November Newsletter

posted Nov 6, 2012, 8:58 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Nov 6, 2012, 9:02 AM ]

Dear Families,

It has been a busy and productive fall in our school.

Parent conferences have begun.  If your child’s teacher has not scheduled a conference with you, you should receive an invitation soon.  We offer three formal opportunities to conference with teachers.  Remember that you should contact your child’s teachers any time during the year if you have questions or information to share regarding your child’s progress.  We value your partnership with us.  Once your meeting is scheduled, please make every effort to remember the conference date and time.  The teachers are working very hard to accommodate the needs of all families, and rescheduling is a challenge. We appreciate and thank all of you for your partnership. 

On Halloween morning the school gathered in the library for our second Community Meeting of the year. Mrs. Melevsky’s and Mrs. Lemay’s classes planned the meeting for the rest of the school. We read and sang about a Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything. Then Mrs. Melevsky did some science experiments for us. It was a special gathering and a fun celebration of the day.

Playground coverage does not begin until 8:05. If you choose to bring your child to school prior to this time, you are responsible for supervision. Other parents on the playground are not responsible for children other than their own.

Several parents joined us last night for a K-4 conversation about “Raising the Digital Child”. There are online learning activities organized on the Yarmouth Elementary School web page under Educational Resources and on the Rowe School web page under Links for Kids. Resources are organized by subject and grade level so that we can use them at school and they are available at home for students. The links to reference pages include safe search links, images that are previewed for use at schools as well as several online encyclopedias-data bases

Common Sense Media is a great resource that can help families navigate the media environment. We discussed these points from their parent tip sheet designed for families of elementary age children:

1. Set limits. On time and place, and choose age-appropriate TV, movies, music and games.

2. Make rules. Cell phones belong outside the classroom and away from the dinner table. If your kids wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, they shouldn’t text it either. And IM? Not during homework.

3. Discuss safety. Tell them what kind of photos, videos and information are okay to post online.

4. Be a media critic. Teach your kids not to believe everything they see or hear. Online, in the movies or on TV. Talk to them about media messages, what you agree with and what you don’t.

5. Join the fun. Watch, listen and play with your kids. Ask their opinions and embrace their world!

Additonal Resources

Please feel free to contact me or Cathy Wolinsky ( if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events:

  • On Tuesday, November 20, our Community Meeting will focus on Thanksgiving. We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Yarmouth Food Pantry.  Boxes will be placed in each classroom for children to bring in donations.


  • Please check Lost and Found in the gym. Prior to the Thanksgiving break, we will clear the cubbies and sent everything to Goodwill.
  • If you are clearing out closets for outgrown clothes, might you consider contributing to our “borrow box”?  At this point we have no pants, a few shirts, and no socks. Thank you for considering.

Please note the following upcoming dates.  Also check our website at for on-going school information.

  •    Nov. 12              Veterans Day Celebrated - No School
  •    Nov. 21-23          No School on Wednesday-Friday for Thanksgiving Holiday

As we approach the season of giving thanks, I want to thank you for the honor of working with your children each and every day. 

Ellen Honan, Principal