The third-grade classes of Ms. Katherine Heiss and Mrs. Donna Pedde ventured outdoors for some meaningful autumn lessons last Friday. The students participated in a wide range of activities, starting with weeding and planting bulbs in the garden. They also wrote in their journals using fall prompts, collected leaves and then showed their creativity with some leaf rubbings. The classes also went on an Autumn Scavenger Hunt and concluded with their fall poetry readings while sipping hot apple cider and eating some festive cookies.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit