For Your Information (FYI)
10.12 - Cultural Heritage Night Informational Meeting, 7 pm
10.13 - First Grade Parents Lunch & Learn, 12-1 pm
10.18 - Picture Day
10.18 - Art Goes to School Meeting, 10 am, Bala Cynwyd library
10.25 - HSA Meeting with guest, Superintendent Copeland
10.26 - Cultural Heritage Night, 6-8:15 pm
Reminders from the Main Office
School Start Time
The school day begins promptly at 9 am. Any students arriving after 9 am must be signed in at the front office.
This year's Halloween Parade will be held Tuesday, Oct 31 at 11am. Parents/Guardians and guests who wish to access the building for any reason on Halloween after the parade must be registered. Classroom assistants (2 per class) must also register and are the only parents who will be allowed in the building prior to the parade. Please use this link to register before Friday, October 27 at midnight. If you have more than one child in school, parent must complete one online form per child. This online form will also be used to verify approved adults to take students home at the conclusion of the classroom parties. If you are only planning to attend the parade and leave afterwards, you do not need to register.
Merion HSA Welcomes Superintendent Copeland
When - Thursday, Oct 25, 9:15 am
Where - Merion Cafeteria
The October HSA meeting will feature Mr. Copeland, Superintendent of Lower Merion School District, who will give an update on the district and will also take questions from parents/guardians. Come to hear the latest on what's happening in our schools and enjoy coffee and breakfast courtesy of Panera.
Cultural Heritage Night Informational Meeting is Tonight!
The Cultural Heritage Night Informational Meeting for participants will take place tonight at 7pm at Merion in the auditorium.
We invite everyone to come celebrate their family's cultural heritage with the Merion Community. Within each country, there are often-times more than one ethnic group, and therefore more than one culture. Participants can choose to represent their country, their ethnic group, or both. If you'd like to represent your country, or ethnic group, please contact us about reserving a table at Merion Cultural Heritage Night. Email questions
to firstname.lastname@example.org or register to participate here.
Cultural Heritage Night 2017 is set for Thursday, October 26, 6-8:15pm. This event is free, but please bring a canned food donation for the Narberth Community Food Bank.
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Merion Nov 6-10
An exciting part of the book fair is the "All for Books" coin challenge.
Students are asked to bring in their loose change during the week of Oct 23 - 27. The class who brings in the most change will win a prize! Please consider supporting this great Merion event! (This event provides books directly to our school and, in addition, Scholastic will match amount in books to a charity.)
All Merion Merchandise Orders due this Sunday!!
Check out the new selection of Merion Elementary cotton and performance shirts, pajama bottoms, shorts and more. Plus, all new this year: Personalize your water bottles and sweatshirts! Order by Oct 15 and your gear should arrive during the week of Nov 6. Also for sale are limited quantities of 46" Merion umbrellas, helpful for those rainy day walks to school. Only $15!
Meet the Merion Human Relations Committee
Did you know? Merion has a Human Relations Committee consisting
of parent representatives from each grade, teachers and staff. The Committee meets monthly to discuss "big picture" issues that are of concern to Merion parents. "Big Picture" issues include concerns relating to our school environment, safety, recess challenges or other topics that do not relate to individual students. If you have any ideas or concerns that you would like to have discussed at a Human Relations meeting, please express them to your grade level representative and your concerns will remain anonymous. You will receive feedback, addressing your issue, directly from your representative.
Art Goes to School
AGTS is looking for parent volunteers like you! Help our children discover, explore and understand art. No prior art or teaching experience is needed, just enthusiasm!
Our first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 18 at 10 am at the Bala Cynwyd Library.
Cradles to Crayons
Merion Elementary is a year-round collection site for Cradles to Crayons! C2C collects clothing for children ages 0-12, books, toys and more!
Halloween Costume Drive
Merion Elementary is collecting complete, clean, gently used costumes in infant through adult sizes to benefit Halloween Helpers. Please drop off donations, bagged and labeled with gender/size/theme, in the front office by Friday, Oct 13.
Napkin Collection for the PA School for the Deaf
Do you have varied and leftover paper napkins in your house from different events? These can be put to fabulous use helping young preschoolers with hearing loss develop their communication skills. Merion Elementary will be collecting virtually any napkin that could be described in some way. Partial packs and random assortments are more than welcome but please, no religious holiday napkins (Christmas, Chanukah, Halloween, etc.)
Used with students who have delayed language and are either learning Sign Language or spoken English or both, the napkins will teach the children how to ask and answer questions fully during their snack or meal times. The kids love being the server and also deciding which napkin they will use, so it's really a fabulous hands on learning opportunity where the kids are very motivated.
A box for collection will be placed on the bench by the windows next to the HSA table.
Pumpkin Sale Next Week
The 5th Grade Pumpkin Sale is coming! Support the 5th grade class and pre-order your pumpkins and mums now through Oct 12 and pick up at school on Oct 19 & 20 from 3:30-7:00 pm. Baked goods and Halloween trick or treat bags (in addition to on-site pumpkin and mum purchases) will also be available for buying on sale days.
All purchases support the Fifth Grade Committee, ensuring our 5th graders enjoy a number of fun activities to celebrate their final year at Merion.
Pumpkin Sale Pre-Order Form
Fifth Grade Class Dues - Final Reminder
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
This is an extra special year for our kids where they broaden their experiences and prepare to leave elementary school. Some of the fun activities and events for this year include Diamond Ridge Field Trip (team building), Fifth Grade Play, End of the Year Picnic, and yearbooks.
To offset the cost of these events, we are asking for dues in the amount of $90. By Oct 13, please either send a check payable to the Merion HSA in a sealed envelope with a memo line of "5th Grade Dues" or submit payment via PayPal. If the fees present a hardship to any families, please contact Ms. Heffron for assistance.
LMSD Board of Directors Candidate Forum
When - Thursday, Oct 26, 2017, 7-9pm
Where - Welsh Valley Middle School Auditorium 325 Tower Lane, Narberth
Learn more about the eight candidates running in this year's election to fill the four open seats on the LMSD Board of School Directors. The candidates include incumbents: Laurie Actman, Ben Driscoll, and Melissa Gilbert; and non-incumbents: Mary Brown, Debra Finger, A.J. Kait, Terry Spahr, and Milissa Tadeo. Members of the Lower Merion High School and Harriton High School debate teams will moderate the forum. It is sponsored by Interschool Council (ISC), Committee for Special Education (CSE), Committee to Address Race in Education (CARE), and League of Women Voters of Lower Merion/Narberth. This event is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. Please remember to vote November 7.
Adolescent Sleep & School Start Times
When - Monday, Oct 16, 8:30 pm
Where - LMSD Administration Building, 1st floor Board Room (adjacent to LMHS)
LMSD is studying the issue of delaying secondary start times as a way to address chronic sleep loss in adolescents, recognizing that the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all have recommended that middle and high schools begin no earlier than 8:30am.
As healthy school start times affect all students, we encourage you to read this report and learn about the issue, as the district will be engaging the community in discussion on this topic in coming months.
If you would like to receive periodic updates about this issue, please contact Amy Norr, ISC Sleep & Healthy Start Times Chair, at email@example.com
Lower Merion Girls Basketball Skills Clinic
When - Oct 21, 28 & 29, 9 am - 1 pm
Where - LMHS, Kobe Bryant Gymnasium
Basketball skills clinic for girls in grades 1-8, at all skill levels. Come play with LMHS Coach Mo Boykins and members of the LM Girls Basketball Staff and Team.
To sign up in advance, please email Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-901-6330.
LMHS Hockey Night with the Philadelphia Flyers
When - Tuesday, Oct 17, 7 pm
Where - Wells Fargo Center
The Lower Merion High School varsity hockey team has partnered with the Philadelphia Flyers for an exciting night of hockey. The LM squad will take the ice against an opponent (TBD) directly following the Flyers vs. Panthers game.
Ticket cost is $35 each and gets you access to both the Flyers vs. Panthers and Lower Merion games. The group seats will be in sections 218, 219, and 219A. Please support LMHS hockey during this exciting opportunity to play like the pros! To purchase tickets, contact Dan Pike at email@example.com today!
buildOn "Halloween Party" Fundraiser
When - Friday, Oct 20, 6-8 pm
Where - Bala Cynwyd Middle School
The Lower Merion High School buildOn community team will be hosting a "Halloween Party" Fundraiser for students in pre-school through sixth grade.
Give your costumes a test run during this fun-filled evening featuring arts & crafts, game stations, a costume competition, face painting, lots of prizes and food for sale! All proceeds benefit buildOn's construction of a school in Nepal!
buildOn Halloween Outdoor Movie "The BoxTrolls"
When - Friday, Oct 20, 7-9 pm pm
Where - Welsh Valley Middle School Courtyard, 325 Tower Lane, Narberth
buildOn presents the 2017 Halloween outdoor movie showing of "The BoxTrolls". Donations welcome. Refreshments for sale. All money raised benefits the 2018 Trek to Nicaragua and the construction of a community school. Questions? Contact Jamie Nemec at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starfish on the Trail
When - Saturday, Oct 21, 9 - 11 am Where - Cynwyd Trail
The Teen Board of the Starfish Project for Children will be partnering with AFC Fitness and the Cynwyd Trail to clean up the trail and get it ready for fall. Starfish is an organization centered around instilling a love of community service in kids in our community. All families (and pets) are welcome.
Bethel Academy After-School Tutoring
Bethel Academy, a multicultural learning center, offers academic, social and cultural enrichment. Please sign up now for after-school tutoring. This is for grades K-8. Sessions are held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:30- 5:30 PM at 163 Sheldon Lane, Ardmore, PA.
Girls Night Out
When - Thursday Oct 12, 7 - 10 pm
Where - Merion Tribute House
The Junior Women's Community Club of Narberth invites you to their annual Girls Night Out event benefitting local Philadelphia based charity, Philly's Stars Foundation, an organization whose mission is to empower young people to create change through recreational, educational, and community activities.
Grab your girlfriends and come by for a beautiful, fashionable, jewelry boutique from Marlyn Schiff , food and drink sponsored by Narberth's Great American Pub, delicious treats from Village Treats, a silent auction and raffle featuring goodies from businesses all around the Philadelphia area, and more.
Current Lunch Menu
PAGE Game Night | Saturday, Oct 13, 6-8pm
Lower Merion Fall Fun Fair | Sunday, Oct 14, 10 am- 2 pm
Give Kids Sight Day | Saturday, Oct 21, 8:30 am - 1 pm
Witches of Narberth | Saturday, Oct 28, 1 pm
"Ball in the House" A Capella Performance |Friday, Nov 17, 7 pm
LM Basketball Fall Clinics
Merion Home and School Association, 549 S. Bowman Ave, Merion, PA 19066
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