Dearest Merryhill families,
In October we may or may not have our Lifetouch Picture Day. We have not made the final decision for this, but if we do, families will need to sign a consent form to take pictures. We will not take your child’s picture without your approval to do so first.
Get ready for a “Spook-Tacular” month!
Halloween fun is here, and I wanted to inform you of the special events we have here at Merryhill Preschool during this time of year. Even though this year is unlike all other years, we have planned “Spook-Tacular” activities for the Fall Fun! Starting off we will have our annual Pumpkin Patch at our playground on October 21st at your child’s AM outside recess time. Each child will pick their very own pumpkin to take home. The school will provide the pumpkins at no extra cost. One of the most exciting events that happen each year is our annual Halloween Parade. Here at Merryhill Preschool in San Jose, we normally make our own costumes. We design and craft them here at school with the help of the children and teachers. This year we will not be able to do this, but please don’t worry, we are going to have fun with their “store bought” costumes from home! Please have your child bring in a costume from home for our Halloween Parade that will be held on Friday, October 30th at the morning recess time. Unfortunately, at this time we will not be able to invite you inside to watch, but we will take pictures and share with you through the Link2Home app.
On November 11th our school will be closed for our Parent/Teacher Conferences. There will be no school for the children on this day, but the teachers will be here to “Zoom” conference with you. Parent/Teacher conferences will not be “in-person”, but through “Zoom” only. We will have sign-up sheets for you to pick a time for your child’s “Zoom” conference. These sign up sheets will be located at the check-in table by October 22nd.
Did you know? Car seats expire…check your car seat and make sure it is not expired…
FAMILY FUN: There will be a Dinosaur Drive-thru event being held at the Alameda County Fair in November. We know that a lot of our students LOVE dinosaurs, so we wanted to pass this information along. The link for information on the event is below.
*It is back to school time now and there are a few more families using the parking lot. Please be careful while driving in the parking lot. Do not speed, stay off your cell phone, and do not park in areas that are not designated for parking. Parking inside of the parking lot, along a curb is not allowed and it gives very little room for people driving through the parking lot to get by, especially if there is a delivery truck parked in our lot.
*Please remember to check in and out every day on the iPad. This is extremely important because we use this for attendance in case of an emergency. If you forget your code, or if the pickup person forgets their code, you can sign on the old fashion “paper form” for the sign in and out sheet located at the check in table.
*PG&E has pushed the construction start date tentatively out to October 12th – 23rd. They are helping contain the fires up north and will not be available to start next week. I will continue to keep you posted on the status of their work in our parking lot.
*One last reminder, please put your sheet and blanket for nap time in a sealed bag or container labeled with your child’s name. Thank you for your cooperation 😊
Important Note From the Elementary School Principal:
For our older siblings that are eligible for the Elementary School level, visit the front office for information on how to reserve your seat! Our Elementary side has opened for “on-campus” schooling and we would love to have you join us! You can always schedule a “Zoom” tour, or an “after hours” personal tour (by appointment only) with Ms. Sousae. Please contact the Elementary Principal for more details. Her name is Joan Sousae and her contact number is 408-254-1282. You can also reach her at email@example.com
As always if you have any questions or concerns my door is always open. We are here to help you and “our” children in any way we can. Everyone at Merryhill is special and important to us. Let us continue to make this an amazing school year! We can do this together! We are strong!
“All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds we sow today.”
Calendar of Events:
*October 12th This week we will have a Virtual Firefighter Visit where they will talk about fire safety.
*October 21st – Pumpkin Patch 9:00 am in the playground
*October 26th – October 30th – Virtual Scholastic Book Fair this week
*October 30th – Annual Halloween Parade during the AM recess time. *Have your child wear their store bought costume to school* We will send pictures of the parade through Links2Home.
*November 1st – Day Light Savings Time: Turn Clocks back one hour
*November 2nd – Pajama Day! Wear your pajamas to school today!
*November 7 th – Virtual Open House 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
*November 9th – Progress Reports sent home to parents
*November 11th – School Closed for Parent/Teacher Conferences
*November 20th – Thanksgiving Feast with friends! 11:45 am – 12:30 pm (the teachers will decorate the classroom and have some fun for their lunch time)
*November 25th, 26th, 27th – School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday!
*November 30th – “Toys for Tots” Begins: Our Giving Event (bring in a new toy to place under the Christmas Tree and the US Marines will donate to the needy children in the bay area!)
HOLIDAY SHOW TIMES:
|December 7th– Beginner Room Holiday Performance recorded in the classroom and sent to parents.|
|December 8th– Intermediate B Room Holiday Performance recorded in the classroom and sent to parents.|
|December 9th– Intermediate A Room Holiday Performance recorded in the classroom and sent to parents.|
|December 10th– Pre-K A Room Holiday Performance recorded in the classroom and sent to parents.|
|December 11th– Pre-K B Room Holiday Performance recorded in the classroom and sent to parents.|
December 14th– Toy Drive Ends…This week we will have the Marines come and pick up your donations!
*December 18 – @ 9:15 am Santa Claus comes to visit Merryhill Preschool! *It will be Ms. Heather in costume…don’t worry* 😊 I will only pass out the presents and not have the children sit on my lap. Safety first, but keeping our traditions ALIVE! These Merryhill School traditions are what makes us special!
*December 18 – School Closed at NOON!
*December 23, 24, 25 – School Closed for Holiday!
*December 31 & January 1– School Closed for Holiday!
*January 15 – @ 9:30 am Snow Day at Merryhill Preschool! Yes, real snow will be dumped in the back yard for all to enjoy! We will send pictures to you through Links2Home.
*January 18 – School Closed for Martin Luther King Holiday!
**Look on our website to see all events and closure dates for the entire school year** http://capitol.merryhillschool.com
Join us for our next Open House!
November 7, 2020 10:00 am – 1:00 pm **Tell a friend and if they register you will receive one free week of tuition!**
Extra-Curricular Activities **Postponed at this time**
Tuff Tumblers Class – Held on Wednesday now… For more information go to http://tufftumblers.com or call 925-551-8900
|Tuff Tumbers – Gymnastics, Sports, Soccer Classes for Children
Tuff Tumblers, established in 1989, offers gymnastics/sports, and soccer classes for children 2 years old and up.It is our purpose to introduce exciting gross motor development classes to children in a setting that is safe, age appropriate, and fun!
MiniSoccer – **Postponed at this time** Held on Tuesdays For more information go to this link: https://challenger.mycustomevent.com/ShoppingCart.aspx?com=detailview&iid=76592
Merryhill San Jose is proud to offer Challenger Sports NEW MiniKickers Program in association with the Challenger Soccer Academy.
Amazing Athletes– **Postponed at this time** This educational Sports Program is amazing! To get more information go to www.amazingathletes.com/Southbay or you can reach the owner at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 408-799-7014, ask for Nicolette.
Parent Referral Program:
If there’s one thing parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes.
When friends ask you about your child’s experiences at Merryhill School, what type of success stories do you share? Do you mention the personal and educational discoveries your child is making thanks to our advanced curriculum? Do you talk about the new levels of self and social confidence your child has gained thanks to our encouraging atmosphere?
*For every new child you refer who enrolls at our school for three months, you’ll receive one FREE week of tuition for your child*.
It’s our way of saying thanks for doing what comes naturally – singing the praises of your child and sharing your experiences with the Merryhill School difference!!
From the Education Department
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