Garden Gazette May 12, 2023

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Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Health and Wellness

We are experiencing many school absences due to illness and want to make everyone aware that some children have experienced fevers, sore throat and rash. We’ve had  a confirmed diagnosis of Strep Throat and a confirmed diagnosis of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, both in the Cricket Class, although fever and illness are being experienced in all classes. 
 
We have taken measures to help stop the spread of these illnesses by removing and/or sanitizing high touch areas between groups of children and spending more class time outdoors.
 
The CDC offers the following information on these diseases.
 

Strep Throat

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

 

 
As always, if your child exhibits symptoms please follow our standard illness protocols and keep the student home until he/she has not vomited and has been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. 
 
Wishing you all health and wellness!
 

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

Oh! What an amazing week we’ve had! You parents are the best of the best! Thank you so much for the cards, the banners, the flowers, the gifts, the charcuterie and wine, the treats! We love you! When we pulled in Monday morning to see the signs on the gazebo, “Thanks for all you do”, “We love our Garden Teachers” and “We so appreciate all you do”, we all said to each other that we could easily send all of that appreciation back at you parents! “Thanks for all you do!”, “We love our Garden Parents” and “We so appreciate all you do!” Thank you, thank you, thank you! We love our special one on one time that we have with each of our Gardeners, and we love our relationship with our parents, our team members, as we work to get these kiddos ready for elementary school and beyond. Bravo, team members! Thanks for your appreciation and we send it right back to you!

The weather was amazing this week, and we spent as much as we could outside on the playground and up in the forest. And, what a lovely week for our Butterfly Tea! Are you guys just brimming with pride for your students? They have grown so much confidence in their short time at The Garden and we are so proud of each and every one of them – even those that had the confidence to say, in front of a group of parents and grandparents, “nope, not going to happen.”

Our Butterfly Tea is steeped (see what I did there?) in traditions. We use Brook’s Grandmother’s silver service which her mother, Bonnie, polishes each year for our tea party, and the silver trays are from Cara and Brin’s family. The teacups are mostly from Donna’s mum’s collection, but a few of them are from alum families who have gifted us through the years. The sugar cookies are made from a recipe that has been handed down from a grandma of a 42-year-old alum! They are so special and delicious that we serve them again at Honeybee graduation and give the recipe to the graduating class parents.

We now turn our focus to our last four weeks of school, talking at circle about transitions, having alum big kid helpers return to talk to our Honeybees about Kindergarten, working on our countdowns to our celebratory last days of classes, and preparing for our beloved Honeybee Graduation.

Ladybugs

We loved our Tuesday with our youngest friends. We completed our Mother’s Day gifts and continued to practice and prepare for our tea party. These Bugs have really turned into Crickets before our eyes, playing in friend groups, using their voices to express their emotions and knowing all of their classmates’ names.

Wasn’t their Butterfly Tea Party adorable? We were thrilled with how many kiddos stepped up to the mic! We promise that they rehearsed all different nursery rhymes and songs, but Twinkle Twinkle was the definite hit on Thursday.

We so love and appreciate our mommies and hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Crickets

On Monday, Liam showed us how he learned to tie his own shoes! He learned from his Mum’s phone! He is so proud and he explained it clearly to his classmates.

Wednesday was our beautiful tea and we loved celebrating our special guests and our courageous and comical Crickets. We were sad to have a few of our friends miss the tea due to illness. We’ve got a few nasty bugs going through all three classes. We were so thrilled that so many of our students stepped up to the microphone! Didn’t they do a great job?

We so love and appreciate our mommies, and we hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Honeybees

With a small class on Monday, (5 absent), we combined our small groups and had a picnic lunch outside, practiced our presentations for the Butterfly Tea, and worked on our Mothers’ Day gifts. We did the same on Tuesday, and Wednesday with 8 absent! We are staying outside as much as we can to keep us breathing clean and fresh air.

Our low attendance stayed the whole week, and our Thursday Tea Parties were missing a lot of our friends. We are so proud of all of our Bees – they worked hard practicing, they loved the dancing and so many of them stepped up to the microphone to recite their poems. Aren’t our kiddos just the ‘bees knees’?!

We so love and appreciate our mommies, and we hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

~ Gratitude Corner ~

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

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We have so much to be grateful for this week! Our giving community nourishes our minds and fills our hearts!

We are full of appreciation for Honeybee Allie’s mom, Megan Daniels, an OT from Encompass for helping the staff assess our learning spaces and making sure we can help all of our kiddos gain the most from our program.  

Much thanks to Cricket Cooper’s Grandma, Lisa Reintz, for spiffing up our Gazebo planters and courtyard for the Butterfly Tea.

Thank you amazing  parents and students in our Garden Community for all the love, flowers, treats, gifts, hand made cards, and words of appreciation this past week and throughout the whole school year!

~ From the Board~

The Garden Needs Your Help!

Here at the Children’s Garden we are so lucky to be a part of such a nurturing environment where our children are learning and growing every day, and our tireless teachers contribute their heart and souls. As parents and families of our students, we know that each one of you plays a vital part in weaving together the fabric of this community. We are pleased to be able to offer so many varied ways for you to join us in building these bonds together.

Today we want to announce that we are seeking a new Board Treasurer to join our Board of Directors’ leadership team in July of 2023. Every year, we have new board members join as others complete their service. This year, our dedicated Treasurer is moving on, and it is crucial that we find someone to fill this very important role for our community.

The key activities of the Treasurer include:

  • Work with Brin and our bookkeeper every month (about mid-month) to produce monthly reports/analysis to the board;
  • Lead the annual budgeting process between February and June;
  • Provide insight and guidance to the Board throughout your term as we work through strategic assessments and decisions about program and policies.

The ideal Treasurer has bookkeeping and accounting experience, proficiency with accounting software and Excel, and is a detailed and accurate project manager. They can investigate and analyze specifics as well as link it to the bigger picture for the larger leadership team.

This is an open call to our community and we are very much looking forward to hearing from you and brainstorming or answering your questions.

Board service is so much more than the donation of your time and professional expertise; it’s an opportunity to connect and share in the Garden experience in a unique and special way. Our board terms are three years long, in order to provide as much stability and effectiveness for the program as possible.

If you are interested in joining the Board as Treasurer, or if you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to reach out by responding to this email or emailing our board President, Erika White, directly at helloerikawhite@gmail.com.

Thank you for your consideration of serving The Children’s Garden in this meaningful way.

~ Office Notes~

World Flags

Honeybee World Culture Fair Thursday, March 30 at 3 pm

Mark your calendars Honeybee families and join us for a tour of the world as our Bees show their World Culture Report boards and answer questions.

Egg Hunt Committee

Bring Your Eggs Next Week!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to join us at our

Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 1 at 10 am 

Remember to drop off one dozen hardboiled decorated eggs for each egg hunter you will be bringing on or before Friday, March 31 at 11:30 am.

~ Upcoming Events~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

Month at a glance

May

May 10: Cricket Class Butterfly Tea
10:15-11:15 am

May 11: Ladybug Class Butterfly Tea
9:45-10:45 am

May 11: Honeybee Class Swallowtail Butterfly Tea
12:15-1:15 pm

May 11: Honeybee Class Monarch Butterfly Tea
2:15-3:15 pm

May 19: Room Parent Luncheon for current and incoming room parents.

May 29: No School in observance of Memorial Day

June

June 1: Honeybee Roundup 3-7 pm

June 7: Cricket’s Last Day of School

June 8: Ladybug’s Last Day of School

June 8: Honeybee’s Last Day of School

June 9: Honeybee Graduation 10 am – 12 pm

Daily Class Schedule

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

~ 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.  

Curriculum

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

View our Closure and Inclement Weather page for policy information and pick up a hard copy from the bulletin board.