March Newsletter

February 27th, 2018 No Comments

Dear Parents,

March is a super busy month at the Peppermint Tree, from start to finish!   In addition to our monthly visit from Mr. Scott the Music Man on March 20th, The Ocean County Library Storyteller will be visiting on  Thursday, March 1st.   We are also offering the Ocean County Sherrif Department’s Child ID Program.  They will be here the mornings of Monday, 3/12 & Tuesday, 3/13 making the ID’s.  If your child does not attend on a Monday or Tuesday, you may bring them in at 9:30 to get an ID made.

We also have an exciting free family event:  “Family Luau Party”, coming on Friday evening, March 23rd, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Parents, siblings and students are all invited to attend this FREE event.  There will be dancing, a craft, games and refreshments.  It’s going to be super fun night!  Please RSVP.  We hope you’ll join us!

We will also be having Egg Hunts and Egg Dyeing in all classrooms March 26th-29th.  This will be a fun week!  We are asking families to send in a special healthy snack to share with the class that week, to add to the fun.   

No classes Wednesday, March 7th – Toms River Schools are closed.  We are offering Child Care only.

Toms River Schools are closed on Wednesday, March 7th, so, as per our calendar, we are not offering our classes that day.  We will offer child care, and expect the children following the Peppermint Tree Calendar to attend.  If your child follows the Toms River Schools calendar, and you need child care, please notify the office right away, so we can add your child, for an additional fee.

We are CLOSED on Friday, March 30th (no classes or child care).  Spring Break is April 2 – 6.  No classes, child care only.

We are CLOSED for Good Friday on March 3oth, and are not offering classes or child care.  During Spring Break, April 2 – 6, we will offer child care, and expect the children following the Peppermint Tree Calendar to attend.  If your child follows the Toms River Schools calendar, and you need child care, please notify the office right away, so we can add your child, for an additional fee.

SIGN UP NOW!  Soccer Shots is returning to Peppermint Tree for a Spring Soccer Session – the new session will start on Thursday, April 12th at 2:00 p.m.

This is an optional activity you may choose to sign your child up for.  Many children enjoy this class: 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 on Soccer Shots and to register, go to:

Registration for Summer Camp 2018 and Fall 2018 School Year are now in Full Swing 

We are now accepting both summer camp and school year 2018-2019 registrations from the general public, and we are doing a bit of advertising for this, as well.  If you have not yet registered your child, please do so as soon as possible, so we can be sure to save you a spot, for the schedule you need.  With our on-site swimming pools and extensive activities, our summer camp tends to fill quickly.  You can register quite easily, for both Fall and Summer, on-line at our secure website: or by filling out the paper application we sent home recently.

Please keep in mind that there is a $125.00 family registration fee to reserve your spot for the 2018-19 school year and a $75.00 family registration fee for Summer Camp.  A separate fee is required for each session, however, one fee covers all children in your family for that session.  We need a separate application form filled out for each child.  We also offer online payment for the Registration Fee and  for tuition as well, via PayPal.    See our website (any page but the home page) for the button to “click” on to pay us via PayPal.   If you have any questions, just call us at 732-929-2500.

A quick reminder about Summer Camp tuition:  The first payment for summer camp is due on June 1, as is your last payment for school tuition (unless you get your security deposit applied).  Some families choose to begin paying for Summer Camp in advance by making partial payments to offset the extra tuition due in June.  We will gladly work out a payment plan that will work for you.  Just call the office.

$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 benfitting 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!

Join the Summer Fun at Peppermint Tree Summer Camp!

We have so much to offer with field trips, daily themes, swimming pools, swim lessons, and visitors: there is non-stop action and choices to keep your child active and happy all summer long.  We offer three, three-week sessions.  Your child can attend 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week.   If you haven’t yet tried our summer camp, why don’t you sign your child up for at least Session 1, to see how they like it?   There is a full description and a full calendar of events at:   Join Us!!!

Additional Upcoming Events in April & May – Mark your calendars!

  • Budding Artists Gallery –  at Toms River Library (all through the month of April) We will be submitting artwork from our students for this art show-more details to come.
  • Ocean County Children’s Festival “Celebrate Families”: Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.,  at Toms River Library– mark your calendars!  This will be a fabulous free family event including music, crafts, story reading, and more.   This event is in celebration of the National “Week of the Young Child”.
  • Open House Ice Cream Social, Monday, May 7th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.– Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes, Mr Scott the Music Man and The Fun Bus!

Our next Parent Group Meeting will be held Thursday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Child Care is provided at no charge.  Please RSVP for the meeting.

Please consider joining us!  All parents/guardians and staff are welcome to help us plan events and activities that benefit The Peppermint Tree children and families.   Come and meet your fellow Peppermint Tree parents and help us continue to bring great experiences to our kids and families.

Parent Notes

  • Sign your child in and out: If you come in to drop off or pick up your child, PLEASE sign your child in and out each day.  The state requires our accurate records for attendance and drop off and pick up timing, and this is also for your child’s protection that we have an accurate system knowing when they are dropped off and picked up.  THANK YOU!  (This does not apply to parents who drop off and pick up on “the line”).
  • If you bring your child into the building or pick up from the front door, do not park at the end of the driveway.  There is not enough room to accommodate your car and another pulling in, and we do not want your car to be accidentally hit by someone swinging into the driveway.   If you are coming to the front door, you may park on the street either before or after the yellow curb, or in our driveway, behind the front edge of the building.  Do not park next to the front lawn.  Thank you!
  • When entering and exiting the school with your child please hold your child by the hand.  We have a very busy driveway and parking lot, and Partridge Street is also quite a busy street.
  • Afternoon Snack:  Many full day children come to the end of the day and find they have nothing left in their lunch box by the 2:00 p.m. snack time, and the 5;00 p.m. snack time.  (4:00 p.m. for school aged children).  Please send in a labeled snack meant for the afternoon, or two afternoon snacks if your child is here after 5:00 p.m.  Label it “Afternoon Snack”.  Please remember that a healthy snack includes two food groups, so whole grain crackers and peanut butter, or apple slices and cheese, for example would constitute a healthy and complete snack.
  • Send in your “Boxtops for Education”!!! Thanks to parent volunteer Kristen Bernstein for managing this program for Peppermint Tree.

Thank you!  And let’s have a wonderful March together!


Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed.


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