Garden Gazette April 4, 2024

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Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Get Your Auction Tickets

You are cordially invited to Prom Night – Forever Young! A second chance to dance the night away and relive your high school days (no matter how long ago they were).


Along with dinner and an open bar, entertainment for the night includes both live and silent auctions, a DJ spinnin’ the best throwback tunes, games, a photobooth to recreate your favorite awkward prom poses, a student store snack bar filled with nostalgic favorites and more.


Saturday, May 4th, 6 – 10 pm at the Pickering Barn


Dress code: whatever prom means to you; from whatever decade you choose. Dress to impress or dress to entertain. We can’t wait to see you there!

Ladybug Movie Night

Wednesday, April 24
4:00-6:00 pm
$75 donation
Sign up opens Monday, April 15

We are excited to announce The Children’s Garden’s first Ladybug Movie Night!  hosted by teachers Donna and Cari at Donna’s home. Join us for an evening of feasting on pizzas, watching a movie and memories to last a lifetime! We invite the our bugs to come in their comfy jammies if they choose, so that when they return home, they are ready to climb into bed and dream of time spent with friends.

Ladybugs will be dropped off at 4:00 pm and picked up at 6:00 pm.

Sign Up Opens Monday, April 15

Community Cornucopia Collection
April 19, 2024

Grab a Green Bag from the office and donate to the Issaquah Food bank through our Community Cornucopia food drive.

Get a list of items the Issaquah Food Bank is requesting and more information on our Community Cornucopia page.

The Mousehole

Hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend, celebrating the arrival of spring with beautiful weather and spending time with loved ones. It’s hard to believe that we came back to school on Monday, and all of a sudden, it was April! We are officially ¼ of the way through 2024 and just two months of school left in the 2023-2024 school year! In each of the class news sections below, we give you the number of classes left in the school year. Keep this in mind as you sit in the gazebo, use every opportunity to set up get togethers before the end of the school year, summer plans, play dates, mom’s and dad’s nights or weekends, maybe even group camp site weekends, class family barbecues or s’more evenings. The Childrens’ Garden is an amazing foundation for your child’s education – but it is also an excellent community building program. Take advantage of every opportunity to build your community with people with similar ideas about education, parents going through the same struggles and triumphs with their preschooler that you are, and a group of fun families who enjoy spending time with other families having fun.

Would you like to go to prom with me? The staff can’t wait to party with you all to celebrate this wonderful school year and all the fun and friendships that came along with it. Make sure that you purchase your tickets for this fun event, get your dancing shoes ready, your prom outfits and your childcare set up! It’s going to be a memorable evening!

Our focus in the classroom is now turning to Spring! Planting seeds, growing butterflies, watching the life cycle of trees begin again – and our Art Show, Butterfly Teas and Graduation. We are winding down the school year but turning up the memory making! Make sure each of these events is on your calendar!


Sweet Ladybugs, only 17 more sessions with these littlest littles. They are not acting like Ladybugs anymore – these kiddos are full on ready for Cricket Class! We celebrated Cambrie’s birthday on Tuesday and Coco’s birthday on Thursday. We had fun painting with watercolors and Qtips and read some fun books about “Worm Weather” and began learning our dances for our Spring Art Show. As we move out of parallel play, we are now learning about sharing, taking turns and being inclusive. Dress-ups are always a fun activity for the Ladybugs, and we have so much fun playing with the princesses, Tinkerbells and cowboys as they move about the classroom.


25 Cricket classes left! 25 more times of dropping off snacks in the snack wagon and waiting in the gazebo for your 4-year-old to run down the brick path excited to see you! Can you believe it? We had a fun week with our Crickets this week, reading some wonderful books about spring, beginning to learn our dances for our Spring Art Show, and having fun on the playground as we watched our fall planted bulbs grow and blossom in every nook and cranny! We talked about tattling, big deal vs. little deal, and if we are having strong emotions, to move to a different activity to help change our attitude! That’s a pretty big lesson for a four-year-old! We had fun painting with Qtips and watercolors and enjoyed building zoos and train tracks and towers of blocks with bears and whales on them. We started learning some fun dances for the Art Show and we also enjoyed learning that no matter who our Cricket Comrade is, we can have fun at snack time!


34 Honeybee classes left! Goodness, Gracious, things are getting real! During these last few months, we have seen the same thing that we see every single year – our Honeybees have developed into a team. Currently, it is a team of students vs. the staff, but we know, that as our kiddos realize that their time at The Garden is coming to an end, that they grow to include the staff on their team as well.

We had fun this week preparing for our Art Show. We completed our drawings of our bodies, our interviews with Brin for our biographies and finished up our self-portraits. Self-portraits are amazing pieces of a moment in time, friends. Each of our bees looks at a mirror as they draw each eye, their nose and their lips. It is amazing to watch their concentration. We hope you can all make it to The Art Show on April 26th, at 6:30 at Issaquah Middle School. We started to learn our dances for the Art Show, both dances are complicated!

We had lots of fun at our World’s Fair. Each of our Honeybees took a turn at the microphone, telling us about their country, and what they enjoyed learning the most. We are so proud of our Bees and their presentations. They each did a fabulous job. On Monday, we displayed our Presentation Boards, and our Bees stood by their boards to answer questions about their country, and practice using their big kid voices to respond to questions. What an amazing experience for all of us!

Have a great spring break everyone! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to PROM, 2024!




Gratitude Corner

Thanks to all the Honeybee families for their support and appreciation of our World Culture Report Unit. The students all did an amazing job with their presentations and we know they couldn’t have done that without the support of their families. Thank you to everyone who attended our World’s Fair on Monday to hear highlights from everyone’s report and to walk around and talk with each of the students about their display boards. What a wonderful culmination and celebration of the Honeybee year presentations! Thank you also to the Honeybee parents for making our final Parent Teacher Conferences flow smoothly and celebrate how far these students have come!

We Want Your Prom Pics!

Thank you to everyone who has shared their pictures, they are so fun to see!
Please add yours to our collection.
Text, email or bring a hard copy for scanning to the office. 


Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

April 8-12: Spring Break
April 26: Art Show

May 1: Butterfly Tea for Crickets and Honeybees
May 2: Butterfly Tea for Ladybugs
May 4: Auction Prom ~ Forever Young
May 27: Memorial Day-no school


Daily Class Schedule

Tuesday and Thursday  8:15 – 10:45 am

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15 – 11:15 am

Monday-Thursday 12:15 – 3:15 pm

~ Poems~


School Poems

Part of our daily routine at The Garden is singing or saying a few of our traditional poems.

Find a printable version to our Closing Circle Song, and the poem “We Light This Candle” at the following links.