May Newsletter

April 30th, 2014 No Comments

Dear Parents,

May is here and we’ve got a lot of exciting and memory-making experiences in store for your family!  We are starting the month with finishing up our flower planting at The Peppermint Tree.  The children are so proud of their efforts, so please take a moment to tell your child that you noticed how hard they worked, and how nice our flowers look in the front yard of the school.

Open House Ice Cream Social, Monday, May 5th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

You won’t want to miss being here on Monday evening, May 5th, 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! 

What came first, the chicken or the egg?  Chick Hatching Event starting May 13th!

On Tuesday,  May 13th, 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 two weeks.  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!

Square1 Art Fundraiser – Orders Due May 7th-Thank you for your support!

I hope you like this concept for our final fundraiser for the year.  It allows us to celebrate and cherish the children’s artwork!   Please consider placing an order, as the funds will go toward new outdoor supplies for the children.  You can order online or by completing the form sent home with your child’s personalized stickers.   To order online, you’ll need the unique code from your child’s brochure sent home.  Make payment to: Square1 Art.

Mrs. Diver’s Class will have a fun “MUDFEST”!

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 7th & 8th, all families in Mrs. Diver’s class are welcome at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy various “mud” related activities with their children.  Please send in the RSVP form sent home to let Mrs. Diver know how many people from your family are attending.

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

On the morning of Thursday, May 8th, at 10:00 a.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!   Please send in the RSVP form sent home to let Mrs. Hamilton know if you will be able to attend.

Summer Camp 2014- 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 Thursday, June 19th.  Our Pre-K Graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, June 16th 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 11th at Peppermint Tree. More information will be sent home to Pre-K and Kindergarten parents in the coming weeks.  (NOTE: Pre-K and Kindergarten parents:  June’s school tuition payment must be made in advance of your child’s “graduation event”, in order for your child to participate.  Your school tuition balance must be at zero in order for your child to participate in graduation. )

If you have not registered for Summer Camp, then your child’s last day for the school year will be June 19th. (As a reminder, all children are welcome on both Wednesday June 18 & Thursday June 19, regardless of usual days in their schedule, as these are make up days for all.)

Our first day of Session #1 of Summer Camp is June 23rd, 2014.  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 2014 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.

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 19th.  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.

Those continuing with us for camp also 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.

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.

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 26th, 2014

The Peppermint Tree will be closed for all students and staff on Monday, May 26th, 2014 in observance of Memorial day.

$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 benfitting 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 have one current family who has earned $100.00 in credits! (Thank you!  You know who you are!)

Girl’s Leadership Institute – Update on the program being offered for Kindergarten & 1st grade girls

Peppermint Tree is proud to be offering the first ever program of it’s kind in Ocean County.  The program is called “Tools for Sunny and Cloudy Days With Friends”, and it is teaching our young girls how to work through relationship challenges and to strive for a healthy balance in our relations with others.  Each girl attends with a parent and they role play and play games while learning important life skills. From the sounds of the giggles and exuberant talking I heard from the room during the first class, held last week, the group seems to be very engaged and enjoying the experience.   This program is running on Wednesday evenings here at Peppermint Tree through May 14th.

Reminders

  • 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.  (Except Mrs. Foley’s class and Kindergarten)
  • Don’t forget to keep sending in your BoxTops for Education.  We will continue collecting them all summer and next Fall.  We will be receiving a check for over $270.00 soon for the BoxTops we all collected this year. Thank you!

 

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