From the Principal’s Office
Dear Merryhill Families,
We enjoyed a stupendous September! We had so much fun with our Grandparents during story time and our ice cream social.
We look forward to learning about Safety this month and all about ‘Stranger Danger’ and harmful items found in our homes during Red Ribbon Week.
Every year we participate in the Jumpstart Read for the Record Campaign, a national campaign to set a world record for the number of adults and children reading the same book on the same day! On October 21st , we will help Jumpstart to reach more than 2.5 MILLION children by reading “Not Norman” by Kelly Bennett. You can get more information by visiting: WWW.READFORTHERECORD.ORG
Jumpstart is a national early education organization that serves children in low-income communities.
We are looking forward to our Fall Festival this year and I hope you can all make it on Thursday, Oct. 29th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will be a great family event that includes: a costume parade at 3:30, a pumpkin patch, games/prizes, spooky room and so much more! Students will need to wear and/or bring their costumes. Please make sure it is school appropriate and do not send accessories as they can easily get lost.
Hope you all enjoy an Outstanding October!
Blanca Prieto-Preschool Principal
Calendar of Events
Oct. 8th & 9th-Lifetouch Portraits see flyer in front office for more information
Oct 14th – Scholastic Book Order due by 9:00 a.m.
Oct. 16th– National Boss’s Day
Oct. 21st – Read for the Record “Not Norman” by Kelly Bennett
Oct 19th-23rd– Blanca will be at Principal’s Conference
Oct. 23rd– Crazy Hair Day/ Hat Day
Oct. 29th – Fall Festival & Costume Parade 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Great family event- we hope you can all join us
Nov. 1st – Daylight Savings Time Ends-Fall back 1 hour
Nov 3rd– Election Day
Nov. 7th – Open House- For new and interested families to come and tour our school
Nov.11th -School Closed In observance of Veterans Day
Nov. 19th – Thanksgiving Feast 11:30 a.m. Join us for lunch
Nov. 20th – Scholastic Book Order due by 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 25th – Friendship Soup Party-each child may bring a veggie to add to our friendship soup for lunch
Nov. 26th & 27th – School Closed HAPPY THANKSGIVING
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
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
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