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Open House Ice Cream Social


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Don’t miss this super fun FREE event for the whole family! It’s an OPEN HOUSE-so everyone is invited! Make your own sundaes, Mr. Scott the Music Man, &  The Fun Bus. Come and see for yourself why we were voted “Best of the Best” in Ocean County for 2016 in the Asbury Park Press. We love our families – and if you don’t know us yet–come to this event and meet our fabulous, dedicated staff and the families in our community. You can learn about our Summer Camp program or our School Year programs, or just come for the fun of it! We look forward to seeing you! Rain or shine event.

The Peppermint Tree Community is both Giving and Thankful!

What a fabulous community of families and staff!

You all make me so proud. Our staff and families worked together to provide all the trimmings for our school’s plentiful multicultural feast last night. At each table, we discussed what we are all thankful for, and helped the children write the answers for their family.
And in addition to providing the food we all enjoyed, our community of families and staff came together to donate a generous amount of non-perishable food to the local organization, “My Grandmother’s Cupboard”. As you can see from the picture, the trunk of my car was over flowing. I delivered the donated food today. It will help our local families in need to have a more plentiful holiday season.
THANK YOU to the amazing families and staff of The Peppermint Tree. Happy Holidays!

Join Us: Soulsational Music & Wellness Festival – July 25, 2015 in Bayville, NJ

Saturday, 7/25/15
Peppermint Tree Owner/Director, Valerie Frost-Lewis is offering our “My Parent & Me Music & Movement Class” FREE at The Soulsational Festival this Saturday, 7/25 in Bayville. Also, Mr. Scott the Music Man will be performing his fun musical show!

We will be in the “Kids Zone”:

4:30pm -My Parent and Me…Music & Movement w/ Miss Val

5:15pm -Mr Scott The Music Man

Veteran’s Park
9 Tilton Blvd
Bayville, NJ 08721

DIRECTIONS to Soulsational Music & Wellness Festival
Veterans Park is located at Forest Hills Parkway & Tilton Blvd. Bayville NJ 08721
GSP (N) Exit 77 (Berkeley) Make right at traffic light onto Forest Hills Parkway. Veterans Park is 1/2 mile on the right.
GSP (S) Exit 77 (Berkeley) Make a left at the end of the exit ramp onto Double Trouble Road. Make a left at next traffic light onto Forrest Hills Parkway.

Veterans Park is 1 mile on the right.
**489 Forest Hills Parkway Bayville, NJ 08721 (Tilton Blvd)**

GPS Address: 489 Forest Hills Parkway, Bayville NJ 08721

See you there!

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Our Chicks are Hatching!

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Please stop in to Mrs. Sullivan’s class to see them.  The children are so excited!  They will be going back to the farm on Friday, so be sure to get a peek at them before then.

We have been tending 12 eggs in an incubator, brought to us by a farmer who showed us a live chicken and explained what we would be seeing.  And now…we have baby chicks!!!

It’s Gardening Week at Peppermint Tree!

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This week is “Gardening Week” at Peppermint Tree! The children will be planting vegetables in our “Giving Gardens”-donated to us by a generous grant from the non-profit Helping Others Grow! And, thanks to a donation from parent Joanne Engo, the children will also be planting “Sweet William” flowers to beautify our school grounds! The hands on learning will be enhanced by classroom lessons on gardening, and some in class plantings of beans and planting with a “root viewer”. Here are couple of the books we are using to round out the curriculum this week. The children will also be learning about the importance of eating healthy foods, like vegetable and fruits! Our families are also welcome to help us tend the gardens, especially on the weekends, by taking turns watering. Our families are the best!!!

Open House Ice Cream Social – Monday, May 4th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social 2015

OPEN HOUSE ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Monday, May 4th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss this super fun FREE event for the whole family! It’s an OPEN HOUSE-so everyone is invited! Make your own sundaes, Mr. Scott the Music Man, The Fun Bus. Come and see for your self why we were voted “Best Preschool in Toms River” for 2015. We love our families – and if you don’t know us yet–come to this event and meet our fabulous, dedicated staff and the families in our community.

Interested in Joining the Peppermint Tree Team?

Friends of Peppermint Tree: How would you like to join our team? Or, do you know someone who would be a great fit for our family-friendly school and summer camp?

(Don’t worry loyal Peppermint Tree families: None of our wonderful staff members have left…we are just GROWING!!)

Thanks to our creative, energetic and caring team, and all the great work they do each day with the children, we are serving more families and children so we need to add to our fabulous staff.

It’s a great place to work for those who are team oriented and child focused. Please email me at val@pepperminttree.com if you, or someone you know, is someone we should be talking to!

Spread joy one rock at a time! We had a fabulous “Love Rocks” event on January 23!

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We had a fabulous event last night at The Peppermint Tree, sponsored by our Strengthening Families group of volunteers! Thank you to all the children, parents and staff who made it a fun and uplifting evening! Together, we created “Love Rocks”!

A basket full of them were made for each classroom (with foam,felt and fabric hearts for our Early Learners -no rocks for them!). The families all took some home, too!

“Love Rocks” are meant to encourage and inspire the proactive expression of friendship, love, thanks, or just a nice “random act of kindness”. Leave a rock as a surprise for a special friend to find, give one to say thank you…Spread love and joy, one rock at a time!


Kindergarten Readiness: FREE Parent Workshop-Open to the public

Join us to discuss Kindergarten Readiness!

Will your child be ready for Kindergarten in the Fall? Learn about the latest research on what your child will need to know and be able to do to be ready for Kindergarten. We will provide strategies to help you prepare your child.

We will also discuss our Private Full Day Kindergarten program, which features small class size and individual instruction.

Workshop presented by Peppermint Tree Owner/Director, Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed., and Kindergarten Teacher/Head Teacher Carol Sullivan.

Registration is required, as space is limited. Child care provided at no charge. To register: call 732-929-2500 or email val@pepperminttree.com

Asbury Park Press creates an educational video at The Peppermint Tree to explore Developmental Milestones

We are proud to announce that for the second time this year, The Asbury Park Press has visited The Peppermint Tree to learn about an important Early Childhood Education topic, and to create an educational video.  We are also featured in an article on the subject of Developmental Milestones.

Here is the link to the video and article featuring The Peppermint Tree:


Our Director, Valerie Frost-Lewis, MS Ed. is interviewed about Developmental Milestones in Preschool Children and the wonderful children and staff of The Peppermint Tree are there to illustrate the high points!  Enjoy!

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