Garden Gazette November 23, 2021

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Stone Soup

The children have been reading and acting out versions of the story Stone Soup. Your child came home with a Stone Soup Kit after the Harvest Celebration. 

You can watch Teacher Thea read the Stone Soup and enjoy acting it out as you make your own Stone Soup at home!

Children’s Garden Harvest Blessing

Earth that gives
us all our food,
Sun that makes it
ripe and good;
Dearest Earth and
Dearest Sun-
We won’t forget
what you have done

We are so grateful for our Garden Community! We wish you a Thanksgiving break full of love and laughter. We look forward to seeing you at school next week after break.

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 hope you enjoyed the Harvest Festivals on Monday and Tuesday, and maybe you have even had a taste of “Stone Soup”. We are truly grateful for each and every one of you, for your support of our program and for the honor of working with your little ones every single day.

Read on for class news as each child shares what they are thankful for.


I am thankful for…

…peanut butter because it tastes like peanut butter.

…Gradmpa and Grandma and my Papa because he calls my stuffies silly names.

…my boots and socks because Mommy buy’d me them.

…water because it tastes good.
~Charlotte C

…bunnies because I love them.
~Charlotte V

…stories because Dada reads them to me.

…my kitties and 2 doggies because they like to snuggle with me.

…raisins because they taste like raisins because they are yummy.

…Mom and Dad because I love them.

…all of the colors because I want to color.

…that I can watch shows because I like Rudolph.

…my mommy and my dad because I like to go to Disneyworld with them.

…Mommy and Daddy because they love me.

…my stuffy dino because I sleep with him and I like my bed.

…my shoes so much because they make me run and jump.

…my watermelon squishy because it is my new love.

…a beautiful person because they have a beautiful horse.

…my mommy , my papa and my sister because they all love me.


I am thankful for…

…logs because I like to jump on them.

…my dad because he is my mommy’s one true love.

…my dog and cat because I like to run and jump with them and I like to pet my cat. I’m also thankful for my new Black Panther sweatshirt because it keeps me warm.

…my cats because they lick me and tickle me.

…Grandma because I get to go to her house for Thanksgiving.

…Mom and Dad because I love them when they feed me snacks.

…my mom because she gives me hugs and you know what’s very funny about her? She falls off trees.

…my mommy and daddy because I like to jump on them.

…my brother Enzo because he plays games with me at home.

…Mom because she kisses me goodnight.

…my momma because I love her and she makes me mac n’ cheese.

…toys because they are fun to play with.

…all my friends and teachers because I love when we are all together.

…Christmas because I get lots of presents.

…my family because they play ball in the house with me.

…sliding and I love to go sledding with my papa.

…my mommy. Her name is Julia and I’m thankful for her because she loves me.

…my brother Ollie, because I like playing cars and stuffies with him.


I am thankful for…

…birthdays and Children’s Garden because the children give us things!

…school buses because they are so fast.

…love because I love my mom.

…my stuffed animals because they are so soft.

…for dinosaurs because I think they are pretty great.

…the sun because it makes me warm.

…my boots because I can splash. I like my gigantic puddle at home.

…birthday parties because I get to play with my friends.

…the river because I like the noise and I pretend that dinosaurs swim in there.

…my garden because I like to water the grass.

…my dogs because they snuggle with me.

…unicorns because they are magical and dinosaurs because the roar!

…my mom because I love her and she makes me food.

…my brother because I like to play with him.

…maps because they help us get around.

…my friends because they play “Old Granny” with me.

…Elsa because I like to watch “Frozen”.

…pancakes in the morning because they are hot.

…my family and that I get to be at Children’s Garden because I love my mom and dad.

…bananas because they are so yummy.

…my Star Wars stuff because it is fun to play with.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We hope that you have a day filled with food, fun and laughter, surrounded by those that you love.




~ Calendar~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

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.

~ 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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