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The Garden News

A Child’s Garden Snack Menu June 27-July 1

Monday, June 27
Tuesday, June 28
Wednesday, June 29
Thursday, June 30

Friday, July 1

Raisin Bread & Cream Cheese

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Chicken Meatballs & Baby Carrots

Fig Bars & Milk

Babybel Cheese & Fruit Bars

Dates To Remember

May 25 Last Day of School for Students – 1:00

26 Last Day of School for Staff – Clean -up and Summer Session Preparation

June 6 First Day of Summer Session

Dear Families,

This is the final edition of the Garden News for this school year, and I am overwhelmed with gratefulness to be at the helm of this wonderful school and to work with this incredible staff. I am also thankful for you, our community.

This year has been filled with challenges including the never-ending pandemic and navigating ways to help your child learn and grow in a loving and safe environment despite all the staffing challenges and continuous health and safety changes and regulations. Your children have thrived at a time when many others have not, and we are proud to say that we were part of their success. We hope you feel the same.

For those of you who are leaving the Garden because your child is moving on to Kindergarten, or you are not returning for another reason, we wish you and your family nothing but the best. We will miss seeing you each day, but please remember that our alumni are important to us, and we want to know what great accomplishments your children achieve. We ask you to keep in touch via our Facebook page, or by joining us for the dedication of our 50th Anniversary Mural this Fall. We will keep you informed as it is our hope to hold a long overdue community event in late September or early October.

For those of you who will be returning in the fall, we hope you enjoy the summer and remind you to check your email periodically for important updates and for your welcome letter in July. This letter will include vital information regarding health and safety updates, beginning of the year festivities, what to expect for Open Classroom days, and when class
lists will be posted. Summer Session starts on Tuesday, June 6th, and the 2022/2023 school year begins on Wednesday, August 10th. We look forward to seeing you!

Lastly, I want to let you know that after much discussion and deliberation, the Board of Directors voted last Wednesday to keep our mandatory indoor masking policy active for the Summer Session. Please read the attached letter from the Chair of our Health and Safety Committee, the President of the Board and myself regarding this decision and what it means for our community. We have also attached the survey results for those of you who are interested.

Reminders: Fundraisers Galore!

Giving Campaign

Have you donated to our Annual Giving Campaign? We are asking for 100% participation from Families, Board Members and Staff. No donation is too small, but if your family donates $100.00, your name will be placed on the 50th Anniversary Mural. There is still time to get your family’s name on the wall. 😊

Our Pampered Chef Fundraiser to help our Tuition Assistance Program is still going on!!! We get 40% of every purchase you make. 😊

Please copy paste the link in a browser to view this party: https://table.pamperedchef.com/party/405825qde

FIC Swag Fundraiser

Get your ACG SWAG! We are holding one last T-shirt and hat sale!

Community Events:

2022 NEIGHBORHOOD NATURE FESTIVALS - Come celebrate nature right in your neighborhood with free pop-up events! We’ll have live music, bilingual nature storytelling and puppet show, nature-themed carnivale performers, bosque ecosystem traveling exhibit truck, hands-on science activities, nature-based games, show-n-tell with urban wild animals, Esperanza bike repair clinic, food trucks, on-site language interpreters, and more!

Nature Fest Dates: Saturdays from 9am - noon

Phil Chacon Park

7600 Southern Ave SE 87108 (next to Cesar Chavez Community Center)

April 23 | June 18 | Aug. 27

Alamosa Park

1100 Bataan Dr SW 87121 (next to Ted M. Gallegos Community Center)

May 21 | July 16 | Sept. 24

Polly’s Run

Attention all Wildflower and Buttercup families! (and of course the entire ACG family!)

Polly’s Run is an annual 5k/Kids K running (and walking!) race that raises money for Pancreatic Cancer research. This event is held in honor of Madison (Wildflowers) and Olivia (Buttercup) Rogers’s grandma, Polly Rogers, who passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in 2009 and for all who have been affected by this horrible disease.

There is a 5k race you can run or walk and a special run/walk event for the kiddostoo! You can run or walk virtually but this year, we are excited to announce the in-person event is back in Albuquerque!

Polly’s Run

When: June 4, 2022 at 8:30am MDT

Where: Tiguex Park in Albuquerque, NM

How: Register at www.pollysrun.com

If you rather just donate, you can visit Madison and Olivia’s personal fundraising page at www.runsignup.com/missirogers

100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Polly Rogers Endowment for Pancreatic Cancer at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. This endowment creates an everlasting funding stream for UNMCCC in the race to cure Pancreatic Cancer.

Hope to see you there!

Smith’s Community Rewards

Thank you to the families that are a part of this program. Every little bit helps! Ifyou shop at Smith’s, and are not part of this program, please register on-line at


BOX TOPS - Download it at the App Store or Get it on Google Play.
Thanks for supporting our school! We even benefit from this program during the

Have an amazing summer,

Mary Matteucci, Director