Garden Gazette 11 13 2020

Thanks to you, we are on our way to meeting our fundraising goal for Homecoming 2020!

Check out our Homecoming website here

for more details about your giving options and don’t forget to donate before November 20!

Getting to Know You

Extended Deadline!

Thank you to all of our families who have submitted lovely family photos, stories and recipes! It has been so much fun getting to know you and we can’t wait to share your introductions with the rest of the families at the school.

We hope to have everyone represented so if you have not yet done so please email the office the following by Friday, November 20:

Family ‘selfie’
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or formal, it can be posed or goofy, as long as it is something that shows you all as a family.

A bit about yourself
Such as where you grew up, parent occupations, what brought you to the Pacific Northwest and give us the names and ages of each of the people in your family pic. 

One or two of the following:

  • a favorite holiday recipe, 
  • A favorite holiday tradition
  • a favorite pandemic activity, or 
  • a crazy story about the funniest thing that has happened this year. 
  • Something that we would never guess about your family
  • Something that you as a family do together to make the world a better place. 

Thank you for all you do and helping us build our Garden Community! 

Squeaks n' Hoots

Autumn seems to be even more beautiful when you are out in nature.  We have been discussing the daily changes happening in our environment and slowing down to notice the little details of life out in Mother Nature.

We have had another wonderful week at Branching Out.  The days are colder and wetter and the staff at school are so thankful that the children are arriving correctly outfitted in proper gear to have a successful day outside.  Please let us know if you have any questions about specific brands or types of outdoor clothing that is best suited for our preschool aged kiddos.

You each have received this year’s Garden Directories with the names and information for all our community.  If you have any questions or changes, please contact Brin in the office.  Nigel also stopped by and delivered your children’s school pictures.  If you were unable to make the first picture day or if you would like to have your child retake their picture, Nigel will be setting up another date to come to school in early December.  We will be sure to let you know when the date is set.  The pictures were delivered after the Ladybug class on Thursday, so the Ladybugs will receive their pictures next Tuesday.

Your little ones have been busy creating art for up and coming holidays.  Even though they do not come home with artwork each week, they have been enjoying painting, drawing and stamping art for your enjoyment in the future.

 
We know that the children who return to your cars after a fun day at school do not look like the same children who were dropped off only hours before.  These children can be just children and get dirty, roll in the leaves, make mud pies, and pour muddy water from different dishes in the play kitchen.  Your children are also different on the inside.  They have gone on adventures, climbed trees, experience wildlife and changes in their environment.  

Squeaks and Hoots from Donna, Thea and Cari

Coming to you from Belleamie’s Playground.

Ladybugs: We had a great day on Tuesday on the playground – not many tears at all! The children all had a turn doing some painting for their Art Portfolio, and we also began crafting our Thanksgiving project and got a jump on our Holiday Gifts! On Thursday, we celebrated Austin’s birthday at circle. It is fun to be able to carry on with some of our favorite Garden traditions!

This was a cold and wet week, but the kids are doing a great job of moving and keeping warm. Cold hands are hard to work with and some of our little ones get frustrated trying to get their fingers into tiny gloves. Our favorites are the big mittens that unzip all the way to the base of the thumb. You can also pack their bags with some disposable hand warmers.

If you haven’t done so yet, please sign up for a ‘check in’ with your teacher, and remember to send in a family photo, (can be a selfie) and some ‘getting to know you’ sharing, ( a recipe, where you grew up, a funny quarantine survival story, or a favorite holiday tradition) We look forward to ‘Getting to know you!)

Crickets: Only two days this week on the playground, hope you all enjoyed a nice cozy day together on Wednesday. The children worked on a beautiful art project for their portfolio, and started work on their Thanksgiving project and their holiday gifts! The staff is getting a jump on everything, in case there is a spike in Covid cases.

Our letter of the week was “D” – Chat this up at home to see if they can find things around the house that start with the ‘d’ sound.

This was a cold and wet week, but the kids are doing a great job of moving and keeping warm. Cold hands are hard to work with and some of our little ones get frustrated trying to get their fingers into tiny gloves. Our favorites are the big mittens that unzip all the way to the base of the thumb. You can also pack their bags with some disposable hand warmers.

If you haven’t done so yet, please sign up for a ‘check in’ with your teacher, and remember to send in a family photo, (can be a selfie) and some ‘getting to know you’ sharing, ( a recipe, where you grew up, a funny quarantine survival story, or a favorite holiday tradition) We look forward to ‘Getting to know you!)

Honeybees: The Bees did such a great job with their “November” Poem. We also did a lovely painting project for our Art Portfolios, and started an adorable Thanksgiving project. We got a good start on our Holiday gifts as well. Our sound of the week was “H”. This was a tricky one for the kids to figure out things that start with the ‘h’ sound. Chat it up at home and see if they can find things around the house that start with H.

Our Bees are really forming sweet friendship groups, and the whole class works well together as a team. It is really sweet to see. They are learning to use their words so as not to hurt feelings when they want a little bit of alone time, or don’t want to participate in a particular game.

If you haven’t done so yet, please sign up for a ‘check in’ with your teacher, and remember to send in a family photo, (can be a selfie) and some ‘getting to know you’ sharing, ( a recipe, where you grew up, a funny quarantine survival story, or a favorite holiday tradition) We look forward to ‘Getting to know you!)

Squeaks and Hoots from Brook and Cara

Coming to you from Luna’s Forest.
 
Ladybugs: Wow!  These kiddos continually impress me with their sense of grit, adventure and joy.  We have been learning the nursery rhyme “Little Ms Muffet” this week and we acted out the scene with props.  The children really enjoyed taking turns being Ms. Muffet with her bowl of curds and whey and being the spider.  Several kiddos stood up on the stage, introduced themselves with a strong voice and recited the rhyme to their peers.  This was so exciting to witness. Our program scaffolds our curriculum over the three years that our children are with us, and this is the beginning of learning confidence to speak in front of peers.  By their Honeybee year, they will be reciting long poems and giving World Culture reports to their classmates.  The teachers have discovered that this class loves to roll around in the leaves and get dirty.  It is enlightening to lay down next to them and stare up at the trees as you hear their little giggles.
 
Crickets: This week we really had a fun time diving deeper into The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  We read several different versions of the story and then discussed the similarities and differences between them.  We even acted out the story on our stage with props.  Each child really wanted to play every part (little Billy Goat, medium Billy Goat, large Billy Goat, Troll and the field with flowers where to go to eat and get fat) so we went through the play about 20 times.  They were laughing so hard as their confidence being in front of their peers grew stronger and stronger.
 
Honeybees:  We also read The Three Billy Goats Gruff with the Honeybees this week.  Oh, my word, what performers and hams we have in this class.  Please ask your child to tell you their own version of this folk tale.  All our Honeybees (who have been able to come to school) have recited each and every poem this year.  They seem to be more comfortable using a strong voice and looking their peers in their eyes as they recite their poem.  This next week we have a fun one about the leaves in autumn.  Hopefully, all members of the family are having fun memorizing these poems.  If you know of a poem that is dear to you and you think the length is appropriate for our class, please let us know.

Crickets

Honeybees

There will be no school on the following dates:

Tuesday, November 24 – Teacher Zoom Check In

November 25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday Break

View our calendar with all scheduled breaks here

Teacher Check In

Sign up for an optional Teacher Check by Tuesday,  November 18. 

For  Cara and Brook – sign up here.

For Cari, Thea and Donna – sign up here.

Meeting invitations will be emailed to you after sign up is complete.

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