March 2024 Newsletter

 

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108 W. New York Ave. Oshkosh, WI 54904

                    Phone: 920.424.0420    Fax: 920.424.7504                   

Quick Links:

Parent Portal 

School Calendar  

Merrill Facebook Page 

 

 

 

 

     Important Dates     

March 8th - No School 

March 11th - YEARBOOK ORDERS DUE - No Exceptions

March 18th - STEM Night 5-6:30pm 

March 19th - Rocky Rococo's Night 4-7pm

March 22nd - End of 3rd Quarter 

March 25th - 29th - Spring Break 

April 1st - Return to School after Spring Break 

 

 

 

 

 


Administration Team

 

Jennifer Sommers-Hazen 

Principal 

920.424.0420 Ext. 4002

jennifer.sommers@oshkosh.k12.wi.us 


 

Dan Powers 

Dean of Students 

920.424.0420 Ext. 4110

daniel.powers@oshkosh.k12.wi.us 


 

 

Principal's Message 

 

Hello Merrill Families,

Happy March! We recently hit the milestone of the 100th day of school! That means 100 days of your child building their reading, writing, and math skills. Think about how much learning they have had! The number of books they have read and math problems they have solved! The things they’ve learned about the world around them! Students have grown so much from the first day they came to school this last September. 

As we begin to look towards these next few months of school, we will be doing different activities that commemorate Merrill and the wonderful school community we have had here. We recently took an all-school photo of staff and students in the shape of an M, with all students wearing their blue Forever Merrill Kid t-shirts. You will have an opportunity to bring home a copy of this photo. Our 5th Grade Student Leadership Council designed the student t-shirts. Staff wear their “Merrill” clothing on Mondays, and we invite our students to wear theirs on Mondays as well!

I wish each of you well,

Jen Sommers

Principal

 

St. Patrick's Day cloverleaf

 


 

Rocky Rococo's Pizza Night Fundraiser  

 

 


 

Yearbook Orders 

Due March 11th 

First page of the PDF file: YearbookOrderInfo1

 

                                                                                        Merrill Elementary - 2023-2024 Yearbook 

 


 

STEM Night 

First page of the PDF file: _STEMNightInvite2024

 


 

ONHS Polaris Spring Fling 

First page of the PDF file: SpringFlingFlyer-MaryD2_1

 


 

 

 


 

Fundraiser for Future Menominee Students 

All funds raised will buy t-shirts for incoming Menominee Students!

 


 

Forward Testing 

 


 

Summer School Registration

Get ready for Oshkosh Summer School 2024 

Registration Opens March 6, Course Guide Now Available

Starting March 6, families may begin registering their child(ren) for Summer School 2024! Be sure to sign up early because classes do fill up and those that do not have enough students enrolled may be canceled. 

OASD Summer School offers a variety of in-person and virtual classes for students entering kindergarten through high school, including athletic camps, music camps, and eAcademy options. While remedial courses are available, the majority of courses are designed to keep students thinking and exploring during the summer. 

COURSE GUIDE: Detailed information about all course options, including special camps and registration instructions, are available on the OASD Summer School webpage in the Summer School Course Guide

Summer School enrollment is FREE and available for all OASD students, students who live within the district boundaries, and students who are open-enrolled in the OASD. 

LEARN MORE: OASD Update 02.22.24 - Summer School 2024 Dates, Locations, and Details

IMAGE - below, and link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1liZ49wveTB-MjIiDt4ze07P1g-dFSaaf/view?usp=drive_link


 

Attendance Procedures 

Please call (920) 424-0420 if your child is going to be absent for the school day. Please make this call before 8 AM. You can leave a voicemail with parent name, student name, and the reason for the absence. If your child is ill also leave symptoms. If your child is leaving for an appointment during the school day please call in so we can have your child ready and at Door 7 for you to pick them up. 

Outside supervision starts

7:30 AM

Students enter building for soft start

7:35 AM 

First bell rings

7:40 AM

Students are expected to be in their seats

7:45 AM

After school pick up (no supervision provided)

2:45 PM

 

* 7:45-7:55 is TARDY, anything 7:56 and beyond is UNEXCUSED

Main Office: 920-424-0420

 

 

One of the most influential roles you can play in your child’s education is through encouraging and supporting your students in their daily attendance at school.

Attendance matters because missing 10%+ of school days (just two days per month) can drastically impact your student’s education.

Even being just 30 minutes late several days per week will add up to two full days in a single month of school. That’s 10% of the school for the month. By the end of the year, they will have missed the equivalent of a month of learning.

Tips to Help:

Establishing and keeping a schedule; children thrive on routine.

Going to bed and waking up earlier.

Preparing for the morning the night before by laying out outfits, packing backpacks, and pre-packing lunches.

If work schedules conflict, investigate other means of transportation, such as carpooling with other families.

 


 

Health Guidelines 

Symptoms you MUST keep your child home for:

Vomiting 

Diarrhea

Fever

        ‚óŹ Keep your symptomatic child home and notify the main office which symptom(s)
            your absent student is experiencing. Students can return to school after 24 hours symptom free without the use of medication.

 


 

New Field Trip Process on the Parent Portal

We are excited to announce an improved field trip process for families. Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, all field trip permission slips will be electronic and we are moving to cashless payments for field trips. This is a new process for our entire district and is meant to streamline and improve our service to families. 

Additional information will be shared by teachers as they plan for field trips. However, we want to highlight the following features: 

  • Our new online field trip process must be completed via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

  • All online transaction fees have been waived, including payments made by credit card, debit card, and checking/savings account. 

  • If a field trip is sponsored by the district, the cost of the trip is waived for families who are eligible and approved to receive free and reduced priced meals. (This will be communicated to impacted families.)

Our school secretary will be available to assist families as needed and if a parent/guardian is unable to complete the online field trip process, we can provide support in-person or over the phone. 

We look forward to providing your child(ren) with enriching field trip experiences that contribute to their educational journey. We appreciate your continued partnership and engagement!

Click here for the directions on how to use the Parent Portal to grant your child permission for field trips. 

 


 

Student Handbook 

Please click the picture below to view the handbook.

 


 

 


 

Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Information 

Food Services / Links

School Breakfast/Lunch

All Merrill students will receive a breakfast and lunch at school each day for the 2023-24 school year at NO CHARGE.  This is a result of the district's implementing the Community Eligibility Provision while participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.  Your students will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.  Please note that families that wish to receive additional benefits that the program provides such as free snack milk, dental care, field trip costs, waived instructional fees, etc., you must still complete the application as noted below.  Breakfast is served in the classroom beginning at 7:45 am.

Recess Milk

Recess milk is a snack milk taken by students during the school day.  The cost for recess milk is $.40 per milk.  (There is no charge for recess milk if you qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program)  Teachers will be charging student accounts for milk daily.  Please make sure that your child's teacher is aware if your child will not be taking milk so the account does not get charged.

Sack Lunch Milk

Students that choose to bring a sack lunch from home may purchase a milk at the cost of $.40.  This amount will be deducted from your child's account.  Daily payments for sack lunch milk will not be accepted.  Please note that if you qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, you do not receive free milk with your sack lunch.  In addition, please note that there are no microwaves on site for students to use at lunch time.

Free and Reduced Lunch Program

All Merrill students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch each day; however, to be eligible for additional benefits such as waived fees, dental services, and free snack milk, you must apply for the program.  All households were notified in August about applying for the free or reduced lunch program.   A new application must be completed each year to be eligible for the lunch program.  In addition, you can apply online for the program right in your Parent Portal.     

If you have questions, please contact the Food Services Department at West High School 424-4936.

Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Please click on the following link to view the lunch menus each month:

Food Service Information and Menus

 

Please CLICK HERE for information about:

  • Free/Reduced Meal Applications
  • Employment Opportunities

 


 

 

 

 

  • Click the graphic to fill out the background check. 

  • Email the teacher to let them know you have filled it out. Applications will not be processed until the teacher and secretary are notified. 

    • Secretary's email: brittany.wurn@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

** Please note that turnaround time is up to 4 business days. 

 


 

Clothing Closet 

Are you are in need of clothing for your child? Please print, fill out this form and return it to school. If you are not able to print please email your child's teacher to have a form sent home.

Click here to print the form. 

 


 

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