November 2023 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     

        November 23rd & 24th - No School - Thanksgiving Break 

November 27th - December 8th - Food Drive

December 8th - No School - Professional Development 

December 11th - Holiday Concert - 6-7:30pm - Alberta Kimball Auditorium

December 22nd - January 1st - Winter Break 

January 2nd - Return to School 




Administration Team


Jennifer Sommers-Hazen 


920.424.0420 Ext. 4002 


Dan Powers 

Dean of Students 

920.424.0420 Ext. 4110 


Principal's Message

Happy Thanksgiving Merrill Families!

We spend a lot of time throughout November and December talking about kindness and what we are thankful for. One of those things we are so thankful for is our students. They are why we are all here, and we are grateful to be able to support them as they grow and learn. We are also thankful for all of our Merrill families. Thank you for entrusting us with your children each day. We are so fortunate to spend each day of school with them.

One of the ways we as the Merrill School Family will show kindness to others is our annual Food Drive in partnership with the Mid-Morning Kiwanis. Classrooms will be collecting items for the food drive from November 27 - December 8. As a thank you this year, the Mid-Morning Kiwanis will put on a magic show for students the morning of December 13. Additionally, each student from the class that collects the most items will be able to throw a pie at a staff member's face as the rest of the school watches! 

As always, reach out to us here at school if you have questions or concerns.

Jen Sommers-Hazen


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.

  •  Kindergartners and 1st graders who miss 10%+ school days are much less likely to learn to read by the end of 3rd grade.

  • 6th graders who miss 10%+ school days are more likely to drop out of high school.

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.


Food Drive 


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. 


All students have the walking field trip form to be filled out on the Parent Portal. Please do this ASAP! 



Dismissal and Parking Information

There are many changes this year to parking and traffic flow along Kentucky Street. We realize these changes are impacting pick up of students at the end of the day, but to ensure the safety of all of our students during this very busy time, we appreciate everyone following the plan.

  • Adults picking up students must pull up along the sidewalk on Merrill's side of Kentucky Street. Students should enter vehicles from the driver's side to avoid going into the road. We do not want any students on the road.
  • Do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the street and have students walk to your vehicle. This is unsafe for children and will also cause traffic behind your vehicle to have to stop and this creates a back-up quickly.
  • Do not park on Kentucky Street on the Vel Phillips side or in their parking lot.

Thank you for your help keeping our students safe. 



Student Handbook 

Please click the picture below to view the handbook.



Health Guidelines 

Symptoms you MUST keep your child home for:




        ● 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.





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




Coats for Kids & Toys for Tots 

Please click here for information on Coats for Kids and Toys for Tots

Coats for Kids sign-up deadline is October 23rd, 2023.

Toys for Tots sign-up deadline is November 27th, 2023.





  • 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 is notified. 

** 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. 



Community Events

Please click below to check out vast opportunities in our community. 

Lots of Halloween Fun listed here!!!!!!