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Grow Your Own Wildflowers


Last school term Pamela Lauer, who worked for years in watershed education and teaches science courses and environmental science at Wellsprings, offered a class on “Grow Your Own Wildflowers.”

For this class she continued the partnership with the Walama Restoration Project. The students have worked with Walama removing non-native and invasive plant species and planting native plants in their place in Alton Baker Park.
They also took a number of field trips. One was to the newly created Wild Iris Ridge Park with the Whole Earth Nature School where the students learned to identify wildflowers such as trillium and wild iris. By the way, one of Pamela’s favorite wildflower identification apps is Pl@ntNet. Click on the link to download the app for free! Also visited were Mountain Rose Herbs to learn more about creating essential oils and their uses and to Down To Earth to learn about macro and micro nutrients in soil.
One of the projects for the term was planting wildflower seeds that would be nurtured along during the Spring and Summer to be ready for transplanting in restoration areas in west Eugene next Fall. The class started with cold-stratified wildflower seeds. When taken from the freezer the seeds sense the warmth and given the right conditions know to grow! The students built the beginnings of a greenhouse (see above photo) to help these seeds along. Next time you have a minute take a look at the seeds growing next to the Mod (the classroom building in the back of the school area) and then take a peek every few weeks to watch them grow!

This class also focused a lot of time on indentifying native species and invasive species. Students learned about plant families and created their own dicotomous key with school yard native species. Students walked away from this class with the knowledge of which native plants are edible and which are poisonous. They also learned about essential oils and their use throughout history. That's a lot of plant knowledge!

Fanimal Acts
Obscure animal facts compiled by Wellsprings students, Ariana Woodward and Jordin Wood.

  • There are spiders in Australia that can kill birds! The Eastern Tarantula has the scientific name of Phlogius crassipes. It is Australia’s largest spider and can grow bigger than a person's hand!
  • Koalas sleep up to 20 hours a day! Koalas need to conserve as much energy as possible, as the energy value of their diet, mostly eucalyptus leaves, is very low.

  • Polar bears skin is black and their fur isn't white! Their guard hairs are see-through and hollow and a polar bear looks white because each of these hollow hairs reflects light, just like snow. Their clear and hollow fur also enables the sun rays to get to the black skin that keeps the polar bears warm in the cold climate.

April Work Party

A big thank you to Dawn Meckelson and all those that came to help out at this Spring's Work Party!

A special thanks to Troy Danks of Danks Tree Care who came by to help out with tree work even though he doesn't have any students attending the school! A parent from Wellsprings asked if he would help out and he graciously agreed.
Troy's contact info if you would like help with trees is 541-968-6214.

Rap Concert: "Realize Anything is Possible"

On April 10th a fabulous Rap Concert was held at Wellsprings. Rap artists Cutright and Ike Hill from Bureau of Lectures & Concert Artists provided an interactive assembly program, by way of a full production rap concert. Two Wellsprings students (K-Money and Tazz) joined them in freestyle rap. Said one audience member, "They were great! Marvelous performers who got a lot of mad respect from their peers!" There was a "Dance Off" between students and staff with the staff being declared the winners. A great time had by all!

Help a Wellsprings Family!

Last week one of our Wellsprings families experienced a catastrophic fire in the middle of the night. Everyone in the apartment complex is thankfully safe but Michael Simpson, a freshman, and his family lost everything they own except the clothes they escaped in and the car that they own. We have set up a GoFundMe account to help them recover financially and find a new place to live. Please consider donating to help them. Every dollar makes a difference.
Thank you.

April 27th
“We Are Neighbors”, a play based on the photography exhibit

Did you happen to see the We Are Neighbors February photo exhibit in the foyer and the Big Room of Wellsprings? Thanks to Community Alliance of Lane County and Minority Voices Theatre, the play they have created based on the photography exhibit is coming to Wellsprings. We Are Neighbors, the touring version of Now, I Am Your Neighbor, is an original play telling the true stories of courage, hopefulness and resilience of immigrants and refugees living in Lane County.

April 27th
Report Cards for previous term

May 4th
Cinco de Mayo Lunch
Spanish for "Fifth of May", Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican's army's victory over the French Empire on May 5, 1862. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

May 10th
Ballet Fantastique school outing
Alice in Wonderland brings the vivid visions of Lewis Carroll to life, combining Ballet Fantastique’s dance theater with an electro-swing soundtrack and a steampunk twist. An exhilarating, daredevil score of original music from Eugene’s High Step Society takes Alice through a raucous journey filled with theatrical invention, playful costumes, and more than a few surprises.

May 12th
Open House at Wellsprings, 1-3pm!
This is an outreach event for prospective students and their parents/guardians. There will be one more before the end of the school year. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in learning more about Wellsprings.

May 12th
Each year, the Wellsprings prom is organized by the students. The theme this year is "Alice in Wonderland."

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Wellsprings Way Newsletter Group: Chris Meeker (Ben’s dad), Sequoya Tromba, Jordin Wood, Luca Kline, Ariana Woodward, Dawn Meckelson, Dennis Hoerner, Gen Schaack.

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