Lower School Newsletter for December 18, 2016

It is hard to believe how quickly the days have passed and that our fall semester has now come 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 – 2017! 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


primary-visit-the-ms-12-16Parents of children in Toddler 2, Primary 3, and Grade 4 are invited to set up a time for a Transition Meeting with Marissa Markonish, Head of Lower and Middle Schools, and Leslie Durgin, Associate Director of Admission and Lower School. These meetings offer the opportunity for parents to hear more about what to expect as children transition to the next level at NYA. Parents will be able to see sample schedules, receive a curriculum overview, ask questions, etc. Parents may sign up for a meeting time here. If the available times do not work with your schedule, please contact Marissa to arrange another time. We look forward to talking with you!


With the close of the fall semester, teachers plan to send out mid year reports to parents via email on Friday, January 6. 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.


If your child is sick, please have them STAY HOME for the benefit of their health and the health of thesick-child 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 click here.

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.

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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.


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!


Brio Dance Studio is once again joining with NYA to offer an after school dance class beginning in briohippityhopJanuary. The class will be an introduction to hip hop and jazz dance styles open 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. Dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and sneakers to class. Classes will meet on Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. (6 weeks total), from January 12 through February 16, 2017 (March 2 snow date). The cost is $80 per child, per session. Session size is limited to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 students. Interested students should sign up at Ms. Jen’s desk in the Lower School.


Our summer partner, GPS-Maine, is hosting a soccer clinic in the NYA gym on Sundays this winter for 3-6 year olds. The program begins on Sunday, January 15 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  This six-week program is $70 per player. For information or to register go to www.gps-maine.com/gpsjuniors.


Congratulations to the Lower School for their amazing work in the Cardboard Challenge! The students had the chance to put their creative engineering skills to work and enjoy each other’s creations. Thank you to Jill O’Connor for spearheading this event.



On Friday, December 9, students in grades one through four traveled to the Portland Science Center for a special exhibit of Dinosaurs Unearthed. The students took a step back to the Jurassic period and got up close and personal with dinosaurs! We saw twelve animatronic dinosaurs that appeared to come to life as they roared and moved as they would have 180 million years ago! We also saw full-sized skeletons! We became paleontologists at the excavation site, where we unearthed fossils. The students especially enjoyed learning the fact that it is now believed that Tyrannosaurus Rex had feathers as a baby! The feathers probably kept the baby warm and as the Tyrannosaurus Rex grew, the feathers became ornamental! Who knew Tyrannosaurus Rex was so stylish?  ~ Ellen Gagne


skates-image-picFAMILY 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. Open skate dates are coming up on Saturday, January 14, 2017, 5:30–6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, February 25, 2017, 5:30–6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Caroline Anson.




12/17-1/2Winter Break NO SCHOOL
1/3Classes resume on Tuesday, January 3; Second Semester begins
1/6Anticipated date to send out report cards and summaries
1/12Hippity Hop Dance Class begins
1/16Martin Luther King Jr. DayNO SCHOOL