May Newsletter

May 1st, 2018 No Comments

May is here and we’ve got a lot of exciting and memory-making experiences in store for your family!

Open House Ice Cream Social, Monday, May 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

You won’t want to miss being here on Monday evening, May 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for our annual OPEN HOUSE ICE CREAM SOCIAL.  It’s going to be a blast with Mr. Scott the Music Man performing, The Fun Bus, and Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes, the whole family is in for an awesome evening!  There is no RSVP form to complete for this event, just come and have fun.  Children, parents, and siblings of all ages are all invited.  It is an open house, so bring your friends, too! 

The first week of May is “Gardening Week” at Peppermint Tree!

Each classroom has it’s own raised garden bed, adjacent to the pool, where they are planting vegetables.  The children have been going out to plant their vegetable gardens, and will be watering, weeding and picking as the season continues.  Miss Val is taking each child out to the front of the school to plant a flower to help make Peppermint Tree beautiful.  They are enjoying it and doing a great job!

Come out to Lucky Leo’s in Seaside Heights, for a special Fundraiser they are holding for Peppermint Tree, Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We are so appreciative that our friends at Lucky Leo’s are holding a special Fundraiser for Peppermint Tree on Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Please come and play, to help raise money for our Chick Hatching event and for new playground materials.  They are offering half price cranes to our guests.  Please be sure to identify yourself at the redemption center – that you are there to support Peppermint Tree.  Just load money on a play card, and a portion of the money spent playing on those cards will go to support Peppermint Tree.  Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Hamilton’s Class Mother’s Day Tea, Friday, May 11th at 10:00 a.m.

Mrs. Hamilton’s Class will have A Mother’s Day Tea On the morning of Friday, May 11th, at 10:00 a.m., Moms, or an appointed “Mom for the day” are invited.   The children are preparing some nice surprises for the Mom’s so please try to attend if your child is in Mrs. Hamilton’s class!   Please let Mrs. Hamilton know if you will be able to attend.  Even if your Preschool child does not attend on Fridays, you are invited to this event.

Mrs. Foley’s Class Family Event, Friday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Families are invited to come, play and enjoy part of your child’s school day!   Even if your child does not usually attend on a Friday, you are welcome to attend this event with your Early Learner child.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Foley.

What came first, the chicken or the egg?  Chick Hatching Event starting May 29th!

On Tuesday, May 29th, we will begin our Chick Hatching event right here on-site at Peppermint Tree.   The farmer will be coming with adult chickens to show the children and to explain all about eggs, chicks and the hatching we will be witnessing over the next week and a half.  The farmer leaves us with 12 eggs in an incubator…then the children will see the eggs hatch and the baby chicks entering the world right before their eyes!  A most exciting experience!  Please plan to stop in during this time to see our chicks!

Mrs. Sullivan’s and Mrs. Diver’s Pre-K Field Trip to see the musical play, “Cat in the Hat”, Thursday, May 31st

Our Pre-K children have a field trip coming up:  They will be travelling by school bus to the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ to see the play, “Cat in the Hat”, by the nationally renowned TheatreWorks theatre company.  Please get your permission slips and payments in! For those attending:  Please be at Peppermint Tree by 8:45 a.m. to get on the bus.  Bus will return by 12:30 p.m.   Even if your child does not usually attend on a Thursday, they are welcome to attend the field trip.  Family chaperones are welcome on a space available basis.  How exciting!

Mrs. Sullivan’s and Mrs. Diver’s Pre-K End of Year Ceremony-Save the date: Tuesday, June 12th at 10:00 a.m. at the Toms River Elks

Our Pre-K End of Year ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 12th at the Elks Lodge on Washington Street, at 10:00 a.m.    More information will be sent home to Pre-K parents in the coming weeks.  (NOTE to Pre-K parents:  June’s school tuition payment must be made in advance of your child’s “end of year event”, in order for your child to participate.  Your school tuition balance must be at zero in order for your child to participate in the event. )

 End of the School Year

The last day of school will be Friday, June 22nd.   If you have not registered for Summer Camp, then your child’s last day for the school year will be June 22nd (or before if your child does not attend on a Friday).

Our first day of Session #1 of Summer Camp is Monday, June 25th, 2018.  That is when the pools will be open and the full Summer Camp activity schedule begins.  If you have not done so already, please register now if you intend to send your child so we can be sure we have spots available for all of our current Peppermint Tree children.  Camp is filling up!

Registrations are flowing in from the general public for both the Summer Camp and the Fall 2018 school program. There is limited room for both Camp and School, so please register quickly. And, remember that enrollment in summer camp does not automatically guarantee a space in the Fall program (or vice versa). You must register your child separately for each session to reserve your space in our program.

Summer Camp 2018- Register Now!  Register online or stop into the office for a registration form.

The Peppermint Tree Summer Camp Program is available to children who are 2.5 years through Fifth Grade graduates. We are planning lots of fun trips and activities, so we hope you’ll join us!

The calendar of activities is now available at our website on the Summer Camp page, scroll down to the bottom: CLICK HERE for the Summer Camp Calendar-then scroll down. Let’s get ready for the fun! Our Camp Director is Mrs. Carol Sullivan. We are offering:

SCHOOL-AGERS CAMP: For kids graduating 1st- 5th grades

JUNIOR CAMP: For kids 2½ years through Kindergarten graduates

Both camps offer new activities each day, like:

  • Games & Sports
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Nature Activities
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Plenty of choices for everyone, fun for all!
  • Field Trips
  • Enriching & Entertaining Visitors
  • Swimming daily in our on-site pool (weather permitting)

Parent Reminder about June Payment

As a reminder, our school year tuition is annual, broken up into ten equal monthly payments (September through June).  So, please remember that on June 1st, you still pay a full school payment, even though school ends on June 22nd.  You have benefited from this when there were five weeks in a month and your tuition did not go up.  This allows both you and the school to budget an even amount each month for tuition.  Any students not returning will have their security deposit subtracted from their their June bill.  Quarter Day students were required to prepay the June payment, so there will be no payment due in June if you prepaid it.

Those continuing with us for camp have their Session 1 payment and camp activities payment also due on June 1st.   As always, we allow a 15 day grace period for the camp tuition, so there are no late fees until after June 15th.  If you have any questions, please call the office at 732-929-2500.  (Camp activities packets have already been sent home.  See the office right away if you did not receive yours.)

Some families choose to start making payments for camp ahead of time, so when June 1st comes there is not such a burden for them.  Please take advantage of this if you foresee a problem with the extra payment due June 1st.

Closed for Memorial Day, May 28th, 2018

The Peppermint Tree will be closed for all students and staff on Monday, May 28th, 2018 in observance of Memorial day.

Final Parent Group Meeting of the School Year – Tuesday, June 5th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please join us to celebrate our successes in bringing wonderful family activities to our community.   We would also like to discuss new ideas from parents to consider for next year. All are welcome–even if you have never attended one of our meetings in the past.  Child care is provided free of charge during the meeting.  Please let Miss Val know if you will be attending.

$25.00 Referral Tuition Credit – for each family you refer to Peppermint Tree (once they register)

Is your family enjoying all of The Peppermint Tree activities?  Is your child benefiting from the loving care and enriching education we offer?  If so, please spread the word about Peppermint Tree!  We will reward you, if you do!

“Word of Mouth” is our best form of advertising!  And, we truly appreciate your spreading the word about Peppermint Tree to your friends, family and neighbors.  We offer all of our current families a tuition credit of $25.00 for each new family you refer to Peppermint Tree.  Once they pay their registration fee, we credit your account $25.00.  There is no limit to the number of credits you can earn!

We are looking for Board Game donations!

Are you doing Spring Cleaning?  We would love donations of Board Games your family no longer wants, to enhance our supply for summer camp.  Please consider sending in some games for us!  We prefer games without Disney and Movie/TV Characters.  Thank you!!

Reminders

  • Children should be wearing SNEAKERS ONLY.  For safety reasons, if children wear sandals or other types of shoes they can not be allowed to climb on our equipment.
  • Please check your child’s back pack each day for notices, their projects, and to clean out lunch items the children may have left behind.
  • Please Label All spring jackets & lunch boxes. Children often do not recognize their own belongings.
  • Send in new seasonal change of clothes for warmer weather.
  • Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Diver and  Mrs. Sullivan’s classes will often be eating lunch outdoors at the picnic tables when ever the weather cooperates.
  • Don’t forget to keep sending in your BoxTops for Education.  We will continue collecting them all summer and next Fall.  We will be spending those funds on new outdoor items for the playground.  Thank you!  And, a BIG THANK YOU goes out to Kristen Bernstein who has graciously been managing our BoxTops program for us.
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