January Newsletter

posted Jan 4, 2017, 6:49 AM by Becca Wood
January 4, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,

Best Wishes to all of you for a happy, safe and healthy 2017! It’s great to be back after the break. The students are rested, happy and ready to learn.

The New Year promises to bring changes for me. In June, I will retire after 30 years in the Yarmouth schools. In 1987 I joined the Yarmouth Elementary School faculty, then called Yarmouth Intermediate School, as a third grade teacher. I moved to Harrison Middle School in 1999 to become the assistant principal and returned to YES as the principal in 2008. My career in this outstanding school system has been richly rewarding.

And, now it feels right for me to step aside. The YES faculty is highly skilled, collaborative and cohesive. It is an honor to work among such fine professionals willing to problem solve, learn, receive feedback to improve their instruction, and have fun as they work together.

As a teacher, administrator and long ago parent in the community, I know first hand about opportunities the community and schools have available for your students. My son, Matt, graduated from Yarmouth High School in the class of 1996 where he took full advantage of all that Yarmouth had to offer academically, athletically, musically and in theater. He went from YHS to the College of William and Mary and on to run professionally for NIKE in California and to participate in Olympic Trials. Matt, now an attorney in Boston, and his wife Erin, also a runner, have three children ages 7, 5, and 2.

I have no particular plans, only to let things unfold for a while. During a recent visit to my house, I overheard my oldest granddaughter, Madeleine, say to her brother, “I love coming here, we can do anything!” I will certainly explore more mischief and activities with my grandchildren.

There is No School on Monday, January 16th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program has selected Yarmouth Education Foundation as the local program beneficiary for the month of January! For every purchase of the blue Hannaford Helps Reusable bags at $2.50 this month Hannaford will donate $1 to YEF! Hannaford developed this program in order to further support Hannaford’s values by making it easy for customers to contribute to their local community and support the environment. Please consider buying a Hannaford blue reusable bag this month. Thank you.

Yarmouth PTO is partially funding a special program, which will make it possible for all fourth graders to embark on an amazing three-week learning adventure with guest instructor, Kent Pierce. For an hour each day, students immerse themselves in a world far beyond the classroom—studying, co-writing, staging, and performing an inspirational one-act SPIRIT SERIES play: Freedom Train. This unique educational experience—acclaimed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education—has been classroom-tested by 40,000 students from Maine to California. Designed to fully engage and challenge our fourth graders, SPIRIT SERIES promotes literacy, higher-level thinking, positive core values, presentation skills, teamwork, character and self-esteem. It is truly amazing to observe the authentic engagement as the students work on this project.

Check the PTO website @ http://yes.yarmouthschools.org for general information and for fund raising information including their continued project with Hannaford Gift Cards.

The Fourth Grade Band has their first concert on Tuesday, February 7th @ 6:00.

On Wednesday February 15th, fourth graders will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This is administered by the State and schools are randomly selected to participate. More specific information will be forthcoming.

Before February vacation (week of February 20 – 24), your child(ren)'s teacher(s) will contact you to schedule a mid-year conference. This is an extremely important conference for a detailed understanding of your child's progress and what expectations remain in the academic year. We deeply appreciate the support you provide at home to make learning here at school successful.

Third and fourth graders will take the Maine Education Assessment (MEA) in the spring. A schedule with more information will follow toward the end of February. State assessments, known as the Maine Educational Assessments (MEA), measure the progress of Maine’s students toward the content standards adopted for Maine students.

As always feel free to contact me with any concerns/ questions/ frustrations/compliments. I want to hear from you.

Betsy Lane,