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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

March Director’s Newsletter

March 1, 2022

What a gift for the kids to get outside again after SO MANY ‘too cold’ days in February. Rosy red cheeks after time in the snow is such a great sign of healthy kids! There was lots of love in February. Mrs. Trudell’s Strawberry class at Colonial shares their grins here on the day of their Valentine’s Day celebration. Our Mozart and Monet month was amazing. The learning that all of our berries did about different artists and the experiences they were able to have in creating culminated in some amazing galleries. I loved hearing children say, “I am an artist!”  We also had the joy of our visit from Darin Anderson, professional cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra. The kids were mesmerized by him and the sound of his cello. He has a gift with sharing with children. Mrs. Pope, former Strawberry teacher, also visited all of our classes and shared a story about art/artists and had a hands-on activity for each child to try. Alongside all of this fun in classrooms, our school community collected over 100 hats and sets of mittens to share with others. Thank you so much for your generosity. What a great month we had together!

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February Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

This month’s focus for Parent and Family Education is the topic of FRIENDSHIP. Most of the conversations I’ve had with parents in the last 18 months have centered on social emotional skill building and getting along with others. The pandemic has isolated our kids from the normal activities of childhood. As a result, they haven’t had the experiences needed to learn to socialize well. 

Making and keeping friends is an ongoing skill. Practice is necessary! The Berry Patch staff assist your children daily in friendship building skills. Kindness, polite behavior, and respect are all rolled into everyday lessons. The Berry Patch School’s Parent Tip Sheets are helpful resources for your family. Download the tip sheets: Social Emotional LearningCommunicating Well with Young Children, and The Power of Play for additional tips and strategies.

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February Director’s Newsletter

February 1 , 2022

We did make it! It was not an easy month- thank you for your patience and endurance as we have ridden the Omicron wave. We learned a lot and have streamlined our COVID Protocol further – with what we recognize we are able to manage as a staff and what what does not put undue burden on families. This will be passed out in cubbies this week and can be seen HERE

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January Parent & Family Education Newsletter

January 15, 2022

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Minnesota is winter wonderland! Get outside and embrace all winter has to offer. Sledding, snowman building, and snowshoeing are fun artic activities for the whole family. Since The Berry Patch School is a play-based program, I’d like to encourage you to play… outside.

Here are a few tips to get geared up for a day in the snow.

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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.
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December Parent & Family Education Newsletter

Dear Berry Patch Families,

Generosity is a great virtue to instill in all children. But training children to be generous can be a bit overwhelming. At times, it’s difficult to get kids to share with their siblings much less other kids. Rest assured, the virtues of compassion, kindness, empathy, and generosity can be taught. Use these ten tips to encourage generosity in your family during the holidays and all year long.

Top Ten Tips to Encourage a Generous Heart

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