March 3, 2021
Dear Rowe Families,
We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing winter break. In this year like no other, time with our immediate families has become more precious than ever. I think we are all looking forward to having these trying times behind us, but I hope that you have been able to find at least some small silver linings for you and your family in all of this. Please continue to reach out if there is anything you need from us.
Read Across Rowe
The week of March 22nd-26th we will have a “Read Across Rowe” week. Guest authors, one being our very own PE teacher Mr. Lipman, will live stream into classes at lunchtime to read a story to the students. That same week, we will have school spirit days where we will all do something collectively as a school such as wear pajamas, wear mismatched clothes, etc. We will be sending out more information about this after our Building Leadership Team meets to finalize all of the plans.
Your child recently took a summative assessment known as the NWEA. It is one measure of many that we use to measure student progress and growth. It is given to students K-8 in the Yarmouth schools. At the K-4 level, it is taken on the iPad with headphones. It is a newer assessment to us for K/1 but has been given in the upper grades for a number of years. As with any assessment, it is a snapshot of learning on one particular day and does not provide the full picture of a child’s abilities. The parent reports with the assessment results will be mailed home in mid-March, including a letter from me explaining a bit more about the assessment.
Please send your children with extra layers to wear in the classroom. We keep windows open to provide additional ventilation and want to be sure everyone stays comfortable. Thanks in advance for your help!
Kindness in Action Project
We sent a paper flyer home recently but I wanted to include it in this letter to be sure everyone has the information. The Yarmouth K-8 PTO is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Maine Needs, to help fellow Mainers who are struggling to meet their basic living needs. To spread kindness to these individuals and their families, we are asking Rowe families to consider participating in one of five suggested ways. Please read the attached information for the details. The collection week for items is the week of March 8-12.
Our Food Drive in February was a huge success! We collected over 300 much-needed items for the Yarmouth Food Pantry. As always, we are amazed at the extent to which our families support the needs of the community! Thank you for your generosity.
Message from Yarmouth High School students
Day of Hope- March 13, 2021
Hello, Yarmouth Parents and Students!
The Day of Hope, an event that highlights the positive work of people in our community, will be virtual this year on Saturday, March 13th. Our three main speakers are Anna Siegel, Mo Nuñez, and Richard Cantz. Please visit www.dayofhopemaine.com to learn more about how to donate and receive a link to the pre-recorded virtual event. All of the proceeds from the event will go to Maine Youth for Climate Justice (MYCJ). On the website, you will also find more information about speakers, additional videos about hope from the YHS community, and information about our student organizers: Jack Vigue, Izabel Cox-Faxon, Amelia Kostin, and Laney McDonough. We appreciate your endless support in continuing this incredibly important event for our community. We hope you will join us in learning about the awesome work members of our community are doing to spread hope. If you would like more updates on the event, check out our website, and social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook.
- Hannaford Gift Cards – Next loads are March 2 and 23 by 12 pm. Forms will be sent home. Thank you for participating in this free-to-you fundraiser!
- Kindness in Action – We are partnering with Maine Needs (maineneeds.org) to help fellow Mainers who are struggling to meet their basic living needs. To spread kindness to these individuals and their families, we are asking Rowe families to consider participating in one of five suggested ways. Collection week is March 8-12, during which time students can bring their items to school. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- SilverGraphics – Coming March 24-April 12! You can order products such as face masks, magnets, mugs, totes, and ornaments with your child’s artwork displayed on the items. These make great mementos and gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other celebrations. The PTO receives over 30% of the proceeds, which go right back to funding enrichments. An order form with a picture of your child’s artwork will come home with in-school students. Remote students can upload art from home (directions will be emailed to parents). All families can upload additional art if interested (e.g., sibling art, family projects, photographs). More info coming soon!
- Camp Information – The PTO Welcome Committee has created this doc that lists organizations offering camps throughout the year. Please contact Becca Maltais, email@example.com, with questions or additional camp information.
- Online Directory – We hope to receive opt-in family information soon and have an online directory available in March. We will not provide print directories given the lateness of incoming family data. We’ll let you know when the no-charge online directory is available.
- PTO Meeting – Please feel free to join us at our next meeting on Thursday, March 18, 7 pm. Meeting info will be posted on our FB page at a later date.
- Questions can be sent to Christy Hayashida and Jessica Raimy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is underway. If you or anyone you know has a child who will turn five by October 15, 2021, please have them call the Rowe School to register at 846-3771. Thanks for your help!
Susan Lobel, Principal
Dates to note:
Friday, April 16th - Friday, April 23rd Spring Break NO SCHOOL
Monday, May 31st Memorial Day holiday, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, June 15th – Last day of school (Snow days from here on will be remote learning days if we have more, making June 15th our last day for the 2020-21 school year.)