November Newsletter

November 2nd, 2015 No Comments

Dear Families,

The children had a blast with their grandparents (or “grandparents for a day”) at the Pumpkin Picking Hayride and with their families at the Halloween Parade last week.  The weather was beautiful, and we were so thrilled to see so many families join us!  What a great community of families we have!

And, we have another special event for families coming up, and we hope you will continue to participate! Please mark your calendars for our Multicultural Feast, scheduled for Friday, November 20th at 6:00 p.m. 

To assure we plan accordingly, please RSVP for this event either by sending back the form that is being emailed to all families or by the paper form that will be sent home, or simply email me with the number of adults and children that will attend. Email me at . We want to make sure we are prepared! This will be a “Potluck” Multicultural Feast, so please consider bringing one of your favorite family dishes to share. We are also emailing a list of suggested items, and what people are already bringing. If you can bring anything that is still “blank” under “Family Bringing” please let me know and we will add you to our list.  We are hoping to make this a truly multicultural feast, so, if you have a favorite dish that is not listed, please bring it! We appreciate your participation! This is a FREE event for your entire family, and you are welcome to attend whether you are able to bring anything or not.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. We are thankful for our Peppermint Tree families!


“Miss Val”

Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed.


School Portrait packages have been sent home – Please return the photos or payment ASAP.  

Make portrait payment out to: Slayton Studios.  Thank you!

Food Drive at Peppermint Tree  

Please consider donating non-perishable food items (No Glass please), please also tell your child about your donation, and allow them to place the food in the box that will be in our side hallway. The food drive ends on November 20th, the day of our Thanksgiving Feast. You may bring your donations to the feast, also (remember: no glass). Thank you for contributing to our community, and helping us to teach our children about the importance of giving to those in need.

Toms River Schools are closed Mon-Friday, November 2-6.

We will NOT be holding classes on these days, however we will be providing child care. For those of you who are registered for our Peppermint Tree calendar, we are open and we will be expecting your child to attend. But please be advised that every teacher does not work every holiday. We also do not use every classroom. Please prepare your child for these changes. Please use the front door for entrance in the morning.

If you follow the Toms River calendar or attend 9:00 – 11:30 (quarter day) we will not be expecting your child. But, if you need child care on these days please call the office and we can arrange to care for your child. You will be billed for the care on a per day basis.

We will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday and Friday, November 26th & 27th. No classes or child care offered.

Enjoy yourselves!!

Pre-K (Mrs. Sullivan’s) Class Field Trip to Johnson’s Corner Farm Thursday, 11/12, 9:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  PLEASE SEND IN PERMISSION SLIP AND PAYMENT ASAP.

Permission slips were sent home to children in the Pre-K class. The children will be picking sweet potatoes and corn, and will see how a real farm operates. It is an enriching experience. Children must bring a brown bag lunch. Permission slip must be returned for participation. All Pre-K children are invited to attend the field trip, whether they normally attend on Thursday or not. Children are not required to attend and there will be a regular session at school for those who do not attend the field trip.  Parents are welcome to chaperone.

Our next Strengthening Families Meeting will be held on Thursday, 11/12, at 6:00 p.m.

We will be making final plans for the Multicultural Feast on 11/20 and planning more family fun events for the rest of the school year. All parents/guardians and staff are welcome to attend. There is no charge for child care during this one hour meeting. Join us! The meetings are a fun and informal way to get to know other parents and the staff.  Please RSVP for the meeting and child care by emailing:

Has your child had a flu shot yet this season?

All children under the age of five MUST get a Flu shot before December 31 each school year. Please send in the updated immunization record after the shot is given.  The Ocean County Health Department inspects our records each year, so we must have the updated record for each child.

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” program and change our outgoing phone message. We make every effort to be 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 inclement weather closings, we have built three snow days into our schedule this year.  Consistent with Toms River Schools’ policy, if we are closed more days than three days for inclement weather, we will offer make up days.  If we don’t use them, the three snow days built into the schedule will be taken away from the end of the school year so in total we offer 180 school days for Mon-Fri children following the Toms River Schools calendar.

Student and  Family Contact List

Our parent volunteers will be creating a family contact list for each class, so you can make play dates, etc.   Please complete the contact form being emailed to families and send it in to your child’s teacher, if you would like your information to be included on the list.  To protect your privacy, we do not share your contact information without your permission.

Parent Reminders:

  • Check backpacks daily for information from the office or your child’s teacher and art projects from your child.
  • Label everything, especially backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets and sweatshirts!
  • Please send in an extra set of clothes for the cooler weather. We play outside every day as long as it is not raining or snowing or below 32 degrees F.
  • Please collect and send in “BOXTOPS for Education” (the pink squares on many grocery products).  Peppermint Tree receives funds for school materials through this program.  Thank you to parent volunteer, Joanne Engo, for coordinating this project for us!
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