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November Newsletter

From the Principal

Dearest Merryhill families,

November is a time to be thankful for all the blessings in our lives!  We here at Merryhill School are very thankful for our children and families that we serve each and every day.  Since the busy holiday seasons in November and December are approaching quickly, we would like to give back a small portion to our local community. Starting November 30th we will be collecting toys for “Toys for Tots”. Once the toy drive is over we will have our local Marine department come out and collect the toys from the children. This will be a great “giving” and learning experience for them! More details will come once we get closer to the “Giving” Event.

Thanks to all of you our Scholastic Book Fair ended with a SWEET TREAT! We sold 232 books! We were so close to our goal that I have decided to let the children turn me into a “human sundae” after all. This Friday at 3:30 pm come and join the fun in the yellow room playground! By Friday morning, please bring in whip cream, cherries, chocolate syrup and sprinkles to help turn me into the “human sundae”. We will have fun in the afternoon at 3:30 pm as the children make a mess of me!

Last, but not least, I wanted to say thank you again to our amazing teachers who made Halloween week so much fun with dress up days, pumpkin carving contests and mind-blowing custom made costumes!! I am so proud of our teachers and I love our school so very much!!

The winning classroom of the pumpkin carving contest was so close, I had to make a 1st and 2nd place winner. The 1st place winner goes to Ms. Perla and Ms. Kelsey for their half & half Spiderman and Frozen pumpkin. The 2nd place winner goes to Ms. Lidia, Ms. Joanna and Ms. Cecilia for their skeleton BBQ party pumpkin. We had the most SPOOK-TACULAR time here at Merryhill Preschool! Thanks for being part of our family!

November is here, and with a chill in the air we need to mark our calendars for upcoming events and school holiday closure dates. Please check our newsletter, our website and the preschool parent white board located in front of the preschool office for all November & December events and school closure dates.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns my door is always open. We are here to help you and “our” children in any way we can. Everyone at Merryhill is special and important to us. Let us continue to make this a great school year!

Heather Bilbro Palmer
Merryhill Preschool Principal

Calendar of Events
November 4th- Dr. Navarro, our neighboring children’s dentist, will come and talk about good dental hygiene with a puppet show. Turn in your authorization form if you would like for her to take a peek in your little ones mouth. You can find more authorization forms in the office for pick up.
November 6th- With the help of the children, Principal Ms. Heather will be turned into the human sundae at 3:30 pm.  We made our goal of selling 232 books!
*November 7th- Fall Open House 10 am – 1 pm **Tell a friend and if they register you will receive one free week of tuition!**
November 11th- Merryhill School is Closed for Veteran’s Day
*November 20th- Thanksgiving Feast from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm (All families are welcome to join us for our Thanksgiving Lunch!) We will have pot-luck sign ups in the classrooms.
November 26th & 27th – School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the Days with Your Families!
November 30th – Start Toys for Tots Drive
December 8th- @ 3:30 pm Holiday Performance for the Green Room (Ms. Lidia, Ms. Joanna & Ms. Cecilia)
December 9th- @ 3:30 pm Holiday Performance for the Yellow Room (Ms. Perla, Ms. Kelsey, Ms. Amorous and Ms. Shudan)
December 10th- @ 3:30 pm Holiday Performance for the Red A Room (Ms.Sharmin, Ms. Shubhda and Ms. Usha)
December 11th- @ 3:30 pm Holiday Performance for the Red B Room (Ms.Maria & Ms. Maribel)
December 18th – @ 9:30 am Santa Claus is coming Merryhill Preschool
December 18th – @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm Multi-Cultural Feast. Come dressed in your cultures traditional dress.
December 24th & 25th – School Closed for Holiday. Happy Holidays! Enjoy the Days with Your Families!
December 31st & January 1st – School Closed for New Year’s Holiday. Happy New Year! See you in 2016!
Join us for our next Open House!
November 7, 2015 10:00 am – 1:00 pm **Tell a friend and if they register you will receive one free week of tuition!**
Extra Curricular Activities here at school!!!
Piano Class by My First MusIQ program – Held on Wednesdays For more information go online and check them out, please go to www.recplusregistration.org
Tuff Tumblers Class – Held on Fridays For more information go to http://tufftumblers.com or call 925-551-8900
MiniSoccer – Held on Tuesdays For more information go to this link: https://challenger.mycustomevent.com/ShoppingCart.aspx?com=detailview&iid=76592
Merryhill San Jose is proud to offer Challenger Sports NEW MiniKickers Program in association with the Challenger Soccer Academy.
Parent Referral Program:
If there’s one thing parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes.
When friends ask you about your child’s experiences at Merryhill School, what type of success stories do you share? Do you mention the personal and educational discoveries your child is making thanks to our advanced curriculum? Do you talk about the new levels of self and social confidence your child has gained thanks to our encouraging atmosphere?
*For every new child you refer who enrolls at our school for three months, you’ll receive one FREE week of tuition for your child*.
It’s our way of saying thanks for doing what comes naturally – singing the praises of your child and sharing your experiences with the Merryhill School difference!!
                                          4 Ways to Instill Thankfulness in Young Children
It’s never too early to teach your child about thankfulness. By learning concepts of generosity and compassion, children strengthen their connection to their community and become sensitive to the feelings of others.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, so now is a great time to reinforce the importance of thankfulness and giving back to those in need.
Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.
TODDLERS: Be a good role model
In the classroom: Our teachers introduce “please” and “thank you” to our toddlers by using sign language and verbal communication. Students practice good manners with their dolls, stuffed animals and each other.
At home: Modeling positive behaviors is a great way to teach your child good manners. Say “please” before asking him to do something, and always follow with “thank you.”
Recommended reading: Little Critter® I Am Helping by Mercer Mayer
BEGINNERS: Share your gratitude out loud
In the classroom: Our teachers encourage our Beginner students to name a few of their favorite toys and games, and bring one in from home to share with friends. By sharing their belongings, children nurture connections with their classmates, and build necessary problem-solving skills.
At home: Talk with your child about the things in your life for which you are thankful, and ask him to name a few as well. Extend the discussion beyond physical possessions. For instance, if he is thankful for a favorite toy, say “Grandma bought you that toy, and we are thankful for her.”
Recommended reading: Spot Helps Out by Eric Hill
INTERMEDIATES: Show appreciation through actions
In the classroom: By age three, children begin to understand the concept of appreciation. They create birthday cards for their teachers, make art projects for friends, and write thank you cards for classroom visitors.
At home: Go shopping with your child, and buy a small token of appreciation for a friend or family member. Ask your child to draw a picture or write a thank you note to accompany the gift.
Recommended reading: Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell
PRE-K/PRE-K2: Give back to those in need
In the classroom: During the holidays, many of our schools host donation drives for organizations in need. Our older preschoolers discuss why they are participating, count the items donated, and sometimes have the opportunity to deliver the donations.
At home: Donate canned goods to a local food pantry, and allow your child to choose the food that he would like to donate. Explain to him that you are thankful to have good food to eat, and that you want to make sure that others have the same.
Recommended reading: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to develop thankfulness and show gratitude towards others. By setting this positive foundation, your child will be more appreciative and generous as he enters elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education

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