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November 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Parent/Teacher communication is an essential factor for a student to be successful in school. You recently received directions to access your student’s grades online. Jupiter, our new online grading program, allows you to check your child’s progress at any time. If you are having any difficulty working with the program please contact your child’s classroom teacher for assistance. On November 10th we will have our first Parent/Teacher Conference of the year. Grades provide a limited amount of information, and we recognize you may need more of the total picture for you to work with your child. Conferences give parents a chance to ask questions about the student’s learning and classroom expectations. It is an opportunity to exchange information about your child that may assist the teacher to work more effectively with the student. This is a time to resolve concerns, and most importantly, a time to celebrate successes.

We are pleased to announce that “First in Math”, another online resource for teachers, parents and students is up and running. Your child’s classroom teacher sent home a letter explaining how to access this program from home. Students move at their own pace and master math skills ranging from one-step addition to multi-step algebra. Comprehensive content is presented in a game format that gets the children excited about math! Your child will have time to work on this program at school but they are encouraged to use it at home as well.

Speaking of excitement, the PTO has sponsored several exciting events this past fall starting with Movie Night, Trunk O’ Treat, and coming this month is the “Amazing Animal Assembly, Book Fair and Family Skate Night. I am most thankful to the PTO and the many parent volunteers who support these activities for our students. I am truly appreciative of your time, efforts and generosity. Without your help Merryhill Elementary would be just a school and not the loving family that we are, so thank you.

Gratefully Yours,

Theresa Gotay

Merryhill School – Summerlin

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS for November, 2016

Tuesday, November 1st – TUITION PAYMENT DUE

Please remember that tuition payments are always due on the first of the month. Flat Rate Extended Care payments are also due on November 1st. Thank you for your timely payments. We do appreciate it.

Tuesday, November 1st – “Amazing Animals” Assembly for all students sponsored by the P.T.O.

Wednesday, November 2nd – P.T.O. Regular Monthly Meeting at 8:30 A.M. in Room #5. All are welcome!

Thursday, November 3rd and Friday, November 4th – P.T.O. Used Uniform Sale – Watch for special flyer

Monday, November 7th through Wednesday, November 9th – P.T.O. Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences

NO school classes today as Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held. First Quarter Report Cards are given at these conferences. If you would like to meet with a Specialty Teacher, please schedule an appointment. Please call the school office (702-242-8838) if you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment so we can notify the teacher.

Friday, November 11th – Veterans’ Day

NO school classes today in observance of Veterans’ Day.

Thursday, November 17th – Open House from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. and 4:00 to 6:00 P.M.

Merryhill School will have an Open House for prospective families. Please invite your friends and neighbors to come and visit and see all exciting things going on at Merryhill.

Friday, November 18th – P.T.O. Family Roller Skating Night – Watch for special flyer closer to date

Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th – Thanksgiving Break

NO school classes in observance of Thanksgiving. We wish all of our families a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 28th – Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home today if they are needed.


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.

Extended Care Reminder: Extended Care begins at 7:00 A.M. Extended Care ends at 6:00 P.M. Early Drop Off and/or Late Pick-up Fees may be charged when children are dropped off too early or picked up late.

Please remember that children are not permitted to keep any type of medication, including over the counter medication, in their backpack. There is also a Medication Release Form available from the office that must be completed. This does include cough drops. Any and all medication must be kept in the office. Thank you!


Holiday Show for Kindergarten through Second Grade will be Monday, December 12th at 6:30 P.M.

Holiday Show for Third through Fifth Grade will be Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 P.M.

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