Dear YES Families,
Spring is here and excitement is in the air as we continue to have a fantastic year of learning at Yarmouth Elementary School. As always, we greatly appreciate the combined efforts of all as we support our students in successfully meeting the goals set before them!
I would be remiss if I did not first congratulate our YES students who performed at the annual Yarmouth's Got Talent on Friday night. We were so proud of each and every one of them! We are proud of all our students for trying out for this event. It is these types of opportunities and experiences that help our young people grow and learn such valuable life skills. We look forward to this coming Friday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. for a "YGT Encore Performance" where Rowe School will be joining us for a special K-4 event. Just a reminder that if you have children at Rowe all pickups and bus dismissal will be at YES on this day. Rowe students can be signed out and picked up in the gym.
As we enter the month of April, our third and fourth grade students, teachers and staff will be wrapping up the annual MEA state assessments. Thank you to everyone for working collaboratively to make this experience run so smoothly for our students. I appreciate your efforts to make sure that students were on time and well rested. We do not receive results back from the state until the fall of next school year. At that time you will be provided copies of the results for your review.
We only have two and a half months left of the 2018/2019 school year. Even though there is a short amount of time left, we have many more important learning experiences and opportunities that continue on for our students.
A learning experience opportunity for the entire Yarmouth community took place last week at our final Parent-School Alliance meeting. At that meeting Erica Marcus, a mindfulness and wellness coach, gave a thought provoking presentation on the impact that too much technology can have on our lives. She also shared some suggested practices along with self-assessment and family action plan tools. I have attached the information and strongly encourage you to check it out. https://target.brightarrow.com/userfiles/29852/files/Mindful Technology Use Erica Marcus.pdf
The last day of school before vacation is Thursday, April 11. Spring vacation begins on Friday,April 12 and students will return to school on Monday, April 22.
EARTH DAY 2019
Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day is now a global event each year, and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Throughout the week of April 22-26 students from each grade level will be provided opportunities at recess to help pick up our school grounds at YES during recess to make sure we are being environmentally responsible.
DROP OFF/PICK UP CIRCLE
As spring rolls around there is more activity by the main entrance and the traffic circle, including more bicycle riders. Please remember to have your children exit out the passengers side doors to the sidewalk. Keeping drivers side doors closed is safer for everyone and helps to keep the traffic flow running more smoothly. We appreciate your help with this.
SCHOOL NURSE NOTES
Welcome Spring! Warmer weather brings thoughts of chirping birds, flowers, green grass, beach days…. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. The weather is still cold outside. Please remember to send proper gear for students to play outside. The playground is also VERY wet with rain and melting snow. I have some spare clothes, but not all sizes, so on wet days please remind your student to bring boots or to stay out of the water on the playground. Or better yet, have a change of clothes in their backpacks because, mudpuddles happen.
On another note, even with the warmer weather, the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to have Maine listed as widespread for flu cases. Please keep keep students home until:
For more information on how to stay healthy this season, please visit the YES Nurses blog:Here
SCHOOL COUNSELOR CORNER
Growth mindset enhances a love of learning and perseverance. It also allows students to view mistakes as opportunities and increases their love of challenges. Model your mistakes and share examples of mistakes and challenges in your life. Developing a growth mindset teaches children that progress takes time and it is alright to ask for help. Children with a growth mindset are not afraid to fail. For more information click the following link growth mindset
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 24, for a Yarmouth Education Foundation fundraiser! Brickyard Hollow will donate 5% of its sales that evening to YEF. It’s an exciting time of year for YEF as the organization is getting ready to award another round of grants to our schools. Winners will be announced later this month!
Summer Writing Camp
Dear Parents of Writers,
Have you ever thought, “So many camps, lots of sports options, I just wish one of them was a camp for writers.” Wish no more! For the seventh year in a row, a writing camp will be happening in Yarmouth.
The camp offers time to write with other young authors in a relaxed environment designed to spark creativity. Writers will have time to get their thoughts on paper, be inspired and energized by the activities, and have time to interact with other kids who love to write. Even if you have been to the camp before, each year we design many new activities. Information about our Yarmouth camp is here:
June 24-28, 2019 at Yarmouth History Center from 9 AM to 2 PM
Online registration link: goo.gl/o7Yrv9
Online flyer for more information: https://bit.ly/2GUPdVK
There are other writing camps around southern Maine run by our group. For more info, click here.
First Pitch Dinner- YHS Baseball- April 4
Join Coach Marc Halsted and the YHS Baseball Team for the annual First Pitch Dinner that is being held on Thursday, April 4 from 5:00-7:00 at YHS. In addition to culinary masterpieces being served like spaghetti and salad, there will also be a number of awesome items up for bid during the silent auction portion of the event. You can buy tickets at the door that evening.
Activity Nights- April 5
Power of One Activity Night- Mr. Borda (YHS) Advisees
This activity night will be held at YES on April 5th, for second and third graders, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The charge will be $5 per student. The activities include face painting, card games, puzzles, arts, crafts, basketball, four square, and Just Dance (wii). They will be selling water bottles for $1. Proceeds will be donated to the First Parish Food Pantry.The preregistration form can be found here: goo.gl/1nZ2d6
Yarmouth Girls Lacrosse Activity Night
The Yarmouth Girls Lax program is sponsoring and activity night for fourth, fifth and sixth graders at HMS from 5:30-7:30 PM on April 5th. You can find more details here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xljoku2WD0LmC7L0RBzhn3c5lsMil1SsNk5t0JGY-ug/edit?usp=sharing
YHS Clothing Drive
The Yarmouth High School Global Action Club is sponsoring a clothing drive to support refugees in the greater Portland area! People coming to Maine often have very few belongings, especially winter clothing. This clothing drive will help their transition to our Maine communities.
Please help support this cause by bringing in clothing (especially winter clothing -- coats, hats, gloves, boots, pants, shirts, etc.) and any extra bags or backpacks!
We will have a blue bin in the YHS main office where you can place your donations, or you can deliver the items to the main office at Rowe, YES, or HMS. We will be accepting donations through April 10!
Girls On The Run
The Girls on the Run organization is looking for volunteers for their spring 5k on June 2, 2019 and for volunteer coaches for grades 3-5 at YES for the Fall and Spring 2019/2020 seasons. If you are interested Please contact Staci Olsen at email@example.com or Cary Phoenix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING SPECIAL EVENT DATES
May 16- 4th Grade Concert 6:30 p.m.
May 24- Grandparents/Special Friends Day
June 14- YES Field Day (Rain Date: June 17)
I continue to be so thankful and appreciative in working with the students, families and staff at Yarmouth Elementary School. Thank you all for your continued support of your children and our school. As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I wish everyone a fun and safe spring vacation week!
Ryan Gleason, YES Principal
YES April 2019 Newsletter
Sunday, March 31, 2019