Lower School Newsletter for March 4, 2018

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of special dress days, projects, and activities. Students have worked hard and had some fun and laughs with their friends and teachers. With the longer days and warmer temperatures, we know that spring is just around the corner. Before we settle in for the final quarter of the year, we look forward to taking some time away to travel, to get busy with spring cleaning, and even just to spend a day in pajamas enjoying a good book. Wishing you all a very joyful break and wonderful time with friends and family! Let’s hope to return to a campus full of melted snow, sprouting leaves, and chirping birds.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools

LOWER SCHOOL ARTS CELEBRATIONls-arts-celebration-2018-50-resize

ls-arts-celebration-2018-106-resizeCongratulations to all of our students on a fantastic Arts Celebration! It was a pleasure to see and hear their many talents as part of the fabulous show. Special ls-arts-celebration-2018-68-resizethanks to Linda Vaillancourt, Christa Mecham, Jen Elkins, Jennifer Dunaway, Jess Smith, and Leslie Durgin for all their efforts in putting together this special event.


As we look ahead to spring, we are beginning to prepare for Lower School Grandparents’ Day. This special event is scheduled for Friday, May 11. In order to be sure that all grandparents and grandfriends are invited, please complete the Grandparent Information Form. Contact Crystal Gordon with any questions.

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Librarian Eliot Grady is pleased to announce NYA’s fifth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is “Share a Story.” Find someone to read to – your grandparents, your niece or nephew, your stuffed animal collection, whomever, whatever – and take a photo or a selfie and email it to Eliot. All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 21 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, and prizes awarded at Friday Forum on March 23. Get creative, have fun, and share a story!


NYA is delighted to be welcoming Dr. Ross Greene to campus on April 4. Dr. Greene is a child psychologist and founder of the non-profit organization, Lives in the Balance, originator of the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach, and a best-selling author. During the afternoon, Dr. Greene will be speaking with students in grades five through twelve and presenting to faculty and staff. We hope that you will be able to join us at 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room for a parent session with Dr. Greene. Light refreshments and babysitting will be provided.

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NYA’s Parents’ Association is hosting a Parents’ Night Out event for all NYA parents on Thursday, April 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Owl and Elm 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!


For morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, there are short-term parking spots reserved for Lower School families on the right-hand side as you head back toward Main Street and in the first few spots in the back lot. This is a busy area. Please use caution! Parents may drop off elementary students in the Curtis turn-around, but parking is not permitted in the turn-around. Please remember not to idle in the drop-off area or to park in the spaces designated for cars with handicapped tags or the spaces marked for Admission visitors. When staying for more than a few minutes (e.g. meeting with a teacher or heading to the playground), please park on Main Street, Portland Street, or the back lot and not in the drop-off spaces. We realize that space is tight and are looking at expanding options for next fall. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!


Mad Science of Maine will be offering a second class for students in kindergarten through fifth grade this spring. Engineering Mania begins on Tuesday, April 10. Register and find additional information here.

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During the months of February and March, Lower School students will be listening to books from the Chickadee Award list. The Chickadee Award is a picture book award program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. This award is in its twelfth year, and is given annually to one of ten picture books nominated by a committee of teachers, librarians, and early literacy professionals. The winner is chosen by Maine school children. The purpose of this award is to encourage children to develop an appreciation for excellence in writing and illustration that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The evaluation process helps children to understand and interpret books as well as to express and support their judgment about text and pictures with convincing evidence. Our students will listen to book talks from ten of their classmates and then vote for their favorite book at our Chickadee Voting Event on Tuesday, March 27 in the Middle School Community Room. Their votes will be included in the statewide tally to select the winning book!

EXPERIENCE SUMMER AT NYAsummer-programs2018

Registration for Experience Summer at NYA is now open. 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, magic, and more! Register by April 15 to receive the early bird discount!


The 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 Fatou Diagana by February 23. 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 1. Payment may be made directly to the Business Office, and checks should be made out to NYA Yearbook.


Alex Kloza and Crystal Gordon 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. There are several dates being offered during our March break: Monday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.; Friday, March 9, 3:00 p.m.; Monday, March 12, 3:00 p.m.; and Friday, March 16, 3:00 p.m.


3/5-3/16 March Break
3/5, 3/9, 3/12, & 3/16 NYA Family, Friends, & Alumni Open Skate, NYA Travis Roy Ice Arena 3:00 p.m.
3/19 Classes resume
3/20 Deadline to submit photos for March Break Reading Challenge
3/23 End of third quarter
4/4 Dr. Ross Greene Presentations
4/5 Parents’ Night Out, Owl and Elm, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
4/6 Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon, MSCR
4/16 Patriots’ Day NO SCHOOL
4/17 Spring In-Service/Lower School Parent Conferences NO SCHOOL
4/20 Spring Choral Concert (grades 6-12), YPAC 6:30 p.m.
4/24 Poem in Your Pocket Day
4/24 Spring Strings Concert (grades 3-12), First Parish Church 6:30 p.m.
4/26 Spring Instrumental Concert (grades 6-12), NYA Gym 6:30 p.m.
4/27 Poetry Out Loud Presentations
5/3 Fifth Grade Arts Night, Higgins Hall 5:00 p.m.


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