Late November Newsletter

posted Nov 20, 2015, 9:01 AM by Becca Wood   [ updated Nov 20, 2015, 9:08 AM ]
Dear Families and Friends,

Best wishes to all for a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your families. We do not have school on Wednesday, November 25th.

This is a busy time of year for the K-8 PTO. Please check their site on our website, click on Parents then K-8 PTO, to find out more about the Kids Make-It Take-It Craft Fair this Sunday at the YES gym from 11:00 – 1:30, The Great Pie Event on Tuesday, November 24th and Hannaford Gift Cards, which make excellent gifts during this time of year.

If you participate in the PTO’s Great Pie Event – THANK YOU from all of us at YES. It is a much anticipated event and sincerely appreciated.

Thank you to everyone that returned the Open House surveys. The information you provided is very helpful and will be consider carefully in future planning.

Parenting in the digital age provides some challenges that may feel difficult to manage.

The Yarmouth School Department Technology Team wishes to help educate parents of children who are learning to use digital devices for learning and communication. Cathy Wolinsky, our Technology Integrator hopes you'll find the resources in this email useful as you navigate these issues with your children.

At Yarmouth Elementary School students are guided in the use of technology for learning and all grades participate in lessons on Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship. It's important that we all talk openly with children about expectations of their behavior as they begin to access online services and mobile devices. The Atlantic magazine has an article this month describing the different ways that parents can participate in the use of devices and services with their children.

CommonSense Media is a nonprofit entity dedicated to helping parents and children learn to use media wisely. They offer great resources for parents on topics such as screen time and social media. There are also extensive reviews of movies, TV shows, books, apps, video games and more. Parents can create an account based on the age of children in the home and then find information about any media.

I expect parking to be a bit difficult on Tuesday, November 24th as several classrooms are having celebrations/presentations. Please feel free to use the basketball courts near the tennis courts and we have notified the Yarmouth Police Department that we will have overflow parking. Thank you for attending your children’s events.


If you write a bus note for your child, please include the address where your child will be dropped off.

I realize how inconvenient it is to park and come into the building to sign your child(ren) out at the end of the day; however, THANK YOU THANK YOU for following this safety request. It is a tremendous help when we need to locate a child.

In addition to the PTO Make-It Take-It Craft Fair Sunday, the annual Ski Swap is scheduled for Saturday in the YES gym, and the Yarmouth High School Football Team plays Saturday @ 2:30 for the Class C State Championship at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.


We remain on pins on needles to learn what grant proposals Yarmouth Education Foundation will fund. We will know before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for the next newsletter when I will share our YEF news.


Please contact me with any questions or concerns.




Betsy Lane



Becca Wood,
Nov 20, 2015, 9:01 AM