Garden Gazette January 6, 2023

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Auction Kick Off Party and Free Childcare

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 amazing experiences in this program, and why we ask each family who joins our school to participate in helping make it a success.

Gather with fellow Garden families to find out this year’s theme, and then play a little trivia to get us all in the spirit! There will be trivia prizes and lots of information from our auction team about how you can get involved.

Saturday, January 21, from 1-3pm
Mirrormont Country Club
25500 SE Mirrormont Dr, Issaquah, WA 98027

Free childcare for current students hosted at The Garden
We hope this will make it easier for at least one person from each family to attend.

Logo Chalkboard Registration

In house priority registration for the 2023-2024 school year

If you have an incoming Ladybug, Cricket or Honeybee for the 2023-2024 school year, please register by January 27.

January in-house priority registration is for current and alum Garden families who would like to hold a spot for their incoming or returning student. The school will open registration to the general public in early February based on available spots in each class.

There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee. We will finalize enrollment for all students in March. 

Year-End Tax Reports

Tuition payment reports are customizable and available to you anytime through your Brightwheel account.

Tax reports for donations will be sent from the school in January 2023.

For more video and written instructions,  please visit our Tax Report page.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

Hello! Happy Friday and Happy New Year! It feels great to be back on the keys after the break! Thanks as always for reading – we are grateful that you spend your Friday afternoons with us. 

What a wonderfully long and rich holiday break that we had! The teachers are campaigning for Christmas and New Year to always occur on a Sunday! It seemed perfect for us – a week before Christmas, a week between and that simply extra day on Monday…we were all well rested, refreshed, and excited to see our students again! We hope you all had a wonderful two weeks, filled with warmth, health, and love. Cari, Brin and Cara were happy to have their children home for the holidays, (though Cara spent 5 days isolated from her family with Covid), Brook had a wonderful time reuniting the kids and herself with Mick and watching him star in his Cirque Du Soleil show in Malta, Emily adopted a wonderful 2 year old pup named “Ravioli”, and Donna had a lovely, mellow Christmas celebrating exciting family accomplishments/milestones,  in person and on zoom!   

We are all back! Refreshed! Healthy, and Happy to see the amazing growth in all of our students! Every year we are amazed at how much physical and social growth the children have made. This year is no different – height, lost teeth, lack of separation anxiety, and independence! We love it!

With the Winter Celebration behind us – (again, wasn’t it so fun?!) – our focus turns to fun classroom celebrations, Opposite Day, Black and White Day, Groundhog Day, Lunar New Year and ! If you have family traditions around this time of year, we would love to chat with you about sharing them with our students. We also ask if any of our parents or grandparents have an interest in visiting our classroom with a science experiment, art project, musical instrument, cooking or baking class…you name it! We would love to have you! Please talk to a staff member so that we can schedule something.

Our other exciting January activity is the very fun “Kick off” to our Annual Auction! Find out the theme! Get to know the other families on your Auction Team! Get all the deets on what you need to do and the opportunities that are out there for you to participate! January 21st at 1 PM! We can’t wait to enjoy this fun afternoon with you all.


What a wonderful first day of 2023 we had! 14 of our 16 Ladybug friends walked into our classroom comfortably and confidently. Several of them knew their classmates’ names and got right down to the business of play. We did news and reacquainted ourselves with the daily routine. Every single Ladybug sat nicely at circle, danced with a friend, and shared with us their fun memories of the break.

We learned “Wee Willie Winkie” and took turns acting it out. We painted some beautiful snowy scenes that we will add some details to next week for a sweet little Art Show project. We opened up a wonderful holiday gift from our Ladybug families, an adorable Ladybug tea set! We can’t wait to set up a tea party at the table next week! Thank you so much – we love it!


The Crickets had a great couple of days this week. On Wednesday, we opened some fun Holiday gifts that were waiting for us! We opened a big box of dishes and pots and pans for our mud kitchen on the playground! We opened a lovely daily calendar for our circle discussions and Ada’s grandparents in Italy sent us a lovely book of stories for us to share with the children. In their words “A Snuggle for all of the children at The Children’s Garden”. How sweet! Thank you to all! The teachers were very busy being chefs in the mud kitchen, filling orders on our new dishes for coffee, hot cocoa, stone soup and corn bread!

We had a wonderful sound basket for the letter “N”, and read a delightful story about “Elmer”, an elephant who is multi colored and wanted to look the same as all of the other ‘elephant colored’ elephants. We started working on a fun art project inspired by Elmer, for our Spring Art Show. If you are interested in getting a sneak peek at our Art Show projects, sign up to help us mat and frame all of our amazing pieces! We will send you with all of the materials needed, along with a sample of a finished project. Let us know!


Tuesday was such a fun first day back for our Honeybees. Can you believe there are only a few months left of their time at preschool? The teachers are very aware, and so loving our time with these kiddos.

We celebrated Hudson’s 5th trip around the sun, and talked about the new year, new month, and our classroom calendar. In January each school year, we look at where our group of students are at with their Kindergarten readiness skills. We are working with our Bees on finessing their name writing and letter recognition, and we will start our arithmetic games in the coming sessions. We add to our star words each week and begin to write sentences, understanding the formation of sentences and spacing between words, along with punctuation. Don’t be surprised to hear your children say phrases with exclamation points, question marks or periods.

On Wednesday, we had a full class of 21 students! First time since early October! We had a lovely visit from Teacher Matt, who ran a lot of the kids’ energy off on the playground, before we came in to enjoy two stories at circle. Emily read a favorite book of Penelope’s about Crayons coming home after being forgotten on many travels, and Matt read a favorite book of Nathaniel’s about a tortoise who could not get to sleep because of a very noisy Winter’s nap!

A lot of the Bees got a star for the “Months of the Year” poem/song. This is a hard one, and we are so impressed with how many kids know it already. We’ve started the daily practice of looking at the calendar and saying the date in a full sentence. “Today is Friday, January 6, 2023.” We also take on the role of meteorologists and have a student report the weather each day. “Today is cloudy and mild.” These kids are growing by leaps and bounds, and 2023 is off to a great start!

Have a great weekend!




~ Gratitude Corner ~

We love our community and are so grateful and humbled by the support and love you so generously give! Thank you!

What a hit!

We are so grateful to our families for gifting the school an amazing and durable set of Mud Kitchen serving ware. There were so many delectable dishes being served up by students this week as our short order cooks dished out stone soup and hot cocoa to eager customers. We also had our fair share of slug soup and poison that were loads of fun to sample, insert chef kiss here! 

Much thanks to our room parents and families for coordinating such a fun gift that will be enjoyed for years to come!

~ Office Notes~

Art Show

Artwork Mat Volunteers

As we enter the new year and approach our Spring Art Show, we are looking for one or two people to help us frame and mat our students’ art projects. Please let Brin know if you are interested. We will send you with a paper cutter and several different colors of construction paper to really showcase our brilliant artists’ work.


Auction Kickoff Party
Saturday, January 21
1-3 pm at the
Mirrormont Country Club

Get info on all things auction, including the announcement of our auction theme at our Auction Kickoff Party.

 We’ll have childcare at the school so we can have at least one representative from each family join us for this fun potluck event.

Our 20223 Auction will be held at the Pickering Barn on April 29th.


~ Upcoming Events~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

Month at a glance


January 3 – First day back to school after Winter Break

January 17 – In-house priority registration due

January 21 – Auction Kickoff Party

January 27 – In-house priority registration due

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

~ Quick Links~

Quick access to informative Garden pages.

Health and Wellness

What are the protocols for a stuffy nose?

 Please view our Health and Wellness page for our health safety practices and protocols for the 2022-2023 school year.  


Explore our Curriculum page for the foundational elements of our programming to see how we integrate social skills, literacy and math readiness, science, cultural enrichment, and the creative arts in an emergent, play-based environment in our unique natural setting.

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Closure and Inclement Weather

With winter weather upon us, you can view our Closure and Inclement Weather page for policy information and pick up a hard copy from the bulletin board. 

While we monitor conditions at the school, please note our families live across a broad geographical area and conditions in your neighborhood or on your route to/from school may differ from that at The Children’s Garden. If you are concerned that it is not safe for you or your child to be on the road, please do not hesitate to stay home.