December Newsletter

December 6th, 2015 No Comments

Dear Parents,

I hope all of our families and staff had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families.   I want to thank all those who joined us for our Thanksgiving Feast on November 20th.  We had over 60 family members and staff celebrating together, and so many of you were generous in sharing a food item for the feast, and/or donating non-perishable foods for the “Your Grandmother’s Cupboard” organization.  What a fabulous community we have!

We’ve got an exciting month in December, including a Holiday Shop for the children, and the Pre-K Class Sing Along.   And, during our first week we have already had Pajama Days to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as a Pajama Night, Friday evening 12/4.  As a reminder, you can always check our event calendar on our website, by going to, and clicking the “Events” menu at the top/right.  

Peppermint Tree Secret Holiday Gift Shop, December 7-11 , 2015

During the week of 12/7/15, please be sure your child comes to school with their shopping list (paper was sent home) and a little spending money to participate in our “Peppermint Tree Secret Holiday Workshop”. The shop will be open (in our school office) all week to allow the children to pick out inexpensive gifts for their immediate family and pets. We sent home the notice and shopping list in your child’s backpack during the first week of December.

This 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 purchase a quantity of small, inexpensive gifts suitable for immediate family members, grandparents and dog and/or cat pets, ranging in price from $0.25 – $1.50 each. 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 the children.

If you have extra clean plastic grocery bags, please send some in, as we use these to send home all the wrapped gifts from the shop.

Pre-K Class Sing Along – Wednesday, December 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Mrs. Sullivan’s Pre-K class will be holding a holiday sing along event for the children and parents of that class. Please mark your calendars and you should have received an invitation in your Pre-K child’s backpack.  (This is for Mrs. Sullivan’s Pre-K class only.)

Annual Flu Shots – Please send in updated immunization record by 12/31/15.  The Health Department requires the annual Flu shot for all children in Preschool, under the age of 5.  

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.  As an alternative to visiting your child’s pediatrician for the Flu vaccine, you can visit the website for the Ocean County Health Department to find out when they are giving flu shots.  There is a lot of good health related information on their website as well.  Please note, the Ocean County Health Department audits our student records for immunizations.  They have already visited once this year to audit our records and will return for  Flu shot compliance.

 Our Next Strengthening Families Meeting will be Tuesday, January 12th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Please join us–all parents and guardians are welcome!  This is your opportunity to meet with the Director and other parents, and help us plan activities for our families.  (Child Care will be provided, free of charge.)

(We are taking a break from meeting in December, as I know everyone is so busy for the holidays.  As always, feel free to contact me if there are any questions, in the meantime.)

Calendar Notes

We will be CLOSED on Thursday 12/24, Friday 12/25 and Friday, January 1 for the holidays.  We will be open for child care only during the rest of the winter break, Monday, December 28th through Thursday December 31st. If your child follows our Peppermint Tree calendar, the child care days are included in your monthly tuition. If your child follows the Toms River Schools 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 “Storm Watch” and change our outgoing phone message. We make every effort to be open, however the safety of our staff and families is 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 inclement weather closings.  As a reminder, we have built three snow days into our school calendar this year.

For safety on the playground: Please no hats with long scarves attached.

We do not allow scarves at all on the playground, as they are hazardous on playground equipment. (Can get caught in the swings, or wrapped around a child’s neck.) Thanks for your understanding.

Parent Reminders:

  • Label Everything. If an item is not labeled, we may label it for you. This includes lunchboxes, jackets, sweaters, mittens, hats!
  • 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.
  • Please drive SLOWLY in our driveway.  Thanks!
  • Please do not park your car at the end of our driveway, as it is too narrow to accommodate parked cars and two way traffic.  Park further back in our driveway, or in our marked parking spaces,  or on the street, avoiding the yellow curb area.


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