding bikes. 100 students participated in this event and were entered into a raffle with prizes. It was a great way for students, parents, and staff to get outside, exercise and do something great for the environment! Thanks to all of the participants!
Look at all of these bikes!  Exciting!
Raffle Tickets!

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International Bike/Walk to School Day

We are excited to let you all know that Wednesday, October 6 is International Bike/Walk to School Day. Dowling plans to participate by having students meet at various points in the city to bike or walk to Dowling together! See the map below. Walking or biking together will help make the activity more enjoyable for everyone!

Students who arrive at Dowling by biking or on foot on October 6 will have the opportunity to win prizes through a raffle!


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Welcome to the Green Team Blog

We are excited to present the Green Team Blog! The purpose of this blog will be to share about our events, give some green living tips, and meet some Dowling staff who are doing environmental activities in their classrooms.


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