August Newsletter

posted Sep 7, 2012, 10:45 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES
August 14, 2012

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 4. 

We have been busy preparing for the school year and our first year of full day kindergarten.  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.   

We are welcoming four new teachers and four new educational technicians to our school.

Karen Bradford is returning to Yarmouth after taking time to raise two girls. Karen was an ETEP intern in Yarmouth and was then hired to teach kindergarten at Rowe School. She taught K-1 multi-age in Yarmouth and then moved to Grade 2 at YES. After taking time to be at home with her two girls, she taught full day kindergarten at the Morse Street School in Freeport last year. 

Katie has taught Grade 4 in Scarborough, Grade 3 in Windham, and, since 2009, has taught Grade 1 in Windham. 

Amy has taught Kindergarten and Grade 1 since 2009. Most recently she has taught full day kindergarten at the Williams-Cone School in Topsham.

Zach Lipman will be our new Physical Education teacher. He will work on Monday afternoons and all day Thursday and Friday.  Zach has taught Phys. Ed. for the Portland Public Schools. 

Special Education ed techs joining us are Jessica Benn, Mary Beth Grover, and Breanne Smoley.

Jessica has been working at The Reach School in South Portland.

Mary Beth has been working at the Morrison Developmental Center in Scarborough. Prior to that, she owned and operated The Caring Place in North Yarmouth.

Breanne has been working for Spurwink Services in Saco.

Kathleen Ingalls will be an ed tech providing literacy and math support in first grade.

You are invited to a Parent/Student Orientation on Thursday, August 30. 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.

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, 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.

Tuesday, September 4, is the first day of school. The schedule is as follows:

8:20 AM - 3:10 PM

Kindergarten lunch is from 11:20-11:40

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

September 13         Open House     7:00 PM

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

We look forward to working with you this year.

The Staff at Rowe School