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June News

Dear Families,

Wow! is it June already? Where has the year gone? As I look back over this year, I feel that we have accomplished much as a school community. I have enjoyed working with students, staff and families and our combined efforts to continue to build relationships as we strive for the academic excellence that our Merryhill family has become accustomed to. As we approach the end of another school year, I want to touch on some important year end reminders and activities.  Congratulations to our PreK Graduates! We will be taking a group photo of the Graduates on Thursday June 2nd please have your student here by 9:00AM in there Cap and Gown. Our Graduation ceremony will be held on June 16, 2016 at our Midtown Merryhill Elementary School. All Graduates must be picked up by 12:30 as the PreK teachers will be leaving at this time to prepare for the nights events. Please have your student at the Elementary Campus no later than 4:30PM in their Cap and Gown ready to go as we will start the ceremony at 5:00PM sharp and can not wait for late arrivals. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Christine and Staff


                  25 Books to Enjoy with Your Child

– Recommended Reading Adventures for Summer –

Whatever your child’s age, it is important to continue shared reading experiences even during summer. Reading together frequently has been shown to have a profound positive influence on vocabulary acquisition, speech development and listening skills.

Below are some age-appropriate books to read with your child this summer.


  • Welcome Summer by Jill Ackerman & Nancy Davis
  • Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
  • Splish, Splash, Baby! by Karen Katz
  • Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney
  • Baby Loves Summer! By Karen Katz

TODDLERS (ages 1-2)

  • Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins
  • Monkey Ono by J. C. Phillips
  • 1, 2 at the Zoo by Sue DiCicco
  • Get Happy by Malachy Doyle & Caroline Uff
  • The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen & Dan Hanna

BEGINNERS (ages 2-3)

  • Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
  • I’m a Shark by Bob Shea
  • Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan
  • Biscuit Visits the Big City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Island Counting 1, 2, 3 by Frane Lessac


  • Mouses’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson
  • Curious George Goes to the Beach by H.A. Rey
  • Over in the Ocean by Marianne Berkes
  • Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

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

  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • How to Hide an Octopus by Ruth Heller
  • Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London
  • P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out by Marilyn Sadler


By experiencing a literacy-rich environment, both at school and at home, our students are prepared to become successful, confident readers in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education


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