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.


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! 


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.


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!



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


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.   


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 


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 - 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 for more information on renting a table to sell your goods. 

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



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. 


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:


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 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.


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!


Ryan Gleason, YES Principal