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December Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Our December character trait is appropriately focused on “Caring”. We already have several opportunities started to allow our students to demonstrate their compassion and consideration for others.  Attached to this letter I have included a Random Acts of Holiday Kindness Calendar from our second grade classes.  It was such a great idea that we decided to share it will all our students.  I believe it is important for children to recognize that a gift of kindness is something you can’t buy but perhaps the greatest gift we have to offer.  You may have heard that we now have a Post Office at Merryhill sponsored by the second grade classes.  This is an opportunity for parents to share their care by sending their child a letter or perhaps a holiday card.  The post box is in the main office in front of my office.  And, once again our PTO is sponsoring an annual toy drive.  We encourage families to bring a toy to the Holiday Show or their child’s classroom.  The toys will be donated to the Shane Victorino Foundation for the benefit of children served by the Shade Tree Shelter and other local charities.

Your child has been given a Login for the First in Math Online Program.  Your child may use their First in Math User ID & Password at any time on a device with Internet access.  First in Math online content ranges from addition through complex algebra, and includes a focused area for K-2 students.  Children using this website earn points (online stickers) to motivate them to practice. At school, we will in turn, present the student with the most stickers a medal and the class with the most stickers a trophy at our monthly award’s assembly starting in January.


  1. Go to firstinmath.com
  2. Type in the User ID/Password provided by the teacher
  3. Click green GO button to log in
  4. You are now at Player Homepage Hub-click a module to begin

Have your child play a few minutes each day or over the holidays when boredom sets in.  If you have further questions please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

In all the whirl of family traditions, customs and celebrations I hope you find time to rest, relax, and connect with family and friends.  I extend my very best wishes to your entire family for the holidays; may they be merry and bright.

Happy Holidays,

Theresa Gotay


Merryhill School – Summerlin

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS for December, 2015

December 1st   – Tuition Payment is due

Your December Tuition payment is due on or before Tuesday, December 1st.  Flat Rate Extended Care payments are also due by December 1st.  Thank you for your timely payments.  We do appreciate it.

Wednesday, December 9th – Holiday Show

Our Kindergarten through Second Graders will entertain parents, family and friends at 6:30 P.M. in the Multi-purpose Room.  Come and share in some holiday fun. Students should arrive at 6:00 P.M. so the show can start on time.

Thursday, December 10th – Holiday Show

Our Third through Fifth Graders will entertain parents, family and friends at 6:30 P.M. in the Multi-purpose Room.  Come and enjoy some holiday fun.  Students should arrive at 6:00 P.M. so the show can start on time.

Friday, December 18th  – Last day of School Classes

Winter break begins on Monday, December  21st.   We hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable and restful Winter Break.  School classes resume on Monday morning, January 4th.

Note:  The school office will be open during Winter Break on an abbreviated schedule.  Please call the office at 702-242-8838 before you stop by to make sure someone is on duty.



Please remember to have your child wear a jacket or sweater to school.  It is a little chilly these days and the children do spend time outdoors for recess and at lunch time and they need to be warm.  Socks or tights should also be worn.

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.  You can order lunches online at www.wtcafe.com.  Phone number is 702-431-4463.  New menus are always effective on the first of each month.

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 by 3:15 P.M. will be sent to Extended Care.

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

Please be sure to notify the office if you move or have any changes in your phone numbers.  Information on the 2016-17 school year will be going out soon and we have to make sure your contact information is correct.

Very Important Reminder:  Parents, please respect the fire lane.  Do not park in any red curb area at anytime.

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