Lower School Newsletter for January 22, 2017

While the weather has certainly been unpredictable, there is no doubt that it is winter in Maine. Of course, we are all familiar with the old adage, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a minute…” The winter weather can be challenging for our young students who long for outside time, but are not necessarily fans of all the extra layers necessary to brave the cold. This weather also marks the time of year ripe with illness, from colds to viruses and flus to stomach bugs. We work with the children on proper hand-washing, sneezing into the elbow, nose blowing, keeping hands away from the mouth and nose, and maintaining personal space. In addition, our faculty and maintenance staff clean and disinfect throughout each day. Parents can support these efforts by watching closely for the first signs of illness and keeping sick children home. Together we can provide a healthy and nurturing environment for all our children and can enjoy the wintry weather of Maine!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


LOWER SCHOOL PARENTS’ NIGHT OUTroyal-river-grill-2

Attention Lower School Parents! Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 9. The NYA Parents’ Association will be hosting a Lower School Parent Social from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Royal River Grill House in Yarmouth. Let’s get together and add some sparkle to the season! We are working with the Upper School Key Club in hopes of offering babysitting at NYA for a small fee. More details soon!  ~ Libby Swinton Millar

GRANT SUPPORTS NEW ROTATING PLANT TOWER IN THE NYA GREENHOUSEworms-2017-7-resize

We received a grant from the NYA Parents’ Association to support the Academy’s commitment to the environment. A new rotating plant tower in the NYA greenhouse will grow herbs, vegetables, and salad greens for the kitchen, while at the same time the planter’s inner core will house composting worms. Lower School students are encouraged to toss their organic waste into special “worm food” containers which will feed the worms and leave us with a wonderful rich supply of castings. In addition, a tumbling composter has been placed outside the Lower School for other compostables including coffee grounds, egg shells, and some of the kitchen staff’s extra trimmings. Students will have the opportunity to work in the greenhouse and learn more about the process as part of the science curriculum. Our goal is to educate our children about environmentally friendly habits in a way that tangibly yields results, in both compost and food, to nourish ourselves as well as our campus.  ~ Jen Elkins

VACATION CARE

To help meet the needs of our families, we will offer the option of care from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during our March vacation. This will be available to all Lower School students on a first-come, first-served basis and will run only if a minimum number of students enroll. Rates for this care is $80/day. If you anticipate utilizing this service, please contact Leslie Durgin. The deadline to sign up for care over March break is Friday, February 10.

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The next Morning Forum with Head of School Ben Jackson will be held on Tuesday, January 31 in the Middle School Community Room from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Athletic Director Jack Hardy will be there to discuss the NYA Athletic Program and answer questions. These Forums are an informal opportunity for parents to gather and learn more about what’s happening at NYA. Please join us for conversation, coffee, and refreshments!

LABELING, SPARE CLOTHES, & WINTER GEARimg_6134-resize

Keeping track of boots, clothing, and winter gear for more than eighty children is a challenging task, and items can easily be confused or misplaced. We know that it can be frustrating for parents when their child does not come home with all of their belongings. To help us with this task, we ask that you label everything. Please check your children’s gear and spare clothing weekly and make sure that they have everything that they need. Remember to check the Lost and Found bin and drying door regularly for missing items. If the wrong items accidently come home with your child, please send them back with a note to Jen who will return them to the rightful owner or add them to Lost and Found. Thank you for your help!

clynk-picSUPPORT PROJECT GRADUATION – RECYCLE WITH “CLYNK”

Pick up green “Clynk” bags in Upper, Middle, and Lower School offices. Return full bags to any Hannaford store (remember to scan the bar code on the bag) and help our seniors have a fantastic Project Graduation!

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION EDUCATOR COMES TO NYA brenda-conlan

We have the good fortune of welcoming an engaging speaker to NYA . Brenda Conlan specializes in working with youth in the area of drug and alcohol prevention. Brenda will work in multiple sessions with students in grades seven through twelve. Ms. Conlan will also make a presentation to parents on the evening of January 25 on ways to help their children remain drug and alcohol free. The parent presentation will be held in the Middle School Community Room from 6:00-7:00 p.m. You can learn more about Brenda on her website, www.brendaconlan.com.

NYA PARENT SOCIALS

The NYA Parents’ Association is pleased to invite all NYA parents to some upcoming, casual evening events. More details will be coming soon. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at:

  • Royal River Grill House, Yarmouth, 1/26
  • Woodhull, Yarmouth, 2/23
  • The Owl and Elm, Yarmouth, 3/30
  • Dockside, Falmouth, 4/13

LOWER SCHOOL ARTS CELEBRATION

The Lower School Arts Celebration will take place on Wednesday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the gym (snow date = March 2). All Lower School students will take part in a musical performance. Following the concert, parents and students will remain in the gym to enjoy the art show and brief reception. Mark your calendars now to join us for this special event!

NYA FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND ALUMNI OPEN SKATE

Alex Kloza (Ice Arena Manager) and Caroline Anson (Alumni Relations) have arranged for a series of open skates for alumni and families. Families are welcome to bring friends and neighbors. Helmets are required for everyone on the ice. No sticks, please. The next open skate date is Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

FOR YOUR PLANNING:

1/25 Dress Down Day $3
1/25 Substance Abuse Prevention Parent Presentation, MSCR  6:00-7:00 p.m.
1/26 NYA Parent Social, Royal River Grill House, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
1/31 Morning Forum with Head of School, MSCR 8:00-9:00 a.m.
2/9 Lower School Parent Social, Royal River Grill House, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
2/17-2/19 Winter Drama Performances of Seussical
2/20 Presidents’ Day NO SCHOOL
2/23 NYA Parent Social, Woodhull, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
2/24 NYA Bring A Friend to School Day
2/25 NYA Family, Friends, & Alumni Open Skate 5:30-6:30 p.m.
3/1 Lower School Arts Celebration, NYA Gym 2:30 p.m.
3/2 Snow Date:  Lower School Arts Celebration 2:30 p.m.
3/3 Last day of classes before March Break
3/4-3/19 March Break NO SCHOOL
3/20 Classes resume

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