Principal’s Message ~ September 2016

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Welcome everyone to what promises to be another wonderful year at CGS, our 30th anniversary year! This seems an appropriate time to share a little Children’s Garden history with you, starting with the meaning behind our name.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Oscar Wilde’s fable “The Selfish Giant”
let me start by giving you a brief synopsis of the story.

The children love to play in the Giant’s garden, where the grass is soft and green, flowers stand tall like stars, the birds sing sweetly in the trees and the peach trees blossom in the spring and bear fruit in the fall. The Giant is selfish and does not want to share his garden, so builds a tall wall around it, keeping the children out. Once the children are gone, spring never comes to the garden; the birds don’t want to sing and the trees forget to blossom. Snow and Frost, North Wind and Hail come to stay and never leave. It becomes a dismal place. When the children eventually find a hole in the wall and crawl into the garden, the Giant realizes how selfish he has been and he welcomes them back. Helping a small boy climb a tree, he receives a kiss of gratitude that brings spring back to the garden at last. Many years pass and the Giant grows old and feeble. He can’t play with his friends anymore so he sits in his big arm chair and watches the children play and admires his garden. “I have many beautiful flowers in my garden,” he says, “but the children are the most beautiful flowers of all.”

After reading the story, that one sentence made a lasting impression on me and in 1986 “Children’s Garden” was born. It seemed like the perfect name for the kind of school I envisioned creating. After 30 years, I can say without hesitation that indeed the most beautiful flowers in our garden are the children. They amaze us every day with their kindness and strength of character, their intelligence and sense of wonder, their dedication and spirit.

Over the past 30 years, thousands of children have called Children’s Garden, or CGS, their school and their home away from home. No two students, just like no two flowers, are exactly alike. They have all been unique and special and have left lasting impressions on their Principal and their teachers. We have the children to thank for bringing the joy of sunshine and spring into our lives on a daily basis. No matter what the weather outside, inside the school the birds like to sing and the trees remember to blossom and wonderful things start to grow, and all thanks to our children.

I look forward to our Anniversary year. A time of celebration for all the accomplishments of the past thirty years and the promise of what is still to come. We are already off to a great start.

My best,

Marie Bates
Principal and Co-Founder
Children’s Garden School