Knight Notes

Yarbrough Elementary Newsletter - March 2020

Quick Glance at Important Dates

March 2nd-6th - National School Breakfast Week

March 5th - Music Makers Choir Concert

March 6th - End of Quarter Celebration at the Movies

March 6th - Club Day

March 6th - Jump Rope for Heart Donations Due

March 9th-13th - Spring Break

March 19th - Battle of the Books District Competition

March 23rd-27th - Teacher Appreciation Week

March 31st - Vaccination Clinic - 5th Graders

April 10th - Last Day to Log Six Flags Reading Minutes Online

April 28th - Family Book Club

PTO News

Please remember to attend our spirit nights this spring and stay tuned for ways to participate in Teacher Appreciation Week 3/23-27th.

Send an email to if you'd like to be involved with the PTO board or committees for the 2020-2021 school year.

Music Makers Choir Concert

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From the Lunch Line

The cafeteria is celebrating National Breakfast Week, “Out of This World," March 2nd – 6th. We will have a competition to see which grade makes it to the moon first with Admiral Apple “Sir Crunch” (Mr. Forster 4th grade & Dr. Baugh 5th grade) in command.

Please send in lunch money, we would like to have all charges up to date by Spring Break.

Family Book Club

We are excited to announce the book for our final Family Book Club of the school year, Wish by Barbara O’Connor!

Students may purchase the book by bringing $1.50 cash to Mrs. Brandt. The books will arrive mid-March.

The Family Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 28th, and you may choose to attend the breakfast club (7:00-7:30) or the lunch club (11:30-12:00). If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shannon Brandt at

Nurse Notes with Nurse Julia

Attention Parents/Guardians of 5th grade students

What: School Based Vaccination Clinic

When: Tuesday, March 31st

Where: Yarbrough Elementary School

Who: Eligible 5th grade students

Why: To provide recommended vaccines Tdap, HPV, and MCV

How: Students will receive a consent form to take home after Spring Break

Art Action with Mr. Daniel

We are "Ready, Set, Go!!" as we move towards the spring of the year in art.

Our fourth grade artists are using their creative ability, skill-set, proportion, color schemes and watercolor techniques, to develop portraits of their "Favorite Alabamian." Our fourth graders have been exploring the legacy of several famous Alabamians during Social Studies class. We will explore a variety of color schemes and watercolor techniques to paint vivid interpretations of several of these famous individuals in portrait form. We will also explore the works of Winslow Homer.

Our fifth grade artists are using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, to produce vivid collages titled: "A Walk In The Forest" (or Foreground, Middle-ground, Background Collage). We will also use overlapping, visual texture, a variety of color schemes, and construction paper to produce these compositions. The works of Man Ray will be explored during this project.

The Computer Lab Latest with Miss Ball

In computer lab the students are working on strengthening their typing skills using our typing program, Edutyping. They are also responding to writing prompts using Office365. Our state test in April includes an online writing assessment, so these exercises will help our students be ready.

Fitness Fun with Coach Smith

In March students will participate in Fun Team Games, Mini Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Soccer Golf. We will also learn math problems and sports & fitness reading skills. We would like to wish our interns, Brana and Jeramiya, much success as they continue their internship at Opelika Middle School this month.


Homework Fitness Challenge is in full swing. Students may turn it in at the end of each month to win cool prizes.

-March 6 -Last day to turn in Jump Rope for Heart Donations Online

-March 20 Reveal the Jump Rope for Heart total donations

-March 30- Fit Knight Calendar Due

Media Memos with Mrs. McGilberry

Thank you to all who helped with the book fair last week! I couldn’t have done it without you. Also, a big thank you to all who purchased books. We made about $6,000 which is a great profit for our library. I will be using this money to buy additional robots and resources for our stations. More than the money, I want to thank you for all of the books that you bought for our students. You have helped me in encouraging our students to love reading!

As for the library lessons, we have finished our research projects and Clips videos. It has been a great learning project for us all. The videos are all available on my library webpage. I know that your student would love to show you their hard work!

Music Messages from Mrs. Oprandy

Fifth grade students learned to play the “KidStix." “KidStix” uses unconventional materials to create four different instruments, the Beat Board (cutting board), Crash Can (large can from the cafeteria), Tambourine, and Stick Clicks (hitting drum sticks together). When playing the instruments on their Stick Station, student grow in their understanding of form, steady beat, rhythmic subdivision, and reading music scores. It also helps to introduce students to a wide variety of music pieces and composers. Students also got creative as they worked with a small group to create and perform their own movements to the song “Dum Dum Dada."

Fourth grade students focused on making music (not just sound) when playing the recorder this past month. They took everything they had learned over the years about rhythm and notation and put it all together to successfully read music while playing the recorder. They learned to play the notes B, A, and G on the recorder, so they’re ready for Recorder Karate. Recorder Karate for fourth graders begins March 16. Students must be able to play the Recorder Karate songs with all correct notes, all correct rhythms, steady beat, and a good sound in order to earn belts.

Venture Visit with Mrs. Price

We have concluded our chess unit as the students learned how to put their opponents in check and checkmate. I encourage students to play chess at home with family members or on the computer at We have also been working on our problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills as the students worked in teams to build a barge out of a 15 cm square of aluminum foil. We tested our boats to see which ones would hold the most pennies. Our school record was 78 pennies! Congratulations Jaquez and Alex!

Fifth graders are currently testing their knowledge of gravity as they build and test parachutes that will carry a hard boiled egg without cracking. Fourth graders are building, exploring and excavating rock layers.

It’s certainly a busy time in Venture!!

The Counseling Connection with Mrs. Walsh

In Guidance class we are finishing up with our career development lessons. Students have learned what a career is and the major factors in choosing a career in their future. Education is continuously being stressed and graduating high school is a must! Students are to be proactive as they get to choose how far they decide to go with their educational pursuit after high school. The sky is the limit; please challenge your students to give their best every day in school. The higher your expectations, the better results you will see.

We will begin our lessons on Diversity in March. The concept refers to understanding that each individual is unique/special, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. Cultural diversity is important because our country, workplaces, and schools increasingly consist of various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. We can learn from one another, but first we must have a level of understanding about each other in order to facilitate collaboration and cooperation. Please spend some time talking about diversity with your children.

Quote of the month:

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

Stephen R. Covey