February Newsletter

February 1st, 2019 No Comments

Dear Families,

IT IS TIME… to register now for the 2019 – 2020 school year, and for Summer Camp 2019.  We are accepting registrations for both programs NOW!

Registrations for the 2019-2020 School Year and Summer Camp 2019 are now flowing into the office from current families and we have now opened registration to the public for both programs.   Now that we have opened registration to the public, we can no longer guarantee your child a place for camp or school next Fall until we receive your registration and fee.  It is first come first serve, and space is limited.

Please fill out your child’s registration form either on paper & hand in to your child’s teacher, or on-line at our website: https://www.pepperminttree.com/registration/, and send in the $125.00 family registration fee for school and $75 for camp as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a spot for your child at Peppermint Tree next Fall and/or camp.

As always, if you have any questions about the programs we are offering, please call (732) 929-2500.

Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed.

Announcing: The Summer Camp Activities calendar will be posted on our website by 2/4/19, and was emailed to all our current families:

Check out the calendar to see all the visitors, trips, activities and themes we have planned.  Plan out your summer now!  Last summer we were booked completely full for Summer Camp.  We expect the same this year, as we were voted “Best of the Best” Summer Camp in Ocean County, and our 4-star rating with Grow NJ Kids!

https://www.pepperminttree.com/our-summer-program/      (scroll all the way down)

And, as a reminder, you can either register online at the below link or by returning the form we recently sent home.  


Just to clarify, The same form is used for school and camp-but we need a separate registration and fee for your child for camp and school. 

If you prefer the paper form, we sent home a paper Summer camp application in the last weeks. The Peppermint Tree Summer Camp program is available to children who are 2.5 years old through fifth grade graduates.  We are planning lots of fun trips and activities, so we hope you will join us.  Our Camp Director is Mrs. Carol Sullivan.

Because of our swimming pools and active summer camp calendar, we do attract many children who attend other centers during the school year –so save a spot for your child NOW!

We are offering:

School Agers Camp:   For kids graduating 1st – 5th grades

Junior Camp:  For kids 2.5 years through Kindergarten graduates

Both camps offer plenty of choices for everyone, fun for all!


  • Enriching and entertaining visitors
  • Swimming daily in our on-site pools (weather permitting)
  • Field Trips (optional)
  • Arts & Crafts, nature, ball games
  • Scavenger hunts & more!

$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!

A Note about Valentines at Peppermint Tree

Your teacher may send out a separate notice about special activities in each classroom, however, as a rule, at Peppermint Tree we would like to ask:   If you are sending in Valentines cards or treats for children in your child’s class-please do not address them to any specific child.  They can certainly say who it is “From” -but please leave the “To” field (and the outside of the envelope) blank.  This will make them easier to distribute, and we can assure no child is left out.    Thanks!  We would also like to remind you that we are working hard to teach the children about healthy eating, so we encourage you to send in only nutritious treats (or non-food surprises), if you choose to send in something for Valentine’s Day.

Friday, Feb. 8  @ 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Pajama Club/Parents Night Out

Children wear PJ’s and eat pizza, watch movies and enjoy “Pirate’s Booty” while parents get a chance to go out!  $3.00 per child. (This event is ALMOST FULL, but we will create a wait list once it is full. RSVP required.)

Sunday, February 10 @ 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  – Don’t miss the “All About Kids Fair” at Ocean County Mall – Peppermint Tree is a co-sponsor, we will be providing an art activity at our table AND…Mr. Scott the Music Man will be performing at 11:45 a.m.

Hope to see many of our Peppermint Tree friends there!  Here is a link to the event, to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/300763793882663/

Mrs. Hamilton’s Preschool Class – Parents Invited for Valentines Event, Thursday, Feb 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Parents are invited to an in-class party to celebrate the holiday of love!  Please RSVP to Mrs. Hamilton.

Toms River School Holiday in February: Monday, February 18th (President’s Day)

Just a reminder that we do not hold our regular classes when Toms River Schools are closed, however we do provide child care.  Those children who follow the Toms River Schools calendar with us are not expected to attend on these days.  However, if you need care, you may arrange with the office to add 2/18 to your child’s schedule on a space available basis.  Those children who follow our full Peppermint Tree Calendar will be on our list to attend on 2/18, if they attend on Mondays,  so no need to arrange in advance for those families.

Join us at our next Parent Group Meeting: Tuesday, February 19, 6:00 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m. Child Care Provided

This is YOUR parents group–a monthly meeting open to all parents/guardians and staff, where we discuss what you would like us to offer to families, and to plan events for our community.    It’s also a chance to meet with Miss Val to let her know how Peppermint Tree can best meet your family’s needs.  The next events we are planning are “Rhythm & Arithmetic: A Night of Music and Math Games” on February 26th, and a “Family Luau Party” for our families in March.  Please join us!  Child Care is offered free of charge during the meeting.

Dental Hygienist will be visiting our classrooms on Tuesday, 2/26 and Wednesday 2/27 at 9:30 a.m.

We have arranged for a Dental Hygienist to come in to provide a special lesson on taking care of our teeth.  The children will learn about brushing, flossing and eating healthy foods.


  • Tuesday, February 26th @ 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Family Fun Night –  “Rhythm and Arithmetic: A Night of Music and Math Games”(Presented by our Parent group. Details to follow very soon.)
  • Friday, March 29 @ 6:30 – 8:00 p.m: Family Luau Party (Presented by our parent group)
  •  Monday, May 6th @ 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Peppermint Tree Ice Cream Social (Mr. Scott the Music and The Fun Bus, along with make your own Ice Cream Sundaes)
  • Tuesday, June 11th @ 10:00 a.m. Pre-K End of Year Ceremony Held at the Elks Club on Washington Street.  Pre-K families are invited.  More information to follow for Pre-K families.

Peppermint Tree is a proud of our 4-star rating in the state’s Grow NJ Kids Quality Rating and Improvement System!


We were awarded this distinction last year, but I wanted to remind our families about it.  The extensive rating process is a confirmation that we are offering the very best early care and education to our families.   From curriculum to health and safety to procedures, classroom materials and teacher qualifications – all has been closely examined based on high quality standards.  We prepared for three years, and our quality improvement process is an ongoing effort – giving you, our families, the assurance that your child is experiencing a high quality early education foundation in a nurturing and engaging environment.

 Winter Weather Reminder

If the Toms River schools are closed due to snow, our children who follow the TR calendar DO NOT HAVE SCHOOL.  We will announce our delays and closings on our website www.pepperminttree.com, via email and text, our phone message, and on njstormwatch.com (which is a service of WOBM and other media outlets.)

If Toms River Schools have a delayed opening or are closed, we will automatically have an 8:30 opening at the earliest (and not 7:00 a.m.).  This will allow the street plowing and sanding to occur before our staff and families hit the road for the morning.  This will also give us time to assess the weather and road conditions to determine if we can open or if we will have to close for the day.

Boxtops for Education

Boxtops for Education:  Please keep collecting and turning in to your child’s teacher the pink “Box Tops for Education” from grocery items.  The funds raised from this simple activity helps us buy extra books and other items needed for the children!  Thank you to Kristen Bernstein for managing our BoxTops program.

Parent Reminders:

  • 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”).
  • Label all pieces of clothing,  backpacks and lunch boxes.
  •  Please be sure your child has a warm coat, mittens and a hat so they stay warm while we play outdoors.  We play outside as long as it is not precipitating and the temperature is 32 degrees or higher.
  • 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.
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