May Newsletter

May 1st, 2013 No Comments

Dear Parents,

May is here, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Especially the ones the children planted in the front of The Peppermint Tree for Earth Day.  We had a lot of fun planting, so ask your child about the flower they planted.

I can’t believe how quickly this school year is flying by! Thank you to all of our special Peppermint Tree families and the great staff for making this a wonderful year…full of smiles and little achievements every day!

As the end of the school year draws near, we hope that you have seen the growth & development in your child that we strived to encourage. We certainly are enjoying seeing all of the children learn and grow!

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

Open House Ice Cream Social

Please join us on Monday evening, May 6th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. We are holding an Ice Cream Social, complete with a Mr. Scott the Music Man performance and The Fun Bus!  This free event is one of our most popular, so please mark your calendars.   We are also opening this event up to the community as an open house.  So, if you know any family that may want to check out The Peppermint Tree for their children, please feel free to invite them to attend.  Remember, we do provide a $25.00 tuition credit for any new family you refer who registers their child to attend Peppermint Tree for the first time.

Please RSVP by emailing, calling or sending in the RSVP form that was sent out previously by email.

Does anyone have a large cooler (or two) we can borrow for the evening of the ice cream social?  Email Miss Val:  Thanks!

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

The children of The Peppermint Tree will have the opportunity to ponder this question as they watch chicks hatch right here at The Peppermint Tree. On Tuesday, May 14th, a farmer will be dropping off an incubator and the eggs, and will give a presentation to the children about the eggs and the chick’s they’ll soon see. We’ll be turning the eggs daily, and watching for the exciting hatching event over the next two weeks. Please stop in and take a peak!!

Mrs. Hamilton’s Class will have A Mother’s Day Tea

On the morning of Thursday, May 9th, at 10:00a.m., Mrs. Hamilton will have her annual Mother’s Day Tea for her class’ Moms.  (or an appointed “Mom for the day”.)  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!

Summer Camp 2013- Register Now!

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)

Registration and Graduation

The last day of our school year is Friday, June 21st.  Our Pre-K Graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, June 17th at the Elks Lodge on Washington Street, at 10:00 a.m.   The Kindergarten children will have their own celebration on the evening of June 12th. More information will be sent home to Pre-K and Kindergarten parents in the coming weeks.

If you have not registered for Summer Camp, then your child’s last day for the school year will be during the week ending June 21.

Our first day of Session #1 of Summer Camp is June 24th, 2013.  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.

Registrations are flowing in from the general public for both the Summer Camp and the Fall 2013 school program. There is limited room for both sessions, 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.

Parent Reminder about June Payment

As a reminder, our 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 21st.  You have benefitted 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.

Those continuing with us for camp also have their Session 1 payment due on June 1st.  Session 1 is only one week, so this is one quarter the monthly rate for Summer Camp.  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.

Attention Kindergarten-To-Be Students:

Toms River Kindergartens are only 2 1/2 hour sessions. As you may know, we offer an enriching Full Day Kindergarten, taught by Mrs. Sullivan, who is an experienced and certified Elementary School teacher.  We are offering this class to ensure our students can absorb all the required concepts, and have hands on science, and other enrichments to provide an education that they enjoy.

If you are in need of full day care, we offer an extension to the Full Day Kindergarten class and we will reserve space for before &/or after public school sessions. This will provide public school children with a half day enrichment program from The Peppermint Tree.  Both Cedar Grove and East Dover schools will transport to us. Please contact the office for more information.

Closed for Memorial Day, May 27th, 2013

The Peppermint Tree will be closed for all students and staff on Monday, May 27th, 2013 in observance of Memorial day.


  • 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. Even our Kindergarteners often do not recognize their own belongings.
  • Send in new seasonal change of clothes for warmer weather.
  • We will be eating lunch outdoors at the picnic tables when ever the weather cooperates. For that reason, we ask that you discontinue sending in items that require microwaving for lunch through the end of the school year.  Thank you!
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