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Lucy Chen visits Garden Preschool

April 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Garden Preschool Families,

Today we had the privilege of having Lucy Chen, Aiden Chen’s mother, in our classroom during morning work time! During this time she read books, that she brought from home, to the children in the book area. The children rather enjoyed a new face reading to them and Aiden enjoyed having his mother interacting with him and his friends in class.

Below are some pictures from the experience that I thought you would enjoy.

Lucy & Aiden Chen

Lucy & Aiden Chen


Have a wonderful weekend!

Bethany Grates

Y5s Updates and Reminders for the week of 3/30

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Families,

First, I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you!’   Most of the children now have an extra change of clothes in their cubbies, this is so important with the changing of the seasons, as well as for when spills or accidents happen.  Below you will see the reminders for the week and a look ahead at our schedule for the AAPS Spring Break week.

Reminders and updates:

Friday: 4/3 SCAMP Registration Deadline

Spring Break 4/6-4/10

Monday: 4/6 – Field Trip to University of Michigan Museum of Natural History 10-11 am

-Planetarium: Musical Sky 10:00-10:30
-Prehistoric Explorers 10:30-11:00

Bus departs GH around 9:20.  Please arrive by 9 am.  We will return to GH by 11:45

Tuesday: 4/7 Center Day

Wednesday: 4/8 St. Jude Trike-a-thon:  10 am.  I am in the process of checking the PS bike sheds for the bike helmets with help from Marie.  If your child has a helmet here, I am placing it on top of their cubby, please be sure to leave it there if your child will be here on 4/8 and participating in the Trike-a-thon.  After the event, the helmets will be put back into the bike sheds, but I wanted to get a head start on making sure who has a helmet, and who needs a helmet.  Helmets are available for purchase at the front desk for $11.00.

-Children will  bring their own bikes for this event

Thursday: 4/9 Pajama and Movie day!

Friday: 4/10  Field trip to Domino’s Petting Farm.  10-11:30 am

– Arrive by: 9:00 am, bus departs at 9:30.  We will return to GH by 12pm.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  We’re looking forward to a fun week!


Young 5s Belated post showing our fun in the first snow!

December 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


You wouldn’t now it now with all this rain, but the young 5’s had a terrific time that first day of snow fall!  Here are some photos for you to enjoy.  While outside, the Young 5s explored the snowfall using touch, taste, sight, and smell.  They also played cooperatively, and engaged in large muscle play!

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Railroad I/T December Calendar

November 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy Holidays!  Wow!  This year went fast.  It was so great to spend the last year with all of you.

Here is the December calendar. December 2014

Denise, Sarah, Debbie, Betsy, Hillary, Ashley, and Megan



Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Here are the reminders for the week of October 20:

  • We will be hosting curriculum night Thursday, October 23, at 6:15.  Come find our more about how your children are learning at Gretchen’s House.
  • We will have Tammy Holley gym time on Friday, October 24, at 10:00.

We are excited to report that we had two very successful trips to the apple orchard.  The children enjoyed picking apples from trees and loading their bags.  They also loved having a delicious snack of apples and cider and jumping on the hay bales.  The highlight was riding on the bus!  We are going to use some of the apples we picked for a special baking day October 30.  I have included a few pictures below.

~ Marie

Garden Preschool Water Pump Play

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Garden Preschool would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Tim and Rick, our “fixers”, for installing new water pumps on our playgrounds! The children are having so much fun pumping and filling containers. Our play ranged from filling a tub and pretending to take a bath to filling up bowls, pots and pans with water, sand, and wood to “cook with”. We are having so much fun and staying cool in the water.


Garden Preschool Visits The Botanical Gardens

May 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Last week Garden Preschool took the bus on a field trip to the Botanical Gardens. We splashed in the water fountain, explored the giant spider web, used our problem solving skills to figure out how to get our bodies on a giant rock, played in the sandbox, read about different plants and herbs, watched giant orange fish swim around, explored the fairy houses, and looked at and named the different cactus plants.

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Garden Preschool Trike-A-Thon

April 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families :) The children had so much fun decorating and riding their bikes around the playground for our trike-a-thon to raise money for St. Judes.  Thank you to everyone for providing helmets and thank you to the parents who came to cheer on the children as they showed off their pedaling and balancing skills.


Pond Preschool-Welcome Quinton!

March 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pond Preschool is so excited to welcome Quinton to our team! Quinton, or Q as he prefers to be called, will be our Afternoon Teacher on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He also is a Building Resource Teacher  on Mondays and Fridays. During Message Time last week, we all made predictions about what Q would pick for his letter link. He tricked us all, and chose a quilt! Q-Quarter and Q-Queen had the most votes. We are looking forward to having him in our classroom! Welcome Q!



Dhu Varren Railroad Infant/Toddler–October Dates to Remember

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Please mark your calendar for the following activities:

October 1st—Dhu Varren’s 10 year anniversary

Tammy Holley

October 7th–10:30 and 11:00

October 24th–10:30 and 11:00

Curriculum Night

October 3rd–6:15-7:30

Picture Day

October 10–Please be sure to have your child here by 8:45am


October 15th–5:30-7:00


October 14th–Fire Drill in PM

October 30th–Tornado Drill in AM

Teacher Days Off

Kit: October 2, 4 (AM),11 (AM), 16, 17,and 18

Megan: October 3t at 12:45

Tyan: October 4 (AM), 11 (AM), 18(AM), and 25 (AM)

Hillary: October 8, 15, and 29 (In at 1:30)

Thank you,

Denise Lechtanski






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