Guardians and Friends,
We trust you had a
relaxing fun-filled summer and are just about ready to start thinking about
schedules and routines of a new school year and other fall activities.
We look forward to
seeing you at our informal drop-in Open House on
Thursday, August 28th from 9:30AM to 10:30AM. This is an
opportunity for you and your children to meet new teachers, visit classrooms,
and see old and new friends.
We look forward to
an exciting and productive learning year as we all work together with your
children. This fall we are very fortunate to welcome several new people to
Yarmouth Elementary School and have some familiar staff in new roles:
- Mrs. Becca Wood is our new office secretary.
- Mrs. Melaine Moll joins the second grade team.
- Mrs. Cassie Fier joins the fourth grade team.
- Ms. Cheryl Sleeper is a long-term substitute for Mrs.
Wentworth in Grade 3.
- Mrs. Joyce Crockett is a long-term substitute for Mrs.
Woodcock in our Learning Center.
- Ms. Betsey Reinsborough, Mrs. Susan Harlow, Mrs. Sherry
Kirk, Ms. Katherine Fischer join us as Ed Techs, and Victoria Ballenger
joins us a long-term substitute Ed Tech.
On the first day
of school, we will send home many sheets of information in an effort to make
sure everyone receives it. After that, most of our correspondence will be
year, Becca Wood and Lisa Bianchini will send informational group emails for me.
Therefore, if you see a message from either one of them, it most likely is from
me. For example, we recently emailed a letter about allergies. Please make sure
you check your child’s teacher’s website, teacher page or blog. This is the
best way to stay informed.
If your child
plans to ride a bike the first day of school, please remind him/her that the
bike racks are near the front entrance of the building.
not be on the playground before 7:55 AM as there is no supervision before then.
In the afternoon, please come in the office and sign
your children out even if you arrive after dismissal at 3:10. This may be
inconvenient, however, it is very important that we know where everyone is.
Please make every
effort to confirm plans for after school before your children leave in the
morning. If plans should change during the day, please call us and we will
notify your child of the new plans at the end of the day. Teachers often do not
have time to check email during the day; therefore, calling the office is the
safest way to notify us of a change.
Just a reminder
that birthdays are celebrated without food items and gift bags for students. Teachers
creatively honor students on their special day.
During the summer
I read Best Friends, Worst Enemies Understanding the Social Lives of
Children by Michael Thompson PhD. It’s an interesting ead and an excellent
resource for parents.
keep the following dates and events in mind as you plan.
Monday Grade 2 Open House 6:00PM
Thursday School Committee 7:00PM
Monday Grades 3 and 4 Open House 6:00PM
Friday Picture Day morning
look forward to this year as I have the utmost confidence in the faculty and
staff to make this an exciting satisfying year. If you have any questions,
please contact me at 846 – 3391 or through email Betsy_Lane@yarmouthschools.org
I like to hear from you!
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Friends,
Our last day of school is Tuesday, June
a noon dismissal.
Teachers and students are holding
Learning Celebrations during the next two weeks to showcase student growth,
accomplishments and achievements. Please contact your student’s teacher if you
are unsure of the time and date.
If you want a conference with your
child’s teacher, please let her/him know so it can be scheduled.
Thank you for respecting our placement
process for the following school year. To our best effort, we created balanced
groupings to give everyone a year of successful learning. Class lists and
school supply lists for 2014-2015 will be mailed home to all students later in
Two new teachers and a secretary join us
for the next school year. Cassie Fier (pronounced Fear) will teach fourth grade
and Melanie Moll will teach second. Debi Bartlett, who worked in Central Office
before staying home with her family, will replace Lauren Guiney who moves to
Florida with her family.
The School Committee
approved the revised Social Studies Curriculum on May 8th. For your
information, here is the link to the curriculum framework:
Field Day, a fun day filled
with laughter and friendly competition for everyone, is Thursday, June 12th from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. The
rain date is Friday, June 13th. Please be a part of the festivities from noon - 3:00.
Volunteers can sign up online via VolunteerSpot at: http://vols.pt/h41kMR . If you have any
questions, please contact organizers Kristina Keaney (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Allison Flowerdew (email@example.com).
Children will have their
bag lunches from the cafeteria before Field Day starts; you and younger siblings
are welcome to join them. Due to the busy schedule and number of people, please
do not have younger siblings accompany you while volunteering at Field Day
activities. I apologize for any inconvenience. Please make sure your
children have appropriate footwear and clothing, a towel, sunscreen, and a
Tee-shirt in the class color. A change of clothes is also recommended.
Town Meeting is Tuesday, June 3rd @ 7:00 PM at Harrison Middle School to
vote on the school budget among other articles. Town voting is June 10th at the AMVETS Hall, North
Rd., 7:00AM – 8:00PM. Maine law requires that the school budget be ratified by
a referendum voting procedure. This is also your opportunity to vote for two
new school committee members.
The PTO Ice Cream Social, Book Fair,
Basket Raffle and Art Show is Wednesday, June 4th,
6:00 – 7:30 PM at Rowe School.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed
so far to the PTO raffle baskets and to those of you who have purchased
tickets. This is a very successful fundraiser that allows our students to have
educational experiences beyond what our regular budget provides.
Grandparents’ Day was a huge success with
grandparents visiting from across the country. Thank you to all of you who
baked to offer the grandparents a mid-morning treat. Speaking of which, the YES
faculty and staff appreciated the Teacher Appreciation breakfast.
Yarmouth Education Foundation awarded
three grants this spring to YES. One was to begin composting in our cafeteria
this fall with Garbage to Garden. To learn more about Composting With A Cause
and, to help us get started, stop by Rosemont Market and Bakery in Yarmouth any
June Saturday from 11:00 to 1:00. Or, you can visit GarbageToGarden.org or Call
Girls as Engineers, another YEF funded
project, has nearly completed remodeling their chicken coop. These chicks will
live in style! A HUGE thank you to Mike Murray for his direction and
organization and to all the parents that accompanied the “engineers”.
This time of year is always bittersweet; long
days and warm weather stir familiar eagerness for summer break, yet at the same
time, it is difficult to say goodbye to our fourth graders who move on to
Harrison Middle School. The students will visit HMS on Monday, June 9th
@ 9:50. You may not feel ready for this, however, the students are more than
ready to go and will flourish in their new environment with a sense of
independence. Next fall they will adjust in a day; it may take you a week or
This summer this office will be open most
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:00 to noon. The answering
machine will be on when we are not here and I will check email throughout the
summer. I extend my best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe summer
Betsy Lane, Principal
Parents, Guardians and Friends,
I say that the weather actually feels like spring? At least the sun’s warmth
feels hopeful. Fourth grader Trinity Sinker wrote this spring poem and left it
rolled and tied with a white string on my desk:
New plants breaking
through the ground
Color splashes everywhere
A breath of fresh air
Bright red and bright
Birds soaring through the
Spring is here!
We will administer Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) tests in
math and reading to third and fourth graders on the following days and time:
- Fourth Grade Reading Tuesday, May 13th 8:45 – 10:00
- Third Grade Reading Thursday, May 15th 9:50 – 11:05
- Third Grade Math Tuesday,
May 20th 10:00 – 11:15
- Fourth Grade Math Wednesday, May 21st 8:45 – 10:00
Your child will take the tests on a laptop computer. MAP tests are
unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning.
As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a
positive attitude toward testing. And
with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while
still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Your
child will spend a total of about two hours completing both tests.As
I mentioned in an earlier message, Yarmouth Education Foundation funded a waste
reduction program, which will officially begin this fall. When the teachers
told their students about this exciting new program to separate organics and
recyclables from their cafeteria trash,
asked, “Why can’t we do it now?” Good question, so we started this week! Thanks
to all of you who send reusable containers with lunches. The students are a
natural at this.
Yarmouth Education Foundation also funded Girls As
Engineers, which will meet on weekends
beginning in the middle of May. If your daughter would like to design and build
a safe home and exercise area for six to eight chickens and you are available
to help, she should:
List all the
reasons why she wants to explore engineering.
List what she
hopes to learn from this experience.
Think of other
reasons why she wants to be involved and list them.
From her lists,
write an opinion or a persuasive piece (maximum one page) to convince a small
group of teachers why she should be chosen to participate.
her best work.
Convince you to
participate. She must have a parent
join Girls As Engineers.
Put her final
draft written piece in Ms. Lane’s mailbox by Friday, May 9th. This
is an extended deadline.
is a quick reminder that we have students with peanut and nut allergies. We
have a nut free table in the cafeteria and some classrooms are designated as
“nut free”. If your child is in a “nut free” classroom, any snacks or lunches
sent to school must be free of nuts and nut products to keep everyone safe.
Children who do not have nut allergies are invited to join children at the nut
free table for lunch; however, their lunches must be free of nuts and nut
PTO continues to work tirelessly to raise funds for field trips and guest
speakers, which is deeply appreciated by all. One of the easiest fundraisers is
the one that is free – the Hannaford Gift Card. Look on the PTO web site for
PTO Bike Swap is Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th.
Look for information flyers that went home in backpacks.
that students are riding bikes to school again, please remind your students to
walk their bikes on the walkers’ path, place their bikes in the bike racks and
to wear their helmets. It is a law that students under 16 wear bike helmets.
Fourth Grade Music Concert is Wednesday, May 14th @ 7:00 with both
band and chorus.
Day is Friday, May 23rd from 9:15 – 11:15. “Grandfriends” are
welcome to attend if grandparents are unavailable.
Day is observed on Monday, May 26th and there is No School.
of you will attend spring games, races, events, and recitals over the next few
weeks. We celebrate your students as well in all that they have accomplished
this year. It’s hard to believe the last six weeks of school are upon us.
you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at
846 – 3391 or through email Betsy_Lane@yarmouth.k12.me.us
Parents, Guardians and Friends,
vacation begins with Friday, the 18th off; classes resume on Monday,
April 28th. We wish you a safe and relaxing week whatever your plans, and
plenty of warm sunny weather.
The gigantic snow pile
at the back of the playground, once a place of great intrigue for forts and
climbing, is now ignored and slowly disappearing as if embarrassed to still be
around. We look at it with contempt.
annual “Beach Day” is Friday, April 11th. Our cafeteria is converted to a beach for the
day, turkey hot dogs are served for lunch, and the students sit on the “sand”.
Students are welcome to bring towels to sit on and sunglasses and hats to wear
at the “beach”. There is no swimming. Please join us if you are available, an
early trip to the “beach” would be a treat this year.
This is an exciting time as
Yarmouth Education Foundation is considering grant proposals. Teams from YES
submitted three proposals. Grants are awarded for innovative projects that fall
outside the regular school budget and curricula.
Earth Day is officially April
22nd, however, we try to make an effort every day at YES to be
stewards of the earth. Thanks to all of you who send reusable and recyclable
snack/lunch containers. YES hopes to work with ecomaine in the fall to focus on waste
reduction next year. Here is a link to a "secret code" puzzle, with a
recycling message, from ecomaine that can be downloaded or printed. http://www.ecomaine.org/education/secretcode.pdf
K-4 PTO is offering new school T-shirts (navy and white). The cost is $10 each.
The fabulous shirts are made by a local business, which is also a YES family! Wear
yours with pride!
annual placement process to create balanced groupings for the following school
year continues. These groupings are essential for equal opportunities for all
students; therefore, we are unable to honor specific placement requests; thank
you for your understanding and cooperation.
to check teacher websites and blogs frequently to follow student classroom
activity and to scan News and
Announcements and the YES Calendar on
our school website to remain current with upcoming events.
annual Grandparents Day is Friday, May 23rd from 9:15 to 11:15 when
grandparents and “grandfriends” are invited to visit YES for a special program.
Fourth Grade Music concert is Wednesday, May 14th at 7:00 PM.
Please check Lost and Found! Items will be donated to a charity
during April break.
should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at
846–3391 or through email to Betsy_Lane@yarmouthschools.org.
Guardians and Friends,
As I write this
letter, snow and ice are piled outside my window. Crocuses and daffodils hidden
underneath have a considerable wait to feel any warmth from the sun. Instead of
checking the temperature to see if it is warm enough to go outside, I look
forward to the time when the children are freed of their coats, boots and
mittens and are less encumbered in their outdoor activities.
This weekend we Spring Ahead! Set your clocks ahead one
hour as Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday.
have no school on Friday, March 14th. All Yarmouth
teachers have a full day of professional development and Yarmouth Elementary
School teachers will work primarily on literacy Common Core State Standards.
is sponsoring an
opportunity for you to celebrate your children’s creativity by having their art
personalized on a variety of products through SilverGraphics. These items would
make great Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation gifts and more. Orders are due by Wednesday, March 5th.
The K-4 PTO continues to offer its
ever-so-easy fundraiser with the Hannaford gift card. For every $100 - $500 you
put on a gift card to spend at Hannaford, the K-4 PTO gets a 5% donation from
Hannaford. It’s like magic money for the PTO and very generous of Hannaford!
You! Our students raised money
through the American Heart Association by participating in Jump Rope for Hearts
to purchase new playground equipment. This was accomplished through donations
from friends and family members and energetic and enthusiastic YES jumpers.
Later this month fourth grade students will
learn about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and participate in a fund raising event
for MD, as one of their classmates has Duchenne MD.
Best Resources: Check individual Teacher Pages and Blogs to
keep informed with what is happening in your students’ classrooms. They are an
excellent source of communication.
Point: We currently have
324 students at YES: 107 in second grade, 104 in third grade and 113 in fourth
grade. There are a total of 167 boys and 157 girls. We look forward to working
with each one of them every day. We take our work seriously and appreciate the
opportunity to know you and your students.
If you should have
any questions, concerns or compliments, please feel free to contact me at
846–3391 or through email at Betsy_Lane@yarmouthschools.org.
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,
The Yarmouth School Committee named Andrew Dolloff as our new Superintendent of Schools at a special meeting on January 30, 2014. He will succeed
William J. Michaud, our current Interim Superintendent, and will begin his
official duties on July 1, 2014. Andrew Dollof has served as the
Superintendent of Schools at Maine Regional School Unit 21 (Kennebunk, Arundel
and Kennebunkport) since 2009. Prior to serving as Superintendent, Andrew
was the Assistant Superintendent in Scarborough from 2006 to 2009, the
Principal at Scarborough High School from 2000-2006, the Director of Student
Activities and Athletics in Scarborough from 1996-2000, and an Assistant
Principal at Wiscasset High School from 1995-1996. Andrew was also a
Chemistry Teacher at Lewiston High School and a Biology and Chemistry Teacher
at Dirigo High.
The YES Faculty and Staff extend a warm welcome to Andrew and very
much look forward to working with him.
Some of you may have had your second conference
this year regarding the academic, social and emotional progress of your
children. If you do not have a conference scheduled at this time, please
contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible for an appointment. This is an
important opportunity to talk with your child’s teacher to ensure that home and
school are collaborating to give your child a successful experience.
February Vacation begins on
Saturday, February 15th; we have a full day of school on February 14th.
Classes resume on Monday, February 24th. Please check individual
teacher pages and blogs to find out how classrooms plan to celebrate
Our 4th Grade Band Concert is Thursday, February 6th @ 6:30 PM
in the YES gym.
If your 3rd or 4th
grade son or daughter has never played lacrosse, you and your child(ren)
are invited to the Yarmouth Youth
Lacrosse Information Night, Wednesday, February 5th @ 7:00 PM at
the Yarmouth High School Cafeteria. This event is for first time players
Girls on the Run online registration
for the spring program opens on February 12th @ noon. This is a 10 week program
that promotes self-esteem in preteen girls through an experienced-based
curriculum and running. No previous running experience required! www.girlsontherunmaine.org
Must say the predicted warmer weather is a
welcome relief from the bitter cold. Of late when we announce outdoor recess,
the children’s cheers resonate throughout the building. Please continue to send
snowpants, hats, mittens, boots, and extra socks.
I notice many of you (and the students!)
checking our well organized Lost and Found; our custodians are amazing!
It is very early to mention this; however,
some of you have already asked me about placement for the next school year. When
we begin that process in May, those who know your students very well expend
extraordinary amounts of time, care and thought creating balanced groupings to
provide equal opportunities for all students. We, therefore, do not honor specific
placement requests. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
If you should have any questions or
concerns, please feel free to contact me at
846 – 3391 or through email Betsy_Lane@yarmouthschools.org
Betsy Lane, Principal
Guardians and Friends,
Welcome Back! We
trust that you enjoyed the holiday break with your families and extend our best
wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy, and safe 2014.
Our custodians did
an extraordinary job on the building while we were away; a special thank you to
Maryann Anthony and Gloria Groves.
We are more than
ready to engage in the challenges and rewards of teaching and learning.
Everyone’s enthusiasm and eagerness to be here make up for the limited daylight
and cold temperatures of the season. Are you noticing the extra minutes of
daylight that have returned since the winter solstice?
The Superintendent Search
Committee’s primary goal was to attract the best and brightest candidates to
the position. Our schools have long been synonymous with high quality
education. The successes of our schools and children are the direct result
of decades of strong, collaborative and forward thinking leadership and support
from the community. Yarmouth’s steadfast commitment to education, outstanding
facilities filled with talented and motivated educators, and appealing
community attributes attracted a highly capable field of candidates. The
Committee now has final candidates to introduce to stake holders during the
first week of January. For more information on the process, visit the District
will administer Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests to third and fourth
graders in mid January. These tests are done on the students’ laptops. Watch
for letters with specific information for your child’s grade level to be sent
January 20TH is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There is NO school.
invited to attend an informal Principal’s Chat on Friday, January 24th
@ 2:00 PM in the conference room.
meets Thursday, January 16th @ YES, 7:OO in the library.
check individual teacher blogs, teacher web pages and the YES web- page for
news. There is a great deal going on! Fourth Grade classes go to Augusta for a
field trip on January 14, 15, and 17. Do you know which day your fourth grader
Please be sure
that your children are prepared to play comfortably outside. Boots and snow
pants are needed. Extra socks, mittens and a hat stored in backpacks come in
very handy. It’s important to dress warmly and appropriately because students
go outside twice everyday to benefit from sunlight and exercise. We may shiver
as adults, but they truly love to go outside to run and play.
We did not donate
Lost and Found before vacation. Please take another look for boots, snow pants,
hats, gloves, and coats.
If you should have
any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 846 – 3391 or
through email Betsy_Lane@yarmouthschools.org
Guardians and Friends,
December is such
a dark month, it seems the buses are loading at twilight. Yet December’s mood
is somewhat brightened with the arrival of the winter solstice on the 21st
and the beginning of lighter days. It certainly gives us reason to celebrate!
Our last day of
school before the holiday vacation is a full day, Friday, December 20th.
Everyone returns to school on Monday, January 6, 2014. We wish you all a happy
holiday season and fun and safe vacation with your families.
Our winter concert featuring the fourth
grade chorus and Orff ensemble is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th @ 7:00 PM. If you are unable to
attend in the evening, we have a dress rehearsal at 2:00 PM that afternoon. The
4th grade band will have its concert later in February.
On the day before
Thanksgiving break, our SHARE Team
(Spectrum of Health, Arts, and Resource Educators) organized our first all school community meeting in the gym.
When the students entered, they dropped a food item in a container. We began
our meeting with a greeting and ended with a song. It was a heart-warming
experience and a particularly nice way to start the Thanksgiving break. The
food will go to the First Parish Congregational Church Food Pantry.
During the week of
December 9 – 13, Yarmouth schools will participate in Computer Science
Education Week (CSEdweek),
an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer
science education. During this week, students around the world will participate
in "An Hour of Code". This is a one-hour introduction to computer
science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn
the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. With guidance, all
students will choose from a variety of tutorials accessed on a browser, tablet
At YHS students will explore programming with the
assistance of community members who work in the technology field. At HMS
students will work with industry representatives and teachers. At YES 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will spend their
Hour of Code on laptops using tutorials focusing on sequencing, looping and
repetition. At Rowe School the first graders will explore logical thinking
apps on the classroom iPads.
For more information or particulars, parents can go
to CSEdweek or
contact Cathy Wolinsky, Instructional Technology for grades K-4.
We recently welcomed
three new families to YES and are delighted to have their students with us. In
addition, if you attend Portland Stage Company’s Snow Queen, you may see fourth grader Keegan Donovan performing.
The students go
outside twice each day and need appropriate outerwear. Please be sure that your
children are prepared to play comfortably outside. Boots and snow pants will be
needed all too soon. Extra socks and mittens stashed in backpacks are always
welcomed. Please check Lost and Found
near the office if you are missing something. Our “fall collection” will be donated to a charity over break.
You may recently have heard of The Mileage Club, which is a
program that encourages children to move more by completing laps of
walking/running. Ms. Pachuta has scaled the program back with the main goal to
offer children another playground opportunity with some extrinsic motivation (charms
that log mileage). The children have to put the effort into this and they are
responsible for tracking their own progress on the honor system. Girls On
The Run participants created the walking/running trail on the playground for us
as their community service project, thank you!
A huge thank you
to everyone for the delicious holiday pies, which were left for teachers and
staff before Thanksgiving. This is a most thoughtful gesture and one that is
Remember to check
individual teacher pages and blogs for specific information about your child’s
classroom activities. The YES web page also has important information. yes.yarmouthschools.org
It seems fitting
at this time of year for us to stop and thank you for giving us one of the
greatest gifts of all. Your children are ready to learn, curious, polite,
cooperative, considerate of others, kind, and most endearing. Parenting done
well is a serious commitment, and we commend you for your significant
do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. I enjoy hearing from you.
Dear Parents, Guardians
We have no school on Monday, November 11th
for Veteran’s Day nor on November 27th,
28th, and 29th for Thanksgiving. Hanukkah begins at
sundown on Wednesday, November 27th. We wish you all safe and happy
holidays with your families.
conferences are a vital link between home and school. Many of you may have
already had a conference this fall with your child’s teacher, or have one
scheduled very soon. If you missed your conference for some reason, please
contact your child’s teacher and schedule a time to meet.
The weather has changed
and we will still go outside twice a day. When the temperature is 40 degrees or
lower, students should not wear shorts to school. Students wearing shorts may be
asked to stay inside. Please make sure
that your students have warm jackets, mittens and hats. Along this same
line, Lost and Found has grown substantially. We return all items with names to
the students. Please stop by and see if
anything belongs to you.
We have always allowed
students to return to the salad bar during lunches for second helpings,
however, this does not meet dietary health and safety regulations. Therefore,
students will no longer be able to return to the salad bar except for utensils and
napkins. They will need to take what they want to eat when they go through the
first time. This will take some getting used to, I’m sure.
The Book Fair was held
last week. With the funds raised, we purchase new books for the school library,
especially new titles children are eager to get in their hands, and arrange for
authors’ visits. Thanks to all of you who made this event successful through
your purchases and donations. It is greatly appreciated!
Last month in classroom
guidance, Ms. Spellman focused on strategies to regulate social behavior. The
purpose of the lessons were to provide a fun, motivating, and non-threatening
way for students to explore social thinking.
potential ways to spread kindness and compassion to others. The lessons varied
depending on the grade level, but the themes were around whole body listening,
expected and unexpected behavior, as well as our core value of caring.
Mrs. Tate’s second
graders planted bulbs in the front of the school and under the sign at the
beginning of our parking lot with Amy Sinclair. We look forward to the
beautiful colors that will pop with the arrival of spring.
Thank you for sending
us students who are ready and excited to learn, we all love our work and take
it very seriously. Recently, a mom new to the district told me that her child
came home and said, “Yarmouth’s a good thing. It’s working for me.” As we like
to say, Yarmouth Elementary School is the school all children deserve.
Remember to check
individual Teacher Pages and Classroom Blogs for news.
The K-4 PTO annual
children’s craft fair is scheduled for Sunday, November 24th.
Please do not hesitate
to contact me for any reason. I enjoy hearing from you.
Betsy Lane, Principal
Yarmouth Elementary School
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,
Thank you to all of you who attended
our annual Open House events; we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to
visit with us. And, we thank you for your understanding and patience as we have
become accustomed to our new electronic entry system.
Monday, October 14th is
Columbus Day and we have NO SCHOOL.
I invite anyone who is interested and
available to join me for a morning coffee and principal’s chat on Friday,
October 18th from 8:30AM to 9:30AM. I will hold the next one in the
afternoon. If you know you will attend,
please call the office and let us know.
The beginning of the school year was
very smooth and the school year no longer feels “new” as we follow our daily
schedules. We have 320 students this year and I am now able to greet them all
by name. It might not be their name
every time, however, I can usually get it right if I’m given a minute!
During the first two weeks of October,
third and fourth graders take the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)
tests. There are six sessions, which are each approximately 45 minutes long,
and students complete one session a day. The week of October 15th is
for students who missed a test session for any reason. Yarmouth students take
learning seriously and expend considerable energy during these testing
sessions. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast and snack give them a
strong head start. We will receive the NECAP results in early winter.
October 17th at 1:30 we will have a lock-down drill with the
supervision and assistance of the Yarmouth Police Department. Prior to the
drill, the teachers will tell the students what to expect so there are no
surprises. At this time the teachers will lock classroom doors, close the
windows and shades, turn off the lights, and direct everyone to a safe position
in the classroom. They will remain in this position until notified that it is
safe, approximately two minutes. I will send you more specific information as
the date draws closer.
We are required by law to have ten
fire drills during the school year and we have successfully completed three. We
work closely with the Yarmouth Fire Department who critiques our safety
procedures. The students and teachers are remarkably efficient.
This fall we implemented the
Responsive Classroom approach, which is a research- and evidence-based approach to elementary education that
leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and
improved school climate. We are very pleased with the results both in the
classrooms and on the playground. For more information, visit their web-site
Your students may have mentioned that
they have a class once a week with Ms. Spellman, our school counselor. This
year’s schedule allows her to offer classes instead of her somewhat hurried
lunch groups with a limited number of students. Although Ms. Spellman still
facilitates a few small groups and sees individual students on a short-term basis,
she is delighted with the new format as it reaches all students, allows for
more interactions with our Core Values (respect, caring, fairness, and
citizenship), and exposes everyone to strategies that help to develop and keep
The annual Book
Fair will be held during the week of October 21st. Students will
have time during the week to visit the Book Fair and two evenings, October 22nd
and 23rd until 7:00 PM, are scheduled for you to visit with your
During the week of October 14th, our Technology
Specialist, Cathy Wolinsky will travel to Honduras to teach educators how to
incorporate technology into their lessons with 3rd - 6th graders. Schools in
Honduras are participating in the global OLPC
project using XO laptops in schools. The MICDL organization has worked for several years
to host teachers that have traveled from other countries to look at Maine’s MLTI
program in grades 7-12. Now MICDL is establishing consultancies in other
countries, and Cathy and Alice Barr at YHS are part of the first venture of
this kind. The team of five educators is preparing modules of lessons to share
with twenty teachers who will come from all areas of Honduras for two days. The
team will then conduct workshops at a Technology Fair for Honduran schools for
approximately 500 participants.
The next K-4 PTO meeting is Thursday,
October 3rd at 7:00 in the YES library. The PTO is active with their
important fund raising. Online Close Buy orders are extended until October 10, 2013. The ever-so-easy Hannaford gift card program is available again this
year. For every $100 spent on a gift card to be used at the stores and
pharmacies, Hannaford donates 5%, or $5 to the PTO. You support the PTO just by
shopping at Hannaford!
We are fortunate to
live in a community where our children can safely ride their bicycles to
school. We have bike racks located at the end of the walkers’ path at the back
of the school. Please remind your bike riders to wear their helmets, put bikes
in the racks and to walk their bikes on the walker’s path out of safety concerns
for students walking.
Remember to check
teacher blogs and web pages for specific information on classroom activities.
As always, please
call in the morning to let us know if your student will be absent or tardy. If
you email a teacher with afternoon plans for your child, please cc Lisa
Bianchini and/or Lauren Guiney in the office to make sure the email is read.
Please come into the office to sign your child(ren) out if picking them up
after school. If visiting even briefly, stop at the office to sign in and get a
visitor’s pass. Thank You!
If you should have any questions or
concerns, please feel free to contact me at 846 – 3391 or through email
Betsy Lane, Principal