Jun 2016

May and June in the Walnut Room

Posted On: 06/06/2016
By: Kaitlyn Deis


After waiting through weeks of chilly mornings, we finally are working in our side yard and out in the garden!

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The children can put on a necklace and go out to do a corresponding activity. The options are to have snack at the picnic table, bring a work outside to a table, hammer nails, paint at the easel, or help with the gardening tasks. The children have been filling the wheelbarrow with compost and adding it to the garden beds, then planting seeds. If you have plant starts to donate we would love some! Herbs, tomatoes, and really any vegetable would be fun to experiment with. So far we have peas, beans, carrots, radishes, chamomile, violas, tomatoes, thyme and basil. Some are seedlings, some were directly seeded in our garden.

In May we welcomed Fiona Ryan to the Walnut Room and her family, Liz, Elliott and Sam, to our classroom community! Fiona moved up from the Willow room early in May, just in time to celebrate her third birthday with us.


She is settling in, making new friends and enjoying her work!

Our Mother’s Day celebration was a big success. The Walnut Room teachers thoroughly enjoyed watching the children show their mothers and guests their favorite activities. It was fun to hear how proud and confident they are in their classroom and how much they love their work. Thank you to all the mothers and grandmothers who attended!


Mother's Day Circle


Our Father’s Day celebration is coming up on the 17th, from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Fathers: please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Also, mark your calendars for the end of the year cookout, on June 10th at 4pm (there is no after school that day), and for the final closing ceremony on June 23rd. There will be a ceremony in the morning and then everyone is dismissed at noon. The final ceremony will be in the Walnut Room and will include the handing out of certificates.

At the closing ceremony, the children will be celebrating the diversity of our classroom, school and larger community with songs from around the world. We were hoping that the children and families could also wear clothing from around the world! So pull out anything you have that represents somewhere you have lived or traveled to and join us in a celebration of the rich culture all around us. If you do not have any ethnic clothing, let us know and we will help put families in touch with each other to loan and borrow things to wear.

Final progress reports will be mailed to you over the summer. We know these final weeks will fly by so we want to take this moment to express how much we are and have been enjoying working with your children this year! They are amazing and delightful. And to say thank you for your help with all the details of running the classroom: for washing laundry, bringing flowers, supplying snack, cleaning the fish tank, bringing library books, donating plants and bulbs, and helping make materials for the classroom. Your help makes all the difference.

A few photos for you to enjoy:


Awaiting the release of our butterflies!


So much happening all the time!


It is fun to witness the control of movement required to work in close proximity.

And here are some additional Mother’s Day photos. We are sorry we did not get picture of everyone. Thank you, Cynthia Stoye, for use of her camera!

Adlai and Grandma Audrey and mom Bjorn and mom  Emily and mom (2) George and mom Lucia and Grandma Matthew and Mother Mia and momRyunosuke and mom  Nicholas and mom Momoko and mom Toby and momEliana and mother