Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom


Mr. Gregg Rice (5th grade) teaching our wonderful Mary Lin staff about our Outdoor Classroom. We have three areas where the teachers can take students outside: the amphitheater, 4 picnic tables in the middle of the Habitat and the 4 tables on the Learning Garden patio. Tons of places for hands-on outdoor learning!

Join us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mary Lin OCLG Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Invite 11x17 pic

After what feels like a long, long, long time… the day is finally here!!!
The Mary Lin Elementary School Outdoor Classroom Committee wants to thank so many families, local businesses and organizations for your generosity and continued commitment to our school! We appreciate you believing and supporting the new Mary Lin Outdoor Classroom & Learning Garden. 
Our growing dreams are being realized right here in our newly finished Phase 1!  Our children will get experiential learning through the great outdoors, integrating curriculum across the subjects. What a wonderful way to show our community how their fundraising dollars are being spent in our own “backyard”.
We would like to cordially invite you to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Outdoor Classroom & Learning Garden on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the Outdoor Classroom.  
It’s going to be fun! We have FOUR local business sponsors: Cynthia Baer Realty, Treehouse Milk, Wondershop, and The HomeTeam, Keller Knapp Realty who will be providing snacks and refreshments along with an activity or two. We are hoping for a surprise performance from the Ukeladies!

Kindness Rock Garden Project

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Celebrate No Place for Hate Week with Ms. Huguelet’s Kindness Rock Garden Project!!!

Each class will be collaboratively painting one large rock in the new Mary Lin Outdoor Classroom and Learning Garden. Additionally, each student has the opportunity to paint their own rock. Send your kid to school with a small rock (think size of your fist max) to decorate on MONDAY, AUG. 21st: 1 rock per child, please. Remind them not to throw it at anyone 😉

Students will be painting Wednesday-Friday (8/23-8/25).

Parents can sign up to help with the rock painting:




Grow your own food AND help raise funds for the Outdoor Classroom!

Teach your kids how to grow food by renting a Mary Lin Garden bed this summer!!! Students planted various veggies and flowers in our current garden: peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, basil, cucumbers, squash, zinnias, and cosmos. All vegetables were started as seedlings, but the zinnias and cosmos were seeded. This is a great way to have fresh organic veggies this summer and to have your children involved with the garden! Don’t worry if you will be away part of the summer. ‘Garden families’ are happy to water for each other. You can even share a bed with another family. Planted Bed rentals are $75 and unplanted beds in the NEW garden are $60. They will be ready for planting soon! We will use these funds to help our students learn and grow in the garden during the school year.

First come, first served! Make out your check to “Mary Lin Elementary”, write “Summer Garden Bed’ in the comment line, and place it in the P.T.A. mailbox marked “GREGG RICE” or deliver to teacher Gregg Rice. 

Questions to grice@atlanta.k12.ga.us OR Mary Lin Garden Club Chair, Andy Woodworth andy.woodworth@gmail.com


May 13th UPDATE:

216! That’s the total number of pairs of sneakers Mary Lin families recycled via Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. These awesome Mary Lin students delivered 11 huge bags of used sneakers to Niketown where they’ll be ground up and recycled into sports fields and playground surfaces! Big thanks to Julie Roseman, Merri Neff, Jennifer Silver, Jenny Rutherford and Mary Lin students Molly Silver, Lily Neff and Nai Abboushi for sneaker wrangling and counting. Thanks to all of you that participated! #gogreen #renewreuserecycle#everydayisearthday

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Bring us your old stinky sneakers! In celebration of Earth Day, we are collecting and recycling used athletic shoes during morning drop off and pick up in front of school from April 24-28th. Thanks!


Playground Work Day – Spring Break!

Thanks to all the hardworking families and Cub Scout Pack 586 for coming out to our Playground Work Day on the last day of Spring Break! We owe a big thank you to Georgia Landscape Supply for their very generous donation of mulch. Parents and students mulched, picked up garbage, re-cemented the Giant Chess Set and fixed other parts of our beautiful playground.

Did you see our new water fountain? Our students can stay hydrated while having fun on our Mary Lin playground.

Additional thanks to Jane Smith, Sam Heys, Bill Gordon, Annsley Klehr and Julie Roseman for setting up today’s Playground Work Day.


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Well, first it’s time to it clean up! We are so excited to start construction on our new Mary Lin Learning Garden next month! The students will be using our current beds for Spring/Summer Plantings in a few weeks.

Thanks to the group of parents and students who came out on Saturday, March 25th to get the beds fresh and ready to go. 

Are you interested in being part of the Mary Lin Garden Club? Please contact Andy Woodworth, Garden Club Chair andy.woodworth@gmail.com or 404-759-3826  Parents and students welcome!

Summer Garden Bed Rental info coming soon…


Eagle Scout Project – Habitat Clean Up

Ben Shipp, a local high school Boy Scout, worked hard in the Mary Lin Habitat this weekend (3/12-3/13). For his Eagle Scout project, Ben is cleaning up our outdoor amphitheater classroom and will be building and installing new picnic tables in the next two weeks!

Check out his hard work:
– Screwed down a board that was sticking up from the deck
– Put a new seat on the broken bench
– Scrubbed the entire chalk board and got rid of the mold and algae growing on it
– Cleaned the chalkboard and left us a new box of chalk!
– Picked up trash from the entire site
– Swept off the platform and the seats


Ben and fellow Boy Scouts had their second work day on Saturday, March 25th and built 4 wood picnic benches for our Habitat!


Our amphitheater and Habitat look so much better now! We can’t wait for the students and teachers to use the cleaned up space when it gets warmer out.
Thanks Ben!!