Welcome to our third month of the 2018-2019 Schoolyear!
There is still time to register for the 2018-2019 Schoolyear. If you have friends or other family members to enroll. There is a referral fee of one free weeks tuition! Please see details below.
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Holidays and Professional Development Day Closures-School Closed
Jul 04, 2018- Independence Day
Aug 10, 2018- Professional Development Day-School Closed
Sep 03. 2018- Labor Day
Nov 9, 2018 – School is closed for Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov 12, 2018- Veteran’s Day
Nov 22, 2018- Thanksgiving Day
Nov 23, 2018-
Dec 24, 2018- Christmas Eve
Dec 25, 2018- Christmas Day
Dec 31, 2018- New Year’s Eve
Jan 01, 2019- New Year Day
Jan 21, 2019- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Feb 18, 2019- Presidents Day
Mar 8, 2019- Professional Development Day-School Closed
May 27, 2019- Memorial Day
May 31, 2019- Professional Development Day-School Closed
Oct 01, 2018 – Report Cards 1st round if your child started in June 2018
Nov 05, 2018 (late starts)- Report Cards 2nd round if your child started in Sept 2018
Feb 04, 2019-Report Cards 3rd round
May 24, 2019-Report Cards final round
June 03. 2019- New school year starts for the 2019-2020
Links to Learning Curriculum
August 2018 Monthly Themes
- Beach/Shells/Waves/Ocean creatures
- Summer Experiences
- Hawaiian Luaus
- Family traditions
- Back to School Shopping experiences
- Sport Activites
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.
On July 20, 2018, our Trike-a-thon was a huge success and our school raised $510.00 dollars for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. The hospital provides care at no cost to children with life threatening diseases. We would like to thank all of our families who donated and volunteered for our event!
On Friday, August 31, 2018, we will be having a Hawaiian Luau! Please join us from 3-4 pm! Wear your favorite Hawaiian outfit or dress as your favorite underwater animal. If you want to bring a snack please do so! Let enjoy some games and some sun!
Family Supportive Housing Donations-Ongoing
On Friday, July 13, 2018 we started our collection of donated items for the families trying to recover from crisis to self-sufficiency. We are continuing to collect items until the box is full since there is a huge need in August. Please encourage your child to donate new items for the children. It can be clothes, shoes, socks, undergarments, school supplies, personal items (combs, toothbrushes, shampoo), stuffed animals, blankets, etc. All these items will be donated for the families at the Family Supportive Housing.
Our students at this age are building character education skills. Our goal is to instill values for our students that puts others before themselves. Helping others encourages intrinsic motivation in our students. This is the type of motivation that encourages our students to do well in society in the future. They tend to choose jobs that support the society they live in. We are building productive members of society.
Reading Program/Homework started on June 9, 2018 for the Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Prek2 classrooms. This is meant to be a positive experience for your child. Please set aside a half hour per night to do work on the homework for Prek and 20 minutes for Intermediates. Let this
Waterplay for Summer! ENDS 8/24/18
We are a year round school, but we are definitely going to enjoy the summer months! We will be continuing our “Water Play Days” in July every Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Please bring a bathing suit, towels, sunscreen, water shoes, and an extra bag for their wet clothes. Our students will be enjoying different forms of water play including a water fall, water balloons toss, sensory play, etc.
The bottoms can be purchased at Walmart, Target, or Durablewear uniforms and must be either navy blue or khaki. The tops must be purchased from Queensboro uniforms and can be light blue, hunter green, or burgundy. You can have items shipped here to avoid shipping charges. We have some leftover stock in the office for purchase if you are interested. All students are required to wear uniforms in the Prek2 classroom Monday through Thursday. On Friday they get a free dress day.
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News from the Education Department
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
Earth Day 2016
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.
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.
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
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.