Help Sayre Win a Seeds of Change Grant!

As we reported a couple weeks ago, Sayre FFO volunteers and teachers and staff have cleaned and renovated the school greenhouse and Mr. Charmelo and Ms. Moore are preparing plans to include the greenhouse in the school curriculum, after-school activities, and community programs.

Seeds of Change Grant Program LogoSeeds of Change, the organic food company, offers $10,000 and $20,000 grants to schools with gardening programs, and your votes can help us win!

Visit Sayre’s page in the Seeds of Change Gallery of Growers and to vote for our entry. The voting period is from Thursday, March 31 through Monday, April 18You can vote once per day! Please set a reminder to vote everyday, and ask your friends to help, too!

Math and Science Night 2016


Join us Thursday, March 24th from 5:30-7:30pm for a night of fun with science and math, featuring experiments, crafts, and activities for kids of all ages and their families.

Featured Speaker: Kellen Marshall

IMG_3354Kellen is a doctoral candidate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a graduate of Chicago State University. A Chicago native, Kellen attended three different high schools Lane Tech, Simeon and Morgan Park. Her research looks at the relationship between transportation and the ecosystem services of urban agriculture. Kellen is also passionate about communicating science and urban ecology and is executive producer of Living Chicago, an online blog and web series that educates people on how their local environments help support food, fun and businesses in the city. Kellen lives in Edgewater on the north side of Chicago with her three children London, Landan and Keagan.


Ms. Ingravallo: STEM for Kids (Room 101)
Mr. Charmelo: STEM Club Activities (Room 102)
Ms. Pelc and Ms. Exharos: Lucky Charms Graphing (Room 111)
Ms. Moore: Lava Lamps (Room 106)

Sayre Greenhouse Cleanup


Did you know Sayre has a greenhouse on the roof!? You can see it from the ground, on the southwest corner of the building. It was built in the 1990s but hasn’t been used for years. Last Saturday, the FFO organized a small group (only a small group can fit!) of parents, teachers, and community members to prepare the greenhouse for instructional use. As you can see in the photos, the greenhouse is in pretty good shape, the plumbing and heat still works, and on Sunday we got one of the two automatic window motors working and repaired all the decaying window screens, as well as taking inventory of various supplies. After a good overall scrub-down, it’s all looking pretty good!

Teachers Mr. Charmelo and Ms. Moore are working on a plan to incorporate the greenhouse into the school science curriculum and possibly extra-curricular activities, we’ll hopefully have more news on that soon! Thanks everyone for your help and support.