As we get ready for winter break, we wanted to extend an extra thank you for helping make our after-school program so special. Community is a theme we emphasize throughout the school year, and your continued support helps keep our GAP community strong.
Please note: Julie will be away for much of January, and Dania will be gone January 16-25, but we will have two wonderful substitutes, Ariel and Riley, who many of you have already met. We will make sure that our subs are fully prepared to provide GAP students with the best care and attention. If you have any questions regarding our short absences, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Julie has (finally) learned how to use Instagram, and she’ll be posting photos over the break! So, if you begin to have GAP withdrawal, you can check in and reminisce on the year so far.
We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!
Dania, Julie, Caitlin and Allyson
Hello GAP families!
We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far.
Between the rainy weather and the Thanksgiving break, the Garden of Wonders has been somewhat quiet, however, our classroom kitchen has been busy and smelling oh so good! Julie has been doing an amazing job roasting hearty winter vegetables and baking delicious treats such as cookies and pumpkin seeds. Needless to say, snack time has been a huge hit, as have our fun indoor activities.
We took a temporary break from our Daily Outdoor Observations (see last blog post) for a couple of weeks to allow more time for holiday-related festivities. We made colorful Thanksgiving turkeys from popsicle sticks and beautiful flower petals. We also made holiday wreaths with fragrant rosemary from our vegetable garden.
The next few weeks will be filled with more garden-inspired activities, nature journaling and, of course, spending as much time outside as possible as we prepare our garden for the cold winter season. Please let us know if you have any questions — now or in the future.
And finally, some housekeeping.
Our kitchen garden, located just outside the school cafeteria, is in need of minor repairs, including reinforcing some of the garden beds. If you are able to help, please contact Julie and she’ll gladly put you to work!
Also, please remind your children that toys from home are not allowed at GAP — especially Pokémon cards! In order to keep the peace in our classroom, we will not allow any students to play with their own personal toys during free time. GAP provides plenty of activities and games for everyone to enjoy. We would greatly appreciate your continued support with this.
Thank you for supporting GAP!
Dania and Julie
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