June Newsletter

posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:27 AM by Becca Wood   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 10:48 AM by Yarmouth Elementary ]
Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Our last day is Wednesday, June 21st with an 11:45 dismissal.

Rowe’s Annual Ice Cream Social is Wednesday, June 7th.

Classrooms are very busy at this time of year. Check teacher blogs, newsletters, tweets, emails, etc to stay in touch with your child’s end of the year activities.

YES Field Day is Friday, June 16th from 11:45 – 3:30. This is a magical day and we are tremendously grateful to Andrea Connor, Jess Smith and Meg Pachuta for planning and organizing the day. Watch for more specific information to come home. If necessary, the rain date is Monday, June 19th. Students purchasing a school lunch that day will have a choice of a sandwich in a bag lunch and we will all eat as a school at 11:15.

Grandparents’ Day 2017 was a huge success due to the multitude of volunteers who collaborated for the special day. THANK YOU!! We could not have this day without your support and help. It is heartwarming to see so many proud grandparents make the effort to spend this time with their grandchildren. Most say they wouldn’t miss it, which is an important reminder of the significance of this annual event. As one grandparent left, she took my hand and said, “This school restores my faith in the future.”

Have you heard about GaGa Ball, the awesome new addition to our playground? The students are GaGa over it! The Sawhney Family donated this fast paced game, which includes many players, to Yarmouth Community Services for our playground. We all THANK YOU!!

Organized by third grade teacher Todd Abbott, our fourth annual Bike Train had over 100 students, dozens of parents, a Superintendent, a school nurse and a principal ride bikes to school on Friday, May 19th. The weather cooperated with a delightful morning. THANK YOU to Healthy Kids Happy Kids for their support and guidance.
A collaboration of groups and individuals around the state sponsored the first MAINE COMPOSTS WEEK!  May 7-13 to promote reductions in unused food, sharing unserved food and diverting unused food to composting and anaerobic digestion facilities. There were challenges, contests, and resources geared towards schools, business, communities, and households.

Ms. Rhoads’ fourth graders Tessa, Emaline, Lily, and Nina won a prize for their share table where students leave unopened/uneaten food and drinks for others who might need it later.  Anya won a prize for composting classroom food scraps.

We welcome four new fourth grade teachers for the 2017-2018 school year:

·      Amy Winton will join us from Falmouth Public Schools

·      Breanna Bullard leaves the Scarborough schools to join YES

·      Laura Frost comes from Pembroke Public Schools in MA

·      Megan Smith begins her teaching career with us

The Yarmouth Aging in Place project is celebrating their accomplishments with an Ice Cream Social. Please join them at Merrill Memorial Library on June 8 at 5:00.  You'll get a chance to meet some of their wonderful volunteers, learn more about the project, and share some ice cream generously donated by Toots in North Yarmouth.

Important Reminder: Yarmouth Town Council adopted a school budget for Fiscal Year 2018 which must be approved by the voters in a state-mandated, two-step voting process:

1.  Citizens are invited to attend the Town Meeting on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Harrison Middle School to vote on each of the articles of the budget.  

2.  Voters are then provided the opportunity to cast a ballot in a town-wide referendum to approve the budget as set by the Town Meeting.  The referendum will be held on June 13, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Robert W. Boyd AmVets Hall.

Safety Reminder: As the warmer weather arrives and the school year ends, students find themselves with much more free time and the desire to be outside and active.  Unfortunately, this is also a time of year when “exploring” or “hiking” may result in children or teenagers walking near or on railroad tracks.  Please remind your children that this is a very dangerous and illegal activity. 

The fourth graders are so very ready to leave YES, they’re the “Big Kids” and they can’t wait to get to 5th grade and explore all that HMS has to offer. They’re ready and will flourish, it’s a perfect place for them. However, it is still very difficult to let go of “our” students.

This is always a bittersweet time of year; however, this year is much more so than usual for me. I am honored and grateful to have worked in this outstanding school system for thirty years and to have known hundreds of families. The depth of my rewards surpassed any expectations.

I’ve enjoyed working with all of you and send Best Wishes for a safe and happy summer vacation with your families.

With Gratitude,

Betsy Lane