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Garden News, October 23, 2020

A Child’s Garden Snack Menu October 26 - 30







Strawberries & Animal Crackers

After Care Menu Varies Daily –

Children will be served from the following list of items:


Cheerios &


Veggie straws, pretzel chips, fig bars, nutri-grain bars, granola bars, yogurt, fresh fruit and veggies, dried fruit


Chex Mix & String Cheese

Ritz & String Cheese for I/T

Animal crackers, Ritz, Saltines, Snap Pea Crisps, Corn tortilla chips, Nut or Butter and Jelly on crackers, fruit snacks, apple sauce, Rice Rolls,


Pita Chips & Hummus

Pita Bread & Hummus for I/T

Graham Crackers, pita chips, fruit leather, fruit cups, hummus, ranch dressing, guacamole


Halloween Treat

Banana Ghosts

(Bananas, Nut Butter, Jam & Chocolate Chips)

Ritz & Bananas for I/T

Dates to remember

October 25-30 Online Decorated Pumpkin Auction – see the attached flyer

26-30 ACG Spirit Week –details below

30 Halloween Costume Parade! – Drive by anytime between 10:00 – 10:15 –

November 11 Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL

23 Parent/Teacher Conference Day – No School

24 School Cleaning and Staff Development Day – No School

25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

Dear Families,

We are so thrilled that our ACG Spirit Week, Halloween Parade and Decorated Pumpkin Auction are finally here. This week the children and teachers in the Garden have been busy planning for our parade, tie dyeing clothing, and making amazing decorated pumpkins. We hope that you and your child will join in the fun as we create some new memories while putting a twist on our traditional fall festivities. It’s sure to be a wickedly, wonderful week!

Here are the details for all our activities:

Our Virtual Decorated Pumpkin Auction goes live on Sunday, 10/25 at 10:00 a.m. We will post the link to the auction on our website and on our Facebook page. The pumpkins are absolutely amazing and will be on display to view in person during our DRIVE BY HALLOWEEN PARADE. Bidding begins on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and closes on Friday at noon. Be sure to check it out before Sunday by clicking the link on Facebook. You can decide which pumpkin you are going to bid upon!

October 26-30 ACG Spirit Week!

o Monday is Crazy Hair/ Sock Day!

o Tuesday is Tie Dye Day!

o Wednesday is Career Day! Ask your child what they want to be when they grow up and have them choose what they think that person would wear.

o Thursday is PJ Day! YAY!

o Friday is Halloween Costume Dress up day (Please no scary or violent costumes or masks) and our ACG Parent Drive by Parade! We are invitingfamilies to drive by (anytime from 10:00 – 10:15 to see your child’s class dressed up. Please enter the school parking lot by the Southeast entrance off Cooper. You will proceed through our parking lot, following the curved drive, and exiting by turning right onto Elm Street. All classrooms will be socially distanced along the parade route for you to see and wish a Happy Halloween. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

Next week the weather is forecasted to be much colder and there is even a chance of snow, so we will be changing our drop-off and pick-up procedures just a little. To keep you, your children, and our teachers nice and warm, we ask that you please text your teacher when you park in the parking lot. The teacher will then go out to your designated drop-off area and meet you soon after you get out of your car, hopefully alleviating a wait time where everyone gets cold and helping keep our thermometers warm so they continue to work correctly. The teacher may also let you know that they are checking in another student and that they will text you back when it is your turn to check in. Hopefully, all will go smoothly, but we ask for your patience during these first few days of the new procedure. Please note that APS will not be calling snow days or delayed starts during this time of on-line learning, so we will make our own decisions regarding a delay or school closure. Please keep your eye on KidReports and our Facebook page if we wake up to snow on the ground Monday or Tuesday morning. Thank you!

I have also attached quite a bit of good information for all families. There is an article about the importance of story telling that includes some story telling tips, and an article that describes the difference between “Being and Doing”. Both are important aspects of life, but we all need to take a little time to just “Be” sometimes. There is the new Covid-19 Safety Handout from the NM Early Childhood Education and Care Department and an article from the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission on how to celebrate Halloween safely. Last, but not least, I would like to share a link to a website called Pandemic Parenting. There are several webinars for parents that can help guide and inspire us as we navigate through these strange times. https://www.pandemic-parent.org/

We hope these resources are helpful to your family.


· An important part of our Health and Safety Plan are our staggered drop-off and pick up procedures. Please remember to adhere to your designated time period unless you have given us advanced notice. It can be difficult to accommodate a different drop off or pick up, if we do not have advanced notice, since we cannot mix staff or children at any time. I have listed the times below to remind you of each schedule’s window. We recognize that drop off and pick up can sometimes be a lengthy process and we thank you for your patience. If you get here towards the end of your scheduled window, it might be hard for the teacher to converse with you about your child’s day, so please know that he or she is not trying to rude, but the daily report may be shorter than usual. It is also important to let the office know if your child is going to be absent from school. If you have an appointment, are going out of town, or just taking a day off, we ask for prior notice (at least 1 business day – 24 hours). If your child or another family member is sick, please notify the office as soon as possible that morning as we are required to monitor and document all absences and illnesses at this time as well.

· The Governor has also changed the rules for traveling to and from restricted states. Now anyone (excluding essential workers) traveling into New Mexico from a restricted state will be under a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Here is the link to see which states are restricted. It is updated each Wednesday. https://cv.nmhealth.org/travel-recommendations/

· Thank you in advance for your adherence to these policies.

Community Events:


  • Dates: October 24, 2020, October 25, 2020, October 31, 2020
  • Location:ABQ BioPark

The New Mexico BioPark Society welcomes visitors to Howl-O-Ween Days October 24, 25 and 31 at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.

Kids of all ages who come in costume will receive a seriously sweet sampler bag brought to you by our friends at After Hours Pediatrics.

Enjoy special costume recognition by “Secret BioPark Shoppers,” who are just waiting to surprise you with a premier prize for your amazing ensemble, and a self-guided scavenger hunt! In case your eerie interests aren’t quite peaked, there’ll be music, decorated habitats, and more!

Howl-O-Ween Days festivities are included with regular admission. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online.

Costumes should be family-friendly, and no inflatable costumes will be allowed inside the Zoo. Please leave all prop weapons, including lasers, light sabers, pirate swords and toy guns, etc. at home.

Please note that face masks that cover your mouth and nose are still necessary for safety. If you or your child’s costume mask does not cover the nose and mouth, you will still need to wear a traditional face mask during your visit to the ABQ BioPark’s Howl-O-Ween Days.

Smith’s Community Rewards

We want to thank you for shopping at Smith’s and being a part of this program. We just received a check for $148.08 which will go towards our Tuition Assistance Program next fall. If you shop at Smith’s, and are not signed up for this program, please register on-line at www.smithscommunityrewards.com. Every little bit helps!

Box TOPS - DOn’t forget to scan your receipts for Box tops. November 2, 2020 is the fall deadline. Thank you!

We hope to see you next Friday.

Enjoy the weekend,

Mary Matteucci