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