October Newsletter

posted Oct 9, 2012, 7:43 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Oct 9, 2012, 11:30 AM by Ellen Honan ]
Dear Families,

Where did the month of September go?  WOW, what a busy month!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Open House. The hallways and classrooms were bubbling with enthusiasm about life at Rowe School. Your children have settled into the school routines beautifully. We are off to a wonderful start.

October will be another busy month. Next week is Fire Prevention Week, and the Yarmouth Fire Department is offering us activities to support your children’s learning.  Children will visit the Fire Station on October 9.  The Fire Department will bring the smoke trailer to our school on October 10.  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 26, 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 goal of 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!)

 Check our website at http://rowe.yarmouthschools.org for ongoing school information and calendar events.

October 8   Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

October 23   Wolfe’s Neck Farm for Mrs. Bradford, Miss Dutremble, and Mrs. Finnen

October 24   Wolfe’s Neck Farm for Mrs. Elder, Mrs. Melevsky, and Mrs. Lemay

November 5  K-4 Digital Citizenship Presentation – more information will be coming soon


Warm wishes for a wonderful October,

Ellen Honan, Principal