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This big weather week kept us busy chipping ice, bagging sand and tending the creek as it rose with all the rain and snow melt. Our volunteers organized, delivered sand, donated supplies, drove roads to check conditions, and stood watch over the creek and over their phones at the ready to help if needed.
Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to everyone who volunteered with special thanks to David Edfeldt, Kara McKown, Erika White, Andy Mursko, Stephanie Cryer, Mick Holsbeke and Ali Lapinksy.
Winter COVID-19 Programming
Belleamie and Luna cohorts alternate indoor and outdoor spaces each day. Click the Winter Programming button to read about drop-off and pick-up locations and procedures.
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News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.
We hope you all had a very happy and safe holiday. It sure was an eventful one – with the snow and rain and the floods. Oh my!
What a wonderful time we had being back at school. The children were thrilled to see Teacher Matt on campus! So much running and chasing on the playground! Matt thought he was just coming for a visit and was convinced to stay through the week. Lucky us and thank you Matt!
The kiddos who had only experienced our outdoor program were so very happy to be able to come into the classroom. We heard many of them say, “Wow! It is so warm in here! And I love all of these new toys!” I think the biggest hit of all were the two climbing structures in the back room with the rope that you can climb down on. It was really nice to have a sense of the “Olden Garden Days” back again.
After a short week of trying out our new schedule, we feel really successful about how it all turned out. There were a few switches for drop off and pick up, but the parents totally rallied and figured it all out.
We have a request for each student who was in the Luna class at the beginning of the school year (only outdoor). Please bring the following to school next week:
- A reusable bag that we can put all the wet outdoor clothes/gloves/hats in before they come into the classroom.
- An indoor pair of shoes that will stay at school. Please label each shoe. Please send in a pair of shoes that they can easily put on and take off on their own (i.e., crocs).
- Extra masks for your child to change into after snack and before we go into the classroom.
Thank you so much!
Read on for news from the classrooms.
Welcome Wyatt! Wyatt is a new friend in the Luna Ladybug class and he has already jumped in playing with all of the children. He was the first kiddo to go down the rope from the climber all by himself!
Even though we only had one day with our Bugs – it was a really fun day. The children who were able to enjoy being inside the classroom had a wonderful time. They were thrilled that they could paint as many paintings as they wanted and learned how to climb up and down the ladders to the climbers. Both classes read fun books and told us how Santa came to their homes.
The Crickets had a wonderful 2 days at school this week and truly enjoyed having Teacher Matt be the Lava Monster again out on the playground. The kiddos completed their January calendars and practiced writing their names. We read “Going on a Bear Hunt” and had fun acting out the story.
It truly amazes me how much the Honeybees grow over the winter break. They seem taller and more mature. Our honeybees read “Going on a Bear Hunt” and acted out the story. They sure do love running around the room trying to get away from the bear.
We had a fun time celebrating Reagan’s birthday!
We talked about how the calendar changed in 2 ways since we were gone. Not only are we in a new month, but also a new year. They have been working hard on slowing down and focusing on their penmanship and precision.
Thank you to all of our wonderful families at The Garden! We have such a supportive and caring group of families.
~ Winter Programming~
Belleamie Ladybugs will start in the classroom with drop off in the courtyard with lunch boxes and backpacks placed in bins by the sink. Class will end on the playground with pickup on the movement room deck.
Luna Ladybugs will start their day on the playground. The deck outside the classroom will be used for backpacks from drop-off through pick-up. The cohort will end in the classroom with pickup in the Gazebo.
Belleamie Crickets will start in the classroom with drop off in the courtyard with lunch boxes and backpacks placed in bins by the sink. Class will end on the playground with pickup on the movement room deck.
Luna Crickets will start their day on the playground. The deck outside the classroom will be used for backpacks from drop-off through pick-up. The cohort will end in the classroom with pickup in the Gazebo.
Belleamie Honeybees will start in the classroom with drop off in the courtyard with lunch boxes and backpacks placed in bins by the sink. Class will end on the playground with pickup on the movement room deck.
Luna Honeybees will start their day on the playground. The deck outside the classroom will be used for backpacks from drop-off through pick-up. The cohort will end in the classroom with pickup in the Gazebo.
Time Together: The Honeybees will spend 40 minutes of class together on the playground.
Please mark your calendar with these important dates.
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.
Friday, April 1 in the evening – Details to follow.
There will be no school Monday, April 11 – Friday April 15.
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.
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
Crickets– Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15 – 11:15 am
Honeybees– Monday-Thursday 12:15 – 3:15 pm
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