Earth Week Kicks Off on Monday, April 17!
Sun, Apr 16 12:00pm

Edison families,


This week is Earth Week! 🌻♻️🌎🌳 


To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, a day whose mission is to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment, the PTA's Go Green Committee has organized a week of events for our community. A full list of events is available at and below. 


🤓 We encourage you to take <5 minutes to read through the events to better understand what your child(ren) will be doing in the classroom and to find simple ways that you can help your child(ren) participate. 


📆 And remember - a PTA meeting will be held this Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Multipurpose Room (MPR) at Edison. All are welcome to attend. The main agenda item will be the PTA budget for the next school year (2023-2024).


The Edison PTA (with a big thank you to the Go Green parent and teacher volunteers!)

💚🦦  #YouOtterBeGreen 🦦💚 




MONDAY, 4/17

♻️🛒 Reuse Cart Morning (8:00-8:20)

  • Edison’s Reuse / Recycle Cart (built years ago by the Dads Club) is BACK!

  • Get your hand-stamped for bringing in any of the following items on Monday 4/17

    • Regular items

      • Broken crayons

      • Clean plastic film and wrappers (shipping material, packaging, produce bags, etc.)

      • Batteries

      • Round squeeze pouch lids

    • Go Green will donate the following special items to the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) Urban Farm,

      • Plastic grocery bags - clean, folded and stuffed into a plastic bag

      • Paper grocery bags - clean, folded and stuffed into a paper bag

      • Rubber bands

      • Produce ties

      • Egg cartons

      • Berry baskets (green paper or plastic)

    • From 4/17-19 we will collect toilet paper rolls - cardboard only. We need several dozen for garden art projects.

In our Classrooms…

  • TOPIC: Teachers will focus on Meatless Mondays. Reduce your impact on the climate by eating more plants and less meat



🦦💚 Community Meeting with the Green Otter Club

In our Classrooms…

  • TOPIC: Teachers will focus on Litter



🎨 🖼️ Lunchtime Chalk Drawings

  • Chalk Drawings during lunch/recess

    • Students will have the opportunity to draw about their big wishes for our green and healthy planet. They will be encouraged to show us what “investing in our planet” means to them…through art!

    • Parent volunteers needed. Sign up here!

In our Classrooms…

  • TOPIC: Teachers will focus on Reducing Plastic



🧑‍🌾🪴 Lunchtime Garden Art Project

  • Garden Art Project during lunch/recess (Grades 1st-5th)

    • Students will have the opportunity to make their own, all-natural, Bird Feeders in Edison’s Garden (assuming we can collect enough toilet paper rolls) on 4/17-19

    • Parent volunteers needed. Sign up here!

In our Classrooms…

  • TOPIC: Teachers will focus on Trashion (in preparation for Friday’s Recycled Fashion Spirit Day!)


FRIDAY, 4/21 

👗👖 Earth Week Spirit Day / Fashion Show

  • Spirit Day: wear a hand-me-down or thrifted item!

  • Brought to us by our amazing Go Green Teachers - Ms. Hinds & Ms. Schroeder, and Ms. Howell

  • Details:

    • Two categories:  “Trashion” and “Best Thrifted/Hand-Me-Down Outfit”

    • 11-11:30: School-wide fashion show for all grades in the courtyard. Ms. Howell, Ms. Schroeder, and Ms. Hinds will coordinate.

    • Each entrant fills out a card: name, category, outfit title, recycled/reused materials used.

    • Green Otter Students and parents will help. Sign up to volunteer!

Zero-waste lunches

Go Green parents will come at lunch and give out stamps to students who are Zero Waste Heroes and Super Sorters.

In our Classrooms…

  • TOPIC: Teachers will focus on Food Waste




  • The City of Alameda is updating its urban forest plan and this is an opportunity for students to share what they love about trees in Alameda by writing letters and sharing photos and artwork with the Mayor and City Council. Teachers will be provided with letter templates for their classrooms.


Back by popular demand! We are once again teaming up with Project Sole to collect and recycle all types of used/worn shoes (except cleats and wheelie shoes). Bins available at Edison (front hallway), and a few homes, 4/17-4/21:

  • 2941 Northwood Drive

  • 1514 Fountain St

  • 1541 Eastshore Drive.

♻️ REUSE CART | DONATIONS for Alameda Point Collaborative

  • See details for reuse cart above.

  • Regular collection items, plus Go Green will collect additional items all week (on the blacktop) to donate to the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) Urban Farm, for reuse.


  • Ms. Boese will highlight books to support Earth Week themes with her classes.


  • All interested Edison students can make Garbage Cars. Details provided during Earth Week, race will be the following week.

  • Details:

    • Two categories: K-2 and 3-5

    • Students make a car out of ALL reused materials. Must be made from things that would have been thrown away or recycled. OK: glue, tape, paint. Not OK: Legos, old toys, ANY parts of RC cars, rubber bands.

    • Parents should let their child do the bulk of the design/work.

    • The wheel base may not exceed 9 inches.


And if you want to go deeper, here are more great Earth Day at Home ideas for everyone: