April Newsletter

April 1st, 2017 No Comments

Dear Parents,

April is here and we are “Springing” into action at The Peppermint Tree, both in the classrooms, and in our community!  We are participating in “The Budding Artists” art show at The Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch which will be on display all month.  We will be putting up the last few pieces of art during the first week of the month, and will send a note home to let you know if your child’s art is hanging in the show.

Our staff will also be participating in the STEAM Into School Readiness event, Saturday, April 29th, 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. at Hooper Avenue Elementary School, Toms River.  We hope you can attend:  This is a FREE family event that includes FREE breakfast at 9:30 a.m., and then the event begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. with a brief video for families then a fun STEAM activity (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) to do together.  Mr. Scott the Music Man will be performing for the kids, and the parents will get information on School Readiness.  It will be a GREAT morning!  RSVP to the email address: schoolready429@gmail.com to get extra door prize tickets!

Also—mark your calendars…we are planning a “Family Planting Party”on Thursday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m. to launch our spring gardens.  More details to follow.

We hope your family can join us for these wonderful family fun opportunities!

Sincerely, Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS.Ed. Owner/Director

Special Snack Request for the week of April 3rd

The children will be having fun during the week of April 3rd,  dying eggs and having egg hunts.  We would like to offer a special morning snack each day that week.  We are asking families to send in a healthy/nutritious snack to share with the class. If everyone brings in enough for a few children, we will be able to offer variety to all.  Thank you!  Here are some suggestions:

  • Individual applesauce or fruit cups (mandarin oranges, fruit salad, pears, etc. in juice)
  • Graham crackers
  • Whole grain goldfish
  • Diced fresh fruit
  • Veggies cut small
  • Cheese cubes or cheese sticks

Soccer Shots is returning to Peppermint Tree for a Spring Soccer Session –Don’t forget to sign your child up!  Go to the web link below and click on “Enroll at a Site”.  First Class is Thursday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m.

This is an optional activity (Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.) you may choose to sign your child up for.  Many children have enjoyed this class over the years: children learn soccer skills, as well as a lesson on character during each class.  The classes offer a fun, non-competitive atmosphere.  Classes are taught outdoors by a soccer coach from “Soccer Shots” on The Peppermint Tree grounds.     For more information and to register for Soccer Shots, go to:

http://www.soccershots.org/oceancounty/

Spring Break:  We will be open for CHILD CARE ONLY for Monday – Thursday, April 10-13 and Monday, April 17 and CLOSED on Friday, April 14.

As a reminder, when we are open for “child care only”, we are expecting only those children who follow  the “Peppermint Tree” calendar.    If your child follows the Toms River School system calendar, and you need child care during the Spring break,   please call the office so we can add the day(s) needed to your child’s schedule, on a space available basis.

Free Hearing and Speech/Language Ability Screening Offered  – Wednesday, April 19th, 9:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, April 19th, we will have a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist from Children’s Specialized Hospital here at Peppermint Tree, beginning at 9:30 a.m. to perform Hearing and Speech /Language ability assessments.  A permission slip is being sent home.  We ask that all families return it to let us know whether or not you want the screening, that way we know you have seen it and considered this opportunity.  If your child does not attend on a Wednesday, you are welcome to bring your child in for the assessment.

Mrs. Diver’s Class: Annual Mudfest!  Parents invited – Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Rain date Wednesday, April 26)

Parents/Guardians in Mrs. Diver’s Class:  You won’t want to miss this fun opportunity to engage in a variety of activities with your child—all around the theme of mud!  Please respond to Mrs. Diver to let her know if you are able to attend.  Even if Tuesday is not your regular day to attend, all children who attend on other days are invited to attend the Mudfest with their parents/guardians.

Summer Camp 2017 –  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! Our Camp Director is Mrs. Carol Sullivan.

We are offering an energetic and varied program including daily activities such as:

  • Arts & crafts
  • Ball games, & scavenger hunts
  • Field Trips
  • Enriching & Entertaining Visitors
  • Swimming daily in our on-site pool (weather permitting)

SCHOOL-AGERS CAMP:

For kids graduating 1st- 5th grades

JUNIOR CAMP:

For kids 2½ years through Kindergarten graduates Plenty of choices for everyone, fun for all!

Before and After School Enrichment Program

Both Cedar Grove and East Dover Elementary schools will transport to us, and we provide an engaging, social, creative and fun program for school age children before and after school. Please contact the office for more information.

Registration for School Year and Camp–save your child’s spot!

Registration is continuing for both the Summer Camp and the Fall 2017 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.

$25.00 Referral Tuition Credit – for each family you refer to Peppermint Tree (once they register)

“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!)

Open House Ice Cream Social, Monday, May 8th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Mark Your Calendar!

Mark your calendar for our Annual Ice Cream Social:  Monday, May 8th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  This is a FREE family event, and you may invite friends as well, as it is an “Open House” event.   Mr. Scott the Music Man will be performing and The Fun Bus will also be here for everyone to experience!  And, of course…make your own ice cream sundaes!  Don’t miss it!  You can invite friends—especially those who may wish to send their children to The Peppermint Tree for school or camp!

Reminders:

  • New session is starting for Lunch time milk, from now through the end of the school year.  Be sure to sign up!
  • 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.
  • Send in new seasonal change of clothes for warmer weather.  Dressing in layers is helpful with the changeable Spring weather.
  • Please remember that the children need to wear sneakers to school in order to be allowed to play on the climbing equipment on the playground.
  • When we come back from “Spring Break” we will be eating lunch outdoors at the picnic tables, when ever the weather cooperates.  If your child eats warm food for lunch, please send it in a thermos.  Thank you!
  • Send in your “BoxTops for Education”  Thanks!
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