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 http://rowe.yarmouthschools.org 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.

 
Sincerely,

Ellen Honan

Rowe School Principal

Ellen_Honan@yarmouthschools.org