First Week of School

posted Sep 8, 2013, 11:56 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES

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! 

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.  Please be patient with us as we put names to faces and learn the new system.  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.

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!  

If you have visited the school during lunchtime, you will notice there is a designated table for Peanut Free lunches.  Obviously, this is a health and safety issue, and we monitor food products very closely. The children are eating with classmates this year, which limits the amount of space at each table.  If you join us for lunch we will ask that you and your child sit at the designated guest table. Your child is welcome to invite a classroom friend to join you at that table.

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.

Our Open House is Thursday, September 12, 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 12.

Yarmouth Schools will again be offering the seasonal influenza vaccine to students.   This is the fifth year we have provided this service.  This is optional and there is no charge for the vaccine.   We have tentatively scheduled the flu clinic for Wednesday, September 25.  Mrs. Sanford, our school nurse, has sent home further and a permission form with your child.

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

PTO Coffee                  September 8:30 AM at Rowe

Open House                  September 12  6-7 PM

Volunteer Orientation       September 24  9-9:30 AM and 7-7:30 PM

Seasonal Flu Vaccine        September 25 at Rowe

School Photos               September 27

Columbus Day                 October 14    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