JDC 4-H Worm Vermicomposting

Food Composting with Worms? 🐛

Here’s the Scoop!

Did you know that worms are nature’s recyclers? Vermicomposting is the process of composting food waste with worms. One pound of worms can turn 65 pounds of garbage into garden compost in 100 days. This result often referred to as “black gold,” is thought to be one of the best fertilizers for vegetables and other potted plants. Worm composting reduces the amount of garbage entering landfills and improves garden soils while providing families with a fun and rewarding activity that you can do at home. According to Alex Burbach, Extension Program Coordinator, “Vermicomposting is a great way for the youth of all ages to gain knowledge about the composting process, to see how we can recycle certain food waste, that in turn puts nutrients back into the soil to nurture plants that we can then consume for nutrients again.”

Happy WormThe Jo Daviess County Extension office will be offering vermicomposting kits to ANY youth in the county, free of charge. 4-H membership is not required to participate. Ordinary garden worms are not the best worms for the job, so your kit will include live worms that will be perfect for your vermicomposting bins! Each kit will include a container, bedding, compost, worms, food scraps, and the educational material to help you get started. Angela Miller, Program Coordinator 4-H Youth Development says, “Vermicomposting is easy, good for the environment, good for plants, and fun. This is a great way for parents or guardians to begin to introduce the idea of environmental stewardship to their children.”

Register for a kit by calling 815-858-2273 or by visiting https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=23080. The deadline to register is February 17. Participants may pick up their kit, February 22-26, at the Extension office, located at 204 Vine St., Elizabeth. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm.

Preschool Screening

Preschool Screening

Warren Elementary School will be scheduling virtual preschool appointments on March 5 from 8am-3pm. Your child must be three years old on or before September 1, 2021 to attend preschool. Please call 815-745-2653 to set up at time for your screening. They will take approximately 30 minutes per student. If you are unable to schedule a screening for Mar. 5, you can contact Katrya Donath at 815-291-5408 or email her at [email protected] to schedule an alternate time/date. All screenings must be completed by Friday, March 5. Deadline to set up an appointments Monday, March 1.

IRTAF Grant

Sydney Groen received a grant from the Illinois Retired Teacher Association Foundation for $288.50. She will be using this money to purchase soil testing kits and soil color cards. These materials will aid in classroom instruction. 👏👏👏

ILMEA District Festival

Every year, students from all over the state work hard to prepare selections and audition before a judge to hopefully be chosen to participate in the ILMEA District Festival. This year, students sent in virtual auditions that were judged and instead of gathering with thousands of musicians from around the area, they will join Zoom meetings to attend “Masterclasses” to better themselves as musicians. We are extremely proud of our Warren musicians that put in the hard work this year! It is truly an honor to be selected to participate in the festival!

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate in the District 8 ILMEA Festival:

Cadance Baumgartner – Senior Band
Jaylyn Carter – Senior Chorus
Reese Raisbeck – Junior Chorus & Senior Band
Emilie Slichenmyer – Senior Band
Evan Trone – Junior Band

FFA Plant Sale 🌸

Due to COVID-19 we have to do our plant sale a little differently. Below you will find a link to our online store that opens at Noon on Saturday May 2nd.

When you check out you will select a pickup date and time. Pick up dates & times are: Tuesday/Thursday 3-5pm or Saturday 8:30-10:30AM. There is no rush to pick up plants. Products are pulled each day as the orders come in, so your products are reserved. When you come to pick up please park in front of the greenhouse and stay in your car. We will load your vehicle for you and confirm payment.

Payment methods are check, e-check and credit card. Paying with a check has no service fee. An e-check has a $0.45 fee. The Credit Card option has the highest fee at 3.5% plus $0.45. That amount is calculated on the payment screen so you can decide what is the best option for you. The credit option is only being offered for shopper convenience. We are perfectly happy with payment by check!!

Below you will find the link to the site, but you will see a countdown until Saturday at noon!

Thank you for supporting Warren FFA!!

https://my.cheddarup.com/c/warren-ffa-plant-sale

Gift Cards

NEED GIFT CARDS?

The Athletic Boosters are continuing their project of selling gift cards. With the holidays approaching, we want to again stress this money-making project that we have. Many of you will be buying gift cards as gifts. The Athletic Boosters order gift cards from a company that allows us to keep some of the profit that the companies make when they sell you the gift cards. You receive the same gift cards that you would purchase at the stores. They cost you nothing more and you receive exactly the same value. The Athletic Boosters receive some of the profit and that profit goes towards the equipment and uniforms that we purchase for the school and our athletes.

Attached is a list of some of the gift cards that we are able to order, the denominations that they come in and the percent profit that we make. There are many others, totaling 760! If you don’t see what you want, check the scrip website online for the list. The list in available at www.glscrip.com. The link to the list is on the bottom of the opening page under quick links retailer list.

Beginning Nov.22, I will pick up orders at the school each Friday moming by 9 am. The orders usually arrive in 3 days. The last day to order is Dec.13. Use the order form below or send you order on another sheet of paper. The order and check made out to Warren Athletic Boosters can be sent to Kelly in the high school office, Sally in the elementary office or you can email me at [email protected] or call 815-745-3844 and then send your check to Kelly in the high school office. I also have quite a few gift cards on hand so call or email if you need a last minute gift. Thanks for helping the Athletic Boosters raise money for their projects!

Ordering gift cards through the Athletic Boosters give a percentage of the amount back to the boosters. It costs nothing extra for you but helps immensely to help fun Warren Schools Athletics. Download 1 MB
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Medication Policy Update

If you are providing Prescription and/or Non-prescription (over the counter) medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Cough Drops, etc.; they must be delivered to the school in the original, sealed and properly labeled container with the child’s name along with the appropriate signed medication authorization form by the parent/guardian and physician.  All medication must be brought to the office by the parent. Students should NOT be transporting any prescription or non-prescription medications to school. No medications are to be kept in a student’s possession, desk, or locker, with the exception of authorized EpiPens or Asthma inhalers.  Any questions, please contact the School Nurse.