Garden Gazette December 17, 2021

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Winter Programming-01

Winter COVID-19 Programming UPDATE

The Children’s Garden staff and board appreciate the thoughtful feedback offered by our families regarding programming in the new year.

Read more about our formulated programming for the Ladybug and Honeybee class and  considerations for updated Cricket programming preferences.

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Teacher In Service Day– Tuesday, January 18
No school for students

Parent Teacher Conferences
Ladybug and Honeybee-Thursday, March 24
Cricket-Friday, March 25
No school for students

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Wishing you a bright holiday season filled with warmth, peace, health and happiness. 

May you find many moments of beauty and joy in the wonder that surrounds you.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

Can you believe that we have just finished our last day of school at The Garden for 2021? The school year is flying by. The children have had a wonderful time sharing their excitement and their stories of the Holiday Season, and we have loved hearing about all of your adventures. We wish for you all, as we approach the longest night of the year, a lovely time of light, love and warmth. We hope that you have lots of family and friend gatherings and perhaps even a little snow for your adventures. Through all of the hustle and bustle of the season, please take time to just be still, take it all in, and breathe. Look at the twinkle in your child’s eyes and enjoy the magic. 

We will see you in 2022!

Ladybugs

We wrote our news and had more fun acting out “Little Jack Horner”. We made gingerbread and other fun shapes out of gingerbread scented play dough. Check our website for our basic play dough recipe. The kids love to use rolling pins and kid scissors to cut and shape the dough. For this batch, we added some cinnamon and cloves, along with a tiny bit of brown food coloring. 

The children are so excited to present to you their holiday gifts. Some families open them right away and some families put them under the tree to open on Christmas Day. Either way, we hope you like them and hold on to them for many years to come.

On Thursday, we had a special treat and watched a movie! Just what the doctor ordered for very excited preschoolers! 

Crickets

Oh, my goodness, how we all love the new additions to our playground! Both cohorts met in the parking lot and watched as the teachers lifted off the wrapping, Oohs and Aahs filled the air. The easel is beautiful! Some of the children were putting their face up to one side of the plexiglass while another child would trace it on the other side! So fun – and the wheelbarrow was an instant hit and really provided lots of opportunities to learn how to ask for a turn and wait patiently for a turn. Thank you so much – you guys are amazing.

On Monday, we also learned where our tongue goes when we make the ‘L’ sound, and had some fun things in the sound basket. We did rainbow “L”’s, practiced our names and weathered the cold damp air. 

We also sent home the Cricket holiday gifts. The students had fun making and wrapping their beautiful presents for you. We hope you enjoy them for years to come. 

On Wednesday, we had a special treat and watched a movie! Just what the doctor ordered for some very excited preschoolers! We watched the video of Raymond Brigg’s ‘The Snowman’. Check it out if you haven’t seen it – beautiful animation that matches the storybook, and very pretty music. There are no words, yet this film captivates the children. 

Honeybees

There are no words to describe how beautiful our Winter Celebration was last Friday night. The children did such a great job signing their song and playing the part of the elves with that ‘ol’ shoemaker and his wife! Thank you so much to the Christensen family for opening up their beautiful home for the perfect stage and thank you to all of the Bee families for organizing, setting up and being a wonderful audience! Your children talked a lot about the winter celebration, but the overwhelming favorite memory for all was having their parents there to watch them dance. Special thank you goes out to Santa for making an appearance at our event! Thank you to everyone! What a memorable event! 

Don’t you just love your gifts? The Bees had such fun choosing the perfect stick, the perfect pine cone and the hilarious hair for each member of their family. Their elf hats too are a treasure. Each Bee sewed their hats together and attached the jingle bell at the top. They wrote their name in sharpie on the red brim and sweet Thea embroidered their writing. 

Thank you also for the lovely gift for the Honeybee staff – my goodness, we did not expect anything like that at all, and are all so excited to schedule our glass blowing experience! None of us have ever done anything like this, and you are correct – we do love to spend time together. What a great idea! We will let you know when it is happening and take lots of pictures!

We had some fun items for our “L” sound baskets and learned where our tongue is when we make the “L” sound. Our Bees are all at age-appropriate stages of learning to sound out words and letters. It is not unusual to ask them for another word that starts with “L” and for their answer to be “Heart” or “Fingers”. We use the ‘tongue check’ to see if it feels the same. We have started to ‘read’ story books by going around the circle and having each child ‘read’ or tell the story of what is happening on each page. It is so fun to hear them ‘read the pictures.’

On Thursday, we had a special treat and watched a movie! Just what the doctor ordered for some very excited Honeybees! We watched the video of Raymond Brigg’s ‘The Snowman’. Check it out if you haven’t seen it – beautiful animation that matches the storybook, and very pretty music. There are no words, yet this film captivates the children.

On Monday, Toren and Anya (and Chris and Kara) told us all about St. Lucia, a celebration of Light that they observe in their homes. Anya was wearing a beautiful white gown and a lovely green crown with candles and berries on it. Toren was wearing a bright crown with stars and carried a star wand. Our Bees all had the opportunity to make their own wreaths and were sent home with a beautiful home-made star candle holder and a white candle, along with the story of St. Lucia and a lovely saffron bun that Chris made for everyone.

We sent home a new poem this week, thematically appropriate for the solstice and the end of the year, “The Last Song”. We talked in our cohorts about the Winter Solstice quickly approaching, with the days growing shorter and shorter. During this season, many people and many cultures have celebrations of light, Diwali, Hanukkah, St. Lucia and Christmas lighting. Many people celebrate the solstice itself. We hope you take some time this weekend to “light a little candle and say a prayer for Peace in the World!” 

Have a wonderful break and we will see you in 2022!

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

Winter Programming-01

~ Winter Programming~

Survey Results and Winter COVID-19 Programming

Classes:
Honeybee and Ladybug programming has been formulated. We are taking into consideration a shift in preferences toward hybrid indoor/outdoor programming for the Cricket class. 

Cohorts:
The makeup of both the Belleamie cohort (currently the hybrid cohort) and Luna cohort (currently the outdoor cohort) will remain the same.  The Honeybee cohorts will come together for a portion of their outside time each day as a group.

We will reach out to you before we return to school with news, programming and information for the first day back from break.

Please read on for Winter COVID-19 Programming for each class.

Ladybug Class

The Ladybug class preferred a hybrid indoor/outdoor program with a majority of parents choosing this option.

Belleamie Ladybugs will start in the classroom with drop off in the courtyard as usual and end on the playground with pickup on the movement room deck.

Luna Ladybugs will start their day on the playground with drop off on the movement room deck and end their day in the classroom with pickup in the Gazebo.

Cricket Class-UPDATE

Since our Winter COVID Programming Survey, we’ve had some families shift their programming preference from 100% outdoor to the indoor/outdoor hybrid choice. The staff and board are taking this shift into consideration as we finalize Winter programming. We will likely offer two indoor/outdoor hybrid cohorts, maintaining the current cohort mix of students, with a 100% outdoor option for students who will spend time with each Cricket cohort when they are outdoors.

We will reach out to all classes over break provide an update on programming and first day back information.

The proposed two Cricket indoor/outdoor hybrid program logistics are:

Belleamie Crickets will start in the classroom with drop off in the courtyard as usual and end on the playground with pickup on the movement room deck.

Luna Crickets will start their day on the playground with drop off on the movement room deck and end their day in the classroom with pickup in the Gazebo.

Honeybee Class

The Honeybee Class preferred a hybrid indoor/outdoor program with a majority of parents choosing this option.

Belleamie Honeybees will start in the classroom with drop off in the courtyard and end on the playground with pickup on the movement room deck.

Luna Honeybees will start their with parents dropping off on the playground and end their day in the classroom with pickup in the Gazebo.

Time Together: The Honeybees will spend 40 minutes per class together on the playground.

~ 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 After Winter Break
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.

Teacher In Service Day
Tuesday, January 18 – No school for students.

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

Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, January 24 (Ladybugs and Honeybees) and Friday, January 25 (Crickets) – No school for students.

Conferences will be held via zoom during your child’s class time. Look for a conference sign up sheet from SignUpGenius in the new year.

School Auction
Friday, April 1 in the evening – Details to follow.

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.  

Curriculum

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

~ Reminders~

Some items to keep on your radar.

Scholastic
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

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