May Newsletter

May 2nd, 2017 No Comments

Dear Parents,

May is here and we’ve got a lot of exciting and memory-making experiences in store for your family!

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

You won’t want to miss being here on Monday evening, May 8th, 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! 

Ice Cream Social 2017 flier

Spring Garden Family Planting Party, Thursday, May 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please join us in launching our vegetable gardens back by the pool and our flower gardens at the front of the school.  Each child will also go home with a planting project.  We will serve a snack (please bring a healthy snack to share!)   If you would like to attend, and did not RSVP for this event previously, just call the office (732) 929-2500 or email miss val:  val@pepperminttree.com

What came first, the chicken or the egg?  Chick Hatching Event starting May 10th!

On Wednesday, May 10th, 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 week and a half.  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!

Mrs. Hamilton’s Class Mother’s Day Tea, Friday May 12th at 10:00 a.m.

Mrs. Hamilton’s Class will have A Mother’s Day Tea On the morning of Friday, May 12th, at 10:00 a.m., Moms, or an appointed “Mom for the day” are invited.   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 let Mrs. Hamilton know if you will be able to attend.  Even if your Preschool child does not attend on Fridays, you are invited to this event.

Mrs. Sullivan’s and Mrs. Diver’s Pre-K Field Trip to see the play, “Pete the Cat”, Wednesday, May 31st

Our Pre-K children have a field trip coming up:  They will be travelling by school bus to the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ to see the play, “Pete the Cat”, by the nationally renowned TheatreWorks theatre company.  Please get your permission slips and payments in! For those attending:  Please be at Peppermint Tree by 8:30 a.m. to get on the bus.  Bus will return by noon.   Family chaperones are welcome on a space available basis.  How exciting!

Mrs. Sullivan’s and Mrs. Diver’s Pre-K End of Year Ceremony-Save the date: Tuesday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the Toms River Elks

Our Pre-K End of Year ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at the Elks Lodge on Washington Street, at 10:00 a.m.    More information will be sent home to Pre-K parents in the coming weeks.  (NOTE to Pre-K parents:  June’s school tuition payment must be made in advance of your child’s “end of year event”, in order for your child to participate.  Your school tuition balance must be at zero in order for your child to participate in the event. )

 End of the School Year

We have not gotten a final schedule from Toms River Schools, but we are thinking that the last day of our school year (Based on snow days) will be Wednesday, June 21st.   If you have not registered for Summer Camp, then your child’s last day for the school year will be June 21st (or before if your child does not attend on a Wednesday).

Our first day of Session #1 of Summer Camp is Monday, June 26th, 2017.  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.  Camp is filling up!

We also offer Mini-Camp for June 22 – June 23.  These days are not included in school or camp Session 1 tuition, and are payed for on a per day basis.  Please let the office know as soon as possible if you would like to enroll your child for the Mini-Camp days, so we can plan our staffing accordingly.

Registrations are flowing in from the general public for both the Summer Camp and the Fall 2017 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.

Summer Camp 2017- Register Now!  Register online or stop into the office for a registration form.

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)

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 20th.  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.  Quarter Day students were required to prepay the June payment, so there will be no payment due in June if you prepaid it.

Those continuing with us for camp 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.  (Camp activities packets are going out this week.)

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.

Closed for Memorial Day, May 29th, 2017

The Peppermint Tree will be closed for all students and staff on Monday, May 29th, 2017 in observance of Memorial day.

Final Parent Group Meeting of the School Year – Thursday, June 1st, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please join us as to celebrate our successes in bringing wonderful family activities to our community.   We would also like to discuss new ideas from parents to consider for next year. All are welcome–even if you have never attended one of our meetings in the past.  Child care is provided free of charge during the meeting.  Please let Miss Val know if you will be attending.

$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 benefiting 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!)

You are Invited to Join the Ocean County Council for Young Children (CCYC): An opportunity for parents/guardians/grandparents to make connections, find resources, solve issues within the community. (A program of the NJ Dept. of Children and Families)

Peppermint Tree has signed on to be a part of our County’s Council for Young Children.  All are welcome!

WHAT IS A COUNTY COUNCIL?  It is a place where parents and community are able to meet to share; offer ideas, take action, and make changes regarding issues in their community. It takes a community to raise a child. Do you want to make a difference in your child’s life? Do you want to impact the life of the children in your community? Do you want your voice to be heard? If so become a parent leader today! Or be part of the council; be involved. Help to make a change.

The next meeting of the CCYC will be Wednesday, May 18th at Noon. at VNA Office 1433 Hooper Ave., 2nd Floor (Suite 230) Toms River, NJ 08753 – Mother’s Luncheon and Discussion. (They also offer evening meetings, if that is more convenient.)  For more information please contact Deidre Krok  at deidre.krok@vnahg.org.

Reminders

  • Children should be wearing SNEAKERS ONLY.  For safety reasons, if children wear sandals or other types of shoes they can not be allowed to climb on our equipment.
  • 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. Children often do not recognize their own belongings.
  • Send in new seasonal change of clothes for warmer weather.
  • Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Diver and  Mrs. Sullivan’s classes will be eating lunch outdoors at the picnic tables when ever the weather cooperates.
  • Don’t forget to keep sending in your BoxTops for Education.  We will continue collecting them all summer and next Fall.  We just received a check for $72.00 for the BoxTops we all collected this year. We will be spending those funds on new outdoor items for the playground.  Thank you!  And, a BIG THANK YOU goes out to Joanne Engo who has graciously been managing our BoxTops program for us.
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