Garden Gazette December 3, 2021

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Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Winter Programming-01

Winter COVID-19 Programming

Thank you to everyone who filled out our Winter COVID-19 Programming Survey. We were just under 100% participation! 

The Children’s Garden staff and Board of Trustees have formulated programming for each class based on community feedback in the survey results.

To read about it you can scroll down the Gazette or go directly to the article with the Winter Programming button.


Picture Retake Day

Our photographer Nigel will be at the school between classes on Thursday, December 9, from 11am-12pm to take pictures.

Please bring your student during this time if you were not here on picture day or if you would like to have their picture retaken.

Village Keepsake

The elves have gathered and are toiling away at making Village Keepsakes for those special people in your village. TODAY is the last day for you to let us know if there is anyone you’d like us to include in appreciating your village.

Keepsake requests due TODAY, Friday, December 3.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.


All of the little elves at The Children’s Garden have been very busy this week getting prepared for a joyous gift giving experience to their families. We have also been learning new holiday songs, dances and traditions.

As we finish the first quarter this year at The Children’s Garden, we would like to say thank you to our amazing Board for all of their dedication, time and love for our community. This has been a crazy time in our history, and it is due to the continual support of our families and Board that has enabled our enriched program to succeed. Our children will not even remember that their time at The Garden was anything but wonderful.

We’ve had a lot of fun this week in the ladybugs class. Up in the forest we pretended to be animals and chased around ducks and mountain tigers and monkeys and more. Inside the classroom they enjoyed dressing up as pirates and going up and down the rope in the climber.

This week we did our nursery rhyme Little Jack Horner. We acted it out and each child got to be Jack Horner in the corner and stuck their thumb in the Christmas pie. Try to act it out with your kiddos at home too. They sure did have a lot of fun. We celebrated Kaia‘s birthday this week. I can’t believe how quickly our little ones are growing up.

We did a lot of social emotional coaching this week with our children. There has been a little more pushing and grabbing during the last week and this gives the teachers an opportunity to talk about the appropriate behavior with your friends at school. This is exactly what the ladybugs are learning this year and they have already shown signs that they are willing to play with gentle touches with their friends. We are also working on our holiday gifts. The children have had a lot of fun decorating the wrapping paper as well.


The cricket class was very active this week. We started off by working on our December calendars. I’m really proud how each child is learning to control their pencil grip and their coloring on the paper. This precision takes time and effort. We know that many children are anxious to get back to play and just want to rush through any teacher lead projects. We also read a version of the Gingerbread Man that is called the Gingerbread Girl. It was really fun and the class was able to act out being the gingerbread girl and many different creatures that wanted to nibble her throughout her journey. Please ask your kiddos if they would like to act out the Gingerbread Girl at home.

In the Luna class this week we were lucky enough to have Tommy‘s grandmother, Mary, come and join our class. Thea was out for a day and Mary just jumped on with enthusiasm and joy. The children really enjoyed having her with us.

We are also working on our holiday gifts for the parents. So far, they have enjoyed doing the wrapping paper the most. But when they see the end result of the gift, they will be so very happy.

We’ve also been reading many holiday stories with them. This is such an amazing and magical time of year, and the children love to hear the different types of celebrations around the world.

Our honeybees are so active and so fun we laugh throughout most the day. We have been working on our dances and songs for the holiday party that is next week at Kensie’s house. We have also been getting ready with their holiday gifts. We know that you will love them all.

The honeybees worked on their December calendars this week. Again, their precision and focus is really showing this year much more. Audit also taught his classmates how to meditate out on the playground which was a lot of fun.

Happy Hanukkah!!!! Thank you so much to Ali (Iris’ Mom) and Jeremy (Max’s Dad) for coming to both of our classes on Thursday to teach the children about your special celebration of lights. The children were engaged while listening to a book about the history of Hanukkah. Then the children made a precious artwork of a minora made from their handprints and bling. And then they were taught how to play the dreidel game. It is truly remarkable families like these that bring the love of cultural learning to our school. Thank you!

We did spill the beans again this week with the number 10. Thank you, Charlie, for bringing in the 10 basket. We also worked on the J. Thank you Reagan for bringing in the objects for the sound of the week.

The honeybees have been so brave and shown such confidence while reciting their poems this year. I am touched to see how proud they are while they stand up in front of their peers to recite their poems. Way to go Honeybees.




Winter Programming-01

~ Winter Programming~

Based on family preferences provided in our Winter COVID-19 Programming Survey.

Survey Results and Winter COVID-19 Programming

Thank you to all of our families for providing feedback in our Winter COVID-19 Programming Survey. Your input created our Winter 2022 programming.

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

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

The Cricket Class preferred keep the combination of a hybrid cohort and an all outdoor cohort. Cricket programming will continue with it’s current programming for the winter. 

Belleamie Crickets will continue to start their day on the playground with drop off in the courtyard and pick up in the Gazebo.

Luna Crickets will continue to start their day in the forest with drop off by the tree circle and pick up on the Movement Room deck as usual.

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.

Village Keepsake requests due TODAY,Friday, December 3
as this is the day the Garden School Elves will be gathering to create and mail keepsakes.

Picture Retake Day
Thursday, December 9 between classes from 11am-12:00pm.

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.

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

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