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December Director’s Newsletter

December 3, 2018

Dear Families,

It’s a magical time of year for your young children. What a gift to see winter and Christmas and all the fun activities of this month through the eyes of a small child! We have lots of exciting happenings at the Berry Patch this month:

Children Serving Others

Our service project this month is collecting new hats and mittens for an organization here in the Twin Cities called… HATS&MITTENS! They gather hats and mittens collected at many schools, churches and businesses and distribute to organizations working directly with families in need. Your children will hear a beautiful book by Nancy Carlson, Warmer with Hats and Mittens, that was written by this Minnesota author to benefit the HATS&MITTENS organization in their classroom. Ask them about the book when your CSO flier comes home!

Berry Patch Christmas Concerts

Your children are getting all ready to share the gift of music with you in English and Spanish at our annual Christmas concerts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11th (Calvary) and Thursday, December 13th (Colonial.) Please have your children in their classrooms by 5:45 so they can line up and get down to the sanctuary doors as a class. If you want to have your little berry give you a preview at home they song list and lyrics are here in Ms. Kristin’s December music letter. Also, be sure to check our Berry Patch Facebook page throughout this week for videos of the children practicing in class! Thank you for modeling your best concert manners for the performers. Please keep siblings with you at all times during the concert.

Winter Partnership Class

All Blueberries and Strawberries will be receiving fliers about our Winter Partnership class (Jan-mid March) with AMAZING ATHLETES! This 8-week afternoon enrichment class will be a fantastic way to keep your child busy and active all winter long. Registration will close Thursday, December 20th and space is limited. Be sure to sign up right away!

2019-20 Registration

It’s hard to believe it is already time to register for The Berry Patch for next school year. All families will be receiving registration information and forms before we break for Christmas vacation (December 22-January 1.) Current family registration will begin on Monday, January 7th. Some classes will fill quickly with current families so please bring your registration form and fee in ASAP to secure your child’s spot for the 2019-20 school year!

It is a great gift to walk with your children through these early years. Our partnership with teachers and families is a beautiful thing to be a part of. Blessings on all of you as you celebrate this magical season!

See you soon!


Molly Lounsberry Dykstra

Director, The Berry Patch