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October 2021 Director’s Newsletter

September 24, 2021

I am writing this newsletter a week early as I will be knee deep in my oldest daughter’s wedding next week! I will surely miss seeing your darling children and their joy at being with their friends at school. 

Here are a few upcoming/ongoing events for you to know about:

Curriculum Night
As the school year gets underway and we approach Parent-Teacher conferences we want to take some time to share with you the magic and intentionality of our Berry Patch Curriculum. I will host a webinar on Zoom on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 pm. You will receive more information on what I will be sharing at the beginning of November, but wanted you to SAVE THE DATE now!

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First Week of School FAQs

September 10, 2021

Classroom visits were SO MUCH FUN! We loved having your family come to school together. It was a joy to see the bond between your child (and you) and their teacher continue to form. 
We are all set to go for our first week next week! Please read thoroughly below for answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions. 

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September 2021 Director’s Newsletter

September 2, 2021
Teachers had so much fun visiting your children at your home this week! So much joy in those interactions. We are gearing up for your visit to your classroom next week. It will be a gift to have our berries back in the building!
Important September Dates (full school year Calendar HERE)

  • 7th Colonial Classroom Visits
  • 8th & 9th Calvary Classroom Visits
  • 13th & 14th First Days of School- Blueberries & Strawberries (Lunch Bunch Begins for pre-registered students)
  • 15th-17th First Days of School- Raspberries and Huckleberries (Huckleberry Lunch Bunch begins October 4)
  • 20th Staff Meeting (No Lunch Bunch, except for Full Day Strawberry class)

Classroom Visit Details

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May Director’s Newsletter

May 3, 2021

It is hard to believe that we are down to our final four weeks of the school year! Wow. It’s been a school year we willl never forget– where we all felt the GIFT of our berries being together like never before. Our teachers have been INCREDIBLE in adapting and pouring into your children as they have fostered independence and friendship and curiosity, all of the things that create a solid foundation for a LOVE OF LEARNING. You, as parents, have been so supportive and encouraging, flexing right along with us as we’ve wound our way through this Pandemic while keeping the Berry Patch train running on it’s tracks. THANK YOU! A few items for you for this month and looking ahead. Continue reading “May Director’s Newsletter”

April Director’s Newsletter

Happy Spring Berry Patch Families,

Your kids are having SO MUCH FUN outside in the grass and puddles! Thank you for sending your child with rain gear when it’s wet– mud and muck are the best for our berries!!


Your child’s teacher has reached out (or will be!) to schedule your Spring Parent-Teacher Conference. Most of these will be held on Thursday and/or Friday, April 22nd and 23rd. We will not have school on either of

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March Director’s Newsletter

March 1, 2021

We have had another WONDERFUL month at The Berry Patch!

Our Strawberries are getting so OLD– they are ready for their next step as Kindergartners– the direction following, involved conversations, and leadership development in the classroom are all incredible to see.

Our Blueberries are looking up at those Strawberries and they are READY TOO! The Blueberries are showing massive growth in concentration, depth of questions, and cooperative play.

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January Director’s Newsletter

January 1, 2021

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Happy New Year!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you this week as we return to school. If your family traveled or gathered with other households over the break, please reach out to let us know so we can help determine your child’s return to school plan.

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December Director’s Newsletter

December 2, 2020

Happy December! Even as the days continue to get shorter and we spend more time at home with it dark outside, it does feel like there is light on the horizon, doesn’t it? We have the Christmas Advent season, a Coronavirus vaccine closer to reality, and a New Year around the corner. Our theme as a staff community this year is “BE A LIGHT” and as the fall has unfolded and we head into winter I am so grateful for how your children’s teachers and the staff that supports them has SHONE SO BRIGHTLY!

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November Director’s Newsletter

November 11, 2020

Berry Patch Families,

Welcome to Winter!

As COVID-19 cases in Hennepin County continue to rise and school districts begin making the decision to shift to more distanced learning I want to answer some questions that may be on your mind in relationship to The Berry Patch. Governor Walz’ Children’s Cabinet is a key for coming alongside early learning centers that are providing care for our youngest Minnesotans at this time. I was on the monthly Children’s Cabinet call on Monday night and heard from the Lieutenant Governor and officials from the Health Department and Licensing. I am proud to be a part of a school community that is committed to following the protocol we have been given and to be among the centers who have been able to remain open.

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