November newsletter 2018

THE GARDEN SCHOOL NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

THANKSGIVING FEAST. We are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our wonderful Garden School friends and families. Please join us 10am-12am, Friday, November 16 for our Feast. Kindly sign up in the reception area. All are welcomed.

NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break, Monday, November 19-Friday, November 23. We will resume school Monday, November 26.

PARENTS: Thank you for the continuing support of our parent collaborators who everyday help us hold our students happy, healthy and safe. We appreciate what you do to support our classroom and to enrich the school environment for our children.

We also have the generous participation of parents in our cultural and scientific lessons. We celebrated Animals in our Background when Finnegan’s wonderful dad, Eric, showed us night camera photos of animals near and around the Botanical Gardens: panther, bear, bobcat, tortoise and raccoon are just a few of his examples!

Our students also learned about the importance of hand-washing from Ellis’ dad who is a medical doctor in Naples, Dr. A. Fuller.

Also Ms. Gaga travelled to Germany with Bryce and his Mom and Dad. They shared with us about what they learned about the history and culture of Germany and taught us how to count in German.

Then, Matheus’ parents taught us about Brazil and the love of it’s people. We learned about the Amazon rainforest and some of its animals.

Last, we await an update on their travels to Africa when Micah’s parents Mollie and Jimbo share their adventures with us. We are so fortunate to have parents engaged in the educational life of our children. Thank you.

NEW TEACHER. We welcome Ms. Kathy Webster, “Ms. Gaga,” Bryce’s grandmother, who last year worked as a parent collaborator in our classroom. Ms. Gaga is a State of Florida certified teacher who has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and was formerly a Head Start administrator in New York. She is now working with The Garden School as a teacher. She recently presented a list of sight words for pre-school children to learn. These are words that don’t necessarily follow typically taught sounds such as in ‘C’ ‘A’ ‘T’ (consonant-vowel-consonant). When you see these words, have fun helping your child recognize them ‘on sight.’

November is traditionally a time in America when we study the culture of our earliest people of the First Nation and also the Pilgrims. We will investigate both cultures and we will focus upon that time in history when for nearly 80 years they lived side-by-side in peace.

This month we will study the continent of Australia and an aboriginal artist Johnny Bulunbulun. Last month, we considered animals of North and South America and this month we will catch a glimpse of a kangaroo, a wombat, a cockatoo and a koala bear.

Our turtle “Firetruck” is our vertebrate of the month, along with other reptiles that include snakes, lizards, crocodiles and dinosaurs.

We are honored to be a part of your children’s lives. And, we thank you for your presence at The Garden School. We appreciate your efforts to arrive at school before the start of our 8am lesson and to pick up your children before 4 pm. A regular rhythm for the day supports our sense of well being and we thank you for helping us create it.

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