December Newsletter

November 30th, 2011 No Comments

Dear Families,

“Pajama Club” Parents Night Out  – Friday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(There’s still room, so RSVP Today!!)

 Do you need a chance to get holiday shopping done without the kids???  Some of our parent Strengthening Families volunteers (along with Miss Val) will watch your children while you shop this Friday evening so you can either shop or have a quiet dinner out!
We will treat the kids to pizza, popcorn, a drink and movies for $3.00 per child.  (The children will vote on movies to watch so if you have popular G-Rated movies to share, please send them in with your children for us to borrow for the evening.)
Kids should wear their pajamas for a fun night at Peppermint Tree! 

Space is limited, so you MUST RSVP ASAP by responding to this email, calling the office, or sending a note in to your child’s teacher with the names and ages of children you would like to attend.  You may pay the $3.00/child that evening. 

The kids will have a blast, and you’ll get a break! 
And, don’t forget that Friday is also Pajama Day during the school day, in honor of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  If you can send in a donation, I know it will help the children in NJ who are sick. 

The Peppermint Tree Secret Holiday Gift Shop, being held December 12 – 15, 2011, is an opportunity for your child to participate in giving gifts this holiday season – not just receiving. They will also experience the process of shopping (counting money out and receiving change, and working within a budget).
For the holiday shop, we have purchased a quantity of small, inexpensive gifts suitable for immediate family members, grandparents and dog and/or cat pets, ranging in price from 50 cents to $3.00. If you wish your child to participate, send in whatever you deem suitable in a sealed envelope with the completed form. On your child’s regularly scheduled day, he/she will “shop” with their class for each person listed on their form. This will be an exercise in decision making and money handling. We will also be discussing the concept of thinking about others. All gifts will come home wrapped and tagged. Wrapping paper will be made by children.

Buy a Mr. Scott the Music Man’  CD  or DVD for your child for the holidays!

Your children know and enjoy many of the songs when Mr. Scott visits The Peppermint Tree each month, and they can enjoy his music at home, too!  His music get’s kids off the couch and  movin’ & groovin’…just perfect for cold days when the kids are stuck inside.   

 We have the CD’s on sale at The Peppermint Tree at a special price of $10.00 each, and the DVD is $15.00.  If you would like to order, just write me a note or send an email, call me, or stop in the office.  You can pay in cash or by check made out to The Peppermint Tree.   We will send you the CD or DVD home the next day.  (We will wrap it up and sneak it into your child’s backpack if it is a surprise…just let me know if it is.)  You can visit Mr. Scott’s website to listen to samples of the music and to decide which one you might like to purchase.

Holiday Cards for Soldiers

The children enjoyed making cards for the soldiers for the holidays.  If you would like to do this at home with your children as well, you can find out about it at:

Class Lists

At the request of many parents,  beginning in January we will publish a class list for each classroom, sharing the phone number and an email address of all those who would like to share this information with other families in your child’s class.  This will help facilitate play dates and informal meet ups at playgrounds, etc.  We will send home a permission slip for the class list participation soon.  Please watch your child’s back pack for it.   

 December Calendar Notes

We will be closed for all children and staff on Monday, December 26th and Monday January 2, 2012.  And, there are no classes December 27 – December 30, however we are open for child care on these days.   If your child follows our Peppermint Tree calendar, this week of care is included in your monthly tuition.  If your child follows the Toms River calendar, and you need child care during this week, please let the office know so we may save a space for your child, and adjust your bill for the additional day(s). 

Inclement Weather

In case of snowy or icy conditions, please check our website announcement on the home page, or your email box for updates about school opening on these days.  We also provide this information to WOBM radio and change our outgoing phone message.  We make every effort to open, however the safety of our staff and families are our first concern.  As a guideline, if The Toms River Public Schools have a delayed opening or are closed due to inclement weather, the earliest we will open is 8:30 a.m.  This will give us time to get our driveway and walkways plowed, salted and sanded and determine if we will delay further or have to close for the day.  There are no refunds or credits for inclemet weather closings. 

Annual Flu Shots:

As per the State of New Jersey requirements, all children who attend Peppermint Tree who are under 5 years of age, must get an annual Flu shot, before December 31.  Please send in proof of this vaccination for your child’s file. 

Funds Raised from KidStuff Coupon Book Sale:

Thank you again for the wonderful support on this sale!  Peppermint Tree raised $1000.00 and I wanted to report to you how the funds were spent.  Most items were purchased while at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Convention in earlier November:


Twelve new books for the children: First Snow in the Woods, Small-Medium-Large, Not Fair Won’t Share, Cool Down and Work Through Anger, I’m Like You You’re Like Me, Sharing Time, Nap Time, Listening Time, Calm Down Time, I’m Not Happy, But Why Can’t I, My Name is Chicken Joe (Book & CD)  Six New Resource Books for the teachers: Mandate for Playful Learning, Challenging Behavior in Young Children, Kindergarten Math Focus, Progression in Play for Babies and Children: Sound and Music and Movement and Beat, Kickstart Music Early Years (3-5 years).

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks Set (Magnets inside the wood blocks makes these blocks an interesting challenge and allows for structures that stick together.  The children love these!)

Coloratura Wood Blocks Set ( A “designer” set of colorful blocks that inspire creative building that looks beautiful!)

Capital and Lower Case Letter Stories, Dry Erase Flash Cards

“Bubber”  – “The lightest sculpting material on earth.” (2 Tubs-only for those 4 years old or older)

My Very First Game: Feeling and Touching (try to identify shapes just by feeling them)

Magnatabs: Upper Case, Lower Case, Numbers & Free Play (these are intriguing toys to help children practice writing their numbers and letters, or to draw and hold the pencil.  It uses magnets to guide the correct formation of the characters.  Very fun to use!)

Glo Germ Kit:  Handwashing Book & DVD for Children, Ultra Violet Light, Glo Germ Gel.  This is a whole system to teach children about the proper way to wash germs from their hands. 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!

Parent Reminders:

  • Label Everything. If item is not labeled, we may label it for you.
  • Mittens ONLY/ no gloves no scarves.
  • No strings on jackets or hoodies.
  • Dress your child in layers.  We go outside every day that it is 32 degrees or higher, and not precipitating. 
  • All children must go outside with their group.  If a child is too sick to play outside, then they should stay home from school to rest.
  • For safety, please hold your child’s hand in our parking lot and when walking your child back and forth to your car in the pick up or drop off line.
  • At 11:30 and 2:00, in the pick up “line”, please don’t move your car if there are children and staff walking by.  Please wait until they have passed, to assure safety.  Also, please do not get out of your car if you get in the pick-up “line”.  Wait for our staff to bring your child to you.  If you need to get out of your car, please do not join the “line”. 

 We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

P. S. One of our families has a few baby items they no longer need, and are willing to donate to a Peppermint Tree family that may want any or all of them: Chicco Travel System (Stroller and Car Seat) which is brown, beige and orange. A high chair and boys clothes up to 2 years.  Just email me at if you are interested. 

Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS, Ed. (“Miss Val”)



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