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March News

A Message From the Principal:

Dear Parents,
We, together with Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., are constantly working to improve our school. I wish to extend a special thank you to each of our families who took the time to complete our Parent Annual Survey this past January. The collection of your responses has been completed by our Corporate Office and shared with me. I will use your feedback as we move forward setting our new goals for school improvement. And I encourage each of you to call or make an appointment with me at anytime to address any of your concerns, suggestions, or just to chat to get to know each other better.

Your response to the survey indicated a high level of overall satisfaction with our school. The small
classroom size, teacher quality, challenging curriculum and the warm environment were the most important reasons for attending Merryhill Elementary. We are committed to ensuring your satisfaction by maintaining these outstanding elements of our program and continuing to offer our students exceptional learning experiences. I noted on our PAR Report that there was a request for more communication from our specialty classes. Hence, I will highlight one of each of our specialty classes in my monthly newsletter. So please read on and learn about the latest and greatest in Music with Mrs. Ellsworth. Also, I would like to encourage parents to let the classroom teachers know that you would like any of the Specialty Teachers to join you at your child’s conference or please feel free to email any of the Specialty Teachers at any time. Specialty Teachers as well as the classroom teachers have a webpage listing on our school website at http://Summerlin.MerryhillSchool.com which I would encourage you to visit.

During my classroom visits, I am particularly impressed by the patience, the quality of instruction, and dedication of our Merryhill teachers. I am pleased by our students’ positive and happy comments for their studies, teachers, and classmates. I am encouraged further by the involvement of our Merryhill parents in our students’ education. This past year working with the PTO we have been able to offer several family events and I am thrilled with the number of families that have joined us for Movie Night, Trunk or Treat, and Pastries for Parents.

If you have not already done so I encourage you to register your child for the next school year as soon as possible. To effectively plan for expanding programs and staffing it is imperative I know student enrollment as soon as possible. And speaking of planning ahead, it is not too early to begin to think about Summer Camp. Our camp includes five days of activities, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. You can choose to add extended hours and specialty camps to your menu of summer fun. We offer a range of outdoor activities, plus indoor activities conducted in our fully air conditioned facility. Our specialty camps are optional programs, operating during regular camp hours, which provide even more choices for unique and exciting adventures.

Please consider my door always open to you and do not hesitate to call me directly at 702-242-8838. As always, I thank you for being part of our Merryhill family.
Theresa Gotay, Principal
Providing an educational environment that fosters academic excellence, instills a love of active learning, and provides experiences that enable students to acquire a foundation of skills for lifelong achievement. Merryhill Elementary School – Summerlin



  • Monday, March 2nd – Tuition Payment Due. Please remember that your tuition is due on or before Monday, March 2nd. Flat rate Extended Care is also due on March 3rd . Thank you for your timely payments. We appreciate it.
  • Wednesday, March 4th – Awards Ceremony at 8:30 A.M. in the Multi-purpose Room
    February Award Recipients for “Character Counts” and “Academic Achievement” will receive their medals at this ceremony.
  • Friday, March 20th – End of the Third Quarter
  • Saturday, March 21st – Open House from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Please invite your friends and neighbors to come to our Open House for New/Prospective Families and see all the exciting things going on at Merryhill School.
  • Monday, March 30th through Friday, April 3rd – SPRING BREAK. NO school classes this week as we observe Spring Break. We wish you a safe and happy break. School
    classes resume Monday morning, April 6th



Re-registration packets for the 2015-16 school year have been steadily coming in. We have also had a couple Open Houses and there is much interest being shown by new families. We want to make sure that your child does not lose their space. Please make sure you read all the important information, complete the packet and return it (along with the Registration Fee) as soon as possible. Applications must be completed each year to help make sure addresses and phone numbers are up-to-date. Thank you!

If you need to fax authorization for someone else (that is not listed on your Emergency Form) to pick up your child, please fax to 702-242-8830. Always make sure if someone else is picking up your child that they have photo identification with them.

Kindergarten through First Grade have lunch at 11:20 A.M.; Second through Fifth Grade have lunch at 12:05 P.M. Please remember that the menu is new on the first day of every month and is normally available on line about one week before a new month begins. Please visit the caterer’s website at www.wtcafe.com so your child doesn’t miss out on lunch. Thank you!

Please remember that Kindergarten and First Grade dismiss at 2:45 P.M. Second through Fifth Graders are dismissed at 3:00 P.M. Children not picked up by 15 minutes past their dismissal will be sent to Extended Care.

PLANNING AHEAD: Stanford Testing will be done the week of April 20th through April 24th . We hope to have 100% attendance during these important testing days. Please try your best not to schedule any dentist/doctor appointments for your child that week. We appreciate your co-operation. Thank you!

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