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
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends,
A WARM WELCOME to those of you returning, to those of you new with second graders, and those new to our community. The teachers, support staff and I are excited for the upcoming academic year at Yarmouth Elementary School (YES). Throughout the summer teachers planned curriculum together, attended various professional development opportunities and have been enthusiastically preparing their classrooms for the new school year. We take our work very seriously and realize how fortunate we are to work in this amazing school system. We will do everything possible for a smooth and comfortable beginning for everyone.
You and your children are invited to drop-in and visit on Thursday, August 29th from 9:30AM to 10:30 AM. At that time you can meet the teachers, see the students’ classrooms and tour our beautiful facility. In addition, we strongly encourage you to visit the Yarmouth School Garden, which is located behind the building. The School Nutrition Program will serve food from the garden for several months in our cafeterias.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd. School begins at 8:20 AM. The students are dismissed at 3:10 PM.
For bus route information go to www.yarmouthschools.org where it will be posted.
We use our website to communicate school information so you will want to become familiar with it. Go to yes.yarmouthschools.org
We begin the school year with 320 students and have five classrooms at each grade level with class sizes ranging from 19 to 23 students.
Yarmouth Elementary School (YES), the district’s oldest building, proudly sports new paint in the green hallway. Over the summer the classrooms in that wing were painted “marshmallow white” with a rich “Green Bay” trim.
For increased safety of students and staff, Yarmouth schools implemented electronic entry systems over the summer at each school. This means that during certain hours of each school day everyone will now push a button to be identified before being allowed entry into the schools. The electronic button at YES is located on the building to the right of the front door. This is a significant change to our culture, however, one that we feel is very important during these uncertain times. Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding as we grow accustomed to our new system.
Near the front entrance of YES is a bell cast in 1863, which was once used in the Yarmouth schools. The plaque reads that the bell was “Placed here as a reminder that “Eternal Vigilance Is The Price Of Liberty’”. For safety reasons, students are asked not to climb and play on the bell structure, and I ask that you help us by reminding them, thank you.
Please note two Open House dates. Open House for second grade parents is Monday, September 9th @ 6:30 PM. Open House for grades three and four is Monday, September 16th also @ 6:30 PM.
I want to remind everyone that all birthday and holiday celebrations at YES are food and gift free.
School Picture Day is Friday, September 20th.
I am delighted to introduce our new School Nutrition Program Director, Ms. Stephanie Joyce. She received her BS in Food Science and Nutrition from UMO and her Masters in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Tennessee, and she is both a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Maine. Ms. Joyce has been a Nutrition Educator for the WIC Program in Bangor, a consulting Registered Dietitian for Child Development Services REACH in Falmouth, a Policy Writer for the Maine WIC Program in Augusta, a District Health Coordinator and most recently a School Nutrition Supervisor at the Windham/Raymond School District.
We look forward to this school year and deeply appreciate the trust that you put in us to educate your children. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 846 – 3391, or contact me through email Betsy_Lane@yarmouthschools.org
Your comments are always welcome!
Parents, Guardians, and Friends,
last day of school is Friday, June 14th with a noon dismissal.
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.
want a conference with your child’s teacher, please let her/him know so it can
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 supplies needed for 2013-2014 will be mailed home to all students
later in June.
Field Day, a fun
day filled with laughter and friendly competition for everyone, is Tuesday,
June 11th rain or shine. Please be a part of the festivities from 8:30am -
1:00pm. Volunteers can sign up online via VolunteerSpot at: http://vols.pt/DKC24J
If you have any questions, please contact organizers Kristina Keaney (email@example.com) or Allison
Day the children will have their lunches and 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, and sunscreen. A change of clothes
is also recommended.
Town Meeting is Tuesday, June 18th @ 7:00 PM
at Harrison Middle School to vote on the school budget among other articles. Town
voting is June 25th 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.
you to everyone who contributed 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. Also, YES faculty and staff want to thank everyone who contributed to
the delicious Teacher Appreciation Week breakfast and lunch. They were both
greatly appreciated. We have some excellent cooks in our community.
The K-4 PTO spent
$15,000 this year sponsoring field trips, author visits, speakers, and
presentations. All of us at YES are deeply grateful to one and all.
In the May
Newsletter, I wrote that it was proposed in the town budget to eliminate the crossing guard position at the
intersection of Main and West Elm Streets by Handy Andy’s. At the May Town
Council meeting, the position was reinstated into the budget.
Education Foundation awarded three grants this spring to YES teachers. Renee
Rhoads received one for fourth grade teachers to use Aerogarden's Countertop
Gardens to select plants to grow, create projects using these plants, and
transplant them eventually to the school garden. Lego WeDo: Motorized Lego
Construction Projects was funded for third graders and their teachers to work
with Cathy Wolinsky to build Lego structures, then use motors and sensors
connected to laptops to program actions and motions. Sheri Oliva received
funding to continue self-publishing books using the program ‘Blurb’ with ELL
students. This project turns the highly motivating yet content-rich school
garden into a powerful learning tool for literacy development. Thank You YEF!
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. 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 two.
The office will not be
officially open during July and the first two weeks of August. The answering
machine will be on and I will be in and out of the office throughout the summer
and check email. I extend my best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe
Guardians, and Friends,
Our beautiful weather
brings my all time favorite spring sounds of children on the playground. Freed
of their coats, boots and mittens, students jump rope, climb, run, swing,
practice for the baseball season, play chase and tag, and challenge themselves
in Four Square and kickball. The volume of their voices rises with the
increased activity and excitement, and they’re “roasting”. It becomes more
difficult to stay inside for all of us.
Just a quick reminder
that flip-flops and crocs are not safe footwear for the playground. Also,
encourage your children to drink water during the day to stay hydrated.
Due to budget restrictions,
it is proposed that one of the two crossing guard positions be eliminated in next year’s budget. Beginning
with the start of the new school year in September, this proposed reduction
will eliminate the crossing guard
position at the intersection of Main and West Elm Street by Handy Andy’s.
Children walking to school will be required to use the traffic light pedestrian
crossing buttons as opposed to waiting for the crossing guard to assist them with crossing Main Street. We want to be sure that parents and
students are aware of this proposed change prior to the start of school in
Unlike last year,
we have no teachers changing their locations over the summer. We will, however,
have a few changes in staff. Alice Smith, an educational technician with our
district for over 15 years, will retire in June.
Gina Rollins, a
fourth grade teacher, will move with her class to Harrison Middle School and
join the fifth grade team. Haley Saurman will finish her long-term substitute
position with us in June, and Rosie Lenehan will return to her fourth grade
position. Alice, Gina and Haley will all be greatly missed by those of us at
As you know from a
previous email from me, we will practice our first lock-down safety procedure
on Friday, May 10th @ 1:35. The students will be told ahead of time that
we are practicing a lock-down procedure because there are times when we need to
prepare for unsafe situations inside or outside the school. It could be
something like a rabid animal, a wild animal like a skunk, or it might be
someone who is unknown to us. We will emphasize that we are practicing a
procedure to keep everyone safe and not so much on potential events.
This is a very
busy time of year. Check teacher blogs and webpages for specific information:
May 15th Fourth
Grade Concert 2:00
May 24th Grandparents/Grandfriends
May 27th Memorial
Day – No School
June 3rd Third
Grade Concert 2:00
June 11th Field
June 14th Last
free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions. I really do
like to hear from you.