Garden Gazette December 10, 2021

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Winter 2

Winter Break at the school

Our last day of school before Winter Break is Thursday, December 17. While our students are away on break, our campus will be busy, nonetheless.

is scheduled for completion over the break. It’ been mentioned to the children that Santa may stop by the school with a gift for them. We are looking forward to surprising them with the slide and tire swing.

Lower Lot
We have been lucky to have a wonderful big space in our lower lot serve as staff and overflow parking. It’s gotten rutted and muddy with all the use during these rainy days. To avoid further ware and stuck cars, we have the area roped off for the next week. We have a team working with our school founders and residents, Bonnie and David, to get the area parking ready for our return to school on January 3rd.

Our campus spaces will get prepped for the start of school in the new year as we get ready to welcome additional indoor/outdoor hybrid programming. We will send out a communication before the start of school with details about drop-off, pick-up and anything you will need to send with your student that first day back.

Dino with comb-01

Lice Awareness

With pandemic protocols driving our health focus we were recently reminded, by lice exposure in one of our cohorts, that health communications amongst our community reach beyond COVID. With our communications to the affected cohort and lice specific classroom cleaning, we have confidence there is no lice outbreak at The Children’s Garden.

Lice can happen to anyone. They are difficult to detect and see, and not everyone has the same symptoms (itching, lack of sleep etc.).  As our children’s schooling continues, a good rule to follow is… once a week – take a peek! Lice could be an issue all the way up through middle school.

If you know or suspect a member of your household has lice, please examine all household members, and treat anyone infested. Please notify the office when your student has received treatment for lice.

Here are a few locations where you could get your family checked:
Lice Clinics of America:
Lice Knowing You:
The Lice Clinic:

Here is some information on lice:
Facts and Information:


~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

lmk what you think

What a wonderfully wintery week we got to have with our Gardeners! The sound, smell, and decorations of gingerbread filled our classroom spaces as we all read about, acted out, and decorated Gingerbread people! Our long awaited holiday gifts are finally all done and wrapped up in extra special paper to open now, put under your tree to open on Christmas, on the solstice, with your family, with your friends, by you, your kiddos, and everything in between. We have just had so much fun working with the kids to get them all together so please let us know how you like them! Your kiddos all had the bookworm this week wanting stories after stories after stories with bugs all listening and cuddling together, crickets putting on performances, and some bees even reading their own stories! The weather this week really gave us a sneak peek into what our winter will look like so get ready for cold, rainy, and a good chance of snow so get ready for more cold temperatures, rain, and possibly snow next week, please send your kiddos in lots of layers, waterproof outers, and extra gloves for their chilly fingers! We can’t wait to see you all next week for our last, and shorter, week before holiday break!


We’ve been bitten by the Holiday Spirit bug in the Ladybugs class! We ready and decorated Holiday nursery rhyme Jack Horner with his Christmas pie that has a surprise plum! Our bugs had a great time decorating their own gingerbread men after reading The Gingerbread Man and The Gingerbread Girl who may have learned a thing or two from her brother’s story. Our Belleamie bugs also played with some gingerbread playdough while our Luna bugs helped decorate the shelter with bows for the holidays! We finished our holiday gifts and decorated our own wrapping paper to go with it, our ladybug holiday gifts have been a beloved tradition here at The Garden for decades with families posting pictures of their 30-year-old Ladybug Holiday Gifts including Teacher Brins gift from Teacher Thea! Staff is so excited for you all to open them throughout the next month, we hope to hear from you all and know how you like them! Can’t wait to see to see you next week!


Our Crickets have been having a very holly jolly time getting into the holiday spirit with reading, acting, decorating, and turning their teachers into DJs! A big Happy Birthday to Joaquin who turned 4 on Thursday and got a very special visit from Parsley Flakes on Friday! We got our gingerbread on with reading and acting out The Gingerbread Man and The Gingerbread Girl, as well as decorating our owns gingerbread people while we played with gingerbread scented playdough! All the while our teachers got to playing DJ’s with wonderful echoes of “play this song next!” and “this song after!!” while they controlled the speakers during playtime and dance parties! Our Crickets have been hard at work in their little elf shops to make you all holiday gifts with hand decorated wrapping paper to top it off, staff and students alike cannot wait to have you open your gifts over the next month, please let us know how you like them! Between playing, decorating, acting, and holiday crafts we continued our dive into double digit numbers with the number 11 and some wonderful sound baskets to help us learn the letter K! With a short week next week leading up to our holiday break we look forward to getting to play and sending home the last of our holiday crafts and artworks to wish you all a very happy holiday season, happy new year, and early birthdays to a few of our wonderful crickets


The Honeybees are as busy as little elves in a winter workshop. Between working on holiday family gifts, making wrapping paper, learning new songs and dances and sewing adorable little elf hats there is no question that we are nearing the longest night of the year!

Winter is simply the best time to read stories, thus we have been busy reading renditions of The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Gingerbread Man. We also read the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and some other seasonal favorites. 

The Bees have been singing and signing Light a Little Candle, filling the morale of the class with warmth and sweetness. The children will bring home a new poem, called I Heard a Bird Sing.

We have been using our stories as launching points to talk further about emotions, and working on our abilities to read others feelings. Your child will soon be bringing home a feelings book, look through it with them, and ask how they can “read” how the characters are feeling! We are so proud of our Bees for their abilities to read how others are feeling! (yes even with masks on!!!)

Speaking of feelings, we are also proud of our Honeybees for their hard work and focus with sewing elf hats and rehearsing for the performance for the Winter Celebration!

Thank you so much to Kensie’s family, for hosting the party! We know there have been many families stepping up to help create an unforgettable evening and we are so excited to celebrate with you all.




~ Calendar~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

Winter Break
There will be no school Friday, December 17 – Friday December 31. Happy Holidays!

Return to School
Monday, January 3 – First day of school after first winter break.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 17 – No school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Second Wither Break
There will be no school Monday, February 21 – Friday February 25.

School Auction
Friday evening, April 1 – We will hold our annual school auction. 

Spring Break
There will be no school Monday, April 11 – Friday April 15.

Memorial Day
There will be no school Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Last Day of School
Crickets – Wednesday June 8

Ladybugs and Honeybees – Thursday June 9.

Honeybee Graduation
Friday June 10 in the afternoon. Details to follow.

Daily Class Schedule
We start the week off with our Cricket class on Monday morning, Honeybees Monday afternoon and Ladybugs on Tuesday morning. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in and get hands washed.
Ladybugs -Tuesday and Thursday  8:15 – 10:45 am
CricketsMonday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15 – 11:15 am
HoneybeesMonday-Thursday 12:15 – 3:15 pm

~ Quick Links~

Quick access to informative Garden pages.

Health and Wellness

Is your child traveling out of state? Does your child have a runny nose?

 Please view our Health and Wellness page for our health safety practices and protocols for the 2021-22 academic year.  


Visit our  Curriculum page to view our collection of monthly curriculum installments.

~ Reminders~

Some items to keep on your radar.

Children’s Garden Book Club

For families interested in ordering books through Scholastic,  you can order online through The Scholastic Children’s Garden Book Club! Books will be shipped to your home.

Children’s Garden Class Code: YM6GP

Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school under our formal name, Issaquah Valley Family Education, every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop there, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to The Children’s Garden by choosing Issaquah Valley Family Education as your charity.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.