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Merrimac Elementary School

Principal's Corner

Dear Families:

As we celebrate our Leadership Notebook Reunion and Leadership Day, we are reminded of the Importance of goals. Research has shown that the simple act of writing a goal greatly increases the chances of accomplishing the goal. If the goal is broken down into action steps and the action steps are tracked, goals have an even greater percentage of success.

At school, your child may write his or her academic and personal goals in a Leadership Notebook. You will gain a lot of information on how your child is doing if you ask your child to tell you about his or her goals. The goals chosen are meaningful to your child so be sure to practice Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.

The Leadership Notebook idea can also be used in your home. Create goals such as reading together, eating dinner at the table, or doing an activity together. Involve everyone in the family in choosing a meaningful goal and action steps. Post the goal and the action steps in a visible place and be sure to track and celebrate progress!

Last year, we started our Merrimac School Twitter page. It is as an excellent means to connect and communicate with our families. Our PTA has also updated our Merrimac PTA Facebook page. We will continue to use these accounts to celebrate successes, share school and classroom news, answer questions, as well as share educational updates.

Please take some time to follow us.


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Merrimac Elementary School is a community of learners dedicated to the academic, social, and emotional success of all our students.  The guiding principles of our school include a rigorous curriculum, critical thinking, and a safe, nurturing environment where students are encouraged to take educational risks.  Our teachers utilize a wide range of instructional strategies and opportunities for differentiation to meet the individual needs of all students.  Merrimac Elementary continues to lead with the Seven Habits.  The Leader in Me process is designed to help teachers develop leadership skills in their students. Helping students discover their own strengths allows teachers to find opportunities for every child to shine – to be a leader. Teachers are incorporating the common language of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Dr. Stephen Covey, into all curriculum areas.

Parents are an integral part of our school community.  Our staff works diligently to communicate with families and maintain on-going, two-way communication regarding our instructional programs, student progress, and opportunities for parents to be actively engaged in our school. Research shows that children do better in school if their parents are familiar with the school and participate in school activities.  You are the most important influence in your child's life.  As partners in educating your child, success is virtually guaranteed when we work together. I invite you to be actively involved in your child's education this year.

It is also important to get involved with our wonderful PTA. You will have the opportunity to find out how you can volunteer your time and make this an extraordinary school year for our students.

We look forward to a successful school year.


Veronica DeCicco