Wednesday Messages, our weekly newsletter, is our principle means of communicating with Meher Schools families. Please take the time to read your copy every week. These are this year's Wednesday Messages. To download an issue, click the date. Click the title of a "Tips for Parents" column to download it. To submit a "Bulletin Board" item, please download and complete this form and leave it in the Office Drop Box.
MARCH 11: Summer sign-ups this week; coronavirus family screening tool; cheering section (photo caption); Tips for Parents: "'Fighting' Voice, 'Talking' Voice"; a star is born (photo caption); "Influenza-Like Illness Symptom Screening Tool for Parents and Caregivers"; Sandra Star's "Clean Hands Song"
MARCH 4: Returning to school after an illness: symptom-free for 24 hours; Founders Day photos; Tips for Parents: "A Compassionate Response"; compassion is a form of love; words of thanks for those who made the Saturday night symposium possible
FEBRUARY 26: Remembering our founder, Ivy O. Duce, on the 125th anniversary of her birth; Tips for Parents: "Conversations About Skin Color"; new sandboxes
FEBRUARY 19: Ticket sales continue for February 29 event; fifth graders' special Valentine's treat for San Francisco's homeless; Tips for Parents: "Using 'When, then' Instead of 'If, then'"; forms and payment due tomorrow for Spring Daycare Week
FEBRUARY 12: No more General Store donations at the school; Founders Day tickets on sale; Valentine's Day reminders; do you have the school's numbers in your contacts"; Tips for Parents: "Identifying and Validating 'Big Feelings'"; Nurtured Heart Corner: "Leaking Negativity"; reminder: no school Friday or Monday
FEBRUARY 5: Founders Day for Grown-ups: dinner, discussion, and delight; sharing the gift of reading; Tips for Parents: "Hearing Our Own Voices"; Valentine's Day guidelines; have you turned in your Enrollment Form?; fifth grade teacher's novel published
JANUARY 29: Independent Learning Day; Tips for Parents: "Helping Children Feel 'More Blessed Than Stressed'"; will your child be returning to our school next year?
JANUARY 22: Actor, producer, director--now preschool teacher; what are your plans for the 2020–21 school year? Tips for Parents: "Supporting Children's Self-Sufficiency"; The Meher Schools Way: "Taking a Positive Approach"
JANUARY 15: Earlier start and end dates for the 2020–21 school year; life cycle in the garden; Tips for Parents: "Using Humor to Promote Harmony"; "crafty" fourth graders raise $520 for preschool family, Third World farmers; Nurtured Heart Corner: "Celebrating the Little Things"
JANUARY 8: Internet safety; turning the page to a new beginning; Tips for Parents: "Self-Reflection: The Space Between Thought and Action"; in the Office, a lost-and-found for valuable things
DECEMBER 18: Winter holiday daycare; a note of gratitude for families' support of the school in 2019; Tips for Parents: "Compassion: Awakening a Child's Heart"; last-minute gift ideas: school songs CD, Max Reif's CD of original children's songs
DECEMBER 11: Friday is the last day to 1) donate to our annual food drive, and 2) turn in preschool applications for siblings of current students for the 2020–21 school year; preschool troubadour Max Reif's happy songs available on CD; do not leave children unattended in cars; Tips for Parents: "Ask Children for a Hand"; Bulletin Board: staff member needs a place to live
DECEMBER 4: Enrolling siblings in the White Pony for the 2020–21 school year; Holidays Without Hunger: 12th annual food bank drive next week; Tips for Parents: "Building Our 'Gratefulness Muscles'"; piano needed for school music program; digital cameras sought for point-of-view aftercare project; The Meher Schools Way: "The Classroom Environment"; K–5 winter holiday celebrations
NOVEMBER 20: Sick children belong at home; interview with an immigrant; Tips for Parents: "Lessons from the Children We Once Were"; mini-showcase for mini-art (photo caption); reminders: Thanksgiving week, T-shirt orders, elementary lost and found, school photos; Bulletin Board: fifth grader on the Lesher stage next week; staff member seeking a place to live near school
NOVEMBER 13: School T-shirts are back; sustainability: garden classes "repurpose" straw bales; Tips for Parents: "The Value of Resetting Yourself"; elementary lost & found to charity next Friday; Free General Store seeks quality toys, children's books
NOVEMBER 6: Reminders: Veterans Day, daycare during the winter holiday break, school photos; Tips for Parents: "Scary Images Leave Lasting Impressions"; Nurtured Heart Corner: "Nurtured Heart: It's Not Just for Children"; Halloween photos
OCTOBER 30: Winter holiday daycare registration begins Monday; Office parking lot not for drop-off, pick-up, other school business; Tips for Parents: "The Benefits of Sustained Play"; Halloween reminders; schoolwide dance photos
OCTOBER 23: Halloween: costumes, candy, and a morning parade; Africa donations: 'tween books too; taking preschool photos is a team effort; Tips for Parents: "Practicing the Art of Playfulness"; November Explorations sign-ups due by Friday; looking ahead to Thanksgiving week; why do children love Halloween?; meet the newest member of the Meher Schools family
OCTOBER 16: Our Ugandan sister school needs games, flash cards, brain teasers; Family Dance Saturday; Tips for Parents: "Managing Awkward Social Situations"; Nurtured Heart Corner: "Resetting Helps 'Coaches' Stay Positive"
OCTOBER 9: Family Dance: DJ, petting zoo, raffle, and more; reminder: Monday is a holiday; participating in the school community; Tips for Parents: "Make Dates With Your Child"; Nurtured Heart Corner: "Honoring an Individual"; Kidpower "people safety" lessons October 17; attached: Parent Participation form
SEPTEMBER 25: School photos October 7–11; Walnut Festival parade (photo caption); Tips for Parents: "Making the Most of Downtime"; Nurtured Heart Corner: "Recovering Quickly From a Reset"; Wednesday Messages will not be published next week; attachment: Photo Opt-In Form
SEPTEMBER 18: Coming Monday: school photo opt-in form (required); maternity leave for Ivy Summers; Explorations sign-ups end Friday; join the new Saturday morning Butterfly Garden team; Tips for Parents: "Ensuring Your Child's Safety on Playdates"; Nurtured Heart Corner: "Notice What Isn't Happening"
SEPTEMBER 11: Walk with us Saturday in the Walnut Festival Twilight Parade; cozy home in the play yard; thank you to the volunteers who made our school sparkle for the new year; Tips for Parents: "Toward a Compassionate New Beginning"; Nurtured Heart Corner: "A Fresh Start"; no Huckleberry Kitchen lunches this year; please keep your Information / Emergency Form up-to-date; safety and courtesy in our parking lots; quick reminders; Bulletin Board: nanny seeks morning, afternoon childcare situation; social-skills student "model" sought