Garden Gazette October 15, 2021

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Halloween Celebration

Halloween at The Garden is a low key and fun tradition. We will celebrate Halloween during class with pumpkin decorating, courtesy of Carpinito Brothers, games and uncomplicated costumes.

Ladybugs and Honeybees -Thursday, October 28
Crickets – Friday, October 29

Please click the Halloween Celebration button for details.

Our Deep Roots

This week we the staff got to connect with our deep roots in The Garden in our time honored tradition of of celebrating Garden Staff’s seasonal birthdays. 

Click the Our Deep Roots button for more.

Handy?

From hanging lights and nailing trim to building gates and gazebos, our To Do List adds up throughout the year. Some of our families have mentioned they would love to help with these types of occasional projects. If someone in your family is handy and has a skill set they would like to share with the school, we would love to hear from you!

We are compiling a list of volunteers to call upon every so often to consider signing up for a job on our To Do List.

If you are interested, many thanks to you and please reach out to Brin with your contact information and skill set/area of interest.

COVID-19 Testing Policy Update

The Garden has updated our COVID-19 testing policies to match the current standards set by Public Health Seattle King County.  We recommend that families utilize the COVID-19 Return to Work/School Flow Chart when assessing their child’s symptoms and the need for appropriate testing/quarantine protocols.  PCR (molecular) testing is still required for all travel/potentially asymptomatic cases, but children actively presenting COVID-19 symptoms may utilize a rapid (antigen) test (no at home tests). You can find further details, including the return to school flow chart, on our Health & Wellness webpage.

From the Mousehole

Another wonderful week at The Children’s Garden.  We are finishing up our Salmon unit and moving into our Fall and Leaves unit.  Thank you so much for coming to our Apple Party last week.  The children enjoyed performing for you – or sometimes just standing next to their friends.  We hope you all made some delicious apple bread with your family.  A few of the students even brought their apple bread to school for snack.

All the teachers were talking about how beneficial it was to have our Fall Check-Ins with some of the families.  It is always so nice to be able to see you (even if it is over zoom) without a mask while we discuss how well your child is doing at school and possibly some challenges that might come up.  I always find it extremely helpful to read through the different milestones for each age group and what can be expected for appropriate development.  View the Developmental Milestones of your three-year-old, four-year-old and five-year-old as each is linked. Visit our Curriculum page anytime to view these milestone guidelines. 

Have you noticed how The Children’s Garden has been surrounded by lovely pumpkins?  Thank you so much to the Carpinito family for donating so many fun pumpkins for each child to take home before Halloween.

Ladybugs

We really missed our little bugs on Tuesday due to the check ins but were so happy to see them again on Thursday.  Isn’t it amazing how much these kiddos have already matured over the last 5 weeks.  They have all transitioned well into coming to school and understanding the schedule for the day.  There might be a few tears when one falls down or possibly still at drop off, but they never last long.  If your child is not feeling quite themselves or possibly not gotten a good nights sleep the night before and you are wondering whether or not to send them, just think about if you think your child will have a successful day.  It is OK for our little ones to have self-care days at home too.

We have been working on the letter D and the number 4.  Thank you so much to the kiddos who brought in their baskets this week.  Any child can bring in an object from the Sound of the Week to share at circle time.  The more fun the better.

We have also been reading many versions of Three Billy Goats Gruff.  The children had so much fun acting out being the troll and the three billy goats.  Please try to act out the story at home as well.

Crickets

Wow!  We have been busy in our Cricket Class.  This week we started doing our Stamper Books.  The theme this week was the life cycle of the salmon and all of the stamps that they were able to use included salmon, whales, bears, raccoons, eagles and more.  The teachers invite the students to look at all of the stamps and come up with a story that they would like to author.  After they stamp each page, they will narrate a story to a teacher.  Often when we start making our stamper books the children will just list what they see on the page.  For example, “Once there was a fish.  Then there was a bear.  Then there was an eagle.”  Later the children will learn to come up with a cohesive story.  Often they love to be entirely silly with their stories.  At the end of the day, the child is called up to the front of the circle while their book is being read out loud to their peers.  This is a beginning step into gaining confidence in public speaking and performing.

Honeybees

Our Honeybees are doing an awesome job reciting their poems.  They are having fun with them and not even realizing that they are practicing public speaking.  Their confidence and performance is growing each week.  We hope your family has been having fun at home learning the poems together.  I know that “I Am A Salmon In This Life” can get stuck in not only your child’s mind but the parents as well.

Our Honeybees have also started doing Stamper Books this week.  (Please read about these Stamper Books in the Cricket section.)  The Honeybees have really developed and are starting to learn that there can be a cohesive story line with a beginning and an end.  We highly recommend you read these stories to your children at bedtime.  Maybe they will even read them to you.

We have been working on the letter D and the number 4 this week.  Thank you so much to the kiddos who brought in these baskets.  Speaking of numbers – did you notice that your children brought home the game of Spill The Beans?  This is a fun game that we have started with beans which are colored red on one side and left white on the other side.  We introduced the concept of addition and equal.  This is a fantastic way to get our Honeybees to practice writing their numbers.  You will be seeing many more Spill the Beans sheets coming home each week.

As you know, one of the highlights of the Honeybee class is the World Culture Reports.  These are done towards the end of the year and we will give you plenty of time to successful complete these reports.  However, we have found that if our students practice before this more detailed report with other smaller reports, they will have more confidence and be more successful.  We have decided to have our first report highlighting one of their Grandparents.  The children have brought home a more detailed explanation and example of this report.  Please have fun with your children and help them out when they need it.

Ladybugs

With our limited class time this week due to teacher Check-in and picture day, our Ladybug image library will come to you next week with extra pictures and videos.

Crickets

Honeybees

Our Deep Roots

As the oldest preschool in Issaquah, our amazing teachers and staff  have spent decades building upon the strong foundation laid by our founders, Bonnie and David, by selecting the very best methodologies for early childhood education and creating a unique and intentional program for our children.

Our staff, current and prior, have deep connections to The Children’s Garden as long-time teachers, alum parents, alum students, current parents, and a combination of all these things. Our connections continue to be forged in the community building that is an integral part of our school.

This week our staff had the joy of honoring a long tradition of celebrating our seasonal birthdays with staff old and new.

Our beloved Teacher Donna and Teachers Emeritus Debby and Bonnie were celebrated with an autumn luncheon.

The Musical Garden on our playground was made possible by the donations of our generous families to honor Teacher Debby for her 35 years teaching at The Children’s Garden . This visit to the school was the first time she had been able to see her legacy gift in person.  She was delighted to explore the elements of this enriching addition to our new playground.

Halloween Celebration

At The Children’s Garden, we celebrate Halloween in a low-key manner.  The emphasis will be on ‘fun’ not ‘scary’ while the children participate in some of our traditions such as apple ring on a string and pumpkin coloring.

Children are welcome to wear a simple costume to school. We ask that their costume have ease of movement for classroom activities.  Sometimes a child will wear part of their costume or start out with the whole thing and then put some of it away in a labeled paper bag for safekeeping. 
please, no weapons at school guns, swords, etc

 The Ladybugs and Honeybees will celebrate on Thursday, October 28 and the
Crickets will celebrate Friday, October 29.

Note about Apple Ring on a String: As we will be offering each child the opportunity to reach for and eat a sliced apple ring dangling from a sting (each child will have their own), please let us know if this is a food you would NOT  like to child to have. We are happy to offer a parent provided alternative.

Mark Your Calendar

Please mark you calendars with the following important dates. You can view these dates and more at our online School Calendar. Visit often as we update our calendar regularly as our special events get scheduled.

Halloween Celebration
Ladybugs and Honeybees -Thursday, October 28
Crickets – Friday, October 29

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 p

Health and Wellness

Is your child: Traveling out of state? Have a runny nose?

We have adjusted our programming and incorporated additional health safety practices and protocols to directly address the continued health concerns associated with COVID-19. Please view our Health and Wellness page for our health safety practices and protocols for the 2021-22 academic year.  

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