April Newsletter

March 28th, 2018 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.

Our staff will also be participating in the Ocean County Children’s Festival event, Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Toms River Library.  We hope you can attend:  This is a FREE family event that requires no advance registration.  The theme is “Celebrate Families”, and will offer lots of family friendly activities, information and entertainment.  This will also be a great opportunity to view the artwork we, and other preschools in Ocean County, have on display in the library.

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

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

Spring Break:  We will be CLOSED on Friday, March 30th, and we are open for CHILD CARE ONLY for Monday – Friday, April 2nd-6th.

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.  If your child follows the Peppermint Tree calendar, and will NOT be attending next week, kindly let us know so we can plan appropriately.  Thanks, and happy holidays!

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 12th at 2:00 p.m.  They will offer a Free Demo class on Thursday morning 3/29/18 at 9:30 a.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:


FunBus make up date for missed session on 3/22 due to snow:  Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:30 p.m.

Children who signed up for the Winter session of Fun Bus and Spring Soccer Shots will do Fun Bus first at 1:30 p.m., then Soccer Shots at 2:00 p.m.  We had planned for the sessions to not coincide, but the snow day threw us off!

Next Parent Group Meeting: Thursday, April 12th, 6:00 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.  Child Care will be provided, free of charge.

We hope to see lots of parents at our next meeting!  At Peppermint Tree, we value the input of our parents, and want to include as many families as possible as we make plans for our school.  Please RSVP to Miss Val by emailing val@pepperminttree.com or call the office at 732-929-2500.

Mrs. Diver’s Class: Annual Mudfest!  Parents invited – Wednesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (Rain date Thursday, 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 Wednesday is not your regular day to attend, all children who attend on other days are invited to attend the Mudfest with their parents/guardians. (Mrs. Diver will be sending home an invitation to her families soon.)

Free Hearing and Speech/Language Ability Screening Offered  – Friday, April 27th, 9:30 a.m.

On Friday, April 27th, 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 Friday, you are welcome to bring your child in for the assessment.

Summer Camp 2018 –  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)


For kids graduating 1st- 5th grades


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 2018 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). Each year, 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!

Mark Your Calendar!  Open House Ice Cream Social, Monday, May 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. –

Mark your calendar for our Annual Ice Cream Social:  Monday, May 7th, 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!


  • If your child has any other schedule than 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., please be sure to sign your child in and out on our sign in/out sheet every day.  (Children who attend 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  do not need to sign in/out, as they often use “the line” and don’t come into the building.  The teacher takes attendance at 9:00 a.m. each day, to record attendance for these children.)
  • 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” the Pre-School and Pre-K classes 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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