October 2020 Newsletter

Picture of a Mustang Horse

Clothing Closet Grab 

Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm Pending Weather 

Oct. 14  Early Release  
Oct. 23  No School   


Principal's Message


Hello Merrill Families,

I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we made the switch to Model 4 - Virtual Learning last week. All the Merrill staff appreciates all the work you are doing to help your children stay connected to us virtually. Keep being amazing! 

It is definitely starting to feel and look like fall outside. Once we return to the Model 3 - Hybrid Learning, don't forget to have students layer up on clothing and bring jackets for recess times. If you are need of warmer clothes, don't forget to check out our Clothing Closet Grab on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm. It is located outside by Door 8 on Kentucky St. Please park in one of the parking lots. 

Enjoy the changing colors of fall and stay safe. We are looking forward to all our students returning soon. 

Tanya Fenner

Attendance Procedures

During Model 4: Virtual Learning it is important that you still call in if your child is ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If anyone living in your house tests positive for COVID-19 we need to know as well. 

Please call (920) 424-0420 if your child is going to be absent for that school day. Please make this call before 8 AM. If your child is leaving for an appointment during the school day please also call in so we can have your child ready and at Door 7 for you to pick them up. 

Virtual Attendance Matters!

During Model 4 classes are learning new material daily! Please be sure to be attending ALL Google meets and be completing your work. We know the transition between the different Models can be a challenge but we are here to help in anyway we can. We miss seeing your smiles around the building and look forward to when we get to see them again! Please reach out with any questions or concerns. 

Coats for Kids & Toys for Tots 

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


Free Meal Pick Up

During district-wide Model 4: Virtual Learning, school meals will be provided in a grab-and-go format at four OASD school sites within the district. The meals will be distributed on Mondays and Thursdays at the following locations and times.

  • Jefferson Elementary (in front of main entrance) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Webster Stanley Elementary (in front of main entrance) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • West High School (in front of door 24) from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

  • North High School (circle drive in front of school) from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Meals can be picked-up by parents/guardians or children. More information is available in the previously shared OASD 09.22.20 Update as well as the OASD website at www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/families/at-home-learning/free-meals.


Picture Day 

Picture Days have been postponed. More information will follow when we return to Model 3: Hybrid Learning. 

If you have already used the prepay option please know that the money will be applied to your students pictures when we reschedule. 

Here is the link for parents to order pictures and pre-pay online for them.  This option is the best as it alleviates having more physical contact and lets parents order directly from their homes.

Merrill Elementary - School Picture Pre-Pay Option

Or click here for the PDF order form for you to print off and send with your child on picture day. We also will be sending these forms home closer to Picture Day.


Health Note 

Please click here for a note from the School Nurse.  



Birthday Treats 

“Food-type” birthday treats will not be allowed at school due to food safety and food allergy concerns. Great alternatives include but are not limited to:

  • Sending nothing- we will make your child’s day special by acknowledgement and a birthday book from Mrs. Fenner! 
  • Donate a book to the class library for everyone to enjoy
  • Pencils
  • Glow bracelets
  • New crayons
  • Mini erasers
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Mini stampers


Click on the Math Corner for helpful Math tips.

  Art Corner

Click on Art Corner to see what is happening in Art Class