Welcome to Ms. Merkel's Blended Preschool Classroom

    Welcome to Ms. Merkel's Blended Preschool Classroom!

    E-mail: dmerkel@emsd63.org

    Phone: 847.493.8455

    Parent Portal Link: https://powerschool.emsd63.org

    As of September 14, 2020, parents no longer need to enter their child's attendance through the Parent Portal.

    Your child's teacher will take attendance for the morning and afternoon classes. 

    Please call the attendance line at (847) 827-4163 to report your child's absence and provide the absence reason. The attendance line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

    I am looking forward to meeting all of our new friends and families, welcoming back our returning friends and families, and working together to build and grow our classroom community! While we are starting the school year differently than any of us imagined, I know that together as a classroom community, we are going to have some wonderful adventures in learning this year and will learn a great deal about and from one another. 

    I believe that children learn through play, active exploration of their world, and social interactions with those around them, so much of what we will do during our virtual time together, and you will do with your child during the independent learning times of the day, is based around those ideas. I also believe that each of us has the capacity for creativity and artistic self-expression. Throughout the school year, whether we are engaging in synchronous and asynchronous learning activities or have returned to the classroom for hybrid instruction, I will provide a range of projects using many different materials for children to explore and with which to design, and create. Art, in its many forms, is a great tool for supporting all areas of learning and development, especially language, fine motor, and social-emotional skills. Since the start of online learning last Spring, I have discovered many new ways to repurpose materials from around the home for the activities we will do during our virtual time together, as well as those you will find on the weekly choice board. 

    Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to share something that is going on in your family’s life!