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September Newsletter

September 10th, 2020 No Comments

Dear Families,

Welcome to The Peppermint Tree Child Development Center, 2020 – 2021 school year!  We are so very happy to have each and every one of you in our group of families this year.  We are looking forward to an enriching and enjoyable year with your family.  And…we are off to a fabulous start!

During the first weeks of school, your children will be getting to know their teachers, learning the daily routines, meeting new friends and finding out about all the things they can do in the classroom and on the playground.  Starting school is exciting!

Our teachers in the Preschool and Pre-K classrooms use the Creative Curriculum, a proven, research-based curriculum, to guide intentional teaching activities and experiences for each age group.  This is the same curriculum that the Toms River School system has selected for Kindergarten preparation.  The teachers will be letting you know about all their exciting activities as they unfold in the classroom.

The Kindergarten Classroom uses McGraw Hill Reading Wonders and Everyday Math to support their learning.  Mrs. Sullivan tells me she will be sending homework home soon, so you will see some of the work the children are doing each week.

We are proud that our program has been awarded a 4-star rating in the state’s Grow NJ Kids High Quality Preschool Rating System.  We know your children will benefit from the engaging activities we have in store for them!

We like to make sure you know what is happening at school, so each month you will receive this newsletter from me to keep you updated on overall school news at The Peppermint Tree. I post the monthly newsletter on our website (www.pepperminttree.com)  for your reference anytime.

We will be emailing you each month with a link to the newsletter rather than giving you a paper newsletter. We would like to save paper where we can.

While we are unable to have our usual community visitors and family events at this time, we will be sure that the children continue to gain a variety of experiences and knowledge through their classroom and playground adventures.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to give us a call at the office: (732) 929-2500. (more…)

March Newsletter

March 1st, 2020 No Comments

Dear Families,

March is a super busy month at the Peppermint Tree, from start to finish!   We open the month with the Ocean County Library Storyteller visit on  Monday, March 2nd, to help us celebrate Read Around America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  And, our Parent Group is hosting a First Responders Night, on Tuesday March 24th, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Parents, siblings and students are all invited to attend this FREE event.   Please RSVP.  We hope you’ll join us!

During March, we will also have our monthly exciting visit from Mr. Scott the Music Man on March 23rd, and we are offering the Ocean County Sheriff Department’s Child ID Program.  They will be here the mornings of Wednesday, 3/11 & Thursday, 3/12 making the ID’s.  If your child does not attend on a Wednesday or Thursday, you may bring them in at 9:30 to get an ID made. (Please send the form in advance so the information can be entered into the system.) (more…)

February Newsletter

February 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Dear Families,

IT IS TIME… to register now for the 2020 – 2021 school year, and for Summer Camp 2020.  We are accepting registrations for both programs NOW!

Registrations for the 2020-2021 School Year and Summer Camp 2020 are now flowing into the office from current families and we have now opened registration to the public for both programs.   Now that we have opened registration 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.  Some camp groups are already full or very close to full!

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.

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

January Newsletter

January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Dear Families,

Happy New Year to all of our families and staff! We hope you and your family had wonderful holidays together.  We have a lot in store for your children and for the whole family in 2020.  As a reminder, classes will resume on Monday, January 6th.

I am so thankful and excited to let you know, that as a community, we raised $430.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through our Pajama Days in December.  Thank you to all who participated!!

Announcing … ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2020 IS NOW OPEN!  We are offering in-house priority registration to our current students so you can save a spot for your child before we open the registration up to the public.  You may complete  the registration form and pay the registration fee on our website to save your child’s spot for the next school year.

Here is the link to register using our secure online form:  https://www.pepperminttree.com/registration/

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December Newsletter

December 1st, 2019 No Comments

Dear Parents,

I want to thank all those who joined us for our Multicultural Feast on November 22nd.  We had over 80 family members and staff celebrating together, and so many of you were generous in sharing a food item for the feast, and/or donating non-perishable foods for the “Your Grandmother’s Cupboard” organization.  What a fabulous community we have!

We’ve got an exciting month in December, including a Holiday Shop for the children, and Mrs. Sullivan’s class will have a “Sing-Along” for parents of students in that class.   And, during our first week we have Pajama Days to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  (more…)

November Newsletter

October 31st, 2019 No Comments

Dear Families,

Wow! Can October be ending already?  We hope your grandparents enjoyed the Pumpkin Picking Hayride in October-we love having our families join us.  (It was a shame we had to cancel the Halloween parade due to the weather…the kids were adorable!)

We have another special event for families coming up, and we hope you will continue to participate! Please mark your calendars for our Multicultural Family Feast, scheduled for Friday, November 22nd at 6:00 p.m. (more…)

October Newsletter

October 1st, 2019 No Comments

Dear Parents,

We had a great Back To School Night on Wednesday, 9/25/19, with over 150 children and adults participating!  Thank you to all who participated!

We hope you will join us for more family participation events that we are offering in October:

  • Tuesday, October 15at 10:00 a.m. we invite Grandparents (or “grandparents for the day”) to join us for our annual Pumpkin Picking Hayride event, which is held right here at Peppermint Tree. Children who do not attend on Tuesdays, are invited to come in to participate with their class.  No RSVP needed, just come and enjoy!  (Rain date: Thursday, October 17)
  • Thursday, October 24th, at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. we invite all parents/guardians to attend our Parent Group Meeting..  Child Care is provided free of charge.  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 family activities, parent workshops, and provide valuable feedback to the school director to assure we are meeting your needs.  Please RSVP for this meeting, so we can assure enough materials for parents and proper number of child care staff.
  • Thursday, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. we invite Parents/Guardians to join us for our annual Halloween Parade. Children who do not attend on Thursdays, are invited to come in to participate with their class.  No RSVP needed, just come and enjoy!  Please have children already dressed in their costumes, with their regular clothes underneath, and please plan to stay and help your child out of their costume after the parade.  No masks or weapons are permitted.  (Note:  There will be no rain date for the Halloween Parade.  If it is rainy, the event will be cancelled and the children will celebrate in their classrooms.)

We hope to see all of you during these events. Let’s have a great October together. (more…)

September Newsletter

September 7th, 2019 No Comments

Dear Families,

Welcome to The Peppermint Tree Child Development Center, 2019 – 2020 school year!  We are so very happy to have each and every one of you in our group of families this year.  We are looking forward to an enriching and enjoyable year with your family.  And…we are off to a fabulous start!

During the first weeks of school, your children will be getting to know their teachers, learning the daily routines, meeting new friends and finding out about all the things they can do in the classroom and on the playground.  Starting school is exciting!  Our teachers in all classrooms use the Creative Curriculum, a proven, research-based curriculum, to guide intentional teaching activities and experiences for each age group.  This is the same curriculum that the Toms River School system has selected for Kindergarten preparation.  The teachers will be letting you know about all their exciting activities as they unfold in the classroom.

We are proud that our program has been awarded a 4-star rating in the state’s Grow NJ Kids High Quality Preschool Rating System.  We know your children will benefit from the engaging activities we have in store for them!

We like to make sure you know what is happening at school, so each month you will receive this newsletter from me to keep you updated on events planned here at The Peppermint Tree. I post the monthly newsletter on our website (www.pepperminttree.com)  for your reference anytime. You can access the daily events calendar at our website at the following link:

Peppermint Tree Events Calendar:   http://www.pepperminttree.com/events/

We will be emailing you each month with a link to the newsletter rather than giving you a paper newsletter. We would like to save paper where we can.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to give us a call at the office: (732) 929-2500. (more…)

June Newsletter

June 2nd, 2019 No Comments

Dear Families,

Time flies when you’re having fun!  Where has this school year gone to?  When I reflect on all the wonderful classroom experiences, visitors, and family events – it seems we have really done a lot!  But, boy did it go by in a flash, and here we are in June.  I want to thank each family for sharing your child with us this year.  The children have grown and flourished, and we have enjoyed every minute we have shared with them!

THANK YOU, FAMILIES!

As you can see, we do not let up…read on to find out all the activities happening in June!  Have a great month! (more…)

May Newsletter

May 1st, 2019 No Comments

Dear Families,

May is here and we’ve got a lot of exciting and memory-making experiences in store for your family!  It is really an action packed month…don’t miss anything!

Here is a run down of May events:

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

You won’t want to miss being here on Monday evening, May 6th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for our annual OPEN HOUSE ICE CREAM SOCIAL.  It’s going to be a blast with Mr. Scott the Music Man performing, The Fun Bus, and Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes, the whole family is in for an awesome evening!  There is no RSVP form to complete for this event, just come and have fun.  Children, parents, and siblings of all ages are all invited.  It is an open house, so bring your friends, too! 

Come out to Lucky Leo’s in Seaside Heights, for a special Fundraiser they are holding for Peppermint Tree, Saturday, May 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We are so appreciative that our friends at Lucky Leo’s are holding a special Fundraiser for Peppermint Tree on Saturday, May 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Please come and play, to help raise money for our Chick Hatching event and for new playground materials.  They are offering half price cranes to our guests.  Please be sure to identify yourself at the redemption center – that you are there to support Peppermint Tree.  Just load money on a play card, and a portion of the money spent playing on those cards will go to support Peppermint Tree.  Thank you for your support!

Come to our Family Gardening Party! All families are invited to help us launch our Spring Vegetable Gardens, Thursday, May 16th, at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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”, Thursday, May 16th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  We will plant, and celebrate with some healthy snacks on the playground.  (Rain date will be May 17th).  Children who do not regularly attend on the day of the party are welcome to attend!  Please complete and return the RSVP form being sent home, or email the office at val@pepperminttree.com. (more…)