November News from Molly

November News from Molly

Happy Winter ?!?!?

With all of the Halloween hoopla behind us, we really turn the corner to this new season of cozy and preparation for the holiday season. There will be loads of fun at The Berry Patch over the course of November and December. See details below on major events!


This meeting with your child’s teacher(s) is a great opportunity to connect on your child’s growth and development both at school and at home. Your child’s teacher(s) will have lots to share and is eager to partner with you as the school year continues. A few items specific to conferences:

  • Prepare for your child’s conference with these questions to ask your child’s teacher.
  • A sign up genius for selecting your conference time will be sent by the end of this week- be sure to look for that in your inbox.
  • Berry Patch Staff will be available 8:30 am – 12:30 pm on Monday Nov. 20 & Tuesday Nov. 21 on the playground (or gym if too cold) to watch your child during your conferences.


A cornerstone of our Virtues Curriculum is partnering with community organizations that serve children in the Twin Cities (and beyond.) We believe that the development of a child’s sense of self from “I AM LOVED!” to “I CAN LOVE OTHERS!” is one of the most important foundations we work toward at The Berry Patch. This plays itself out in each child experiencing consistent and tender care from his/her classroom teacher that then spills over to caring for his/her classmates, to taking care of the classroom and our school community. CSO is an opportunity for us as a school community at the family-level to reach out beyond our walls to be a part of learning “WE can love others!”

Our first CSO project this year will be collecting art supplies for Washburn Children’s Center. Washburn’s mission is to “nurture every child and family’s well-being and full potential through transformative children’s mental health care.” Join us November 6-17 by shopping with your child and having him/her bring the items your family is giving to school to put in the CSO box during drop off time.


We will kick off December with visits from our favorite Llama “Reindeer” and Violinist Darin Anderson leading some festive singing. Parents are welcome to come for the fun! Your child’s class will have an assigned time for being with the llamas and the sing-along. Your child’s teacher will let you know later in November what day/time their class will be participating.

  • Berry Patch East 12/4 and 12/5, 9-10am
  • Berry Patch West 12/6 and 12/, 9-10am

The following week we are excited to have 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 look forward to the weeks ahead as we celebrate, share, and partner together to love our berries, your families, and others in the surrounding community. We have so much to be grateful for!

With Love and Thanksgiving,
Molly Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner, The Berry Patch Schools

Parent & Family Education With Becky Danielson

Click HERE for Becky’s November Newsletter

Music Together “Play Along for Schools” with Kim Lund

Click HERE for Ms. Kim’s November Music Newsletter

Spanish Language & Culture with Zara Guevera

Click HERE for Ms. Zara’s November Spanish Newsletter

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