Garden Gazette May 26, 2023

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Work Party Gazette

Save the Date! 

Saturday, September 9
9 am- 12 pm

Our annual Back to School Work Party is an adult only event for parents and staff. 

We work to get the Garden campus beautiful and ready for our children’s start of school.

We ask that at least one adult from each family pitch in. 

We’ll keep you fueled throughout the party with refreshments and appreciate you with after party celebratory pizza and an adult beverage.

Look for a sign up sheet in our July and August summer newsletters.

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Buzzzy Bees

Our Honeybees have some special events this June. 

Honeybee Roundup

This kids only event is on Thursday, June 1 during class time. View our Honeybee Roundup flyer for all the details.

Honeybee Graduation

This all family event celebrates ‘moment in time’ as we honor you as a parent and your special child in this ‘rite of passage’ from The Children’s Garden. 

We traditionally invite older, Children’s Garden Graduate siblings, and encourage families to find care for younger siblings to allow families to focus on their graduate.

View our Graduation Flyer for details.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

The staff attended an amazing event last weekend, as an alum student celebrated her Bat Mitzvah, and her preschool teachers and her parents’ Children’s Garden community were all present. This family has quite a history with The Children’s Garden. Grandpa was one of the first Board members, and Mom also attended preschool at The Garden and was our Board President during the time that the school purchased The Garden Next Door. Such an amazing example of how The Garden community spreads out amongst the greater community. Bonnie, our school founder, was also present – just as she was for the mom’s Bat Mitzvah. Mazel Tov Siena! We love you!

With just 2 weeks of school remaining, the staff is trying to fit everything in that we need to do to send our families off for the summer break! No school Monday for Memorial Day.

Read on for Class News.


What a fun week we had with our Bugs, soon to be Crickets! With just 4 classes left, we are enjoying the friendships and social emotional skills that have formed over this past school year. We learned a new nursery rhyme, “1,2, Buckle my Shoe”, and celebrated Orion’s 3rd trip around the sun. We danced about our clothes at circle time, and our Ladybug moms had a coffee and work party on Tuesday, collecting sand from the Hatchery and doing a ‘bucket brigade’ to fill up our sandbox! What a fun way to build community and build up our sand supply once again!

We loved having big kid helpers Tuesday morning, Teddy and Charlie, and the Ladybugs loved playing with these big kid alums. Thanks Teddy and Charlie!


Our Crickets have been ‘jumpy’ lately, feeling the emotions and experiencing some big growth over the last few weeks of school. We’ve noticed some legs getting longer and those friendship nets being cast wider and deeper. They are truly becoming Honeybees.

We had fun this week reading some different versions of “The Three Little Pigs”, including one story, called “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig”. One more round of stamper books and acting out a folk tale before we break for the summer.

The Crickets started to work on a special gift for their dads that they will be bringing home next week. It is so hard to believe that we are stepping into June next week. No school on Monday for Memorial Day and that leaves us just 4 more Cricket classes this year.


We continued to practice counting by 10’s and began teaching the students about cross hatching into groups of 5. Two groups of 5 make up 10, and this will lead us to count by 5’s in the last few weeks of school. We also took advantage of having Thea in the classroom on Monday to finish an art project that will be one of the Graduation celebration surprises.

We are learning about our beloved namesake, the Honeybee, and are also enjoying some ‘tall tales’ as we gear up for our Roundup next week. Our Cowboy names that we have so far are adorable and we look forward to sharing them with you after the Roundup.

We had our alum friend, Matthew, as a big kid helper on Wednesday and he told our students a little bit about what to expect as they prepare for kindergarten. We have a few more alums joining us next week and they will also answer our Bee’s questions about their next step in their education.

We’ve got some fun events and some big emotions to go through in the next two weeks. We know parents are feeling all the feels, but please let us know if your child is feeling especially emotional or if you are seeing some different behavior as they process their final days at The Garden.

No school on Monday for Memorial Day and that leaves us with just 7 classes with these Bees.




~ Gratitude Corner ~

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

Ladybug Moms!

Our Ladybug Moms had a work party refilling our sandbox after a school year of mud pies, excavating, poison soup, fossil hunting, and castle building, our sandbox was so low that it felt as if we were digging our way through the center of the earth! Larry the Fish Man let us know about sand available at the Hatchery and our Ladybug moms went and got it and distributed it in our sandbox, so that we can once again, make mud pies, excavate, make poison soup, hunt for fossils and build beautiful castles.

We heard this field trip during Ladybug was fun a visit to the coffee shop got everyone energized and bigger kids got to feed the salmon at the Hatchery!

Thank you so much for organizing and taking on this task!

~ 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 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

Save the Date

September 9:  Work Party 9 am – 12 pm

September 11: Honeybees First Day of School

September 12: Ladybugs Meet the Teacher

September 13: Crickets First Day of School

September 14: Ladybugs First Day of School

September 15: Apple Fest-Welcome Back to School 5:30 pm (all family event held at The Children’s Garden)

September 29: Homecoming (adult only event held at Trinity Tree Farm)

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.