Cedarcrest: New Container Garden

After months and months of waiting and hard work, Cedarcrest Green Club students finally officially opened their new schoolyard garden.

The work of students, parents, school and daycare staff and local organizations (VertCite, COSSLQuebec en Forme and Croquarium), this B.A.S.E. Daycare garden was truly a collaborative effort and a great first step in establishing a garden at a school!

To find out more about the container garden, read the story on page 7 of the Touching B.A.S.E. Spring 2017 newspaper and watch the video below!


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Coronation: Certified Wildlife Friendly Habitat

B.A.S.E. Green Club students at Coronation Elementary School officially opened their schoolyard garden on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and received their “Certified Wildlife Friendly Habitat” plaque from the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) as part of the WILD Spaces program.

Mr. Ryan Oxley, B.A.S.E. Green Initiative Advisor, applied for the certification earlier this year and Coronation Elementary was selected along with 15 to 20 other schools in Quebec. The certificate is given to groups who have “transformed [their] schoolyard or group’s yard into a space that helps wildlife and encourages youth to connect with and learn from nature.” Coronation’s Green Club also received a donation of pollinator kits that included around 40 plants to help attract pollinators to their garden.

Mile End High School originally established the garden, building 7 raised planters. Coronation Elementary’s Green Club built a bug hotel as well as created a pollinator garden next to the planters to help attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to help pollinate the fruit and vegetable plants.

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Hampstead: Seedling Sale

To help re-establish their schoolyard garden next year, B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Club students at Hampstead Elementary held a seedling sale at the end of May to raise the funds. Watch the video below to see how it went and what’s so great about having a growing station in your school!


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EMSB is Going to the Bees!

By the end of this school year, eight English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Elementary Schools, including Gerald McShane, Hampstead, Michelangelo International, Nesbitt, and St. Gabriel, and nine High Schools will have beehives installed by Alvéole, The Urban Beekeeping Company. The project is a unique initiative begun by Travis Hall, Career Development Consultant with Educational and Technology Services (ETS), after he was approached by teachers asking how to increase student awareness of urban careers related to the environment. After significant research, Mr. Hall discovered urban beekeeping as a novel way to teach students about biology, agriculture, ecology, nutrition, and entrepreneurship in a hands-on manner.

To read more about the initiative, check out the article in the Touching B.A.S.E. Spring 2017 newspaper and watch the video below!

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Our Lady of Pompei: Comic Book Creation Program Inspires Writing

Two of B.A.S.E. Daycare Grade 3 students at Our Lady of Pompei Elementary thrive on creating their own comic books after participating in the B.A.S.E. Comic Book Adventure Creation program and getting inspired.

By Pietro and Trevor, Grade 3

We like comics! Drawing is fun and is a way for us to express ourselves. When we come into daycare every morning, we get our comics from our lockers and start to draw. First we draw our boxes, then our characters, and then we write what the characters say, but only if we want them to talk.

In Ms. Jodi’s Comic Book Adventure Creation program, we learned that every story has to have a problem. Now we use this information to help us write our own stories. “I start with the bad guy and the problem in the story. Then I add in hero and see how he can fix it,” explained Trevor. “I made a bunch of comic books and I read them when I’m bored,” he continued. Continue reading

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St. Monica: Green Club Seedlings

The B.A.S.E. Daycare garden at St. Monica Elementary has played an active role in the school and community for the last 5 years. Green Club students over the years have had the wonderful opportunity to spend many hours outdoors in their garden after school, tending to the seedlings they grew indoors during the winter and harvesting their fruits and vegetables come Fall.

Today, June 5, 2017, is World Environment Day, so why not celebrate B.A.S.E. Green Club students connecting #WithNature, not just today but every week!


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Play it Fair! Community Action Projects

For the second year in a row, B.A.S.E. daycare students in the “Supporting Children as Leaders Through Play it Fair!” program identified an issue they would like to work on in their school community and used new leadership skills to complete their Play it Fair! Community Action Projects (CAPS).

These projects focused on creating iMovie trailers and photo slideshows that would encourage others in their daycare community to make the school environment more caring, inclusive and safe for all. Continue reading

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