October Newsletter

October 1st, 2021 No Comments

Dear Families,

Our school year is off to a fabulous start: the children are making new friends, learning their new routines, and enjoying the lessons and classroom activities.  We’ve had some beautiful weather, so they are loving the playground, too!

Please enjoy this newsletter to stay “in the loop” about our upcoming activities, announcements and reminders.  Let’s have a great October together.

Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed. (“Miss Val”)

Owner/Director

Mr. Scott the Music Man will be visiting each classroom on Monday October 4th!

Even though he wears a mask and stays six feet from children and staff, he still has the children giggling, moving and grooving!  We love it when Mr. Scott visits!

Please join us for Back to School Nights for each classroom – on our playground!  (Parents, students and siblings are welcome)  If needed, we will hold rain dates, and will advise.

  • Miss Alyssa’s Early Learners Class – Monday, October 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (sundown)
  • Miss Liz’s Preschool Class – Tuesday, October 5th, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (sundown)
  • Miss Nicole’s PreK Class (Room D) – Wednesday, October 6th, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (sundown)
  • Mrs. Hamilton’s PreK Class (Room A) – Thursday, October 7th, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (sundown)

Toms River Schools are Closed on Monday, October 11th for Columbus Day:  There is no school at Peppermint Tree for those following the Toms River Schools calendar (Miss Alyssa’s class, Miss Nicole’s class and School Age child care are closed for the day).

On the days Toms River Schools are closed, for those of you who are registered for our Peppermint Tree calendar, we are open and we will be expecting your child to attend.

If you follow the Toms River calendar we will not be expecting your child on these days. But, if you need child care on these days, (and your child is in Mrs. Hamilton’s class or Miss Liz’s class)  please call the office and we can arrange to care for your child, on a space available basis. You will be billed for the care on a per day basis.

School Portraits are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 14th and 15th

 The photographer will wear a mask, stay 6 feet from our staff and children, and the photos will be taken outdoors.  If the weather is not good, we will have a make up day.    If your child does not attend on a Thursday or Friday, and you would like to have their picture taken, please call the office to set this up.  The photo sitting is free and there is no obligation to purchase photos.  The proofs will be available within a few weeks of the photo shoot, and you will be provided information to place your order online if you would like to purchase any photos.

Week of October 25th: Peppermint Tree Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Themed Activities…Boo!

Peppermint Tree is purchasing small pumpkins which will be placed in our circle to create a “pumpkin patch”.  All children will have a chance to go out to the patch and pick a pumpkin with their classroom during the last week of October (no matter what day of the week they attend).  Since Halloween falls on the weekend this year, each class will plan their own Halloween themed activities during that last week of the month.  Pumpkin fun and spooky fun are in the works!!

Please join us for Our Next Parent Group Meeting: Tuesday, October, 26th at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

We invite all parents/guardians to attend our Parent Group Meeting via Zoom.  (Zoom link to be sent later.) This is your opportunity to meet with Miss Val every month, and to meet other parents to work together to create the community we want for our children and families.  We plan activities, parent workshops, and provide valuable feedback to the school director to assure we are meeting your needs.

Take advantage of the Free ASQ Developmental Screening we are offering in partnership with the Children’s Home Society – get a free gift for your child, and learn how your child’s development is progressing.

Peppermint Tree has partnered with the Children’s Home Society (CHS) to offer each of our families the opportunity to complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, and have a personal conference about the results.  Our partner, Terece Torquato of CHS will work with each family individually.  For your participation, you will receive a new book of your choice for your child.  More importantly, you will gain an understanding of how your child is developing, and receive information on how to help your child as they go through the many early childhood milestones.   You will be given the opportunity to share the results with Peppermint Tree (or you may choose not to) so your child’s teacher can better understand your child’s developmental needs and provide your child with any targeted supports or extra practice they may need.  Register for this free service here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeu2ZBd6CS0Twf5aWLArv3UAEAkHffBbTHGspOXhFsnVEhHUA/viewform

Accident Report Procedure

Please note that if your child gets a bump, bruise, or scrape, etc., we will note it on an accident report, and ask the parent to sign it at the end of the day. Parents only should sign this report, unless the parent has provided alternate permission. If there is any bump to the head or face we will call or text you at the time of the accident, as well.

Reminders:

  • Please return all paperwork, including medical forms, etc.
  • Please check your child’s backpack each day and remove papers and art work sent home from school.
  • Send in two masks each day for your child.
  • Please send your child to school wearing sneakers on their feet…these are the safest on the playground.
  • Every child under the age of five MUST have a flu shot between September 1st and December 31 each school year. Please send in your child’s immunization update when this is completed.
  • Please drive SLOWLY in our driveway and parking lot.
  • Label everything: backpacks (on the OUTSIDE – in LARGE PRINT), lunch bags (on the OUTSIDE), jackets, sweaters, all clothes, etc.
  • Send in an extra set of clothes, including socks.
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