Lower School Newsletter for May 21, 2014

It is hard to believe that summer vacation is on the horizon and that this will be the final Panther Cubs before we head off for the summer. It has been an exciting year in the Lower School, one full of growth and change and wonder. We have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with your children throughout the year and learning together with them. There are few things in life as full of joy as looking at the world through the eyes of a child. It has been an honor to teach your children and experience this with them. We wish you all a safe, happy, and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you again in the new school year!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!nya-awards-outing-day-2016-6245-resize

Mark your calendars — Friday, June 2, is our final day of the school year! Students will enjoy special events within their classrooms during the morning. These activities will conclude at 11:00 a.m., and children should be picked up at that time. We invite parents and students to join the entire NYA community for a cookout and fun-filled activities that afternoon. There will be a variety of stations located throughout the campus, including a bouncy house, games, a giant slip and slide, music, various charity fundraising activities, and the cookout. Please note that the cookout will begin around 12:00 p.m., so families may want to be prepared with snacks. The Fun Day festivities will conclude at 1:45 p.m., and Lower School parents and students are welcome to stay as long as they would like. We look forward to celebrating the end of the school year with you!


On Tuesday, May 23, students in grades one through four will hear from internationally acclaimed storyteller Antonio Rocha at Chickens and Crocodiles: Silly Stories for A Child’s Imagination at The Public Theater in Lewiston. Mr. Rocha has performed on six continents across the globe and delights children with his one person shows involving stories, mime, and audience participation.


On Friday, May 26, the Primary classes will have their annual Beach Day! Together with parent volunteers, they will head to the beach at Winslow Park in Freeport to enjoy a picnic and an afternoon of sun, sand, and fun.


cousins-islandOn Tuesday, May 30, the fourth grade students will enjoy a special outing to celebrate their time in the NYA Lower School. The students will head out around 12:00 p.m. with Ellen Gagne and Danielle Barschdorf, Middle School Science Teacher and Experiential Education Coordinator. They will begin their afternoon with a variety of cooperative games and challenges at Camp Soci and then have some fun at Sandy Point Beach on Cousins Island. They will enjoy an ice cream treat as they head back to campus around 2:30 p.m. We are looking forward to this time to celebrate together!

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Thank you to the many NYA parent volunteers who helped make the Lower School Grandparents’ Day such a special time for students and grandparents. We wish to thank Amity Jackson, Tara Johnson, Caroline Anson, the many parent volunteers, Linda Vaillancourt and the numerous teachers and staff who contributed to the event. Thank you for helping students to share NYA with their grandparents!

HOP-A-THON AND PAJAMA DAY CHALLENGEls-hop-a-thon-2017-24-retouch

On Wednesday, May 10, the entire Lower School took part in a Hop-A-Thon in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Lower School students and teachers gathered on the turf field to hop, skip, jump and play! Mr. Ramsey (aka “Mr. Ian”) led the festivities and the entire Middle School gathered to cheer us on. We raised over $150 in support of the MDA and celebrated with a Pajama Day on Tuesday, May 16 for the entire Lower School. Thank you for your support!

LOWER SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIALls-ice-cream-social-2017-82-resize ls-ice-cream-social-2017-43-resize

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s ice cream social. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect and meet some of the families who will join our community in the fall. The weather was beautiful, and the play area was full of smiling faces – many with ice cream or juice bar mustaches!

CLEAN OUT LOCKERS AND CUBBIESls-cubbies-lockers-18-resize

Parents, please remember to clean out your child’s cubby or locker for the summer break. This will help the maintenance staff do a thorough cleaning and allow us to start the new year fresh. Thank you!


Remember to check the Lower School’s lost and found bin before leaving for the summer break. We will be donating all unclaimed items after Friday, June 2.


Be sure to register for the Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament. The tourney is scheduled for Saturday, June 10 at Toddy Brook Golf Course in North Yarmouth. The tournament directly supports the Steve Morris Scholar Fund which was created in 2002 by a group of NYA alumni and friends in honor of beloved NYA teacher and coach Steve Morris. It’s a fun event for golfers of all abilities. We hope you can join us! Please contact Caroline Anson with any questions.


June 15 is the deadline for several forms required for the 2017-2018 school year, including health forms and off-campus travel and athletic participation release forms. All forms and instructions can be found at Returning Family Forms on our website. You can also reach this page from the dropdown menu under the ‘Parents’ tab on NYA’s homepage. Thank you for completing these forms by the due dates. It is a tremendous help to our faculty and staff!


Once again this summer, we will host a Lower School Family Picnic to gather families and teachers together before the start of the school year. The picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rising fifth graders and families will be invited to the New Middle and Upper School Student Orientation on Friday, August 25. More information on both events will be forthcoming in July.ls-picnic-2016-1-copy-resize


5/23Grades 1-4 Field Trip to Chickens and Crocodiles, the Public Theater, Lewiston9:30 a.m.
5/26Primary Class Beach Trip
5/29Memorial DayNO SCHOOL
5/30Fourth Grade Field Trip to Camp Soci, Cousins Island
6/2Last Day of School8:00-11:00 a.m.
6/2NYA Cookout and Fun Day11:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
6/4NYA Commencement, Front Lawn2:00 p.m.
6/10Steve Morris Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
6/15Returning Families Forms Due
8/23Lower School Family Picnic11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
9/5First Day of School!