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Basic Herbology and Practical Potions

Basic Herbology & Practical Potions

with Donda Hartsfield, Outdoor Classroom & GO teacher

Wednesdays, 3:45 – 5:00, November 18th – January 27th


(Elementary Only): Students are introduced to the joy and the science of herbal awareness and application through sensorial and practical experiences.  Students will encounter such herbs as Hawthorn, Dandelion, Yarrow, Calendula, Lavender, Elder, Marshmallow, Rosemary, Thyme, Ginger, Nettle, Rosehips, Mint and more.  Students will be preparing and taking herbal remedies home throughout the course.  Fees cover cost of supplies that go home, such as bottles, teas, glycerides, etc.  Full attendance is strongly recommended!


Register by Monday, November 16th!


Wednesday, November 18th

Introduction to Herbs and Herbal Teas – gathering and drying techniques, tasting exploration of herbal varieties including their medicinal properties, preparing custom tea blends


Wednesday, December 2nd

Glycerides and Vinegars – Herbal extractions through the use of glycerin and vinegar


Wednesday, December 9th

Decoctions – root extractions through simmering and reducing


Wednesday, December 16th

Salves – Creating topical salves through gentle heating of herbs, oils, beeswax


Wednesday, January 6th

Syrups – Decocting herbs with water and adding honey to make delicious therapeutic syrups


Wednesday, January 13th

Plant Profiles and Dreaming Bundles – Making a plant profile containing important information about the plant of choice.  Practicing the art of informed intention with plants by selecting certain plants for certain desired effects through dreaming bundles which can be placed beneath one’s pillow.


Wednesday, January 20th

Finishing Vinegars & Glycerides – Straining herbal materials from the liquids of vinegars and glycerides as well as bottling and labeling


Wednesday, January 27th

Medicine Trade – Celebrate through sharing what we’ve learned as well as extra herbal potions with each other




Basic Herbology & Practical Potions

Contact Donda Hartsfield for more information at

Or 801-604-3020


Child’s name:___________________________________________   Child’s Class: ______________________________________


Parent’s name: __________________________________________ Parent email: ______________________________________


Parent’s phone number: ____________________________________________ Cost of course:  $70.00 per student


Form of payment:   Check    or    Cash   Will your child be in Extended Day on these days?  Yes  or  No

Please make checks payable to Donda Hartsfield and give payment and registration forms to the MCS Office.
Register by Monday, November 16th!

Spring Campers Go to the Moon!


This year, our Spring Campers did an in-depth study of the moon. Camp started out with the history of the moon. Students learned about how the moon formed and how the moon and the ocean relate. Next, students learned about the phases of the moon, making a phases of the moon viewer and doing a light and shadow experiment.



Each day the students have done amazing, creative art projects, crafts, and experiments revolving around the moon. When students learned about spacecraft, they made and launched rockets outside. They also watched the first landing on the moon.



Next came a day of learning about astronauts. They learned about what a space suit and space food is like and why. Students created their own space packs and enjoyed pretending they were on the moon and cruising around in space.



The last day of camp featured the surface of the moon. Students learned about moon rocks, mountains, and craters. They also learned about what the absence of gravity means. Students were able to create their own moon sand and make textured paintings of the moon. We would love to thank all the teachers and staff who worked during camp and made it such a success. We would also love to thank the students who came, explored, and created such a wonderful atmosphere and brought such an enthusiasm to this past week.

“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.” – Maria Montessori

Lastly, a special thank you goes to our Spring Camp Director, Ms. Corey Day. Thank you for planning and implementing such a creative, fun, educational, and organized Spring Camp. Your skills and talents are unmatched. We are blessed to have you.


Winter Camp 2014

This year’s Winter Camp has been themed around a Winter Wonderland. Students have had many creative arts and craft activities. One of the favorites was the Snowy Owl Pinecones pictured above.

Students also got the chance to play outside with their friends. Blowing bubbles in the snow made for a great learning activity. The students loved chasing, popping, and watching the bubbles float to land on the snow- Would the bubbles freeze, or not?
Also, learning about some of Winter’s greatest wonders and works of art, the Northern Lights, students created their own beautiful art using the aurora borealis as inspiration.