May Newsletter

posted May 2, 2017, 11:01 AM by Becca Wood   [ updated May 2, 2017, 11:36 AM by Yarmouth Elementary ]
May 2, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,

"Don't knock the weather: nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."  -  Kin Hubbard

We certainly have plenty to talk about as May’s weather is very disappointing to this point.

Mark your calendars:

6th Annual Yarmouth PTO Bike Swap. Drop off bikes @ YES Friday, May 12th from 4pm - 7:30PM; Sale Begins on Saturday, May 13th from 9am – 11AM
  • Our Fourth Grade Spring Chorus Concert is Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 PM.
  • The 4th annual Bike Train to school is Friday, May 19th. More details will follow.
  • Erik Street, Director of Public Works visits second graders.
  • Fourth to Fifth Grade Parent Meeting @ HMS Cafeteria Wednesday. May 24, at 6:30PM
  • Grandparents Day is Friday, May 26th from 9:15 to 11:15AM.
  • Field Day is Friday, June 16th
  • Last Day of School June 21, noon dismissal
Third and fourth grade students will take the essay portion of the MEA on May 8th and 9th, respectively.  The third graders will write on Tuesday morning. The fourth graders will write on Wednesday morning.  Students who are absent will be able to take the test on Thursday, May 11th.

We will administer Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments to all third and fourth graders to determine academic growth over the year.  Third graders will take the math assessment on Tuesday, May 16 and reading on Thursday, May 18.  Fourth graders will take the reading assessment Monday, May 22, and math on Tuesday, May 23.

In late April, YES faculty, staff and friends were deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Barney Redmann.  Since 2004 Barney typically volunteered between 600 and 700 hours a year at YES. Last year he was awarded the President's Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Service Award and the Maine Volunteer Award. Two fruit trees will be planted in his memory by the school garden.

With Renee Rhoads leaving to run her new business, a food truck Mashed, we needed to find a new School Garden Coordinator, not to mention a new teacher. We are delighted to introduce Amy Haskell as our new garden coordinator.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Ticks are prevalent this spring and we encourage students to check for ticks when they come in from the playground. For more information, please visit Jill Young’s blog

Ten YES students competed in the Southern Maine Gearbots district meet April 8th in Saco. Southern Maine Gearbots was created in 2011 to introduce students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks according to a specific theme. For their robotic solution to pesticide use, the Yarmouth Junior League team received the “Inquiring Minds” award; Senior League “Brick Binders” team earned first place in the Steeplechase challenge.

Junior League “Pythons”: Adeline McDonough, Annabelle Foianini, Cora Merrill, and Marielle Charrette
Senior League “Brickbinders”: Chester Parish, Henry Ginsberg, Ian Kilcline, Mathieu Charrette, Shane Merrill, and Will Lachance

School Nutrition Director Blair Currier and HMS Nutrition Employee Nikki Davoren competed against RSU 52 (Turner) at the State Final Farm to School cook-off and brought home the win. All recipes from the cook-off will be published in a cookbook distributed by the Maine Department of Education.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. I want to hear from you.


Betsy Lane, Principal