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April News

From the Principal’s Office

Dear Merryhill Families,

Nobel Learning Communities schools pride themselves on approaching each child as an individual.  Standardized tests, like the Stanford 10, help us to assess the ability and progress of each child.  Teachers and principals use standardized test data in conjunction with other information including classroom activities, projects, quizzes and teacher-made tests to assess your child’s progress and particular learning needs.  Beginning Monday, April 20th running through Thursday, April 25th our students will be taking their annual Stanford 10 tests.

The Night Before

  • Help your child get to bed on time.
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible.
  • Mention the test to show you’re interested but don’t dwell on it.
  • Plan ahead to avoid conflicts the morning of the test.

The Morning of Test Day

  • Get up early enough to avoid rushing.  Be sure to have your child to school on time.
  • Have your child eat a good breakfast but not a heavy one.
  • Be positive about the test.  Acknowledge that tests can be hard, and explain that doing your best is what counts!  The important thing is to make your child comfortable and confident about the test.

After the Test

  • Talk to your child about his or her feelings about the test, making sure you acknowledge the effort such a task requires.
  • Discuss what was easy and what was hard:  discuss what your child learned from the test.
  • Discuss what changes your child would make if he or she were able to retake the test.

Thank you for all you do to help and support your children and their teachers here at Merryhill.

Theresa Gotay, Principal


Wednesday, April 1st   – Tuition Payment Due

Please remember that your tuition is due on or before Wednesday, April 1st.  Flat rate Extended Care is also due on April 1st.  Thank you for your timely payments.  We appreciate it.  With Spring Break your tuition payment should be turned in by Monday, April 6th.

Monday, April 6th – School Classes resume after Spring Break.  Hope you had a restful and enjoyable break.

Wednesday, April 8th – Awards Ceremony at 8:30 A.M. in the Multi-purpose Room

March Award Recipients for “Character Counts” and “Academic Achievement” will receive their medals at this ceremony.

Thursday, April 9th  – Youth Art Day

Students will celebrate Youth Art Day and the works of Claude Monet.  Watch for more details to be sent home by the individual classroom teachers.

Friday, April 10th – Parent/Teacher Conferences

NO school classes today as Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held.  Please remember to call the school office at 702-242-8838 if you are unable to keep your scheduled conference so the teacher can be notified. 

Wednesday, April 15th – Spring Picture Day

Lifetouch will be here for Spring pictures.  Dress up in your spring finery for these pictures.  Please remember no bare midriffs and closed toe shoes are required.

Monday, April 20h through Friday, April 24th  – Stanford Tests

Children will take the annual Stanford Tests this week.  Please make sure they get to bed early, have a good breakfast before coming to school and that they are on time.  Testing  begins promptly at 8:30 A.M.  Children will not be admitted into their classroom after testing has begun.

Tuesday, April 28th – Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home today if needed.


Have you re-registered your child for the 2015-16 school year?  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.   If you need another packet, please just call the school office.   Thank you!

Summer is almost here.  Remember to sign your child up for some

Summer Fun at Camp!  Brochures will be sent home soon. 

You can sign up for one or two weeks – or you can sign up for all nine weeks. 

A fun time is planned for all.  Hope your child will join us!

The first week of camp is June 8th and the final week will be August 7th.


A Message from the Art Room

Mrs. Russell-Hart has been teaching art Merryhill for ten years.  A Las Vegas native Mrs. Russell-Hart graduated high school from the prominent Las Vegas Academy School of Visual and Performing Arts.  She received her degree from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in studio art.  Mrs. Russell-Hart holds a Nevada State teaching license in Art (Grades K-12.)  Chasing after two little boys, ages 4 years old and nine months, keeps her home life an exciting whirlwind. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors with her family.

Art Education at Merryhill Elementary begins with art making.  The students create an art work based on an artist and art style that the students are studying.  The students learn art history, including information about the artist and how their work was part of an important art movement.  This includes learning about the country, culture, and time the work was created. By better understanding the artistic process the students develop an appreciation of the art.  Students describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of art building vocabulary and higher order thinking skills.

An education that includes art creates a well balanced child who:

-Builds vocabulary and higher order thinking skills

-Uses the inquiry process in thinking and logic- observation, description, analysis and judgment

-Learns to problem solve and think creatively

-Learns about varied cultures and traditions, promoting tolerance and acceptance

-Develops an appreciation of art and creativity

-Develops a way to communicate positively, beneficial to a young child with a limited vocabulary as well as a teen, who needs a productive way to express themselves

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