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Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

April 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Here are the reminders for the week of April 13:

  • We will have a fire drill Wednesday, April 15, in the morning.
  • We will have artwork displayed all week at Cafe Marie.  It will come down on Friday, April 17.

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Little Traverse-Hammer Art!

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The infants used hammers to create some artistic masterpieces.  This activity combined a few different curriculum areas: physical development and creative representation. While using the hammers, the infants were strengthening their large muscles and developing their fine motor skills.  The infants also had the opportunity to use their sense of touch to explore the paint and smear it on the paper. The children were very focused while they explored and created with the materials. We hope you enjoy the photographs!

Hillary, Betsy, and Denise

Chessie room- Building a dinosaur house!

April 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chessie room children created a new home for their dinosaurs.  They began by using paper mache to cover a box.  The children explored the mache mixture using several of their senses.  Once the box was covered, they painted it.  Finally, their house was ready for dinosaurs (and children)!  It’s been a wonderful addition to the room, and the children had the opportunity to experience working on a project that lasted for several days.

~Denise and Debbie.

Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

April 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Here are the reminders for the week of April 5:

  • We are excited to say welcome back to Anya Monday, April 6.
  • We will be hosting the St. Jude Trike-a-Thon on Monday, April 6, at 10:00.  If your child does not have a helmet, please send one on this day.
  • Gretchen’s House will be hosting a “take and go” parent breakfast in the lobby on Tuesday, April 7.
  • The children will be treated to a popsicle treat on Thursday, April 9.
  • Artwork created by Garden Preschool will be featured at Cafe Marie starting on Friday, April 10.  The artwork will come down Friday, April 17.
  • St. Jude donation envelopes are due Friday, April 10.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


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!


Spring Thaw Reminder

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We know how important it is to support children in getting outside to experience and explore the outdoors every day. As snow has melted, we’ve had some wet and muddy areas on the playground. This certainly makes for an exciting playground to explore, but can definitely be the cause for some messy clothing!

As teachers juggle wardrobe changes, we ask that you please remember to send in extra clothes for your child. Tall rain boots may help as we make this transition. In addition, waterproof gloves and snow pants will help children stay warm and dry as they actively explore the playground. Labeling their articles of clothing also helps minimize confusion. We will have Gretchen’s House back up clothes available if needed. If your child does borrow GH clothes, please be sure to return them promptly so that other children have access to these items as well.  Thanks so much for your understanding as we make our way through the wet, muddy, but very welcome, spring weather.

Thank you!



Garden Preschool: News and Reminders

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Garden Preschool Families!

Below are the reminders for the week of March 30:

  • I am off Monday, March 30.  Lara will be my sub.  Bethany will be the opener that day.  Please be sure to check in with Sarah at pick up time.
  • We will have Tammy Holley gym time on Thursday, April 2, at 10:00.  Please send gym shoes.
  • Bethany will be off on Friday, April 3.  Lara will be her sub.  I will be the opener that day.  Please be sure to check in with Sarah at pick up time.

In April each year we celebrate Month of the Young Child.  We have some fun events planned for the month of April, including a trike-a-thon, a field trip to the petting farm, and a wing potluck.  I have attached a copy of the April calender below for your reference.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Garden Preschool April 2015 Calendar

Railroad I/T April Calendar

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford

Here is a April calendar. April 2015.


Betsey Room- Growing Hope

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The older toddlers are ready for spring!  Every year, the children plant seeds for the Growing Hope project.

Growing Hope is a nonprofit organization based in Ypsilanti. Their mission is to provide fresh and local produce to the surrounding area. They are committed to teaching about growing produce and getting the community involved. For more information on this organization, please visit their website at

You and your children can watch the vegetables grow in the lobby.

~Betsy, Sarah, and Denise

Y5 Reminders for the week of 3/23

March 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Families,

Spring has sprung!  We welcomed the first official day of Spring with a new collage decoration for our classroom door, along with paintings that were inspired by all things Spring…bright and colorful!  Below is a list of reminders and some new upcoming events, please take a look.

  • 3/24 – Happy Birthday, Vyaan!
  • 3/24 – (Date change) 9:30 am – Visit from Fire Department in gym, then outside for a tour of the truck.
  • 3/25 – Fire Drill
  • 3/27 – Kim begins Starting Points training
  • 4/3-4/10: AAPS Spring Break – We will be going on two field trips during the week of 4/6.  I will send an email and updated April calendar as soon as field trips are finalized.
  • Please check your child’s cubby to make sure that they have a change of clothes for GH, including socks.
  • Our cubby area gets pretty full of artwork by the end of the week!  Please check your child’s cubby area and take home any artwork that belongs to your child, thank you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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