October Newsletter

posted Sep 30, 2016, 10:47 AM by Becca Wood   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 10:49 AM ]
Dear Families and Friends,

There is no school on Friday, October 7th , a teacher professional development day and Monday, October 10th, Columbus Day. Enjoy the long weekend with your family.

Our first month of school went amazingly fast and well. Our 38 new students are very much a part of us and we welcome the various perspectives, experiences and cultures they share with us. We have 368 cooperative, motivated and curious students.

I met my goal to learn everyone’s name by the end of September. Now, I still draw a blank at times, end up looking at someone a bit strangely and have to ask for help. I do, however, know their names, it may just take longer on some days!

On September 27th, Andrew Dolloff sent an update on our water situation. Four fixtures at YES were replaced, and water from those fixtures was re-examined to test our hypothesis that the lead in the original samples was coming from the older solder found in those isolated faucets. The results of that testing indicate this is the problem. Poland Spring water will continue to be available until the problem is corrected in all classrooms.

The beautiful fall weather allows for day after day of active outdoor recess play. With the chilly mornings and delightful afternoons, more and more jackets are left behind and Lost and Found (right outside the office) has expanded rapidly. Please check when you are in, or better yet, remind your child to check for lost items. If lost items have names on them, it is much easier to return them.

Please help us with our efforts to have the students have healthy nutritious choices at snack time. Candy and foods and drinks with high sugar content interfere with learning. Children do much better with snacks that help them sustain energy throughout the day.

THANK YOU for following our request to come into the office at the end of the day to sign your children out. I know the parking situation makes this difficult if not annoying; however, this is an important safety procedure.

If you are dropping your child off in the morning and will be more than a few minutes, please pull forward to the parking lot to park. It is dangerous for children to be dropped off between cars that are parked and those that are moving. Children should also get out of your car on curbside.  

On October 5th we will celebrate International Walk to School Day with a Walking School Bus. We will assemble at Royal River Park at 7:55 AM to depart at 8:00 AM. We will walk on the sidewalks up East Elm Street to the intersection with Main Street, cross over, and continue up West Elm Street to the Walker's Path. Please join us.

A flu clinic for K-4 students is scheduled on Wednesday, October 5th at the Rowe School from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

Our annual Book Fair is scheduled for the week of October 17th. Watch for more information.

Classroom teachers write excellent blog posts to keep you updated with classroom activities. Let them know if you are not accessing them.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any concerns, observations or questions. It is an honor (and fun!) to work in this school district with your children.


Betsy Lane

Becca Wood,
Sep 30, 2016, 10:47 AM