Principal's Newsletter

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe it is our last day of school.  We said our good-byes to the afternoon kindergarten children yesterday.  There were lots of hugs and some teary eyes leaving the playground. The same will happen today at noon when we say good-bye to the remainder of our students.  It has been a wonderful year.  We will miss the first graders and hope you will come back to visit us next year.  Our kindergarten students are excited to be called first graders, and I am sure our incoming kindergarten students are excited to really be able to call Rowe their school!

We had a fabulous Beach Day on June 7.  Thank you all for making the day a grand success. We could not have done it without you.  We have some lovely pictures that will soon be added to our website.

As you know, we have three special first grade teachers retiring today. Raelene Bean, Jean Rafford, and Debbie Roux are leaving Rowe School after working in Yarmouth for a total of 86. Together they have over 100 years of experience teaching young children.  We saw many of you at their retirement celebration on Monday. It was a lovely tribute to these ladies, and we extend a big thank you to them for all they have done for Yarmouth children over the years. 

It is nearly impossible to replace educators like Raelene, Debbie, and Jean. However, we have filled their positions with three terrific educators:

*Terry Lincoln currently teaches first grade at the Morse Street School in Freeport.

*Heather Boutin currently teaches first grade at Morse Elementary School in Cambridge, MA.

*Darcy Berry is a recent graduate from the University of Southern Maine’s Extended Teacher Education Program.

We are very excited to welcome these ladies to Rowe School.  We will keep them busy this summer working on curriculum with Sandy Warren and Sue Miller.

Summer Reading:

The theme for the summer reading program at Merrill Memorial Library is "Take a Reading Road Trip!"  It starts on Monday, June 20, and is open to independent readers through grade 5, with a teen program for grades 6-12.

Whatever road you take this summer, be sure to take a book with you, and look for ways to use math every day.

Thank you for sharing your children with us.  They bring us great joy each and every day.

Have a wonderful summer.

Ellen Honan