Start of School

The beginning of the school year is full of emotions for children and parents alike as we transition into new routines, surroundings and relationships.

The following Start of School Checklist and related Comfort Kit instructions make it easy to know what you need to do prior and during the start of school.

We invite you to read Leaving Home, a short article about understanding the connection that grows as children have  independent experiences.

The Children’s Garden staff is looking forward to the start of school and we are here to guide you on this exciting journey now and throughout the school year. 

~ Leaving Home ~

You can read, print and download this wonderful article about the attachment learned, and connection made, as children take small steps toward independence throughout their childhood.

~ Start of School Checklist ~

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Your child will bring their backpack to and from school daily.  You can choose any backpack your child likes. Please print your child’s name on their backpack and bring the following each day:

  • Extra Masks: bag of clean and bag for dirty
  • Water Bottle: labeled with child’s name
  • Snack: No nuts-we are a nut free campus. If you send a sunflower butter snack please let us know it is nut free.
  • Extra Layers: hat, extra gloves/mittens, etc.

Please check their backpack after every session, for changing out wet or used clothes, and beautiful art work or news from the class.

Comfort Kit

At The Children’s Garden School, we have an Emergency Preparedness System in place. We have first aid, food, flashlights, etc. stored in case of emergency. We ask that each family prepare a ‘Comfort Kit’ for their child.

Emergency Form

View, fill out and print your Emergency Form with the button below. This form will be kept in your child’s folder as well as their comfort kit.

Spare Clothes

Extra clothing that stays on campus and includes socks, underwear, shirt and pants in a labeled sealable plastic bag.

Click our “Start of School Checklist” button to view, download and print.

~ Parking Lot Safety ~

Drop-off and pick-up creates a busy time in our parking lot and driveway. To maximize safety and efficiency, please follow the guidelines below for parking and driving in and out of the school.

Hold hands in the parking lot!
Please always hold hands with your child to and from your car in the parking lot. Children can get excited to see friends when they are coming and going from school and we don’t want anyone running toward friends in the parking lot. 

The Children’s Garden has two parking lots, the upper gravel lot and the lower grassy lot. Our upper lot cannot hold everyone at once so please use the lower lot if the upper lot is full or just for faster easier parking.

Upper Lot: The upper lot has a dozen available spots and an open area near the hillside that serves as the driveway for the residence. The driveway is coned off and not for parking. 

The upper lot is a busy space at the beginning and end of class and requires back in parking to help keep this area as safe.

When you park in the upper lot be sure to:

  • back in: we ask you to back into a spot for clearer line of site  and smoother exiting. 
  • resident driveway: it is a safety issue to retain access to the residence by not  having unattended cars blocking the space. Please do not park in this coned off area.

Lower Lot: The grassy lower lot has parking for staff and families. 

Exiting the School- Left and right turn lanes onto Issaquah Hobart Road
When you exit the school, please use width of the driveway to form two lanes, a left turn lane and a right turn lane, creating smoother traffic flow out of the school.

~ Arrival ~

Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of class. Being on time allows for an easy flow with their classmates to the start of school. If you come too early, their energy can get wound up in the car seat, as well as their anxiety. Although things happen to make us run late sometimes, habitually late arrival is a disservice to the student, and the flow of the day.

Please be careful in driveway and parking area and wear masks upon exited car and HOLD HANDS with your child in the parking lot. One caregiver per family will walk with their child to check-in at their designated cohort area before proceeding to help their child wash hands and await the start of class.

Class  Schedule:

  • 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 pm

Running Late:
If you are running late you can text the school at (425) 392-1563. Brin will help you get your child to class.

~ Check In ~

Please download the Brightwheel app on your mobile device. Each cohort specific drop off area has QR codes that you will scan with your Brightwheel app to check-in and confirm Health Screen Statements.

Upon scanning one of the QR codes and entering your check-in code (listed at the bottom of  your screen prior to scanning) you will see a series of Health Screen Statements to confirm for your household. If you agree with each statement, confirm by checking it off and you are ready to head to the handwashing area to help your child wash hands. 

If you cannot confirm the statements and check each box, it will not be safe for you to come to school and please return to your car. 

Statements you will need to confirm  before heading to class:

  • No uncontrolled cough, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing (for students with allergies or a diagnosed chronic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • No fever of 100.4 or higher
  • No sore throat
  • No diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain in the last 24 hours
  • No onset of headache, particularly associated with fever
  • No chills, fatigue or extreme weariness
  • No new loss of taste or smell
  • No close contact (within 6-feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person currently displaying symptoms or having a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • No out of state travel by an unvaccinated household member in the past 7 days

~ Drop-off and Pick-up ~

Luna Cohort

  • Drop-off : Luna Cohort can head over to the “Landing Pad”  to Luna’s Forest – scan the QR code and check in your student before heading up to the hand washing station, help your kiddos wash their hands and hang out and visit until the teachers ring the bell which means it’s time for adults to go back to the cars and kiddos to go and play!
  • Pick-up: Carefully come in to parking lot and back into the first available space. Mask up and exit your car to wait in the Gazebo for your child to be dismissed from the classroom.

Belleamie Cohort

  • Drop-off : Hybrid Cohort will enter through the gazebo and check-in. After checking in you can take your child up to the hand washing station and wait in the courtyard area until the teachers ring the bell, letting the kids go to hang up their backpacks and head out to the playground to play. This is time for kids to visit, parents to visit, but please no running, or building up high energy before they go to class.
  • Pick-up: Carefully come in to parking lot and back into the first available space. Mask up and exit your car to wait on the Movement Room Deck. Only one adult per student please.

The children will be dismissed one at a time to greet their adult. The children will be exhausted, as they held it together for the whole session. They might greet you with tears, yawning, or an ear to ear grin. The teachers will use this gathering time to share with the group what we did during session today, and might take you aside if they want to talk to you about your child individually. As the year progresses, and you read the news each week and get to know the children in your cohort, it is a great modelling exercise to comment to the other kids. “I hear you got a new bike!” “Welcome back from your trip to Disneyland!” etc. Modelling interactions with each other and community building.