From the Principal’s Office
The flowers are blooming, the days are growing longer, and the birds are singing. Yes, spring is in the air! And with the warmer weather comes more moments for learning! More outdoor time will create more opportunities for gross motor skill practice and environmental learning. In our outdoor environments we have added our Merryhill Preschool Garden, a natural tree stump dramatic play area with a mystical fairy cover, wooden blocks, and large legos to give the children more activities for outdoor play and exploration! The weather is perfect now and we finally have more water to help our garden grow this year! The children have been helping take care of the garden too. We already have sweet peas to eat, and lots of fresh herbs to taste and smell!! Come and take a look when you get a chance at the outdoor additions mentioned above!! We love parent donations and parent help to build things, so if you have some “outdoor environment” items to share or would like to build for us, please let me know! There are lots of enriching ideas on Pinterest…search “outdoor environments for young children” to get some ideas if you want to help!
Also, if anyone knows of an easy and quick way to create calendar invites or some kind of scheduling app to help parents keep everything straight please come and see me. I want to try something new to help parents keep track of all the awesomeness at our school. My goal is to make things easier for parents to get reminders and prevent them from having to look back at my newsletters that can be like reading a novel 🙂
Important head’s up! The Lunch Master catering company is taking one week off for Spring Break. Merryhill is still open, but they will not have lunch services for the week of April 10th – 14th! Everyone will need to pack their lunch for that week. Please remember that we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL!! Do not pack any products with nuts in them because we have children that are deathly allergic to nuts!
In March we celebrated the love of reading in many ways! This week was our “Scholastic Book Fair”. We are doing a fantastic job at almost meeting our goal of selling 200 books! We have sold a total of 173 books which earned each classroom tons of free books for the students to enjoy. BUT…if we sell 30 more, the children will be able to “Paint the Principal” in an outdoor activity to celebrate our success! That is right; they will actually get a paint brush and paint me with our school paint! Thank you for your support! Come prepared on Wednesday April 5th, at 4:30 with your cameras to watch the fun **if we make our goal**!
We have several exciting events going on this month that will help to incorporate outdoor learning. One is our annual Trike-a-Thon on April 28th at 9:15 am. This event helps raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Plus, the children get to race around the track in the back yard with their friends. Great gross motor exercise, for a great cause! More details to come.
We will also celebrate the children in our lives with “The Week of the Young Child” April 24 – 28. We have a fun week planned! More details will come later with specific events and times. This is a very special week that we plan fun events and activities every day for the children! We will have live performances, a petting zoo and much more!
For our graduating Pre-K students, do you know where you are going to send your child for the summer? Merryhill Elementary and Middle School has a great summer camp program for you!
For those children who are graduating to Kindergarten in the new school year, visit the Elementary front office for information on how to reserve your spot for the new school year! Contact the Elementary Principal for more details. Her name is Karen Cooper. contact number: 408-254-1282, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns my door is always open. We are here to help you and “our” children in any way we can. Everyone at Merryhill is special and important to us. Let us continue to make this a great school year!
“All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds we sow today.”
Calendar of Events
*April 5th– Paint the Principal at 4:30 pm**if we make our goal of selling 200 books**
April 10th and 11th– Vision Screening 9:00 am – 11:00 am. **Child must have a permission slip to be seen**
*April 13th- Butter Braid Fundraiser Delivery
*April 14th- Easter Egg Hunt at 3:30 pm
*April 21st- Earth Day Celebration 3:30 pm **We will release our butterflies back to nature after watching them grow through their entire life cycle**
*April 24th – 28th- Week of the Young Child (This will be a week filled will fun activities for the children! More details will come later with specific events and times)
*April 28th- Trike-a-Thon (Bike race for St Jude’s charity) 9:15 am (Bring your bike and helmet from home day)
*May 1st – 5th- Teacher Appreciation week! (This week will be filled with spoiling the teachers every day!)
*May 12th- Spring Show at 3:30 pm
*May 15th– May 26th Parent/Teacher conferences
*May 29th– School Closed for Memorial Day Holiday!
*June 1st– Last day of school!
*June 1st– Pre-K Graduation Ceremony **Red Room** at 3:30 pm
*June 2nd– School Closed for Teacher’s In-service Day
*June 5th– First Day of the new school year!
Join us for our next Open House!
May 9, 2017 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm **Tell a friend and if they register you will receive one free week of tuition!**
Extra-Curricular Activities here at school!!!
Piano Class by My First MusIQ program – CLASSES COME SOON! We will keep you posted on start of classes. Held on Wednesdays For more information go online and check them out, please go to www.recplusregistration.org
Tuff Tumblers Class – Held on Fridays For more information go to http://tufftumblers.com or call 925-551-8900
MiniSoccer – Held on Tuesdays For more information go to this link: https://challenger.mycustomevent.com/ShoppingCart.aspx?com=detailview&iid=76592
Merryhill San Jose is proud to offer Challenger Sports NEW MiniKickers Program in association with the Challenger Soccer Academy.
Amazing Athletes– This educational Sports Program is amazing! To get more information go to www.amazingathletes.com/Southbay or you can reach the owner at email@example.com and by phone at 408-799-7014, ask for Nicolette.
Parent Referral Program:
If there’s one thing parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes.
When friends ask you about your child’s experiences at Merryhill School, what type of success stories do you share? Do you mention the personal and educational discoveries your child is making thanks to our advanced curriculum? Do you talk about the new levels of self and social confidence your child has gained thanks to our encouraging atmosphere?
*For every new child you refer who enrolls at our school for three months, you’ll receive one FREE week of tuition for your child*.
It’s our way of saying thanks for doing what comes naturally – singing the praises of your child and sharing your experiences with the Merryhill School difference!!
From the Education Department
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