Garden Gazette 4-2-21

NEW TODAY! Updated Travel & Quarantine Policy

Following the release of the CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People this morning, The Garden has amended our current travel policy to incorporate these most recent guidelines.  The amendment to our travel policy applies only to fully vaccinated* individuals.  Please remember that, regardless of adult/parental vaccination status, any out of state travel with unvaccinated children continues to fall under our general travel policy, requiring testing 3-5 days after travel and a 7 day self-quarantine.  If unvaccinated family members/children chose not to be tested following travel, a 10 day quarantine is required.
 
CG Travel Policy for Fully Vaccinated* Individuals:
 
Following the interim guidance released by the CDC on April 2, 2021, fully vaccinated individuals may travel without the need to test or quarantine before returning to campus.  Likewise, if a fully vaccinated individual visits from out of state, there is no need for a child to quarantine following close contact.  This policy applies to any fully vaccinated individual, given they are following the CDCs recommenced guidelines for vaccinated individuals which include:
  • Physical distancing and mask wearing in public
  • Wearing masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19
  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid medium and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
*For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen ).

All Things Auction

You’re Invited!

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

Thank you to everyone who has already registered.  If you have not yet registered please follow the link below.

Get more info and Register 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 Procurement Closed

Thank you to everyone who has turned in donation forms! Procurement for the auction is now closed! If you have pledged an item but haven’t gotten your donation form in yet, please send it to rose.mcmahill@outlook.com at your earliest convenience. Forms can be found at Auction 2021 

From the Mousehole

What an eventful week we enjoyed before our Spring Break! We kicked off our week with our Spring Egg Hunt in each class. Last week, the children painted some beautiful stones in spring colors. We took note of the signs of spring that are happening every day and with that, the hunt was on! We hope you all enjoy a lovely Easter this weekend and hold on to your lovely Spring decorations that your Gardeners made for years to come. 

Staff celebrated Teacher Thea’s birthday on Tuesday as her actual special day happens during Spring Break. We are now in to April and can’t believe that there are only 9 more weeks of school left!

We ended the week with a somewhat different Art ‘Show’ for each of our cohorts. Typically, our Art Show features music and dance as well, but the staff is pretty proud of ourselves for the amount of beautiful art pieces that were produced during this outdoor classroom year. Again, we hope you hang your amazing masterpieces in a place of honor in your home and treasure them for years to come. 

When we return to school on April 12th, it is the start of Auction week! Order your Enzo’s dinner, register to bid and attend the auction! The Auction team is busily gathering everything together to make a catalog that we can peruse before the auction and decide on all the goodies that we want to bid on! There are some fun Teacher organized outings for the kids – Get together with some other families and plan your bidding strategy! 

Next week is Spring Break and we wish you all lovely weather, wherever you spend it. Read on for cohort news.

Squeaks and Hoots from Donna, Thea and Cari

Ladybugs:
On Tuesday, we handed out our adorable spring cotton ball bunnies with each child’s footprints at the beginning of class. We came on the playground to hunt for the ‘eggs’ or stones that we had painted last week. To watch their eyes light up when they discovered a beautiful and brightly painted stone was priceless. 

The sunshine on the playground seemed to give all of our little Bugs some extra spring in their step. Even though it was still very cold (at the end of class, we could still see our breath), Cari and I remarked that our day was spent ‘herding kittens’. They are all so comfortable and such good friends that they giggle and play chase and race and run and go in pairs in every direction!  – and that is when we are going to wash hands, going to snack, going to circle, going to line up to go home, going anywhere! :0) We finished our Art Show biographies, so we returned to our usual news writing.

On Thursday, we hope you enjoyed our little Art Show. This is very different from what we typically do in non-covid times, and we hope you have had so much fun looking at all of the beautiful art that your little one has created. Isn’t it amazing? They really had so much fun creating it all, and we had so much fun watching them create it.

Everyone should have received a ‘biography’ from your bug and a note about how all of the kids art is produced. We read a sampling of their biographies in the interest of time, and tried to share a hint of our Bug’s personalities. We hope you enjoyed them!

When we return after break, we are back up in Luna’s Forest. Remember that we don’t get sunshine until lunchtime, so even when the forecast is for a warmer day, the mornings are still cool. Thanks everyone for all that you do! Have a lovely spring break week! 

Crickets:
On Monday, we handed out the kids’ beautiful foamy painted eggs. These eggs were created using a paint that is like shaving cream with watercolor mixed in. The kids get full on into the paint with both hands, right up to their elbows! It is rather soothing. Once the paper is completely covered, the children often linger and play with the foamy paint for several minutes more. I still have my daughter’s egg that I bring out every spring, and she graduated from The Garden in 2000!

After we washed our hands, the Crickets gathered at the bridge to hear the ‘rules’ for the Egg Hunt. Each child would find 3 stone ‘eggs’ and then gather at circle to trade their eggs so that each Cricket would go home with the 3 eggs that they painted themselves. Before the hunt could begin, the class had to find three signs of spring around us. Pink Salmonberry blossoms, a dandelion, and leaves beginning to bud on the trees were mentioned and then we ‘Let the Hunt Begin!’ Watching these kiddos race around and discover the stones was delightful. After they found their three, we were so proud to watch them help their classmates find some. They are all Very sweet friends. 

On Wednesday we looked at our artwork and prepared for our Art Show by having each student choose their favorite art piece to show in the Gazebo. We read a second “Jack and the Beanstalk” version and read our Stamper Books that we made on Monday. 

Today, you all got to see a Covid model of our beloved Art Show. We hope you enjoy the beautiful creations that your 3- and 4-year-old children produced. They had fun making them and we had so much fun watching them delight in the process!

At the time of this writing, we all are heading to Kensie’s house for our cohort Egg Hunt! We are so excited to celebrate with our friends at Kensie’s. Thank you so much Christensen Family for hosting such a sweet celebration. 

When we return after break, we are back up in Luna’s Forest. Remember that we don’t get sunshine until lunchtime, so even when the forecast is for a warmer day, the mornings are still cool. Thanks everyone for all that you do! Have a lovely spring break week! 

Honeybees:
Have we told you lately how much we love these Honeybees? We have such a lovely and loving group of students in our cohort. They truly have become the ‘team’ that we typically see in the Honeybee year. They all want to tell everyone their stories, at the same time that they want to listen to everyone else’s stories! “Guys! Guys! Listen to this!” or “I want to sit beside Ellie and Madison and Gigi and Matthew and Maya and Adam and Max” “But I want to sit by Merritt and Matthew and Ellie and Gigi” “No, I want to sit by Max, Adam and Madison and Maya” and on and on. 

On Monday, we delivered the Bees Foam Paint Eggs to your cars. These eggs were created using a paint that is like shaving cream with watercolor mixed in. The kids get full on into the paint with both hands, right up to their elbows! It is rather soothing. Once the paper is completely covered, the children often linger and play with the foamy paint for several minutes more. I still have my daughter’s egg that I bring out every spring, and she graduated from The Garden in 2000!

After we washed our hands, the Honeybees gathered at the bridge to hear the ‘rules’ for the Egg Hunt. Each child would find 3 stone ‘eggs’ and then gather at circle to trade their eggs so that each Bee would go home with the 3 eggs that they painted themselves. Before the hunt could begin, the class had to find three signs of spring around us. Pink Salmonberry blossoms, a dandelion, and leaves beginning to bud on the trees were mentioned and then we ‘Let the Hunt Begin!’ Watching these kiddos race around and discover the stones was delightful. Some of the eggs were hard to find! That bunny was tricky! 

We did our news, practiced our name writing, and letter of the week, X! That’s a tough one! We prepped for the Art Show, started our Mother’s and Father’s gifts, and started reciting our latest poem, ‘Continents’ at circle. We have been learning about where we live (body, home, neighborhood or street, city, state, country, continent, planet, and solar system, and learning about maps. 

On Tuesday, we took turns venturing down to the creek to feel the water and report on whether it was warm or cold. With the glorious sun shining down on the playground, Teacher Donna got a little bit of sunburn! but the report from everyone was that the water is still cold! 

We read some sweet Easter and Spring stories, The Country Bunny, Guess How Much I love You, and other bunny stories. On Wednesday, the weather was so lovely by snack time that we decided to have another picnic out by the chicken coop. We also drew our pictures for Ellie’s birthday book. We celebrated Ellie’s 5 trips around the sun on Thursday right before the Art Show, as her birthday, like Thea’s, falls during Spring Break. 

On Thursday, we shared with you our COVID version of the Art Show. We hope you enjoy these masterpieces and treasure them for years to come. Many families frame select pieces and display them in their home or office. We know of many businesses that have Children’s Garden Art proudly displayed, Microsoft, Swedish Hospital, and Law Offices in Seattle, among them. We hope you find a place of honor in your home to feature your child’s art. They worked hard on it all and we so enjoyed watching their reactions to what beautiful masterpieces they made! 

When we return after spring break we are up in Luna’s Forest! We hope you have a fabulous Spring Break with lovely weather? We hope! We hope! The staff is so excited to share all of the special events that are part of the Honeybee Year in the final 9 weeks of school!

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

Squeaks and Hoots from Cara and Matt

 

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

We have a few unclaimed items in our lost and found. Plese let us know if any of these items are yours.You can email the office at admin@childrensgarden.org or text us at (425) 392-1563.

 

Mark your calendar with these Garden happenings.

Auction dates to know

April 1, 2021 – Procurement for the auction is now closed!
If you have pledged an item but haven’t gotten your donation form in yet, please send it to rose.mcmahill@outlook.com at your earliest convenience.

April 9, 2021
Please place your Lasagna Dinner orders by Friday April 9.

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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