Garden Gazette May 5, 2023

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Wow! We are speechless!

The generosity and support from this Garden community is truly astounding. 

We set our auction fundraising goal this year at $41,000 and the way we all came together to not only meet, but surpass that goal is truly incredible. 

This year’s auction raised (drumroll please)

As we close our auction festivities for the year, a heartfelt thank you to all the teachers, families, friends, businesses, and community members of The Children’s Garden. We are so lucky to have each other in our shared mission of supporting our children and this enriching program. 

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Honeybee Happenings

As our school year edges closer to the end, the Honeybees have two more special events. Please mark your calendar for our:

Honeybee Roundup
Yee Haw! Git yer fancy cowboy duds ready for our late start- late stay

Honeybee Roundup
Thursday, June 1
3-7 pm

Honeybees will have a later 3pm start time as the event kicks off and goes to 7pm.

Honeybee Graduation
Friday, June 9
10 am- 12 pm

Butterfly

Butterfly Tea

We are looking forward to hosting our students and their guests next week at our Butterfly Tea celebrations!

Cricket Butterfly Tea
Wednesday, May 10,
from 10:15 am to 11:15 am

Ladybug Butterfly Tea
Thursday, May 11,
from 9:45 am to 10:45 am

Honeybee Butterfly Teas

Swallowtail Butterfly Tea
Thursday, May 11,
from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Monarch Butterfly Tea
Thursday, May 11,
from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

Oh! My! What a party! For the staff, it really feels like we have returned to our amazing auction gala events from pre-pandemic, not just because of the fun costumes and whole community participation, but we blew through our goal on Saturday night and the party just kept on rolling through our silent auction! We loved the costumes, the dancing, the decorations, the excitement, the bidding, the fun and especially, the COMMUNITY! We all felt like a fun family on Saturday night and can’t wait to party with you all again! Wow, just, WOW! It was fun to return to school on Monday and Tuesday and laugh and smile and cheer and thank our auction committee and share stories and photos from the evening. If you have some great pics you would like to share, please send a copy to Brin.

We hope you won the items you wanted, and we can’t thank you enough for the generosity of your donations of ideas and items, time and money. Please check with your Human Resources department and see if your company will match your donations. So many businesses do, and it would be great if your donation or purchase price was doubled! Check it out!

Spring weather is upon us at The Garden – rainy one day, sunny hot the next, with sometimes two or three changes in the same day! Morning students still need to dress in layers, as the sun doesn’t hit the playground until we are in the classroom. Afternoon students should dress in layers and throw in a pair of rubber boots for creek play if it seems like it will be warm at all. Water shoes are not ideal because the creek water is icy cold.

This week, our attention turned to our mothers as we began creating our Mothers’ Day gifts and to our special guests as we started to practice our songs and performances for our Butterfly Tea Party next week.

Ladybugs

We had such a fun day on Tuesday, listening to news from the kiddos and playing on our ‘train’ and ‘plane’ rows of chairs. Korzen’s mum, Jazz, helped us out in class on Tuesday, subbing for Cari.

We practiced reciting our nursery rhymes in a microphone, to prepare for our Butterfly Tea, and we started to work on our Mothers’ Day gifts. Please let us know if your ladybug has grandparents joining us for the Butterfly Tea, so that we can prepare accordingly.

Crickets

Oh boy! It was so fun hearing the cricket class news on Monday, and to hear your children’s report on your auction outfit and what they did while you were disco-ing the night away!

We practiced singing our favorite songs in a microphone, to prepare for our Butterfly Tea, and we started to work on our Mother’s Day gifts. Please let us know if your Cricket has grandparents joining us for the Butterfly Tea, so that we can prepare accordingly.

Thanks to Joell for covering for Donna on Wednesday morning – the Crickets always enjoy chasing and playing monster with our parent substitute teachers!

Honeybees

What a great time we had listening to the Bees talk about their parents’ 1977 outfits and dance moves. We hope you all had such a great time – The staff sure did. While this might be your first Garden party, we hope it is not your last! We always love to party with our alums AND our current families, and we love it when you all get together and build a wonderful community.

The Bees had a blast working on their map books this week, learning how to use the compass rose and map key or legend. We started rehearsing our poetry recitations in a microphone for our Butterfly Tea and began learning a new song for the tea. We practiced writing our names in upper and lower case, and did a gorgeous art project with Emily, based on Monet’s Water Lilies. The Honeybees are making a beautiful gift for our mothers for Mothers’ Day gifts and are having fun talking about and preparing for lots of fun special days ahead.

We have begun re-rereading folk and fairy tales to our Honeybees at snack time and talked about the difference between those and ‘tall tales’ and ‘tall’ expressions, like, “I’m so tired, I could sleep for a week!”, or “I’m so tired, I could eat a horse”, or “I was walking as slow as a snail!” We started to talk about what our cowboy name would be, and the kids had lots of giggles thinking up different ideas for their own cowboy name. We suggest that they find a fun animal from the wild west, or a descriptive word or action that starts with the same sound as their own name, like “Mustang Mike”, or “Galloping Gary”. We have fun with these ‘nicknames’ throughout the remainder of the school year.

Every week for the remainder of the school year has something fun to prepare for. Goooooo Honeybees!

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!

We ALL had some fun dressing up to party like it’s 1977. Enjoy a few photobooth snapshots from our auction event and some day after party pics of kids wearing some of their parents groovy attire!

We are so grateful to the generosity of our amazing community of current and alum families that made the auction and our fundraising year such a huge success. We are so grateful to everyone for supporting our children and making it possible to continue our work.

Special thanks to our Fundraising Committee; Honeybee Penelope’s and Ladybug Claire’s mom Erin Carpinito, Cricket Mira’s mom Jennifer Carpinito, Cricket James’ mom Leah Julius, Ladybug Oliver’s mom Taylor Phillips, Honeybee Wyatt’s and Ladybug Rylie’s mom Elise Jones, Cricket Olivia’s mom Sara Winters, Alum parent Ali Marcus and alum parents and  and Ladybug Korzen’s mom and dad, Jazz and Tommy Walton. 

From our Autumn Giving Celebration featuring Belleamie’s birthday festivities, to our Let’s Party Like It’s 1977 Children’s Garden Auction, this team has given it their all! Your work was meaningful, and many fun memories were created through your generous gifts of time and talent. Thank you for making the framework for such a successful fundraising year! Thank you!

Appreciations to our cast of dads who played a important role on our live auction stage! Guest speakers; Honeybee Joqauin’s dad Jeremy Torres, Cricket Harper’s dad Ross Spero,  alum and Ladybug Bella’s dad Will Rose, and emcee of the evening, Cricket Eddy’s dad Mick Holsbeke. Your meaningful words touched us all as we laughed and cried while our hearts overflowed. Thank you!

If you didn’t make our in person event or just can’t get enough of watching these sweet kids you can view our Let’s Party Like It’s 1977 Children’s Garden Auction 2023 video Children’s Garden Casting Call 1977.

~ 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.