A Message From the Principal:
Welcome to the “MERRY” Month of May!
Thank you so very much for all of your participation during our very busy month of April which included Our Bubble Magic Family Dance Party during the Week of the Young Child, the Merryhill Family Ports Baseball Game and Earth Day Planting Day. I hope that you enjoyed the fun activities and memories of these great events. Our Mini Kickers Soccer Program is in full swing and the children are really enjoying this program.
The next few months will be packed full of activity and fun! While in April we celebrated all of the young children in our lives, the months of May and June will be dedicated to celebrating our mothers, fathers, teachers and Pre-K graduates.
For Mother’s Day you are all invited to attend our “Mother’s Day Social” on Friday, May 10th from 3:30-4:30. This event is dedicated to all moms, grandmothers, etc.
We will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 12th, which is dedicated to recognizing the teachers for the wonderful work that they do each and every day.
On Friday, June 7th we will be celebrating our dads with a special “Daddy and Me” Event.
For our Pre-K children who will be going onto Kindergarten in the Fall, we will be hosting our Graduation Ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 13th.
On Thursday, June 13th we will also be celebrating the last day of the 2015-2016 School Year with our Bubble Magic Dance Party / End of the School Year Celebration.
With Summer and Graduation quickly approaching I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of our 30 day notice policy, which is extremely critical in lesson and activity planning, transitioning children to their new classrooms and staffing. 30 day notice is required for all children regarding Schedule Changes, Vacations, Extended Leave Requests, and Withdrawals from the program regardless of if the children are graduating, or staying for a portion of the Summer, even if they are not registered for next school year.
Please see below for more details on all of these events and more.
Tammy Wells- Principal
Special Events/Theme Days* (Every Tuesday is Merryhill Spirit Day -Wear a Merryhill Shirt**)
- Special Events/Theme Days*(Every Tuesday is Merryhill Spirit Day -Wear a Merryhill Shirt**)
- Friday, May 10th – Mother’s Day Social – Big Event
- May 13th– 17th– Teacher Appreciation Week
- Monday, May 27th– School Closed – Memorial Day
- Friday, June 7th– Father’s Day Social – Big Event
- Thursday, June 13th– Last Day of the School Year Celebration Day
- Thursday, June 13th– Pre-K C & Pre-K 2 Graduation (6:30 PM)
- Friday, June 14th– School Closed for Staff in Service Day
- Monday, June 17th– First day of 2019-20 School Year & Summer
*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 $15 each!
New Merryhill Spirit Shirts for Sale: Our new Merryhill Spirit Shirts have arrived and available for purchase at the front desk for $15 each. We currently have sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, XS and S.
Priority Registration: Thank you for being such an important part of the Merryhill Family! It is now time to register for the 2019-2020 School Year. It is best to guarantee your child’s space by registering as early as possible. Spaces are filling up soon and some already have a waitlist.
Kindergarten Kickoff: .This Summer we will be offering our Summer Kindergarten Kickoff Program for our Pre-K Graduates that will soon be starting Kindergarten in the Fall. Spaces are limited to 24 students. Please look for more information and a sign up sheet in the next few weeks.
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.