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December Newsletter

posted Dec 3, 2017, 1:54 PM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 1:57 PM ]

The month of December brings with it the wonder of the holiday season. As we start to experience more winter-like weather, excitement grows. This is a month that is filled with learning and anticipation. On behalf of the Yarmouth Elementary School faculty and staff, we wish all of our students and families a happy holiday season. We hope that 2018 brings continued good health and happiness to everyone!

COMMUNITY MEETING

On Friday, December 1st YES kicked off the month with a school-wide community meeting that was prepared and facilitated by our SHARE team. Thank you to the team for leading such a fantastic assembly! The theme of the meeting this month focused on the YES core value of citizenship and connecting with larger communities in our lives. The meeting involved videos, poetry, and personal connections between all members of the YES community, celebrating the power of kindness and how we can give to others in ways that help make the world a better place. And of course, "Steamer" was there to help lead the meeting! During this event, we were overwhelmed by the number of food items that were donated to support our local food pantry right here in Yarmouth. Thank you for supporting the important core values work that we do with our students.

WINTER WEATHER IS COMING/LOST AND FOUND

Please be sure your child leaves in the morning dressed for the weather conditions. Dressing in layers is always a good idea. Boots, gloves, hats and snow pants should become part of their standard attire when the snowflakes begin to fall.  Students will be allowed to play in the snow if dressed properly. It is also important to label your child’s clothing and boots. We have several items (including winter coats) that are piling up in the lost and found area outside the lobby. We will be making a donation of any unclaimed items on December 22nd.  If your child is missing any items please make sure that you check the lost and found before that date. 

KIDS MOVIE NIGHT

On Friday, December 8th, the Interact Club, a YHS service club, is sponsoring a KIDS' MOVIE NIGHT from 6-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Main Street. The cost is $10/child (and $7 for each additional sibling). The movie Moana will be shown. Popcorn, drinks, and snacks will be for sale. Kids can bring a pillow and blanket and come in pj's if they like. This is a drop-off event, so parents can go out to dinner or get a jump on holiday shopping. This is a fundraiser to support a reforestation/lake purification project at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, where the club members will be volunteering in April. All money earned will go to buying trees for the project. For more information, contact Interact Club advisor Karin Walsh at karin_walsh@yarmouthschools.org

COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK AND THE "HOUR OF CODE"

December 4 -10, 2017 is Computer Science Education Week, and Yarmouth Students in all grade levels will be provided opportunities for participation. A preferred opportunity will be provided through the Hour of Code, an international effort to teach computer programming and generate student interest in coding. From their website, “Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify ‘code’, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.”

Here at YES several learning activities will take place this week! Second and Third graders have already been introduced to the app “Scratch Jr.” For the Hour of Code they will use the “CodeSpark Academy” app called “The Foos”. It is designed to help students learn about Loops, Sequences, Events and Conditionals. Students have individual accounts and move at their own pace. Third graders also may access the Lightbot app or the Scratch Jr. app on their iPads.

Fourth grade students, who have had several years with Hour of Code, will access the Hour of Code website (https://code.org/learn) and select an appropriate learning tutorial and activity.

In all of these activities, students will work with partners or in small groups, sharing their exploration and learning. Many of the Hour of Code activities will continue to be supported by teachers for the rest of the school year as they fit with math and other curriculum areas.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, December 7th: School Lockdown Drill

The state of Maine requires that each school hold a minimum of two lockdown drills each year. The purpose of a school lockdown drill is to protect the children and adults in the building from a potential emergency.  Our staff is trained annually in these protocols.  As with fire drills and other safety protocols, the hope is to acclimate students and teachers to a procedure that they will be able to follow quickly, effectively, and safely. With elementary age children, we are thoughtful in our approach to these drills so as to not cause undue anxiety. We work closely with the Yarmouth Police Department, who will be on site to assist us in this practice. 

Thursday, December 14th: Chorus and Orff Ensemble Performance 6:30 p.m.

We look forward to our December Chorus and Orff Ensemble performance held in the YES cafeteria. Mrs. Troy will communicate more detailed information to the families of our performers.  As you know, we place a high value on music and the arts in Yarmouth and student participation numbers are quite large again this year. Thank you to Mrs. Troy for the work she does with students to inspire such a love for music and for leading this special event!

Thursday, December 21st: PTO Meeting 4:00 p.m.

The K-8 PTO will hold their monthly meeting at 4:00 p.m. in the YES library. Let me take this opportunity to thank them for the wonderful "Make-it Take-it Craft Fair" that took place on Sunday, November 19th. It was a great turn out and our students talked for several days afterward how much they enjoyed this event. We appreciate all the hard work that goes in to make this event happen.  Many families volunteered to help the PTO run a station or filled in with other tasks that were needed to make this such a success. Thank you to everyone for your help!

Friday, December 22nd:  Pajama Day!

Friday, December 22nd is our last student day before the holiday break. Continuing a tradition from last year (and at the strong urging of our students!) I have declared that day "Pajama Day" at YES. Everyone can start picking out their favorite "PJ's" to wear to school that day!

December 25th-January 1st: Holiday Vacation

Happy New Year! Remember that classes resume at YES on Tuesday, January 2nd.

We wish all of our
students and families a Happy Holiday Season!

Warm Regards,

Ryan Gleason, YES Principal

 

November Newsletter

posted Oct 31, 2017, 9:03 AM by Yarmouth Elementary   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 9:07 AM ]

"We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."- John F. Kennedy

As we enter the month of November, there is a great deal to be thankful for here at YES.  I am thankful to be the principal at this school and have the opportunity to be part of the amazing work that helps our children grow as learners and citizens every day.   I recently shared with our staff that in one afternoon/evening I had the pleasure of:

  • Having lunch with 8 third graders who shared with me how much they love their teacher.  They also told me at least five new jokes I hadn't heard before! 
  • Having great follow up conversations with teachers after mini-observations where I observed engagement and empowerment on full display with their students.
  • Reading a wonderful book to second graders that had such a kind and powerful message that they took to heart when we reflected afterwards.
  • Observed three classrooms go on a live Safari in South Africa- an example of technology leading to previous inconceivable pathways for learning.                              
  • Working with three different teachers and students in problem solving conversations to help them navigate difficult parts of their day, coming up with collaborative solutions together.
  • Wrapping up the evening watching our YES chorus perform (over 70 students strong!) the Star Spangled Banner at the last home football game for the high school.

I am extremely thankful for the people I get to work with.  Our students, families and staff clearly make YES is a special place and we all have a great deal to be thankful for.  Our November newsletter highlights many of the events that have taken place over the last month and the many exciting things we have to look forward to in the month ahead.

BOOK FAIR

Our annual YES Book Fair was another wonderful week of excitement and celebration of reading.  The week was kicked off by a visit from "Clifford the Big Red Dog" on the playground greeting students on Monday morning.  We are thankful to Mrs. Clark for all the time that she puts in to make this event so special for our students. We are also grateful to our many parent volunteers who came in to assist in the library throughout the week.  Thank you all! 

OCTOBER COMMUNITY MEETING

Our October Community Meeting took place on Friday.  I would like to share my gratitude for the entire school and their work decorating the pumpkins that are now on display in the lobby.  Students in each classroom chose a character from a book and decorated their pumpkin to look like that character. 

At our community meeting, third grade students read the book The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, and delivered a message of tolerance and kindness.   Students were then surprised to have "Steamer" and "Clifford the Big Red Dog" emerge and lead the entire school in a fun dance activity along with our core values call! 

This meeting was planned and led by our third grade teaching team and we appreciate the planning and work that they put in to make this such a successful and fun event.  We also would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our PTO who donated the pumpkins to us so that this event could be made possible.

PARENT CONFERENCES

Parents, thank you for actively participating in your child’s education. It has been wonderful to see parents coming in for conferences this past month.  It is important that your child sees you proactive and involved in their education.  Individual conferences will continue to take place over the next few weeks.   Our teachers truly appreciate your support and look forward to working closely with you this year.  We appreciate your collaboration, partnership and support!

THE MONTH AHEAD....

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Don't forget to turn back those clocks and get an extra hour of sleep!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10: NO SCHOOL- VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our community Veterans for your dedicated service to the United States Armed Forces.  We will forever be grateful for your bravery and sacrifices to protect our country’s freedom.   

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11: YEF BLUE JEAN BALL

The Yarmouth Education Foundation has funded dozens of innovative projects in our schools over the past few years, valued at more than $100,000, and they are eager to do even more.  Their biggest, and most exciting fundraiser of the year is the Blue Jean Ball (see attached flyer), scheduled for November 11 this year. To buy your tickets online, go to http://yarmoutheducationfoundation.org/get-involved/donations-page/ 
 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH: PTO MEETING 7 P.M. YES LIBRARY

All are invited and welcome to attend monthly PTO meetings. Let me take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the PTO for everything that they do for our staff and students.  If you are not aware, they fund our field trips that make for such rich, authentic learning experiences.  Their support is vital to our student learning.  Some of the upcoming PTO events that I urge you to support include: 

Close Buy orders are expected during the first week of November. PTO will send out information about when and where to pick up those orders. 

Make-it Take-it Craft Fair is scheduled to take place in the YES gymnasium on Sunday, 11/19 from 11:00am-1:30pm. We need volunteers for this event. Click here to sign up - https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2040021/false#/invitation. Kids make crafts for $2/each to take home at give as gifts if they choose. There will also be a bake sale. For the 2nd year in a row, we will have craft venders in the hallways, for adults to do some holiday shopping of their own. Craft vendors are all local Yarmouth students, teachers and families. Please consider supporting our artists, or selling some homemade goods of your own!  Email info@yarmouthpto.org for more information on renting a table to sell your goods. 

Upcoming Hannaford Gift Card Load Dates - 11/1, 11/15

NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24: THANKSGIVING BREAK

DROP OFF/PICK UP THANK YOU

We greatly appreciate the efforts that families are making to ensure that students are not dropped off prior to 8:15 a.m. We have noted a huge improvement from last school year.  However, over the last couple of weeks there has been an increase in students arriving before this time.  Please know that we do not have supervision prior to 8:15 a.m. (unless students/families have band lessons or made arrangements with a teacher) and that we will be in contact with families of children who are dropped off prior to this.  Thank you again for your help and support with keeping safety a top priority. 

NEWS FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE

Mrs. Thomson, our YES school nurse, has a school blog (link below) that I would recommend you review.  Mrs. Thomson will be posting important health information throughout the year.  There is some good information on their about cold and flu season, as well as lice monitoring and treatment. 

As we head into colder weather, once again we have identified cases of lice in our schools. Anyone can get lice...mainly from direct head-to-head contact but also from sharing hats, brushes and other personal items. Lice are no cause for shame and no reflection on the hygiene of your home, but are definitely a nuisance! We need to join together to keep the number of students affected at a minimum. 

We always advise weekend head checks at home. When there has been a confirmed case in your child’s class, we suggest head checks every night for 2 weeks. If there has been a confirmed case of lice in your child's classroom, you should have received an email home on Friday. If you discover lice or nits, follow the guidelines at the CDC website below and notify the school. If we discover that your child has head lice, we will notify you. Head checks are completed on students with symptoms.  The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National School Nurse Association agree that management of head lice should not disrupt the educational process. Data does not support school exclusion for a child with lice or nits. 

For more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html
http://https://yarmouthelementaryschoolnurse.blogspot.com/

 

We have taken the recommended steps in our building to address this. For more information on monitoring and treatment please review Mrs. Thomson's blog or contact her at school with any questions. 

From time to time, you may find that your child needs to have medicine while at school. Please refer to the school policy regarding administering medicines to studentshttps://sites.google.com/a/yarmouthschools.org/policymanual/policy-manual/j---students/jlcd-administering-medicines-to-students

Please note: 
1)  All medicines, including over-the-counter and homeopathic medications, must be delivered to school by a parent or guardian where they will be stored in a locked cabinet. 
2 ) Medicines must be provided in original labelled containers.
3)  Children may not transport medicines to and from school, other than inhalers and Epipens. 
4)  A parent or guardian must sign a Medication Permission Form before medications may be administered at school.

Thank you for adhering to school policy regarding medication administration at school.
 

WINTER WEATHER GUIDELINES

With Thanksgiving coming soon, time seems to fly by and there will be snow on the ground before we know it. Please be sure to come into our foyer and check the lost and found as we have many lost but not yet found sweatshirts and jackets along with several other personal items.  We will periodically donate any unclaimed items so please take an inventory of missing items with your child. 

Additionally, this is a good time to review some of our winter weather playground and clothing guidelines as we may get some snow before our December newsletter.

We will NOT go outside if the temperature on is 10 degrees or below.  Wind chill plays into this, but fluctuates within seconds. The effect of a consistent wind chill combined with a temperature of 10 or below, may cause us to stay inside.  Students who want to play in the snow and on snowbanks, must wear boots and snowpants. If the temperature is below 40 degrees is too cold now for shorts, tee shirts and no coats. At that temperature it is also too cold for shorts worn with leggings (high fashion, still too cold!).  Thank you for your help with this to keep our children healthy this winter!

I would like to wish all Yarmouth Elementary School families a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful  start to the Holiday Season!

Best,

Ryan Gleason, YES Principal

October Newsletter

posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:05 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 5:05 AM by Yarmouth Elementary ]

It is so hard to believe that it is already October!   Although September felt more like July this year, it certainly has gone by quickly.  Students and staff did an amazing job finding ways to "beat the heat" and get the school year off to a fantastic start.  Our first month of school has been a busy one as students are well settled in to their classroom communities and highly engaged in their learning.

I have enjoyed the opportunity to visit with many of you in the office, at drop off/pick up and at our recent Open House evenings. I know that your children are more important than anything in your lives,  and I leave school each evening with a renewed sense of the great importance of the work we do with and for your children. Your kindness and warmth to me as you stopped to visit meant a great deal – so thank you, and please continue to check in with me throughout the year.  I’m always interested in what’s going on with you and your family.

The procedures and daily activities of your child’s classroom should be familiar and comfortable to them by this time in the school year. If your child is still experiencing anxiety or any type of concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Spellman, our school counselor. You are welcome to also include me on those types of communications. We will be happy to visit with you on the phone or to schedule a meeting to talk together regarding ideas to help your child or the situation.  Please don’t ever hesitate to contact us – we are here to help.

Before we dive into the October calendar I would like to share some important information with you, beginning with our first "Community Meeting" of the year celebration!


YES SEPTEMBER COMMUNITY MEETING

On Friday, September 29th our entire school came together to celebrate our first school-wide Community Meeting.  Over this past month, each classroom came up with goals for our school to work on this year that are based on the YES core values of RESPECT, CARING, FAIRNESS, AND CITIZENSHIP.  Classroom student representatives shared our school-wide goals in the areas of the bus, bathroom, hallways, cafeteria and playground.  We also learned about and worked on a new way to line up for bus dismissal outside. Students were very excited when local Yarmouth celebrity "Steamer" showed up to lead our school in a "core values call" to action!  Steamer will be joining us for Community Meetings all year long.

COMMON ASSESSMENT TESTING & RESULTS

MEA Results 

Students in all grades 3-8 and grade 11 take the Maine Educational Assessment in March every school year.  We will be sending the results from our current 4th graders (who took the MEA in March 2017) later this week.   Harrison Middle School will be sending home the results for our current 5th graders.

MAP Growth Testing

Thank you to our staff and students for their flexibility and patience as we encountered many technical challenges administering the MAP Growth Test this month.  Unfortunately, NWEA is still encountering some challenges with the reading portion of the test and that affected our grade 3 administration in particular.  We do not want to continue interrupting valuable instruction time for students so we have moved forward with our intervention timeline.  We will revisit these assessments again once NWEA has taken the necessary steps to make sure things are running smoothly.  

Our teachers use multiple assessment methods for reading (including the Benchmark Assessment System) to get the information needed in making sure all students are getting "just right" instruction.  At your upcoming conferences teachers will share more information about this with you.

FALL CONFERENCING 

Over the next few weeks,  classroom teachers will be reaching out to you and setting up our fall parent-teacher conferences.  This is an opportunity to get an in-person update as to how your child is progressing academically and as a member of the classroom and school community.   It is also a time to learn how your child can specifically grow as a learner and also understand ways that you can help support that process.  We appreciate your collaboration and partnership!

OUR HOUSE

Many of you will recall the Our House fundraising campaign of more than ten years ago that provided much needed bleachers to the high school stadium field. That campaign was a great success, but it left us without a few of the amenities we'd like to provide for our athletes and fans - most notably, restrooms.  Now, we are excited to announce the Our House II campaign to further improve the athletic facilities at Yarmouth High School by providing for the following:                                                                              

  • Construction of new restrooms
  • Improvements to the snack shack
  • Updating of the team shed
  • Upgrades to the electrical panel
  • Installation of directional signage

In the coming weeks, you will be hearing more about this project through district-wide emails and a town-wide publicity campaign. To learn more about this opportunity to improve our community facility, log on to http://www.yarmouthourhouse2.com.  

UPCOMING PTO EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS

Close Buy
Close Buy is a local-goods catalog, based out of Portland, that gets sent home to families. Families can purchase goods and 30% of sales is donated to the Yarmouth K-8 PTO. Students do not sell products and there is no competition or prizes, it is strictly families purchasing goods. This is the only sell-stuff fundraiser that we do. Catalogs will be sent home in folders in the very near future. You can check out the company at http://www.closebuycatalog.com.

Make-it Take-it Craft Fair (Volunteers Needed!)
This event is scheduled for Sunday, 11/19 at the YES gymnasium. It is a long-time Yarmouth tradition.  Craft stations are set up around the gym. Kids can make crafts for $2/each, and take them home to give as gifts if they choose. There is also a bake sale and year and in the past we have had adult craft vendors set up in the hallways. Please mark this on your calendar and consider helping out at this annual fun event! 

Also, The next Hannaford GC load date is scheduled for 10/11.  If you have any questions please please reach out to Heather Meier, our elementary school PTO representative.  She can be contacted through the PTO website: http://www.yarmouthpto.org/contact-us/ .

UPCOMING EVENTS/DATES TO REMEMBER

October is a busy time in elementary schools and this year is no exception.  Here are some important dates/events to be aware of this month:

Wednesday, October 4th: International Walk to School Day (Optional)

To celebrate this day at YES we will be having a Walking School Bus.  We will assemble at Royal River Park (the parking lot near the Historical Society) at 7:55 a.m.  We will walk on the sidewalks up Elm Street to the intersection with Main Street, cross over Main Street, and continue up West Elm to the walker's path.

Please feel free to join up with us anywhere along the route!  Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend.  Please ensure that your child has plans to get home independently as there will be no Walking Bus in the afternoon.

Wednesday, October 4th:  YES and Rowe Free Flu Clinic

This is offered to for students and staff and no cost. It will be held at Rowe School from 4-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 5th: Fire Safety Awareness: Yarmouth Fire Department Visit

The Yarmouth Fire Department will visit all grades during lunchtimes to celebrate Fire Safety Awareness Month.

Friday, October 6th:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS  - STAFF IN-SERVICE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

We will be spending the day with the entire K-4 staff, along with some staff members from the middle and high schools, to learn about "Empowering Students Through School Culture".

During the day we will learn about new Responsive Classroom practices and the work of Dr. Ross Greene and his "Collaborative and Proactive Solutions" model.   Dr. Greene will be leading this work with us and sharing how this model is used to problem solve with children in an empowering way.  For more information on this model visit: http://www.livesinthebalance.org/

Monday, October 9th:  NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- COLUMBUS DAY

Thursday, October 19th: PTO Meeting 4- 5 p.m. YES Library

Monday, October 23rd- Friday, October 27th:  Annual Book Fair YES Library

The annual YES Book Fair is coming up!  All classes will be scheduled to visit twice, each for a 25 minute block, during the first four days for viewing and/or making purchases.  Mrs. Clark will be getting the detailed schedule out prior to that week, but please note that regular Library classes will NOT be held during that week. 

Parents and other community members are invited to come in anytime during the school day as well as Tuesday and Wednesday afterschool/evenings, as the fair will be open straight through until 7:00 pm on those days.  

Tuesday, October 31st - HALLOWEEN  

I hope that you are able to enjoy all the fall activity and fun with your families.  Happy October!

Warm Regards,

Ryan Gleason, YES Principal


September Newsletter

posted Sep 11, 2017, 11:16 AM by Yarmouth Elementary   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 5:05 AM ]

What a wonderful first week at Yarmouth Elementary School!   It was so exciting to welcome our students and begin a year of learning, growth and fun together. Our week centered on building community and setting procedures and expectations for the school year.  I was impressed with how quickly our students settled in to their daily routines.   Equally impressive is the manner in which our YES core values- Respect, Caring, Fairness and Citizenship- have been on full display since day one of school. We are off to a great start!

At the beginning of each month I will be sending you a "YES Newsletter".  In addition to celebrating student learning at YES, I will also be sharing important information for you to be aware of.   On that note, we have a busy month of September ahead of us:  

Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember

Thursday, September 14th:  

Gr. 2 Open House - 6:00- 7:00 p.m.

The event will begin in the cafeteria where I will provide a brief presentation and introduce you to our Grade 2 teaching team and unified arts staff.  You will spend the rest of the evening with your child's classroom teacher.

School Committee Meeting- 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 18th:   Gr. 3 & 4 Open House- 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Again, we will begin the evening in the cafeteria for a brief meeting and then transition to teacher classrooms.

Tuesday, September 19th:  Volunteer Orientation Meeting at Rowe School

9:00- 9:30 a.m. or 7:00- 7:30 p.m.

If you would like to become a volunteer at ANY of the Yarmouth Schools please plan on attending one of the sessions at the Rowe School for all potential volunteers.  The orientation will cover the needs of the teachers at the schools, various volunteering opportunities as well as the procedures and policies of the volunteer program. 

If you have already attended an orientation in the past it is not necessary to attend this year's orientation.  However, if you are interested in volunteering in the Yarmouth School District it is necessary/required that a Volunteer Registration form is filled out and signed EACH year.  Registration forms are available in the offices at the Rowe School, Yarmouth Elementary School and Harrison Middle School.  Forms for each of the schools are also available for downloading and printing through the link on our volunteer website below.   https://sites.google.com/a/yarmouthschools.org/volunteer/volunteer-information/yarmouth-elementary-school.  

If you have any questions please contact Nini Emmons, Volunteer Program Director, at 846-2499 or email her at nini_emmons@yarmouthschools.org.  Thank you for giving your time and talent to help support our learners!


Wednesday,September 20th: Gr.4 Band Parent Meeting (optional) 6-6:30 p.m.

Mr. Ciechomski (aka "Mr. C"), our Gr. 4-8 band director, will have an optional parent meeting for all incoming band parents.  At this meeting he will explain many aspects of the band program, lessons and home practice (what to expect and how to help). Many parents have found this time together helpful in learning ways to help support their child.   This meeting will be held in the cafeteria.

Thursday,  September 21st: PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m.- YES Library

The PTO supports many of the day-to-day enrichments our students enjoy. An average of $2,500 goes directly to each grade, enriching the curriculum of our students.  Every family and teacher is part of the PTO. You do not need to join to support. Families can support the PTO with donations of time, money, or even a pie at Thanksgiving.

One of the goals of the PTO is to continue to foster a culture of friendship and openness at our schools. We welcome you to be involved, have a voice, and join the fun.  Please consider attending the first meeting on September 21st!

Friday, September 22nd: Gr. 4 Band Parent "Open House/Rental Pickup Night"-3:45- 4:45 p.m.

Parents may arrive at anytime during this hour to pick up instruments in the cafeteria.

Wednesday, September 27th:  School Picture Day

Get those smiles ready! Information will be sent home soon. 

Friday, September 29th: Community Meeting 2:30 p.m. (Students)

Our first school wide "Community Meeting" of the year.  Students only- but make sure to ask your children about the Yarmouth "celebrity guest" when they get home that day!

Wednesday, October 4th: International Walk to School Day (Optional)

To celebrate this day at YES we will be having a Walking School Bus.  We will assemble at Royal River Park (the parking lot near the Historical Society) at 7:55 a.m.  We will walk on the sidewalks up Elm Street to the intersection with Main Street, cross over Main Street, and continue up West Elm to the walker's path.

Please feel free to join up with us anywhere along the route!  Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend.  Please ensure that your child has plans to get home independently as there will be no Walking Bus in the afternoon.

Safety

Everyone at Yarmouth Elementary School understands that safety is our number one priority.  I am reviewing our policies and procedures that help to keep our students safe because we really need your help and support. Thank you for taking the time to read and explain these points to your children.

Drop-off/Pick-Up:

We promise to never leave your child unattended- in the classroom, in the building, at lunch and recess, and at specific times before and after school.  We have staff members that supervise students at these specfic times of the day in order to ensure that they are safe while at YES.

No students should be on campus earlier than 8:15 a.m. We do not have supervision in the building or on the playground until then.   When students arrive at this time they should go directly to the playground.  During this first week of school we have had several students arriving earlier than 8:15 a.m. and without supervision this becomes a safety issue. If you need to drop your child off earlier, you will need to make arrangements with another parent, contact Yarmouth Community Services before/aftercare or seek out a local childcare facility that is open before school.

Conversely, At the end of the day we have also had middle school students arriving at the school prior to 3:30 p.m. (as early as 3:00 p.m.) to meet their parents so multiple children in the family can be picked up at YES.  Again, we are not able to supervise middle school students as instruction at YES runs right to 3:30 p.m. Middle school students cannot be at YES earlier than the dismissal time.   Harrison Middle School offers after school homework club several days a week, along with a host of activities for each grade level.  If you are juggling these pick up logistics I would encourage you to look at these opportunities for your middle schoolers.

At the end of the day we have a staff member on duty at parent pick up outside. They are there to ensure that our bike riders and walkers are leaving school in a safe manner. They are also there to ensure that adults picking up their children are signing them out in the office before leaving.   We appreciate your help and support with this busy area at the end of the day by following our safety procedures.  

Bus Notes/Changes: 

Teachers and bus drivers are now aware of your child's typical weekly schedule regarding morning pick up and afternoon drop off.   If your child has a known change in schedule please contact the main office and your child's classroom teacher by sending a note to school with details of the change.

Each morning the main office will create bus slips for each student that has a change in their transportation schedule.  If you need to make a change on a given day after your child is already in school please contact the main office as early as possible in the day.  Dani Carter and Lisa Bianchini our administrative assistants, are the two people you should connect with.  Classroom teachers are with their students and will not always see an email until the school day has ended. If you are emailing changes please send them directly to Mrs. Carter  (dani_carter@yarmouthschools.org) and/or Mrs. Bianchini  (lisa_bianchini@yarmouthschools.org), as they check email throughout the day. In the case of email, "ccing" the classroom teacher is also a good practice. 

I would like to thank all our staff and volunteers who have helped make our back to school transition so smooth for our students. I would also like to thank you, parents and guardians, for working with us as supportive team. We look forward to a wonderful school year- see you at Open House!

Warm Regards,

Ryan Gleason, Principal                                                                                    

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