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!


Sincerely,

The Staff at Rowe School



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