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Coordinators: Mrs. Margaret Carlberg and Mrs. Amanda Taylor
Garden Guardians
Our objectives are to:

  • Help plant and nurture new landscaping in the classroom block, 
  • Improve the landscape at Cornelia Connelly School,
  • Give the plants special attention so they will flourish,
  • Help students and faculty alike recognize and appreciate our diversity plants,
  • Help students learn the joy of gardening, and service to our community,
  • Help students and families earn ecology community service credit. 

While Garden Guardians are expected to do some work in the gardens each month, there are only occasional meetings called, for special announcements, or planning the monthly homemade baked goods sale. Mrs. Carlberg is available for advice, tools, verification of service, etc. the following times: Most Mondays, and at lunch on other days when she is on campus. Saturday Gardening Days are listed on the school calendar each month, and are a good time to bring parents or friends to help make Connelly more beautiful--and help earn Ecology Family Service credit. Mrs. Taylor is available every day at school!

At the Garden Luncheon and Plant Sale in spring, students and parents who have worked more than 8 hours during the year are invited as guests, and awards are given.

You CAN be a valuable Garden Guardian without adopting a garden area, by helping others, and being available to work on special projects when needed, or just taking care of garden jobs during the week and on Gardening Saturdays. So PLEASE, as we start our 20th year, become an active member of the Garden Guardians, one of the oldest and most visible clubs on campus.

ADOPTING A GARDEN is a privilege and responsibility, to be EARNED after working for 4 hours or more in various Connelly gardens with experienced gardeners. Sign up with Mrs. Carlberg or Mrs. Taylor. They will advise and approve new plants for your area
Adopting an area involves: Checking your area weekly, and

  • Learning about the plants - their names, habits, and needs (and learning to recognize when they are thirsty, hungry, or sick).
  • Learning how to plant plants properly, from pots, seeds, cuttings
  • Identifying weeds and removing them by the roots.
  • Learning how to trim or prune your plants, to remove dead blooms if needed, and to keep them in shape.
  • Watering and fertilizing as needed. Infrequent deep watering is better than frequent sprinklings, so roots grow deeper.

On the monthly Garden Days many people work wherever there is a need, and enjoy the camaraderie of other parents, students, with Amanda Taylor and Margaret Carlberg coordinating the work. We want to start a Beautification Committee, with two or three parents from each grade and some students too, who can perhaps meet for half an hour on Garden Days to plan future projects, both immediate and long-range.  We hope that this will further enhance the garden development and the Connelly community. Please contact Amanda Taylor ([email protected]) or Margaret ([email protected]) if you are willing to help with this.


Please note that in the spring we host the annual Plant Silent Auction and Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., following gardening from 8 to 11 a.m.


The atmosphere of the Connelly campus truly illustrates the quotation "One who plants a garden, plants happiness."





Associated Student Body Council (ASB)
Book Club
Art Club
Garden Guardians
Girls Athletic Association (GAA)
God Squad
Hearts and Hands
Spanish Honor Society
Robotics Team
Surf Club

Reminders for the month:
APR 4 - Edline course registration begins
APR 4-5 - ASB Officer Campaigning
APR 6 - Parents Association Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 6 - Junior Class Performs Play @ Servite 8 a.m.-noon
ASB Officer Speeches & Elections 
 - 5/7 SAT Registration Deadline
APR 9 - ACT Testing
APR 11 - Ambassador Applications Available 
APR 11-13 - Cheer Tryouts
APR 11-15 - Global Solidarity Week
APR 12
All-School Service Day
APR 13
 - Academic Council Meeting @ 3:15 p.m.
APR 14 - Global Solidarity Day
APR 14 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 15 - Ambassador Applications Due
APR 16 - Spring Fling Dance @ Rosary - 7-11 p.m.
APR 18-20 - Senior Exit Interviews; Classes begin @9:45 a.m.
APR 19 - Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal
APR 19 - Graduation Orders - Pickup @ Lunch
APR 21 - Early Dismissal
APR 21 - Spring Open House @ 6 p.m.
APR 21 - Spring Concert @ 5:30 p.m.
APR 22 - Earth Day Mass; Formal Uniform Day
APR 22 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 23 - Family Gardening Day 8 a.m.-noon
APR 24 - National College Fair
APR 25 - Spring Pep Rally
APR 25-26 - Class Officer Campaigning
APR 26 - AP Pre-Admin for all AP Students
APR 27 - Class Officer Elections
APR 27 - GAA Banquet @ 6 p.m.
APR 28 - Int'l Student Meeting
APR 28-30 - Tri-School Theatre Spring Musical @ 7 p.m.
APR 29 - Edline Course  Registration Ends

"The dedicated and supportive teachers and faculty, the energetic and welcoming students, the openness and comfort of the campus, I knew Connelly was the school for me."
Katherine, Class of 2011

"Catherine has become a caring, lovely, confident, well-rounded young lady. We are grateful that she has received such an excellent foundation in her religious and academic education. She is well equipped to handle life's challenges."
Grandparents, John & Anna Wippler

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