Garden Gazette January 12, 2024

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Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

It’s Sign Up Season!

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Camp Tree Circle

Camp Tree Circle is held in Luna’s Forest, our six acres of beautiful forested land here at The Children’s Garden. 

Session 1 – June 17-20, 9 am-12 pm

Session 2 – June 24-27, 9 am-12 pm

Sign Up Opens Tuesday, January 16 at 9 am

Visit our Camp Tree Circle Page for more information.

Priority Enrollment Checklist chalkboard

Register Now for the 2024-2025 School Year

It’s time for our in-house priority enrollment for current and alum families. If you have a student attending The Garden for the 2024-2025 school year, it’s time to start the admissions process by registering them for next year.  

Please Register By January 31

Changing the world starts with our children and your support of our community makes it possible.

Who: You! Parent participation in fundraising is and integral and essential part of the success of The Children’s Garden.

What: Auction Kick Off

When: Saturday, February 3, 2024

Where: Mirrormont Country Club

Why: Putting on an auction takes many hands. From procuring items and event committees to decorations and set-up no task is too small. We ask that at least one parent from each family join us for this important event to begin the community building and important work of fundraising for our school. Plus it’s FUN!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, March 12
During Class
via Zoom

(No school for Ladybugs this day)

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, March 20
During Class via Zoom
(No school for Crickets this day)

Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, April 2
During Class via Zoom
(No school for Honeybees this day)

The Mousehole

We had a fabulous Opposites Week and kicked it off on Monday and Tuesday with Black and White Day. So many of our students arrived at school in amazing black and white ensembles and all three classes had fun doing some penguin art. We talked about opposites at circle each day throughout the rest of the week.

The Children’s Garden staff have a retreat every summer where we discuss themes, concepts and events throughout the year. We plan our curriculum for our first quarter that gets us through the first few weeks of January. In January, we gather for extended hours after school, stay longer on Fridays and work through our lunch hours to plan our curriculum for the next quarter of the year. Always considering our parents’ and family schedules, we choose to do it this way, rather than take a Teacher In-Service day. With today’s icy roads keeping us from school we we will be finalizing our special days for the remainder of the school year and prepping all of our materials for our projects and themes for the rest of the year this month. It’s such an exciting time for us and we are excited for you all to see what is in store for our Gardeners!

Ladybugs are sure gelling as a group and finished up working with our “Jack and Jill” nursery rhyme. Cari worked with the Bugs on a fun black and white project for our Spring Art Show. (Date to be finalized soon) Cara oversaw a fun session of painting with marbles and Donna introduced sewing and lacing to the kiddos with a blunt plastic needle and black and white cardboard. When the weather was super cold and wet outside, we went into the movement room and played with our parachute and hula hoops and hobby horses. We love having this big space where we can dance and run and play outside of the confines of the cozy classroom.

Crickets were jumping as usual and are working on a fun penguin art piece that involves a lot of cutting practice! We are saving this project for our Spring Art Show (Date to be finalized soon), and we talked a lot about opposites. We loved seeing what black and white snacks our students packed in their boxes and the kids enjoyed showing them off to their tablemates. We celebrated Ainsley’s half birthday on Wednesday and started making an opposite book, with pictures of our Crickets and their comrades showing different opposite concepts throughout the classroom and playground. Remember that there is no school on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Honeybees had so much fun celebrating opposites this week. We started the week looking at black and white and made some cute penguins out of our names. We learned a new song, called “You are Amazing”, we continued our special person reports and every honeybee got a star for our “Animals in Winter “ poem. We learned how to count by 10’s, and we learned some new words, “I, AM, AS, A” that we used to make a book about opposite attributes that we all have inside of us, based on a book that is beloved by The Garden, “Quick as a Cricket”. The Bees each wrote and illustrated two pages for the book, (eg. I am as quick as a cricket, and I am as slow as a snail). We had a wonderful meeting on Thursday in the movement room for parents navigating the different choices for Kindergarten in the fall. Parents had the opportunity to ask alum parents their questions and points of view regarding this important transition.

Remember that there is no school on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Winter Celebration




Gratitude Corner

Heart Icolated

 Thank you to Stuart Morris, Ladybug Lillian’s dad, who donated a lifesaving device to The Children’s Garden called the LifeVac choking device. You can find the device on Amazon here.

~ Office Notes~


In-house priori

Stop by the office to get your 2023-2024 Garden Directory!


Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

December 18-January 1: Winter Break

January 2: First day back from Winter Break
January 8-31: Registration for In-House families
January 9: Fundraising Committee Meeting
January 11: Kindergarten Q&A for Honeybee Parents
January 19: Open House for prospective families interested in enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year
January 15: no school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance
January 16: Board Meeting
January 19: 12:30pm Open House for new families interested in enrollment

February 3: Auction Kick-Off 
February 13: Valentine’s Day for Ladybugs
February 14: Valentine’s Day for Crickets and Honeybees


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.