Garden Gazette February 16, 2024

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Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

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Parenting Support Session

With long time Garden Parent Education Specialist, Julie Spangler

Our favorite parenting coach will be at the school for each class in the first week of March for parent support sessions during class time in the Movement Room.
Tuesday, March 5
Ladybugs 8:15-9:30 am
Honeybees 2-3:15 pm
Wednesday, March 6
Crickets 8:15-9:30 am
Visit our Parent Education page for more about; your class’ Parent Support Session, Parent Education at The Garden and Julie Spangler.
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Honeybee World Culture Reports

In the next few weeks we will be embarking on World Culture Studies in class. Each student will have the opportunity to choose a country, research information and give an oral presentation to the class.

Late February/Early March
Children will choose their country and prepare for travel (Passports, Visa, and Packing Bags). 

Visit our World Culture Report page for:

  • Important dates
  • Examples and info.
  • Sign up for country and presentation date

2024 Children’s Garden Auction

The Garden has a long tradition of coming together as a community around the auction. We all have a role to play in making this the biggest, most successful fundraiser of the year! It is the most impactful way to ensure that students at the Garden continue to have the amazing experiences in this program, next year and beyond.

We Can’t Do It Without You!

Visit our Auction Donation page for ways to participate!

The Mousehole

Wow! Another beautiful Children’s Garden Valentine’s celebration is complete! The staff lovingly calls each of these special days, The High Holy Days of Children’s Garden – Lunar New Year, Valentine’s, Leprechaun Day, Butterfly Tea Day, along with our events, Apple Fest, Harvest Feast, Winter Celebration, Egg Hunt and Art Show, and Honeybee Graduation…They sure do seem to come around more rapidly each year! Our next special day, Leprechaun Day, is quickly approaching, and that is a day that the students are invited to bring someone to school with them to help them search for gold on the playground and show us a fun little trick that they do together. Typically, the kiddos invite their Dads or Grandpas to this event, but any adult that they want to invite is welcome. Leprechaun Day for Ladybugs and Honeybees is Thursday, March 14 and Crickets Leprechaun Day is Friday, March 15.

We love to watch the children eagerly ‘mail’ their sweet greetings and then excitedly retrieve their ‘mailboxes’ at the end of the session. We hope you enjoyed emptying their envelopes with them and finding all the lovely notes and treats. Thank you also for the lovely treats and goodies for the staff. We sure do feel the love.

We had our Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening, and all things are flowing smoothly! Thank you, Trustees! If you have any questions or interest in joining the Board or be on a committee, please talk to a staff member or a Board Member.

The Ladybugs practiced their scissor skills making heart puzzles and reassembling them. Pretty cute! We also worked on a sweet little rhyming book about loving animal family members, as well as human family members.  We celebrated Sana’s 3rd trip around the sun on Thursday.  

The Crickets practiced tracing their names and their ‘love notes’ – so sweet! We continued to work on our Art Show piece based on shapes that we learned, the crickets had fun cutting out hearts, learning more about checking in with our friends and reading each other’s feelings, and we had so much fun dancing with our classmates on Valentine’s Day.

The Honeybees completed their Favorite Animal reports and worked with Emily to draw their favorite animal. These portraits are so beautiful, and we can’t wait for you to see them at our Spring Art Show. We are so impressed with their love notes that they wrote. Please note the space between words and their punctuation usage. We hope you enjoy them also. We finished working on our 100 charts. Some of the students worked diligently to write all the numbers in one day. Some of the students spread it out over a couple of days and some students only got up to 20 or 30. It’s all good. The teachers were more interested in showing the Honeybees how you could look down a row or across a row and see the same numeral in each row, either the first numeral or the second numeral. We love watching the ‘light bulb’ go on as they recognize things like that! We celebrated Olivia’s 5 ½ year old birthday on Monday.

Well, we are at that point of the year where we begin to prepare for our Honeybee World Culture Reports. All the reports that we have done so far have been preparation for this culmination report. This is not a one-page report as our others have been, but we ask for several pictures of the country and samples of the flag, the food, the clothing, the money, the schools, the music, the animals, the houses, etc. The children are invited to bring a sample of the food, look at the flag of the country and include it in their presentation, find their country on a world map, tell us how far their country is from where we live, how we would get to the country and how long it would take to get there. They can wear clothes from the country or bring artifacts from the country. They can teach us how to say “Hello” in that country. As with all of our reports up until now, our goal is not to judge the Bees on their facts, but instead, to help them to feel comfortable in sharing what they have learned. The country can be one that they have visited, someone that they know has visited, or a country that is a part of their heritage, or a country that their favorite animal is from. Each Bee brought home a packet about choice and preparation of their World Culture Report this week, and we hope you all enjoy taking time together to choose a country/culture and have a sweet time working on this report with your child.

In all three classes, the teachers are completing our assessments of the students to prepare for the Parent Teacher Conferences in a few weeks. When we return from break, on Wednesday, we will have our Parent Teacher Conference Planning Day, (no school for students on February 28) where all 6 staff members gather around a table in the classroom and spend about 8-10 minutes on each of our 50 students sharing each of our observations of each child. Every year, we jokingly refer to this day as one of our favorite days of the school year as we spend a full 8 hours at the place we love, with the coworkers that we love, discussing the children that we love, and learning all the different perspectives of the children that we love, without the children!

Donna is in Emerald Lake Lodge, in Yoho National Park, just outside of Banff, Canada, and is having the time of her life, enjoying all the festivities surrounding her daughter’s wedding that happens tomorrow. “Thank you to Brook, Emily, Cara, Cari and Brin for covering for me since Wednesday, when I flew out with Samantha and her maid of honor, a teacher from Shanghai. One of the reasons that the wedding is scheduled for this weekend is that 1) Samantha has always wanted to get married in the snow, and 2) her Maid of Honor Julienne, high school and college best friend, has two weeks off for Lunar New Year celebrations!”

We’ve all heard about the theme of this year’s auction and the staff has been having fun finding and sharing our Prom pictures. If you are travelling, or dining out, or having fun doing a favorite family activity, keep the auction in mind – ask for a donation, a certificate, or an item to support our school and to promote their business.

We hope you all have a fabulous mid-winter break, enjoy prepping your gardens and yards for the spring, watch the green buds come up, travel or stay-cate with those that you love, and we look forward to seeing you in the last week of this Leap Year February!

Spreading the LOVE




Gratitude Corner

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WOW! Those Valentines were AMAZING! The creativity and cuteness was off the charts! We are so appreciative of all the beautiful and thoughtful Valentines that spread the love, warmed hearts and made magical memories!

~ Office Notes~

Celebrating Black History Month

The Children’s Garden is proud to celebrate Black History month in thoughtful, age appropriate ways.  Our Curriculum page has examples of how we fold Black History Month into our curriculum and links for further information on talking to children about Black History month, race, or simply how to find more great books.

Families are invited up to our office to check our wonderful collection of books that explore black history, skin color, and stories revolving around black lives.

Please stop in, snuggle up and read some of these wonderful stories!


Year End Tax Statements

Donations made to The Children’s Garden
We are so appreciative of everyone for giving and helping support The Children’s Garden. Year end tax statements for donations were sent out this week. Please call or email the office if you did not receive yours.

Tuition paid to The Children’s Garden
This year, Brightwheel will be providing a direct link to your year-end tax statement.

If you need your year-end payment summary now, visit our tax reports page for video tutorial and printable instructions.

Name Tags

Name Tag Label Recommendation

The staff love when the children’s clothes and items are labeled.  Thank you to the LaBarge family for recommending cute custom waterproof name stickers for clothing, water bottles and lunch boxes.


Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

February 19-23: 2nd Winter Break
February 28: Conference Planning, no school for students.

March 5. 8:15-9:30 am: Ladybug-Parenting Support
March 5. 2:00-3:15 am: Honeybee-Parenting Support
March 6. 8:15-9:30 am: Cricket-Parenting Support
March 11-28 Honeybee World Culture Reports
March 12: Ladybug Parent Teacher Conferences during class time (no school for Ladybugs)
March 14: Ladybug Leprechaun Day A You and Me day
March 14: Honeybee Leprechaun Day A You and Me day
March 15: Cricket Leprechaun Day A You and Me day
March 20: Cricket Parent Teacher Conferences during class time (no school for Crickets)
March 23: Spring Egg Hunt

Save the Date
April 26: Art Show
May 4: Auction


Daily Class Schedule

Tuesday and Thursday  8:15 – 10:45 am

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

Monday-Thursday 12:15 – 3:15 pm

~ Poems~


School Poems

Part of our daily routine at The Garden is singing or saying a few of our traditional poems.

Find a printable version to our Closing Circle Song, and the poem “We Light This Candle” at the following links.