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Opening Newsletter August 2015

Dear Merryhill Families,

It seems like yesterday that I was waving you good-bye and telling you to have a great summer.  And in just another week I will be waving you in and welcoming you back to a new school year. Hopefully, everyone had time to get away to relax and spend some quality time with family.  Now take a deep breath and get ready for the next adventure.

Please join me in welcoming the following new teachers to our Merryhill family.  As you can see, l have reached across the country to find the very best teachers to join our Merryhill family.   And here they are:


Mrs. Peterson has been in education for 23 years with six of those years in Kindergarten. She hails from Central Michigan University and has completed her Masters of Education degree through the University of Phoenix.  Mrs. Peterson and her husband, who recently retired from the Air Force, have just moved this month from Nebraska to settle in Nevada.


Ms. Hotze has over ten years of education experience and has been teaching first grade for the past two years.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University in English and completed her Masters of Education at Regis University.  Ms. Hotze moved here just two years ago with her twin daughters from Fort Collins, Colorado.


Ms. West has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Buena Vista University.  She has spent the last ten years substitute teaching while completing her education license.  She has recently moved to Las Vegas from northern Iowa to join our Merryhill team.  She has one son who will be a Senior in High School.

FOURTH GRADE – Mrs. Diana Gerson

Mrs. Gerson has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English/Spanish. She has taught in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as a Reading Teacher, Fifth grade teacher and Instructional Specialist.  She is excited to be moving her family to Las Vegas for the opportunity to join the Merryhill team.

We are looking forward to you joining us on Friday, August 14th for Orientation Day  between 9:00 am and noon.  Each classroom teacher will have a brief informal presentation in their Room at 10:00 a.m.  If you are a new family to the elementary school please stop by Room 5 for your PTO welcome gift and allow us to answer your questions.  The PTO will be holding their annual Gently Used Uniform Sale in the Library.  Those of you who ordered supply kits  may pick them up in the main office.  Also, supply lists will be available for those who choose to purchase their own.  Just a word of caution if you are purchasing new back packs.  The large (luggage style) wheel packs are extremely difficult to maneuver for our younger children especially with the narrow sidewalks and steps.  I would recommend that you purchase the smaller roller backpack in lieu of the luggage style.

Thank you for sharing your greatest treasure, your children,  with us and supporting our school family.  My door is always open to you.

Theresa Gotay, Principal


SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS for August and September, 2015

Monday, August 17th – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

Welcome back to all our students and families.  We look forward to a wonderful school year.  A warm welcome to our many new students and their families.  We are happy you chose to become part of our Merryhill Family.

Hot lunches and Extended Care  begin today as well.  Please remember to order hot lunches through the caterer’s website: www.wtcafe.com.  Lunch menu for August/September was in your August mailing.

Friday, August 28th – “Movie Night” sponsored by the P.T.O.

Welcome back “Movie Night” at 7:00 P.M. on the Playground/Basketball Court area.

Tuesday, September 1st – Tuition Payment Due

Please remember that tuition payments are always due on the first of the month.  If you have signed up for ACH, that service will begin with your September payment and continue through May, 2016.  If you signed up for Flat Rate Extended Care, that payment is also due at this time.  Please note that a late payment fee of $30.00 is assessed at noon on the day following the due date.  We encourage everyone to sign up for ACH to avoid this charge.

Monday, September 7th  – Labor Day

NO school classes – and the office is closed – in observance of Labor Day.  Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.  Classes resume Tuesday morning, September 8th.

Friday, September 11th – Lifetouch Picture Day

All students will have their picture taken today.  Students will need to wear their school uniforms for pictures as this is the photograph that will appear in the annual Memory Book.

Tuesday, September 15th – Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home today.


Please make sure you have returned all the forms that were mailed to you during the summer.  The “Emergency Form”, “Consent for Medical Treatment”, “No Walk Policy” and “Extended Care Sign-Up” all need to be completed and returned to the office as soon as possible.  These forms must be completed each year to ensure accurate and up to date contact information.  If you have misplaced them, please just call the office and we will be happy to send you another set.

Please remember that all new students need to have a copy of their birth certificate and immunization record on file.  If any current students have received updated vaccinations, please make sure we get an updated copy of the record.

Lunch times for the students are as follows:  Kindergarten through 2nd  Grade eat at 11:15 A.M. and 3rd  through 5th Graders eat at 12:00 Noon. Lunch is for 20 minutes.  You can order lunches online at www.wtcafe.com.  (Please note the change in lunch schedule.)

Dismissal times are as follows:  Kindergarten through Second Grade dismiss at 2:45 P.M.; Third through Fifth Grade dismiss at 3:00 P.M.  Children not picked up on time will be signed into Extended Care.

Please remember to check your child’s “take home folder” every Monday for important newsletters, reminders, and other information.  Thank you!

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