Welcome Back Newsletter

posted Aug 15, 2013, 6:14 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Aug 15, 2013, 8:07 AM ]

Dear Parents,

We hope this finds you well and enjoying a beautiful summer. The custodial staff has been doing a tremendous job cleaning the building.  It will be sparkling clean when we greet your children on Tuesday, September 3. 

We have been busy preparing for the school year.  In addition to individual classroom work, groups of teachers have worked together throughout the summer to plan lessons and create materials. This impressive work demonstrates the dedication our staff has to improving the learning of all children.    

We are welcoming one new teacher and four new educational technicians to our school.

Brandi Flanagan is our new special educator. Brandi has most recently worked in York as a special educator in grades 2-4. Prior to that, she worked in grades K-5 for the Newton Public Schools in Newton, MA.

Lisa Sanford will join Rowe School for ten hours a week as our school nurse. The remainder of her time will be spent at YES.

Christine VanAlstine joins us as our librarian. Christine has a background in education, is an active community volunteer, and was our long-term library substitute last spring. 

Allyson Olson joins us as an Ed Tech providing support to students in literacy and math. Ally was a long-term substitute last spring.

Special Education Ed Techs joining us are Martha Costin and Bonnie Johnson-Barry. Martha has most recently been working at Children’s Odyssey in Portland as an early childhood special education teacher. Bonnie was a special education teacher in New Hampshire prior to moving to Yarmouth a year ago. She has been a substitute teacher in Yarmouth and is the parent of a first grader at Rowe. 

You are invited to a Parent/Student Orientation on Thursday, August 29. Students and parents are invited to drop in any time between 8:30-9:30AM. This is the time for you and your child to visit the classroom, meet the teacher, and become acquainted with other children in the class.  It is a wonderful way to prepare your child for our opening day.  There will not be a trial bus run, but there will be a bus in front of the school for you and your child to board. You and your child are also welcome to visit the art, music, gym, and library classrooms.  It will also be a time to visit with ClipperCare staff.  PLEASE DO NOT park in the InterMed parking lot as those spaces are reserved for patients.

For your child’s immediate preparation for school, you should label all personal belongings.  There is no need to purchase any school supplies.  A backpack to carry items to and from school is the only thing your child will need. Your child’s teacher will need a note from you stating where your child is to be dropped off after school.  This will help the teacher make sure your child is on the correct bus at the end of the day.

Bus schedules will appear in The Notes, Falmouth Forecaster, and the Portland Press Herald. Contact Bruce Bickford, 846-2338, with any questions.

Our Rowe School handbook is found on our website. It contains very important information about our school and our policies. Please take time to read through it to familiarize yourself with our school.

If you are driving your child to school, please do not drop him or her off until 8:05.  Our playground is not supervised before that time.

This year, all school buildings will be locked during the school day.  The Rowe School will be locked after the bell rings at 8:20 and prior to bus dismissal.  When arriving at school during these hours, you will need to ring the bell and identify yourself.  Cheryl McGilvery, or whoever might be at the desk, will ask you for identification before buzzing you in.  If a family member or neighbor will be picking up your child, please call the school to inform us, and ask that person to bring identification to the door.  We ask that you be patient with us while we adjust to this new security system.  It is in your child’s best interest, but it may take a bit longer to enter our doors than in the past.

Tuesday, September 3, is the first day of school. The schedule is as follows:

                        8:20 AM - 3:10 PM

                        Kindergarten lunch is from 11:15-11:40

                        Grade 1 lunch is from 11:50-12:10

 September 12   Open House 6:00 P.M.

Open House is an evening without children when your child’s classroom teacher will present information about his/her expectations and curriculum. 

We look forward to working with you this year.     

The Staff at Rowe School