First Week of School

posted Sep 26, 2017, 9:52 AM by Amanda Cote

Dear Rowe Families,

We had a wonderful first week of school! The two days that kindergarten teachers spent with each child during the welcome days continue to be extremely helpful for all involved. The teachers feel like they know their children a bit better and it is nice to have first graders alone for the first two days. This allows everyone some time to settle back into routines in a more gradual way. 

It is clear as I walk around the school and spend time in classrooms, outside, and in the cafeteria, that the children are happy and excited to be at school.  We also expect there to be tears with a few children as they adjust in these first weeks, and we have many hands on deck to support them as they become accustomed to attending school all day, every day. Last week I saw some engaging first grade math and kindergarten literacy lessons. Today, I observed kindergarteners learning to keep a steady beat with rhythm sticks and practicing the words to the Rowe School song in music class. Rowe is always abuzz with learning and fun!

Please remember that a quick good bye and a hug are best for morning arrival. It can make things harder for your child if you do not leave right away. The sooner they can separate from you, the more able the Rowe staff are to help them focus on the day ahead. We also need to ask that parents not enter the playground during school hours and first thing in the morning. This is a security rule that we must abide by. Please be sure to wait in the atrium until classes end and children are checked into the pick-up line if you pick your child up at dismissal. If you are coming into the school, you need to park in the side lot next to the school and not in the traffic circle or the drop off zone. Thanks in advance for your help!

Please be sure to read the Rowe School Handbook on the Yarmouth School Department website at for many details about playground rules, our policy regarding birthday celebrations, information on field trips, parent conferences, grade level information, etc.. Information is updated regularly, so please check back for ongoing school information.

Our Open House is on Monday, September 25th 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 routines and expectations. There will not be time during the evening for individual questions about your child's progress. The teachers spend the first month getting to know children and will have more specific information to share by conference time later in the fall.

Here are a few other important dates to note:

September 19                   Parent Volunteer Training (8:45 AM or 7 PM) - This is for anyone who has not participated in the training previously.

September 21                   PTO Meeting (YES Library, 7 PM)

September 25                   Rowe School Open House (6 PM)

September 26                   School Picture Day

October 4                          Rowe School Flu Clinic (4 PM)



Susan Lobel & the Rowe School staff

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