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 The Week of the Young Child, Earth Day Celebrations and School Picture Days. I know that your children enjoyed the fun activities and memories of these great events.
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.
We will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, beginning on May 2rd. This week will be dedicated to recognizing the teachers for the wonderful work that they do each and every day.
For our Pre-K children who will be going onto Kindergarten in the Fall, we will be hosting our Graduation Ceremony on the morning of Friday, June 17th.
We are now accepting enrollment for our Summer Camp Programs. This year we will be offering a special Kindergarten Enrichment Camp for our graduating students who will be entering Kindergarten soon. We will also be offering a very exciting Summer Fun Camp for our school age students who are interested in attending this summer. Spaces are limited, so please make sure to visit our Summer Camp Website for more details.
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 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 *
- May 2nd – 6th – Teacher Appreciation Week
- Monday – Favorite Animal Day & Breakfast Bites for Teachers
- Tuesday – Flower Dress Up Day & Bring Your Teacher a Flower
- Wednesday – Magical Dress Up Day & Bring Your Teacher a Card
- Thursday – Fiesta Dress Up Day & Parent Sponsored Staff Taco Bar
- Friday – Disney Up Day & Bring Your Teacher a special Gift
- Sunday, June 8th – Happy Mother’s Day!
- Thursday, May 12th – Crazy Hat or Crazy Hair Day
- Friday, May 20th – National Endangered Species Day – Dress up as your favorite animal
- Wednesday, May 26th – Wear red, white and blue in honor of Memorial Day
- Monday, May 30th – School Closed – Memorial Day
- Thursday, June 16th– Last Day of the School Year
- Friday, June 17th– Graduation Event – Pre-K C & Pre-K 2 (Morning Event-TBD)
- Friday, June 17th – School Closed for Staff in Service Day
- Monday, June 20th t – First day of 2021-22 School Year & Summer
Parent Survey Results: Thank you for your participation in our Parent Survey. Your feedback is very important to us and the survey will be very helpful in the planning and implementation of some new systems in our school. I was very happy share many of the amazing, positive comments that some of you submitted with our staff.
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 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.
Enrollment Schedules: Our 5 full day schedule gives your child access to every project and event at our school. 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 extremely limited!
Links 2 Home App Usage
We know that summer is a busy time for our families and want to communicate school happenings as clearly as possible to ensure that no one is left out. Daily reports are sent via email each day, but our Links 2 Home app keeps all school communications in one place and is always accessible. The app also allows to you communicate absences to your child’s teacher, leave drop-off notes, and read teacher and administrative notes in detail.
If you’re not a current app user, we encourage you to visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download the app today. You will need to login with the email address you use for Alma. Please let us know if you have issues logging into Links 2 Home!
Change of Seasons: With the change of seasons please remember to update your child’s back up clothing supply. Many children have difficulties keeping their jackets on while outside. If your child is one that always seems to be searching for their jacket after school, 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.
Safety First: We would like to remind you of a few security measures that we need your assistance with in regards to school safety.
- 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!
Illnesses: As you know there are a lot of illnesses in the community right now. I would like to remind you to please follow Merryhill’s illness policies. 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 or Ms. Pauline 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.