January 25, 2013

posted Jan 25, 2013, 9:44 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Jan 25, 2013, 9:45 AM ]

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.  Mrs. Bradford’s class and Miss Dutremble’s class planned and presented our Community Meeting this week. The theme was around Martin Luther King’s dream of unifying all people regardless of color, race, or creed.  The children recited a poem that began:

 Wouldn’t it be terrible?

Wouldn’t it be sad?

If just one singe color

Was the only color that we had?

Activities were planned for us to notice the similarities and differences we all have. It was a lovely celebration of everyone’s unique and wonderful qualities.

Our next Community Meeting will be planned for the 100th day of school, which will fall on February 8, barring any snow days!  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 Merrill Memorial Library Renovation Project. 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 presented to a member of the library capital campaign committee at our Community Meeting on the 100th day.

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.

  • Review grade level expectations on our webpage link: https://sites.google.com/a/yarmouthschools.org/rowe-standards/
  • 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. 

Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal