Garden Gazette November 12, 2021

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

The children have been learning songs, creating artwork and talking about being thankful as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Please join your cohort the last 15 minutes of class for a special Harvest Celebration.

Monday, November 22

Ladybugs and Honeybees
Tuesday, November 23

Saturday, November 13th is the final day to join us in our 2021 Homecoming fundraiser! If you haven’t already, we hope you will give in support of our community – the students and the wonderful teachers and staff who have created the program we all know and love.

Language and Literacy at The Children’s Garden

It is our belief that children’s experiences with speaking, listening, reading and writing in the preschool years lay the groundwork for reading success in elementary school.  View our Curriculum page to  read  about Language and Literacy at The Children’s Garden.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

We are so thankful for our Garden community and the generosity of those who have already contributed their donations for our 2021 Homecoming giving campaign. We are thrilled to share that we’ve raised $8,680 of our $11,000 goal for Homecoming! We are at almost 80% of our goal – and that is all because of you! We love our community and are deeply grateful for the many ways we show our commitment to our students, teachers, and families. Help us reach our goal by contributing today! Homecoming ends on Saturday, November 13! If you have not yet already contributed, we hope you will join us in coming together as a community to support the Garden, we greatly appreciate your help in reaching our fundraising goal!

As we prepare for our Thankful Celebration of Gratitude Circles and songs with the kiddos, we are continuing to ask them daily what they are thankful for. We are pushing them to think of new things everyday as to help them see just how much there is around them to be thankful for. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue this at home by asking them what they have said they were thankful for today and joining in to show them all the things you have to be thankful for as well! They have all said they are thankful for every one of you, now it’s your turn to open their eyes to all the little things they might not think of. 

In the spirit of giving thanks, a very big, warm thank you to Dan Lapinsky for Captain Snowball’s brand new bunny home! We just installed it in his hutch today and he is warm and cozy cuddled up inside! You have really helped us in getting him all winter ready! As our bunny and chickens get their winterization on, we have also brought in a great team to help us winterize the forest to ensure it continues to be safe through the heavy rain and snow we expect to see up until spring. As the weather continues to get wetter and colder, and with a forecast of a snowy winter, help your little ones be as prepared as they can be with lots of layers, hand warmers, waterproof mittens, extra layers that can either live at school or in their bags to come and go on a daily basis, and your own discretion as to when it might be too much for your kiddo. Wintertime brings a new adjustment period so we encourage you to keep a positive attitude about the weather with your kids and to keep that excitement up by going out with them to play in the wind, rain, and snow!

Read on for news from inside the classrooms!



These little ones have been hard at work learning fun new turkey themed songs to sing to and with you at our sing along thankful celebration on November 23rd! Giving thanks is a new concept for most of the Ladybugs so we have been trying to use language they understand to introduce them to the idea of being thankful. Each day we ask them what is something that makes them happy, or something that they love and why? We have been getting all sorts of adorable answers from “coloring because me loves to color” to “eating because I love food and I get to have bath time after dinner”. Try asking them at home if they know what the word “thankful” means and what they are thankful for! 

I know we are thankful for their amazing art skills! We have taken their handprints for a few art projects in the last week and we have even finished their very first art show piece! We cannot wait to be able to share all their wonderful creations with you. Until then, have fun at homecoming on Saturday! We can’t wait to see you all there!

See you all on Tuesday! 



The Crickets have disappeared! We seem to have a flock of turkeys instead! These fine feathered friends of ours have been hard at work decorating turkey art of all kinds that they will get to take home next week, including watercolor turkeys, handprint hats, and a special Stone Soup mix with an extra colorful handprint bird on the front! 

If you haven’t heard of Stone Soup, it is a wonderful book that has been a Garden favorite for several generations now with both Teacher Brook and Teacher Thea having read it when they were Gardeners. It is a story about a community coming together with the help of some strangers to make a magical soup where the secret ingredient is one we all have laying around, sharing. We have read several different versions with the crickets and will continue to read a few more through the next week! 

They have also been gobble gobbling away learning some amazing songs for their Thankful Celebration on Monday November 22nd! The songs tell great stories about coming together, being friendly, giving thanks for what we have, and how to make one special pet turkeys thanksgiving a whole lot better with the help of some chicken eggs! We can’t wait to share them all with you! 

Speaking of giving thanks, a Huge thank you to our crickets who brought in 5 things in their H basket this week, and 8 things in their number baskets! We love seeing what the kids will think of to bring in each week! Next week is I and 9 so if you were sent home with those baskets, have lots of fun picking things out! 

We will see you all on Monday!



This week was filled with luck with weather!  We had anticipated a very wet and windy week, but actually, our timing worked out perfectly. The winds were calm when we were up in the forest, and the rains only came down hard when we were either indoors, or down on the playground. 

With this fortuitous weather we were able to get a ton of tasks completed. Wrapping up seasonal still life art projects for the art show, working on an all-school art project, thanksgiving crafts and of course our letters and numbers of the week (thank you Jaxson, Makodyn and Calla). The Honeybees have done a great job with their new poem November, and have enjoyed “reading” it with the pointer. The new poem for this week is “The more we get together” and we have been singing it non stop, and teaching the children the signs as well! We anticipate charts full of stars for this one!
The Belleamie cohort enjoyed a day visiting the Luna campus. One activity they did was identifying maple trees, and tagging them for spring time tapping! The Luna cohort also has trees identified and we will be tapping them sometime in late February or early March. 
The staff love this time of year, as it’s a time we start to talk about gratitude, and it is so touching to hear what our young people’s hearts are filled by. We talk about how giving gratitude is like a muscle, and the more you practice giving thanks, the easier, and stronger your reflex will be. Already we are seeing how our students are becoming more practiced at thinking about things they are thankful for and expressing why. 
One of the seasonal favorite books we have started to read is the classic book Stone Soup. We will continue to read more versions next week, and actually be assembling our very own dried version of the soup that the children can take home over the Thanksgiving holiday.
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and long weekend and look forward to seeing you in the upcoming week!




~ Reminders~

Some items to keep on your radar.

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?
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~ 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!

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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