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February News

A Message From the Principal

Congratulations to Merryhill School – Laguna! Winner of Best of Elk Grove 2014! Best Preschool Best Child Care

The smell of roses in the air, the taste of chocolate on your lips, and a pile of cards in front of you . . . Yes, it’s that time of year again, it’s Valentine’s Day! Please check with your child’s teacher for party sign ups and class counts for Valentines.

Priority Registration is here! It is time to register for the 2015-2016 school year. I would like to remind you that our school is currently full and we anticipate full enrollment for the upcoming school year, so it is very important to register early to reserve your child’s spot. Registration information will be placed in your sign in sheets at the end of February. If you do not receive your registration information, please see Lisa or Linda.

Spring portraits will be taken this month. Please check the portrait schedule inside this newsletter, so you won’t miss out. Class pictures and Pre-K graduation pictures will also be taken at this time. Bring those smiles for a great portrait!

As a reminder, Merryhill will be closed on Monday, February 16th in observance of President’s Day.

For those children that will be graduating and going off to Kindergarten, cap & gown money is due Friday, February 23rd .

Soccer also starts up again this month. Please check the on-line site for space availability. Spaces are limited!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Lisa Norris – Principal

In February

  • 2/2 Groundhogs Day Celebration & Findings
  • 2/12 Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday
  • 2/13 Valentine’s Day Celebrations
  • 2/16 President’s Day – School Closed
  • 2/17-19 Spring Portrait Days
  • 2/19 Soccer Starts!
  • 2/19 Chinese New Year
  • 2/23 Celebrate Washington’s Birthday
  • 2/23 Priority Registration Starts
  • 2/27 Cap & Gown Money Due


Priority Registration: Priority Registration for our upcoming 2015-2016 school year will begin on February 23rd and will end on Friday, March 20th. It will be important for you to register early to reserve your child’s spot for next year. By registering early, you will save $50 off the returning registration fee of $140. Registration will be $90 during the Priority Registration period. After that time, the returning registration fee will be $140.
Merryhill is your investment in your child’s future, so register early and save your child’s spot!

School Portraits: Spring portraits will be taken February 17th – 19th. Both individual and class pictures will be taken at this time. If your child’s class date does not fall on your regularly scheduled day, you may bring your child for portraits only. Due to the high attendance on these days, we will not be able to accommodate switching days.
Thanks for your cooperation!

  • Tuesday, February 17th
    Pre-K and Pre-K 2
    Individual, Class & Graduation Pictures
  • Wednesday, February 18th 
    Beginners, Intermediates
    Individual and Class Pictures
  • Thursday, February 19th
    Infants and Toddlers
    Individual and Class Pictures

Don’t forget to bring your smile!

Let’s Keep Everyone Healthy! With the cold and flu season upon us, it is critical that you follow our sick policy and use your best judgment in determining if your child is well enough to attend school. We will always continue with our regular activities during the cold weather, including going outside to play (unless of severe cold or rain, of course) and we will want your child to join us. If your child runs a fever at school of over 100 degrees, you will be asked to pick up your child. All children must be symptom free before returning to school. In some cases we may ask for a doctor’s note before returning to school.

Save the Dates!

  • April 6th–10th: Book Fair
  • Saturday, April 11th, 10:30 am–1:00 pm:  Week of the Young Child Playday
  • April 11th – 17th: Week of the Young Child

Weekly Communication: Please make sure that you are checking your email everyday! We often send out reminders about special events and each Monday you will receive a “This Week At Merryhill” email. This will give you a quick glance at the week!

Links to Learning: For information regarding your child’s class and the activities that are going on in our school, please check out the class newsletters that are posted on your child’s classroom door. And don’t forget to check our the lesson plans and our school website at http://laguna.merryhillschool.com These are your links to our school!

Parent Ambassador Program: If there is one thing that parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes. When friends ask you about your child’s experience at Merryhill, what type of success stories do you share? Do you mention the personal and educational discoveries that your child is making thanks to our advanced curriculum? Do you talk about the new levels of self and social confidence your child has gained thanks to our encouraging atmosphere?

Whatever the glowing reports you deliver about how your child is growing with his or her education, we couldn’t be more appreciative. In fact, we’d like to show you just how thankful we are for your endorsements. Now when you tell other parents about our school, you can become a Merryhill School Parent Ambassador!

For every new child you refer who enrolls at our school you can receive up to a full free week of tuition (based on attendance of new student) after 3 months of attendance.

Links to Learning End of the Month Folder: Remember to pick up your Links to Learning folders on the last school day of each month. You will find the Links to Learning skills from the month, a snapshot at what is ahead, and samples of your child’s work included in each folder.

Merryhill Elementary School: For information regarding Merryhill Elementary School, please call Calvine Rd – 916-689-7236

News From Our Education Department

Learning About the Uses and Benefits of Technology

Children today have many opportunities to interact with technology for entertainment value and learning. Most often we think of children using computer technology, including handheld devices loaded with games, books, music and movies. In moderation, these devices can aid in children’s learning and development.

Within our academic curriculum, we involve children in activities and reflection on ways that technology can improve our understanding of the world around us, help us do our jobs, and make the world a better place. We help children see how the understanding of science and math moves technology forward, and that someday they too might create new and improved ways to do things.

Below are a few ways that we integrate technology in our classrooms and some ideas to try at home.


In the classroom: Beginning in our Intermediate program, students learn common technology vocabulary, such as mouse, keyboard and email. Students also explore the double meaning of verbs that describe online and offline activities, such as “tapping” and “surfing”.

At home: Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg is a great book to read with your child to continue the learning at home. Dot, the main character, is a tech savvy little girl who leaves her electronic devices at home while she taps, swipes and shares in the real world.


In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to use technology as a tool to express themselves. For example, students use a camera to take photos of seasonal changes outdoors and write what they observed in their journal. This activity promotes creativity and provides a fun opportunity to practice writing skills.

At home: Allow your child to explore his world using digital photography tools. Ask him to describe his photos and explain why he chose those objects or locations to photograph. Encourage him to use descriptive language and emotion vocabulary.

In summary, we provide numerous opportunities for children to explore technology in our classrooms. Through these activities, children become excited to use technology educationally, and are better prepared to use technology in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education

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