May 30, 2014
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:
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 http://rowe.yarmouthschools.org 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
JUNE 17 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - DISMISSAL AT NOON
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.