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

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: Continue reading “December Director’s Newsletter”

November Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for November 19 and 20. Conferences provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to collaborate as a team to discuss the curriculum as well as the specific needs of each child. The Berry Patch staff is well trained and has the students’ best interests at heart. Conferences are a time to gain valuable insight into your child. Continue reading “November Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

November Director’s Newsletter

November 1, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, Families!

This is such a wonderful month of basking in gratitude and time gathered together as families.  Your children will spend lots of time in their classrooms talking about thankfulness and all of the blessings in their little lives!

Service Learning

We will enter into our second month with all of the berries learning about Whittier Wildflowers Preschool, our sister school in Minneapolis, which began 4 years ago in a partnership between the Berry Patch and Calvary Church at 26th and Blaisdell.  Our founder, Berrie Lounsberry, supported the launch and shared the legacy of the Berry Patch to help give Continue reading “November Director’s Newsletter”

October Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a hot topic in education today. SEL is a process of developing and applying skills to self-regulate emotions, empathize with others, set and attain goals, form and retain friendships, and make responsible decisions. Learning to self-regulate is a skill for life. Continue reading “October Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

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!

Continue reading “October Director’s Newsletter”

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!

Continue reading “September Director’s Newsletter”

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

Continue reading “August Parent & Family Education Newsletter”

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”