Good Morning Merritt Families,
We hope this update finds you and your family doing well. Please read the updates and news below as it contains some very important information for all of you to know:
1. We wrapped up our final day of students picking up their personal belongings and dropping off Chromebooks yesterday.
We are still missing about 75 Chromebooks and chargers that were borrowed and they have not been returned. Please make it a point to get those returned to school ASAP as our technology company is going to be taking inventory, cleaning, and reimaging those Chromebooks for our students to use next fall. Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00-12:00 this week and next week. In the agreement that was signed each family was responsible for returning the Chromebook and charger. We do not have the extra $25,000 in our budget to replace the missing Chromebooks that were borrowed.
Hello Merritt Families,
The senior parade on Friday has come and gone. Wow! What a great turnout on the parade route from the senior's families and friends! There must have been more than 300 people out to support them on the night that they were suppose to be graduating from Merritt Academy.
Don't forget Merritt Academy's senior commencement is being planned for Thursday, July 16th. A start time and how many family members and audience members will be announced very soon, but please plan on that date for sure. We are waiting to see what kind of social gathering restrictions are going to be in place for indoor and outdoor gatherings in the next few weeks and then we will announce this information.
It is my hope that this update continues to find your family safe and healthy. Since my last communication, the Governor has begun to act on the phased approach to relaxing the stay home order reopening different businesses and industry to restart our economy. Just last week we have seen portions of the northern part of the state reopen before the holiday weekend with strict social distancing guidelines. This is a step in the right direction. Our top priority, besides graduating our seniors, right now is discussing the best way to tackle what next fall looks like. Make no mistake that our desire is to resume in the fall with our normal school routine but we will work to have alternate plans as necessary. Every option we are discussing involves keeping our students as safe as possible with a thorough cleaning of our schools occurring daily and a deep cleaning happening twice weekly being one of our main focuses. Additionally, we are consulting with school leaders from across the state and reviewing plans that are being put in place both nationally and internationally as we look to implement the best practices possible while also being able to allow for some local control.
Good Evening Merritt Families,
I hope this e mail finds everyone doing well on this Easter Weekend. Attached you will find the document that explains our remote learning plan for the remainder of the school year.
Please read it over as it starts on Monday, April 13th. It is important for each student to do their best job on these assignments and attend the zoom meetings each week as they all have a chance to improve their current grades for this semester and from last marking period.
Google Classroom will the main educational platform used and as this is not a new tool for our middle and high school students it is for our elementary students. Elementary families you will be getting information from your child's teacher how to set up your child's Google Classroom before Monday.
Additionally, there will be a Merritt Academy Online Instruction document sent out to each family this weekend that will contain important information to access the weekly on line zoom meetings.
I hope this plan will answer all your questions and alleviate some concerns. As always please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.
1. Merritt Academy LLS Fundraiser
Once again Merritt Academy will be participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma fundraiser. We have a few changes this year! DOES YOUR CHILD WANT TO WIN A TICKET TO CEDAR POINT? Please review the attached letter describing prizes and giving levels. Online giving will run from March 9 - April 9 2020 this year with our week of dress down fundraising March 9th - March 12th, and March 16th.
We have lots of cool prizes for various levels of giving at the elementary levels. Lets donate to this great cause and help put an end to Blood borne cancers!
1. Minute to Win it Fundraiser Event February 8th
Attached to this e mail blast is a flyer with all the details for this event. Come out and have a good time with your family and friends! This event fundraiser takes place in the main gym from 4:00-6:00 this Saturday! Photo booth, raffle, and Jimmy Johns mascot will be there as well!
1. Coding Club 3-5 Information
Coding Club is back for Grades 3-5! Sign up forms will be coming home today but a copy is also attached if needed. Sessions fill up fast so make sure to return the form no later than Friday. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Monnier.
2. HS Drama Presentation of "How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" Friday, January 17th
Merritt's High School Drama and Stage Production classes will be presenting the play 10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse to the student body on January 17th. There will be two performances times: 9:45 am for Elementary classes and 10:45 am for Middle School and High School classes. Parents are welcome to attend to enjoy the performance that the students have been working hard on all semester!
3. Karate/ Bully Proof Workshop
Bob Aldis Martial Arts Dojo in Richmond is providing a workshop sure to benefit any 4-12 year old Merritt student. Please look over the attached flier for more information, cost, and dates. ALL $$ RAISED GOES BACK TO MERRITT ACADEMY.
1.Merritt Artwork For Sale
Please read the attached flier about how you can purchase the awesome artwork put together by our elementary students!
2. Paid Technology Dress Down Day
This Thursday, December 5th we will be having a dress down fundraiser. All money raised will go towards the purchase of new and exciting equipment for the computer lab! Please consider helping Mrs. Monnier to raise funds by dressing down with a minimum donation of $1.
1.Giving Tree, NHS Food Drive, and Soles for Souls Campaigns
In this season of giving Merritt Academy has caught the holiday spirit and we hope you can help us out with one of the following campaigns. Attached are fliers with all the information about the Giving Tree and NHS Food Drive and how you can help someone in need this holiday season. We are also coordinating with the River of God Church in Romeo and holding a shoe drive. Read below for more information. We know it's a lot that seems to be going on right now, but tis the seasonJ
1. Tastefest Tonight!!!!!
Our biggest and most important fundraiser, with all proceeds going back directly to student programs/assemblies, the Taste of Merritt is tonight! Tickets can still be bought at the door for $15.00 a person. Don't forget the class with the most partcipation at the event will receive a special reward. The groups will be divided into Pre School-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Friends and family will count just have your friends or family mention your name and classrooom teacher at the door.
See you tonight as there will be over 25 businesses represented, a raffle, and a good time had by all!
1. Music Tidbits From Mr. Kimsey
Please support our Meritt Mustang musicians at the Middle School/High School Fall Band Concert on Tuesday, October 29th @ 6pm
Please support the Merritt Academy Bands in their Achatz Pie Fundraiser which runs through Wednesday, October 23rd. Please see a band student or Mr. Kimsey to place an order. The pies wil be delivered and ready for pick up on Monday, November 11th at 3pm in the high school band room, just in time for the Holidays!!!
Throughout the school year, I will be sending updates to keep you informed about what is happening in the Counseling Department here at Merritt Academy. Focus will be placed on our Character Education Program, Community Events, and College and Career Prep. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Witkowski at any time.
Throughout the school year Mr. Witkowski will be going into classrooms to discuss various character traits, as well as talk to students about current social issues such as bully prevention, peer pressure, and making positive choices and healthy habits.
At the end of each month, one student from each classroom will be chosen as "Student of the Month" by their teacher. This student is chosen based on how well they demonstrated good character throughout the month. The Student of the Month will receive a certificate, Merritt Academy T-shirt, and a pizza lunch as a token of appreciation for their good character.
1. Parent/Teacher Conferences October 10th and 11th
Conferences are next Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 6:30. Please in grades K-5 please contact your child's teacher if you haven't already signed up for a conference time. In grades 6-12 you can pick up your child's progress report in the office and then conferences are on a walk-in basis on these days.