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.
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