Garden Gazette April 7, 2023

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Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Art Show
Thursday, April 20 at 6:oo pm
Issaquah Middle School

We are so excited for our Children’s Garden Annual Art Show.  This is one of the staff’s favorite events.  We love to present a year’s worth of learning – not just the beautiful paintings, fun and spirited dances, but the lessons learned – the team work, cooperation, love of learning, appreciation of music and movement, and pride.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

Oh! My goodness! The April Fools Shenanigans waited around until Monday morning to greet us all with an inch of snow on the playground and courtyard! It was soooo cold all day, even though the sun showed up a few times in the afternoon, it still didn’t warm us up. Not many of us bring hand warmers or wear our long underwear anymore, so we used the movement room as an extra space to stay warm.

We hope you all had fun at the All-School Egg Hunt last weekend! The staff was so pleased with the turnout and the fact that we could actually have an Egg Hunt for the first time in 4 years! Thank you to Thea for being our beloved Bunny and to our alum, Margot, for being our beloved junior Bunny! Thank you to all of you who helped the bunny before the hunt.

Each Bug, Bee and Cricket is having their individual time with Brin to work on their biographies for the Art Show. Can you believe the Art Show is the first week back after break next week?! It kind of snuck up on all of us! The teachers are working around the clock to get all of the art pieces prepared, as well as working on our dances. We want to send a huge thank you to Jasmine Walton for helping out the staff by framing and matting all of our art pieces for our upcoming Art show. What a huge support! Thank you so much Jazz! Thursday, April 20th at Issaquah Middle School. We are looking for an Art Show committee to help us get into the school an hour early and hang the several pieces of art from each of our 56 students. Please check in with Brin in the office to sign up. We could use about 9 or 10 people – and you could reserve front row seats for the movement and dance portion of the show.

We hope you all have a fantastic reset and relaxing Spring Break next week! When we return, the Bugs have 16 school days left, the Crickets have 22, and the Bees have 31! In that time, we have 1 Art Show, 1 Live Auction, 1 Silent Auction, 3 Butterfly Teas, 3 Last Classes and 1 Honeybee Graduation. Doesn’t it feel like we were just getting ready for our Apple Fest?

Read on for Class News:

Ladybugs

Well, we were happy to  see Luke and Freddie and Theo back on Tuesday after a long time away, but we missed Johannes, Julius, Audrey and Oliver! We are finishing up our Art Show projects and practicing our dancing. We reported our news and had lots of fun and giggles playing together.

Ladybug families, it is happening! Our little parallel players of the fall are entering the classroom and immediately looking for friends, giggling together and inviting others to play. We love to see it!

Crickets

Oh! My goodness! The April Fools Shenanigans waited around until Monday morning to greet us all with an inch of snow on the playground and courtyard! The Crickets had fun making snowballs and sliding down a VERY quick slide! We were all feeling the cold, though – most of us don’t bring our hand warmers anymore, or wear our long johns – so, we cut our outside time short and went in for circle at 10.

At circle, we talked about the new month that we are in and Olivia brought in an awesome “Z” sound basket! We also read the classic, “The Country Bunny”. Such a sweet Easter Bunny story. The children all took turns coming up to the book and touching the tiny golden shoes that are only given to the bravest, kindest and swiftest bunny.

Today, we had our alphabet party to celebrate all the letters of the alphabet! At The Garden, we will find every reason to celebrate and have a good time!

Cricket families, it is happening! Our Ladybug parallel play students are now using strong voices to stand up for themselves. They are asking their friends to share, taking turns, problem solving, and one student stood at the base of the slide on the very slippery snowy day, after being bumped into a few times, and sang loudly, “Please stop! I don’t like that! I’m feeling uncomfortable, I need more space!! Not around me, don’t take it personally, it’s just a boundary, just a boundary!”

Honeybees

The Honeybees are working on a special project that we hope to have finished by the Art Show. Each child is being called in from the playground or inside activity to work on their individual piece, as well as going to Brin’s office to work with her on their biographies.

On Monday, we celebrated our friend, Wyatt, as he turned 5 over the weekend! On Tuesday, we celebrated Ava, on herl 5th birthday! On the first day back after break, we will be celebrating our friend, Cassie, as she turns 5! Although Allie turns 5 in a few months, we already celebrated her half birthday – so, our Honeybee Birthday circles will be officially done for this school year!

Elliot was sick and unable to make our World’s Fair last week, but he still did an amazing job presenting his report on China on Monday! He had lots of fun pictures from his dad’s visit to China and handed out delicious shortbread cheese cookies. Thank you, Elliot! Every World Culture Report was absolutely wonderful, and we truly feel as if we have travelled around the world. Our Bees should be so proud of themselves. What a great group of presenters! Thank you to all our Bee parents who helped their students assemble their boards, assist them handing out their treats, and worked with the kids to practice their presentations. What an amazing class!

As we learn our dances for our Spring Art Show, we are so enjoying ourselves. The students are coming up with some amazing dance moves and are having fun showing them off. We have a few students who are pretty shy, and we realize that we are pushing them a bit, so we appreciate all the help and support that you can give us at home. Have regular dance parties, show them some of your moves, feel free to be silly, and talk to them about how wonderful their moves are!!

 

Honeybee parents, it is happening! Our Ladybug parallel play students started to use their voices to advocate for themselves in the Cricket class, and as it happens every spring, our Honeybee students are advocating for their classmates, speaking up when they see something wrong, and becoming mature citizens of our Garden Community. At one of our birthday circles, we talked about things that they can do as a 5 year old that they didn’t know how to do before, and they all talked about ‘speaking up’ and helping their friends and their class. We love it!!

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

~ Gratitude Corner ~

We love our community and are so grateful and humbled by the support and love you so generously give! Thank you!

Welcome Spring

Thank you to all our families who joined us in welcoming Spring at our Spring Egg Hunt. We appreciate the many helping hands who made our event magical! Special thanks to our bunny Thea Campbell, assistant bunny Margot Hoffman, bunny helpers, Gulia Pasetti, Brandon Unger and Derek Roth, magic moment facilitator Lisa Reinitz for sprinkling  magic on our event with decor and photo cut out stand ups, carrot donors and all our families for making and bringing beautiful eggs!

~ From the Board~

The Garden Needs Your Help!

Here at the Children’s Garden we are so lucky to be a part of such a nurturing environment where our children are learning and growing every day, and our tireless teachers contribute their heart and souls. As parents and families of our students, we know that each one of you plays a vital part in weaving together the fabric of this community. We are pleased to be able to offer so many varied ways for you to join us in building these bonds together.

Today we want to announce that we are seeking a new Board Treasurer to join our Board of Directors’ leadership team in July of 2023. Every year, we have new board members join as others complete their service. This year, our dedicated Treasurer is moving on, and it is crucial that we find someone to fill this very important role for our community.

The key activities of the Treasurer include:

  • Work with Brin and our bookkeeper every month (about mid-month) to produce monthly reports/analysis to the board;
  • Lead the annual budgeting process between February and June;
  • Provide insight and guidance to the Board throughout your term as we work through strategic assessments and decisions about program and policies.

The ideal Treasurer has bookkeeping and accounting experience, proficiency with accounting software and Excel, and is a detailed and accurate project manager. They can investigate and analyze specifics as well as link it to the bigger picture for the larger leadership team.

This is an open call to our community and we are very much looking forward to hearing from you and brainstorming or answering your questions.

Board service is so much more than the donation of your time and professional expertise; it’s an opportunity to connect and share in the Garden experience in a unique and special way. Our board terms are three years long, in order to provide as much stability and effectiveness for the program as possible.

If you are interested in joining the Board as Treasurer, or if you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to reach out by responding to this email or emailing our board President, Erika White, directly at helloerikawhite@gmail.com.

Thank you for your consideration of serving The Children’s Garden in this meaningful way.

~ Office Notes~

World Flags

Honeybee World Culture Fair Thursday, March 30 at 3 pm

Mark your calendars Honeybee families and join us for a tour of the world as our Bees show their World Culture Report boards and answer questions.

Egg Hunt Committee

Bring Your Eggs Next Week!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to join us at our

Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 1 at 10 am 

Remember to drop off one dozen hardboiled decorated eggs for each egg hunter you will be bringing on or before Friday, March 31 at 11:30 am.

~ Upcoming Events~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

Month at a glance

April

April 10-14: Spring Break

April 20: Art Show 6:00 pm at Issaquah Middle School

April 29:  Let’s Party Like it’s 1977! Children’s Garden School Auction

Daily Class Schedule

Ladybugs
Tuesday and Thursday  8:15 – 10:45 am

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

Honeybees
Monday-Thursday 12:15 – 3:15 pm

~ Quick Links~

Quick access to informative Garden pages.

Health and Wellness

What are the protocols for a stuffy nose?

 Please view our Health and Wellness page for our health safety practices and protocols for the 2022-2023 school year.  

Curriculum

Explore our Curriculum page for the foundational elements of our programming to see how we integrate social skills, literacy and math readiness, science, cultural enrichment, and the creative arts in an emergent, play-based environment in our unique natural setting.

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Closure and Inclement Weather

With winter weather upon us, you can view our Closure and Inclement Weather page for policy information and pick up a hard copy from the bulletin board. 

While we monitor conditions at the school, please note our families live across a broad geographical area and conditions in your neighborhood or on your route to/from school may differ from that at The Children’s Garden. If you are concerned that it is not safe for you or your child to be on the road, please do not hesitate to stay home.