May Newsletter

posted May 11, 2017, 9:51 AM by Rowe School   [ updated May 11, 2017, 9:52 AM ]

Dear Families,

May promises to be another busy month!

Spring Weather

We continue to wait for warm weather to arrive. It is sad to still be wearing winter coats in May.  At some point the weather will change and we will make the switch from snow gear to sandals!  For safety, I recommend footwear that is secure on the feet. Closed toe shoes or sandals with backs are much safer for running on the playground than flip flops. This is particularly important for playing on our natural scape playground.

Kindergarten Screening

Last week was Kindergarten Screening.  Teachers and staff were busy meeting the incoming Rowe students and parents. Though it is exciting to meet incoming parents and children, it is bittersweet to think of saying good-bye to our first graders; we will greatly miss them. The bodies, minds, and social behavior of children at this age change so dramatically over the course of the year.  They are beginning to look much more like second graders. 

School Budget

1.  Citizens are invited to attend the Town Meeting on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Harrison Middle School to vote on each of the articles of the budget.  

2.  Voters are then provided the opportunity to cast a ballot in a town-wide referendum to approve the budget as set by the Town Meeting. The referendum will be held on June 13, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Robert W. Boyd AmVets Hall.  

Please refer to the district website for more budget information.  We hope to see you on June 6!


Our placement process of assigning our current kindergarten and Grade 1 children to classrooms for next year is almost complete.  Placement is a lengthy process considering many factors and involving input from the professionals in our school who know the children so well. We do not honor specific placement requests. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Teachers review the placement lists several times before final decisions are made.  Classroom placements are announced in late June.

Mark your calendars: 

On May 19, the kindergarten students will celebrate Yarmouth Arbor Day at the Royal River Park. This event will take place rain or shine. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for walking outside. 

May 31 is a Hannaford card reload day.  Be sure to get your check to the Rowe office by noon on Wednesday.  If you are not already a Hannaford gift card owner, I encourage you to consider purchasing a card.  This is a wonderful PTO fundraiser. For every $100-$500 you put on a gift card, Hannaford donates 5% to the K-4 PTO for enrichment activities for our students.

On June 7, our annual Ice Cream Social, Book Fair, Basket Raffle, and Art Show will occur from 6:00-7:30 P.M.  The Ice Cream Social and Basket Raffle are sponsored by the P.T.O. All proceeds go toward future enrichment activities such as visits by authors, field trips, or other education programs at our school. Our librarian, Allyson Olson, organizes the Book Fair. Books are provided by Royal River Books.  Proceeds will benefit our library.  Staff and volunteers from our school will be on hand to assist with book selection. The Art Show features our children’s masterpieces created during art class with Emily Landry. 

The following are important dates and upcoming events to note. 

Check our website at for more information.

May 13      PTO Bike Swap  9-11 AM at Yarmouth Elementary School

May 19      Kindergarten students celebrate Arbor Day with Community Services Director Karyn MacNeil and Town Arborist Andrew Gabrielson

  May 29      No School     Memorial Day

  June 6       Town Meeting  7:00 PM at Harrison Middle School

June 7       Book Fair, Ice Cream Social, Art Show, Basket Raffle at Rowe School from 6:00-7:30 PM 

June 13      Beach Day Celebration at Crescent Beach/Culmination of a school-wide Ocean Unit

              More information will be forthcoming.

June 13      Election Day  7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Robert W. Boyd AmVets Hall.  

June 20     Last day for ClipperCare


I cannot believe the year is so rapidly coming to a close.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have provided to all of us at Rowe School throughout the year. We could not do what we do every day without your support and dedication to education. 

Ellen Honan

April Newsletter

posted Apr 5, 2017, 9:59 AM by Amanda Cote   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 10:04 AM ]

Dear Rowe School Families, 

April showers bring May flowers… We hope! 

  Celebrating the Arts

  One of our favorite Maine authors spent the day at Rowe on March 16. Thanks to the PTO, Cathryn Falwell shared some of her books and talked about the creative processes of writing and illustrating.  It was an exciting day at Rowe School!

 The PTO also supported a four-day Artist in Residence program.  Maine fiber artist, Nantz Comyns, collaborated with Mrs. Emily Landry and all Rowe students in creating delightful papier- mache’ animals inspired by the Eric Carle book The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. They are dazzling!  Check them out in the library, art room, nurse’s office and principal’s office!  Nantz’ presence brought us sunshine during the rainy days she was with at Rowe.

 We have also had two noontime concerts performed by students from the USM School of Music.  Our students have been entertained with jazz and classical music by freshman musicians.  With thanks to Mrs. Christina Townsend, we have two more noontime concerts planned for later in the spring.

  Planning for Next Year

 This past Wednesday night, I welcomed the parents of children who will enter kindergarten in the fall. It is hard to believe it is already April and we are thinking of our next school year. Time is really flying.  

 This week we began the process of assigning our current kindergarten and Grade 1 children to classrooms for next year.  Placement is a lengthy process considering many factors and involving input from the professionals in our school who know the children. An extraordinary amount of time, care, and thought is devoted to this process, as it is essential that balanced groupings are created to provide equal opportunities for all students.  We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 Classroom placements are announced in late-June.  Please contact me if you have any questions about how placement is done in our school.

  Healthy Living

 The arrival of spring can often bring on Spring Fever. Children (and adults) do much better with a consistent routine. The #1 contributor to disregulated behavior is a lack of sleep.  Next is a poor diet. As a dear colleague, the late Dr. Chris Kaufman stated,” If you live on junk, you have junk to give.”  The third contributor is lack of exercise.  So, a good night’s sleep, a healthy diet, and plenty of exercise result in happier, healthier children (and adults).


 Playground coverage in the morning begins at 8:25 AM. Please do not drop your child off prior to that time.

 Dismissal is at 3:25. Children are involved in academics until 3:20.  Please try to avoid picking your child up prior to 3:25 so as not to disrupt the academic day.

 When picking up your child, please abide by our recess rules. This is the second month in a row I need  to highlight this issue.  It is very important that Rowe School Rules are followed while you are waiting for children to arrive at Rowe from YES or simply giving your child some “play time” at pick up.

 The area around the school is not a playground. Children are NOT to be on the stone wall or playing in the trees, bushes and gardens. Snowballs are NOT allowed nor is sliding down snowbanks into our parking lot  It is imperative that, as parents, you abide by our rules and keep safety as your top priority – as we do.  It has been reported that your children are running after buses or along the sidewalk next to buses. Any Rowe staff member will speak to parents if this unsafe behavior continues.

 As the snow finally starts to melt, the playground is a combination of ice and mud.  Please continue to send your child to school with jackets, hats, mittens and boots.  

 As I wrote in January, “This is the expected wardrobe for outdoor play until spring arrives….April perhaps??”  It is true!  I hope after April vacation we will be able to wear lighter clothing, but the playground is cold with the wind coming off the river.   Thank you also for making sure your child has sneakers to wear during the day as we do not want boots worn in the classroom.

 Lost and Found

 Please check our Lost and Found in the gym.  The cubbies will be cleared of all clothing to be donated prior to April vacation.  Thank you.

 The following are important dates and upcoming events to note.

 April 14     NO School

 April 17-21     SCHOOL VACATION

 April 25     PTO Parent Social and Meeting  7 pm at the Woodhull Public House, 30 Forest Falls Drive

 April 6     Public Hearing on the Budget   7pm at the Log Cabin

 May 2     The First Grade Rowe Show at 6:30 at the Performing Arts Center at YHS

 May 4     Public Hearing on the Budget    7pm at the Log Cabin

 May 3-5     Screening of in-coming kindergarten children

 Ellen Honan, Principal

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March Newsletter

posted Mar 9, 2017, 11:28 AM by Amanda Cote

Dear Rowe School Families,

Our 100th day celebration on February 17 was quite a party involving the entire school. It has become our tradition to ask children to bring in 100 pennies, which we donate to a charity or organization in need.  As you know, this year we collected pennies for the Food Pantry at the request of a former student, Jared Conant.  Jared turned 13 on February 27 and to celebrate he organized a food drive to support local children and their families in need. Rowe School contributed $360. Thank you for your generosity.

Thursday,  March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  We celebrated by wearing red and white and stripes of every color and The Cat in the Hat Came Back… Rowe!  It was a fun day!

Parent conferences were completed this past week. This mid-year conference is intended to help you understand the academic and social progress your child has made this year. Though we know children develop at different rates, we have clear learning expectations for children at each grade level.  The conference is also intended to give you a better understanding of where your child stands in regard to these expectations.

Although it may seem early to mention this, we will begin preliminary placement conversations at the end of this month. Over the next several months, those adults who know your students very well expend extraordinary amounts of time, care, and thought in placement discussions, as it is essential that balanced groupings be created to provide equal opportunities for all students.  We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

March is Youth Art Month and creative works from Maine art students in grades K-12 will be on display during the month at the Portland Museum of Art. This annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in Maine Schools. This year, Gad Tangila mesu, a first grader in Mrs. Lincoln’s class, will have his jungle painting on display at the PMA. Congratulations to Gad and his teacher, Mrs. Landry.

For your information, the PMA is always free on Friday evenings from 4-8pm and children 14 and under are always free.

A Few Reminders

Playground coverage in the morning begins at 8:25 AM. Please do not drop your child off prior to that time.

Although the snow is gone, it is still chilly on our playground. Please be sure your child is wearing a winter jacket, boots, mittens and hats.  

Thank you for walking your children to the gate and the front door.

Dismissal is at 3:25. When picking up your child, please abide by our recess rules:  

Children are not to be on the stone wall or in the trees and bushes.

Important dates and upcoming events to note:

Ongoing    Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018

March 16    PTO at YES  at 7:00 p.m.

March 22       Maine author, Cathryn Falwell, will be at Rowe for an all day visit

March 29    Kindergarten Information Night for parents of incoming kindergarten students

    7:00 p.m. at Rowe School

Looking ahead:

April 14      No School   

April 17-21    April Vacation

All the best,


Ellen Honan, Principal

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February Newsletter

posted Feb 3, 2017, 10:01 AM by Rowe School   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 10:04 AM ]

Dear Families,

We are off to a very spirited day here at Rowe. The children are excited to be wearing their favorite team shirts and enjoy seeing the teachers wearing team shirts and red, white or blue.  We are off to a SUPER start to Super Bowl Weekend!

February will be a busy month. We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Valentine’s Day, barring any snow days.  That will be another very spirited day! As part of our 100th Day Celebration, it has become our tradition to ask children to bring in 100 pennies, which we donate to a charity or organization in need.  This year we will collect Pennies for the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry. A former Rowe student, Jared Conant, plans to celebrate his 13th birthday by collecting food and donations for the Food Pantry.  His goal is to make a difference in the lives of other children by raising enough food and money to feed nearly 100 local families who are struggling with food insecurity.  This unselfish act is to be commended and we hope Jared will be able to join us at the Community Meeting to accept our donations. Starting next week, your child could count out 100 pennies at home to bring in a baggie to his or her teacher.  As a classroom, and then as a school, we will count the pennies, which will be collected at our Community Meeting on the 100th day.

Over the next few weeks, you will attend a parent/teacher conference. This is an important opportunity for us to connect with you to share student progress and set goals for future performance.  Your child’s teacher spends a great deal of time preparing to meet with you.  In an effort to stay current with student progress, I attend at least one conference in each classroom.  This is for my benefit and my presence should not be viewed as anything other than my professional learning. To help you make the most of this time, I am offering some suggestions that may assist you in preparing for your conference.

  • Prepare a written list of questions in advance.
  • Be on time. The teacher is scheduling many conferences and strives to stay on schedule to honor each family’s time.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Ask what you can do at home to help your child be successful at school. 

While you are at the school, please be sure to check Lost and Found. The cubbies are overflowing with winter apparel. Any items left on February 17 when we leave for winter vacation will be donated.

Getting plenty of sleep helps all of us, young and not-so-young, to be our best each and every day.  Just like the rituals and routines we practice at Rowe as a Responsive Classroom school, a consistent bedtime ritual is vital to building healthy minds and bodies.  Brain research tells us that an inconsistent bedtime is actually worse than a consistent late bedtime. At this age, a consistent early bedtime benefits children, teachers, and parents.

It may seem early to mention this; however, we will soon begin preliminary placement conversations for next year. Over the next several months those adults who know your children very well expend extraordinary amounts of time, care, and thought in placement discussions, as it is essential that balanced groupings be created to provide equal opportunities for all students.  We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

REMINDER:  Students MUST wear sneakers in gym class.  If a child goes to gym class in boots the child will have to sit out and watch. It is not healthy for children to in boots all day. Please be sure to send shoes or sneakers to school with your child. Slippers are not acceptable as they are slippery on the tile floors and also not safe in the event we need to evacuate the building. Thank you. 

Important dates and upcoming events to note:     

February 15                                     PTO at YES at 7:00PM

February 20-24                                Winter Vacation

Ongoing, starting February 27             Kindergarten Registration for 2017-18

Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal


January Newsletter

posted Jan 17, 2017, 10:37 AM by Rowe School   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 10:38 AM ]

Dear Families,

Happy New Year!  Happy Winter! 

We have had a wonderful beginning to our new year.  Everyone was ready to get back into the routine of school, and it was fun reconnecting with our friends after a holiday break. 

Over the next few weeks your child’s teacher will be scheduling parent/teacher conferences. This is an important opportunity for us to connect with you to share student progress and set goals for future performance.  Your child’s teacher spends a great deal of time preparing to meet with you.  To help you make the most of this time, I am offering some suggestions that may assist you in preparing for your conference.

  • Prepare a written list of questions in advance.
  • Be on time. The teacher is scheduling many conferences and strives to stay on schedule to honor each family’s time.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Ask what you can do at home to help your child be successful at school. 

Conferences are a wonderful way to stay connected to your child’s world of school. Throughout the year the teachers communicate in various ways: newsletters, blogs, emails, Twitter, or a combination may be used to keep you informed of life in Rowe School classrooms. 

The children are coming to school well-prepared for the winter temperatures.  Thank you for making sure your child is wearing a hat, jacket, gloves or mittens, snow pants and boots.  This is the expected wardrobe for outdoor play until spring arrives….April perhaps??  Thank you also for making sure your child has sneakers to wear during the day as we do not want boots worn in the classroom.

Our lending closet of clothes is getting low. If you have outgrown clothing, particularly boys’ pants and underwear, we could certainly use them. We are also low on mittens and gloves. Thank you.

If you are planning to join your child for school lunch, please call ahead to place your order so the Nutrition Staff can plan appropriately. 

Our school nurse, Jill Webber, now has health information for you on our website under the teacher pages. There will be newly added information at the top of the page, specific to the season or to an illness. It will also have topics that will always be available for reference such as guidelines for when to keep your child home from school, immunization requirements, procedure for taking medication at school and others. Check it out and let Jill know if you have any questions or other information that might be helpful for her to include. 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 26    School Committee at Log Cabin  7:00PM

                                      Budget Overview

Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal


December Newsletter

posted Dec 6, 2016, 11:05 AM by Rowe School   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 11:06 AM ]

Dear Families,


Happy Holidays!


Rowe School sends out a special thanks to those of you who contributed so generously to our Thanksgiving Food Drive. The Rowe families donated over 750 items to the Yarmouth Food Pantry. The donations were greatly appreciated as the need is much higher this year than in years past.  On Tuesday, November 24, we celebrated Thanksgiving by coming together for a Community Meeting. The donated food items were displayed, and we sang Thanksgiving songs. It was a nice send-off to the holiday weekend.  


If you have been in our atrium this week, you have noticed our December holidays display in our windows.  Currently our display includes Hanukkah, Saint Nicholas’s Day, Saint Lucia’s Day, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.  If your family celebrates another holiday, please let me now as soon as possible so we can include this tradition in our celebration.


As the days get shorter and we spend more time indoors, it is important to monitor the amount of screen time your children are getting.  Reading, playing games, and doing crafts are fun, healthy ways to spend winter days and evenings.  Finding time each day for physical activity is also important for children and adults alike. 


Winter surprised us today and it is now time to bundle up for outdoor play. The expected wardrobe for outdoor play is a hat, jacket, gloves or mittens, snow pants and boots. Without boots and snow pants the children need to stay on the tar – not much fun for them.  Please get the winter wardrobe ready! Also, please be sure your child has shoes or sneakers to wear during the day. It is not good for children to wear snow boots all day long.  Slippers are not acceptable.


Thank you also for making sure your child has sneakers to wear on gym day. Without sneakers the child cannot participate in gym class.


In the event the weather is too bad for travel, Superintendent Dolloff will make the decision to either call a Two Hour Delay or cancel school for the day. A Two Hour Delay means everything is moved by two hours.  For example, school would start at 10:40 instead of 8:40.  The end of the day would remain the same at 3:25. Either way, you will receive an email message and it will be posted on our District web-site. 


News from Yarmouth Community Network:

For the upcoming winter season Yarmouth Community Service ( and the Village Improvement Society ( have agreed to allow a pilot program where donated ice skates for children are loaned out free of charge to the community. Long term loans, which can be as long as the entire season, can be picked up at Yarmouth Community Services. Daily loans can be picked up at the Orland H. Blake Skating Pond Warming Hut. Skates in decent condition can be dropped off at Yarmouth Community Services, 200 Maine Street, behind Town Hall.


Upcoming Events:

December 22: Pajama Day for Students, Teachers, and Staff

Last day of school


Have a wonderful winter break.  I wish you and your family a joyous season and a very happy, healthy new year.


Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal 

November Newsletter

posted Nov 1, 2016, 11:40 AM by Amanda Cote   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 11:42 AM ]

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

We survived Halloween! I hope you and your family had a fun night of Trick or

The time change is a good time to be reminded about the importance of sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends 10-11 hours of sleep for school-
aged children (ages 5-10). We know that sleep deprivation impairs learning and
recall, so there really is nothing better than a good night’s sleep.

Winter Reminders:

Chapped Lips
As the days get colder, many of our students are getting very chapped lips. It
would be helpful if you could get your child some kind of lip protectant that they
could keep in their backpacks to use as needed.

Children are starting to wear boots to school, which is wonderful for the
playground, but not wonderful for all day in school. Please send in a pair of shoes
(slippers are not acceptable) for the children to wear during the day. On days
when they have PE with Mr. Lipman they MUST wear sneakers or they won’t be
able to participate in gym class. This is a safety issue.

Upcoming Events:

On Tuesday, November 22, 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 in which children can place donations. A
notice with more information will go home with your children later this month.

Please check Lost and Found in the gym. Prior to the Thanksgiving break, we will
clear the cubbies and send everything to Goodwill.

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

Nov. 11 Veterans Day - No School

Nov. 23, 24, 25 No School on Wednesday-Friday

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

October Newsletter

posted Oct 3, 2016, 1:30 PM by Rowe School   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 1:30 PM ]

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

Safety First

Next week is Fire Prevention Week and the Yarmouth Fire Department is offering us activities to support your children’s learning. We will have a fire drill during the week, the children will visit the Fire Station on Tuesday and the Fire Department will bring a smoke trailer to our school on Wednesday.  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 week of October 17 is National Bus Safety Week. Friday, October 21, 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.

As you can probably imagine, or not, transporting a bus load of students to and from school, and keeping to a strict schedule, is challenging at best.  One way you can help the drivers stay on schedule is to make sure your child is at the bus stop on time and ready to board as soon as the bus arrives. Thank you.  

As students are settling into the year, play dates are starting. This is exciting, but creates a change in students’ established routines. Please be sure to arrange play dates a day in advance so that all information coming to the teacher arrives in the morning. It is imperative for teachers to receive a note from parents letting the school know the details of the after school plans and/or a fully completed bus pass. If your child is to take another bus, we need to know the name and address of the location so the bus driver will have accurate information. “Going to Grammie’s” does not provide enough information for the teacher or the bus driver. Additional bus passes are available in the office. Thank you.

Parent Conferences

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.

After-school questions

Asking “How was school today?” might not get you far.  Instead, ask questions like these for a better picture of your child’s day:

·      What made you laugh?

·      How were you kind or helpful today?

·      What book did you read or have read to you?

·      What did you write about today?

·      What did you play at recess? 


As Halloween approaches, I want to share some of our beliefs about holidays.  We all recognize that 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!) 

Check our website at for ongoing school information and calendar events.

October 7   Teacher In-Service Day – NO SCHOOL

October 10  Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

October 19   Last day for Close Buy orders

              Hannaford Order 

Warm wishes for a wonderful October,

Ellen Honan, Principal

First Week

posted Sep 13, 2016, 4:38 AM by Rowe School   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 4:39 AM ]

Dear Rowe School Families,

WOW, what a wonderful week we had!  The transition to school and back to school was incredibly smooth.  The two days the kindergarten teachers had to spend quality time with each child continues to be a fabulous upgrade to the entire school. The kindergarten teachers feel they know their students very well and it was also nice to have only the first grade students with us for two days.  It has been a terrific start to the year. 

The children are settling into routines, and the school is buzzing with their energy and enthusiasm for learning. “I love school,” is a phrase I have heard many times.  What a fun and delightful age this is! 

Parents, you deserve praise for the fabulous job you are doing.  I have noticed:

  • most students taking the bus and if they are dropped off, the good-byes have been quick – the children do much better when you say a quick good-bye and then leave
  • healthy snacks and lunches
  • labeled sandwich bags for a butter sandwich (almond, sun, etc) - eliminates the guess work when we check snacks and lunches for children in the nut-free classrooms
  • labeled stickers for Morning Snack, Lunch, Afternoon Snack, ClipperCare Snack – brilliant to have pre-made stickers for the baggies or containers!
  • sandals with backs – these are much safer for running on the playground than flip flops
  • on-time drop offs and pick ups

These are just a few of the ways you support us at Rowe School.  Your support is greatly appreciated as we teach your child to be independent citizens of Rowe School.

One of our major goals is to foster independent learners.  As educators, we demonstrate the expected behavior or skill, facilitating guided practice, followed by independent practice.  To aid us in promoting your child’s independence, you could demonstrate, guide practice, and promote practice in opening juice and milk cartons, opening lunch containers, and cleaning up after oneself.  The children have done a fabulous job at snack time and in the lunch room this week, but the more we work together the easier these tasks will become.  Thank you!   

Along with specific allergies, we must also consider various other medical conditions and nutritional needs of our students. It is our policy that food not be sent in to celebrate your child’s birthday.  Each teacher will honor your child’s special day with a classroom celebration that will not involve food.  There will be times throughout the year when we will celebrate with healthy snacks, but we have made a school decision to eliminate food for birthdays.  We thank you in advance for respecting this request. 

Throughout the week we have demonstrated playground rules and expectations. Next week we will continue to practice playground safety and will hold the children more accountable for their actions as they become more familiar with our playground. Safety is our number one concern, and we have consistent, logical consequences when the rules are not followed. With that said, we ask that soccer balls not be brought from home for recess use. We provide soft balls for the playground to protect the children and the windows! In order to keep our playground safe, we must have playground rules enforced until 5:30 p.m. The rules are posted on our website as well as in a window facing the playground.  Thank you for your cooperation in abiding by our rules and keeping the rules consistent for the children.

As you know, our school is locked during school hours.  When you visit our school, you will need to ring the bell, identify yourself to the person at the front desk, and state the nature of your visit.  We are working hard to recognize all of you, but it may take several weeks. Children are not tall enough to ring the bell; therefore, you must walk your child to the door to be buzzed in. Once you are in the building, please report to the office to sign in and receive a visitor pass. We welcome visitors but need to keep track of who is in our building at all times.  This is an important safety issue.  If you come to pick up your child, please stop in the office and sign out your child.  We also need you to write a note to the teacher or call the office if you plan to pick up your child from school.  We make it our business to know exactly where children are at all times of the day.

I also want to thank all of you who are picking up your children for waiting in the atrium until classes end.  This allows teachers to conclude their lessons before children leave.  Also, thank you for dropping off your child between 8:25-8:40 and picking up your child at 3:30.  We want children on the playground only when there is supervision.  Please note there is a car “drop off” area on the side of the parking lot.  When you walk your child into school, leaving your car unattended, please park your car in our lot, not in the “drop off” zone.

If your child should arrive at school after 8:40, please ring to enter and be sure to stop in the office for a late pass.  Once your child receives the pass, your child will walk to the classroom independently.

Our Open House is Thursday, September 22, 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 and expectations.  There will not be time during this evening for individual questions about your child’s progress, but your child’s teacher will be happy to respond to any questions or requests for meetings outside of this evening.  I hope to see you on September 22. 

Below are upcoming events you may wish to note.  Check our website at for ongoing school information.


PTO                          September 15  7:00 PM at YES

Volunteer Orientation          September 20  9-9:30 AM and 7-7:30 PM

                                 This is for anyone who has not participated in this training.

Open House                   September 22  6-7 PM

School Photos                 September 29

Teacher Inservice             October 7 No School

Columbus Day                  October 10 No School

Just so you know, we have a “Lost and Found” area in the cubby area in the gym.

I have had a wonderful time meeting and talking with many of you this past week. Please know that you may drop by, call, or email me if you have any needs. My priority is to provide a safe, comfortable, and happy learning environment for your child.


Ellen Honan

Rowe School Principal

Welcome Letter

posted Aug 25, 2016, 5:29 AM by Cathy Wolinsky-YES   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 5:42 AM by Rowe School ]

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 begin the school year on Tuesday, September 6.  

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.    

You are invited to a Parent/Student Orientation on Thursday, September 1. 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.  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 or the People’s United Bank as those spaces are reserved for patients and customers.

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. Please contact Bruce Bickford or Jud Sawyer, 846-2338, with any questions about the bus.

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.

Playground coverage does not begin until 8:25. 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. Please also note that  our designated drop-off area is only large enough for three or four cars. That area gets congested in the mornings and afternoons. I strongly suggest that for AM and PM drop-off and pick-up you park in the parking lot.  This protocol will eliminate traffic jams and will also make it safer to walk children to and from the school. The drop-off area should be used only between the hours of 8:50 AM and 2:45 PM. Thank you very much for helping us keep traffic flowing and children safe.

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. Amanda Cote, 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 get to know you.

If you are picking your child up at the end of the day, our protocol is to sign the child out in the office and to wait in the atrium until classes end. This allows teachers to conclude their lessons before children leave.  All children will go out on the playground and when the bell rings, adults will bring those children back into the building. They will be supervised in the corridor until you make contact with that adult, which allows us to keep children supervised at all times. Please be sure to introduce yourself to the adults on duty so we can get to know you as quickly as possible.

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.  Watching a parent and child having difficulty often can lead children witnessing the sad good-bye to suddenly feel sad themselves, resulting in a domino effect of sad feelings. 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 the children are with friends they do very well.

In addition, while we welcome parents to join children for lunch, we discourage this for the first six weeks of school. The First Six Weeks of School is a time when we are building community, establishing rituals and routines, and creating a safe and nurturing school environment. We believe this is in the best interest of the students so there are no tearful separations or other children feeling sad that their parent didn’t come.  This creates a very difficult situation for the student, the parent, and the teacher.

We ask that you abide by our policy of not coming for lunch until after the magical six weeks of school have passed.  We will welcome you for lunch after October 17!

Tuesday, September 6, 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 12:25-12:45

Kindergarten Students will have a one-hour appointment with the classroom teacher on either September 6 or 7.  Be sure to schedule your appointment with your child’s classroom teacher.

Thursday, September 8 is the first full day of school for Kindergarten Students.

            Kindergarten lunch is from 11:55-12:15

September 22 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

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