December Newsletter

posted Dec 4, 2015, 7:16 AM by Becca Wood   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 7:24 AM ]
Dear Parents and Friends,


“How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?”

~Dr. Seuss


Our last day of school before the holiday break is Tuesday, December 22nd. Classes resume on Monday, January 4th, 2016.

The Fourth Grade Winter Chorus Concert is Tuesday, December 15th at 6:30 PM in the YES gym.

Many of you have recently attended or will attend classroom writing and reading celebrations. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to be part of your children’s school lives. We are very proud of their effort and all they accomplish.

The YES Leadership Team is reading Teasing, Tattling, Defiance  by Margaret Berry Wilson as we continue to strengthen our culture and learn more about children and their behavior.

We are very excited to announce that the following Yarmouth Education Foundation grants were awarded to YES for the winter/spring semester and next October.

Salmon Hatchery supports 4th Grade life science curriculum. The salmon egg hatchery will provide a model for study of the life cycle, traits, behavior and adaptations of organisms, and offer a hands-on, unique, and fun experience for students. The salmon will eventually be released in the Royal River.  

Stand Up To Learn Seven stand up desks will be purchased and used in seven different classrooms to improve attention span, increased self-regulation, and activity levels. Research suggests physical activity can improve a student 's ability to pay attention and retain information, as well as promote physical fitness.

Flight Club to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) with cameras at YES. Students will work on teams to plan flight paths, fly the UAV, navigate during flights, edit footage, troubleshoot problems, and fix and repair drones as inevitable damage occurs.

Spirit Series Combining social studies and language arts standards and curricula, each of the six fourth grade classrooms will work individually with Kent Pierce for one hour a day for three weeks (15 hours). Through theater they will tell "Freedom Train", the story of Harriet Tubman whose life teaches us that we must sometimes "answer the call", break the rules, and be willing to take the consequences when we do.

Mehesh Sharma joins us next fall for our professional development day, October 7, 2016. This Yarmouth Education Foundation grant provides an opportunity for K-4 teachers and ed techs to have mathematics brought to life by world renown mathematics consultant Mehesh Sharma. His experiences as an MIT professor, a mathematics scholar, and a master of linguistics shine the light for teachers constantly trying to make mathematics relevant. His precise instruction coupled with his understanding of how students learn mathematics is, as one teacher put it, transformative.

A very exciting spring semester  lies ahead of us at YES and we look forward to our professional day with Mehesh Sharma in October 2016.

THANK YOU Yarmouth Education Foundation!!!

Are you aware of Yarmouth Education Foundation’s Honor Program? You can make a donation in any amount to YEF in honor of a teacher, coach, mentor, Clipper Buddy, friend, relative, and/or anyone you would like to honor and that person will receive a certificate that he/she has been honored and YEF and Yarmouth schools benefit from your donation. It’s a perfect gift idea at this time of year.

Please contact me with any questions and concerns you might have.  I want to hear from you.

Thank you for your continued support.


Betsy Lane