Garden Gazette November 19, 2021

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you!

This year’s Homecoming was a resounding success! Thank you so much to each one of you who supported our program during Homecoming 2021!

With your support, we raised over $14,000 during Homecoming! It is truly amazing to see how our community has come together in support of our teachers and students.  

We are so grateful for the generous support of our community.

The children have been learning songs, creating artwork, reading stories 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

Village Keepsake

It takes a village to raise a child. We are so thankful to our families for including The Children’s Garden in your village. The gift of having your family and child at The Garden is precious to us.

At this time of giving, we like to share the love we receive through our tradition of sending the gift of a staff made, decorative hanging keepsake, personalized with your child’s photo to people in your village.

Traditionally, parents have chosen to give this gift to grandparents or other special members of their given or chosen extended family.

Please let us know who we can include in appreciating your village by clicking the Village Keepsake button.

Keepsake requests due Friday, December 3.

~ Mousehole ~

News, pictures and videos from the classrooms.

We had so much fun this week preparing for our Harvest Celebration next week! (Crickets, 11:00 Monday, November 22nd, Ladybugs, 10:30 Tuesday, November 23rd, and Honeybees, 3:00 Tuesday, November 23rd) We’ve been learning songs and poems and finger plays, making hats and Thanksgiving Décor, and practicing our Gratitude Circles. 

Speaking of gratitude, aren’t our Thankful leaves so beautiful along the playground fence? We hope you take a few minutes to stroll along the fence and read the different things/people that the children are thankful for. The staff had so much fun compiling their leaves and hanging them last Friday. 

While we are on the subject of gratitude, thank you to everyone who contributed to our Homecoming fundraiser! We surpassed our goal! With these important funds, we can continue the work of The Garden, building strong citizens and wonderful community. Thank you so much for your support of our program.  We also want to thank those in our parent community who serve on The Children’s Garden Board of Trustees. Our Board does so much to keep our program running smoothly and safely. We had a wonderful Board/Staff retreat on Saturday to continue our work of envisioning the future of The Garden, our goals and dreams for the program, and how we can make them all happen. Thank you for all your time and energy.

The children in all three classes continue to enjoy the lovely wooden blocks that Calla and Cooper’s Grampa Mitch made for the forest and playground campuses. Grampa Mitch and Grandma Lisa also gifted the school with some wonderful new excavators and bulldozers for both play areas. Thank you so much Reinitz Family! The kids LOVE them! 

The wind and rain played tricks on us this week! The rain had fun making the creek rise and roar as it tumbled down the hill, and the wind knocked the power out a few times. We had no school for the Honeybees on Monday afternoon as the power went out toward the end of the Cricket session. When the power is out, we have no pump to operate the water up in the forest, and with the wind blowing strong, we err on the side of caution with all the trees on our campus.

Wednesday’s clear blue and cloudless skies let all the warmth escape and greeted us with freezing temperatures. The Crickets and Bees had fun finding ice in the dump trucks and mud kitchen pots and pans. The most common complaint we heard from our students was cold hands. A few kiddos in rubber boots said that their feet were cold. Some of the kids brought warm tea and beverages and others brought warm foods in thermoses. 

We will be holding classes next Monday and Tuesday, as we will break for Thanksgiving. We hope you all have a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving holiday, surrounded by those that you love. We are extremely thankful for all of you, for entrusting us with your most precious treasures, your children, and for your amazing support of our program. Thank you!


The Ladybugs had fun putting google eyes and watercolor coffee filter tails on their sweet little turkeys that they brought home this week. We also learned some new songs for our Harvest Celebration. 

We made little booklets with thumbprint turkeys throughout. The kiddos enjoyed adding feathers and features to their thumbprints to make their ‘funny birds’. We also started creating our family holiday gifts that we know will be a treasure for years to come.

We are so proud of our little Ladybugs and love seeing their growth. We were just noticing at circle this week, that all of these bugs sit at circle and sing the wake-up song, and most of them know the words for our closing circle song. They are quickly learning their classmates names and we frequently see them ‘checking in’ with someone who might be crying, or look sad. Could it really be true that their first day of preschool was just 2 short months ago? They are little sponges with our social emotional curriculum. 

We will only see the Ladybugs on Tuesday next week as we break for Thanksgiving.


We read a few more versions of Stone Soup to our Crickets this week, Fandango Stew, Cactus Soup, and Bone Stew. These little Crickets love acting out stories so much that they insisted on acting out this classic tale of kindness and sharing. Each of our students made an adorable handprint turkey label for our stone soup that we will send home next week, and enjoyed putting google eyes and watercolor coffee filter tails on their sweet little turkeys that they brought home this week.

We learned a new song about “Albuquerque Turkey”, the best pet you ever met! And we learned other songs about turkeys, gratitude and gathering. We can’t wait to share them with you at our Harvest Celebration. 

Our letter of the week was “I” and our number of the week was “9”. Thank you to the students who brought in the sound and number baskets this week! Ellie found some amazing white frosty moss on our hike and the children enjoyed studying it up close! The frost on the nature table was fun to ‘write’ on with sticks and finding ice in all of the mud kitchen pots and pans was exciting! It actually snowed a little bit during class up in the forest on Wednesday. The students were already talking about making snowmen and snow forts. 

Teacher Cara attached some whiffle balls to sticks and the kiddos enjoyed using them as drumsticks and fishing poles. Such a simple creation brought so much joy! They were magic wands, Freezing wands, and power wands as well. The children started creating their holiday family gifts that we know will be a treasure for years to come.

Thank you to all of our Cricket families for the lovely Thanksgiving treats of cookies and pie. We are indeed grateful for all of you. That is so sweet and provided a lovely dessert for us on a rainy day! Thank you!

We will only see the Crickets on Monday next week as we break for Thanksgiving. 


Our Bees are nailing their Poetry Recitations! Everyone has received a star for the past three or four poems! They have developed such confidence and comfort as they stand in front of their peers and introduce themselves, recite their poem and then bow or curtsy. We hope you are continuing to file their weekly poems in their poetry folder so that they have their collections to refer to in years to come. We have alum students, (Thea included!) who can still recite several of the poems that we have used this year from memory! This week, we sent home our traditional “Harvest Feast Blessing”, which several Garden families have incorporated into their own feasts and celebrations. 

We enjoyed reading several different versions of the classic tale of ‘Stone Soup’. The Bees had fun measuring out the ingredients for our ‘Stone Soup’ mix that we are sending home with every student next week at our Harvest Celebrations. We hope you will enjoy listening to the story and making the soup together in your own homes. 

Our Harvest Celebration will be full of songs and poetry about Turkeys, Gathering, November and Gratitude. We hope you can all make it next Tuesday at 3pm. 

This week our letter was “I” and our number of the week was 9. Thank you to the students who brought in the sound and number baskets this week. These Bees are getting so fast at coming up with number sentences in our ‘Spill the Beans’ game. 4+5 = 9, 5+4 = 9, 3+6 = 9, 6+3 = 9, 7+2, 8+1, and 9+0, all equal 9. 

Our busy Bees also made “Thank You” cards for us to mail out to our donors. They are beautiful! We prepared for Makodyn’s birthday circle that we will hold next Tuesday, as his birthday is over Thanksgiving weekend. We also started creating our family holiday gifts that we know will be a treasure for years to come.

We will only have Honeybee class Monday and Tuesday next week, as we break for Thanksgiving.




~ 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

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~ Calendar~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

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!

Village Keepsake requests due Friday, December 3
as this is the day the Garden School Elves will be gathering to create and mail keepsakes.

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
CricketsMonday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15 – 11:15 am
HoneybeesMonday-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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