A Message From the Principal:
Welcome to February!
With the new year in full swing, you will see that the children are fully immersed in their Links to Learning curriculum. Please take time each day to check your child’s file folders and the amazing classroom documentation boards for examples of the active learning that is taking place in your child’s classroom.
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our next Parent’s Night out on Friday, February 8th, which will give you the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day while your children are enjoying a fun filled time with their friends at school.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner our school is beginning to bloom with hearts and flowers and talk of friendship and love. Each classroom will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Valentine Card Exchange the week of February 11-15. A note will be hung on your child’s classroom door with details, including the date of the celebration and number of cards to bring. Please check with your child’s teacher to see they will be having any extra special celebrations in addition to the card exchange. We ask that if the celebration is scheduled on a day that your child does not attend, you are welcome to accompany your child, as we are not able to switch days.
It will soon be time to reserve your child’s spot for our upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Priority Registration will begin soon. Look for information coming your way this month. Don’t miss out!
Your entire family and friends are invited to attend our Family Literacy Fair on Saturday, February 23rd from 10am – 1pm. There will be a special raffle for the first 30 families that attend as well as all families that bring pre-school age friends. The fair is free for all that attend and will be full of entertainment, and literacy themed activities. This will be a day of entertainment and activities for your family and friends.
We will be hosting our Scholastic Book Fair February 23rd – March 1st . Books will be displayed in the lobby and hallways for onsite purchase. You are invited to explore and shop directly off the shelves. As a direct result of your Book Fair purchases each classroom will be given a budget to shop directly from the Book Fair to enrich their classroom libraries. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Book Fair please let us know.
Please read below for more information regarding upcoming events and themed dress up days
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**)
- February 4th – Sports Day- Wear your favorite sports team.
- February 8th – Parent’s Night Out (6-9:30 PM)
- February 12th-15th -School Picture Days
- Monday, February 18th- President’s Day – School Closed
- Saturday, February 23rd – BIG EVENT!! Merryhill Literacy Fair – 10am-1pm (Scholastic Book Fair Begins)
- February 23rd-28th- Scholastic Book Fair
- February 28th – Star Wars Day – Dress in Star Wars
- Saturday, March 2nd- Merryhill/ Star Wars Night at Stockton Heat Game (Discount & group tickets available)
- Friday, March 8th – School Closed for Staff Professional Development Day
Merryhill Promotes Literacy:Over the next few months we will continue promoting early literacy in our school and throughout our community with many exciting events and visitors. We will have visits from our Merryhill Elementary School Reading Buddies, Splash of the Stockton Ports Baseball Team and Clifford the Big Red Dog. The children have already begun reading their books to qualify for the Baseball by the Books Program through the Stockton Ports. Through this program each child will earn free tickets to our Merryhill Family Stockton Ports Game in April. Our school was the winner with the most participants twice in the past 6 years and as a result we earned a grant to enhance or libraries.
On Saturday, February 23rd from 10am to 1 pm we will be hosting our big Family Literacy Fair which will include fun activities, games, live music and special guest readers from our community. This is a free event and fun for the entire family and your friends. We hope that you will all be able to join us.
Priority Registration: It is almost time to register for the 2019-2020 School Year.
We will be offering our Priority Registration Special to our current families for a limited time, so it is best to guarantee your child’s space by registering as early as possible. Look for the Priority Registration Packets in your child’s folder toward the end of the month.
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, February 8th 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.
Safety First: We would like to remind you of a few security measures that we need your assistance with in regards to school safety.
- It is extremely important that you sign your child in and out each day. This is a legal document verifying that your child was checked in and out of school for the day.
- Please make sure all doors close securely behind you when you leave a room or the building.
- Please refrain from exiting through the Emergency Exit Door to the parking lot. (We do not want the children to think it is okay to use this door.)
- Please do not give out your door code to anyone other than the primary people on your pick up list.
- Please do not allow “piggy backing” at the front door. If there is someone behind or in front of you that does not know the code, please ring the door bell, which is located above the key pad.
- If you know in advance that someone other than your normal approved designated pick up person will be picking up, please complete a Pick Up Notification Form at the front desk or call/e-mail us to notify us of the change.
- If you change your cell phone number, please update this on your child’s Emergency Card.
Parking Lot Safety: Please remember not to leave any valuables in your car (including your children) when entering our building or any other location. Please do not leave anything of value or that resembles a purse or bag in plain view in your car, for any amount of time! This includes your children!
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!
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.