October News

posted Oct 8, 2013, 12:39 PM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Oct 8, 2013, 12:40 PM ]

Dear Families,

Welcome to October. It promises to be another busy month.

This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the Yarmouth Fire Department is offering us activities to support your children’s learning. Children visited the Fire Station today. The Fire Department will bring the smoke trailer to our school on October 9. The trailer, which is set up like a living room with furniture, uses a nontoxic “fog” to simulate the smoke of a fire. Children will practice crawling below the smoke so they will learn how to be safe in the event of a real fire. We thank Bill Goddard and the Yarmouth Fire Department for all they do to keep our children safe.

The following week is National Bus Safety Week. Friday, October 25, is Bus Driver Appreciation Day. We will honor our drivers in a special way with cards and pictures. I am sure the drivers would appreciate any notes written from home as well. They do a fabulous job each and every day safely transporting our children to and from school.

Later in the month, the kindergarten children will go to Wolfe’s Neck Farm for pumpkin science.

Parent conferences will begin in the next few weeks. 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. 

As Halloween approaches, I want to share some of our beliefs about holidays. We all recognize holidays are an important part of a child’s life in terms of creating lasting memories and understanding traditions. As educators, we work to create a calm learning experience by focusing on the cultural and seasonal aspects of these special days.

After one month of school, we are doing very well on our school routines and establishing common language and common expectations in all areas of our school.

The language of Logical Consequences:

1.          Take a Break.

2.         You Abuse It, You Lose It.

3.         You Break It, You Fix It.  (Feelings too!)

October 14  Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

October 24   A Reading and Dance Performance of Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig by David Ira Rottenberg, performed by the Maine State Ballet

Warm wishes for a wonderful October,

Ellen Honan, Principal