For the Love of Learning™

Parent & Family Resources

As a Berry Patch family, you have access to a licensed Parent and Family Educator as part of the program. We are delighted to have Becky Danielson, M.Ed, on staff and available to you for one-on-one conversations at no additional cost. To schedule an appointment with Becky, please email her at b.danielson@berrypatchschool.com.

October News from Molly

Happy October Berry Patch Families, 

We are in full swing now with the 2023-24 school year. It is a joy as I walk through the halls during the morning to check in on classrooms and hear laughter and chitter chatter and see SO MANY CREATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES underway! 

Upcoming Events and Activities 

Parents and Pastries
We are eager to spend the first part of your child’s day together for this special event for your family. Plan to be at school on time so that you are able to join in all the fun from 9am-10am on your child’s day. 
BPW Parents & Pastries: Today (10/3) and Wednesday (10/4)
BPE Parents & Pastries: Next Tuesday (10/10) and Wednesday (10/11)

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Conferences are a great opportunity for you to spend time with your child’s classroom teacher(s) to connect on how your child is growing already this school year. We are thrilled to have our new Student Support Specialist Lynn Cookson consulting for us where we may have developmental or behavioral concerns. We are passionate about every child having the opportunity to flourish in these early years as their foundation for learning is being laid. 
Conference Dates: Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21
Sign Up Genius will be emailed by the end of October for you to reserve your conference time.

Christmas Concerts
We are THRILLED to have our annual Christmas concert tradition back this year! This is a special evening for your whole family to celebrate your little berry! The concerts are at 6pm both nights. 
BP EAST DATE CHANGE: Monday, December 11 (due to a calendar change with Calvary)
BP WEST: Tuesday, December 12
Plan for a wonderful time of singing followed by a reception outside the sanctuary with Christmas cookies for all!

Looking ahead to alot of wonderful time together in the days and months ahead.

Much Love, 
Molly Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner, The Berry Patch Schools
Parent & Family Education With Becky Danielson
Click HERE for Becky’s October Newsletter
Music Together “Play Along for Schools” with Kim Lund
Click HERE for Ms. Kim’s October Music Newsletter
Spanish Language & Culture with Zara Guevera
Click HERE for Ms. Zara’s October Spanish Newsletter

September News from Molly

As I shared in the Parent Meetings the last few days I will be sending a newsletter each month that will include links to our Parent & Family Ed Notes from Becky Danielson, Music Notes from Kim Lund, and Spanish Notes from Zara Guevera. Each of these specialists bring an amazing depth of experience in their field along with passion for young children. I am excited that your child will have the opportunity to learn with them this school year!

Warmly, 
Molly Dykstra
Director/Co-Owner, The Berry Patch Schools
Parent & Family Education With Becky Danielson
Click HERE for Becky’s September Notes
Music Together “Play Along for Schools” with Kim Lund
Click HERE for an introduction from Ms. Kim
Spanish Language & Culture with Zara Guevera
Click HERE for an introduction from Ms. Zara
Click HERE for Ms. Zara’s September Spanish News

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 this PARENT SUPPORT FOR BRIGHTWHEEL DOCUMENT. **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