Garden Gazette October 29, 2021

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Teacher Cohorts

As we work toward giving our students and staff the opportunity to spend class time together, we have created a schedule that gently starts the process of teacher cohort shifts.

Please click the Teacher Cohort Message button below to go directly to a message from the teachers.

School Directory Preview

The 2021-2022 Children’s Garden School Directory is available to preview. We will print and distribute hard copies next week. If you have any additions or edits to your contact information please update your Brightwheel account and email Brin to let her know you’ve made changes by Monday, November 1st.

Homecoming!

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!

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From the Mousehole

Wasn’t this a crazy weather week? We were worried about the ‘cyclone bomb’, and then we had sunny days breaking into downpours, winding up in an atmospheric river! Several of our families were without power for a full day or more, the gusty wind nearly stripped the trees of their beautiful fall color, It is definitely fall! 

And after seeing our adorable students these last few days, we also know it is definitely Halloween! 

We had fun preparing for our Halloween celebrations this week making sweet pumpkin art and decorating our amazing pumpkins from The Carpinito Brothers Farm. We worked on a couple of art show projects for our Fall season, and read some Garden classic spooky stories at circle time. 

The cohorts had a great opportunity this week to get to know other Garden teachers! Cara was visiting dear friends in California, and Brook stayed home a few days to take care of a scratchy throat. Ellie, Cari and Brin helped fill in the spaces. The kids so enjoyed their guest ‘teachers’ and the staff loved having the opportunity to work with our teammates. 

Our old friend Ted had a break in his schedule last weekend so that he could repair a few things around the school courtyard. He raised some sunken bricks in the walkway and installed our latest inscribed bricks. We also purchased some rechargeable batteries for some lighting up in the tree circle, and hung some string lights in the shelter. It is so welcoming on these grey mornings. 

We love to see the kids so well prepared for the weather. Lots of Seattle sombreros and hand warmers. Make sure that all of the kids’ clothes and accessories are clearly labelled with their name. When they take off the layers as the day warms up, they often put them with their friends’ layers. If you are still searching for rechargeable hand warmers, check out “Ocoopa” brand on amazon, and try to find a model with a strap.

Speaking of accessories, you may have noticed the staff’s sweet Children’s Garden beanies that we have all been sporting this past week! Watch for details next week on how you can get one for yourself!

November 4th thru November 13th is The Children’s Garden Homecoming Celebration. The Garden loves to celebrate our amazing community that has been building since our first year as a preschool. We honor our Garden Grads, those alum students that are graduating Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School and High School, and we pay tribute to our alum families who have continued to stay in touch with the school and stay in touch with each other! We are proud of our community that is made up of current and alumni families, and our Homecoming Celebration is our time to bring everyone together – this year, online. 

Read on for Class Notes:

Ladybugs:

In our Ladybug class, we had fun making our “5 Little Pumpkin” books, and creating our spooky pumpkin art. We worked on a spider art project for the Art Show in the spring. We read some sweet little Halloween stories and recited “Little Miss Muffett” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. We had Ellie and Thea working together in the Luna cohort, and they celebrated Jack turning 3 at our first Ladybug birthday circle! 

At our Halloween celebration we decorated our lovely sugar pumpkins donated by The Carpinito Brothers’ Farm, and tried to get delicious apple rings from a witch’s broom without using our hands! 

Next week, we will begin learning about ‘gratitude’ and the harvest season.

We hope you have a safe and fun time this weekend and enjoy the predicted sunny weather!

 

Crickets:

After a very fun and activity full Pumpkin Patch on Friday, (Thank you Carpinito’s!) these hopping little Crickets returned from the weekend to have fun raking all of the leaves that were blown down! The beautiful newly installed fall colored ‘carpeting’ provided enough leaves to make a huge pile for jumping! We all loved the sound that the leaves made as we shuffled our feet through them. Both cohorts would enjoy some sturdy kid rakes and wheelbarrows. If you have leads on where to get some good ones, let us know! 

Cari and Thea worked together this week and they had Giulia’s birthday circle to celebrate her turning 4! We started a beautiful spider project for the spring Art Show, and made some spooky pumpkins for our weekly take home art. Our letter of the week was “F” and our Number of the Week was “6”. We loved learning what faces to draw for the different ‘feelings’ of pumpkins, and read a Garden classic Halloween story, “Bony Legs”. This story by Joanna Cole, has been read for years about a scary witch who lives in the woods and ‘eats little children’. Although it sounds terrible, the kids love the comical reaction of the witch as she does not get what she wants. The book that we read from was donated by Elliot’s family when his big sister Margot was a student at The Garden. Ask your Cricket what Bony Legs did when she got mad. We discussed how her silly actions didn’t really help her work out her anger very well. We also had fun acting out the story on the playground.

Our Halloween celebration was so much fun! We loved everyone’s costume – so creative! We had fun decorating our beautiful sugar pumpkins donated by The Carpinito Brothers’ Farm and tried to get delicious apple rings from a witch’s broom without using our hands! 

Next week, we will continue to do gratitude circles and build on and develop the concept further for our Crickets, preparing for the Thanksgiving season. At our circles, we ask who is sitting next to us ‘What are you thankful for, and why?’ and after the answer is given, that person turns to their neighbor and asks the same question. We work our way around the circle and encourage the kids to think of something different each day. You might want to practice the same process around your dinner table and discover all the things that your family is grateful for!

We hope you have a safe and fun time this weekend and enjoy the predicted sunny weather!

Honeybees:

The Bees had a busy week preparing for our Halloween celebration. We made funny and spooky pumpkin faces for our weekly take home art, while working on a beautiful and still life pumpkin piece for our Spring Art Show. Our Halloween celebration was so much fun! We loved everyone’s costume – so creative! We had fun decorating our beautiful sugar pumpkins donated by The Carpinito Brothers’ Farm and tried to get delicious apple rings from a witch’s broom without using our hands! The Bees continued to discuss emotions and how to ‘read’ faces to figure out other’s emotions with a couple of Halloween themed lessons. We loved learning what faces to draw for the different ‘feelings’ of pumpkins, and read a Garden classic Halloween story, “Bony Legs”. This story by Joanna Cole, has been read for years about a scary witch who lives in the woods and ‘eats little children’. Although it sounds terrible, the kids love the comical reaction of the witch as she does not get what she wants. Ask your Honeybee what Bony Legs did when she got mad. We discussed how her silly actions didn’t really help her work out her anger very well. We also had fun acting out the story on the playground.

Cari worked with Thea in the Luna Bee Cohort, and they celebrated Signe’s birthday circle on the very day that she turned 5! The Honeybee Birthday Circle is such a lovely opportunity for all of the classmates to express their love and wishes for their birthday friend. The staff love how the Bee cohorts are finding ways to celebrate All of the Honeybee students on each of their birthdays, be it a group rendition of “Happy Birthday”, or waiting in the parking lot to make sure they get to wish the birthday kid a happy birthday in person. So kind.

On Thursday, the rain was so heavy that our rain barrel was overflowing. The Bees had a wonderful emergent curriculum moment as they tried to problem solve the ‘overflow’ of the barrel. Some tried plugging the overflow hole, while others figured out that they could open the spigot to let extra water out. This stopped the flow out the overflow hole. We then watched as the flow of the spigot began to erode the bark on the playground. The kids problem solved to stop the erosion by putting large containers under the spout to catch the water. After a long discussion on erosion, our dinosaur lovers started to talk about the erosion that occurred during dinosaur time, when all of the continents used to be together as one continent, Pangea, and erosion and meteors caused the continent to break up into smaller continents. Whew! What a lesson!

Our Sound of the week was “F” and the number was “6”. We worked with “Spill the Beans” and counted lots of groups of 6. Most of the children received a star on the Poetry chart for “October is a Grumpy Man”, and many also recited “The Long Creaky Winding Stair”. Next week, we will be reciting “The Wind and the Leaves”. Please help your Bee practice their poems at home. We repeat them several times as a group, in duets, trios and quartets throughout the week, and they get a star when they do a solo recitation. They do such a lovely job, standing in front of the circle and saying, “Hi, my name is Janie, and I am reciting, “The Wind and the Leaves”…and then they are off! What a huge boost of self-confidence and comfort sharing their knowledge to their peers. It carries on into elementary school and beyond. We are so proud of these kiddos!  Additionally, we continue to hear their Grandparent Reports! Not only are the presenters developing their skills, but the audience members are also maturing in their listening skills, their quality questions and their constructive feedback. They applaud the presenter when they are finished, and the presenter bows or curtsies. Our hope is that they are learning good interview skills with their grandparents and think of interesting things to ask them. Our hope is that the grandparents enjoy being the center of the children’s attention as well! 

We hope you have a safe and fun time this weekend and enjoy the predicted sunny weather!

Ladybugs

Crickets

Honeybees

Teacher Cohort Message

Hello Garden Families! 

We are winding down the first quarter of our school year at The Children’s Garden. Hasn’t it been lovely? From Larry the Fish Man to our Apple Sing-a-Long party, we have hit the ground running. We have completed our apple and salmon themes and are moving on to Autumn Leaves, Spiders and Harvest themes, as we approach the holiday season. 

The teachers strongly feel that our Cricket and Honeybee students should work with each of the staff members, with the possibility that cohorts might blend or interchange at some point during the school year, if COVID guidelines flex and allow that. We feel that the Ladybug cohort staff should remain consistent at this time, as our youngest Gardeners are still adjusting to separation from Mum and Dad, and learning the all important skill of ‘attachment’.

Cara and Donna switched Cricket classes this past Wednesday and had a lovely time learning about those students new to us and reuniting with kiddos that we had in our cohort last year. We had so much fun, but feel that the cricket cohorts still need some consistency, so starting November 1st, we are going to have Guest Teacher Wednesdays! Every Wednesday class, two of the teachers will trade cohorts. 

In the Honeybee class, beginning November 1st, Cara and Brook will trade cohorts and then, Honeybees also will have Wednesday guest teachers. In this way, we feel that we are going into the next six weeks getting to know all of the Bees and having the Bees getting to know all of the teachers. With substitute teachers and art projects, Thea’s grandparent report and our feeling circles, the kids are already getting to know each of the staff. Our students have such fun calling across the decks, “Hi, Thea!”, “Hi, Cara!” “Hi, Brook!” “Hi, Ellie!” “Hi, Cari!” “Hi, Donna!”, and we so love interacting with the students that we had in our cohorts last year, but we also understand the importance of keeping one consistent teacher from the first quarter moving with the cohort thru the second quarter of the school year.

We are looking forward to switching things up in the first week of November! The Cohort Teachers will do a little bit of moving around right after Halloween and will re-assess during Winter Break about our next shuffling.

November 1st, our cohorts will be as follows:

Ladybugs

  • Belleamie (Hybrid) Ladybugs – Cari and Donna
  • Luna (Outdoor) Ladybugs – Thea and Cara

Crickets

  • Belleamie (Hybrid) Crickets – Thea and Cara with Wednesday visits from either Donna or Ellie
  • Luna (Outdoor) Crickets – Ellie and Donna with Wednesday visits from either Thea or Cara

Honeybees

  • Belleamie (Hybrid) Honeybees – Cara and Donna with Wednesday visits from Thea or Brook
  • Luna (Outdoor) Honeybees – Thea and Brook with Wednesday visits from Cara or Donna

Parent/Guardian drop off and pick up routines will not change. We are looking forward to working with all of your kiddos. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks for being such an amazing part of our Garden Community.

Postcards To Space!

Delivery your postcard here at school in our Rocket Launch Mailbox by November 12!

The Blue Origin Club for the future will put your postcard on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket and launch it to space. Upon your postcard’s return from space, it will be stamped “Flown to Space,” then mailed back to you as a special space-flown keepsake.

Harvest Celebration

The teachers are brainstorming some ways for us to celebrate being thankful together as we get ready to embark on our Thanksgiving Break. While we think of a special activity,  please save the date and plan to join us for the last 15 minutes of class to celebrate together in cohorts.

Crickets-Monday, November 22
Ladybugs and Honeybees-Tuesday, November 23

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Scholastic
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

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.

Homecoming
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!

Veterans Day-Thursday, November 11
No School in observation of Veterans Day

Postcards to Space due November 12
Brin will be emptying the Rocket Mailbox on Friday, November 12 and sending the postcards on their way to Outer Space!  Please turn in your postcards on or before the 12th.

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!

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? 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.  

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