Principal Newsletters

First Week Newsletter

posted Sep 3, 2014, 7:14 AM by   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 7:15 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES ]

September 5, 2014

Dear Rowe School Families,

WOW, what a wonderful week we had!  The children did amazingly well learning routines and settling into a new school year. 

The children are settling into routines, and the school is buzzing with their energy and enthusiasm for learning. “I love school,” is a phrase I have heard many times.  What a fun and delightful age this is! 

Parents, you deserve praise for the fabulous job you are doing.  I have noticed:

  • quick good-byes – the children do much better when you say a quick good-bye and then leave
  • healthy snacks and lunches
  • labeled sandwich bags for a butter sandwich (almond, sun, etc) - eliminates the guess work when we check snacks and lunches for children in the nut-free classrooms
  • sandals with backs – these are much safer for running on the playground than flip flops
  • on-time drop offs and pick ups

These are just a few of the ways you support us at Rowe School.  Your support is greatly appreciated as we teach your child to be independent citizens of Rowe School.

One of our major goals is to foster independent learners.  As educators, we demonstrate the expected behavior or skill, facilitating guided practice, followed by independent practice.  To aid us in promoting your child’s independence, you could demonstrate, guide practice, and promote practice in opening juice and milk cartons, opening and inserting a straw, opening lunch containers, and cleaning up after oneself.  The children have done a fabulous job at snack time and in the lunch room this week, but the more we work together the easier these tasks will become.  Thank you!  

Along with specific allergies, we must also consider various other medical conditions and nutritional needs of our students. It is our policy that food not be sent in to celebrate your child’s birthday.  Each teacher will honor your child’s special day with a classroom celebration that will not involve food.  There will be times throughout the year when we will celebrate with healthy snacks, but we have made a school decision to eliminate food for birthdays.  We thank you in advance for respecting this request. 

Throughout the week we have demonstrated playground rules and expectations. Next week we will continue to practice playground safety and will hold the children more accountable for their actions as they become more familiar with our playground. Safety is our number one concern, and we have consistent, logical consequences when the rules are not followed. With that said, we ask that soccer balls not be brought from home for recess use. We provide soft balls for the playground to protect the children and the windows!  If you join us for lunch and bring younger siblings, we ask that you not bring the pre-school children to the playground during school hours. ClipperCare children are on the playground after the school day ends. In order to keep our playground safe, we must have playground rules enforced until 5:30 p.m. The rules are posted on our website as well as in a window facing the playground.  Thank you for your cooperation in abiding by our rules and keeping the rules consistent for the children.

As you know, our school is locked during school hours.  When you visit our school, you will need to ring the bell, identify yourself to the person at the front desk, and state the nature of your visit.  We are working hard to recognize all of you, but it may take several weeks. Children are not tall enough to ring the bell; therefore, you must walk your child to the door to be buzzed in. Once you are in the building, please report to the office to sign in and receive a visitor pass. We welcome visitors but need to keep track of who is in our building at all times.  This is an important safety issue.  If you come to pick up your child, please stop in the office and sign the form.  We also need you to write a note to the teacher or call the office if you plan to pick up your child from school.  We make it our business to know exactly where children are at all times of the day.

I also want to thank all of you who are picking up your children or joining your child for lunch for waiting in the atrium until classes end.  This allows teachers to conclude their lessons before children leave.  Also, thank you for dropping off your child between 8:05-8:20 and picking up your child at 3:10.  We want children on the playground only when there is supervision.  Please note there is a car “drop off” area on the side of the parking lot.  When you walk your child into school, leaving your car unattended, please park your car in our lot, not in the “drop off” zone.

If your child should arrive at school after 8:20, please ring to enter and be sure to stop in the office for a late pass.  Once your child receives the pass, your child will walk to the classroom independently.

Our Open House is Thursday, September 11, from 6:00-7:00 PM.  This is an evening without children where you will hear information from your child’s teacher about the classroom and expectations.  There will not be time during this evening for individual questions about your child’s progress, but your child’s teacher will be happy to respond to any questions or requests for meetings outside of this evening.  I hope to see you on September 11.

Yarmouth Schools will again be offering the seasonal influenza vaccine to students.   This is the sixth year we have provided this service.  This is optional, and there is no charge for the vaccine.   We have scheduled the flu clinic for Wednesday, September 24.  Mrs. Lynch, our school nurse, has sent home further information and a permission form with your child.

Below are upcoming events you may wish to note.  Check our website at for ongoing school information.

Open House                  September 11  6-7 PM

Volunteer Orientation       September 16  9-9:30 AM and 7-7:30 PM

School Photos               September 19

Seasonal Flu Vaccine        September 24 at Rowe

Columbus Day                 October 13    v There is no school on this day.

Just so you know, we have a “Lost and Found” area in the cubby area in the gym.

I have had a wonderful time meeting and talking with many of you this past week. Please know that you may drop by, call, or email me if you have any needs. My priority is to provide a safe, comfortable, and happy learning environment for your child.


Ellen Honan

Rowe School Principal

August Welcome Letter

posted Aug 13, 2014, 1:05 PM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 7:16 AM ]

Dear Parents,

We hope this finds you well and enjoying a beautiful summer. The custodial staff has been doing a tremendous job cleaning the building.  It will be sparkling clean when we greet your children on Tuesday, September 2. 

We have been busy preparing for the school year.  In addition to individual classroom work, groups of teachers have worked together throughout the summer to plan lessons and create materials. This impressive work demonstrates the dedication our staff has to improving the learning of all children.    

You are invited to a Parent/Student Orientation on Thursday, August 28. Students and parents are invited to drop in any time between 8:30-9:30AM. This is the time for you and your child to visit the classroom, meet the teacher, and become acquainted with other children in the class.  It is a wonderful way to prepare your child for our opening day.  There will not be a trial bus run, but there will be a bus in front of the school for you and your child to board. You and your child are also welcome to visit the art, music, gym, and library classrooms.  It will also be a time to visit with ClipperCare staff.  PLEASE DO NOT park in the InterMed parking lot as those spaces are reserved for patients.

For your child’s immediate preparation for school, you should label all personal belongings.  There is no need to purchase any school supplies.  A backpack to carry items to and from school is the only thing your child will need. Your child’s teacher will need a note from you stating where your child is to be dropped off after school.  This will help the teacher make sure your child is on the correct bus at the end of the day.

Bus schedules will appear in The Notes, Falmouth Forecaster, and the Portland Press Herald. Contact Bruce Bickford or Kathy Darling, 846-2338, with any questions.

Our Rowe School handbook is found on our website. It contains very important information about our school and our policies. Please take time to read through it to familiarize yourself with our school.

If you are driving your child to school, please do not drop him or her off until 8:05.  Our playground is not supervised before that time. Please use the drop off area for a quick drop off only; otherwise, please use the parking lot at all times during the day.

All school buildings are locked during the school day.  The Rowe School will be locked after the bell rings at 8:20 until bus dismissal.  When arriving at school during these hours, you will need to ring the bell and identify yourself.  Cheryl McGilvery, or whoever might be at the desk, will ask you for identification before buzzing you in.  If a family member or neighbor will be picking up your child, please call the school to inform us, and ask that person to bring identification to the door.  We ask that you be patient with us while we get to know you.

Tuesday, September 2, is the first day of school. The schedule is as follows:

                        8:20 AM - 3:10 PM

                        Kindergarten lunch is from 11:15-11:40

                        Grade 1 lunch is from 11:50-12:10 

September 11             Open House 6:00 P.M.

Open House is an evening without children when your child’s classroom teacher will present information about his/her expectations and curriculum. 

We look forward to working with you this year.     

 The Staff at Rowe School        

End of May Newsletter

posted May 30, 2014, 11:52 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 7:00 AM by Rowe School ]

May 30, 2014

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe the month of May is almost over. 

This week was Safety Week at Rowe. On Tuesday, we had a Community Meeting hosted by Mrs. Bradford’s and Mrs. Caron’s classes. Special guests Lieutenant Dean Perry from the YPD and Fire Chief Michael Robitaille briefly shared how they keep the children of Yarmouth safe each and every day. The children drew and wrote about ways to be safe at school and in the community, as well as about people who keep them safe in school and in the community.

On Wednesday, former Rowe School student Lenora Felker from Happy Kids, Healthy Kids, talked with the children about bike safety. They learned how to properly fit a bike helmet, how to safely walk a bike across the street, and how to read traffic signs, including traffic lights. We learned Whoa, Slow, Go for the colors of the lights. This program was sponsored by our PTO.

On Thursday and Friday, Mr. Lipman reminded the students about playing safely on the playground. 

This morning, we practiced a lockdown drill. We want all children to know that we have a plan to keep them safe during any scary time. We explained to the students that we practice going out in case there is danger inside the school, and we will also practice staying in if there is danger outside the school. A book the teachers all read was Lion At School, a Junior Great Books story. While there is no chance of a lion coming to Rowe School, a substitute guidance counselor we had last year, Melissa Spence, had a moose come to her school in Auburn, and a few years ago a sick fox was on our school property. There are safety precautions we need to take that don’t involve tragedy and destruction. Police Chief Morrill spoke with each class after the drill and complimented the students and teachers for the excellent work they did. The entire school was checked in less than four minutes. 

For the past two years, teachers from all grade levels K-12 have been working to revise our Social Studies Curriculum.  The School Committee approved this curriculum framework on May 8.  Here is a link to the Social Studies Framework if you would like to see what your students will be learning as they move up the grades.

Don’t Forget!  Tuesday is Beach Day!

Your child will need the following items:

Class t –shirt colors: 

 Boutin – black   Berry – red  
 Lincoln - green  Miller – brown 
 Warren – white 
 Bradford – gray    Caron- yellow      
 Elder – blue Finnen – purple    
 Lemay – pink  Melevsky – orange  

Lunch, snack, and drinks (no glass containers, please)

One or two towels (no bathing suits – we will not be going in the water)

Sunscreen (please apply sunscreen to your child BEFORE sending him/her to school; please mark the bottle you send with your child’s name and check the appropriate box on the permission form)

Extra set of clothes (please consider clothing offering protection from the sun)

Optional: Sandals or water shoes appropriate for walking – shoes will stay on all day

Hat (hat, baseball cap, or visor) 

Wednesday is our annual Ice Cream Social, Book Fair, Basket Raffle, and Art Show from 6:00-7:30 P.M. 

The Ice Cream Social and Basket Raffle are sponsored by the P.T.O. All proceeds go toward future enrichment activities such as visits by authors, field trips, or other education programs at our school. The Book Fair is organized by our librarian, Christine Van Alstine. Books are provided by Royal River Books. Proceeds will benefit our library. Staff and volunteers from our school will be on hand to assist with book selection. The Art Show features our children’s masterpieces created during art class with Emily Landry.

The following are important dates and upcoming events to note:

Check our website at for more information.

June 3       Beach Day Celebration/Culmination of a school-wide Ocean Unit at Crescent Beach

June 4        Book Fair, Ice Cream Social, Art Show, Basket Raffle at Rowe School from 6:00-7:30 PM

June 16      Last day for ClipperCare


I cannot believe the year is so rapidly coming to a close.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have provided to all of us at Rowe School throughout the year. We could not do what we do every day without your support and dedication to education.

Ellen Honan

May Newsletter

posted May 3, 2014, 7:33 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 7:04 AM ]

Dear Families,


May promises to be a busy month!


On May 2, we celebrated A.C.E.S. Day. Mr. Lipman, Mrs. Flanagan, and Mrs. Saxe planned an AWESOME Community Meeting for All Children Exercising Simultaneously.  It was informative and entertaining. We exercised with students in England and learned that exercise can improve our mood.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate so we can all exercise outside this weekend, which will make us feel very happy!


Next week is Kindergarten Screening.  Teachers and staff will be busy meeting the incoming Rowe students and parents. Though it is exciting to meet incoming parents and children, it is bittersweet to think of saying good-bye to our first graders; we will greatly miss them. The bodies, minds, and social behavior of children at this age change so dramatically over the course of the year.  They are beginning to look much more like second graders.


Our placement process of assigning our current kindergarten and Grade 1 children to classrooms for next year is almost complete.  Placement is a lengthy process considering many factors and involving input from the professionals in our school who know the children. We do not honor specific placement requests. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Teachers review the placement lists several times before final decisions are made.  Classroom placements are announced in mid-June.


This is a gentle reminder that the school day starts at 8:20 am and comes to a close at 3:10 pm.  If you are bringing your child to school, please arrive prior to 8:20 am. If you are picking your child up at the end of day, please arrive promptly at 3:10 pm as we do not have scheduled coverage to watch children who are picked up late.  Thank you.


Mark your calendars:  


May 8 is a Hannaford card reload day.  Be sure to get your check to the Rowe office by noon on Thursday.  If you are not already a Hannaford gift card owner, I encourage you to consider purchasing a card.  This is a wonderful PTO fundraiser. For every $100-$500 you put on a gift card, Hannaford donates 5% to the K-4 PTO for enrichment activities for our students.


On May 16, the kindergarten students will celebrate Yarmouth Arbor Day by planting trees at Camp Soci on Cousins Island. This event will take place rain or shine. A member of the History Center will talk with the children about Cousins Island. Town Arborist Deb Hopkins will talk about the Emerald Ash Bore and the meaning of the green tape on the trees around town. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for walking and planting trees.


On June 4, our annual Ice Cream Social, Book Fair, Basket Raffle, and Art Show will occur from 6:00-7:30 P.M.  The Ice Cream Social and Basket Raffle are sponsored by the P.T.O. All proceeds go toward future enrichment activities such as visits by authors, field trips, or other education programs at our school. The Book Fair is organized by our librarian, Christine Van Alstine. Books are provided by Royal River Books.  Proceeds will benefit our library.  Staff and volunteers from our school will be on hand to assist with book selection. The Art Show features our children’s masterpieces created during art class with Emily Landry.


The following are important dates and upcoming events to note.  

Check our website at for more information.


May 10PTO Bike Swap  9-11 AM at Yarmouth Elementary School

May 16Kindergarten students plant trees with Arborist Deb Hopkins


May 26No School     Memorial Day


June 3      Beach Day Celebration at Crescent Beach/Culmination of a school-wide OceanUnit

June 4Book Fair, Ice Cream Social, Art Show, Basket Raffle at Rowe School from 6:00-7:30 PM


June 16Last day for ClipperCare





I cannot believe the year is so rapidly coming to a close.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have provided to all of us at Rowe School throughout the year. We could not do what we do every day without your support and dedication to education.



Ellen Honan

April Newsletter

posted Mar 30, 2014, 9:34 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES

Dear Rowe School Families, 
Where did the month of March go? It was a very busy month at Rowe School. We 
celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 3 with a community meeting. Everyone wore Dr. 
Seuss hats while reading Dr. Seuss books. It was a fun, engaging way to honor one of our 
favorite authors. 
Speaking of authors, one of our favorite Maine authors spent the day at Rowe on March 
20. Thanks to the PTO, Chris Van Dusen delighted all of us with his fabulous books. We 
learned a lot about the art and craft writing and illustrating from him. 
April promises to be just as busy as March. On Tuesday, April 1, the first grade students 
will perform The Rowe Show at YPAC at 6:30 PM. On Wednesday, April 2, I will welcome 
the parents of children who will enter kindergarten in the fall. It is hard to believe it is 
already April and we are thinking of our next school year. Time is really flying. 
In March we began the process of assigning our current kindergarten and Grade 1 children 
to classrooms for next year. Placement is a lengthy process considering many factors and 
involving input from the professionals in our school who know the children. An 
extraordinary amount of time, care, and thought is devoted to this process, as it is 
essential that balanced groupings are created to provide equal opportunities for all 
students. We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests. Thank you for your 
understanding and cooperation. 
Classroom placements are announced in mid-June. Please contact me if you have any 
questions about how placement is done in our school. 
Professional Learning 
On March 14, while students had a day off from school, the Rowe staff spent an engaging 
and exciting day deepening our learning about Effective Responsive Classroom Practices. 
 On March 13, Andy Dousis and his colleague Susan Lessard visited our classrooms and 
provided each of us with feedback on our practices. On Friday, Andy conducted a 
workshop for all faculty and staff on Effective Responsive Classroom Practices. Andy and 
Susan were very impressed with Rowe School. It was a wonderful day of learning. 
On March 24, Dr. Chris Kaufman presented a K-8 parent workshop on “My Brain Made Me 
Do It!! The Parent’s Guide to Social Cognition and Emotional Regulation.” It was a packed 
audience at YES for this presentation. Two programs he highly endorses for teaching 
self-regulation to students are Responsive Classroom and Zones of Regulation – both of 
which we implement school-wide at Rowe School. The #1 contributor to disregulated 
behavior is a lack of sleep. Next is a poor diet. As Chris Kaufman stated,” If you live on 
junk, you have junk to give.” The third contributor is lack of exercise. So, a good night’s 
sleep, a healthy diet, and plenty of exercise results in happier, healthier children (and 
A Few Reminders 
Playground coverage in the morning begins at 8:05 AM. Please do not drop your child off 
prior to that time. 
Dismissal is at 3:10. Children are involved in academics until 3:00. Please try to avoid 
picking your child up prior to 3:00 so as not to disrupt the academic day. 
Please check our Lost and Found in the gym. The cubbies will be cleared of all clothing to 
be donated prior to April vacation. Thank you. 
The following are important dates and upcoming events to note. 
April 1 The Rowe Show! 
April 2 Kindergarten Information Night 
April 18 NO School 
May 7-9 Screening of in-coming kindergarten children 
Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring, 
Ellen Honan, Principal 

March Newsletter

posted Mar 6, 2014, 1:48 PM by Ellen Honan   [ updated Mar 6, 2014, 1:54 PM ]

March 7, 2014


Dear Rowe School Families,


Our 100th day celebration on February 12 was quite a party involving the entire school. At our Community Meeting, Mrs. Warren’s class and Mrs. Miller’s class planned wonderful activities for us for the 100th day and Valentine’s Day. It has become our tradition to ask children to bring in 100 pennies, which we donate to a charity or organization in need.  As you know, this year we supported the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick. Each classroom counted the pennies. Each collection of 100 was converted to a construction paper dollar bill and glued onto a school-wide money poster. At the Community Meeting, we counted the dollars which totaled $175 that was delivered to the Coastal Humane Society.


March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  We celebrated on Monday, March 3, with a festive Community Meeting organized and presented by the students in Mrs. Lincoln’s and Ms.Berry’s first grade classrooms.  The Cat in the Hat Came Back… Rowe!


Parent conferences were completed this past week. This mid-year conference is intended to help you understand the academic and social progress your child has made this year. Though we know children develop at different rates, we have clear learning expectations for children at each grade level.  The conference is also intended to give you a better understanding of where your child stands in regard to these expectations.


Although it may seem early to mention this, we will begin preliminary placement conversations at the end of this month. Over the next several months those adults who know your students very well expend extraordinary amounts of time, care, and thought in placement discussions, as it is essential that balanced groupings be created to provide equal opportunities for all students.  We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


On March 13 and 14, the Rowe Staff will be involved in Effective Responsive Classroom Practices with Andy Dousis, a Responsive Classroom presenter and former mentor to our own Amber Gross.  This is our fifth year of being a Responsive  Classroom school and the second year we have worked with Andy on improving our proactive and reactive strategies for addressing disruptive and challenging behaviors. On Thursday, March 13, Andy and colleague Susan Lessard, will be in our school observing us at work as well as teaching lessons for us to observe. On March 14 we will receive feedback on our work as well as deepen our knowledge base of effective strategies to help all children learn and grow.


As a staff, we have been reading chapters from Teaching Children to Care by Ruth Sidney Charney. Specifically, we have focused our reading on helping children stop disruptive behaviors through a considered and consistent approach to discipline.


A Few Reminders


Playground coverage in the morning begins at 8:05 AM. Please do not drop your child off prior to that time.


Dismissal is at 3:10. When picking up your child, please abide by our recess rules: 

Snow and ice needs to stay on the ground and children are not to be on the stone wall or in the trees. 



Important dates and upcoming events to note:

Ongoing       Kindergarten Registration for 2014-2015


March 14      Teacher In Service Day – NO SCHOOL for students


March 20     Maine author and illustrator, Chris Van Dusen, will be here for an all day visit


March 24      K-4 Parent Evening sponsored by the PTO. My Brain Made Me Do It: A Parent's Guide to the Neurology of Negative Emotions/Problem Behaviors and Effective Intervention Strategies presented by Dr. Chris Kaufmann

          6:00-8:00 PM at Yarmouth Elementary School

April 2        Kindergarten Information Night for parents of incoming kindergarten students

 7:00 p.m. at Rowe School

March will be a busy month!


All the best,


Ellen Honan, Principal




February News

posted Feb 7, 2014, 11:23 AM by Ellen Honan   [ updated Feb 9, 2014, 7:00 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES ]

Dear Families,

In spite of the frigid temperatures and indoor recesses, we have had a wonderful start to 2014. Mrs. Boutin’s class and Mrs. VanAlstine planned and presented our Community Meeting last week. The theme was Snow. We sang songs, made snowflakes, and acted out different winter activities. Perhaps this meeting brought the beautiful snow our way!

Our next Community Meeting is planned for the 100th day of school, which will fall on February 12. As part of our 100th Day Celebration, it has become our tradition to ask children to bring in 100 pennies, which we donate to a charity or organization in need. This year we would like to support the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick. Starting next week, your child could count out 100 pennies at home to bring in a baggie to his or her teacher. As a classroom, and then as a school, we will count the pennies, which will be collected at our Community Meeting on the 100th day.

During these cold winter days, we have had many indoor recesses. The teachers have games, blocks, books, and arts and crafts activities for the students to enjoy. What we have observed is that many children have a difficult time taking turns, sharing, and losing. With a snowy forecast and an upcoming vacation, take some time to play board games and puzzles with your children. Not only are these fun family activities, games teach lifelong skills in working together and being a good sport. 

Getting plenty of sleep helps all of us, young and not-so-young, to be our best each and every day. Just like the rituals and routines we practice at Rowe as a Responsive Classroom school, a consistent bedtime ritual is vital to building healthy minds and bodies. Brain research tells us that an inconsistent bedtime is actually worse than a consistent late bedtime. At this age, a consistent early bedtime benefits children, teachers, and parents.

It may seem early to mention this, however, we will soon begin preliminary placement conversations. Over the next several months those adults who know your students very well expend extraordinary amounts of time, care, and thought in placement discussions, as it is essential that balanced groupings be created to provide equal opportunities for all students. We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

PTO has a new Facebook page.  Consider “liking” them on Facebook to stay informed.

Important dates and upcoming events to note:     

February 17-21                                          Winter Vacation

Ongoing, starting February 24             Kindergarten Registration for 2014-15 

Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal




January News

posted Jan 10, 2014, 12:05 PM by Ellen Honan   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 12:09 PM ]

Dear Families,

 Happy New Year!  Happy Winter! 

 In spite of the frigid temperatures and indoor recesses, we have had a wonderful beginning to our new year.  Everyone was ready to get back into the routine of school, and it was fun reconnecting with our friends after a two-week break.

 The delayed opening on Monday was a new routine for most of us. Should it happen again, we all know the expectation that everything is put off by two hours: bus schedules, playground supervision, and the start of school. The end of the day remains the same and a delay counts as a full day of school.  Be sure to check our website and the local television and radio stations for up-to-date school closings. 

 Your children may have told you that we can no longer allow children to go back for seconds at the salad bar. This is a new federal regulation to eliminate food contamination. Just like a restaurant salad bar where customers cannot go back with a soiled plate, we can no longer allow the children to go back for seconds without providing a second tray.  During their walk-through, children are encouraged to take at least a half a cup of fruits and vegetables from the salad bar.  What we have found this week is that the children are making very healthy choices and are eating their fruits and veggies!

 On Tuesday, we will have the first of three lunchtime concerts presented by musicians from 317 Main. This is the result of a grant written by Erica Troy and funded by YEF. The concert on Tuesday will feature a jazz trio. The expectation is not that the children are silent while they are playing...rather it will be more of a coffee house type experience.  This will be a nice change of pace for the students and teachers.

 Over the next few weeks your child’s teacher will be scheduling parent/teacher conferences. This is an important opportunity for us to connect with you to share student progress and set goals for future performance.  Your child’s teacher spends a great deal of time preparing to meet with you.  To help you make the most of this time, I am offering some suggestions that may assist you in preparing for your conference.

  • Prepare a written list of questions in advance.
  • Be on time. The teacher is scheduling many conferences and strives to stay on schedule to honor each family’s time.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Ask what you can do at home to help your child be successful at school.

 Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 16                PTO at YES                            7:00 PM

Monday, January 20                  Martin Luther King Day            NO SCHOOL

Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal

December News

posted Dec 9, 2013, 11:37 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES

Dear Families,

Happy Holidays!

A special thanks to those of you who contributed so generously to our Thanksgiving Food Drive. The Rowe families donated 520 food items to the Yarmouth Food Pantry. The donations were greatly appreciated as the need is much higher this year than in years past.  On Tuesday, November 26, we celebrated Thanksgiving by coming together for a Community Meeting. The donated food items were displayed, and we sang Thanksgiving songs. It was a nice send-off to the holiday weekend.  

If you have been in our atrium this week, you have noticed our December holidays display in our windows.  Currently, our display includes Hanukkah, Saint Nicholas’ Day, Saint Lucia’s Day, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.  If your family celebrates another holiday, please let me now as soon as possible so we can include this tradition in our celebration.

Our schools will be celebrating Computer Science Education Week (CSEdweek) the week of December 9-13. This is an annual program dedicated to showing students in grades 1-12 the importance of computer science education. During this week, students around the world will be participating 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. At Rowe, the first graders will explore logical thinking apps on the classroom iPads with Cathy Wolinsky. For more information or particulars, go to CSEdweek or contact Cathy Wolinsky, Instructional Technology K-4.

As the days get shorter and we spend more time indoors, it is important to monitor the amount of screen time your children are getting.  Reading, playing games, and doing crafts are fun, healthy ways to spend winter days and evenings.  Finding time each day for physical activity is also important for children and adults alike.

Safety continues to be a top priority in our schools.  

Upcoming Events:

December 18: Grade One attends the Fourth Grade Holiday Concert at YES

December 20: Pajama Day for Students, Teachers, and Staff

Last day of school

January 6:  First day of school for the new year.

Have a wonderful winter break.  I wish you and your family a joyous season and a very happy, healthy new year.

Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal 

November News

posted Nov 5, 2013, 12:37 PM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES

November 5, 2013

Dear Families,

It has been a busy and productive fall in our school.

Parent conferences have begun.  If your child’s teacher has not scheduled a conference with you, you should receive an invitation soon.  We offer three formal opportunities to conference with teachers.  Remember that you should contact your child’s teachers any time during the year if you have questions or information to share regarding your child’s progress.  We value your partnership with us.  Once your meeting is scheduled, please make every effort to remember the conference date and time.  The teachers are working very hard to accommodate the needs of all families, and rescheduling is a challenge. We appreciate and thank all of you for your partnership. 

On October 30, the school gathered in the gym for our second Community Meeting of the year. Mrs. Melevsky’s and Mrs. Lemay’s classes planned the Halloween meeting for the rest of the school. It was a special gathering and a fun celebration of the day.

Playground coverage does not begin until 8:05. If you choose to bring your child to school prior to this time, you are responsible for supervision. Other parents on the playground are not responsible for children other than their own.  Parents have mentioned that the “drop off” area is getting clogged with empty cars at drop off time in the mornings.  This area is for short-term parking only.  Walk your child quickly to the playground and then drive off. If you are staying longer than a couple of minutes, you must park in the parking lot.

We have made some changes to our drop-off/pick-up procedures.  At the beginning of the year, we asked that, for safety, parents and siblings not enter the playground area during school hours of 8:05 AM-3:25 PM. Thank you for respecting this arrangement. We are finding it much easier to canvas the playground and monitor behaviors this way, and we appreciate your cooperation.  Last week we made another adjustment to the pick-up procedure at dismissal.  If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, your child will go out on the playground with the rest of the class, drop the backpack off on the “dismissal line” by the recess door, and play until the bell rings at 3:05. At that time, all children who are being picked up will line up, and Mrs. Olson will lead them into the corridor where they will meet you. Sign out in the office should be done before greeting your child. Please speak to Mrs. Olson so she will know your child is safely with an adult.

Common Sense Media is a great resource that can help families navigate the media environment. Here are some tips designed for families of elementary age children:

1. Set limits.

On time and place, and choose age-appropriate TV, movies, music and games.

 2. Make rules.

Cell phones belong outside the classroom and away from the dinner table. If your kids wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, they shouldn’t text it either.

 3. Discuss safety.

Tell them what kind of photos, videos and information are okay to post online.

 4. Be a media critic.

Teach your kids not to believe everything they see or hear. Online, in the movies or on TV. Talk to them about media messages, what you agree with and what you don’t.

 5. Join the fun.

Watch, listen and play with your kids. Ask their opinions and embrace their world!

Additional Resources

·      Common Sense Media


·      Netsmartz




·      NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children



Please check Lost and Found in the gym. Prior to the Thanksgiving break, we will clear the cubbies and send everything to Goodwill. 

If you are clearing out closets for outgrown clothes, might you consider contributing to our “borrow box”?  At this point we have no pants, a few shirts, and no socks. Thank you for considering.

Upcoming Events:

Please note the following upcoming dates.  Also check our website at for on-going school information. 

Nov. 11              Veterans Day Celebrated - No School                     

Nov. 27-29         No School on Wednesday-Friday 

                      Thanksgiving Holiday

As we approach the season of giving thanks, I want to thank you for the honor of working with your children each and every day. 


Ellen Honan, Principal






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