December News from Molly

December News from Molly

Happy December Berry Patch Families!

Our schools are bursting with fun this month! Join us as we celebrate the virtue of GENEROSITY in many large and small ways.


Our first CSO project of the year, collecting art supplies for Washburn Children’s Center, was a HUGE success! We delivered over 10 large bags of creative tools to Washburn for their preschool therapy classrooms. THANK YOU!

This month, we will partner once again with Twin Cities Toy Drive for our December CSO program. TCTD “relies on the support of our community to support BIPOC communities during the holidays.” Our students will decorate the big boxes for both schools where your child can share a toy that they might be excited about with another child nearby who will be thrilled to receive it! Toys will be collected today through December 12th. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


If you need some extra time in your schedule to prepare for the holidays with your family, we have a limited number of PM Playmates spaces available for Blueberries and Strawberries this month. Please contact Carrie via Brightwheel if there is a day(s) that you would like to have your child stay for the afternoon! This would be a great way for your child to sample staying for the afternoon (1-3pm.)


Our favorite Llama “Reindeers” and Cellist Darin Anderson will be at BP East on December 4th & 5th and at BP West on December 6th and 7th from 9-10am. Parents are welcome to come for the fun! Check Brightwheel and/or your classroom newsletter for your specific classroom date.


We can’t wait for our Christmas Concert and Cookies Celebration at both of our schools. Raspberries (who would like to) and Huckleberries will open the concert with a few songs and then be able to sit with their parents to hear the Blueberries and Strawberries sing for us. There will be a VERY SPECIAL GUEST at the end of the concert who will welcome your family to join him for cookies outside the sanctuary.


  • Berry Patch East 12/11, 6pm
  • Berry Patch West 12/12, 6pm


We are excited to offer Soccer Shots for our Winter Partnership class on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays beginning January 9th. We will also offer PM Playmates each day 1-3pm. Registration for our Winter session will be sent Monday, December 4th and will open at 10:00 am. All families currently enrolled in PM Playmates and/or our Partnership program are asked to reconfirm for the winter session by registering.

The love and generosity of our school community is one of the hallmarks of what makes The Berry Patch such a special place. As we round out the first half of the 2023-24 school year I am filled with joy over the magic of each day at our schools and the foundation of 40 years of this kind of connection, care, and love of learning that each of us is able to experience. Thank you for your part in this legacy of love.

With Much Gratitude,
Molly Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner, The Berry Patch Schools

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