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 and in their Thanksgiving Newsletter. 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!
Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed.
We are launching an online Fundraiser this month. 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 help offset the cost of replacing our beloved, colorful and well used playground “apparatus”. We are asking for your support!
We are running a 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, you can give the items to your child’s teacher right at drop off. The food drive ends on November 19th. 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.)
Our next Parent Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 11/16, at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
We will continue to discuss the workshops for parents and activities for families that we are planning, as well as other 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.
Sign Up for the Class Contact List
As you know, the school does not share your private information without your permission. However, many families expressed in the activities survey that they would like a way to connect with other families in order to make social connections and playdates. So, our Parent Group is putting together a Class Contact List. Participation is optional. By participating, you are giving permission for us to distribute your contact information to other Peppermint Tree families. The link to participate in the class contact list was sent by email, and we will also send it again.
We will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday and Friday, November 25th & 26th. No classes or child care offered.
Mr. Scott the Music Man will be visiting on the morning of Tuesday, November 30th
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. He will wear a mask and will be 6 feet or more away from the children.
Don’t forget to order your child’s school pictures!
Placing an order is optional, but if you would like to order prints or digital versions of your child’s school portraits, you should have received a proof sheet in your child’s backpack. Ordering is done online for pictures, and the proof sheet has the web link and the unique code you will need to view the proofs and place an order. These kids are adorable! Let the office know if you have any questions.
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.
In case of snowy or icy conditions, please check for a text from us through the ProCare App, 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 up to 3 days at the end of the year for possible snow days. There will be no additional make-ups for snow days if there are more than three.
- Send in two masks every day for your child. Label them, please.
- 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. )