December Newsletter

November 29th, 2021 No Comments

Dear Families,

What a fabulous community we have!  I want to thank all those who donated non-perishable foods for the “Your Grandmother’s Cupboard” organization.  I also want to thank all of you who participated in our playground fundraiser.  This is such a big help to us, to offset the cost of a new “Apparatus”!

During the month of December we will be focusing on the spirit of giving, and, clearly the children have great examples of this in our wonderful families.

We’ve got an exciting month in December, including a Holiday Shop (by catalog) for the children, and, during our first week we have Pajama Days to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Each classroom will celebrate the holiday season throughout the month, participating in the holiday shop, making wrapping paper, learning holiday songs, making crafts, gifts for family, and reading seasonal stories. 

Pajama Days for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS): Thursday, December 2nd & Friday December 3rd

Children wear their pajamas to school on 12/2 & 12/3 in honor of children who are too sick to get out of their pajamas.  The children will learn about helping children who are sick.   We ask our families to make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for this event.  Donation checks can be made out to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and can be sent in to your child’s teacher.  We will also forward any cash donations, as well.

Peppermint Tree Secret Holiday Gift Shop, December 13-17, 2020 (Mon-Fri)

During Dec 13-17, if you’d like your child to participate, please be sure he/she comes to school with their shopping list (paper form will be sent home) and the appropriate spending money ($1.25 per person on their list) to participate in our “Peppermint Tree Secret Holiday Workshop”The shop will be open (by catalog) 12/13-12/17 to allow the children to pick out inexpensive gifts for their immediate family and pets. We will send home the notice and shopping list in your child’s backpack.  (We do not allow children to buy gifts for themselves, only gifts for immediate family and pets.)

This is an opportunity for your child to participate in giving gifts this holiday season – not just receiving.

For the holiday shop, we purchase a quantity of small, inexpensive gifts suitable for immediate family members, grandparents and dog and/or cat pets. The items will be $1.25 each.  If you wish your child to participate, send in $1.25 per person on their list in a sealed envelope with the completed shopping list form. On your child’s regularly scheduled day, he/she will “shop” in their classroom by using a catalog we have created for them.   This will be an exercise in decision making and money handling. We will also be discussing the concept of thinking about others. All gifts will come home wrapped and tagged. Wrapping paper will be made by the children.

If you have extra clean plastic grocery bags, please send some in, as we use these to send home all the wrapped gifts from the shop.

Mr. Scott the Music Man visits on Friday December 17th, to share his exciting and fun music and movement program.

Mr. Scott the Music Man will be visiting each classroom on Friday, December 17th, to share music and movement.   He starts at 9:30 a.m., visiting each class, and will perform from at least 6 feet away from children and staff and he wears a mask.  His infectious humor and catchy music burst right through his mask!  The kids enjoy him even masked and social distanced!

PreK Holiday Sing Along Events:

Miss Caren’s Class Holiday Sing Along – Monday 12/20 and Thursday 12/23  at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

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Mrs. Hamilton’s Class Holiday Sing Along –Wednesday 12/22 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

both will be broadcast from the classroom via Zoom – so families can sing along with the children.  (If your child does not come on the day of your child’s classroom event, call the office if you’d like to switch or just come in for the event,  for that week only-so your child can participate in the Holiday Sing Along.)

Each PreK class will be holding a holiday sing along event for the children and families of that class – via Zoom. Please mark your calendars and you will receive an invitation and Zoom link directly from your child’s teacher via email.  (This is for Miss Caren’s  and Mrs. Hamilton’s classes only.)  The children will be practicing seasonal songs to share with families at this festive event!

Annual Flu Shots – Please send in updated immunization record by 12/31/21.  The Health Department requires the annual Flu shot for all children in Preschool, under the age of 5.  

As per the State of New Jersey requirements, all children who attend Peppermint Tree who are under 5 years of age, must get an annual Flu shot, before December 31. Please send in proof of this vaccination for your child’s file.  As an alternative to visiting your child’s pediatrician for the Flu vaccine, you can visit the website for the Ocean County Health Department to find out when they are giving flu shots.  There is a lot of good health related information on their website as well.  www.OCHD.org  Please note, the Ocean County Health Department audits our student records for immunizations.

Calendar Notes for the Holiday Break

We will be CLOSED on Friday, 12/24/21, & Friday 12/31/21 for the holidays.

We will be open for child care only during the rest of the winter break: Monday-Thursday 12/27-12/30/2021.   If your child follows our Peppermint Tree calendar, the child care days are included in your monthly tuition. If your child follows the Toms River Schools calendar, and you need child care during the break week, please let the office know so we may save a space for your child, and adjust your bill for the additional day(s).  Please note: Child care days can only be added for children in Miss Liz’s Preschool class and Mrs. Hamilton’s Pre-K class.  Miss Caren’s PreK and Miss Alyssa’s Early Learner classrooms and school age child care are not open during school holidays.

As a reminder, your tuition is annual, and divided into 10 equal monthly payments, so tuition payment amounts do not change during months where there is a break.  It also does not go up when there is a five week month.  It is all averaged out through the year.

Inclement Weather

In case of snowy or icy conditions, please look out for a text from us through the ProCare app or check our website announcement on the home page, or your email inbox for updates about school opening on these days. We also provide this information to WOBM radio “Storm Watch”, and change our outgoing phone message. We make every effort to be open, however the safety of our staff and families is our first concern. As a guideline, if The Toms River Public Schools have a delayed opening or are closed (or go to remote instruction) 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.  We will be able to make up for up to three snow day at the end of the year, if we have them.

For safety on the playground: Please no scarves or hats with long scarves attached. 

We do not allow scarves at all on the playground, as they are hazardous on playground equipment. (Can get caught in the swings, or wrapped around a child’s neck.) Thanks for your understanding.  Note: We also prefer mittens over gloves, as it takes more time to get all the children into gloves!  Thank you!

Parent Reminders:

  • Label Everything. If an item is not labeled, we may label it for you. This includes lunch bags, jackets, sweaters, mittens, hats!
  • Send in two clean, labeled cloth (or disposable) masks each day for your child.
  • Please – Mittens ONLY/ no gloves, no scarves.
  • No strings on jackets or hoodies.
  • Dress your child in layers. We go outside every day that it is 32 degrees or higher, and not precipitating.
  • All children must go outside with their group. If a child is too sick to play outside, then they should stay home from school to rest.
  • Please drive SLOWLY in our driveway.  Thanks!
  • Please do not park your car at the end of our driveway, as it is too narrow to accommodate parked cars and two way traffic.  Park further back in our driveway.
  • Please do not leave your car idling in our driveway.  This is a safety concern.
  • Please remember to download the “BoxTops for Education” App on your phone, sign up to raise funds for Peppermint Tree, and scan in your grocery receipts.  This is a helpful and important fundraiser for us.
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