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