Garden Gazette 3-26-21

Updated Travel & Quarantine Policy

As of Friday, March 19, Governor Inslee rescinded the state travel advisory to align with CDC travel guidance. Because we have been following Governor Inslee’s and the King County Department of Health’s guidance, we have amended our travel policies to align with the new recommendations. The CDC guidance states:

  • Travelers must be tested 3-5 days after your trip/travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative.
  • If you choose not to get tested after traveling, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • If you are in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 during your travel, you will still need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

As such, our updated travel policy states: In accordance with the WA state travel guidance, updated by Gov. Inslee on March 19, 2021, and the guidance currently provided by the CDC, any child traveling out of state is required to get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days before returning to campus.  If the test is negative, the child may return to classes after the 7-day self-quarantine.  If the test is positive, the child should remain home for a minimum of 10 days and, in all cases, the child should continue to be monitored for symptoms for the full 14 days following travel.

For those families hosting or gathering with fully vaccinated visitors from out of state, a quarantine period is also required unless all social distancing measures are observed at all times.  Any family that is in close contact with a fully vaccinated individual (without social distancing measures) is also required to be tested 3-5 days following close contact and self-quarantine for a full 7 days before returning to campus.

All travel and COVID-19 test result information should be shared with Brin at

All Things Auction

You’re Invited!

Our live Roots of Resilience auction event is Saturday, April 17.

See more info and how to join here.

Auction Night Lasagna Dinner

Enjoy a fresh Lasagna dinner from Enzo’s on Gilman for The Children’s Garden Auction night!  Get more info and pre-order here.

Auction Donation Deadline

Thank you to everyone who has turned in donation forms! Deadline for all forms is April 1st. For more info and printable forms visit Auction 2021 

Children’s Garden Art  Show at pickup.

Children will take center stage in the gazebo holding their favorite piece of artwork.  Audience members can view from outside their vehicles in the parking lot as teachers introduce each child and read from their bio.

We will stagger pick up times between the cohorts to allow parents to park on the west side (chicken coop) of the parking lot. Masked rivers and passengers may exit their vehicle and stand in the parking lot while maintaining social distance from those not in your household.

Children will be bringing home their portfolio of beautiful artwork.

Pickup/Art Show Schedule

Thursday, April 1

Donna/Cari  10 – 10:15
Cara/Matt 10:30-10:45

Donna/Thea 2:30-2:45
Cara/Matt 3-3:15

Friday April 2

Donna/Thea 10-10:15
Cara/Matt 10:30-10:45

From the Mousehole

Garden Families, we have been through a heck of a year! We just marked the anniversary of when we left the classroom for the last time of last school year, and the staff all went home thinking that ‘We are leaving for 6 weeks!’ Who knew that a year later, we would be in a completely outdoor program with our students, and the most amazingly supportive parent community that we could ever imagine! Remember worrying in September how your child was going to wear a mask through class time? They are all rock stars at wearing masks! Remember trying to figure out the drop off and pick up procedures? You’re all rock stars at parking and logging on to Brightwheel. A HUGE thank you to everyone, our Board, our students, and our parents, grandparents, and nannies for all of your support, trust, and patience over this past year. With Spring upon us and tiny green sprouts appearing on tree branches and poking through the ground, we all have a new spring in our step and a hopeful attitude moving forward, feeling as if we are turning a page toward normalcy. Normalcy may look a little different, but it sure feels good! Our staff has all received their first vaccine, and many have had their second. Within a few weeks, we will all be totally vaccinated and have the immunity that comes after two weeks of the final vaccine. Bonnie and David, our founders and landlords who live upstairs, are also completely vaccinated. We are on our way!

This past week has been so fun! The teachers are racing to get all of the last-minute details completed on the children’s art portfolios. We can’t wait for you to see their masterpieces. Please check the schedule for your Art Show time. Each cohort of parents will have the parking lot to themselves for 20 minutes. You are welcome to get out of your car and stand in front of your car to watch the ‘show’. (If you get here a few minutes late, just park in the lower lot and walk up – we don’t want you to miss the ‘show’!) Each child will have their ‘moment’ in the Gazebo, where we will introduce the artist, share a little bit about the artist and the artist will show us their favorite creation. After their presentation, each student will be escorted across the parking lot to their car, with a school years’ worth of their artwork. Please enjoy these masterpieces and give them a place of honor in your home. Many parents in years past have had some pieces framed, and we have seen Children’s Garden Art hanging in Seattle Law Offices, Issaquah Swedish Hospital campus, and personally, my 26-year-old kids’ Children’s Garden art is still a main part of the décor in our family room!

At the Art Show, the Teacher Cohort Auction projects will also be displayed. The auction is coming up quickly and we are excited to show you what we have been working on.

These last few days, we had sunny days, rainy days, and days that quickly changed from sun to rain and back again! We all enjoyed spotting the signs of spring, with salmon berry blossoms, crocus and daffodil greens poking through the ground, and lots and lots of robins bobbing about! How beautiful! The ladybugs have ventured to explore areas of the forest that they have not gone to before, enjoying their newfound confidence and comfort. All three classes are working on standing at circle and sharing – after which, they take a bow or a curtsy. The Crickets are enjoying acting out more fairy and folk tales, and the Honeybees are beginning to learn about ‘where we live’, starting with our bedroom, street, neighborhood, city, state, country and expanding out to our continent, planet and galaxy. Thea made Compass roses for each campus and we are learning North South East and West, along with the concept of city, state, country and continents. Each campus has a world map on display, and we are excited to start our World Culture Unit after Spring Break. Please brainstorm with your Honeybee student on a country or culture that they might want to learn about and share with the class. It might be a place that is in your family history, a place that you have travelled, or a place that you have family living that might be a sweet connection for the student and their family member. We will share more in the next few weeks about the World Culture Reports.

We so appreciate everyone keeping kiddos home if they have sniffles, or sore throats, or even – a rough night of sleeping and resulting irritability! :0) We are keeping our campus healthy! Thank you!

Squeaks and Hoots from Cara and Matt

We had so much fun in the ladybug class this week. If you have noticed that your children are coming home with a ladybug stamp on their hand it is because they were so brave and stood up at circle time to introduce themselves and tell us what their favorite animal is. We are practicing with our friends to have more confidence in speaking in front of their peers. Almost every child was able to do this. I’m so proud of them. We also had a lot of fun singing and dancing to Ring around the Rosie. Today we also pretended that we were monkeys jumping on the bed. The friends had so much fun reciting this song several times.

We have been so busy doing art each day to get ready for Art Show and the Egg Hunt next week.  There is never a dule moment in our Ladybug class.

Thank you to all our friends who brought in drawings of things that begin with the sound “R”. It is so much fun to have the children participate in our circle time lesson. It also brings confidence to their public speaking skills.

If you noticed a ladybug stamp on your child’s hand this week it is because they were able to stand up in front of their peers, introduce themselves and tell us what their favorite color was. We almost had every child feel comfortable to do this. Speaking in front of your peers takes a lot of courage and we are having a lot of fun with it.

We started another new Fairytale today. We discussed how fairytales are made up stories and not real.  Matt read them Jack and the Bean Stalk.  We will read different versions of this story next week.  Please watch the video to hear some of the story.

We are also getting ready for the art show and the egg hunt next week. I am sure you will be amazed at all their beautiful artwork.

Our honeybees are going through so many changes each day. I am so proud of our big children who were able to read their stories in front of the class. We had many friends, which include Malcolm, Axel, Milo, and Owen A who read to us at circle time. Please let your children read their favorite stories to you at bedtime as well.

We loved celebrating Emerson‘s birthday this week and I can’t believe that she just turned five years old. We had a sweet celebration during which her friends got to tell her all the things they love about her.

We are starting our study unit on Where I live and discussed today that we live in our bodies, our homes, our cities, our states, our countries, our continents, our planet and our solar system.  We looked at a map and read a book about the different environments around the planet. 

I wish that you could all be with us during our snack time.  The children have gotten into the habit of telling jokes to each other.  However, most of the jokes go like this, “Did you know that Matt’s eyeballs fall out, then he falls off a waterfall and then we never see him again.”  Then all the children have big belly laughs and the next student will say something funny about Matt.  I even had one student come up to me and say, “You know Cara, Matt is a big distraction.  Now that he is here everyone wants to play with only him.”  I of course love the fact that all of the children have formed a fun and endearing relationship with their new teacher.




Squeaks and Hoots from Donna, Thea and Cari

What a fun group of little Ladybugs we have! Everyone is busy, everyone is enjoying themselves, and we are all working on using our words before we use our bodies. :0) As our Ladybugs have grown comfortable and confident, they are really starting to ‘feel their oats’! Cari and I are often looking at each other in reaction to a formerly shy student just out and out testing boundaries! This is the work of the ladybug class and we are well prepared for it. When we ‘report’ about behavior at pick up time, please understand that the teachers have already processed it with the child and we are not asking you to follow up or correct the behavior – you don’t have to mention it at all if you don’t like – we are just letting you know what happened, what we did and what they might share with you. If anything, it would be helpful to review what we talked about while you sit in your car at drop off the next day…”Remember to listen to the teacher”, or “Try to say ‘Stop that’ instead of pushing today”, or, “If I get a great report at the end of the day today from your teacher, you get to choose what book we read, what show we watch, what dessert we have for dinner tonight, etc.” or even, “boy, that student looks like a fun playmate, why don’t you ask her if she would like to build a stick house together, or go on the swings together”.

We practiced reciting our favorite nursery rhymes and finished our ‘about the artist’ life stories for our art show. We were happy to have Giulia back in class and enjoyed having all 9 ladybugs together again! We had some fabulous hikes, big hikes! all the way up to the wishing well! On our way, we stop at the climbing dome and then use a fallen tree as a makeshift balance beam.

We painted our ‘rock eggs’ for our egg hunt next week and made some adorable bunnies for you to bring out year after year as your spring and Easter décor.

We had a great ‘Tea with the Teachers’ zoom call on Friday and want you to know that any time that you have questions or concerns, to reach out and Cari and I will be happy to call, zoom, or email with you. We’re all in this together – partnering in raising these kiddos with great social emotional skills – and happy to chat and brainstorm with you whenever we can.


Well, these Crickets just had the most fabulous week! We love how they are melding together as a team and working together to play amazing games of chase and tag, climbing trees, and pretend play.

The Crickets worked this week on making some beautiful Easter Eggs and painted some ‘rock eggs’ to use at their egg hunt next week. All of these fun things will be great for you to use as seasonal décor for many years to come.

Each of our students had lots of practice this week of standing at circle and making a statement, after which, they bow or curtsy. It is fun to see all of our kiddos getting more and more comfortable with their classmates, running and playing together, and together, teasing and hiding on their teachers!

We did lots of hikes this week, and worked each day on painting a beautiful flower for Cindy’s beautiful class art auction project. I can’t wait to see it all together! I think it’s going to be dazzling.

Our letter of the week was ‘R’ and several kids brought in beautiful drawings of words that start with R. Please look around for words that start with S this weekend. We would love to see what your child thinks of.

Our Bees are so fantastic. We worked through this week and got so much done…from art show projects, auction projects, (thank you Megan Daniels for organizing this!), poetry recitations and lots of hikes! We worked on the deck, on the parking lot, on the trails and at the tree circle! We hiked solo on the adventure trail, in a group to the wishing well, and had lots of fun playing family in the mud kitchen and on the ‘riding horse’ branches.

We are learning about where we live and did our news this week on describing our homes and our bedrooms. We went as far as body, room, home, street, neighborhood, city/town this week. Next week we begin to talk about state, country and continent. The kids are bringing home the ‘Continents’ song as their poem this week. Let me tell you, this poem is still sung by our 20 and 30 year old children when thinking about the names of the continents. It is sung roughly to the tune of “Mulberry Bush” but have your child sing it to you. We now have a world map hung on each campus as we prepare for our students to do a presentation on a country or a culture after spring break. More details will come, but begin brainstorming on what country or culture your Honeybee might like to tell us about. It could be a place that is in your heritage, a place that someone in your family resides, or a place that someone in your family has visited or vacationed at.

While we prepare for the art show, we are thinking ahead to Mothers Tea and Dads Day. Please send in a selfie of both parents to Brin, either email or text – nothing fancy, it will not be shared, it is for the student’s reference only.

Teacher Thea started sharing with the class some foraging knowledge and sent home some ‘stinging nettle’ for the kids to ‘taste’. She showed them how to pick the nettles using your clothes as a barrier, and then showed them how she removes the stinging parts. The important lesson that she shared is that even if the kids are 100% sure that they have found something edible that they absolutely need to check with a parent, a teacher or a grown up.

We had a fun week in the forest. Have a great weekend and we will see you next week in the playground. 




Mark your calendar with these Garden happenings.

Art Show

Enjoy watching children as they are take center stage in the gazebo. 

April 1- Honeybees  and Ladybugs

April 2 – Crickets

Auction dates to know

April 1, 2021
All forms should be returned to the Children’s Garden Office no later than April 1, 2021

April 17, 2021
Roots of Resilience
Virtual Auction Live Event-Email invitations will be sent closer to event date.

Spring Break

We will not have school April 5-9.

Calendar of Special Events

To view all our special events for the year please visit our school calendar here or on our website.

Tea with the Teachers

Honeybees parents, please join us for Tea with the Teachers Friday, March 5 at 1:00 pm.

Each week we meet with a different class/group.
1st Fridays – Honeybee Parents
2nd Fridays – Cricket Parents
3rd Fridays – Ladybug Parents
4th Fridays – Room Parents

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