Middle School Newsletter for November 13, 2016

In Advisory this week, we spoke with students about the lasting impact of what is out on the internet and shared through social media. What was once called our “online footprint” is now referred to as our “digital tattoo,” as once something is online, it never truly goes away. Students are the authors of their own online story. When students tweet, chat, and post pictures and videos online, they also share the burden of co-creating the online story of their friends, classmates, and families. It is important to teach students that each item posted or shared is a decision they are making, and that decision will become an everlasting line in their stories, a permanent part of their personal tattoo. This is a vital topic for our students as social media is an integral part of their lives. We will continue the conversation at school and encourage families to engage in open dialogue at home. Many students have technological skills which far surpass our own, but it remains our job to support and guide them as each one writes the story of his or her life.

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


The seventh grade has been studying the biodiversity and water quality of the Royal River over the last two months. On Wednesday, November 30 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., they will present their findings in engaging science sessions focused on the anatomy of fish, macroinvertebrates, and water quality.  Additional information can be found here.  It is sure to be an exciting night!


Pizza Dinner:

Simplify your life!  The NYA Parents’ Association is hosting a pizza dinner beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, before the Middle School Evening with the Arts. The dinner, set up in Safford, includes Pat’s pizza, salad, drinks, and cookies at the very reasonable cost of $5 per person or $20 per family. Catch a quick bite and then enjoy the art and music events!  There will be a registration table at the door to collect cash or checks. Payments sent in early can be delivered to the Middle School Office.

Please RSVP to Heidi Lathrop by TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 at 5:00 p.m. so we can be sure to order enough pizzas.

Art Show:

From 5:25 until 5:55 p.m., families have the chance to come to the Middle School to view the art exhibit. Watch in admiration as you see the amazing works of art turned out by our talented students.

While families are viewing the art exhibit, students will be warming up for the concert: 5:30 for Chorus; 5:40 for Band, and 5:50 for Strings.


Families should report to the gym by 5:55 for the concert.  Come and enjoy as every Middle School student performs!  Dress code for the performers is Dress Up Day attire (long pants, ties, blazers for boys and knee-length skirts/dresses for girls).

This is a very exciting and important, yet hectic day for all of our performers. Most sports practices will be held as usual on this day. Drama rehearsal will end at 4:30.  Middle School staff will provide supervision for the students in the Middle School after practice until the pizza dinner @ 4:45.  Students will be assigned little or no homework on this night. We look forward to seeing you at this great event!


Tomorrow is the final day to bring in non-perishable food donations for the Preble Street Shelter. Students are asked to bring donations of the following items to the Middle School: Stuffing Mix; Rice; Pasta; Gravy; Canned Fruit and Vegetables; Coffee; Canned Soup; Canned Beans; and Cooking Oils. In celebration of the spirit of giving, students will enjoy a Dress Down Day tomorrow. Thank you for your generosity!


from Cathy Jakubowitch (Jack Kostelnik’17, Xander Kostelnik’19)

pumpkin-pieAttention all bakers (and want-to-be-bakers) in the NYA community! It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. Here is an opportunity for NYA families to reach out and help others who may be experiencing difficult times…in the form of a pumpkin pie (or 2 or 3)! Each year, The Root Cellar collects pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving meal baskets that go to families in need in the Greater Portland area. This is a tough time for many families and there is an increased need for food this year. For the past eleven years, our family has donated pies to the Root Cellar as part of the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Family Network. This year, we decided to extend an invitation to all NYA students and families to join in on this simple, yet fulfilling activity. Additional information on how to join this effort is available here.


Congratulations to the NYA students who recently auditioned for the District II Music Festival! These students auditioned in a group of roughly 1,300 area middle and high school musicians for a spot in January’s festival.  All of NYA’s students had remarkably strong showings, and we are happy to announce that several students were accepted to the festival!

Middle School Band: Madeleine Vaillancourt, flute; Laini Frager, clarinet; Camille Beaudoin, trumpet; Mike Hynes, baritone

Middle School Chorus: Jackie Ellsworth, soprano; Laini Frager, soprano; Madeleine Vaillancourt, alto

Middle School Orchestra: Laini Frager, violin; Madeleine Vaillancourt, cello


wreaths-2-resizeParent Volunteers for Wreath & Poinsettia Pick-Up

The Parents’ Association, in conjunction with Project Graduation, is hoping to fill our volunteer slots for wreath and poinsettia pick-ups! We have six shifts available over two days, and will need three volunteers per shift. Sign up here to volunteer. Contact Katie Woods with any questions. The Parents’ Association appreciates your continued support!

Parent Volunteers for Holiday Craft Fair

The Holiday Craft Fair is a substantial fundraiser for the Parent’s Association. Money raised from booth rental fees helps to support NYA teacher grant requests. Your participation helps to make this event a success and makes these vendors want to return year after year. We are looking for a few volunteers on Friday and Saturday to help set up, move vendors in, and take down after the event. Sign up here to volunteer. Help out & feel good!

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Looking for a great all-around workout this holiday season? Check out Holiday Bootcamp at NYA’s Travis Roy Arena with Shelby Turcotte, Performance Enhancement Specialist. Holiday Bootcamp is a program that provides adults with a great all-around workout using body weight, kettlebells, dumbbells, stability balls, as well as other movement in circuit style training sessions. And, it allows you to claim you’ve been “Shelby Trained”. There are three weeks of classes from November 28 through December 16, one session at 8:00 a.m. and one session at 12:00 p.m.


The winter season is a long one, and practice and rehearsal times vary as we share space on campus with other groups and teams. It is essential for students and families to plan carefully, to communicate frequently with coaches, and to reference the Schedule Star Athletic Calendar regularly. The student planners are a great tool for mapping out each week, marking in start and end times for practices or rehearsals and making note of any games or special events. Please be sure you have read details in the Middle School Winter Activities Update from Athletic Director Jack Hardy. Drama begins on Monday, November 14, and Middle School Winter Fitness Experience begins on Tuesday, November 15.


The NYA Library is once again holding its book sale at this year’s Holiday Craft Fair, and we would like your gently used, saleable books. We will accept books for ANY age, young children through adults. You can drop off your books in the NYA Library or at the reception desks in the Lower and Middle Schools. Please contact Librarian Jill O’Connor with any questions.


11/14 Dress Down Day for Preble Street Shelter Donate non-perishable foods.
11/14 Winter Drama begins
11/15 Middle School Winter Fitness Experience begins
11/16 Jon Turk Presentation
11/16 Lower School Drama presents Willy Wonka KIDS, Safford 2:30 p.m.
11/18 Last Day of Classes before Thanksgiving Break
11/19-11/27 Thanksgiving Break No School
11/28 Classes Resume
11/30 Seventh Grade Royal River Presentations, MSCR 6:00-7:30 p.m.
12/1 Lower School Open House 4:00-5:30 p.m.
12/3 NYA Holiday Craft Fair, Curtis building 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
12/7 Dress Down Day for Holiday Families $3.00
12/7 Middle School Evening with the Arts– Pizza Dinner, Safford, 4:45; Art Show, Middle School, 5:25; Concert, Gym, 6:00
12/16 Last Day of classes before Winter Break; Last day of first semester
12/17-1/2 Winter Break
1/3 Classes resume; Second semester begins