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May 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 and Intermediate classrooms. Limited spaces are available.

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.

Links to Learning
We are in our last month of our new Links to Learning 2014 curriculum.

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, Pre-K, and Pre-K2 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 

  • Flowers
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Life cycle of a Butterfly
  • Water Conservation
  • Graduation
  • Summer

 Snack Menu

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.



Celebrations help our students meet our learning component in “Community and Environment”. 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.

Soccer at Merryhill School

Classes started on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. For any questions please call Tom at 916-262-7542 or email or Sign up online. They will be finishing up this session in May.

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May 4-8, 2015 Teacher Appreciation Week 

We thank you so much in advance for making this week special for our teachers!
Monday, May 4th: Flower bouquet
Bring your child’s teacher a bouquet of their favorite flowers. (ie: decorate with colorful ribbons, etc)
                                                 Tuesday, May 5th: Pamper your Body Day
Bring in your child’s teacher anything they can use to relax with a personal touch. (ie: bath oil, lotions,)
Wednesday, May 6th: Eat your Heart Out Day
Bring your child’s teacher a special treat to eat. (ie: chocolate covered strawberries, Bagels with crème cheese, coffee)
                                                         Thursday, May 7th: Gift Card Day
Bring your child’s teacher a giftcard to any store. (ie: Starbucks, Walmart, Target)
                                                                   Friday, May 8th: Make my Day
Be creative and make a gift for your teacher from the family! (Ie: card)

May 05, 2015 Cinco de Mayo- Tostada Tuesday!

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, our students will be making Tostadas at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm for anyone who would like to join us. We will be singing and dancing to Mexican Music. Dress up in your favorite Mexican attire or wear red, green, and white to celebrate with us.

May 11, 2015- Mother’s Day Tea party

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Please join us on May 11, 2015 from 3 pm through 4 pm for our Mother’s Day Tea Party. The children will have a special treat for their mothers.  Grandmothers and aunts are also welcomed. Come and enjoy some tea and snacks.



May 26, 2015 Graduation

Graduation 2015 for our Prek2 students will be on May 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. Gowns have been ordered and should arrive the second week of May.


May 28, 2015- Last Day of School- Surprise Party!

We will be having a surprise party to end the school year celebrating our graduating class of 2015.

Merryhill Preschool in the News

Please join us in congratulating our students on their Water Conservation Project which made the Milpitas Patch on April 30, 2015. Our teachers are constantly challenging our students to find solutions to our community problems. This helps our students become productive members of society. Please click on the link below to see the post.



Merryhill’s Facebook Page

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



Kind Regards,

Lucy Nunez,









Parent Videos & Photos
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.

Nut-free School
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.

Referral Program
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


Developing Writing Skills in Young Children

From Crayons to Concepts

In the early preschool years, writing starts with practicing fine motor skills and progresses to include concepts such as vocabulary, sentence structure and inventive spelling. Our curriculum builds the foundation for writing beginning with our infants. Our teachers not only instruct students how to write, but they also help instill a love of writing and self-expression.

Below are activities we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about writing, as well as fun activities to try with your child at home.


In the classroom: Our infants and toddlers practice picking up and placing objects into containers, building hand strength and coordination.

At-home activity: Give your child plastic cooking utensils, such as spoons and spatulas, along with a large bowl. Place appropriate finger foods in the bowl, and encourage your baby to pick up the utensils and use them to move the food around. Choose utensils with different sized handles so your baby learns how to grasp and hold objects in various ways.

BEGINNERS (Ages 2-3)

In the classroom: During imaginative play, teachers provide pens, markers and crayons to encourage students to practice writing. For instance, they pretend to own a restaurant and write food orders, and pretend to be doctors and take notes about the condition of their stuffed animals.

At-home activity: Incorporate writing activities during playtime. Bring sidewalk chalk outdoors and ask your child to write what they see. Don’t correct spelling or proper letter formations. Show enthusiasm in any efforts he makes, as this is how children learn that words are powerful and have meaning.


In the classroom: Different writing tools and surfaces make writing more interesting for children. Our Intermediates use chalk on a chalkboard, form letters using modeling clay, and finger paint on canvas.

At-home activity: Three year olds enjoy mimicking adults in their daily activities. Allow your child to engage in a new writing activity with you, such as writing a grocery list or a thank you card. Explain to him what you are writing and the purpose it serves.

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (Ages 4-5)

In the classroom: Teachers make writing fun for our older preschoolers by creating a classroom post office and asking the children to write and mail letters to each other. Through this activity, students practice communicating thoughts and ideas on paper, using proper grip, writing first and last names in correct case, and writing words independently by using inventive spelling. Inventive spelling encourages a love for writing and reinforces phonics. Traditional spelling is encouraged as students move into more formal writing in early elementary grades.

At-home activity: After a family outing, invite your child to write about his day in a journal. Encourage him to use uppercase and lowercase letters. If he asks for help writing more challenging words, have him attempt to spell them by sounding out the word and writing the letters that make that sound.  Invite him to read his journal entry to you.

We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to develop and practice their writing skills. By setting this foundation, they will be better prepared to communicate thoughts and ideas through writing in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education

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