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July Newsletter

Welcome!  I would like to welcome those families who are new to us here at Merryhill-Harbour Point.  We are excited to see so many new friends.  For those you joining us for another year, we are anxious to share more memories with you and your child as we start the new school year.                          Our teachers are excited and eager to get to know your  little one and watch their success unfold over the next few months.  We have many wonderful activities planned, beginning with our back to school night/science fair on July 10.  Please be sure to take a look at your summer packet for more information.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As always, don’t forget to read the “What We Learned Today” located outside your child’s classroom for more information about your child’s day.

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Stephanie Gill / Principal


Dates to remember in July

July 2           4th of July Extravaganza

July 3            School closed in observance of 4th  of July holiday

July 10         Back to school night/science fair

July 20-24  Cooking classes begin for those that signed-up

July 24         Noah’s Ark workshop for those that signed-up


4th of July Extravaganza –During the morning of July 2nd, we will have our very own  “Fireworks at Merryhill.”  The children will all gather outside on our play yard to watch the spectacular showcase of soda fizzing to make and create fireworks!  A very big Thank You in advance to Ms. Chanelle and Ms. Ruma for volunteering to get messy!

Back to School Night/Science Fair –Join us on Friday July 10th from 6-7pm.  We will begin at 6pm sharp, first meeting with your child’s teacher in their classrooms.  You will have the opportunity to talk with your child’s teacher and learn about their new classroom and what to expect for the new school year.   Each class will be working on a science project that will be displayed for everyone to see during our Back to School Night.


Important reminders…-We have now begun the new school year and with that we would like to remind you of some very important school policies:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   -$65 yearly activity fee is due, if you haven’t paid it yet                                                                                                                                                                               -Tuition is due Friday prior to your child’s weekly preferred schedule.  A late fee of $25 will be assessed at noon on the Monday following the due date. -We are a NUT FREE school                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -We do not allow sharing of food that comes from home, unless it is due to a classroom potluck/party                                                                                        -Please remember to sign your child in and out each day they are in attendance

Please bring in sunscreen and a hat for your child to keep at school.  Please make sure everything is labeled with your child’s name on it… the weather is getting hot!

Fun Ways to Keep Your Child Engaged in Learning this Summer                                                                                                                     Summer offers unique opportunities for children to learn through fun,  multi-sensory experiences. Our teachers continue to use our Links to Learning curriculum to help children develop new skills throughout the summer.   Here are some examples of types of activities we will be doing this summer, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.

INFANTS –In the classroom: Our teachers provide numerous opportunities for multi-sensory exploration. Infants spend tummy time in the grass, splash their hands at the water table and feel and taste summer fruits.

At home: Fill a small bowl with water and place it in front of your child. Allow him to splash his hands in the water. Practice hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill development by adding toys and encouraging your child to retrieve them.

TODDLERS (ages 1-2): In the classroom: In the toddler years, children begin to play together with their peers.  They practice sharing toys and cooperating in learning centers. Research shows that by nurturing connections with others, toddlers learn how to form friendships, communicate their emotions and deal with challenges.

At home: Encourage sharing skills by taking turns blowing bubbles with your child, doing the Hokey Pokey, or drawing pictures using sidewalk chalk.

BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):  In the classroom: Our Beginner students use math and science while participating in fun outdoor activities. For instance, they predict and test the buoyancy of toys at the water table, and count how many will float and how many will sink.

At home: During bath time or in a baby pool, continue the exploration of what sinks and what floats. Bring a small assortment of toys and ask your child to guess which items will sink or float.

INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):  In the classroom: Intermediates take advantage of the warm summer weather by strengthening their gross motor skills. They practice pedaling on a tricycle, throwing and catching balls, playing hopscotch and walking on balance boards.

At home: Play follow the leader around your neighborhood or at a nearby park. Have your child try skipping, galloping, hopping, marching and jogging.

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):  In the classroom: Teachers make reading and writing more engaging and fun by moving learning outdoors. For example, our older preschoolers go on a nature walk, write about their experience in their journals, and share their journal entries with the class.

At home: Increase your child’s interest in writing by bringing various writing materials outside, such as crayons and paper or colored sidewalk chalk. Ask your child to draw and label what he sees.

During the summer months, we provide many opportunities for students to explore their interests, learn to their full potential, and express themselves creatively. These hands-on experiences lead to growth in all areas of development as children transition into elementary school and beyond.

Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education


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