November Newsletter

November 8th, 2020 No Comments

Dear Families,

In November, we will be focusing on what we are thankful for.  Each classroom will be discussing this with the children, and creating artwork to express the children’s thoughts about what they are thankful for.    We will be sponsoring a page on the Toms River Macaroni Kid website, all about what we have to be thankful for, and we will be submitting our children’s work to display on their web page.   We will use first names only to identify the artwork by each child.  Some classrooms may decide to do a group project.  Plans are in the works.   Please let the office know if you do NOT want your child to participate in this.  They would still do the art project in class, but we would leave them out of the submission to Toms River Macaroni Kid.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. We are thankful for our Peppermint Tree families!


“Miss Val”

Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed.


We are launching a Fundraiser, starting Monday November 9th.  Please look out for the flier in your child’s backpack and we also sent out an email.

This is a completely virtual fundraiser – with a variety of items you can purchase to fill your holiday gift list, food items, etc.  All orders are placed online, and shipped to you.  You are also able to share a special link with your friends and family who may live far away – to ask for their support.  We will use the proceeds to purchase classroom and playground materials.  We are asking for your support!

Due to the Covid restrictions, our class sizes are smaller, but our costs are higher.  We are finding we need a lot of new items because we are washing and sanitizing materials twice a day, so they are wearing and fading quickly.   Also, many items had to be removed from the classrooms if they could not be easily sanitized, so we would like to replace those.  We are also providing individual art supplies per child, to limit sharing.  All of these factors are increasing our costs – so we are hoping you all can help us out with this fundraiser.

Mr. Scott the Music Man will be visiting again on the morning of  Wednesday, November 11th (weather permitting)

The children just love when Mr. Scott  comes to lead them in energetic and interactive music and movement.  He will perform for each class separately, outdoors.   He will wear a mask and will be 6 feet or more away from the children.   If the weather is not conducive, we will re-schedule.

Food Drive for Local Families in Need  

Please consider donating non-perishable food items (No Glass please), please also tell your child about your donation, we will collect the items from you right at drop off.   The food drive ends on November 20th.   Thank you for contributing to our community, and helping us to teach our children about the importance of giving to those in need.  (We donate to the Toms River non-profit organization, “Your Grandmother’s Cupboard”, that distributes food to local needy families.)

We will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday and Friday, November 26th & 27th. No classes or child care offered.

Enjoy yourselves!!

Our next Parent Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11/18, at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

We would like to discuss the workshops for parents that we are planning and any other activities and services we can provide our community.  It’s a chance to connect with each other and help to make Peppermint Tree the warm and nurturing community that we all want for our children.  The Zoom link will be sent out when the date gets closer.  Please mark your calendar now.

Has your child had a flu shot yet this season?

All children under the age of five MUST get a Flu shot before December 31 each school year. Please send in the updated immunization record after the shot is given.  The Ocean County Health Department inspects our records each year, so we must have the updated record for each child.

Inclement Weather

In case of snowy or icy conditions, please check for a text from us through the Remind system, or check our website announcement on the home page, or your email box for updates about school opening on these days. We also provide this information to WOBM radio “Storm Watch” program and change our outgoing phone message. We make every effort to be open, however the safety of our staff and families are our first concern. As a guideline, if The Toms River Public Schools have a delayed opening or are closed due to inclement weather, the earliest we will open is 8:30 a.m. This will give us time to get our driveway and walkways plowed, salted and sanded and determine if we will delay further or have to close for the day. There are no refunds or credits for inclement weather closings.  Toms River Schools has not built in extra snow days, so we also have not.    There is room in the calendar to extend one day at the end of the year for a snow day.  There will be no additional make-ups for snow days if there are more than one.

Parent Reminders:

  • Please complete the online Daily Health Screening Questions each morning before arrival.  Please use your child’s first and last name.
  • Check backpacks daily for information from the office or your child’s teacher and art projects from your child.
  • Label everything, especially backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets and sweatshirts!
  • Please change the  extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack for the cooler weather. We play outside every day as long as it is not raining or snowing or below 32 degrees F.
  • Please download the BoxTops App onto your phone, select Peppermint Tree as your school,  and scan your Grocery Store, Target, BJ’s, and Costco  receipts.  Peppermint Tree receives funds for school materials through this program.   (This replaces the clipping of “BoxTops” from boxes and labels. )

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