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February News

A Message From Our Principal:

Dear Families,

Priority enrollment for our next school year 2015-2016 has ended. However,we are still accepting enrollment for next year especially in our Beginners classroom. Limited spaces are available in some classrooms.

Links to Learning
We are in our sixth month of our new Links to Learning 2014 curriculum. Our teachers are working on finishing their second assessments of the new curriculum on our students. The second quarter report cards will go out at the end of February 2015. They will cover the months of December 2014 to February 2015.

Our “Language and Literacy” component of our new curriculum required some skills in reading enrichment. Our Book-A-Night program is now in full effect in our Intermediate, Prek1, and Prek2 classrooms. Please note that special prizes are awarded to those students of families who do book extensions to their book of the week. Please let me know if you need ideas for extended projects.

Monthly Themes for February 2015 include; Valentine’s Day, Vietnamese and Chinese New Years, Jungle animals, Post Office, and Presidents Birthdays.

Our “Wellness” curriculum component is using the following website at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids/ to ensure the nutrition of our students. Please look for our snack menu please let us know if you have any suggestions for our snack menu or would like recipes for home use.

Valentine’s Celebrations
Celebrations help our students meet our learning component in “Community and Environment”. We are having a Valentine’s Day party on Friday, Feb 13, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Children can bring their Valentines Day cards to share with their friends. Parents are encouraged to bring their favorite Valentine’s Day goodies to share. We will also be having a Chinese/Vietnamese party on Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Please bring your favorite Chinese Food dish to share.

If you would like to share a family tradition with our students, please let us know. Embracing diversity is a social skill that will help our students in the long run when traveling or building friendships. Here is a picture of last years event.

It’s picture time! Lifetouch pictures will be here this Friday, February 6, 2015 from 8 am to 11:30 am. They will be taking graduation pictures for our Prek2 students who will be graduating in June. All families are welcomed to join us!

Soccer at Merryhill School
Classes to start on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Sign up online! For any questions please call Tom at 916-262-7542 or email.

Operation Christmas Child
Every year as Christmas rolls around, many children in different parts of the world have never been the recipient of a Christmas gift. Our students collected small items that fit inside a shoe box such as; coloring books, crayons, t shirts, academic items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, balls, games, cards, socks, mittens, small towels, wet naps, stuffed animals, etc. Our students made 58 gift boxes for our friends in third world countries. Thank you to all the families who participated and donated. The Milpitas Post did an additional feature on our Operational Christmas Child for 2013 as well!

Our students are continuously posted on our Facebook page! Please share with your friends and family.

Kind Regards,

Lucy Nunez,

February Events

  • Thursday-Friday, January 1-2, 2015- School Closed for New Year
  • Monday, January 5, 2015- School Resumes
  • Monday, January 19, 2015- School is Closed- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Saturday, January 24, 2015- Open house from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015- Soccer to start at Merryhill School
  • Friday, February 6, 2015-Picture Day for all students (graduation pictures included)
  • Friday, February 13, 2015- Valentine’s Day Party 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Monday, February 16, 2015- Closed for Presidents Day
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015- Vietnamese and Chinese New Year 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015- Open house for prospective parents for 2015-2016 school year–6:00 to 8:00 pm


Please note that if you are video-taping or taking pictures at our school they must be only of your child. Please do not post videos or pictures of other children as it is a violation of their privacy. If you have accidentally posted pictures or videos of other children, please remove them immediately. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

We have a nut-free policy at our school. Please keep all peanut items at home. We have children with severe allergies.

Medication and Sunscreen Policy Reminder
Just a friendly reminder that our medication policy states that we can only administer medicine that has been prescribed by a doctor. We cannot administer over the counter medication without a doctor’s note with explicit instructions on how to administer it.

Regarding sunscreen, if you would like your child’s teacher to apply sunscreen throughout the summer months, please complete the “Sunscreen Authorization Form” located in the front office. We ask that you bring your child in their own sunscreen and apply a coat of sunscreen before they come to school. All sunscreen will be applied after nap unless noted differently by a parent.

Refer a Family, Get a Week Free!* Do you have friends with children in the area? If you refer your friends to Merryhill and they enroll, you could be eligible to get a free week of tuition! *After three months of enrollment. Only applicable for full time students.

Automatic Withdrawal
No checks necessary! Enroll in our Automatic Payment Program and never write another check for your monthly tuition or pay another late payment. Tuition can be automatically deducted from your checking account. You can find more information about ACH in the front office. Let us help you sign up today!

News from The 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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