Garden Gazette May 19, 2023

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Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.


School Payments

For all families who pay the year’s tuition in 1o equal monthly payments September -June, May 15 was your last tuition payment for the 2022-2023 school year. The Enrollment Fee you paid prior to the start of the school year will be applied to your June 2023 tuition payment.
Camp Tree Circle
If you’ve signed your child up to attend Camp Tree Circle, your student’s account will be charged in early June. If your child is not signed up for Camp Tree Circle there won’t be any charges to your student’s account in June.

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.

We had so much fun this week on the playground and in the forest. What beautiful weather! Some of our friends who were out sick last week returned to class, some with a little less energy than usual, and others with fragile emotions. We have been disinfecting the toys between classes and have removed the high touch toys for the time being. This bug has been a bad one, with high fevers for several days. We’ve heard of several families that had to make a trip into urgent care or emergency room.

On Tuesday evening, we had our May Board of Trustees meeting. We so appreciate the support of our Trustees and the time that they give to the staff and our program. Thank you, Board!

On Friday, the staff hosted our current and incoming Room Parents to a luncheon on the Movement Room Deck, to show our appreciation for all that they do throughout the year as they are the liaisons between us and the parents. From the scheduled meetups through the summer, to organizing the classroom auction items, relaying messages from the teachers, to conveying the parents’ views and concerns to the staff, we depend on our room reps to help our school year go smoothly and help us build our community. We couldn’t do what we do without our Room Parents. Thank you each!

We are still looking for a room parent or two for our Honeybee class next year! It is important to get these in place before summer break, so that playdates can be scheduled to meet the new incoming students and families and gear up for a memorable Garden school year. This is truly one of the last opportunities that you will have to work so closely with your child’s teachers and the other parents in the Honeybees. It’s a lovely opportunity to build more community before moving on to Elementary School. Please let a staff member know if you are interested or have any questions.

Just three weeks of school remain! Have a great weekend everyone!


What a sweet class we had on Tuesday. Our littles loved chilling out and reading books, telling us about their mums and having tea parties in the back room. We celebrated Julius’ 3 ½ year old birthday on Thursday – it was adorable to see how excited he was about this landmark age!

Ali helped us out on Thursday as Cara was out. You guys are amazing! We love our Ladybug parents!

6 classes left! Can’t believe it!


On Monday, we had so much fun gathering news from our Crickets out on the playground and hearing all about their Mother’s Day Celebrations.

Donna was absent on Wednesday and Cari filled in – the kids are always so happy to see Teacher Cari again. The beautiful weather continued, and the children enjoyed running off lots of energy on the playground before we went into the classroom. We are introducing lower case letters in their names, and are writing and tracing names using upper and lower case.

Just 7 classes left for our amazing Crickets! We can’t believe it! We so love our Cricket families!


We loved playing with our Honeybees this week! A few of our friends who were sick last week returned to school, and we enjoyed being out on the playground in the beautiful weather. We asked the Bees about their mothers and sent home their answers. On Tuesday, we had fun hiding and finding treasure, and marking an ‘x’ on our maps of the playground and the classroom. We are all learning how to count by 10’s to 100, and we drew pictures for our classmate, Aliannah, who celebrated her 6th trip around the sun this week. We started working on a sweet gift for our Dads and will send those home during the last week of classes.

The Bees are beginning to work on lots of ‘surprises’ for our graduation celebration, and you may notice that one of these days, your student comes home with Vaseline on their faces. We are doing a special art project that most of the children have chosen to participate in. If your child has not come home with Vaseline, they are choosing not to participate, or they have not yet had the opportunity. If you would like to encourage them, please let them know that their teachers would never do anything that would hurt them, and it actually feels good to have a gentle face massage from their teachers. 

Just 11 classes left with our Honeybees! Oh! How they have grown! We are so proud of our Honeybee students!




~ 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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Room Parents!

We are so grateful to our Room Parents, this year and those who stepped up to help us out next year – Thank you so much!

~ 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

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

May 29: No School in observance of Memorial Day


June 1: Honeybee Roundup During Class

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

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

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