February Newsletter

January 29th, 2021 No Comments

Dear Families,

IT IS TIME… to register now for the 2021 – 2022 school year, and for Summer Camp 2021.  We are accepting registrations for both programs NOW!

Registrations for the 2021-2022 School Year and Summer Camp 2021 are now flowing into the office from current families and we have now opened registration to the public for both programs (as of 2/1/2021 Camp registration will be open to the public).

Once registration is open 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. 

And, as a reminder, you can either register online at the above 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 Directors are Mrs. Carol Sullivan and Mrs. Meredith Hamilton.

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

Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed.

$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!

Valentines Day 2021 at Peppermint Tree

This year is different…normally families send in Valentines and treats for their child to give out to their classmates.  This year, due to Covid restrictions, we are instead making our Valentines at school, and we will still celebrate love and friendship, as always.  If you would like to send something in for your child’s class, you may have it delivered directly to Peppermint Tree, via Amazon or other delivery service.  Please make sure anything sent in is individually wrapped (if a food item).  Please limit sweets! 

Toms River School Holidays in February: Friday, February 12th and Monday, February 15th (President’s Day)- No classes at Peppermint Tree

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 2/12 and/or 2/15  to your child’s schedule on a space available basis.  (Only if your child is in Miss Liz’s Preschool class or Mrs. Hamilton’s Pre-K class.  Mrs. Diver’s Pre-K and Mrs. Sullivan’s Kindergarten classrooms are not open on those days.)  Those children who follow our full Peppermint Tree Calendar will be on our list to attend on 2/12 and 2/15,  so no need to arrange in advance for those families.  If your child follows the Peppermint Tree calendar, and will NOT be attending on those days, kindly let us know so we can plan accordingly.

Please join us for a Free online ZOOM Parent/Guardians Workshop:  Promoting Early Literacy:  Tuesday, February 16th at 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Carol Sullivan, Kindergarten Teacher and Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed., Director, will be providing a presentation for parents/guardians on introducing early reading skills, and igniting a love for reading, even in our youngest learners.  We hope you will join us!  We will email out the Zoom link when it gets closer, but please mark your calendar now!

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

We will announce our delays and closings on our website www.pepperminttree.com, via email and text, on our phone message, and on njstormwatch.com (which is a service of WOBM and other media outlets.)

It looks like Toms River schools will not have delayed openings or closures this year – they will just go “virtual” in bad weather, so please stay tuned to your email/texts (if you’ve signed up for our Remind text service)  on snowy or icy mornings.

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!

Parent Reminders:

  • Label all pieces of clothing,  backpacks and lunch boxes.
  • Send in two labeled masks daily.
  •  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:  Some of our 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.   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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