Howe Green Team

Dearborn Public Schools

October 7, 2019
by Katie Keebler

Next Green Team meeting 10/15

Bottles Needed by 10/11 – We will be doing our bottle composter projects since we did not have enough bottles last time. Please bring a clean, dry 2-liter empty pop bottle. We will be making composters. Also bring a kitchen towel this will be used to cover the composter when not in use, so don’t send your favorite one. Please send extras if you have them. I will try to start cutting the tops off.

Pictures – We need to take pictures of each meeting. If you took pictures of the meeting (Alecia and Ali M) you should add them to this file that Mia started for us. GREEN TEAM PICTURES Please no more than 3-4 slides per meeting. Make your pictures smaller and add a few words about what we did that day. Be sure to add the date. Mia please make your pictures smaller and use only 3-4 slides.

September 26, 2019
by Katie Keebler

Green Team Meeting 10/1

We will be meeting next Tuesday, October 1st from 3:35-5:00 PM in Mrs. Keebler’s room. We voted that we would like to do Pop bottle Composters. Please send a clean, dry 2 liter bottle before Tuesday. If you have an extra or two please send them also. Please send a small kitchen towel also.


Each week we will be having a student act as our photographer to record all our activities to become a Green School. The photographer will add their pictures to a Google slide presentation that will be sent to Wayne County when we are ready to apply to become a Green School in the spring. Here is a sign up list if your student would like to be our photographer of the week. To be a photographer you will need to bring your own phone, tablet or camera to take pictures. Sign up to be a photographer here.

May 20, 2019
by Katie Keebler

Field trip tomorrow

We will meet in the cafeteria after school.  We have a wonderful field trip to the University of Michigan.  Environmental Interpretive Center at 3:35

5/21 – Field Trip to the U of M Dearborn – Environmental Interpretive Center – We will be learning about the Michigan Water Shed and doing a pond exploration.  It is a really fun trip.   Three students will be having pizza starting at 3:15.  Everyone else can meet in the cafeteria after school at 3:35.  As soon as I am done dismissing I will give you map if you need them and we can go.  Please dress to get messy, the trail might be muddy and we will be scooping wildlife from the water.  It is a exciting and educational trip.

May 9, 2019
by Katie Keebler

Garden Planting Moved to May 10th

Please join us to plant our butterfly garden May 10th.   Here is the sign up sheet.

Please join us on May 21st for our field trip to the University of Michigan Dearborn Environmental Center.  We will learn about the watershed and have a pond exploration.  It is a lot of fun!  Please return the permission slip by Wednesday, May 15th.

May 3, 2019
by Katie Keebler

Green Team Tuesday 5/7 – Garden Planting

Parent Helpers are needed for our butterfly garden planting day on May 7th.

Sign Up Here


5/21 – Field Trip to the U of M Dearborn – Environmental Interpretive Center – We will be learning about the Michigan Water Shed and doing a pond exploration.  It is a really fun trip.   I would love to get a quick pizza dinner for the kids if there is a parent willing to buy a couple of pizzas and bring them here at 3:30?  Any volunteers?  Please email me at


April 29, 2019
by Katie Keebler

Help Needed

Butterfly Garden – Our soil for our butterfly garden is being delivered on Wednesday May 1st at 4 PM.  I need parent (and kid) helpers who can help bring it from the parking lot to the garden.  We will have a cart and it is in bags.  Please email me at if you are able to help.  THANKS!!!!

March 20, 2019
by Katie Keebler

Green Team Fundraiser Sale Thursday 3/21

Green Team Fundraiser Sale- 3/21 After school – Help the Green team raise money for the new butterfly garden.   We will be selling milkweed seeds, crayon shapes, baked goods and pizza.   Stop by and get a treat then visit the Book Fair or make your garden stone (registration required)

Green Team volunteers needed for fundraiser sale, people, pizza,  and baked goods!

March 7, 2019
by Katie Keebler

Green Team Meeting 3/5 Update

Thank you to all who showed up to our Green Team/Butterfly Garden meeting.  We had a great turn out of green teamers, parents, girl scouts, Ms. Dudek and my daughter Elizabeth.  We did planning for the garden design, flowers to plant, fundraising and garden stones and discussed our new location.

Luna announced that she and her grandmother help raise over $100 by selling milkweed seeds, candles and asking for donations!  Great Job!  Thanks for all your help!!!

New Location – Our previous location didn’t work out. So we are now planning on planting our garden in the courtyard in the middle of the Montessori/Special Ed wing of the building.

Garden Stones – We have planned a fundraiser the will help everyone be part of our garden.  Ms. Dudek our Art teacher has volunteered to help with this fundraiser and she is currently creating a flyer.  Students will be donate money to create an individual, family or class Garden Stepping stone.  Our current sizes we are discussing are 9×9 or 11×17.  They will be using cement and mosaic tiles to create a unique stone that represents themselves.  We will use the stones to create paths for people and wheelchairs to go in and around the garden.  Here is an example of what it might look like:

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Fundraising – there are many ideas for fundraising including selling milkweed and flower seeds, bake sale, candy sale, movie/game night and Easter egg hunt.  Since we are having a Scholastic Book sale on March 20th-21st from 3:30-4:30.  This would be a great time for us to have one of our events.  Volunteers are needed from  Green Team and Girl Scouts to donate items to sale, and to help sell items, set up, clean up and supervise students during the sale.  Anything that is butterfly themed would be GREAT!  Here is a volunteer sign-up sheet.

Butterfly Garden Breaking Ground event – we would like to break ground on Earth Day, April 22nd 2 PM (weather permitting).  We will begin to prepare the garden for planting by digging up the grass, preparing the beds for planting and placing our new garden stones.  If it is warm enough we will start planting that day.  We need volunteers that can donate shovels and their time to help clear the land.  Here is a volunteer sign-up sheet.

Garden design and flowers – Students started drawing possible garden designs and discussed flowers to plant.

3/19 – is our next meeting.  Green team will be preparing for the upcoming sale on 3/20 and 3/21 – Volunteers are needed please see the sign up sheet above.

If you were not able to attend the meeting and would like to help with our garden please let me know.


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