November Newsletter

posted Nov 3, 2015, 12:51 PM by Becca Wood   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 12:53 PM ]
Dear Friends and Families,

On October 29th and 30th we were very fortunate to have Kathy Collins, an expert on reading, work with classroom teachers. These two very successful days were made possible by a grant from Yarmouth Education Foundation. Our professional working relationship with Kathy started with an initial YEF grant for a one-day workshop in March, “Teach Children to Read with Power, Intention and Joy”.

Last week, Kathy Collins worked with all classroom teachers to plan, implement, and debrief reading workshop lessons, which included mini-lessons, interactive read-alouds, small group work, strategy groups, and conferences with individual students.  Teachers observed Kathy as she demonstrated current research-based best practices for reading instruction.

Kathy Collins works in schools and districts, presents at conferences, and teaches at reading institutes across the country.  She has a rewarding long-term relationship with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, where she has worked in many capacities, from secretary to primary grades reading specialist.  Kathy has written two books: Growing Readers (2005) and Reading for Real (2008), and she has a third book due out this year.

It’s not too late to purchase your tickets to the Blue Jean Ball, the major fundraiser for the Yarmouth Education Foundation. All proceeds benefit Yarmouth students in grades K - 12.

Picture retake day is Thursday, November 19th beginning @ 8:30.

No School       Veterans Day                           November 11th                                   

No School       Thanksgiving Break                November 25th through November 29th

The flu clinic for K-4 students is scheduled from 4:00 – 5:00 November 4th. The flu clinic for students only is rescheduled to Monday, November 9th @ 10:30 here at YES in the nurse’s office.

The lockdown drill originally scheduled for Thursday, November 5th is rescheduled to Thursday, January 14th @ 1:40.

After Halloween the special treats are such a temptation! Please keep the candy and treats at home and continue to send healthy snacks and lunches.

A huge THANK YOU to all who contributed to the delicious teacher appreciation luncheon sponsored by the PTO on October 23rd.

The weather continues to be so nice that we don’t need jackets by noon, thus many are left behind for Lost and Found. Please stop by and check if you are missing something. Once something lands in Lost and Found, it’s amazing how the kids have never seen it before!

For specific classroom information, check teacher web pages and blogs. They’re a wealth of information.

With the approaching season, I am thankful for my position and the opportunity to work in this fine community with respectful, curious students who are eager to learn.

Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.



Betsy Lane