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December 2016 Newsletter

Letter From the Principal

Dear Parents,

The holiday season is upon us and with it the whirl of family traditions, customs, and celebrations abound. It is also a perfect time to help our children appreciate and value all they have, particularly in contrast to so many who are struggling in the world around us. Our PTO is sponsoring a toy drive for the Shade Tree Shelter so what a great opportunity for your children to give to others. I encourage allowing your child shop for the gift or even earning the money for their purchase.

We invite family and friends to join us for our annual Merryhill Winter Program on Monday, December 12th at 6:30 P.M. for Kindergarten through Second Grade and Tuesday, December, 13th at 6:30 P.M. for Third through Fifth Grade. Please have your children here by 6:00 P.M. so we can begin our show promptly. Our PTO has arranged for a videographer to capture the entire performance so you can sit back and enjoy the show.

Just three short weeks until our Winter Vacation and there is so much going on so be sure to check the December School Highlights for dates and times of the many special activities.

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.

I extend my very best wishes to your entire family for the holidays; may they be merry and bright. And now, let the cheer and goodwill begin.

Happy Holidays,

Theresa Gotay

Merryhill School – Summerlin

SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS for December, 2016

Thursday, December 1st – Tuition Payment is due

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

Monday, December 5th – “African Drum and Dance” Assembly for all students sponsored by the P.T.O.

Monday, December 5th through Tuesday, December 13th – P.T.O. Holiday Toy Drive – watch for flyer

Wednesday, December 7th – P.T.O. Regular Monthly Meeting at 8:30 in Room #5. All are welcome!

Monday, December 12th – 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.

Tuesday, December 13th – 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.

Wednesday, December 14th through Friday, December 16th – Merryhill Holiday Store

The P.T.O. will sponsor the Holiday Store where children can purchase gifts for family and friends. Watch for special flyer closer to the date.

Thursday, December 15th – Awards Ceremony

Recipients of November “Character Counts” Awards will receive their medals at the Awards Ceremony at 8:15 A.M. in the Multi-purpose Room.

Friday, December 16th – Last day of School Classes and “Pajama Day”

Winter break begins on Monday, December 19th. We hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable and restful Winter Break. School classes resume on TUESDAY morning, January 3rd. (Due to January 1st falling on Sunday.)

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.

Please be sure to notify the office if you move or have any changes in your phone numbers. Information on the 2017-18 school year will be going out soon and we have to make sure your contact information is correct. Thank you for your co-operation in this regard.

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