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January Director’s Newsletter

January 3, 2022

I hope that you had a wonderful time as a family over the holidays! We look forward to seeing your family at The Berry Patch this week. 

COVID-19 Reminders

We will continue to do all that we can to keep our classrooms safely open. Thank you in advance for your understanding as we come back together that we may have staffing shortages and/or classroom closures due to the current exponential spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Here are a few important reminders/updates:

  • If your child tested positive for COVID OR was exposed to COVID over the Holidays please let us know right away so that we can make a return to school plan.
  • If your child has any cold or COVID-19 symptoms please keep her/him home from school and contact us for next steps. We highly recommend testing for any staff or students experiencing even mild symptoms.
  • At this time, we will no longer require additional testing/quarantine upon return from international travel.
  • The CDC has sent out preliminary updated guidance for Quarantine for positive COVID cases as well as close contact exposures. MDH has advised all schools and licensed childcare centers that they are reviewing the guidance and will make updated recommendations in the coming weeks. We will review our COVID Protocol for any pertinent updates at that time. 

2022-23 Registration

Registration information is on our website HERE and was passed out in classrooms before break. Online registration will occur HERE for current families beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 10th. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate your first, second, and third choice for your child(ren). Confirmation emails will be sent within two weeks of your registration submission. 
Parent Input Form
If you have specific needs/requests for your child for the 2022-23 school year, please fill out a Parent Input Form. These will be available at your school location check-in area after registration begins and are due by May 1st. Please turn in to your location Assistant Director (Jenny-Colonial; Cara- Calvary.)

Camp Sizzleberry Information and Registration

Camp Sizzleberry Information is available HERE and and will be passed out next Monday and Tuesday. Registration will begin online HERE for current families on Monday, January 17th at 9:00 a.m. Limited spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

January Special Guests

Our visit from Santa and his reindeer’s best friends the Christmas llamas was a hit and we are in for more fun in January. Our Raspberry and Huckleberry friends will have “Ranger Rachel coming to share all about dinosaurs and our Blueberries and Strawberries will have in interactive fossil creating time with our friends from Science Made Fun. Check your child’s classroom newsletter/calendar for this special day for your child! They’ll have lots to share about our Paleontology visitors!

We have a lot to be grateful for and look forward to as we begin a new year together. We can’t wait for it to begin!

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