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April 6 School Resumes

Dear ACG Friends & Family,

As I’m sure you have heard, all New Mexico Public Schools have been closed for the next few weeks. Below is the email that I sent out last night in response to this edict. We hope that you all take good care over this time period and we look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, April 6th. Please keep an eye out for emails and messages via KidReports during this time period for more information as the situation unfolds. Thank you.

Dear ACG Families,

I am sorry to announce that we will be closed for three weeks. As per our policy, ACG follows Albuquerque Public Schools in regards to school closures and delays. That means that A Child’s Garden Preschool must be closed for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16, in response to the ongoing international coronavirus pandemic.

The closure of all New Mexico public schools was ordered by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the New Mexico Public Education Department, and the New Mexico Department of Health.

We will have school tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020 for all students. If you do not feel comfortable bringing your child to school tomorrow, please let the office know. We are asking families of all students, including Tuesday/Thursday students, to please come by the school tomorrow to pick up your child’s belongings. In an abundance of caution, anything that is left at school after 5:30 tomorrow evening will be thrown away. This includes helmets.

After tomorrow, ACG will be closed through Friday, April 6, 2020. During this time, we will thoroughly clean and sanitize the school. Luckily, our staff will continue to be paid during this closure, so they may rest easy and take care of their own families as well.

As this is a Public Health Emergency and I must take into consideration the health of the staff, students and families of the entire ACG community, I am mandating that no employee of A Child’s Garden may babysit or care for an ACG family at this time.

In addition, all of our community events, including the FIC Meeting, Interim Care and Family Experiences, are cancelled. The board will continue to communicate electronically and via conference calls to ensure that ACG is prepared as events progress and we ready the community for all contingencies. Students and staff are scheduled to return to school on Monday, April 6, 2020.

I know this is an inconvenience for everyone, but the safety and health of the ACG community is paramount and we will follow the mandates of NMPED and APS. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

Thank you for your support of our school.

Stay well,

Mary C Matteucci

Director

A Child’s Garden Preschool

Here are links to two great resources for talking to children about the Corona Virus and staying well.

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

The state has also instituted a new hotline if you have questions about non-health related issues like school closures, job issues etc.

Coronavirus Information Hotline:1-833-551-0518

On a positive note, I’d also like to share a few wonderful events that took place in the Garden this week. On Thursday, the two-year-old classes had a wonderful art experience with the SMASH Studio Arts Shucker Bus. They were able to go into this incredible mobile art studio and create with clay and other materials and today, Hawks Aloft! paid a visit to our older students who learned about the birds of the Bosque, their habitat and how to respect them both. Ms. Sandria even dressed up as a bird so that the children could learn about the birds and their body parts. It was very educational and lots of fun! Be sure to check out our Facebook page for some fun pics of both events. The SMASH Bus will be back in April for the three-year-old classes as well. Hooray! We look forward to school re-opening and having all of our kiddos back in the Garden.

Reminders:

Please bear in mind that with our closure, time lines for summer registration and other deadlines will be affected. Please remember to check your email for information as this situation plays out. Thank you.

Community Events:

Read -to-Me Albuquerque Children’s Book Drive –We want to thank everyone who donated children’s books for this worthy cause. The children of our great city appreciate you!

Smith’s Community Rewards

If you shop at Smith’s and are not yet signed up for this program, please register on-line at www.smithscommunityrewards.com. This is an easy way to raise money for our school.

Box TOPS – DON’T forget to download the app

Thank you for participating in this program. Every dollar helps our school! Our next contest will take place at the end of April. Click the link below to join the program.

https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

Please take good care until we see you again.

All my best,

Mary Matteucci, Director