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.  

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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