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October Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We want to thank all our families who joined us for our Back to School movie night.  I hope everyone enjoyed the treats and time to socialize as much as I did.  That is what our family nights are all about, a chance to bring our school family together and get to know each other a little better.  I send a special thank you to our wonderful PTO who sponsors our family nights and works tirelessly to make school fun.  I encourage each of you to support their annual fundraiser by contributing items to the school baskets for the silent auction or providing candy for the Trunk or Treat Event.

On October 8th we will be presenting our first monthly Character Counts Awards. You will be invited by a phone call from the classroom teacher to attend this assembly if your child will be honored this month.  Character traits are all the aspects of a person’s behavior and attitudes that make up that person’s personality.  Everyone has character traits, good and bad.  At Merryhill we focus on the “good traits”. This month our focus has been on Responsibility – a person of character meets the demands of duty, is accountable, pursues excellence, and exercises self-control.  Each month we will focus on a different trait which is always posted on the front bulletin board as you enter the main lobby.  Every staff member may award students a “character paw” posted on this board and at the end of the month the child’s classroom teacher will select the student to be honored at the monthly assembly.  You can help support this program by praising your child when they earn a “paw” and encouraging them by looking at the board when you visit the school.

Parent/Teacher communication is an essential factor for a student to be successful in school.  You recently received a student progress report.  This report is not part of the student’s permanent record but rather a tool of communication between the teacher and you.  The purpose of this report is to help you guide your child in areas they may need improvement.  On November 2nd we will have our first Parent/Teacher Conference of the year.  The report card provides a limited amount of information, and we recognize you may need more of the total picture for you to work with your child.  Conferences give parents a chance to ask questions about the student’s learning and classroom expectations.  It is an opportunity to exchange information about your child that may assist the teacher to work more effectively with the student.  This is a time to resolve concerns, and most importantly, a time to celebrate successes.

It is a privilege to work with your children.  I learn from them.  I love to see their excitement for learning and share in their joy as they meet new challenges each day. Please know my door is always open to you or feel free to call anytime.


Theresa Gotay, Principal


SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS for October, 2015

Thursday, October 1st – Tuition Payment Due

Please remember that tuition payments are always due on the first of the month.  Flat Rate Extended Care payments are also due on October 1st.  Thank you for your timely payments.  We do appreciate it.

Friday, October 2nd  – Teacher In-Service Day

NO school classes today as teachers will have an In-Service Day of meetings and workshops.  The office will be closed.

Thursday, October 8th  – Awards Ceremony

Recipients of September “Character Counts” Awards will receive their medals at the Awards Ceremony at 8:30 A.M. in the Multi-purpose Room.

Friday, October 16th – End of the First Quarter

Friday, October 16th   – Lifetouch Picture RE-TAKE Day

Today is Picture Re-take Day.  If your child was absent on Picture Day (September 11th) or if you are not pleased with how their pictures turned out, Lifetouch will re-take their picture.  You must return the original pack you received to the photographer for re-takes. (Reminder: Children must wear school uniform.)

Friday, October 23rd – “Trunk or Treat”

“Trunk or Treat” will be sponsored by our P.T.O.    Watch for a special flyer from our P.T.O. closer to  the date.

Thursday, October 29th – Halloween Parade

The children will enjoy their Halloween Parade beginning at 1:15 P.M.  More details will be provided closer to the date.

Friday, October 30th – Nevada Day

NO school classes today in observance of “Nevada Day.”  Enjoy your long weekend.


Parents please remember that children are not permitted to keep medication (including over the counter and/or cough drops) with them.  Any and all medication must be kept in the school office.  We also need a signed “Medication Release Form” completed in order for the medication to be given.

Extended Care parents are reminded that we do close at 6:00 P.M.  Pick-ups after 6:00 P.M. will be charged a “late pick-up fee.”  Please note that we do not open until 7:00 A.M.   Also, please make sure you sign your child out to ensure accurate time of charges, as well as, your child’s safety.

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 12:05 P.M.  Lunch is for 20 minutes.  You can order lunches online at www.wtcafe.com.  Phone number is 702-431-4463.

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

Very Important Reminder:  Parents, please respect the fire lane.  NO parking in any red curb area.

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