Middle School Newsletter for December 10, 2017

It is hard to believe how quickly the days have passed and that our fall semester is now coming 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 and set new goals, perhaps expanding one’s social circle, improving study habits, or trying a new sport. When we return from the Winter Break, we will begin both a new semester and a new year – 2018! 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


Report cards and comments for the Fall Semester will be sent out via email in early January. Report cards list each class with the teacher and letter grade. Comments written by each teacher accompany the report cards. These provide more detailed feedback on the student’s performance in class, highlighting strengths and offering suggestions about areas to work on.

Enrichment courses are graded on a 1-3 effort scale: 3 = does not meet expectations; 2 = fully meets expectations; 1 = goes above and beyond expectations. These effort grades can be found on the comment but will not appear on report cards.

If there are any questions about report cards or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Marissa Markonish, the advisor, or the individual teacher. Students have worked very hard this semester and have made significant progress since the beginning of the year. They should be proud of their success!

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Tomorrow, Monday, December 11, is our final Dress Down Day for Holiday Families, $3 or gift donation. This year, we are sponsoring four refugee families from the Greater Portland Area with a combined total of 20 children! We are working to gather or purchase all the winter necessities for their first Maine winter, in addition to providing a few toys and treats for the children. All of the donations will be wrapped and delivered to the families this week. Thank you for helping to make the season bright!


sick-childIf your child is sick, please have them STAY HOME for the benefit of their health and the health of the 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 check here for additional information. 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.


There will be a special Middle School schedule on Friday, December 15, allowing us to end the day with a special treat. Students will have the choice of open ice, gym games, or a holiday movie. Helmets are required on the ice.

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Also on Friday, December 15, students will be cleaning out their lockers for the Winter Break. This will help the maintenance staff do a thorough cleaning and allow us to have a fresh and organized start to the new year!


Middle School students enrolled in new enrichment courses for the Spring Semester last week. Check out the offerings for this spring. Courses will begin on Wednesday, January 3.


Things are already gearing up for NYA’s 2018 Summer Programs and now is your opportunity to gift the experience of camp this holiday season! Feel free to share with grandparents or other family and friends. Gifts of experience are thoughtful and create memories that last well beyond the day they are gifted. Contact summer@nya.org or (207) 847-5458 to purchase and make your very own happy camper!


There will be an Open Skate on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at NYA’s Travis Roy Ice Arena. Families and friends are welcome! Helmets are required and no hockey sticks please. Immediately following the open skate will be the Alumni Hockey Game (3:10 p.m.). Everyone is invited to stay and watch the game. Refreshments will be provided in the warm room. For more information, please contact Development & Events Coordinator, Crystal GordonWe hope to see you there!


The NYA Parents’ Association is excited to have Ian Ramsey join Ben Jackson for our first Morning Forum of the year on Wednesday, December 13 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Middle School Community Room. Come listen, learn, and ask questions about the Kauffmann Program before Ian leaves on his sabbatical for the Spring Semester.  We hope you can attend.  It’s always very informative, so please spread the word.  Coffee and refreshments will be provided.  ~ Laura Bergeron (P ’22)

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Congratulations to all of the performers, artists, and musicians and to Nora Krainis, Tim McMahon, and Linda Vaillancourt on a fantastic evening! It was a wonderful event and a testament to the talents and hard work of our Middle School students. Thank you to Heidi Lathrop, Laura Bergeron, and the parent volunteers!


Kiva is a non-profit organization that coordinates the giving of microloans to under-served entrepreneurs around the world. NYA’s Kiva club is organizing a Change for Change fundraiser that began after Thanksgiving break and will run until Friday, December 15. Each grade will have a class jar to collect change. The collection jars for the Middle School will be located on the table to the right of the Middle School reception desk. Quarters and pennies are “positive” coins — add them to your grade’s jar to increase your total. Nickels and dimes are “negative” coins — add them to other grades’ jars to lower their totals. $1 and $10 are positive, $5 and $20 are negative, $50 and $100 bills are positive. The grade with the highest total on December 15 will receive a free Dress Down Day when we return from Winter Break. Thank you for your donations!


On Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m., Parker Elkins and the NYA Bluegrass Ensemble will give a recital in Higgins Hall. Parker will be playing electric blues, including Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. The Bluegrass Ensemble will play a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes. The entire community is welcome. There will be a reception to follow.


Students in the fifth grade will have some options for after school activities this Spring Semester. Mad Science of mad-scienceMaine will offer two classes for students in kindergarten through fifth grade this spring:  Jump into the Future and Engineering ManiaJump into the Future begins on Tuesday, January 23. Check here to register or for more information. In addition, girls in grades three through five will have the opportunity to join an NYA Girls on the Run (GOTR) site later this spring. Each practice will focus on a topic related to the girls’ lives and include gotr-logo-color-2discussions, games, and a running workout. The running practice helps to prepare the girls for an End of Season Celebratory 5K Run with other GOTR girls from all over Maine! Your daughter does not have to be a runner to participate; she can run, jog, walk, or skip her way to reaching her goal of crossing the finish line! To learn more about the GOTR program, check out these links: video 1video 2, and What is GOTR.


woodhullNYA’s Parents’ Association is hosting a Parents’ Night Out event for all NYA parents on January 17, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Woodhull Public House 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!


Project Graduation is an all-night event including several organized, adult supervised, alcohol-free activities offered as part of a post-graduation party for our NYA seniors.  Since September, we have been collecting and redeeming returnable bottles and cans through the CLYNK system at Hannaford. Collecting returnable bottles and cans is one of the ways we fund-raise for this annual event. This is an easy way for NYA families to support our seniors’ night of fun in a safe and memorable way right after graduation. Please pick up a pre-tagged CLYNK bag, take it home, fill it up and drop it off at any Hannaford CLYNK location. Pre-tagged CLYNK bags can be picked up in the following locations on campus:  Upper School office, Middle School office, Lower School office, and the Snack Shack.  Thank you very much for supporting our fundraising efforts this way! ~  Jen Elkins, Kate Silvers, and the Project Graduation Committee

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Looking for a great all-around workout to start the new year? Check out Winter Bootcamp at NYA’s Travis Roy Arena with Shelby Turcotte, Performance Enhancement Specialist. Makes a great holiday gift!


12/11 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families gift item or $3
12/12 Upper School Art Opening & Winter Concert, Curtis Gallery and Curtis Gymnasium 6:30 p.m.
12/13 Mindfulness with Ian Ramsey, MSCR 7:00 a.m.
12/13 Morning Forum with Ben Jackson, MSCR 8:00-9:00 a.m.
12/13 Parker Elkins & Bluegrass Recital, Higgins Hall 6:30 p.m.
12/15 Last day of classes before Winter Break
12/18-1/1 Winter Break
12/23 Open Skate for Families & Friends, Travis Roy Ice Arena 1:30-3:00 p.m.
12/23 Alumni Hockey Game, Travis Roy Ice Arena 3:10 p.m.
12/23 Alumni Gathering, Romeo’s Pizza, Yarmouth 5:30 p.m.
1/1 New Year’s Day NO SCHOOL
1/2 Classes resume; Second Semester begins
1/3 Spring Enrichment (X-Block) Courses begin
1/3 Winter Bootcamp begins
1/9 Dress Down Day to support the Travis Roy Foundation
1/17 Parents Night Out, Woodhull Public House, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.


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