November 2019 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

November 7 Picture Retake Day 8:00 am  
November 12 P/T Conferences
3:30 - 7:00
Scholastic Book Fair  
November 13 Early Release 12:30  
November 18 P/T Conferences 3:30-7:00  
November  27-29 No School Happy Thanksgiving!  
December 10 Family Night Festival of Lights 5:00 pm


December 11 Early Release  
December 17 Holiday Concert @Alberta Kimball Hall 6:00 pm  
December 23- January 1 Winter Break  


Principal's Message


Hello Mustang Families! 

A big THANK YOU all who attended Boo-Bash last week! We had over 300 in attendance and raised over $1,000 for playground supplies! Thanks again to the staff, community members, and families who made the night so successful. 

This is just a friendly reminder that Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up. Once again we will be using PTC Fast to sign up for individual student conference times. Registration deadline is Friday, November 9th.How to register: To pick a time slot, enter the link in your internet browser or click here:

Please select the teacher's name to schedule your conference. After you register, an email will be sent so you could sign up for the 15-minute conference. If you have multiple children, you will need to select a conference with each individual child’s teacher. If you do not have Internet access, please contact:Merrill Elementary School Office @ 920-424-0420. We will return your call as soon as possible.

It’s also BOOK FAIR!! Our Scholastic Book Fair will be set up on Nov. 12 during Parent-Teacher Conferences and continue until the 14th of November in the Merrill Media Center. (change from the past)  Below are the times and dates. 

Nov. 12 : 3:00 - 6:30

Nov. 13: 12:30 - 2:00 

Nov. 14: 2:30 - 3:30 

Also, winter is just around the corner! We have already gotten some snow! Please remember that students without boots and snow pants will only be allowed to play on the blacktop! Dressing in layers helps all students during this time of year. Also, please label all of your child's outerwear. 

Looking forward to our busy month of November! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you,

Tanya Fenner, Principal                                                 

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Merrill Elementary is having a Food Drive. Monday, November 11th -Tuesday, November 26th.

Food Drive Flyer

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Picture Retakes Thursday, November 7th at 8:00 am  Image result for picture retake day

#1 - If your student has not been photographed this year, please be prepared to have a photograph taken on Thurs. Nov 7th, 2019.  All students must be photographed.  Portraits are needed for your school’s data base.

#2 - If you want a retake of your students’ original portrait, please return the original package in its entirety to the photographer on Thurs. Nov 7th, 2019.  A replacement package will be printed and delivered to the school with your student's new image.  If you did not purchase photos from the original picture day and want a retake, please have the student's picture taken.

#3 - If you want to order portraits for the first time, you can use the attached order form or pick one up from your school’s office and return it to the photographer on Thurs. Nov 7th, 2019.

#4 - If you don't order your student's portrait on Retake day, you will still be able to order online for the entire school year.  Approximately 3 weeks after the portrait is taken your student will bring home a proof form with their own secure private gallery passwordOnline orders get mailed directly to your home and will include a shipping charge ($4.50)

#5 - Retake portraits will be delivered to the school approximately 2-3 weeks after retake day. 

#6 - All Elementary Students will automatically receive one complimentary Class Composite at a later date, after all the photo days are completed and the composites are proofed by the school.


If you have questions, please call Network Photography directly at 262-677-8662 from 8am-4:30pm.                           


Merrill Elementary 2019-2020 Photography order form


  • Students Arriving Late to School:  We have an number of students arriving late for school.  Students are expected to be at school entering the building at 7:40 am when the first bell rings.  If your student arrives in the building after the second bell at 7:45 am, they must stop at the office to check in before going to class. If they arrive after 7:55 it is counted as unexcused.  

  • Pick Up After School: For the safety of all students, please make sure that you are on time to pick up your child.  You should be at school when students dismiss at 2:45 pm.  If you are unable to be at school at 2:45 pm, you should make alternate arrangements for your child's pick up.  Please make sure that you keep a consistent routine and that your child knows where to meet you.   

  • Change of Clothing:  Students in Grades KG-1 should have an extra set of season-appropriate clothing at school at all times in the event they soil their clothes due to recess activities, lunch spills, bathroom accidents or other health issues.      


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The Merrill Elementary PTO will be sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair. The fair hours are:
Tuesday, November 12 - 3:00-6:30 
Wednesday, November 13- 12:30-2:00 
Thursday, November 14 - 2:30-3:30

The Fair will be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 12. 

Winter is coming here are some friendly weather reminders…

Students should wear a coat when the temperature is 50 degrees or below. Students should have a hat and mittens or gloves when the temperature is 32 degrees or below. If there is snow on the ground, ALL students should have boots and snow pants to be allowed off of the blacktop areas of the playground. Please label your students clothing and boots. 

Recess- Students will be indoors for recess when the outdoor temperature is less than 10 degrees, or the wind chill is less than 0 degrees.

Please remember that all this clothing takes a little extra time and school starts at 7:45. We have had a great increase in tardy students so please allow extra time at home to get ready!

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Boo Bash Fun! Thank you to everyone that attended. 


Special Thanks to  Barney Saltzberg Author of the Beautiful OOPS for presenting to our students on October 23rd.

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Barney Saltzberg with Students

Visiting Author Barney  Saltzberg demonstrated drawing techniques showing students that nothing is a mistake.

Barney Saltzberg


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