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November 2016 News


Dear Families,

Welcome to November 2016! We are in our fifth month of school and students have gotten used to the daily schedule. They are interacting with materials in the classrooms and other students.

There is still time to register for the 2016-2017 school year if you have friends or other family members to enroll. There is a referral fee of one free weeks tuition!  Please see details below.

Please see the office as spaces are filling up quickly!

Holidays- Closed for the day

November 11, 2016- Veteran’s Day Holiday

November 24, 2016- Thanksgiving Holiday

November 25, 2016- Thanksgiving Holiday

Links to Learning

Our new Links to Learning 2014 curriculum has been a huge success this past year in surpassing common core standards. We will be using it again for the 2016-2017 school year.

November 2016 Monthly Themes

  • Harvest/Pumpkins
  • Five Senses
  • Hunger Awareness
  • Native American History
  • American History
  • Friendships
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Winter
  • Community Awareness
  • Indian Culture

Snack Menu

Our “Wellness” curriculum component is using the following website at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids/ to ensure the nutrition of our students. Please look for our snack menu please let us know if you have any suggestions for our snack menu or would like recipes for home use.

Credit Cards

Soon we will be able to take credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover) at Merryhill school. A consent form have been emailed to all parents. Please return them if you are interested.





Method of Communication

We have a new method of communication (daily reports, pictures, etc) that will allow us to effectively communicate to all the parents verses only one parent.   The link to enroll has been sent via communication to all parents. Please let me know if you are not getting this communication and would like to receive it.



Celebrations help our students meet our learning component in “Community and Environment”. If you would like to share a family tradition with our students, please let us know. Embracing diversity is a social skill that will help our students in the long run when traveling or building friendships.

Our Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Parade/Party was a huge success! Pictures are available if you would like to see them. Thank you to all the parents who participated and brought items to share!

This month we are looking to have a “Thanksgiving Dinner” on Tuesday,  November 22, 2016 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.  All students will collaborate in making this a special dinner for their parents and thanking them. We are asking parents to please come and enjoy a great surprise dinner.


Indian Culture

The second week of November 7-11, 2016 we would like to share the Indian culture with all of our students. We will have some activities all week in the afternoon. If you have something to share with our students such as clothing, food, jewelry, art, shoes, etc. please bring to share.



Operation Christmas Child


Every year our students participate in Operation Christmas Child. Our students collect items big enough to fit inside a box to ship to other children in third world countries who never received a gift. Our students also write friendship letters to let other children know that they someone cares for them. This time is a good time to show our students compassion and giving to others. They will assemble these boxes on November 17, 2016 (Prek2- please wear uniforms for media coverage) and deliver them by November 18, 2016 to the shipping center. We are asking parents to donate some of these items. It would be great if the students could select the items at the store to help them be a part of the process of giving. We will be choosing preschool age children 2-5 years old.

Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.

School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

Non-liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.

Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

Crafts: Make your own items such as hair bows, finger puppets, and friendship bracelets.

A Personal Note: The students will do this at school.

Do Not Include

Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.


Classroom Information

We have classroom packets with information on yours child’s classroom about curriculum, our book-a-night program, program overviews, and teacher information. Please let us know if  you need another copy.


Report Cards
Report schedule for the year 2016-2017 are as follows:
November 28, 2016 (conferences as needed, we will let the parents know)
February 23, 2017
May 25, 2017

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Mini-Kickers Soccer Classes

Classes are on Wednesdays, at 9:00 am during the school year.

Spaces are starting to fill for our Mini-Kicker Soccer in September. You can go ahead and sign up today to secure your space!

Wednesday 14th September – Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Ages 2-3 – 9:00 – 9:45am

Ages 4-5 – 10:15 – 11:00am


Click on the link to sign up online :


TOM SHUTT – Academy Program Director
Tel: (410) 440-0585 Tel: (916) 262-7542 

 Amazing Athletes
Classes are on Tuesdays, at 11:15 am during the school year. They have started their session for these six weeks. Please let us know if you would like to enroll still.
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News from the Education Department

Learning through the joys of cooking

Learning Through the Joy of Cooking

With cooler weather and Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen. Use this time to invite your child to join you in the meal-making experience. As he is exposed to new foods and food preparation, he will begin to feel more[.....]
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Kind Regards,

Lucy Nunez,




Parent Videos & Photos
If you are video-taping or taking pictures at our school they must be only of your child. Please do not post videos or pictures of other children as it is a violation of their privacy. If you have accidentally posted pictures or videos of other children, please remove them immediately. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Nut-free School
We have a nut-free policy at our school. Please keep all peanut items at home. We have children with severe allergies.

Medication and Sunscreen Policy Reminder
Just a friendly reminder that our medication policy states that we can only administer medicine that has been prescribed by a doctor. We cannot administer over the counter medication without a doctor’s note with explicit instructions on how to administer it.

Regarding sunscreen, if you would like your child’s teacher to apply sunscreen throughout the summer months, please complete the “Sunscreen Authorization Form” located in the front office. We ask that you bring your child in their own sunscreen and apply a coat of sunscreen before they come to school. All sunscreen will be applied after nap unless noted differently by a parent.

Referral Program
Refer a Family, Get a Week Free!* Do you have friends with children in the area? If you refer your friends to Merryhill and they enroll, you could be eligible to get a free week of tuition! *After three months of enrollment. Only applicable for full time students.

Automatic Withdrawal
No checks necessary! Enroll in our Automatic Payment Program and never write another check for your monthly tuition or pay another late payment. Tuition can be automatically deducted from your checking account. You can find more information about ACH in the front office. Let us help you sign up today!


Earth Day 2016

Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas Celebrate Earth Day by Investigating
the Best Environments for Conserving Water When Growing Plants


Students planted fruits and vegetables after discovering that plastic terrariums are best for growing plants and conserving water

MILPITAS, Calif. (April XX, 2016) – On April 22, students at Merryhill Preschool on Corning Avenue in Milpitas celebrated Earth Day by planting a garden of fruits and vegetables using a gardening method that conserves water. Leading up to Earth Day, students tested which environment – soil, sand or a plastic terrarium – uses less water to grow plants. For 20 days, they watched seeds sprout and measured plant growth and the amount of water used. Students learned that the terrarium, which was made from a plastic bottle with cloth, was the most effective as it re-used water from condensation within the bottle. On Earth Day, students planted more seeds in homemade terrariums for the school’s garden. Merryhill Preschool teaches the importance of community and exploring nature at a young age.

 Merryhill donate to Second Harvest Food Bank 

MILPITAS, Calif. (FEB. 1, 2016) – Pre-kindergarten students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas donated non-perishable food items to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. The students learned about hunger awareness and what kinds of items were appropriate to donate through story time with the Second Harvest Food Bank turkey mascot. Following the event, students donated the bin full of food to the organization, which will benefit members of the community.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need.

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Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas Collect Donations and Prepare Gifts for Children in Other Countries


Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students assemble donated gifts and write letters to children in need around the world

MILPITAS, Calif. (Nov. 2015) – On Nov. 20, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Merryhill Preschool on Corning Avenue in Milpitas prepared 80 gift packages of toys, art supplies, books, school supplies and more to send to children around the world as a part of Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is an international humanitarian organization that sends care packages to children in third world countries. The packages, along with handwritten letters from the students, will be sent to children in countries including Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh. The gifts were donated during the school’s Operation Christmas Child drive this month. In the classroom, students have been exploring global citizenship and working to create friendships in other parts of the world. Through this experience, they will learn the importance of helping children in need during the holiday season.



Milpitas students send holiday gift boxes to needy children around the world


Milpitas Post

POSTED:   12/11/2015 03:50:45 PM
Merryhill Preschool student Jonathan James Moore helped prepare 80 gift packages of toys, art…

Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas prepared 80 gift packages of toys, art supplies, books and more on Nov. 20 to send to children around the world through an international humanitarian organization.

The group, called Operation Christmas Child, delivers care packages to children in Third World countries. The packages, along with handwritten letters from the students, will go to children in countries including Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh. The gifts were donated during the school’s Operation Christmas Child drive in November.

In the classroom, students have been exploring global citizenship and working to create friendships in other parts of the world. Through this experience, they will learn the importance of helping children in need during the holiday season.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org.









Water Conservation Project


Please join us in congratulating our students on their Water Conservation Project which made the Milpitas Patch on April 30, 2015. Our teachers are constantly challenging our students to find solutions to our community problems. This helps our students become productive members of society. Please click on the link below to see the post.








Merryhill’s Facebook Page

Our students are continuously posted on our Facebook page! Please share with your friends and family.



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