January Newsletter

posted Jan 12, 2018, 6:21 AM by Rowe School

Dear Rowe Families,

We hope you all enjoyed a nice holiday break. Who would have thought we would need a snow day our first week back! I don’t mind the snow but am looking forward to warmer temperatures so we can all get outside and enjoy what Maine has to offer in the winter. As always, please send your child to school with full winter gear each day. Even if it is extremely cold in the morning, we try to get them outside as soon as the temperatures rise above 10 degrees.

We had many fun activities here at Rowe before the holiday break. It was wonderful to see so many kindergarten parents in the building for the gingerbread house making and the Gingerbread Baby plays. We also had a school-wide community meeting on December 20th led by our music teacher, Ms. Townsend, and our art teacher, Mrs. Landry. The theme was holiday celebrations around the world. We sang songs and watched a few short video clips of celebrations such as Kwanzaa, St. Lucia Day, and Hanukkah, among others.

Indoor Safety Drill

Later this week, our school will be practicing an indoor safety drill in classrooms. We do these drills in addition to fire drills at various points throughout the school year, as do all of the Yarmouth schools. It is a way for us to practice how we will handle ourselves in the event of any emergency. The children will be told that we would follow these procedures if a skunk or porcupine were to get into our school and we needed to stay clear of it until help arrived. It has been recommended by law enforcement that we explain it to our youngest children in this manner. We teach them to be quiet and follow directions during the drill practice so that they will take it seriously but don’t want to frighten them unnecessarily. Please reach out if you have questions.

Attendance Matters

Did you know?

• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

• Missing 10 percent of the year (or about 18 days for the entire school year) can make it harder for children to learn to read.

• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks and can add up to 18 days very quickly.

• Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Start building this habit so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important.

What You Can DO!

• Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

• Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick.

• Sometimes stomachaches can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. If your child seems anxious about coming to school, talk to teachers, school counselors or other school staff for ways we can collaborate with you to help your child.

• Try to avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Good attendance will help your child do well in school, and eventually in college and at work. This was adapted with permission from Attendance Works at attendanceworks.org

PTO Event  - Circus Maine returns to Yarmouth!

On Friday, 1/26, your PTO is bringing Circus Maine back to Yarmouth! This year, Circus Maine will be presenting their Winter Solstice performance. A true celebration of celebrations, this is a fast­-paced and electrifying cabaret celebrating the evolution of circus arts through the ages. If you thought last year’s performance was magical, you will be blown away with what Circus Maine is bringing to town!

Tickets are $12/pp and are on sale starting 1/4 for Yarmouth families only! Starting on 1/15, this event will be open to the public. Tickets sold out quickly last year, so don't delay and purchase your tickets in advance at https://circusmaineyarmouthpto.brownpapertickets.com

If you are interested in volunteering please visit http://signup.com/go/kBPfLkK. We need many sets of hands to make this event happen!! Event volunteers will receive free admission to the show.

For more information on this event please visit our website at http://www.yarmouthpto.org.

We look forward to seeing you at YHS on Friday, 1/26 for this spectacular evening filled with family fun and entertainment!

First grade music performance in April

The Rowe Show starring Rowe School first graders will be happening on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 pm. It will be held in the YPAC at Yarmouth High School. Our music teacher, Ms. Townsend is already planning and practicing for this fun evening of entertainment with the children now. Please save this date! If you have a child in kindergarten this year, he/she will have an opportunity to participate in the Rowe Show next year.Happy 2018!


Susan Lobel, Principal

Important dates to note:

Monday, January 15                         Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday – No School

Thursday, January 18th             7:00 pm    PTO meeting in the YES library

Friday, January 26th –Special "Down Under the Sea" themed lunch in the cafeteria – Parents are invited to attend.  The times are: 11:45 for kindergarten and 12:10 for first grade.

Monday, Feb. 19th - Friday, Feb. 23rd    Winter Break –      No School

Wednesday, April 11th – 6:30 pm-  The Rowe Show starring our first grade students at the Yarmouth High School YPAC

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December Newsletter

posted Dec 5, 2017, 2:32 PM by Rowe School

Dear Rowe Families,

A few exciting events have happened at Rowe since my last newsletter. In the first part of November, the first graders saw an Owl Presentation brought to us by the Chewonki Foundation from Wiscasset. The children had the opportunity to see a variety of live owls and to learn about their habitats, hear what different owls sound like, learn about how they catch their prey in comparison to other raptors such as hawks, and many other interesting facts.

We had our November community meeting hosted by Mrs. Elder’s and Mrs. Lemay’s kindergarten classes on November 21st. Mrs. Elder dressed as Mrs. Turkey Bird and led students and staff in the Mrs. Turkey Bird song. The staff later formed a circle in the middle of the gym and took turns expressing what we are thankful for.  Jonah Nilson, a first grader in Mrs. Warren’s class, was “Principal for the Day” and drew the names for the next teachers to host the December community meeting.  Jonah also assisted with several other duties that he performed as principal that day. Mrs. Townsend, our music teacher, and Mrs. Landry, our art teacher, will host the December meeting with the theme of holidays around the world.

Speaking of holidays, the following is a list we learn about at Rowe in our celebration of Holidays of Light. Please let us know if there are any other holidays or traditions that your family celebrates that that you would like us to mention:

  • St. Nicholas Day, December 6, 2017

  • St. Lucia’s Day, December 13, 2017

  • Hanukkah, December 12 – 20, 2017

  • Winter Solstice, December 21, 2017

  • Christmas, December 25, 2017

  • Kwanzaa, December 26, 2017 to January 1, 2018

  • Luminarias (a small paper lantern: Southwestern United States)

The Yarmouth Education Foundation recently awarded Rowe a grant for KIBO robots to introduce students to programming and coding. Please read on for more information form out tech coordinator, Cathy Wolinsky. We greatly appreciate this generous funding from YEF!

Morning arrival reminders:

During morning drop off, if you arrive after 8:40, please bring your child in through the front office even if there are still teachers and students heading inside. This helps to avoid confusion for the children being dropped off. Sometimes students enter the playground area late, only to find their class is already inside. Thanks for your help in keeping our morning arrival routines safe and smooth!

News from our technology integrator, Cathy Wolinsky:

At Rowe School the Kindergarten classes will be introduced to “Turtle Logic” which is an iPad app that teaches sequencing, planning and moving in patterns. First Grade students will use the iPad app “Kodable” which has been set up for each individual student to accomplish levels and move on as they are ready. The students learn problem solving, computational thinking, sequence, conditions, loops, functions, and debugging. These introductions to programming will provide background knowledge for use of the KIBO robots and Bluebots provided by the Yarmouth Education Foundation for classrooms at Rowe School in the near future.

Computer Science Week: https://csedweek.org/ has a video we use with students and information about the "Hour of Code". This is our fifth year of participation in our schools. Also, the "Hour of Code" website (https://hourofcode.com/us)has the following information:

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

Why computer science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats here.

YHS Interact Club Event for families:

On Friday, December 8th, the Interact Club, a YHS service club, is sponsoring a KIDS' MOVIE NIGHT from 6-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Main Street. The cost is $10/child (and $7 for each additional sibling). The movie Moana will be shown. Popcorn, drinks, and snacks will be for sale. Kids can bring a pillow and blanket and come in pj's if they like. This is a drop-off event, so parents can go out to dinner or get a jump on holiday shopping. This is a fundraiser to support a reforestation/lake purification project at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, where the club members will be volunteering in April. All money earned will go to buying trees for the project. For more information, contact Interact Club advisor Karin Walsh at


News from the Rowe nurse’s office, Jill Webber

If possible, please send your child in with a chapstick labeled with his or her name. We have entered chapped skin and lip season but need to limit trips to the nurse’s office for more pressing issues. Thank you!

Cold weather gear reminder

In preparation for dressing for the cold weather outside, we ask that if the temperature, including wind chill, is predicted to be below 30 degrees, that all children come to school with a hat and mittens/gloves and a warm coat.  Once the snow begins falling, children should also have winter boots and snow pants for the playground.  Children without boots and snow pants will need to stay on the paved areas of the playground during recess.  In addition, if families find themselves with extra mittens and gloves and would be interested in donating to the Rowe School "lending library of winter wear" in the office, we would gladly welcome any donations.  It seems we are always running low on mittens and gloves to lend out to children who may have forgotten theirs. Many thanks!

Dates to note:

Thursday, December 21   4:00 PTO meeting in the YES library

Monday, December 25, 2017 -Monday, January 1, 2018 - Holiday break- No School

We return to school on Tuesday, January 2, 2018!

We wish you all a joyous and peaceful holiday season!

Susan Lobel, Principal

Rowe School staff


November 1 Newsletter

posted Nov 1, 2017, 2:56 PM by Rowe School   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 3:00 PM ]

Dear Rowe Families,

I hope you all are getting back into your routines after this crazy storm. Many of us are still without power but managing until we are fully restored. It felt great to get back to school and welcome the children this morning!

We have a number of items accumulating in our lost and found. It is located to the left of the doorway in the gym. There are a variety of cubbies on the wall where we keep the misplaced items. Please label your child's clothing and belongings with his or her name whenever possible. Once we get into winter, we find we have many pairs of black snowpants, for example. If names are on the items, we can easily get them returned to their owners. Thanks in advance for your help!


Many of you will recall the Our House fundraising campaign of more than ten years ago that provided much needed bleachers to the high school stadium field. That campaign was a great success, but it left us without a few of the amenities we'd like to provide for our athletes and fans - most notably, restrooms.  Now, we are excited to announce the Our House II campaign to further improve the athletic facilities at Yarmouth High School by providing for the following:         

  • Construction of new restrooms
  • Improvements to the snack shack
  • Updating of the team shed
  • Upgrades to the electrical panel
  • Installation of directional signage

​In the coming weeks, you will be hearing more about this project through district-wide emails and a town-wide publicity campaign. To learn more about this opportunity to improve our community facility, log on to http://www.yarmouthourhouse2.com.  


         Message from the nurse’s office:

Several cases of lice have been identified in the Yarmouth School system, including Rowe. Anyone can get lice...mainly from direct head-to-head contact but also from sharing hats, brushes and other personal items. Lice are no cause for shame and no reflection on the hygiene of your home but are definitely a nuisance! We need to join together to keep the number of students affected at a minimum. 

We always advise weekend head checks at home throughout the school year. We will notify you if lice has been detected in your child’s class. When there has been a confirmed case, we suggest head checks every night for 2 weeks. If you discover lice or nits, follow the guidelines at the CDC website in the links below andnotify the school. If we discover that your child has head lice, we will notify you. All notifications are completely confidential. Head checks are completed on students with symptoms. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National School Nurse Association agree that management of head lice should not disrupt the educational process. Data does not support school exclusion for a child with lice or nits. 



Thank you in advance for your help in minimizing this problem.

Susan Lobel, Principal

Jill Webber, School Nurse

Rowe School

Dates to note:

Sunday, November 5th - Daylight Savings Time ends. “Fall back” by setting clocks one hour back.

Tuesday, November 7th - School Photo Re-takes

Friday, November 10th - Observance of Veteran’s Day - No School 

Thursday, November 16th -  PTO meeting in the YES library at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, November 22- Friday, November 24, Thanksgiving break- No School

October-November Newsletter

posted Oct 24, 2017, 12:40 PM by Rowe School   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 12:41 PM ]


October Newsletter

posted Oct 4, 2017, 2:57 PM by Rowe School   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 3:02 PM ]


First Week of School

posted Sep 26, 2017, 9:52 AM by Amanda Cote

Dear Rowe Families,

We had a wonderful first week of school! The two days that kindergarten teachers spent with each child during the welcome days continue to be extremely helpful for all involved. The teachers feel like they know their children a bit better and it is nice to have first graders alone for the first two days. This allows everyone some time to settle back into routines in a more gradual way. 

It is clear as I walk around the school and spend time in classrooms, outside, and in the cafeteria, that the children are happy and excited to be at school.  We also expect there to be tears with a few children as they adjust in these first weeks, and we have many hands on deck to support them as they become accustomed to attending school all day, every day. Last week I saw some engaging first grade math and kindergarten literacy lessons. Today, I observed kindergarteners learning to keep a steady beat with rhythm sticks and practicing the words to the Rowe School song in music class. Rowe is always abuzz with learning and fun!

Please remember that a quick good bye and a hug are best for morning arrival. It can make things harder for your child if you do not leave right away. The sooner they can separate from you, the more able the Rowe staff are to help them focus on the day ahead. We also need to ask that parents not enter the playground during school hours and first thing in the morning. This is a security rule that we must abide by. Please be sure to wait in the atrium until classes end and children are checked into the pick-up line if you pick your child up at dismissal. If you are coming into the school, you need to park in the side lot next to the school and not in the traffic circle or the drop off zone. Thanks in advance for your help!

Please be sure to read the Rowe School Handbook on the Yarmouth School Department website at http://rowe.yarmouthschools.org for many details about playground rules, our policy regarding birthday celebrations, information on field trips, parent conferences, grade level information, etc.. Information is updated regularly, so please check back for ongoing school information.

Our Open House is on Monday, September 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is an evening without children where you will hear information from your child's teacher about the classroom routines and expectations. There will not be time during the evening for individual questions about your child's progress. The teachers spend the first month getting to know children and will have more specific information to share by conference time later in the fall.

Here are a few other important dates to note:

September 19                   Parent Volunteer Training (8:45 AM or 7 PM) - This is for anyone who has not participated in the training previously.

September 21                   PTO Meeting (YES Library, 7 PM)

September 25                   Rowe School Open House (6 PM)

September 26                   School Picture Day

October 4                          Rowe School Flu Clinic (4 PM)



Susan Lobel & the Rowe School staff

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Welcome Back to School!

posted Sep 1, 2017, 8:58 AM by Amanda Cote

Dear Parents,

We hope you have all been enjoying the spectacular summer of 2017! We have been busy preparing for the 2017-18 school year.  In addition to individual classroom work, groups of teachers have worked together throughout the summer to plan lessons, revise curriculums and create materials. This impressive work demonstrates the dedication our staff has to improving the learning of all children. Everyone here takes great pride in ensuring that our children experience the warmth and nurturing they need as they enter their first school experience in Yarmouth.


The custodial staff have been doing a tremendous job cleaning the building, along with other minor repairs and painting in some areas.  It will be sparkling clean when we begin the school year on Tuesday, September 5th for first graders and Thursday, September 7th for Kindergarteners.  

First grade parents are invited to a Parent/Student Orientation Thursday, August 31. Students and parents are invited to drop in anytime 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. In addition, you and your child are welcome to visit the art, music, gym, and library classrooms.  It will also be a time to visit with Clipper Care staff, our after care program. PLEASE DO NOT park in the Inter- Med parking lot or the People’s United Bank as those spaces are reserved for patients and customers.


Kindergarten Students will have a one-hour appointment with the classroom teacher on either September 5th or 6th.  Please be sure to schedule your appointment with your child’s classroom teacher if you haven’t already done so.


School supplies

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 information

Bus schedules will appear in The Notes and on the district website by approximately Tuesday, August 29th. Please contact Bruce Bickford or Jud Sawyer at 846-2338 with any questions about the bus.

School handbook

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.

Daily routines and procedures

All school buildings are locked during the school day.  The Rowe School will be locked after the bell rings at 8:40 until bus dismissal.  When arriving at school during these hours, you will need to ring the bell and identify yourself. Children are not tall enough to ring the bell; therefore, you must walk your child to the door to be buzzed in. Our secretary Amanda Cote, or another staff person who 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 get to know you.


Getting to and from school

We know that change and transitions can be difficult for students and adults alike.  One way to ease the transition from home to school is for students to take the bus to school.  Saying a quick goodbye at the bus stop helps the child get ready for the new school day.  We have experienced students and parents having a difficult time with the separation at the school playground.  While we prefer students arrive by bus, if you choose to drive your child, please make the goodbye very brief – a quick hug, kiss or a wave allows your child to enter the playground easily. Our experience tells us that once children separate from caregivers and are with their teacher and friends, they do very well.

Lunch with family members

We ask that you abide by our policy of not coming for lunch until after the magical first six weeks of school have passed. This gives us time to establish strong rituals and routines with the children. We will welcome you for lunch after October 16th. By then, your child will be able to proudly help visitors navigate the cafeteria routines!

Tuesday, September 5th, is the first day of school for First Graders ONLY.

The schedule is as follows:

8:40 AM to 3:25 PM

Grade 1 lunch is from 12:10-12:30.


Thursday, September 7 is the first full day of school for Kindergarten Students.

The schedule is as follows:

8:40 AM to 3:25 PM

Kindergarten lunch is from 11:50-12:10.


September 25th,  School-wide Open House at 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 are looking forward to collaborating with you on behalf of your child this year. Enjoy the rest of summer and we will see you soon!


The Staff at Rowe School

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