Garden Gazette November 3, 2023

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Village Keepsake

Village Keepsake

Requests due by November 17

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 someone in your village.

Please visit our Village Keepsake page for more information and link to request one for someone special in your village.

Harvest Feast

Our Cricket and Honeybee classes will have a Harvest Feast. During this celebration the children have a special circle time and say what they are thankful for. We invite parents to JOIN US for the last hour of class for this lovely tradition.

Honeybee Harvest Feast
November 16,  2:15-3:15 pm

Cricket Harvest Feast
November 17, 10:15-11:15 am

Sign up to bring a menu item and get more Harvest Feast info on our Harvest Feast Page.


Picture RETAKE Day Gazette

Our long-time photographer friend Nigel Cooper sent out emails to everyone who ordered pictures. 

If your child was not here on Picture Day or if you’d like to retake their picture join us:

Monday, November 27

You are welcome to stop in anytime during his Picture Retake time.

Curriculum Days

Come discover exactly what your child experiences in a day at the Children’s Garden. 

Teachers will hold a Curriculum Day for parents the last hour your child is in class on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Crickets: 10:15-11:15 am

Thursday, November 30, 2023
Ladybugs: 9:45-10:45 am
Honeybees: 2:15-3:15 pm

Older/younger garden student siblings are welcome to play on the playground with their sibling during curriculum time.

~ The Mousehole~

What a fun week we had here at The Garden! Our little Halloween celebrants came in such creative beautiful costumes, ready to decorate our little pumpkins, paint our faces and listen to spooky stories! Almost everyone tried to grab an apple ring without using their hands from a witch’s broom!

No birthday circles this week, but lots of love and laughter! The month of November has rolled in quickly! Our Honeybees presented their first oral reports this week and did an amazing job! From creating their posters, to presenting and to being a good audience member, asking questions and providing constructive feedback, many skills were developed this week. Well done! Our Crickets and Bees started listening to different versions of the classic folk tale, Stone Soup, as we now shift our focus to the season of Harvest and prepare for our Cricket and Honeybee Harvest Feasts, the week before Thanksgiving. Our Ladybugs have started to make holiday gifts for their familiesand Brin has started creating our “Village Gifts”. It’s hard to believe that we are already talking about our memorable Winter Celebration Event. December 8th! Mark it on your calendar now. Such a memorable event every year!

A lovely and brisk fall week – keep dressing your kiddos in layers, labelled, and help them keep their hands and toes warm. Click the link here for information about clothing items that our families have recommended.

The teachers are looking forward to our Honeybee Check-ins this afternoon. Don’t forget to change your clocks tomorrowevening – fall back one hour – Have a wonderful weekend!




~ Gratitude Corner~

Heart Icolated

We LOVE our big kid helpers! It has been a joy visiting with these alums and their families! We are so grateful to stay connected to our alum community in this way.

~ Calendar~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.

November 3: Honeybee Parent Teacher Check-In

November 10: Veterans Day Observance-no school

November 16: Honeybee Harvest Feast during class time
November 17: Cricket Harvest Feast during class time
November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break (no school for students and staff)
November 29: Cricket Curriculum Day (last hour of class)
November 30: Ladybug and Honeybee Curriculum Day (last hour of class)

December 8: Winter Celebration 6:30-7:30pm Issaquah Middle School
December 18-January 1: Winter Break


Daily Class Schedule

Tuesday and Thursday  8:15 – 10:45 am

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:15 – 11:15 am

Monday-Thursday 12:15 – 3:15 pm

~ Poems~


School Poems

Part of our daily routine at The Garden is singing or saying a few of our traditional poems.

Find a printable version to our Closing Circle Song, and the poem “We Light This Candle” at the following links.