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October Newsletter

Fall brings us many upcoming activities, fundraisers, and special events here at Merryhill Harbour Point. Our grandparents lunch was a great success.  We are looking forward to all Fall has to offer.

It is our primary goal to provide the children with the very best educational opportunities.  We love to offer fun and exciting new ways to learn and enjoy the learning process.  The past couple of months we have learned about colors, watched our class volcanoes erupt, celebrated Johnny Appleseed day and so much more.  This month we will learn all about the importance of books, introduce new math skills, discuss weather changes, and learn about all the upcoming holidays that will be here shorty.   We will also be participating in National Book month the entire month of October.

Please remember as the weather turns slightly cooler, please provide a sweatshirt or light jacket with your child’s name on it for your child.  Happy Fall!

Stephanie Gill/Principal


Dates to remember in October

Oct. 7-12  Scholastic Book Fair

Oct. 9  PJ Fashion Show

Oct. 10  Fall Festival 10:30-12:30

Oct. 12  KCRA Kids Can Food Drive begins

Oct. 19-23  Sign-up to read to   your child’s class

Oct. 30  Trick-or-Trunk starting at 9:30am/ Children may wear their costumes to school on this day



Information for parents  

Celebrating National Book Month-Join us in celebrating National Book Month in October.

October 7-12:  Purchase a book at our book fair/October 19-24: sign up to read a book to your child’s class

Kids Can Food Drive-Kids Can Food Drive has been helping to feed the hungry families in our community for more than 27 years.  Merryhill has joined the food drive effort.  You can help by donating canned and non-perishable food items.  Boxes will be placed outside your child’s classroom door from October 12th-November 13th.  Thank you

Fall Festival-Join us on Saturday October 10th from 10:30-12:30 for a morning at the Carnival!  We will have food, games, raffles, pony rides, a petting zoo, and so much more!  We will start selling raffle tickets on Friday October 9th.  Prizes are as follows: 1 free week of tuition, half off of 1 weeks tuition, $50 off one weeks tuition, and gift card baskets.

Scholastic Book Fair-During the week of October 7-12, walk our hallways as they are lined up with many of your child’s favorite books.  Feel free to purchase any of the books you see.  A portion of the total amount sold will go back to our school.  Thanks for supporting us during National Book Month!

Trick-Or-Trunk-It’s almost Trick-or-Trunk time!  On October 30th  your child will go trick-or-trunking in our parking lot.  We are asking for parent volunteers who would like to decorate the trunk of their car and fill it with stickers, candy, and other goodies.  If you would like to volunteer, please see Ms. Stephanie or Ms. Maybeline for more information.*Children may come dressed in their costumes on this day.*

Just a heads up that Picture Day will be November 5th & 6th(pictures are done through Life Touch)


From the Education Department:                   Exploring Community Helpers & the Roles They Play

This month, our students are gaining a greater understanding of community helper occupations, such as police officers, mail carriers, medical professionals and firefighters. The children have a lot of fun imagining themselves in these important roles, and incorporating toy versions of the uniforms, equipment and vehicles that go with them.

In addition, October is National Fire Prevention Month, so we place a special emphasis on the importance of fire safety and the role of firefighters. Our classroom activities help the children become more comfortable around emergency responders in uniform, and teach them basics about what to do in case of an emergency.

Here are some ways children learn about community helpers in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.

TODDLERS (ages 1-2):

In the classroom: Toddlers are fascinated with dressing up as doctors, police officers and firefighters, because they have distinct uniforms and roles that children can easily understand. During dramatic play, our teachers provide students with costumes and props, and encourage them to choose the role they want to play.

At home: Continue dress-up play by providing your child with various props and costumes. Ask him, “Who do you want to dress-up as?” and “What does that person wear?”

Recommended reading: Whose Hat is This by Sharon Katz Cooper

BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):

In the classroom: Our Beginner students learn about the special vehicles that community helpers use, by playing matching games, reading books, and building vehicles using cardboard boxes.

At home: Go for a drive with your child. Point out vehicles that belong to community helpers, such as a fire truck and a police car. Ask, “Who drives that vehicle?” and “Where might it be going?”

Recommended reading: The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski


In the classroom: During fire safety lessons, many of our schools invite local firefighters to visit. Students explore the tools firefighters use, learn “Stop, Drop and Roll,” and may have the opportunity to tour a fire truck.

At home: Continue exploring fire safety by practicing “Stop, Drop and Roll” with your child. Ask him, “Who puts out fires?” and discuss what he should do if he hears a fire alarm at home.

Recommended reading: The Fire Engine Book by Tibor Gergely

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):

In the classroom: Teachers introduce situations when it might be necessary to dial 9-1-1. Students practice finding 9-1-1 on different keypads, such as cell phones and landlines.

At home: Show your child photos of various community helpers and the buildings where they work. Ask him to identify the helpers and their workplaces, and describe the roles the helpers play in our community.

Recommended reading: The Berenstain Bears: Jobs around Town by Jan Berenstain

We provide many opportunities for students to learn about community helpers. By setting this foundation, they become more familiar and comfortable around the people that make their neighborhoods a better place.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education


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