Lower School Newsletter for December 10, 2017

It is hard to believe how quickly the days have passed and that our Fall Semester is now coming to a close. As we look back over the first half of the school year and reflect upon challenges and successes, it is also a time to look ahead, set new goals, and anticipate further growth. When we return from the Winter Break, we will begin both a new semester and a new year – 2018! A new year is a new beginning, and in the school calendar we are blessed with two “new years,” in September and in January. Let us embrace these new beginnings and look forward to a bright new year ahead. In the meantime, have a relaxing break enjoying time with family and friends.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


With the close of the Fall Semester, teachers plan to send out midyear reports to parents via email on Friday, January 5. Parents of students in the Toddler and Primary classrooms will receive written class summaries and will be contacted later in the month to schedule observations in the classroom in February.  Parents of students in Grades 1-4 will receive written progress reports accompanied by comments from each teacher.

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Tomorrow, Monday, December 11, is our final Dress Down Day for Holiday Families, $3 or gift donation. This year, we are sponsoring four refugee families from the Greater Portland Area with a combined total of 20 children! We are working to gather or purchase all the winter necessities for their first Maine winter, in addition to providing a few toys and treats for the children. All of the donations will be wrapped and delivered to the families this week. Thank you for helping to make the season bright!


sick-childIf your child is sick, please have them STAY HOME for the benefit of their health and the health of the school community. Indicators for staying home: vomiting or being too nauseated to eat breakfast; a throat so sore it hurts to swallow; a temperature of 100° or higher; incessant coughing or nose blowing; a pounding, blinding headache; utter exhaustion or aching all over. To return to school, the symptoms listed should be significantly decreased, if not resolved, AND the child should be fever free without use of Advil/Tylenol for 24 hours. If you are wondering whether you have a cold or the flu, please check here for additional information. A reminder that students are not permitted to possess any medication, over-the-counter or prescription, at school. If a student requires medication during school hours, please contact the school nurse. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Moody.


Students will have several options for after school activities this spring semester.

  • briohippityhopBrio Dance Studio will offer an introduction to hip hop and jazz dance styles to boys and girls ages five through eight. This all-level class will encourage creativity and expression through dance as well as include basic dance technique, a warm up, taking turns, and working with a group.


  • Mad Science of Maine will be offering two classes for students in kindergarten through fifth grade this spring:  Jump into the Future and Engineering Mania. Jump into the Future begins on Tuesday, January 23. Check here to register or for more information.


  • gotr-logo-color-2Girls in grades three through five will have the opportunity to join an NYA Girls on the Run (GOTR) site later this spring. Each practice will focus on a topic related to the girls’ lives and include discussions, games and a running workout. The running practice helps to prepare the girls for an End of Season Celebratory 5K Run with other GOTR girls from all over Maine! Your daughter does not have to be a runner to participate; she can run, jog, walk, or skip her way to reaching her goal of crossing the finish line! To learn more about the GOTR program, check out these links: video 1video 2, and What is GOTR.


Things are already gearing up for NYA’s 2018 Summer Programs and now is your opportunity to gift the experience of camp this holiday season! Feel free to share with grandparents or other family and friends. Gifts of experience are thoughtful and create memories that last well beyond the day they are gifted. Contact summer@nya.org or (207) 847-5458 to purchase and make your very own happy camper!


There will be an Open Skate on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena. Families and friends are welcome! Helmets are required and no hockey sticks please. Immediately following the open skate will be the Alumni Hockey Game (3:10 p.m.). Everyone is invited to stay and watch the game. Refreshments will be provided in the warm room. For more information, please contact Development & Events Coordinator, Crystal GordonWe hope to see you there!


The NYA Parents’ Association is excited to have Ian Ramsey join Ben Jackson for our first Morning Forum of the year on Wednesday, December 13 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room. Come listen, learn, and ask questions about the Kauffmann Program before Ian leaves on his sabbatical for the spring semester.  We hope you can attend.  It’s always very informative, so please spread the word.  Coffee and refreshments will be provided.  ~ Laura Bergeron (P ’22)


On Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m., Parker Elkins (son of Ms. Jen!) and the NYA Bluegrass Ensemble will be giving a recital in Higgins Hall. Parker will be playing electric blues, including Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. The Bluegrass Ensemble will play a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes. The entire community is welcome.  There will be a reception to follow.


woodhullNYA’s Parents’ Association is hosting a Parents’ Night Out event for all NYA parents on January 17, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Woodhull Public House in Yarmouth. Babysitting will be available at the Lower School for toddlers through fourth grade students from 4:45-7:15 p.m. We hope to see you there!

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Please be sure to LABEL all outdoor items, even if you think they don’t need it. Your children travel NYA’s campus several times a day, and it makes for a smoother transition when we can easily find all coats, boots, mittens, snowsuits, hats, and slippers. Some parents find it helpful to sew a large colored button or tie a piece of the same colored ribbon onto all their child’s items, in addition to labeling. This helps your child (and the adults dressing them) gather their gear more easily while promoting independence.

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The Lower School Arts Celebration will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at 2:30 pm in the gym (snow date = Thursday, March 1).  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!


Project Graduation is an all-night event including several organized, adult supervised, alcohol-free activities offered as part of a post-graduation party for our NYA seniors.  Since September, we have been collecting and redeeming returnable bottles and cans through the CLYNK system at Hannaford. Collecting returnable bottles and cans is one of the ways we fund-raise for this annual event.  This is an easy way for NYA families to support our seniors’ night of fun in a safe and memorable way right after graduation. Please pick up a pre-tagged CLYNK bag, take it home, fill it up and drop it off at any Hannaford CLYNK location. Pre-tagged CLYNK bags can be picked up in the following locations on campus:  Upper School office, Middle School office, Lower School office, and the Snack Shack.  Thank you very much for supporting our fundraising efforts this way! ~Jen Elkins, Kate Silvers, and the Project Graduation Committee

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Looking for a great all-around workout to start the new year? Check out Winter Bootcamp at NYA’s Travis Roy Arena with Shelby Turcotte, Performance Enhancement Specialist. Makes a great holiday gift!


12/11 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families gift item or $3
12/12 Upper School Winter Concert & Art Opening, Curtis 6:30 p.m.
12/13 Mindfulness with Ian Ramsey, MSCR 7:00 a.m.
12/13 Morning Forum with Ben Jackson, MSCR 8:00-9:00 a.m.
12/13 Parker Elkins & Bluegrass Recital, Higgins Hall 6:30 p.m.
12/15 Last day of classes before Winter Break
12/18-1/1 Winter Break
12/23 Open Skate for Families & Friends, Travis Roy Ice Arena 1:30-3:00 p.m.
12/23 Alumni Hockey Game, Travis Roy Ice Arena 3:10 p.m.
12/23 Alumni Gathering, Romeo’s Pizza, Yarmouth 5:30 p.m.
1/1 New Year’s Day NO SCHOOL
1/2 Classes resume; Second Semester begins
1/3 Winter Bootcamp begins
1/9 Dress Down Day in support of the Travis Roy Foundation $3
1/17 Parents Night Out, Woodhull Public House, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
1/23 Mad Science Jump into the Future begins, Mertz 611 3:15-4:15 p.m.
2/28 Lower School Arts Celebration, NYA gym 2:30 p.m.


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