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A Child’s Garden Snack Menu January 18-22







Goldfish, Veggies & Ranch

Peas & Goldfish for I/T

After Care Menu Varies Daily –

Children will be served from the following list of items:


Cuties & Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers & Fruit Cups for I/T

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


Ham, Pretzels

& Cheese

(Ham & 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,


Nut Butter &

Graham Crackers

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


Corn Chips & Guacamole

Ritz Crackers & Guacamole for I/T

Dates to remember.

January 29 Registration Form & Fee Due

30 Coffee with Kathy 9:00 a.m. via Zoom – Potty Training

Join us on Saturday, January 30, at 9:00am for a virtual Coffee with Kathy. We’ll be discussing potty training. I promise- it will be fun and informative! A zoom link for this event will be sent next week via email.

Happy Friday!

We have had a great week here in the Garden. Everyone is back in their routines and learning is happening everywhere! The Yucca Room is learning all about babies because several children in their room have had new additions to their family this year. The children are learning how to care for babies and what they need to thrive and grow. Needless to say, it has been very busy in their dramatic play area. 😊 Next door in the Sunflower Room the children and teachers are doing an experiment to learn more about germs. They have put three pieces of bread into baggies and are watching to see what grows on the bread. One piece was touched with dirty hands, one with “just washed” clean hands, and one with hands wearing plastic gloves. It will definitely be interesting to see the results of their experiment!

We are also ramping up for a busy February. Usually around this time of year we are preparing for one of our fundraisers where we have a silent auction for classroom baskets and offer “Experiences” for children to participate in with teachers outside of school hours. This year we can’t do those activities in person, so we are, once again, going virtual with another on-line auction. Our “Feel the Love” Fundraiser will take place on-line from Sunday, February 7th, at 10:00 a.m. – Friday, February 12th, at noon. Each classroom is putting together a themed basket that will be great for Valentine’s Day. There will be a baking basket, a camping themed basket, Book Lover’s basket and more. Those who have the winning bids may pick up their baskets starting at 1:00 on Friday, February 12th. We are also kicking off our annual Giving Campaign February 1st with our $50 for 50 years drive. We are looking for each family, staff member and Board member to donate $50.00 towards this campaign. Funds from both endeavors will go towards the Susan K. Smith Tuition Assistance Fund and Teacher Support which includes professional development for teachers, health insurance and support for higher education classes. Please be on the lookout for a letter from our Board President, Stacie Armstrong, regarding these events. We thank you in advance for your support.

Please remember that registration for the 2021/2022 school year is in full swing. Current families must turn in the Registration Form and fee ($150 per child) to guarantee your child’s place for next year. After the 29th, current families lose their priority status, and will have to apply to be on the new family waitlist. The Registration Form and payment link are on the website now. Please note that we are completing registration by contactless options ONLY. Please either download, scan, and email the documents to the school, or fax them to (505-764-2925) the office. We cannot and will not accept JPEG photos of these official documents. Thank you.


Coffee with Kathy, 1/30/21 at 9:00 a.m. via zoom – topic: Potty Training

Plan ahead: NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, 2/15/21, or Tuesday, 2/16/21 in observance of President’s Day and a Teacher work and cleaning day.

Have you registered for the Covid-19 Vaccine? It’s quick and easy. Go to https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/ and register today. The New Mexico Department of Health also recently launched an app, available through the website, that enables you to enter your health and employment information, along with other key data. When the vaccine is available to you, they will send you a notification enabling you to schedule a vaccination appointment. If you have questions or would like support with the registration process – (including New Mexicans who do not have internet access) call 1-855-600-3453, press option 0 for vaccine questions, and then option 4 for tech support. The hours of the hotline are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. Users who have other vaccine-related questions please select option 0 for vaccine questions.

Community Events:



Show your love for the small businesses of Albuquerque by participating in the #TrueABQ Challenge! Enjoy your favorite things throughout the city or discover something newShow your love for the small businesses of Albuquerque by participating in the #TrueABQ Challenge! Enjoy your favorite things throughout the city or discover something new. All activities can be completed in a safe and socially distant manner and are great for the whole family.

One grand prize will be awarded: a hot air balloon ride for you and one guest courtesy of Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co.



  1. Download and print the #TrueABQ Challenge Checklist here.
  2. Check off one item per category.
  3. Upload at least one photo of you completing an item on the checklist to https://upload.crowdriff.com/trueabq-challenge ​and optionally post a photo to social media of each activity using #TrueABQChallenge.
  4. After completing one activity per category and uploading at least one photo, fill out the entry form below for a chance to win.

The #TrueABQ Challenge begins Monday, January 4, 2021, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2021. The grand prize winner will be announced March 8, 2021. All winners will be notified by email.

Smith’s Community Rewards

We would like to thank the 36 families that shop at Smith’s and participate in the Earn and Learn program. We just received notice that you all helped us earn $168.73 to be used for our Tuition Assistance Program. That is awesome!! 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 - We also received a check from Box Tops for our sumissions of Box Tops up to NOvember 2nd. We raised over $60.00 from those little guys. Keep up the good work and scan those reciepts for our March Box Tops Submission. We appreciate your help!

See you next week,

Mary Matteucci