Garden Gazette March 10, 2023

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Egg Hunt Committee

Celebrate Spring
Garden Egg Hunt

Join us Saturday, April 1 (no foolin’) at 10 am 

Our bunny will be hiding eggs for current students, incoming students and younger and older siblings!

Visit our Sign Up page for information and to let us know:

  • how many egg hunters we’ll have
  • what you need to bring
  • you’d like to join our Bunny Team

Download and print our Spring Egg Hunt flyer. We will also be sending this flyer home in kid-mail next week.

How to Finalize
Enrollment for the
2023-2024 School Year

You’ve got an incoming student for the 2023-2024 school year.

Registration form completed?- check

Registration fee paid?- check

What’s next? 

It’s time to finalize enrollment for next year by:

  • completing your 2023-2024 Tuition Agreement and
  • paying the Enrollment Fee.

Not sure if you’ve finalized enrollment? Check in with Brin or view your completed forms and paid fees in your student’s Brightwheel account.

Community Cornucopia

Our next collection for the Issaquah Food Bank will be the last week of March for an April 1 delivery. 

Pick up your green bag and a list of Issaquah Food Bank requested items in the office or visit our Community Cornucopia page for info.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

What beautiful weather we kicked off the week with! All three of our classes worked on their adorable Leprechaun Day invitations – Bugs Day is next Tuesday, Bees is next Thursday and Crickets is a week from today. All three events will start at the beginning of class and will last 60-90 minutes. The Ladybugs will go home with their special guests after the 60-90 minutes while the Cricket and the Honeybee students will stay at school after saying goodbye to their special guests.

Auction Ticket QR codes went home with kid mail this week and there is also a QR code in the gazebo and linked in this Gazette. It’s time to get your auction tickets and start planning your groovy get ups! We’ve already seen lots of amazing procurements coming through and can’t wait to see all of your great ideas! We are ready to party like it’s 1977!

Next week, we will begin planning our All School Egg Hunt on April 1st. Look for committee sign up coming soon.

Don’t forget to spring forward on your clocks this weekend – another sign of spring and sunshine and flowers coming!

Read on for Class News:


We had fun making our “Baa Baa Black Sheep” booklets and painting rainbows on our Leprechaun Day invitations. Leprechaun Day is a beloved Garden event where a special guest joins us to do a craft, play with us on the playground, look for Leprechaun gold and perform a trick with their Ladybug! This trick can be as simple as an airplane ride, kicking a ball back and forth to each other, twirling up to sit on shoulders, etc. We’ve even had some special guests bring a favorite tune on their phone and dance. The children love showing their grown up around their school and feel very special having that one on one time with them. A special guest can be a parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or even a sweet neighbor.

On Thursday, we started our final multi step project for our Spring Art Show, based on Eric Carle’s “Very Hungry Caterpillar”. We can’t wait for you to see them! We also sent home our Leprechaun day invitations.


The Crickets read a fun story called “It’s Okay to be Different” and then illustrated their own ideas about how it is okay to do things differently. We hope you enjoy their whole class collaboration!

We painted rainbows on our Leprechaun Day invitations. We hope each Cricket can bring a special person to class to do a craft together, hunt for gold and perform a trick at circle time. The trick can be as easy as an airplane ride, a run and flip upside-down trick, or a dance together to a favorite song. We sent home the invitations today in kid mail.

We experimented with different applicators of round things for our exploration of circles in our paintings at the easel, and read some wonderful Mo Willems books that the kids love to giggle along with. We also started reading different versions of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and on our non-Leprechaun activities next week, we will continue to compare and contrast the stories, act it out and make a stamper book.


Oh, how we love this time of year in the Honeybee class! WORLD CULTURE REPORTS have begun! We have ‘travelled” to Sweden, Iceland, Belarus, Australia, Russia, Columbia and Italy this week. The children are doing incredible presentations! They are using strong clear voices, talking slow and using a pointer, and working hard to teach us all about their wonderful countries. The audience members are doing a fabulous job as well, sitting respectfully, asking good questions and giving great constructive feedback! We are so proud of these 4 and 5 year olds who are doing a presentation worthy of 2nd or 3rd graders. Hope you enjoy watching your child’s report that we video record for you, and we all look forward to our World Culture Fair at the end of all of the presentations where you can ‘tour’ all the countries and ask questions of the students yourselves. This date will be announced as we near the end of this unit.

Continuing to expand our understanding of ‘where we live’, we completed our booklets with our planet, Earth. We hope you enjoy their booklets. The teachers were so taken with the Cricket’s book, It’s Okay to be Different, we decided to make one with our Bee class as well. We had fun on Thursday coming up with ideas for each child to illustrate something that it is okay to be different about.

Allie brought in a great ‘V’ sound basket, and we had fun doing another round of ‘Spill the Beans’ with the number 4 and 5. We are so impressed with our students writing the entire alphabet on Thursday, along with 4s, 5s and plus and equal signs. Kindergarten, here they come!

Thursday was a beautiful day, even though it was a bit chilly, and we headed up to the forest for our outdoor play time. The kids love hiking the trails, climbing the trees and playing on the teeter totter, ninja course and building forts with twigs. What a beautiful school we have!

We started off the week painting rainbows on our Leprechaun Day invitations and hope you enjoy those cute little leprechauns under the rainbow! Leprechaun Day for the Honeybees is next Thursday, the 17th, when a special guest will join each Bee at the beginning of class to work on an art project together, search for mischief and gold on the playground and perform a trick together at circle. The trick can be as simple as telling a knock knock joke, an easy magic trick, getting an airplane ride, a wheelbarrow ride, or dancing to a favorite song. The idea is to have fun together – no pressure.

Hope you enjoy the weekend, Bees! We love to see the flowers starting to spring up.

See you Monday.




~ Gratitude Corner ~

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

Much appreciation to Cricket Cooper’s Grandma Lisa Reinitz for welcoming everyone to our school with lovely spring planters flanking our gazebo! 

Thank you to Cricket Dylan’s TuTu (Grandma Ronnie) for visiting our Cricket class today.

~ Office Notes~

Get ready to break out your grooviest ‘70s threads and Let’s Party Like It’s 1977!

When: Saturday, April 29th 5-9pm (please note the updated time)

Where: Pickering Barn – 1730 10th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA 98027

Who: current families, alumni families, teachers, friends and supporters of CGS – bring your friends and family!

Get ready to boogie, it’s time to buy your auction tickets!

How: $50 per ticket for a night of food and drinks, fun and entertainment, and an exciting live auction – all proceeds benefit and support The Children’s Garden!

Folk Music Singalong

We are thrilled to bring a Happy Time Sing-along to our Honeybee and Cricket class led by professional musician and alum parent Ali Marcus of Happy Time Studio.

Parents and siblings are welcome to join us for the last half hour of class on

March 27 from 2:45-3:15 for the Honeybee class and

April 5 from 10:45-11:15 for the Cricket class.

Ali will strum a few folk songs on her guitar giving us the words and some historical context about the artist and songs we sing.

What a fun and lovely way to come together in song and stories in this live music event.

World Culture Library

Please enjoy browsing through our books that explore maps, the many ways people live across cultures, and how we all have similarities and differences. If you would like to borrow some content for reports please let us know and we can help you make photocopies.

View our World Culture curriculum on our Curriculum Corner page

~ Upcoming Events~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

Month at a glance


March 14 – Leprechaun Day. A You and Me day in the Ladybug class. Please note the date change.

March 16 – Leprechaun Day. A You and Me day in the Honeybee class.

March 17 – Leprechaun Day. A You and Me day in the Cricket class.

March 20 – Honeybee Conferences during class time. No School for Honeybees

March 21 – Ladybug Conferences during class time. No School for Ladybugs

March 22 – Cricket Conferences during class time. No school for Crickets

March 27 – 12:45 pm Join us for the Happy Time Studio Singalong for Honeybees during the last half hour of class. 


April 1 – All School Egg Hunt

April 5 – 10:45 am Join us for the Happy Time Studio Singalong for Crickets during the last half hour of class. 

April 10-14 Spring Break

April 29 – Let’s Party Like it’s 1977! Children’s Garden School Auction4

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.