For more than a century, Summerland School has been providing a public school education to families in the Summerland community. While the arts are disappearing from so many public schools nationwide, Parents for Summerland (PFS) is very committed to raising funds to provide enrichment programs to the children at Summerland School. Please make a tax-deductible donation today, so we may continue to offer these programs:
The Summerland Elementary school campus is nestled into the hills of the quaint city of Summerland and has a breathtaking panorama of the Pacific ocean. As the only school in the Carpinteria Unified School District that is certified as a pesticide-free zone, both parents and the community can rest easy with their children running around the playground and working in the garden. While boasting a variety of native and drought tolerant plants around the campus, the main herbaceous attraction is the organic garden tucked near the entrance of the school. With five annual beds, seven fruit trees, including a banana circle, and a slew of natives and pollinator-attracting perennials, our little garden is a feast for the senses.
The garden program gives children the opportunity to develop a more focused interest in the garden. Every student in the school comes out to the garden on a weekly basis. Lessons range from soil composition, composting, beneficial insects, botanical illustration, garden design and plant anatomy. While the garden provides a rich environment to learn about science, math, biology and art, the garden really shines on cooking days. The students learn how to harvest, prepare and devour some delicious produce from our organic school garden. Some examples of cooking lessons include; fava bean pesto, garden salads with homemade balsamic vinaigrette, sweet potato silver dollar pancakes and garden herb ranch dressing made from scratch.
The kids also run a farm stand at Summerland School. The first graders harvest the organic veggies, and the kindergarteners wash everything. The second and third graders make signs and the fourth and fifth graders take inventory, do the pricing and run the farm stand.
The gardening program at Summerland School is featured here.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students receive art instruction every week. Students develop painting and drawing techniques and endeavor a fiber art project as well.
To enhance language arts, second through fifth grade students receive additional poetry instruction from a creative writing teacher. This focused instruction encourages students to develop their poetic voice.
After spring break, the students prepare for the whole school musical and you will hear them sing in their classrooms, during recess and at home. This program gives children a chance to develop their public speaking, singing and acting skills. Past productions include: Shrek, Annie, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Last year's play, The Wizard of Oz, was directed by Laezer Schlomkowitz. Click here to see pictures in Coastal View News (front page and page 24). This year's play was The Jungle Book. Click here to see pictures in Coastal View News (page 12-13).