Lower School Newsletter for March 5, 2017

The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of snow days and shoveling followed by numerous special events. While we have enjoyed these winter delights, we are ready now to take some time away to travel, to get busy with spring cleaning, and even just to spend a day in pajamas enjoying a good book. Wishing you all a very joyful break and wonderful time with friends and family!  Let’s hope to return to a campus full of melted snow, sprouting leaves, and chirping birds!

Marissa Markonish
Head of Lower and Middle Schools


Congratulations to all of our students on a fantastic Arts Celebration!  It was a pleasure to see and hear their many talents as part of the fabulous show.  Special thanks to Linda Vaillancourt, Christa Mecham, Jen Elkins, Jennifer Dunaway, and Leslie Durgin for all their efforts in putting together this special event.ls-art-celebration-march-2017-86-resizels-art-celebration-march-2017-50-resizels-art-celebration-march-2017-3-resize



As we look ahead to spring, we are beginning to prepare for Lower School Grandparents’ Day. This special event is scheduled for Friday, May 12. In order to be sure that all grandparents and grand-friends are invited, we ask that you complete the Grandparent Information Form. Contact Randall Thomas with any questions.

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NYA is hosting our fourth annual March Break Photo Reading Challenge. Read a book in a fun, creative, or exotic place, take a picture, and then email it to Jill O’Connor. All photo entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, March 22 to be considered. The pictures will be judged by a panel of faculty and staff, and a winner for each Division (Lower, Middle, Upper, and Faculty/Staff) will be announced on March 24 at Friday Forum and via Facebook and newsletters. Get creative, have fun, and READ!!  ~ Jill O’Connor


Renowned Tibetan Buddhist Monk Khen Rinpoche will be at NYA on March 20 to officially present a Mani prayer wheel to the Academy. This traditional Buddhist wheel is filled with thousands of mantras  which are the universal mantra of compassion. When the wheel is turned (clockwise), it releases these mantras of compassion into the world. Angmo Stanzin ’16, who was a student of Khen Rinpoche in India, will accompany him for this blessing.  This will take place in the Gym at 10:15. All are welcome to join.


As part of their preparation for the Africa Fair, the sixth grade class is sponsoring a Dress Down Day for KIVA ($3) on Wednesday, March 22. KIVA’s mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty” and enables donors to give microloans to entrepreneurs in over 80 countries around the world.  The sixth grade will work with NYA’s KIVA club to distribute the funds raised.


The NYA community is 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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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.

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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.


The NYA Yearbook is a much-loved publication. The Lower School students do have a small section in the book, though the primary focus is on our older students. Yearbooks are available for $55. If you would like to purchase a yearbook for your Lower School student, please contact Jill O’Connor by April 4. Be sure to include the name and grade of your student(s). The yearbooks will be passed out to students during our NYA Picnic/Fun Day on June 2. Payment may be made directly to the Business Office, and checks should be made out to NYA Yearbook.


During the months of February and March, Lower School students will be listening to books from the Chickadee Award list. The Chickadee Award is a picture book award program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. This award is in its twelfth year and is given annually to one of ten picture books nominated by a committee of teachers, librarians, and early literacy professionals, with the winner chosen by Maine school children. The purpose of this award is to encourage children to develop an appreciation for excellence in writing and illustration that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The evaluation process helps children to understand and interpret books as well as to express and support their judgment about text and pictures with convincing evidence. For more information, visit the Chickadee website. Our students will listen to book talks from ten of their classmates and then vote for their favorite book at our Chickadee Voting Event on Tuesday, March 28 in the Middle School Community Room. Their votes will be included in the statewide tally to select the winning book!  ~ Jill O’Connor


Last week’s Parents’ Night Out at The Woodhull Public House was well attended and so much fun! We look forward to seeing you for the next one on Thursday, March 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Owl and Elm Village Pub 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.



3/4-3/19March BreakNO SCHOOL
3/20Classes resume
3/20Assembly with Khen Rinpoche, NYA Gym10:15 a.m.
3/22Dress Down Day for KIVA
3/22Deadline to submit photos for March Break Reading Challenge
3/23Kauffmann Prize Ceremony, MSCR7:00-9:00 p.m.
3/28Chickadee Award Voting, MSCR
3/30NYA Parent Social, Owl and Elm, Yarmouth5:00-7:00 p.m.
4/7Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon
4/14Spring Bring A Friend To School Day
4/17Patriots’ DayNO SCHOOL
4/18Lower School Parent-Teacher ConferencesNO SCHOOL