Early August Back-to-School News

Dear Berry Patch Families,

It has been a fun-filled summer at both of our locations with our eight weeks of Camp Sizzleberry and the grand finale of Jamberries – where many of our graduated Strawberries are learning about and experiencing alot of the new things that will be a part of their school days in just a few weeks.

They are practicing using a pin number to get their ‘lunch’ (snack) on a tray, learning how to open a milk carton, getting a chance to ride on a school bus to learn how to get on and off and sit safely, hearing from a real live Kindergarten teacher about what their first few days will be like as well as processing the feelings they are having about this big change. It is a special week for our newest alumni!

Speaking of Alumni- the 2023-24 school year is a big one… our 40th! Your child is joining four decades of children who have experienced the nurture, friendship, and school readiness that is the magic of The Berry Patch! One of the joys of the last few years for me has been seeing parents of our youngest berries that I knew when THEY were 3 and 4 years old! 

We are excited to get to know the new families who are joining our school community for the first time this fall.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Please read carefully – lots of info!

Brightwheel Parent Instructions

All registered and confirmed families have set up a Brightwheel account for payment and school communication. This is the primary tool for communication with your child’s classroom teacher as well as all-school alerts and documents along with personal communication with administration. Please familiarize yourself with the app by downloading it on your smartphone and referring to our FAQs. 

**Be sure to allow notifications so that you receive communication and alerts for your child.

For any questions with Brightwheel, please contact Carrie Lounsberry.

School Forms Due ONLINE

Student Information Form – this important information is used to form classrooms, rosters, coordinate support services, give teachers background on your family and your child attending BP. Please take 10 minutes TODAY to complete this form if you have not already! (Click link above.)

Health Care Summary & Immunization Record- these are required for your child to begin school and are submitted via Brightwheel- all families have received a submission request via Brightwheel.

For any questions with Forms Submission, please contact Ashley Crowder.

Lunch Bunch and Afternoon Enrichment Registration 

Registration Link and detailed information for lunch and afternoon enrichment will be emailed August 15th.

All Huckleberries, Blueberries, and Strawberries are invited to stay for Lunch Bunch (12-1pm)Huckleberries will begin Lunch Bunch in OctoberBlueberries and Strawberries will begin Lunch Bunch on the first day of school.PM Playmates (1-3pm) will begin the first day of school for Blueberries and Strawberries, limited enrollment. Partnership Classes and Spanish Afternoons will be offered for Blueberries and Strawberries beginning in October.

For any questions with Lunch Bunch or Afternoon Enrichment, please contact Molly Dykstra.

Classroom Visits

This is an opportunity to spend time with your child and other families in your child’s class exploring the classroom, cubby area, playground, natural play spaces and more. Classroom-Specific timing will be sent the week of August 21st – your child’s class will have a one-hour time slot. All visits are open-house style, stop by for a few minutes or stay for the hour!

Berry Patch West Classroom Visits: Tuesday, August 29th
Berry Patch East Classroom Visits: Wednesday, August 30th

REQUIRED Parent Meeting

All families are required to have at least one parent/guardian attend one of the following Parent Meetings to receive important information on the school year- health policies; Music, Spanish, and Parent Education information; Special Events information, and more.

  • Berry Patch East In-Person Options: Sept. 11 or Sept. 12, 9:15-10 am
  • Berry Patch West In-Person Option: Sept. 11 or Sept. 12, 11:15-12 pm
  • Both Schools Online (Webinar) Option: Sept. 11, 7:30-8:15 pm

For any questions regarding the Parent Meeting, please contact Molly Dykstra.

School Year Calendar

2023-24 School Calendar
Full calendar with holidays, school events, etc.

It is all about to begin and we can’t wait! It is going to be a GREAT school year- likely the best yet- our 40th!

Much Love, 
Molly
Molly Lounsberry Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner

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