For the Love of Learning™

Parent & Family Resources

As a Berry Patch family, you have access to a licensed Parent and Family Educator as part of the program. We are delighted to have Becky Danielson, M.Ed, on staff and available to you for one-on-one conversations at no additional cost. To schedule an appointment with Becky, please email her at

October Director’s Newsletter

October 2018

Happy Fall Berry Patch Families!

This is such a beautiful time of year to tromp around outside with your kiddos.  Enjoy these cooler days and the crunch of the leaves on your yard and at the park.  There is so much to explore from a child’s point-of-view!

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September Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

The Berry Patch School is all about love, “For the love of learningTM.  And the learning is not just for the children. Did you know The Berry Patch School is the only private preschool in Minnesota that offers an inclusive Parent and Family Education component? The program currently includes private one-on-one consultations, a monthly newsletter, Lunch & Learn opportunities, Parent Tip Sheets on a variety of topics, and parenting classes during Sizzle Berries Camp for Freshberries. Continue reading “September Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

September Director’s Newsletter

September 2018

Berry Patch Friends,

And just like THAT – it’s September!  As hard as it is to let go of the long, action-packed days of summer, it is exciting to anticipate the routine and GIFT of a new school year beginning.  I am always struck, with my own kids, at how we take for granted this shift in the year, and spend time and resources gearing up for school days when there are millions of kids around the world who won’t be in school this week.  What a privilege!  And Early Childhood Education-gift of all gifts… These years are the most critical part of your child’s development, laying the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual groundwork for his or her life as it unfolds.  We at The Berry Patch take our partnership with you seriously and with joy and much anticipation!

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August Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

If you’re feeling a tug at your heart preparing your child for preschool, you are not alone. Some parents are saddened by the quick passing of the summer months and the advancement in the years marked by children in school. Others are thrilled to finally have a moment for self and younger children after a busy, summer. Many have mixed emotions. Use these tips and questions to aid in a smooth transition for all.

Tips for Parents to Overcome Separation Anxiety as the School Year Begins

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May Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

The last day of school is May 25. It’s hard to believe the school year is coming to an end! It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Berry Patch families. I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you better through one-on-one sessions, email/text messages, and phone conversations. And I hope the monthly newsletter has been helpful! With vacations and summer activities just around the corner, safety is the topic for the May parent and family education newsletter. Continue reading “May Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

May Director’s Newsletter

May 1, 2018

Spring is here—and it almost feels like summer!  I hope you are enjoying outside play time with your family.  It’s such a gift to have grass and sunshine and parks and all of that goodness back at our fingertips!

It has been a wonderful year at The Berry Patch.  It is such a joy to watch your children grow right before our eyes.    In the same way, we want to be always growing as a staff and program.  We would LOVE to have you take our Year-End Survey (here)!  Let us know your candid thoughts on your Berry Patch experience during the 2017-18 school year.  When you have Continue reading “May Director’s Newsletter”

April Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Berry Patch spring conferences are scheduled for Friday, April 27. This valuable time provides a great opportunity to collaborate as a team giving parents and teachers the chance to discuss how the child has developed academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. This is a time to talk about what skills the child should be focusing on during the summer months to be prepared for kindergarten or the next year of preschool. Continue reading “April Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

April Director’s Newsletter

April 2018

Dear Berry Families,

As we wait patiently for spring to come we stand amazed at how your children are GROWING! It has been a fantastic year of growth and change in all of our little berries. We are excited to celebrate your child’s journey this year at Spring Conferences on Friday, April 27th. Look for a conference sign up sheet at your child’s classroom check-in area. Your children have ventured out this year in trying many new things and have had many successes in this year of their lifelong journey of learning.

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March Parent & Family Education Newsletter

March 15, 2018

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Spring break is scheduled for March 23-30 at The Berry Patch School. You and your family may be planning a vacation, short adventure, trip to visit relatives, or a family “staycation” with mini field trips around the Twin Cities and family activities at home. Whether near or far, planning ahead will make the time together much more fun, and much less stressful. Continue reading “March Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

March Director’s Newsletter

March 2018

Berry Patch Families,

It feels so good to start seeing glimpses of (muddy!) grass and to hear birds again in the morning.  Spring always comes—hard to remember in February, but as we head into March we can really start believing!

The safety of your child continues to be our highest priority at The Berry Patch.  With that in mind, new security measures are being implemented at both Berry Patch locations.   Our Leadership Team has met over the last two months with Edina Police Continue reading “March Director’s Newsletter”