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June News

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that the end of the 2014-2015 school year is just weeks away.  Pre-Kindergarten has been practicing for their upcoming graduation and  the children are getting ready to move into their new classes.  It’s been a great year.

Dad’s – this is also your month.  This year we will be celebrating all of our Dad’s with a Father’s Day Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 19th.  Please see individual classes for specific times.

Merryhill School will be closed on Monday, June 22nd for a Professional Development Day and so that the teachers can prepare for their new classes.

Tuesday, June 23rd will be the first day of the new school year.  Please look for the new school lists to be posted on Friday, June 5th.  Most children will be moving on this summer, but a few children will remain where they are through the summer – really depending upon development and in some cases their age.

We have a very exciting summer planned this year.  We will kick-off our summer with an “Island Adventure” and Wacky Wednesday’s are back with Hula Dancing, Snow Days, Challenge games and so much more!  We will have our own Patriotic Parade, a Western Family BBQ and of course continue our Links to Learning skills all summer long.

Beyond Summer, we expect a super new school year with a fantastic staff and wonderful students.  As always, please do not hesitate to call, visit or email me anytime.

Susan Freitag – Principal

School Calendar:

Thursday, June 11th:                              Shining Star Showcase  –  5:00pm

Monday, June 15th:                                Summer Camp Begins

Thursday, June 18th:                             Pre-K / Pre-K 2 Graduation – 10:00am

Friday, June 19th:                                   Father’s Day Ice Cream Social – see individual classes for times

Friday, June 19th:                                   Last day of 2014-2015 School Year

Monday, June 22nd:                               School Closed – Staff Professional Day

Tuesday, June 23rd:                               First day of 2015-2016 School Year – New Rates begin, Activity                                                                                        Fees due

Week of June 22nd:                                 “Island Adventure”

Week of June 28th:                                   “Road Trip USA”

Friday, July 3rd:                                       School Closed  –  Happy 4th of July


From our Education Department

25 Books to Enjoy with Your Child
– Recommended Reading Adventures for Summer –
Whatever your child’s age, it is important to continue shared reading experiences even during summer. Reading together frequently has been shown to have a profound positive influence on vocabulary acquisition, speech development and listening skills.
Below are some age-appropriate books to read with your child this summer.
• Welcome Summer by Jill Ackerman & Nancy Davis
• Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
• Splish, Splash, Baby! by Karen Katz
• Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney
• Baby Loves Summer! By Karen Katz
TODDLERS (ages 1-2)
• Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins
• Monkey Ono by J. C. Phillips
• 1, 2 at the Zoo by Sue DiCicco
• Get Happy by Malachy Doyle & Caroline Uff
• The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen & Dan Hanna
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3)
• Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
• I’m a Shark by Bob Shea
• Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan
• Biscuit Visits the Big City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
• Island Counting 1, 2, 3 by Frane Lessac
• Mouses’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson
• Curious George Goes to the Beach by H.A. Rey
• Over in the Ocean by Marianne Berkes
• Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
• The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5)
• Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
• How to Hide an Octopus by Ruth Heller
• Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation by Stan and Jan Berenstain
• Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London
• P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out by Marilyn Sadler

By experiencing a literacy-rich environment, both at school and at home, our students are prepared to become successful, confident readers in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education


Merryhill Pocket Preschool Staff:

  • Susan Freitag – Principal Susan.Freitag@nlcinc.com
  • Monique Holquin – Asst. Principal Monique.Holquin@nlcinc.com
  • Kathy Ames – Administration Kathy.Ames@nlcinc.com
  • Ms. Marisa – Cook
  • Ms. Rosemary – Links to Learning Leader / Intermediate teacher
  • Ms. Ngan – Infant teacher
  • Ms. Darany – Infant teacher / Ms. Malki – Infant Teacher (covering Ms. Darany’s Maternity)
  • Ms. Debbie – Infant teacher
  • Ms. Ruth – Infant teacher
  • Ms. Molly – Infant teacher / Technology help
  • Ms. Sammy – Toddler teacher
  • Ms. Pearl – Toddler teacher
  • Ms. Carmel – Toddler teacher
  • Ms. Mai – Beginner teacher
  • Ms. Ruthie – Beginner teacher
  • Ms. Perlita – Beginner teacher
  • Ms. Rebekah- Beginner teacher
  • Ms. Cyndi – Beginner teacher
  • Ms. Sade – Beginner teacher
  • Ms. Sara – Intermediate teacher
  • Ms. Annie – Intermediate teacher
  • Ms. Kari – Pre-K teacher
  • Ms. Nimfa – Pre-K Assistant
  • Ms. Paulina – Pre-K teacher
  • Ms. Vanessa – Pre-K teacher
  • Ms. Ami – Pre-K 2 teacher
  • Ms. Erika – School Age Enrichment / Summer Camp
  • Mr. Chris – School Age Enrichment / Summer Camp
  • Ms. Denetra – Floater
  • Ms. Tammi – Sub / infant teacher
  • Ms. Vickie Lee – Sub/ infant floater
  • Ms. Crystal – Sub/ Toddler floater
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