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.

February News from Molly

Hello Berry Patch Families,

We are excited to celebrate LOVE this month, one of our core values. We wrapped up January with a lot of love being shared with others through bags of hats and mittens that will be shared with children who may not have them. Valentines are already being made in ABUNDANCE in our classrooms and will be shared with love in classrooms and at home. Our Strawberry classes will be sharing love through song and connection with a visit to the Waters Senior Living. All of our berries will also be exploring art and music history. Through activities related to famous artists and musicians as well as lots of different musical instruments your child will develop his/her own skills in creating MASTERPIECES! You will LOVE their creations this month!

Berry Patch School Spirit!

We are excited to announce our INAUGURAL School Spirit Store. We have partnered with a fantastic local company to have a custom Berry Patch store built for our school community. 

  • The store will be open February 1 – February 15.
  • All orders placed during these dates will be sent to production and delivered to The Berry Patch within approximately 4 weeks. 
  • There is apparel for all ages! Parents can get your very own Berry Patch sweatshirt or t-shirt (and more!) Your child can get an age-specific berry t-shirt (and more!) There are canvas tote bags that can be personalized that would be perfect for winter gear (and more!)
  • Click HERE to check out the Berry Patch School Store!

2024-25 School Year Registration Referral Thank You’s

Thank you to many of you who shared about your positive experience with families throughout our registration season! All families who were named as references during our registration process will be receiving a $50 Parasol Gift Card. The winning referring family is receiving a $500 Gift Certificate for a staycation at the Hewing Hotel.

Congratulations to Anya and Joseph Tierney
Our Hewing Hotel gift certificate winners!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Enjoy this spring-like weather with your family!

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

Parent & Family Education With Becky Danielson
Click HERE for Becky’s February Newsletter

Music Together “Play Along for Schools” with Kim Lund
Click HERE for Ms. Kim’s February Music Newsletter

Spanish Language & Culture with Zara Guevara
Click HERE for Ms. Zara’s February Spanish Newsletter

January News from Molly

Happy 2024 Berry Patch Families,

We are eager to be together again next week! I hope that each of you had a wonderful two weeks gathering with family and celebrating together. 

As we turn the corner in the school year, we have a lot to look forward to: Our partnership class with Soccer Shots begins next week on Tuesday and WednesdayThe crew from Science Made Fun will be coming for an in-house field trip about fossils and dinosaursWe will have a guest musician visiting both of our schools. Peter Borne will share his love of you piano with each class and give the children an opportunity to sing and dance and even get a chance to try playing the piano.

2024-25 School Year REGISTRATION 
Registration Form for current families will be live at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 8thClasses are filled on a first-come, first-served basi.
The 2024-25 Registration Form can be found HERE on the Registration Page on our website. You will receive another email Monday morning with the link above.

CAMP SIZZLEBERRY
It’s hard to believe it is time to start planning for summer! Dates for Camp Sizzleberry will be set and sent to current families by the week of January 22nd. This is a great experience for our potty-trained Huckleberries, Blueberries and Strawberries! Stay tuned for details mid-month.
 
MID-YEAR PARENT SURVEY
As lifelong learners who strive for excellence in all we do, our amazing staff is always learning and growing. We would love to hear from you as we begin the second half of the school year about your experience this year at The Berry Patch. Your reflections and ideas will give us insight on how we can make these next five months the BEST part of the school year for your family! Please take 10 minutes or so to fill out our Mid-Year Parent Survey before January 17th. Thank you in advance!

We are honored to partner with you in these early childhood years. Your children are blessed by your care and we welcome the opportunity to join you in nurturing your child’s heart and mind. What a gift to be a part of this foundational time in your child’s life! 

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

Parent & Family Education With Becky Danielson
Click HERE for Becky’s January Newsletter

Music Together “Play Along for Schools” with Kim Lund
Click HERE for Ms. Kim’s January Music Newsletter

Spanish Language & Culture with Zara Guevara
Ms. Zara is not available for morning Spanish classes in January.
Your child will have time with our Resident Musician, Peter Borne,
during their scheduled Spanish Time.

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. 

CHILDREN SERVING OTHERS

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!

DECEMBER ALA CARTE PM PLAYMATES

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.)  

LLAMAS

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.

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

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.

**BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR CHILD AT HIS/HER CLASSROOM BY 5:45 p.m.!!**

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

WINTER (January-mid March) AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT SESSION REGISTRATION 

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

Parent & Family Education With Becky Danielson
Click HERE for Becky’s December Newsletter
Music Together “Play Along for Schools” with Kim Lund
Click HERE for Ms. Kim’s December Music Newsletter
Spanish Language & Culture with Zara Guevara
Click HERE for Ms. Zara’s December Spanish Newsletter

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!

CONFERENCES

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. 

CHILDREN SERVING OTHERS

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.  

CONCERTS and LLAMAS

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
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 Guevara
Click HERE for Ms. Zara’s November Spanish Newsletter

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