The Merit School of Broadlands

The Merit School of Broadlands


Happy spirit week! Catherine got a new pet last week! Polly the pup!
Such a fun day at school dancing!
Thanks so much to The Merit School for bringing their awesome school bus to the 6th Annual Virginia Touch-A-Truck! Come see them and so much more at StoneSprings Hospital Center until 3:00 p.m. today!
#shoutoutfriday to everyone at The Merit School of Broadlands who helps put this smile on his face!
Another great week!
So excited for Karate class and he came back showing me all his moves. #shoutoutfriday to The Merit School of Broadlands for putting this all together.
Another great day at Merit!
#shoutoutfriday to the teachers that make learning fun like when they made their own fruit basket this week!
Always his favorite, spending time at the activity table. This time it was water, so glad it’s at The Merit School of Broadlands and not the house. #ShoutFriday to the teachers and staff for making it so much fun.
What a fun science experiment. Making “green eggs”.
Love that she loves her teachers so much! 💕💕 #shoutoutfriday
#ShoutoutFriday to TMS Teachers that are always finding ways for my child to learn like this one where cole is learning to measure using soapy water in the sensory bin!

The Merit School of Virginia, established in 1980, is a vibrant early childhood learning community in which all children are given an opportunity to excel.

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well. Many of you have reached out about the letter that was sent out regarding vacation credits and information for returning to school. We wanted to reach out to help you better understand how you should proceed with tuition moving forward and get a clear understanding on the modified policies implemented due to Covid-19 restrictions.

As of now, you will not need to continue to make payments to your account until you return to care. You will not be in jeopardy of losing your child’s placement. However, due to current social distancing rules, we are only able to operate at half capacity. This means that once all the classrooms have been filled to a maximum of 10 people including teachers and ratios considered, we will have to move to a wait list system.

We are requesting that all families give us a definitive date they will return no later than Friday, May 29th, 2020. We understand that with the ever-changing climate and uncertainty of returning to work that this may be difficult at this time. However, we need to be able to accommodate the families that are ready to start or return to care and ensure we are properly staffed. Once a date is given, if you choose not to start on that date, you will have the option to pay your full tuition to hold that space. Your credits that you have accumulated during your absence can be used for this as well. If you choose not to pay for the space, you will be moved to the end of the waiting list and called as spaces become available. This will be the practice until either the restrictions are modified or terminated. If we do not receive a date by Friday May 29th, we will assume that you would like to be placed on the wait list. We are no longer able to accommodate changing starting dates.

As always, we are here to answer any questions and concerns you may have.


The Broadlands Management Team

Teacher Spotlight:
Ms. Duha

Thank you for the awesome job you have been doing in the afternoon with school age. We appreciate all of your hard work!

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

It is Spirit week! Today is pet day! Post a picture of you with your pet or stuffed animals :)

Happy weekend to our favorite families. We miss you.

[05/14/20]   Story Time this week is postponed!
See you all next Thursday at 12:30 for our next Story Time!

Ms. Jess Makes a Mess

Another episode of Ms. Jess Makes a Mess!

As we go throughout the next month or so, we know families are preparing to come back to school. These are new health and safety precautions we have implemented. We want to be prepared to greet and meet the children's needs as they come back into school. So we are asking families to please allow us a two week notice before you plan to start. Please email or call us to let us know what day the children will be coming back. We are so excited to gradually have our Merit School Family back together again!

Thank you to our families for the food! Our teachers feel appreciated ❤

Tomorrow is:

Fortunate Friday!
For our teachers and staff that are still at school, sending them food would make their day! Order any food for delivery to deliver to the school!

Our teachers are loving Teacher Appreciation week! Don't forget its Watercolor Wednesday, create a beautiful piece of art for your teacher, take a picture and send it to us!

Another day of Teacher Appreciation week! Today is Teaching Tuesday, please have the kids draw a picture or write a note about one thing any of our staff has taught them! Email them to [email protected]

❤We love celebrating our Teachers❤

Enjoy a cool treat today!

Here is Kona Ice of South Riding's Schedule for May 4-6. It has been a very busy weekend, so many smiling kids. Everyone seems to love the tracking app, so glad its been so useful. I will send out a daily link when we are doing neighborhoods so you can track exactly where the Kona Truck is. We loved seeing the Kona Ice driveway chalk art today in West Ridge.

Brambleton: Share this with your local groups and get your street names in for tomorrow.

Special Note: M Sulinski (I owe You!)

Musical Monday:
Please have your little ones sing, dance, or for older students, write/rap/sing their own song for their teacher! Email us your videos or post them here and we will make sure they get to our teachers!

Let’s show our teachers how much we care
Dates: May 4th- 8th

Musical Monday:
Please have your little ones sing, dance, or for older students, write/rap/sing their own song for their teacher! Email us your videos and we will make sure they get to our teachers!

Teaching Tuesday:
Parents or children can make a video, draw a picture, or write one thing their teacher has taught them! Email it to us and we will send it to them!

Watercolor Wednesday:
Get out your art supplies! Create a piece of Art for your teacher. Take a picture and email it to us and we will get it to them!

Thankful Thursday:
Write a letter to your teacher and email it to us, we will get it to them!

Fortunate Friday:
For our teachers and staff that are still at school, sending them food would make their day! Order any food for delivery to deliver to the school!

Ms. Jess makes a Mess!

Let us know in the comments if there are any activites or experiments that you would like to see done!


Date When Celebrated: This holiday event is always April 29
Zip it or unzip it, for today is National Zipper Day. Zippety Doo Dah!
Did you ever stop to think about where we'd be without the zipper? We'd be wasting countless minutes every day, using buttons, hooks, clasps, and string ties to open and close our clothing. With the advent of the zipper, one quick zip, and your clothes are quickly and comfortably opened or closed.
Thankfully, the zipper was invented in 1851 by Elias Howe. On April 29, 1851, Howe applied for a patent for the "Continuous Clothing Closure". Strangely, Howe never marketed it. In 1893, Whitcomb Judson started the Universal Fastener Company and began selling the "Clasp Locker". It debuted at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and initially received only a moderate success. In 1913, Gideon Sundback, a Swedish electrical engineer and scientist invented and marketed the modern zipper, only it had not yet begun to be called a zipper. It wasn't until 1923 that B.F. Goodrich coined the term "zipper".
To this day, metal zippers are by far the most popular fastener. The strength and durability of the metal zipper, far surpasses that of plastic zippers. That's not to say plastic zippers are little used. For example, plastic zip-lock food bags are extremely popular.
Velcro versus the Zipper Velcro, the "hook and loop" fastener, was invented in the 1940s. It is very popular for a wide variety of uses. Some thought that velcro would make the zipper obsolete. This wasn't to be. Zippers are stronger and more durable. While velcro is a great fastener, it is noisy and can get clogged with dirt, dust and hairs. Hence the military is not overly fond of it in combat situations.

When is this Holiday?
In United States: Always April 27
Tell a Story Day celebrates story-telling of all kinds. It doesn't matter if its fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folk lore. Today is a day to tell 'em all. Stories can be from a book, other written material, or from memory.
You can enjoy today telling stories to your kids, family members, or organizations and groups that you belong to.
Make Tell a Story Day an important and pleasure-filled experience. To enhance the enjoyment of the story, try setting the atmosphere. If it's an eerie or spooky story, turn down the lights. Bring decorations and memorabilia that speak to the theme. If its about a person, display a picture of the individual.

How did you celebrate earth Day this week? Share a picture with us below!

Teacher Spotlight:

Ms. Madison

Thank you for doing such a great job with the toddlers! Your positive attitude and kindness shows when you play with the little ones, thank you for all of your help and flexibility!

[04/23/20]   Earth Day Quotes and Poetry

The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.
–Abraham Cowley
Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.
–Edna Frohock
While the bright radiant sun in centre glows,
The earth in annual motion round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels.
–The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac

Happy Earth Day!
Celebrate with us by taking a walk (safely), planting a plant, or recycling items in your house!

Happy Earth Day! Join us by planting something, cleaning up while you are taking a walk, or by recycling items in your house! Help us keep our Earth clean.

What Is Earth Day?
Ever wonder how Earth Day began? The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with the goal of raising awareness about mankind’s role in protecting our natural world. On this date, 20 million Americans ventured outdoors and protested in favor of a more eco-conscious society.
It’s hard to believe today, but at the time, many people were not aware of some serious environmental issues—from air pollution to toxic dumps to pesticides to loss of wilderness.
In 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and activist John McConnell separately asked Americans to join in the grassroots demonstration. McConnell originally chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22, which ended up becoming the official celebration date. (Given that the date of the spring equinox changes over time, it could have made things more complicated to go with that date!)
Earth Day started out as more of a political movement, though today it has become a popular day for many communities to gather together and clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature. We’ve provided a list of activities and projects that you can do to improve your local environment further down the page!
When Is Earth Day?
Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22. It’s followed closely by Arbor Day, which falls on the last Friday in April.

Did you get our email about fun Earth Day Projects?
Check it out here!

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43190 Broadlands Center Plaza
Ashburn, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 06:30 - 18:30
Tuesday 06:30 - 18:30
Wednesday 06:30 - 18:30
Thursday 06:30 - 18:30
Friday 06:30 - 18:30
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