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Dec 2017 News

Dear Families,

Welcome to our Seventh month of the 2017-2018 School year!

There is still time to register for the 2017-2018 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- upcoming

December 25, 26, 2017- closed

January 1, 2,15, 2018-closed

February 19, 2018- closed

March 09, 2017- closed

May 28, 2018- closed

June 01, 2018- closed

Links to Learning Curriculum

December 2018 Monthly Themes

  • Holidays around the World (Kwanzaa, Hanukah)
  • Christmas/Santa Claus/Presents
  • Gift giving/Holiday Shopping
  • Christmas Trees
  • Winter
  • Family Traditions
  • Hunger/Basic needs awareness
  • Table manners
  • Family gatherings
  • Cooking
  • Community Helpers
  • Multicultural music


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.

School Caterers

Just a reminder that our school caterer will not be providing lunch from December 21, 2017 until Jan 3,  2017. Please bring lunch for your children during this time.



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. We would like to thank all the parents who came to our Special Thanksgiving Dinner prepared by our students.   We had spaghetti, salad, fruit salad, dessert, and bread. The classrooms all worked together to prepare the meal.


This month we will have our annual Christmas Party on Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. We will also have class performances for our students. Parents are encouraged to bring snacks to share with their child’s classroom.

Here are the times for those performances.

Beginners: Mrs. Spring and Mrs. Vui’s class will perform at 3:15 pm

Intermediate 1: Mrs. Erika and Mrs. Shantel will perform at 3:30 pm

Intermediate 2: Mrs. Vui and Mrs. Meera’s class will perform at 3:45 pm

Prek2: Mrs. Teresa and Mrs. Mousumi’s class will perform at  4:00 pm

Santa Claus will also be here passing out gifts to our students. Here are the scheduled times for each class. Please help us by waiting for your child’s scheduled time. We have all the toys sorted out by age. The students will go by class.

Beginners: Will visit Santa at 3:30 pm

Intermediate 1: Will visit Santa at 3:45 pm

Intermediate 2: Will visit Santa at 4:00 pm

Prek2: Will visit Santa at 4:15 pm

Christmas in the Park Hunt

Address191-199 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

This year our staff decorated a tree at Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose, CA. We decorated it with our Merryhill School spirit colors. We are challenging our students to go down to Christmas in the Park and find our tree. We will give you one clue. Our tree is next to our Merryhill Elementary Yosemite Tree. Snap a picture of your child next to our Merryhill School Corning Tree and email it to me at lucy.nunez@nlcinc.com. I will do a raffle with all the pictures I receive. The prize will be a $50 giftcard to Toys R Us. Happy Hunting!

CLUE: This is our Merryhill Elementary Yosemite Tree. Our tree is next to this tree. Snap a picture of your child next to our tree.

Lil’ Shopper’s Shoppe

This year we are doing something a little different for our students. We will be teaching our students the value of money and buying a gift off a shopping list. We will be setting up a Lil’ Shopper’s Shoppe in the dramatic play area for our students to shop during a specific time designated to their class. We will be starting this on Dec 6 until Dec 13. Please look out for a flyer and a shopping list that will go home on Monday, Dec 4 with your child. You can send money with your child or purchase a gift certificate online that can be used the same as cash. We ask that all money or certificates be put in the tuition box along with the shopping list OR to the office. Happy Shopping!

Employee Stocking Contest

We will be having an Employee Stocking Contest. Parents and students will get to vote for their favorite stocking from  December 8 through December 15, 2017. Put (1) small stocking stuffer in the stocking of your choice with your child’s name on it. The stocking with the most stocking stuffers will win a $40 gift card. Support your teachers today!


Teachers Christmas Wish List

Parents have been asking me if our teacher’s have a wish list for Christmas. I will email out those shortly on a pdf. file via tadpoles. Thank you so much for considering our teachers who work very hard and diligently all year to support your children’s education. We are very touched by this gesture.

Operation Christmas Child

Every year our students talk about hunger and basic needs awareness. Our students collect basic needs items such as socks, shoes, clothing, toys, educational supplies, and etc. for a child in the same age group as themselves. They sort all the items during a “Packing Party” and pack enough to fill a shoebox for their international friends overseas. This year we collected 107 boxes. A special thank you to Mr. Jesse Arellano for offering to support our students during the packing party.

Here are some pictures of our packing party. We will let you know when it comes out on the news media.

Special recognition to our friends below, Victor and Dominic. Victor donated toys that were given to him by his parents. He INSISTED that he wanted to donate them to his friends.  Talk about true compassion that is instilled in a three year old at a VERY young age. Dominic donated a bag full of toys. It was some awesome as he looked like a little Santa Claus when he walked in.

We will be tracking two boxes. They will let us know when the children receive the boxes and send video to us of the children opening the boxes.

Report cards 

We will start passing out report cards this month in December. We will start passing out the Beginners first, then Intermediate, then Prek last. If you have any questions please let us know.

If your child does not need a conference it will be written on the report card. We will only be doing conferences for those students who need support or parents who need support. Otherwise we would have to close down the school to have a conference for all students.

Merryhill’s Facebook Page

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



News from the Education Department

8 Multicultural Holiday Books for Children

The holiday season is a time when we celebrate community, diversity, and the universal joy of giving. In the classroom, we introduce children to holiday traditions observed around the world by singing songs, making art, and tasting favorite local seasonal foods, as well as those from other countries. You can continue[.....]
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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!

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.






Earth Day Celebration 

For Earth Day our students focused on sustainability and were challenged to find a fruit or a vegetable that they could re-grow. Our Students took the challenge and tried to regrow carrots, onions, tomatoes, celery, and sweet potatoes. They were also to create a planter box to replant the fruit or vegetable made out of recycled materials. The Intermediate1 used half gallons of milk cartons, the Intermediates2 used water bottles, and the Prek2 used legos. They all made their own vertical gardens that are hanging in the back yard.

They have been documenting to report their findings to the media. We will let you know as soon as their post comes up. Here are some pictures.

 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.


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


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.


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