Welcome to December!
In November, we created wonderful new memories our Thanksgiving Friendship Feast, as well as your own special family celebrations. Thank you all so much for contributing the items for the Thanksgiving Feast.
One of the many things that I am thankful for this season and throughout the year is the strong sense of family and community that we have here at our school. I am so proud of the way that our Merryhill Family came together to raise funds for the victims of the fires in Northern California, both through monetary donations as well as participating in our pop up bake sale by donating baked goods and shopping at the bake sale. Together we raised over $650, all of which went directly to the community of Paradise. Thank you all for your participation and for being a very important part of the Merryhill family.
December is upon us with the spirit of the holidays in the air. Everywhere I go, I hear holiday music, see cheery decorations, and sense the excitement that is generated during this special time of year. Time seems to pass very quickly during this season. I encourage all of you to take some time out of each day to slow down and to view the world through the eyes of your children. Every experience through a child’s eyes is full of wonder and delight. Sharing in these experiences is sure to warm your hearts and help you to slow down and fully enjoy the season.
We will be hosting 3 big events this month. Our Parent’s Night Out will be held on Friday, December 7th. Our annual Pre-K A/C & 2 Holiday Show will be on Thursday, December 13th and our Santa Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 15th. We will also be having a few special theme dress up days, so make sure to mark your calendars.
Many of you will be taking time off this month to spend the Holidays with your loved ones. Please review our Vacation Credit Policy and Request Process below….this is completely separate from the sign-up sheets /schedules that will be posted on the classroom doors.
To help us plan activities and staffing accordingly, we will be posting sign-up sheets on the doors for you to indicate if your children will be out for any time during the holidays, but please note this is only an indicator of your schedule..the Tuition Charges do not change for the holidays/ closures and by marking your child out on the form it is simply indicating that they are not going to be there on their normally scheduled day.
The holidays are just around the corner. My wish for you is to take time out each day to give those you love a big hug and savor all of the wonderful memories that you make.
Thank you for being a very important part of the Merryhill Family!
Tammy Wells- Principal
Special Events/Theme Days* (Every Tuesday is Merryhill Spirit Day -Wear a Merryhill Shirt**)
- Monday, December 3rd – Lil’ Shoppers Workship Fundraiser Begins
- Thursday, December 6th – Silly Sweater Day
- Friday, December 7th – Parent’s Night Out 6-930 PM
- Wednesday, December 13th – Pre-K A/C & 2 Holiday Show 6:30pm at Christa McAuliffe Middle School
- Saturday, December 15th – Santa Pancake Breakfast 7:30-9:30 am (Come enjoy breakfast, take a picture with Santa and bring a book to donate to the Pediatric Ward at St. Joseph’s Medical Center) Last Day for Lil’ Shoppers Fundraiser
- Monday, December 17th – Book Donation Delivery to the Pediatric Ward of St. Joseph’s Medical Center
- Wednesday, December 19th – Polar express and Pajama Day
- December 25th & 26th – School Closed for Christmas Break
- December 31st – School closes @ Noon – “Noon” Year’s Eve
- January 1st, 2019 – School Closed- Happy New Year!
Pre-K Holiday Show. Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30 pm: :We will be hosting our annual Pre-K A/C/2 Holiday Show on Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 pm PM. The show will take place at Christa McAuliffe Middle School. There is no limit to how many guests you can bring to enjoy the show. (If you do not have a Pre-K Student, you are still invited to attend.) The more the merrier, and it is very entertaining!
We recommend that you pick up your children from school no later than 4pm to have dinner and change for the show. We ask that all Pre-K B/C/2 Children arrive at 6:00 PM in order to be ready and in place for the 630 PM Show. The show will start promptly @ 630 pm.
No-One will be allowed entry until 6:00pm, as we need time to prepare/set up for our event.
The dress code for children is “Holiday Attire”.
Santa Pancake Breakfast. Saturday, December 15th. 7:30-9:30 am.: Come enjoy breakfast and take a picture with Santa. Tickets are on sale at the front desk for $5 per person. Children 2 and under eat free. Santa will be here from 7:30-8:30 am for a photo session. We ask that every person bring a minimum of one book to donate to the Pediatric Ward of St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
Parent’s Night Out: Thank you for your interest and Participation in our Parent’s Night Out events. Our next Parent’s Night Out is scheduled for Friday, December 7th from 6-9:30 pm. Parent’s Night Out is an opportunity for you to enjoy a night out while the children enjoy a special night with us at school. Dinner, a movie and fun filled activities will be provided. $25 per child / $15 for each additional sibling. Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis. Advance Payment is requested. 24 hr advance cancellation notice is required.
Vacation Policy: I would like to take a moment to remind you of our Vacation Time Request Policy. We offer 1 week of Vacation Credit per school year. This year’s inclusive school year dates are July 1, 2018 thru June 30, 2019. This week is inclusive/reflective of your child’s schedule. We require 30 days advance notice to process the Vacation Request, which includes auditing the records to make sure a previous Vacation Credit has not been issued this school year. Please submit all vacation requests in writing or via e-mail a minimum of 30 days prior to your requested Vacation Time. Your child must be enrolled a minimum of 6 months to qualify for the Vacation Credit.
Change of Seasons: With the change of seasons please remember to update your child’s clothing in their cubbies. If they have difficulties keeping their jackets on while outside, we recommend bringing a pullover sweatshirt or sweater. Also please label all of their items so lost items can be returned to their owners. All children are required to have a fitted sheet for their nap mats as well as a blanket. The sheets and blankets must be taken home each Friday and laundered and then returned on Monday.
Enrollment Schedules: Our 5 full day schedule gives your child access to every event at our school, and we encourage our students to attend school on a 5 day a week program to gain the highest benefit from our Links to Learning curriculum. Switching days, so your child may participate in special activities or events may not always be accommodated. If you have previously signed up for a part time schedule and would like to increase your schedule, please notify the office as soon as possible. Spaces are limited!
Annual Activity Fee: Have you paid your child’s Annual Activity Fee yet? The Activity Fees help to cover all of the extra special visitors and events that take place at the school throughout the school year. The fee is $65 per child. Many of you paid this fee with your 2018-19 Registration Fee. If you would like to check to see if you have already paid the Activity Fee, please ask a member of the Administrative Team and we will be happy to help you. If you have automatic tuition payments set up and would like for us to charge your account to process automatically we will be happy to do so.
Flu Season and our Illness Policy: As you know the flu season seems to be never ending this year. I wanted to remind you of Merryhill’s illness policies as well as some tips and guidance for sick children (and adults of any age). Please help us by notifying us when your child or a member of your household has been diagnosed or has symptoms of an illness so we can be aware and pro-active on our end. – Thank you for working with us to keep everyone in our Merryhill Community safe and healthy! We are being vigilant about our cleaning and disinfection practices in every classroom and all common areas.
On Time Tuition Payments / Late Payment Fees / Payment Options: I would like to thank all of you for paying your Tuition each week in advance. As you are all aware, Tuition payments are due at the beginning of each week. Any payments received after your child’s first day of attendance each week will be charged an additional late fee of $25. To save you time and the headache of having to remember your checkbook every Monday, it is now possible to set up an automatic payment program. This can be set up online through ALMA or through us.Please speak with Ms. Tammy, Ms. Pauline or Ms. Nadia and they will assist you in registering for this convenient program.
We Are a Nut-Free School: Please do not send your child to school with items that contain nuts. We will have to return the items to you at the end of the day. Thank you for being considerate of our children who have nut allergies and working with us to keep our school safe for everyone.
*Events/Visitors will be added as they are confirmed. Please check the online calendar, e-mail reminders and the front window for events.
** Merryhill Spirit Shirts are now available for purchase $10 each!