Garden Gazette December 31, 2021

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Winter Wreath (2)

We hope you all had a wonderful snowy winter break. We’ve missed you!

With lingering snow please plan for slippery conditions and use an AWD/4WD vehicle for driving to school during potential snow days given cooler/shadier microclimate of The Garden. Our lower lot remains closed.

Read more about parking, playground and other school goings on over break.

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Returning to The Garden 

With holiday travel, gatherings and the COVID-19 Omicron variant, it is more important than ever to make sure we return to school following our Health and Wellness guidelines to offer a safe environment to our community.

Winter Programming-01

Winter COVID-19 Programming 

All of our classes and cohorts will be returning to school with our indoor/outdoor programming. 

Read more about our winter programming and see where you will be dropping off and picking up your first day back at school.

Winter Wreath (2)

~ School News~

We are so looking forward to seeing everyone on their first day back to school.

The school, staff, board and committee’s have been a buzz over the break as we prepare for school in the new year.

School:
Playground – The elves did indeed visit The Garden over the break. Look for fun new additions to our playground when you arrive!

Parking Lot – Our homeowners and founders, Bonnie and David, have been working to maintain the accessibility of the upper parking lot but families should plan for slippery conditions and use an AWD/4WD vehicle for driving to school during potential snow days given the cooler/shadier microclimate of The Garden. The lower lot remains closed and is not to be utilized for parking.

Staff:
We’ve had a lovely break with opportunities to visit with family. The Omicron variant has shuttered some of our plans and led us all to maintain the magic of the season in low key but meaningful ways. We are fully vaccinated and boosted and plan on wearing KN95 upon our return to school.

Board:
Our board presidents have been busy following the COVID news and updates and ensuring our policies and procedures are up to date and in place for us to return to school safely. Please read our Returning to the Garden, Health and Safety reminders here and visit our Health and Safety page here.

Committees:
With the new year, our fundraising committee is swinging into gear. Look for Auction Kick-Off communications from your room parents.

Happy New Year!

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~ Returning to The Garden~

Health and safety reminders for your return to school after break.

Isolation and Quarantine Reminders

This past week the CDC updated its COVID-19 guidance, reducing the standard timeline for isolation and quarantine for the general public and many work placesPlease note that the CDC isolation and quarantine recommendations for schools have NOT been changed and continue to require a full 10 days.  Given the CDC’s contemporaneous update to the recommendations for schools dated December 29, 2021, The Garden will continue utilizing the standard 10 day isolation and quarantine policy for all students and families experiencing close contact and/or a positive COVID-19 test as we return to school on Monday, January 3, 2022.  

You can review The Garden’s full Health and Wellness policy page, including travel quarantine information, here.  We will continue to monitor for updates from the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health Seattle King County and will review our policies accordingly when new information is provided.  All Garden policy updates and changes will be posted to our Health and Wellness webpage for reference.

Symptom/Wellness Reminders

The symptoms of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have symptoms that present more like cold symptoms, including cough, fatigue, congestion and a runny nose, as compared to the original virus and Delta variant. Please keep your child home and test them if they present with any of these symptoms, even if they only have a runny nose.  Both rapid (antigen) and PCR (viral) tests provided by a lab or healthcare professional are accepted for any student that actively displays symptoms.  Only PCR tests are accepted for travel and/or asymptomatic close contact cases.  Self-administered at-home tests cannot be accepted.

If the test is negative AND there is NO known close contact with a positive case of COVID-19, we ask that families follow standard illness protocols and keep the student home until he/she has not vomited and has been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. In addition, symptoms must be improving before a student returns to school. Please note, it is a long-standing Garden policy to keep children home if they have an actively runny nose requiring tissues.

We appreciate all families being extra diligent in keeping our Garden community safe with the increase in cases in our area. 

Mask Reminders

With the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, our masking practices will be more important than ever to keep our community healthy and safe. Please remember to send your child to school with at least two well-fitting masks each day. Masks should stay above your child’s nose with minimal effort from your child, go below their chin, and should not have gaps on the sides.

Winter Programming-01

~ Winter Programming~

 Winter COVID-19 Programming

Classes:
A majority of families from all cohorts across the classes have chosen programming that is part indoor and part outdoor.

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.

Drop-off and Pick-up:
Belleamie Cohort drop-off will be in the courtyard as usual with pick-up on the movement room deck.

Luna Cohort drop-off will be on the playground with pick-up in the Gazebo.

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

Staff will be in the parking lot to help guide you.

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

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

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.

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, March 24 (Ladybugs and Honeybees) and Friday, March 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

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 Amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com 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 Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

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