February Newsletter

February 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Dear Families,

IT IS TIME… to register now for the 2020 – 2021 school year, and for Summer Camp 2020.  We are accepting registrations for both programs NOW!

Registrations for the 2020-2021 School Year and Summer Camp 2020 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.  Some camp groups are already full or very close to full!

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 is now posted on our website, 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. 7  @ 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Pajama Club/Parents Night Out – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT WITH A WAIT LIST!

Children wear PJ’s and eat pizza, watch movies and enjoy “Pirate’s Booty” while parents get a chance to go out!  $4.00 per child.   If you have already RSVP’d and your child can not make it, please let us know, so we can allow a child from the wait list to attend.  

Join us at our next Parent Group Meeting: Monday, February 10, at 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 event we are planning is “First Responders Night” on March 24th (We have police canines, firs truck and ambulance scheduled to show all the families).   Please join us at our meeting on Monday, 2/10 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.!  Child Care is offered free of charge during the meeting.

Mrs. Hamilton’s Preschool Class – Parents Invited for Valentines Event, Friday, 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 17th (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 2/17 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 2/17, if they attend on Mondays,  so no need to arrange in advance for those families.  If your child follows the Peppermint Tree calendar, and will NOT be attending on 2/17/2020, kindly let us know so we can plan accordingly.

Dental Hygienist will be visiting our classrooms on Wednesday, 2/26 and Thursday 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, March 24 @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m: First Responders Night (Presented by our parent group)
  • Saturday, April 4 – Watch for details about the Ocean County Children’s Festival to be held at the Toms River Library, to include a children’s art show we will participate in.
  •  Monday, May 4th @ 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Peppermint Tree Ice Cream Social (Mr. Scott the Music Man along with make your own Ice Cream Sundaes)
  • Tuesday, June 9th @ 10:00 a.m. Pre-K End of Year Ceremony (For those moving on to Kindergarten) Held at the Elks Club on Washington Street.  Graduating Pre-K families are invited.  More information to follow for those 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 previously, 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 download the BoxTops App and select “Peppermint Tree”, and scan your grocery receipts.   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:

  • 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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