Archive for April, 2022

Dear Families,

May is around the corner and we’ve got a lot of exciting and memory-making experiences in store for your family from now through the end of the school year!  It is really an action packed time…don’t miss anything!

Here is a run down of upcoming events:

What came first, the chicken or the egg?  Chick Hatching Event starting May 2nd!

On Monday, May 2nd, we will begin our Chick Hatching event right here on-site at Peppermint Tree.   The farmer will be coming with adult chickens to show the children and to explain all about eggs, chicks and the hatching we will be witnessing over the next week and a half.  The farmer leaves us with 12 eggs in an incubator…then the children will see the eggs hatch and the baby chicks entering the world right before their eyes!  A most exciting experience!   The farmer presentation and incubator will be in Miss Caren’s PreK classroom.  We will run a Zoom for the other classrooms to watch the Farmer’s presentation and we will allow the children from other classrooms to come in, a few at a time, as the eggs start hatching.

 “Kindergarten Readiness” Workshop being presented online via Zoom for Parents, Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Presented by our PreK teachers: Caren Meehan (who is also our Assistant Director) and Meredith Hamilton; and Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed., Center Director.

Please join our Zoom presentation on Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 p.m. to discuss ways to help your child prepare for the transition to Kindergarten, and what to look for as indicators of readiness.  We are emailing a flier and Zoom link so you can join us, and we’d appreciate an RSVP, so we know who plans to attend.

Come to our Family Gardening Party! All families are invited to help us launch our Spring Vegetable Gardens, Saturday, May 14th

Each classroom has it’s own raised garden bed, adjacent to the pool, where we will be  planting vegetables.  We invite our families to join us to get the planting started, at our “Family Gardening Party”, Saturday, May 14th, 9:00 a.m. for the Early Learners class, 10:00 a.m. for Miss Liz’s Preschool class, 11:00 am for Mrs. Hamilton’s PreK class, and 12:00 noon for Miss Caren’s PreK class.  We will dig, plant, and celebrate together.  (Rain date is TBD).  Please RSVP to the office.

I wanted to also express a BIG THANK YOU to Janna and Chad Hockenjos, Peppermint Tree parents who donated all our seeds and seedlings for this year’s gardens!!  They set up each classroom with a seed planter too!  Thank you!!! (more…)

April Newsletter

April 1st, 2022 No Comments

Dear Families,

How is it April 1st already?! Time flies when you’re having fun!

April is National Month of the Young Child, and we will be celebrating at the Ocean County Children’s Festival at Toms River Library on April 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Peppermint Tree students’ artwork will be on display in the Children’s Art Show that will be on display in Mancini Hall (in TR Library) during the event, and we will also be offering a craft activity for community children.  Mr. Scott the Music Man will be performing at 2:15 p.m.- so please mark your calendar and don’t miss all the fun!

Miss Val is the chairperson running this community event- and our staff members are volunteering to make it a success.  So, we really hope we will see you there!! (more…)