Following the very popular Lettuce4Lunch event held last year (can you say "may I have a 12th helping?!"), we're doing it again! The planter at the front of the school is host to lots of lettuce seeds so keep an eye out for your future lunch. If all goes (or grows!) well, students and staff will be offered free salad at lunch in mid-June!
USDA CHOOSES JEFFERSON TO JOIN ITS RESEARCH TEAM TO STUDY HARLEQUIN BUGS
The Jefferson Garden has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to participate in its Harlequin Bug Trap Project - a great hands-on-learning opportunity! Harlequin bugs devastated many crops (including some of ours) last year – they’re cool looking, but not friendly to farmers! Don Weber, a USDA Research Entomologist and Jefferson supporter, has placed four “trap” plants (collards) laced with pheromones extracted from Harlequin bugs, in various places around the garden. The idea is any Harlequin bugs visiting the garden will be attracted to the “trap” plants, thereby, saving our real crops! Students in Mr. Golden's 7th Grade Life Science class are checking the plants on Tuesdays and Fridays for activity, collecting the visible bugs and phoning in the data (number and gender) to USDA. So far, the trap plants ARE attracting the bugs! We’re thrilled to have this opportunity for some fun, hands-on learning and contribute toward valuable research!
HEALTHY FAMILIES FUN FAIR -- A Great Success!
THANK YOU to everyone who joined the fun on February 10th - nearly 400 of you participated! The PTA Garden Committee kicked off Jefferson's innaugural Healthy Families Fun Fair for Jefferson families and our extended community. We had an exciting mix of activities -- cooking demonstrations and tastings, martial arts, Zumba, fencing, track and field events, hearing and blood pressure screenings, moon bounce, rock climbing... THANK YOU to our fabulous partners who donated their time and resources -- FitArlington, Arlington Teen Office, Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), Arlington County Department of Human Services, Parent Resource Center, Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, The Outdoor Lab, Buyers and Renters Arlington Voice (BRAVO), Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, Whole Foods, Arlington Career Center's Jr. Air Force ROTC, Arcadia Farms, Simplicity Healthcare, One More Page Books, Creative Martial Arts, Journey Yoga, NOVA Senior Women's Basketball, Verve Boot Camp, Potomac Valley Track Club, Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts, Creative Kids Kitchen LLC, Arlington Fencer's Club, Senior's Flash Mob and Zumba with Ingrid. THANK YOU, too, to Dr. Violand-Sanchez, APS Board Chair; Dr. Patrick Murphy, APS Superintendent; Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board Chair; and Noah Simon, Arlington County Board Member for joining us!