Garden Gazette September 22, 2023

~ Bulletin Board ~

Events, opportunities and resources for our Garden community.

Picture Day Gazette

Long time Garden friend, Nigel Cooper, will be at the school to take class and student pictures the first week of October at the beginning of each class.

Tuesday, October 3
Ladybugs and Honeybees

Wednesday, October 4

Nigel offer’s purchased digital downloads of full resolution student pictures via individual password protected online galleries. Parents can download, print, upload and share the image of their student as they would like.

The school uses your students picture for many in-class projects and activities including birthday banners.

Look for an order form in the Gazebo next week.


Bake Off Gazette 2

Bake Off Entrants & Homecoming Helpers 

Homecoming is just around the corner and we’d like to hear from you!

Sign up to be a setup or cleanup helper, or let us know if you’d like to enter our Bake Off.

The Bake Off winner gets a $100 gift certificate to Kitchen Blend in Gilman Village!

Health and Wellness-01

What if my child has COVID like symptoms?

My child has an ongoing cough,
can they come to school?

What are The Children’s Garden School’s Health & Wellness Safety Practices?

For answers to these questions and information about our health and wellness policies please visit our
Health and Wellness Page

~ The Mousehole~

This week has been such a wonderful kick off to our 2023-2024 school year! The playground and the classroom looked so lovely and fresh, thanks to the wonderful turnout and participation at our All-School Work Party! Such a great community building kick off and we continued right on to all family community building at our fabulous Apple Fest on Thursday night. It is so sweet to see our alums and returning families reunite with old friends while our new families get to meet and make new friends. We all love how this little Garden keeps growing and growing!

The staff were so happy to see all of our Ladybugs, Crickets and Honeybees! Our new students are quickly learning the routines and our returning students have grown so much! There were a few tears, (on grown ups too!), but they quickly turned to giggles and smiles as the children discovered new toys and adventures.

We will be sending our weekly Mousehole news in printed kidmail and will add a monthly recap with pictures in The Gazette.

Next week is our first full week! Read on for class news!

What a lovely group of littles! It was so fun for us to have a brief time with you all on Tuesday, leading to a little bit easier goodbye on Thursday.

Don’t worry about the tears, they clear up quickly. Our Bugs made some apple stamp paintings, painted at the easel and we had fun singing some favorite songs to prepare for the Apple Fest. Next week we have a regular schedule which is really helpful for our kiddos to grow comfortable with routine.

Last year’s Ladybugs sure grew over the summer! This year, they will work with Teachers Cara, Donna, and Brook. We had fun learning some new songs to prepare for our Apple Fest, we traced our hands to make some apple trees and we talked a lot about the letter, “A”. At the easel, we used real apples to do some stamping painting.

On Wednesday, our first day, we celebrated our friend, Claire’s 4 th trip around the sun! We celebrated Luke’s 4 th trip around the sun on Friday! A very full weeks’ worth of activities in just two days! We have a full week next week. See you Monday!

Oh, my goodness, can you believe these kids are Honeybees? They sure grew a lot over the summer! Everyone was excited about something on the first day as the chart in the gazebo described. We kicked off our school year by learning all about the letter “A”. The students wrote the letter several times on our magic magnet board and then on paper, along with their drawing of an apple. We learned how to keep a steady beat on our legs as we sang a song or said our new poem, “Way up High in the Apple Tree”. We repeat our poems quite a bit throughout the week in the Honeybee class, but it is great if you could help your student practice it a few times over the weekend. It is fun to involve the whole family.

Perhaps they can recite it at the dinner table, or at bedtime. On Monday and Tuesday of next week, we will ask our students to try and recite it at circle. They will stand up and say, “Hi, I’m Donna and I am going to recite the Apple Tree poem”.

The Honeybee teachers are Cara and Brook and Donna on Monday and Tuesday, and Cara and Brook and Emily on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, we had fun reading “10 Apples Up on Top” and the children took turns stacking felt apples upon their heads, and on Thursday, Teacher Emily introduced the Bees to our Second Step (social-emotional) curriculum. We watercolor painted our apples that we drew and had fun stamping painting with real apples!

What a great first week of school for these fun Honeybees!

Have a great weekend!

~ 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.

~ Office Notes~


School Directory

Each year the office prints out a school directory. This gem is a wonderful reference for families to connect with other families and staff.

We use the information you provide in Brightwheel to create our directory. Please visit your student’s profile in Brightwheel this week and be sure your address, email and phone numbers are all up to date. The office will print out the directory the first week of October.

~ Gratitude Corner~

Work Party

~ Calendar~

Please mark your calendar with these important dates.


Save the date for our Homecoming Celebration
(Adult only event)

Friday, September 29
5:30 – 9:30 pm
Trinity Tree Farm

Veraci Pizza Food Truck
Happy Camper Cocktail will serve beer and wine for purchase
Enter the bakeoff to win a special Garden prize!
Show your school spirit and come dressed in your Garden gear!

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

September 29: Homecoming 5:30 pm at Trinity Tree Farm (adults only event)

October 3: Ladybug School Pictures during class time.
October 3: Honeybee School Pictures during class time.
October 4: Cricket School Pictures during class time.
October 20: All Class Pumpkin Patch
October 30: Cricket Halloween celebration during class.
October 31: Honeybee Halloween celebration during class

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)