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April Director’s Newsletter

April 4, 2022

We had a great time in March talking about all things OCEAN, BEACH, SEA CREATURES! Our Special Reader, Mrs. Pope, came to visit as a Pirate and we also had a visit from the real, live Ariel from Little Mermaid who shared her story with us. This month, we will learn about and explore all things FARM and SPRING! The highlight of our experiential learning will be a whole farm full of animals coming to visit us- Joah’s Ark will bring a baby cow, sheep, goats, bunnies, ducks, and more to both of our locations!

More Important Happenings:

Parent Night at The Berry Patch
The pandemic, lockdowns, masked faces, and fear of the unknown has made friendship building, communicating, and coping with emotions more difficult for young children. On Thursday, April 27 at 7-8pm at our Colonial Berry Patch location, our licensed parent and family educator, Becky Danielson will share on Social Emotional Learning for Preschoolers: Strategies and Tools for Families. Join us to learn practical ways to assist your children in managing their behaviors and interacting well with others. The Berry Patch School is dedicated to the whole family. All adults who interact with your children are welcome to attend including parents, nannies, grandparents, and neighbors! Four $50 Pajarito gift cards will be raffled for all in attendance. 
RSVP HERE to let us know you will be attending!

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences
Our teaching staff is excited to share with you all the ways your child has grown this school year! Conferences will be held on Thursday, April 20th and Friday, April 21st (no school these days.) A Sign-Up Genius will be sent in a separate email by April 11th. Be sure to sign up right away for this time to connect with your child’s teacher(s.)

School Pictures
Heather Fenstad Photography will be taking our class and individual school photos again this year. Colonial BP photos will be April 25 & 26, Calvary BP photos will be April 27, 28, & 29. Photo Package Fees will be added to your May 1 invoice. 
Click HERE to place your Photo Order by April 20

Berry Patch Teacher Appreciation Week: April 25-29 
We will take the week after conferences to celebrate our amazing classroom teachers and all that they do each and every day. Join us as we honor them by having your child make a special picture or card for their teacher! We will be pouring out extra love on our teaching staff all week long!

Student Forms for the 2022-23 School Year due May 20
An updated Health Care Summary and Immunization Record from your Pediatrician and our online Student Information Form (SIF) are due before this school year ends. We will use the information you provide on our SIF to create classes, give teachers family information so they can begin to get to know your child, and any action plans needed for allergies, special services, etc. The SIF will take about 10 minutes to complete- thank you for doing it right away!
Click HERE to fill out your Student Information Form Required for 2022-23 classroom placement

I am excited as I look ahead to all that is happening at The Berry Patch this spring- it feels almost ‘normal’! Parent Night, in person conferences, PM Playmates relaunching- all of these enrichment opportunities are foundational and we are THRILLED to have them back. Thank you for entrusting your child, your whole family, into our care this school year. It is such a gift!

Molly Lounsberry Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner, The Berry Patch Schools