A Message from the Principal:
February is going to be a fun and exciting month here at Merryhill School!
We want to thank everyone who participated in the PAR surveys in January. We should be receiving the results soon and are ready to hear how we are doing and how we can continue to meet the needs of our children and families! Your feedback is greatly appreciated! We continuously strive to make Merryhill School the best school in Keller and your feedback will help us to do so.
Please be certain to check out our calendar of events! We will continue having Fun Fridays: Wear Red to School on 2/6, Valentines Parties on 2/13, Love Your Pet Day – Dress like your favorite pet on 2/20, and Schoolhouse Rock – Dress like a rock star on 2/27.
Mark your calendars for the following important dates: Monday, 2/16 we are closed for Professional Development Day; Thursday, 2/19 we will be hosting an open house for prospective families and current families; Early Bird Registration begins on 2/23 and will continue through 3/6 to pre-register your children for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. This is a great time to take advantage of the savings by enrolling early and to secure your child’s enrollment for the next school year. We will open registration up to the general public on March 9th. During these two weeks we will be having fun activities and celebrating Dr. Suess’s Birthday on Monday, 3/3.
Angel Inman, Principal
& Shirley Gent, Assistant Principal
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.”
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
- Please remember to bring extra changes of clothes for your child. We especially need extra clothes for sizes 2, 3, & 4 (boys and girls), any donations would be greatly appreciated!
- Please sign up for our Celly Text Alerts. This is the fastest way we can communicate to our families for school closures, important reminders, etc. Please see the front desk for information.
- Check this website if we have a closing due to weather!!!
- Per state licensing, please send your child in closed-toe and closed-heel shoes; such as, sneakers. This will help prevent your children from being injured.
- Please remember to sign your child In and Out daily.
- For the safety of all our children, it is required that a parent/adult escort your child to their classrooms. Please also remember an authorized adult (18 years and older) must sign children out for the day.
Now Enrolling for Spring Break School Age Gap Camp 3/9th – 3/13th
Spring Break Camp Brochure & Registration Forms
Now Enrolling for Preschool Summer Camp ’15
Summer Camp Brochure & Registration Forms
Now Enrolling for School Age Summer Camp ’15
Summer Camp Brochure & Registration Forms
Elementary Age After School & Camp Program
Winter, Spring & Summer Camp full day schedules
Please consider us for your child’s after school program! We pick up at the following elementary schools:
- Keller ISD: Keller Harvel, Willis, Liberty, International Leadership
- Birdville ISD: North Ridge, Green Valley
*WE WILL BE TAKING REGISTRATIONS FOR THE NEW IL CHARTER SCHOOL IN FORT WORTH. PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER SOON, AS SPOTS ARE LIMITED!
Powerful Connection to a Lifetime of Learning
Your children are experiencing the perfect balance of learning and play in a safe, nurturing environment. Our Links to Learning (LTL) curriculum prepares them for kindergarten by introducing concepts in reading, math, art, music and much more. You will receive progress updates, as well as ideas to continue the learning at home.
Please be sure to check your child’s student file on a daily basis to see how he or she is linking to success. LTL Folders go home the last Wednesday of every month. Check your child’s monthly folder and monthly newsletter for activities that you can do at home with your child. Feel free to schedule a parent teacher conference to discuss your child’s progress.