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September 2018 News

Sept 2018 News

Dear Families,

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.

Please see the office as spaces are filling up quickly!

For parent references please click the link below:

https://www.greatschools.org/california/milpitas



Holidays and Professional Development Day Closures-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


Important Dates

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

September 2018 Monthly Themes

  • Families
  • All about Me
  • Classroom Rules
  • Family traditions
  • Teamwork/Cooperation
  • Back to School
  • Farm Animals
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Labor Day
  • Mexican Independence Day

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

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 “Hawaiian Luau” was a success last month! Thank you to all the parents who participated and brought items to share! Pictures are available if you would like to see them on our facebook page.

 

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Picture Day

Picture day will be Monday, September 10, 2018 starting at 8:00 am. . We will be having our class photos around 10:30 am. Students who are scheduled for Friday do not need to have their parents present. If your child is not scheduled to come on Friday, parents are still welcomed to come and have their child’s picture taken, however, they would need to stay with their children. No money is due at this time. We do have a new system for the pictures that we will disclose on a separate email.


Eye/Ear/Dental Screenings

On Monday, September 17, 2018 we will be having the Santa Clara County Healthier Kids Foundation will be coming in to do a screening of our students. There is a consent form that needs to be signed. There will be no actual work done on the students-just a screening. For example, they take pictures of the students eyes to help determine a child’s visual reading. We will let you know the results as soon as we get them back. The consent forms are bright yellow and you will be able to find them in your child’s sign in and out binder on September 4, 2018.

 


Reading Program/Homework

Reading Program/Homework  is meant to be a positive experience for your childIts not mandatory to do the homework. The program was created for a social emotional development experience. Setting aside a specific time daily for your children reduces behavioral issues in the long run. We are just giving parents some activities to do during this time.  Please set aside a 20-30 minutes per night for your Prek or Prek2 child  and 10-20 minutes for Intermediates. If your child is refusing to practice writing, there are other alternatives; playdough, legos, setting up the table, folding laundry, helping to wash dishes, or clean off the dinner table. All these activities use their small motor skills and they are still building their muscles in their fingers. The book does not need to be read per verbatim. Have your child try and guess what is happening in the book. If your children want to talk with you about something this is also a good time to do so. Let us know if you are needing support.


Prek2 Uniforms

Our Prek2 class will be switching to uniforms starting August 20, 2018. Uniforms can be purchased from the website below:

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.


Family Supportive Housing

 

On Friday, July 13, 2018 we started our collection of donated items for the families trying to recover from crisis to self-sufficiency. We would like to thank all the parents and students who helped donate items!

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.

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St. Judes Hospital Trike-a-thon Fundraiser July 2018

Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas recently hosted a trike-a-thon in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the trike-a-thon, students rode tricycles around the school grounds and earned donations for each lap completed. In total, students raised more than $500, all of which will go to St. Jude to help save the lives of children battling childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Through this initiative, students learned the importance of helping other children.

https://patch.com/california/milpitas/merryhill-preschool-students-milpitas-raise-500-st-jude
 

Exciting Upcoming Events until Dec 2018 to look forward to:

September- Picture Day, Dentist Visit, Eye/Ear Screening

October- Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Parade

November- Operation Christmas Child, Thanksgiving Dinner, Book Fair (tentative)

December- Christmas in the Park Tree Event, Christmas Performance/Party with Santa Claus


Merryhill’s Facebook Page

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

https://www.facebook.com/merryhillschool

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Amazing Athletes

CANCELLED- until further notice -The demo day is cancelled below due to an emergency with the coach. 
We will be having a demo day on Friday, Sept 7, 2018 at 10:30 am so our students can see if they like this program. Afterwards, signups will be taking place for the winter session that starts on Tuesday, September 18th through December 11, 2018.
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News from the Education Department

Fall into a Good Book with Your Child

Summer is ending soon and fall is right around the corner! Now is a great time to snuggle up with your little one and read books that introduce the seasonal changes to come. Below are some books to get you started. 1. Baby Loves Fall by Karen Katz (ages 0-2[.....]
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Kind Regards,

Lucy Nunez,

Principal

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Reminders:

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 to all parents. Please return them if you are interested.

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MERRYHILL IN THE NEWS

St. Judes Hospital Trike-a-thon Fundraiser July 2018

Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas recently hosted a trike-a-thon in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the trike-a-thon, students rode tricycles around the school grounds and earned donations for each lap completed. In total, students raised more than $500, all of which will go to St. Jude to help save the lives of children battling childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Through this initiative, students learned the importance of helping other children.

https://patch.com/california/milpitas/merryhill-preschool-students-milpitas-raise-500-st-jude
 

Earth Day Celebration April 2018
Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas recently celebrated Earth Day by making paper and cards out of recycled materials. Through the project, students learned how to supplement the school’s recycling efforts by reusing materials around them to create something new. To make sheets of paper, students soaked shredded egg cartons, cardboard, newspaper and other recycled paper products in water to create a pulp. They then strained the pulp, added dried leaves and let it dry. The students used the paper to create Earth Day cards and other art projects. Merryhill Preschool teaches the importance of community and exploring nature at a young age.

https://patch.com/california/milpitas/students-merryhill-preschool-milpitas-create-paper


Operation Christmas Child 2017

Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas Pack More than 100 Gift Boxes to Send to Children in Need Around the World

Pre-K students assembled boxes with donated gifts to benefit children around the world, including those affected by recent natural disasters MILPITAS, Calif. (Dec. XX, 2017) – Pre-K students at Merryhill Preschool on Corning Avenue in Milpitas recently exceeded their goal of packing and preparing 100 gift boxes of toys, art supplies, books and more to send to children around the world, including those who have been affected by recent natural disasters. Each package also contains handwritten letters from the students. The supplies and gifts were collected as part of a school-wide gift drive to benefit Operation Christmas Child, an international humanitarian organization that sends care packages to children in need around the globe. Prior to preparing the boxes, students learned about friendship, different languages and compassion.


Earth Day Celebration 2017

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 2016

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.

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Lifelong Learning Skills:

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

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Earth Day 2016

Students at Merryhill Preschool in Milpitas Celebrate Earth Day by Investigating the Best Environments for Conserving Water When Growing Plants

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Students planted fruits and vegetables after discovering that plastic terrariums are best for growing plants and conserving water

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/05/09/milpitas-merryhills-preschoolers-learn-to-conserve-on-earth-day/

MILPITAS, Calif. – 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  Feb 2016

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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Water Conservation Project April 2015

http://patch.com/california/milpitas/students-merryhill-preschool-milpitas-participated-water-conservation-project-earth-day

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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