November 2, 2022
Dear Rowe Families,
October has been a busy month. We are very excited about our Pre-K program. The students seem to be settling in well and learning so much already. Their play-based centers are such fun to see! We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the playground equipment but know it will arrive in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, Pre-K has been able to use our natural playground which has worked out well.
Kindergarten and first-grade students had presentations by the Chewonki Foundation last month. Kindergarten learned about Bats of the World and first grade had an Owls of Maine presentation. We look forward to more enrichment opportunities as the year progresses.
School Photo Retake
Our school photo retake day is on Tuesday, November 15th. Please see the attached flyer. https://target.brightarrow.com/userfiles/29851/files/Picture%20Retake(1).jpg
Candy at school
I would like to respectfully request that children not bring candy to school. We work to promote healthy habits while children are in our care.
Toys at school
Toys are a big distraction and can cause unnecessary bickering or competition amongst our young students. Children also become very upset when something they bring gets lost or broken. Please stress to your child that toys should be left at home. The exception to this would be a day when the entire class is invited to bring in an item for a special purpose. An example would be a stuffed animal that fits in the backpack for a pajama day. Thanks in advance for your support!
Dismissal changes and after-school programs
Please be sure to call our school office no later than 2 PM to make dismissal changes. If your child is attending an after-school program that takes place in another location, they must have a bus note. This saves a great deal of last-minute confusion at the end of the day. Thanks for the help!
Community Meeting on School Safety Procedures
The Yarmouth School District would like to invite you to attend our Emergency Protocols Information Session on Wednesday, November 9, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in room D220 at Yarmouth High School. (D220 is on the second floor at YHS – we’ll have directional signs posted for those unfamiliar with the building.) At this meeting, officers from the Yarmouth Police Department and members of our school leadership team will share changes to our response protocols. We will also answer any questions community members may have about our strategies to train students and staff effectively and compassionately on school safety measures.
YSD Update - Public PreK PreRegistration for Fall 2023
Yarmouth Public Pre-K is open for pre-registration for the fall of 2023. If you are interested in learning more about public Pre-K there will be an information session on Monday, November 7th at 6:00 pm at Rowe School. To be eligible, students must be four years old by October 15, 2023.
The curriculum is designed to actively engage students in their learning, and provide regular opportunities for hands-on activities and outdoor experiences. We believe that offering public Pre-K provides all students and families with the opportunity to equitably access high-quality, early childhood education. Programming is part-time (half day), Monday-Friday during either the morning or afternoon. Session times are as follows: Session 1, 8:40 am - 11:25 am Session 2, 12:40 pm - 3:25 pm. Transportation is available to and from school for all students. Buses can pick up and drop off at your home or child care providers within Yarmouth.
Click HERE here to complete the pre-registration form. Completing Pre-K pre-registration does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Please complete the preregistration by December 2, 2022. If there are more children registered than spaces available, priority will be given to those with academic or developmental needs. If interest in the morning or afternoon session exceeds capacity, or if more than 96 students pre-register, the remaining places will be determined by lottery. Notification of the placement will be provided by December 16, 2022.
If you have any registration questions, please contact Rowe School at 207-846-3771 or Amanda Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any programming questions, please contact Susan Lobel at email@example.com. Please share this information with any Yarmouth friends or family you know who have children eligible for Pre-K in the fall of 2023.
Boon Supply Catalog Fundraiser Sale runs through Nov 4!
We hope you’ll find Boon products (totes, wrapping paper, etc) perfect to give as gifts or keep for yourself. Browse the catalog and website, then place your order online! Most importantly, 40% of your purchase goes directly to Yarmouth K-8 PTO!
Go to boonsupply.com/967907. You will see "Yarmouth K-8 PTO." Click "Shop this Cause." Please leave "seller information" blank at checkout. Orders are shipped directly to your home - no need to pick anything up!
Build The Village
Thanks to all the families who have signed up to be part of Build the Village, the PTO's new peer support initiative for parents and their children! We appreciate your openness and engagement, and we have amended our original questionnaire to incorporate your feedback. If you are looking to connect with those who may be walking the same road, please complete this survey to be included in the program.
Responses will be compiled the first week of November, with introductory emails being sent out shortly thereafter. Once the initial connections are made, please build *your* village in whatever way works best for the group.
Questions? Contact Mary Gallaudet, PTO Welcome Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming Soon…The Make It Take It Craft Fair! Sunday December 4th in the YES Cafeteria from 11-2. We are excited to once again host this fun event for our students!
The Make & Take committee is looking for crafty parents/grandparents to get involved! See SignUpGenius for all the available volunteer roles.
For any questions please contact Madeline Backman Madeline.Backman@gmail.com
Dates to Note:
Monday, November 7th, 6:00-7:00 PM - Pre-K Parent Information Night at the Rowe School
Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00-8:00 PM - Community Information Night on School Safety
Friday, November 11th - Veteran’s Day Holiday, No School
Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25th - Thanksgiving break
Friday, December 23rd- Monday, January 2, 2023 - First winter break - No School
Students return to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Monday, January 16th- Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School
Susan Lobel, Rowe School Principal