Panther Cubs, the Online Newsletter for the Lower School for September 18, 2016

Butterflies!SmDear Families,
It is hard to believe that we are entering our third week of the school year and temperatures are finally beginning to feel more like fall. These opening weeks have been delightfully full of wide-eyed curiosity, smiles, questions, and giggles. Our toddlers have enjoyed getting to know their very special classroom space and traveling across campus to have fun in Creative Movement class with Miss Marti. The Monarch caterpillars are growing quickly and have hatched into beautiful butterflies in Miss Monique’s room. Mrs. Gagne’s class traveled to the Maine State Museum in Augusta for a special Bug Mainea exhibit. We look forward to more fun and engaging learning in the weeks and months ahead!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools

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Friday, September 30, is the start of Homecoming at NYA. Students are encouraged to wear ORANGE and BLACK to show their Panther Pride (dress down attire is permitted). We will dismiss all grades at 2:30 p.m. and then the festivities will begin. Our hope is that Lower School parents are able to pick up their child at 2:30 p.m. and join us in the homecoming fun. We understand that this may not be possible for some families, so if you will still need after care, please let us know so we can plan accordingly. There will be snacks, a bouncy house, face painting, sign painting, and other fun activities for the Lower School students to enjoy school spirit! The Parents’ Association class reps will be sending out information to parents about how to volunteer with manning the stations. There will also be an all-school cookout sponsored by the Upper School Executive Council. Come join the fun!


It is essential that we have current health forms on file for every student at NYA. If you have not already done so, please complete all necessary health forms as soon as possible and turn them in to the Health Office. Health forms can be found in the PARENTS tab at the top of our website. Contact Ashley Moody with any questions.

WeCanShannonCropIn celebration of creativity and taking risks, Mrs. Gallagher’s class read “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. She explained, “It is the story of a girl who wants to be an artist but doubts her talent. She goes on to inspire others to create! We painted a dot-themed mural and removed the word “can’t” from our vocabulary. We wrote “can” to remind us that we can do anything we put our hearts and minds to.” This is a portion of their mural.


Parents, please enjoy this letter of introduction from our new school counselor, Kate Danielson.


As part of appropriate safety and preparedness as well as meeting state mandates, NYA will be holding both fire and crisis drills approximately once per month throughout the year. The first of these drills will be happening soon. In the Lower School, we have a “soft entry” into the drills, e.g. having the first fire drill without the alarm. We also present them in a very age-appropriate manner, discussing how we practice both leaving the Lower School building as quickly as possible and staying inside the building as quietly as possible. Every effort is made to avoid making these anxiety-producing for the children, but a few may still become a bit fearful or nervous on these occasions. Please feel free to contact Marissa Markonish or your child’s classroom teacher with any questions or concerns.

Box Tops


The NYA Lower School is collecting box tops. If you would like to clip them, bring them in and we’ll submit them! The collection box will be on the small table in the Lower School lobby. Thank you! “Box Tops is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs and the money can be used to purchase anything the school needs. Over 80,000 K-8 schools participate and you can send Box Tops to school anytime. Each Box Top is worth 10¢ and the earnings are sent out to schools twice a year, in December and in April.”


• Thursday, September 22 – Mrs. Gagne’s Class Trip to Yarmouth Preserve for Scientific Observation
• Tuesday, September 27 – Mrs. Gagne’s Class at Fall Bay Day; Head’s Circle Dinner
• Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1 – Homecoming
• Monday, October 10 – Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
• Friday, October 14 – Middle and Upper School Grandparents’ Day (Lower School Grandparents’ Day is in May.)
• Friday, October 28 – End of first quarter
• Monday, October 31 – Halloween Costume Day and Parade


4th Grade Bug Mania