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February 2017 News

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Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We are in our eighth month of school and students are acclimated to the classroom routine, have made friends, and are engaging in the curriculum.

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!

2017-2018 Priority Registration for our Current Families 


(Beginners or Intermediate 1 & 2 families)

Its time to register for our next 2017-2018 school year. Our families got first priority in January. We are almost full in the Prek classrooms so please turn those registrations in as soon as possible. We still have limited spaces in our Intermediate and Beginner classrooms.

(Prek2 Families)

Mrs. Quinn or Mrs. Cooper from our elementary schools in the area will be contacting you shortly by email to send you their priority registration packet. You can return it to our office and we will make sure the elementary school receives it. If you are going to enroll into our Merryhill Kindergarten program we do recommend our joining our summer camp program.

Holidays- Closed for the day
Febuary 20, 2017 (Monday)- President’s Day Holiday
Future dates:
March 6, 2017 (Monday)- Teacher Training Day


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.

February 2017 Monthly Themes

  • Valentines Day
  • Black History Month
  • Changing Season/Winter
  • Zoo animals
  • Pet hospitals
  • Home Habitats
  • Camping
  • Baby animals
  • Speed
  • Healthy Habits
  • Equality

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.



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 Lunar New Year and I Have a Dream events were a huge success last month! 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 “Valentine’s Day Party” on Tuesday, February 14, 2017   from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. All students and families are invited! Parents are welcomed to bring snacks to share with their child’s classroom. Children can bring Valentine Cards to share with their friends.



Last year we sent our Valentine Cards to Valentine, Texas to get stamped with a special stamp from Valintine, Texas. I used to live and go to their Elementary School. I was part of the student council who had the privilege of stamping letters from all over the world. If you would like to get your Valentine Cards postmarked please see the link below.




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Parent Resource Classes


We had a total of about 20 parents at our January 2017 meeting. We went over how children learn at this age, styles of learning, and what is appropriate to teach them at their age, state core standards, and state cutoffs. Thank you to those parents who came out. It was our pleasure to do this additional class to support our families. Most parents mentioned that they felt relieved to know that other parents are having the same questions and concerns regarding their children. We will have another one in the Summer 2017 for those parents who missed the Parent Resources Classes this winter 2017.


Teamwork     Cooperation     Collaboration    Leadership     Problem Solver       Critical Thinker


Cherrydale Fundraiser

Thank you to those parents who placed their orders. Product delivery will be around 3rd week of February 2017.



Lifetouch Spring Pictures

This is an early reminder that our Spring picture will be taken on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Graduation pictures for our Prek2 will also be taken. Family pictures are still an option. Please plan accordingly.


Operation Christmas Child- UPDATE

Here is the link to the news media: http://patch.com/california/milpitas/students-merryhill-preschool-milpitas-collect-donations-send-children-need

An update on our progress for Operation Christmas Child 2016. Our students were able to put together 100 boxes in November for children who have never received a gift. The boxes shipped to the following countries:   Philippines, Indonesia Ukraine, Aruba, and the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar . Thank you so much for all of your donations. The students learned so much during this project. We will let you know of any media coverage that comes out.


Lifelong Learning Skills:

Cooperation:Working together to achieve a common goal
Leadership: Guiding and leading others
Language, Math, Citizens of the World, Social Studies, Social Emotional


Credit Cards

We NOW 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.


Mini-Kickers Soccer Classes

Here is the new class schedule for 2017. Please see the office for forms to sign up.
FEB 15th – APR 5th
(8 weeks) Wednesdays
9:00 – 9:45 Ages 3
10:15 – 11:00 Ages 4-5
Contact Dave Evans for more information
(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

10 Fun and Interactive Books for Infants and Toddlers

10 Fun and Interactive Books for Infants and Toddlers

You’re probably aware that reading to children at a young age has a profound influence on vocabulary acquisition, speech development and listening skills. If you’re a parent of an infant or toddler, you may have noticed that interactive books are especially likely to hold their attention. Pat the Bunny and[.....]
Read More »

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


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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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