Lower School Newsletter for April 23, 2017

Happy spring! At long last, we are beginning to enjoy true spring weather and can imagine that the end of the school year is just around the corner. The children are enjoying the chance to get outside each day for walks, playing on the playground, or special activities. We are all appreciating the longer days and brilliant sunshine.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


For the safety of our students, all Lower School students must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times when on the NYA campus. After signing students out at the end of the day, parents and/or guardians must remain with their children until they depart from campus. Whether on the playground, in the gym, on the lawn, or at a sporting event, parents should be close enough to maintain both visual and aural contact. If children wish to play on the playground after school, parents should stand within the fenced-in area. We remind families that priority use of the playground goes to After Care if the space becomes overly crowded. We love to see families taking advantage of our beautiful campus, and we appreciate your cooperation in this important matter so that we may continue to do so.


The sun’s rays are getting warmer (at long last), and it will soon be time to think about sun protection. We ask that parents apply sunscreen as needed before the start of the school day. Parents may also send in labeled sunscreen to Jen Elkins if reapplication is needed for After Care. Hats and long sleeves are also great for sun protection! Please be sure that your child has all necessary items for time outside, including a seasonally appropriate change of clothes.


Congratulations to the performers in Friday’s Choral Concert. It was a great show! There are three additional music performances over the weeks ahead:

  • Tuesday, April 25: Strings Concert, featuring all NYA string players, grades 3-12. This concert will take place at the First Parish Church in Yarmouth. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and Lower School students should arrive no later than 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: Instrumental Concert, featuring an array of NYA instrumental groups. This concert takes place in the NYA gym, and begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 4: Fifth Grade Arts Night, featuring the entire fifth grade class! Fifth charlie-browngraders will take part in the Strings Concert on Tuesday and they also will share their artistic, band, singing, and acting talents at the Fifth Grade Arts Night on May 4. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., students will present their band concert featuring small group, solo, and full band performances in the Higgins Black Box Theater. Next, the audience will be treated to the fifth graders’ singing and acting talents in their production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. The evening will wrap up with dessert for all performers and audience members.


On the afternoon of Thursday, April 27, Ms. Chapman’s class will head to Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport. They will have the opportunity to experience life on the farm, including special presentations about livestock and the life cycle, as a culmination of their unit on Charlotte’s Web. The students are looking forward to seeing the real-life versions of the animals and environment from that classic story!


Wednesday, May 10 will be a special day at NYA. While the Middle School is hosting the Special Olympics of Maine Motor Activities at the ice arena, the Lower School will take part in a Hop-A-Thon in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Lower School students and teachers will gather on the turf field to hop, skip, jump and play! We hope to raise awareness about others who may not have the same capabilities and also raise funds to donate to MDA. Teachers will be reading various books about children with disabilities to begin the conversation and explain the purpose of the Hop-A-Thon. We will have a collection jar by Miss Jen’s desk to accept donations. If we are able to raise over $100 for MDA, we will celebrate with a Pajama Day for the entire Lower School on Tuesday, May 16. Thank you for your support!


On Monday, May 8, students in grades one through three will head down to Merrill Auditorium in Portland for a special school-time performance of Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!”. This musical extravaganza is based on Mo Willem’s award-winning books. The audience will be treated to singing and dancing in this interactive presentation.

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As part of Lower School Grandparents’ Day each year, the students serve tea to their grandparents. We have been working to build a collection of teapots for this event and are still in need of additional teapots. Do you have a teapot you would like to donate for this special event? Please bring teapots to the Lower School reception area or contact Jen Elkins with any questions.


As we look ahead to spring, we are beginning to prepare for Lower School Grandparents’ Day. This special event is scheduled for Friday, May 12. In order to be sure that all grandparents and grand-friends are invited, we ask that you complete the Grandparent Information Form. Contact Leslie Durgin or Marissa Markonish with any questions. 


We will host a Lower School Ice Cream Social on Thursday, May 18 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. We will gather in the playground area (weather permitting) to play, socialize, and enjoy ice cream treats. This event is for all current Lower School families as well as new families who have been accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. For families who are not able to attend, After Care will be offered at the usual times.


On Friday, May 19, the fourth graders will join together with a group of eleventh graders for an exciting trip to the Museum of Science in Boston. The morning of museum-of-scienceMay 19, they will depart from the NYA ice arena at 7:45 a.m. and travel by coach bus to the museum (they will be sharing the bus with the Seventh Grade students who are traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston). They will have several hours to explore the exhibits, attend the presentation Fantastic Forces, and have lunch before boarding the bus and heading back to NYA (expected return time of 5:00 p.m.). Students should dress in orange and black, wear comfortable shoes, bring a sweatshirt or light jacket, and pack a lunch, snack, and water bottle. It should be an amazing trip!

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NYA Soirée: Fundraiser to support the students and programs at NYA. Friday, May 5 at Thompson’s Point. Thank you to event chairs Jen Edwards and Josie Griffin. We look forward to seeing you there!

Auction item sneak preview: Two Tickets to the US Open Tennis Championships donated by USTA New England

For more information visit our website. Click here to get tickets.



Representatives from Scott Simons Architects will be on campus to present a draft of a campus master plan for community feedback and discussion. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room.

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NYA offers a host of summer programs for toddlers to age 16. Camps include a variety of sports (tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer), art, theater, dance, circus, and more. New offerings this year include Wizard Magic Camp, Mad Science, Girls on the Run, Counselor In Training program (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate), and two levels of dance with Brio. Additional information on camps and registration can be found on our website. Act soon – camps are filling up!


NYA’s class of 2019 will be putting on a raffle for four sets of four tickets for different Sea Dogs games this summer. Four of the tickets are for Fourth of July, eight are for July 19, and four are for August 17. Beginning Monday, April 24, we will be selling raffle tickets throughout the school day and at various sports games for two weeks. The tickets will be $1 each or $5 for 10. This is open to the Lower, Middle, and Upper School families. Please help support the class of 2019!


clynk-picThe NYA community has been supporting NYA Project Graduation by collecting and redeeming returnable bottles and cans through the CLYNK program at Hannaford. In the coming months, there is a special opportunity for us to earn bonus funds for each bag returned. If you drop them off by Monday (April 24) Hannaford will add 50 cents to each dollar of returnables labeled with the ‘NYA PROJECT GRAD’ sticker. Labeled CLYNK bags are available (free!) at the NYA Lower, Middle, and Upper School Offices. Please take a few to your home or office, fill them, and return to ANY Hannaford. Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts!  ~ Joanna See and Martha Barrett, Project Graduation Committee


4/24 Final Day for CLYNK Bonus
4/24-5/5 Raffle for Sea Dog Tickets
4/25 Morning Forum with Ben Jackson, MSCR 8:00 a.m.
4/25 Dress Down Day for American Lung Association $3
4/25 Fourth Grade Field Trip to Maine State Society for Protection of Animals
4/25 Spring Strings Concert, Grades 3-12, First Parish Church, Yarmouth 6:30 p.m.
4/26 NYA Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/27 Ms. Chapman’s Class Field Trip to Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport  12:00-2:00p.m.
4/27 Spring Instrumental Concert, Grades 6-12, NYA Gym 6:30 p.m.
5/4 Fifth Grade Arts Night, Higgins 6:00 p.m.
5/5 Rome Event in Ms. Chapman’s Classroom 12:00 p.m.
5/5 NYA Soirée, Thompson’s Point, Portland 5:00 p.m.
5/8 Grades 1-3 Field Trip to Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!”, Merrill Auditorium, Portland 10:00 a.m.
5/9 Campus Master Plan meeting with Scott Simons Architect, Middle School Community Room 5:30 p.m.
5/10 Middle School Special Olympics, NYA Ice Arena
5/10 Lower School Muscular Dystrophy Association Hop-A-Thon, Lewis Field
5/12 Lower School Grandparents’ Day
5/16 MDA Hop-A-Thon Pajama Day
5/19 Primary-Grade 3 Arbor Day Celebration, Royal River Park, Yarmouth
5/19 Grade 4 Field Trip to Museum of Science, Boston  7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5/23 Grades 1-4 Field Trip to Chickens and Crocodiles, the Public Theater, Lewiston 9:30 a.m.
5/26 Primary Class Beach Trip
5/29 Memorial Day NO SCHOOL
5/30 Fourth Grade Field Trip to Camp Soci, Cousins’ Island
6/2 Last Day of School 8:00-11:00 a.m.
6/2 NYA Fun Day 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
6/4 NYA Commencement, Front Lawn 2:00 p.m.