Middle School Newsletter for March 26, 2017

We hope that you had a wonderful March break! It was so nice to welcome back the students and settle back into the routine of school. The days are slowly getting longer and warmer, and our student-athletes are eager for the spring athletic season to get fully underway and to spend more time outdoors. Spring Parent-Advisor conferences are also coming up in the next two weeks. This is an opportunity to meet with your child’s advisor to touch base on progress and goals and to plan ahead for the final months of the school year. As we enter the final quarter of the school year, time will move quickly, and summer will be on the horizon in the blink of an eye. We look forward to the many adventures that lie ahead!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


The eighth grade class celebrating at their Roaring 20’s party!


rafting-pic-3We are finalizing the reservations for the eighth grade class whitewater rafting trip in June. To help us determine the appropriate numbers for our reservation, we ask that you contact Heidi Lathrop by Tuesday, March 28 and let us know whether or not you anticipate your child will attend. Additional details and registration forms will be sent out in April. The cost for families is $135. Financial assistance is available; please contact Marissa Markonish for more information. This overnight trip is an opportunity for the entire eighth grade class to come together and celebrate their time in the Middle School. We will depart after NYA Picnic/Fun Day on Friday, June 2 and return late afternoon on Saturday, June 3. We hope that the entire class of 2021 will be able to join us on this exciting trip!


The Middle School parking lot is a very busy place. Please use caution! Be aware that the parking lot is one way, with the entrance side near Key Bank. Please remember not to park or idle in the drop-off area or in the spaces designated for cars with handicapped tags. In the morning, students should quickly exit the vehicle at the curb to keep the traffic flowing smoothly. In the afternoon, please park in a parking space and wait for students there. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!


Seventh graders designing river bank erosion experiments

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NYA is bringing Garbage to Garden on campus this spring to increase our environmental sustainability. Garbage to Garden provides curbside composting and is “so easy, you won’t even get your hands dirty.” The NYA Executive Council is spearheading the initiative and is planning a Dress Down Day and a speaker from Garbage to Garden. Due to scheduling challenges, this has been postponed to March 28.


The Middle School will be having a spring dance and are pleased to invite the sixth graders to join in the fun. The dance will be Friday, April 7, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Safford. There will be a DJ, decorations, and refreshments!  The cost is $5. This is the final Middle School dance for eighth graders and the first for sixth graders. We are looking forward to a fun and lively evening for all!

Parents: Students and chaperones will remain in Safford for student pick-up. Please arrive by 8:00 p.m., park, and come into Safford (the cafeteria) to pick up your student. Also, please let us know (note, email, or phone call) if your child will be picked up by someone else. Thank you!


I am thrilled to announce that next year I will once again offer an educational program to Philadelphia & Washington, D.C. (June 11-16, 2018). The trip is open to students currently in sixth and seventh grade. This year, students will have the opportunity to sign up for the trip a year in advance. Advantages of signing up early: you receive a discounted price, and you can spread out your payments over a longer period of time. Certainly, if you cannot commit to the trip at this time, there will be opportunities in the fall to sign up.

I will send home additional information with your student in the coming weeks – so please be on the lookout! In the meantime, I want to let you know about upcoming informational meetings that you are invited to attend to learn more about this amazing opportunity. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 26 at 8:00 a.m. in room 81 in the Middle School. I plan to cover all of the program basics, including the itinerary and the price.  If you are interested but cannot make either meeting, feel free to email or call (847-5435) with any questions you may have. ~ David Echeverria7-8-history-trip-pic-6-16


Parents and families of sixth graders are invited to come celebrate AFRICA with the sixth grade class! Enjoy artwork, beautiful displays highlighting various African countries, ethnic cuisine, music, and oral presentations.

WHENFriday, April 14, 12:15-2:00 p.m.  (Please note date change)

WHERE:  Middle School Community Room

WHAT:  An interdisciplinary celebration of Africa by the sixth grade!



Congratulations to the winners of this year’s March Break Photo Reading Challenge!  There were many fantastic photos, and it was a great deal of fun seeing a bit of what took place over the break for members of the NYA community. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos and to Jill O’Connor for organizing this enjoyable challenge.  It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s photo…


There are several important events coming up over the months ahead and we would like to help parents with your planning. The spring music concerts are listed in the For Your Planning section below. Fifth Grade Arts Night will be on Thursday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. in Higgins Hall. The NYA Soirée will take place on the evening of Friday, May 5 at Thompson’s Point in Portland. Middle School Field Trip Day will be on Friday, May 19. Middle School Recognition will be on the evening of Wednesday, May 24.  This event includes a concert, art show, numerous community awards, and presentation of eighth grade certificates.  Mark your calendars now!


The NYA community has been supporting NYA Project Graduation by collecting and redeeming returnable bottles and cans through the CLYNK program at Hannaford. In the coming months, there is a special opportunity for us to earn bonus funds for each bag returned. From February 17 – April 24, Hannaford will add 50 cents to each dollar of returnables labeled with the ‘NYA PROJECT GRAD’ sticker. Labeled CLYNK bags are available (free!) at the NYA Lower, Middle, and Upper School Offices. Please take a few to your home or office, fill them, and return to ANY Hannaford. Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts!  ~ Joanna See and Martha Barrett, Project Graduation Committee

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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 and more. New offerings this year include Wizard Magic Camp, Mad Science, Girls on the Run, Counselor In Training program (earn Safe Sitter babysitting certificate), and two levels of dance with Brio. Additional information on camps and registration can be found on our website. Early bird prices end April 15, so sign up soon!


owl-and-elmWe look forward to seeing you for the next at the next Parents’ Night Out on Thursday, March 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Owl and Elm in Yarmouth. The Upper School Make-A-Wish and Key Clubs will provide child care in the Lower School (suggested donation of $10/hour). The final outing of the year will be at Dockside in Falmouth on Thursday, April 13.


3/28 Confirmation for Eighth Grade Rafting Trip
3/28 Bake Sale hosted by Grade Four for the Maine Society for the Protection of Animals, Safford 12:00-12:20 p.m.
3/28 Garbage to Garden Dress Down Day and Assembly  $3
3/29-4/5 Parent-Advisor Conferences
3/30 Parents’ Night Out, Owl and Elm, Yarmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
4/6 Mary Cerullo, Author Visit
4/7 Mock Trial Field Trip to Bernstein Shur in Portland 10:15-11:55 a.m.
4/7 Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon
4/7 Sixth, Seventh, & Eighth Grade Dance, Safford, $5 6:00-8:00 p.m.
4/11 Dress Down Day for the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook $3
4/13 Parents’ Night Out, Dockside, Falmouth 5:00-7:00 p.m.
4/14 Spring Bring A Friend To School Day
4/14 Sixth Grade Africa Fair, MSCR 12:15-2:00 p.m.
4/17 Patriots’ Day NO SCHOOL
4/18 Faculty In-Service/Lower School Conferences NO SCHOOL
4/21 Spring Choral Concert, Grades 6-12, Yarmouth Performing Arts Center 6:30 p.m.
4/25 Seventh And Eighth Grade History Trip Informational Meeting, Savage 81 3:30 p.m.
4/25 Spring Strings Concert, Grades 3-12, First Parish Church, Yarmouth 6:30 p.m.
4/26 Seventh And Eighth Grade History Trip Informational Meeting, Savage 81 8:00 a.m.
4/27 Spring Instrumental Concert, Grades 6-12, NYA Gym 6:30 p.m.


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