Lower School Newsletter for February 9, 2020

It is hard to believe that there are only four weeks of classes until March break! These weeks are packed with numerous special events, from skating at NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena and celebrating friendship in honor of Valentine’s Day to spirit week festivities and the Lower School Arts Celebration. At this time of year, we take time to enjoy final adventures in the snow and begin to dream of the longer days of sun and blooming flowers that springtime will bring. This is also a time of tremendous learning in the classroom, as students build on prior learning and stretch themselves to take on new challenges. Families can nurture this learning by reading every day with their child, making school a priority in their schedules, providing encouragement, especially when taking on a challenge, and supporting the teachers in all that they do. Thank you for your help!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


Enrollment agreements were sent out last week with a March 1 deadline. We appreciate your prompt return of these agreements as staffing and schedules for next year will be constructed based on students whose re-enrollments are submitted by March 1. Several classes will be fully enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year, and we cannot guarantee spots for families who do not re-enroll by the deadline.


The NYA Middle School Basketball coaches and teams are delighted to provide a two day basketball clinic for students in grades K through five. The clinics will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 11 and 12 in the NYA gym. Clinics for K-2 will run from 2:45-3:15 p.m. and for 3-5 from 3:15-4:00 p.m. Students will learn some skills and practice drills under the guidance of the coaches and with the support of the Middle School players. Attire is shorts, t-shirts, and sneakers. There is a sign-up sheet for interested students at the Lower School reception desk. Please sign up by the end of the day on Monday, February 10 and indicate if you will pick up your child in the gym or s/he will be returning to After Care. Thank you to the teams for providing this opportunity!


The Lower School Arts Celebration will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the gym (snow date is Thursday, March 5). This year’s theme is Hawaii! Doors will open at 2:10 p.m. for parents and families to enjoy the art show. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. All Primary and Elementary students will take part in a musical performance. Dress for the performance is bright “tropical” attire. Following the concert, families are invited to stay for a brief reception that will conclude at 3:15 p.m. We ask that parents sign out their children before departing from the gym. The usual sign-out sheets will be on a table by the gym door. Please sign-up with Leslie if your child will be attending After Care following the concert. We look forward to seeing you there!


North Yarmouth Academy presents Sister Act. This show, written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, is based on the 1992 movie of the same name. Sister Act tells the story of Deloris van Cartier, an aspiring Philadelphia nightclub singer, who is forced into hiding after witnessing her gangster boyfriend commit a murder. The police place her in a convent, knowing that this is the last place on earth her boyfriend would look. The bold and brash Deloris is put in charge of the convent’s ailing choir, which soon becomes a hit performing group. While the show is quite fun, it contains some mature subject matter and gun violence, thus it may be more appropriate for older children. Parental guidance is suggested. Performances will be Friday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.00, and can be reserved through Mary Goodrich. Mary can also be reached by phone (847-5432) for ticket reservations between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Ticket pre-sales will close at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 21.


Class C Girls Preliminary Game
Hall-Dale Bulldogs @ NYA Panthers
Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. tip-off
A win sends NYA to Augusta the following week.
There may be an MPA admission fee for this game. We will confirm once we know.

Class C Boys Quarterfinal Game
NYA vs winner of Richmond vs. St. Dom’s
Monday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. tip-off, Augusta Civic Center
MPA Admission fee $10 adults; $5 students/65 and older

Come cheer on our Panther basketball teams!

STUDIO BAND – LAST WALTZ!Studio Band Last Waltz 2019 NYA

On Friday, February 28, the NYA Studio Band will perform in the annual “Last Waltz,” their final show of the year. Student musicians from grades 9-12 will play a diverse set of songs by contemporary and classic artists ranging from Red Hot Chili Peppers and REM to Weezer and Kanye West. The concert will take place in Safford Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and promises to be a fun time for all ages. Come out and jam to some awesome tunes and great performances!  ~ Ian Ramsey and Ross Markonish


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 some dates have already filled up. Rate for this care is $80/day. If you plan to utilize this service, please contact Leslie. The deadline to sign up for care over March break is Wednesday, February 19.


To help combat the winter doldrums, NYA plans a Spirit Week each year. This year, Spirit Week will be March 2-6. We will mix things up a bit with some special dress days and fun activities and projects. The special dress days might include pajama day, orange and black day, or wacky attire. Classroom teachers will send out details with specific information for each child’s class.


NYA will host its seventh annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. To celebrate the new Learning Commons, which will no doubt be a favorite spot for many students, this year’s Reading Challenge theme is “My Favorite Place to Read.” Grab your favorite book and go read in your favorite place – a comfy chair, a tree house, a ski lift, a beach chair, wherever you like best! Take a photo or a selfie; and email it to Eliot Grady. All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 25 to be considered. The pictures will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff, and a winner for each Division (Lower, Middle, Upper, and Faculty/Staff) will be announced on Friday, March 27 at Friday Forum and via newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!  ~ Eliot Grady


NYA is always recruiting new families for its Homestay Program. If you are interested in hosting a student or learning more about the program, please contact homestay@nya.org. Here is a link to additional information about the program.


2018 NYA YearbooksThe NYA Yearbook is a much-loved publication. The Lower School students do have a small section in the book, though the primary focus is on our older students. Yearbooks are available for $55. If you would like to purchase a yearbook for your Lower School student, please contact Sara Jaffe by February 21. Be sure to include the name and grade of your student(s). The yearbooks will be passed out to students during our NYA Picnic/Fun Day on June 4. Payment may be made directly to the Business Office, and checks should be made out to NYA Yearbook.


The Class of 2020 is selling Pat’s Pizza discount cards as a fundraiser for Project Graduation.  Each card sells for $10 and is worth many, many times that with the following discounts:

  • (2) $2 off large pizza
  • (2) free small cheese pizza with purchase of a large 2 topping pizza
  • (2) $2 off $10 purchase
  • (2) $5 off $25 purchase
  • (2) 15% off total bill

These cards are valid at Pat’s Pizza restaurants in Yarmouth, Brunswick, and Scarborough and can be used through August 15, 2020.If you would like to purchase any cards, please email Corinne Larson. The deadline for purchasing cards is February 15.

Beginning on February 21, the senior class will sell raffle tickets for 31 different prizes, including cash, tickets to Chicago at Merrill Auditorium, and gift cards to local artisans. Tickets are $5 each or you can buy 5 tickets for $20. Prizes will be drawn each day during the month of April! Tickets will be sold at each showing of Sister Act, or you can purchase tickets from any senior or their family!


Save the date for the annual NYA Soirée on Friday, May 15 at Portland’s Ocean Gateway. This year’s gathering will include a live and silent auction, games, food stations and hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and plenty of fun. Planning for the Soirée is underway by event committee members, Jen Edwards P ’30, P ’32, P’36; Jenn Yilmaz P’19, P’22, P’24; Jillaine Geary P’26, P’28; Diana Mutagoma P’22, P’25; Maryea Curtis P’30; Lissa Von Brecht ‘02; and Amity Jackson P ’21, P ’22, P ’26, in concert with the Development Office. If you have event ideas, want to get involved in planning, or are able to offer any auction prizes, please be in touch with the event planning committee or Crystal Gordon in the NYA Development Office. In the past, successful auction items have included jewelry, travel packages, concert and sporting event tickets, fine dining, and unique experiences. Let’s make this a fun, meaningful night for the NYA community!


The NYA Parents’ Association is looking for three volunteers to co-chair the NYA ice cream booth at this year’s Clam Festival. The co-chairs will work as a team, each with individual responsibilities. Primary duties include coordinating volunteers, running the booth during the Clam Festival, and ordering and coordinating the food and supplies. Laura Bergeron and Scott Frank have done a great job of running the booth for a number of years and will be available to train and answer questions, with Scott staying on as a co-chair this year. This is a fun event, a great way to meet people, and a very positive way to contribute to NYA and our fundraising efforts. Please contact Laurie Hegarty or Tori Baron with interest and questions.


2/11 & 2/12 Basketball Clinic for grades K-2, NYA Gym 2:45-3:15 p.m.
2/11 & 2/12 Basketball Clinic for grades 3-5, NYA Gym 3:15-4:00 p.m.
2/14 Experience NYA Admission Event 9:30-11:00 a.m.
2/15 Deadline to order Pat’s Pizza Discount Cards  
2/17 Presidents’ Day NO SCHOOL
2/19 Last day to sign up for March Break Care  
2/21 Deadline to order Yearbooks  
2/21 Drama Ticket Pre-Sales close 11:00 a.m.
2/21 Sister Act Performance, Safford 6:30 p.m.
2/22 Sister Act Performances, Safford 2:00 & 6:30 p.m.
2/28 Studio Band The Last Waltz, Safford 6:30 p.m.
3/1 Re-enrollment Deadline  
3/2-3/6 Spirit Week  
3/4 Lower School Arts Celebration, NYA Gym 2:30 p.m.
3/6 Last Day before March Break  
3/9-3/20 March Break NO SCHOOL
3/23 Classes resume; MS Spring Athletics begin  
3/25 Deadline for March Break Reading Challenge submissions 12:00 p.m.


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