Garden Gazette November 5, 2021

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Hip hip hooray! Homecoming is underway! We hope you’ll join us this week in celebrating and supporting The Children’s Garden and all that makes this school such a special place for our students – our community of devoted caregivers, our beloved teachers and staff, our beautiful school campus, and our student-centered program.

Visit our Homecoming page to view our Garden Grads Advice video, make a donation and get more information.

Winter COVID-19 Programming Survey

As promised in the fall, we will again be assessing our program offerings to ensure they are still meeting the needs of our community.  View and complete our Winter COVID-19 programming survey by November 12, 2021. We will be making our programming decisions based on the results.

Please note: ONE survey per child enrolled from your family.

Occasional Classroom Assistants

When a teacher is feeling under the weather and needs to stay home we bring in a substitute teacher. Occasionally, when schedules are busy and timing is short, our go-to subs are not available and we find ourselves in need of a classroom assistant. For these occasions, we are inviting Garden friends and family,  who would enjoy helping during teacher led class time, to join our Garden Call List. If you are interested, please reach out to Brin for details.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

Happy November!!!  We have so very much to be grateful for this year and the children have been learning how to think of something that is important to them and then share it with their friends at a Grateful Circle.  We have heard everything from “I am grateful for my Mommy because I love her.” to “I am grateful for my socks because they keep my shoes on.”  We will continue to do Grateful Circles each day until the Thanksgiving break.  We invite all our friends to do it at home during your family dinner and see what everyone comes up with.  When my boys were younger, we had a Grateful Book, and we would write all of their words down in this book each night.  Now that they are much older, we will read back through the book and have a lot of laughs and smiles.

Thank you to Papa Mitch (Calla and Cooper’s Grandpa) for making large building blocks for both campuses.  The children have absolutely loved playing with them, and they have enabled the students to learn more about the practice of sharing.  Thank you, Mitch!

Happy Diwali!  Thank you so much to Nivi and Prashant for coming to both of the Honeybee classes to share about the tradition of Diwali.  The children learned the story of why Diwali is celebrated, what the traditional dress and food are and how to make gorgeous Rangoli patterns with painted sand.  We haven’t seen the children this focused since Larry the Fish Man came to visit.   If any other family would like to share a traditional holiday with the school, please let us know.  I believe that Iris and her family are going to share about the tradition of Hanukkah.

Aren’t the Homecoming Decorations amazing? Thank you Ali Lapinsky and Jazmine Walton for the balloon arches and the banners!

The Children’s Garden Homecoming is not only a time to celebrate our amazing community of current and alum students and families, but it is also the kickoff of our annual fundraising efforts. Our Annual Giving Campaign runs throughout our Homecoming celebration and we ask for 100% of our current families to make a donation that is meaningful to them. Some families donate 1000 dollars and some families donate 50 dollars. Please give what you can and check out the incentive gifts for different levels of giving.

We ask that everyone do what they can to support our program, so that The Children’s Garden can continue to provide children with a rich curriculum and nurturing atmosphere that celebrates uniqueness, promotes self-esteem, and encourages cooperation based on mutual respect.

Please read on for news from each classroom.


Wow!  We had gorgeous weather on Tuesday and then a big storm on Thursday.  This is one way to see if their raingear is working.  We had fun reading about spiders this week and practiced our Eensy Weensey Spider nursery rhyme.  We also worked on a Fall art show piece and the beginning of our holiday gifts.  What a busy week!


A new month always brings in a new calendar to decorate and send home.  The children practice writing numbers and trying to color with more control while using a proper pencil grip.  Thank you to Tommy and Mara for bringing in the Sound Basket for G and thank you to Cassie and Ember for bringing in the number basket for 7. 

We had fun making another spider art piece with clothes pins and pipe cleaners.  I am certain that they will have fun bringing home their spiders and sharing them with their families. 

We have been working on our Grateful Circle and discussing what it means to be grateful for all the many wonderful things in our lives.  They are adorable as they check in with their friends and ask them, “Beth, what are you grateful for?” 

We have also been working on a fun Fall art show piece that you will be dazzled by in a few months.


Thank you to Nivi and Prashant again for sharing the beautiful story of Diwali.  Our world has so many wonderful holidays and celebrations and we feel that to become the best person we can be, it is important to understand different cultures around the world.  Thank you!  Please ask you children about the presentation.

November has arrived and that means a new calendar.  We have been practicing writing our numbers and our calendar enable us to get even more practice.  We are working on controlling our coloring and using the correct pencil grip.  We know that sometimes children want to rush through some of their work so they can get back to their play, but we encourage them to focus for just a few minutes while they are at the table with their teachers.  This is great practice for kindergarten next year.

Thank you to Mack and Max for bringing in fun items in the Sound Basket this week.  And thank you to Kensie for bringing in 7 items in the Number Basket. We had more fun at circle playing Spill the Beans with 7 beans.  The kiddos are learning what a number sentence is with a plus and equal sign.

Our Grateful Circles are becoming so much fun and the children truly think about all of the many wonderful things they have in their lives.  We will start to write these down and send them home.  We love seeing insights into the children’s own special worlds. 

The Honeybees have been excelling with their poems as well.  I am so proud of each child who stands in front of their peers, introduces themselves, and recites their poems.  This week they were given the poem November and most of them were able to recite them at school while reading a cue poster with pictures that replicated each line of the poem. 

Have you all been hearing about Boney Legs?  This is an old tradition story that The Children’s Garden shares each year.   The children had a blast acting out the story and becoming the grandma, Sasha, gate, dog, cat and of course Boney Legs herself.  Please look for some videos of these amazing productions.




~ Reminders~

Some items to keep on your radar.

Postcards To Space!

Delivery your postcard here at school in our Rocket Launch Mailbox by November 12!

The Blue Origin Club for the future will put your postcard on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket and launch it to space. Upon your postcard’s return from space, it will be stamped “Flown to Space,” then mailed back to you as a special space-flown keepsake.

Harvest Celebration

The teachers are brainstorming some ways for us to celebrate being thankful together as we get ready to embark on our Thanksgiving Break. While we think of a special activity,  please save the date and plan to join us for the last 15 minutes of class to celebrate together in cohorts.

Crickets-Monday, November 22
Ladybugs and Honeybees-Tuesday, November 23

Children’s Garden Book Club

For families interested in ordering books through Scholastic,  you can order online through The Scholastic Children’s Garden Book Club! Books will be shipped to your home.

Children’s Garden Class Code: YM6GP

Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school under our formal name, Issaquah Valley Family Education, every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop there, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to The Children’s Garden by choosing Issaquah Valley Family Education as your charity.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

~ Calendar~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

Save the date for our annual Homecoming fundraiser in support of the Garden from Thursday, November 4 – Saturday, November 13! More info to come via email next week!

Veterans Day-Thursday, November 11
No School in observation of Veterans Day

Postcards to Space due November 12
Brin will be emptying the Rocket Mailbox on Friday, November 12 and sending the postcards on their way to Outer Space!  Please turn in your postcards on or before the 12th.

Harvest Celebration
Last 15 minutes of class. 
Crickets-Monday, November 22
Ladybugs and Honeybees-Tuesday, November 23

Thanksgiving Break – November 24-26
There will be no school Wednesday, November 24-Friday November 26. Happy Thanksgiving!

Winter Break
There will be no school Friday, December 17 – Friday December 31. Happy Holidays!

Daily Class Schedule
We start the week off with our Cricket class on Monday morning, Honeybees Monday afternoon and Ladybugs on Tuesday morning. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in and get hands washed.
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

Is your child traveling out of state? Does your child have a runny nose?

 Please view our Health and Wellness page for our health safety practices and protocols for the 2021-22 academic year.  


Visit our  Curriculum page to view our collection of monthly curriculum installments.

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