March Newsletter

posted Mar 9, 2017, 11:28 AM by Amanda Cote

Dear Rowe School Families,

Our 100th day celebration on February 17 was quite a party involving the entire school. It has become our tradition to ask children to bring in 100 pennies, which we donate to a charity or organization in need.  As you know, this year we collected pennies for the Food Pantry at the request of a former student, Jared Conant.  Jared turned 13 on February 27 and to celebrate he organized a food drive to support local children and their families in need. Rowe School contributed $360. Thank you for your generosity.

Thursday,  March 2 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  We celebrated by wearing red and white and stripes of every color and The Cat in the Hat Came Back… Rowe!  It was a fun day!

Parent conferences were completed this past week. This mid-year conference is intended to help you understand the academic and social progress your child has made this year. Though we know children develop at different rates, we have clear learning expectations for children at each grade level.  The conference is also intended to give you a better understanding of where your child stands in regard to these expectations.

Although it may seem early to mention this, we will begin preliminary placement conversations at the end of this month. Over the next several months, those adults who know your students very well expend extraordinary amounts of time, care, and thought in placement discussions, as it is essential that balanced groupings be created to provide equal opportunities for all students.  We, therefore, do not honor specific placement requests.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

March is Youth Art Month and creative works from Maine art students in grades K-12 will be on display during the month at the Portland Museum of Art. This annual celebration emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in Maine Schools. This year, Gad Tangila mesu, a first grader in Mrs. Lincoln’s class, will have his jungle painting on display at the PMA. Congratulations to Gad and his teacher, Mrs. Landry.

For your information, the PMA is always free on Friday evenings from 4-8pm and children 14 and under are always free.

A Few Reminders

Playground coverage in the morning begins at 8:25 AM. Please do not drop your child off prior to that time.

Although the snow is gone, it is still chilly on our playground. Please be sure your child is wearing a winter jacket, boots, mittens and hats.  

Thank you for walking your children to the gate and the front door.

Dismissal is at 3:25. When picking up your child, please abide by our recess rules:  

Children are not to be on the stone wall or in the trees and bushes.

Important dates and upcoming events to note:

Ongoing    Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018

March 16    PTO at YES  at 7:00 p.m.

March 22       Maine author, Cathryn Falwell, will be at Rowe for an all day visit

March 29    Kindergarten Information Night for parents of incoming kindergarten students

    7:00 p.m. at Rowe School

Looking ahead:

April 14      No School   

April 17-21    April Vacation

All the best,


Ellen Honan, Principal

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