January 3, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Let me begin by wishing all our Merrymount families a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year. I am looking forward to a great month of January filled with many wonderful events and learning experiences. Below is a brief description of some of them:
- Monthly Character Theme: Our character education theme for the month of January is Determination. We will be focusing on setting goals and working hard to achieve them. As you and your child make New Year’s resolutions together, perhaps you can emphasize that will power, discipline, and attitude are important in achieving difficult goals.
- Annual Scholastic Book Fair: The PTO will be sponsoring the annual Scholastic Book Fair the week of January 9-13. Students will have the opportunity to preview the books prior to purchasing. A special flyer listing the book offerings will be sent home. A classroom schedule will be created for students to purchase books during school hours. Parents may purchase books on “Family Night” which is scheduled for Thursday, January 12th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. If you are looking for a very special birthday present for your child, you can donate a book to the Merrymount Media Center or your child’s classroom in his/her name. Also on Family Night, Ms. Amanda (Pegg), Children’s Librarian at the Thomas Crane Public Library, will read with the children. Please join us for a wonderful evening!
- Martin Luther King Day: There will be no school on Monday, January 16th, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. At school we will pay tribute to Dr. King by emphasizing the importance of respecting the rights of others and treating people fairly and equally. There are many wonderful biographies of Dr. King written for children.
- PTO Meeting: This month’s PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Mr. Rogan will present Merrymount’s 2016 MCAS results. Please join us. Watch for the flyer with all the details.
- January Testing Calendar: Merrymount students will have a variety of assessments this month. Students in grades K-5 will be given the annual mid-year DIBELS (Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills) January 3-13. EL Access Testing is scheduled for January 5th-February 8th (This testing is for EL students only). Third graders will take the ELA MAP test on January 13th and the Math MAP test on January 30th. Second graders will take the ELA MPG test on January 17th and the Math MPG test on January 31st.
- Nurse Slocum’s Healthy Hints: Exercise is the topic for this month. It can be so difficult to fit exercise into your child’s day when the weather is nasty outside. Here are a couple of tips you might try. Repeat one of the following 10 times:
Pretend to throw a football to a parent or sibling
Pretend to serve a tennis ball
Shuffle feet & pretend to play tennis
Pretend to practice batting a ball
These exercises may also expend some of that endless energy many children seem to possess. YOUTUBE also has some good ideas for exercise on those cold days that will surely come. In some classrooms, we are even trying some excellent exercise tips from the website www.gonoodle.com. Let’s get moving!