Knight Notes

Yarbrough Elementary - August Newsletter - 2019

Quick Glance at Important Dates

August 15th - Family Book Club

August 16th - Business Sponsorships Due for PTO Fundraiser

August 19th - Curriculum Night, 4th grade - 5:00-6:00; 5th grade - 6:00-7:00

August 21st - Math Card Celebration

August 23rd - Reading Card Celebration

August 23rd - Y.E.S. Night at AHS Football Game

August 23rd - Deadline to Order School T-Shirt

August 29th - 5th Grade - Adventures in Art Field Trip

August 29th - 4th Grade - Vision Research Corporation Screening

September 2nd - Labor Day - No School

September 6th - Club Day

September 10th - Progress Reports

September 12th - Red Cross Blood Drive

October 18th - Parent Conference Day (No School for Students)

From Mr. Forster:

YES Parents,

It was wonderful to see our students coming back into the building on Thursday morning. Everyone was filled with energy and excitement for the year ahead. Our students did an excellent job getting settled in their homerooms and ready to start the day. Dr. Baugh, Mrs. Brandt and I were able to meet with every homeroom class on the first day to welcome our students back, talk about school rules and get our students thinking about the year.

We also briefly spoke with our students about school safety. As in previous years, we will continue to hold fire drills, severe weather drills and intruder drills so every student knows where to go and what to do in the event of an emergency. This year, as a school system, our drills will be unannounced. This will help prepare our students and teachers for any situation while they are on our campus.

A special thank you to our wonderful PTO who helped get our year off to a good start with a delicious taco salad bar luncheon. Our entire staff enjoyed piling their plates with taco salad and burritos. PTO parents delivered school supplies and sold t-shirts, YES magnets, decals and memberships – all to help benefit our school. We love our YES PTO!!!

I hope you and your student have a great year at Yarbrough Elementary.

Pete Forster

Principal, YES

PTO News

The Yarbrough PTO extends a big welcome to our new and returning families! We look forward to supporting the initiatives and activities of our school by enhancing the educational experience with volunteer engagement from our parent community. It was an awesome experience to connect with over 300 families during Meet the Teacher Night. If you missed picking up your PTO package, there is still time to purchase it through The package includes PTO membership, decal and a school shirt that will be worn for field trips and school events such as the Veterans Day program and the school wide music program. You also have the option to purchase a shirt only via the site. All orders are due by August 23rd.

"The Amazing Space Race" is our major fundraising event for the year, and we are raising funds to replace furniture in our media center. Forms for business sponsors, due August 16th, were placed in your child's welcome folder.

We encourage you to get involved with the PTO. If you have questions, ideas, or simply want to stay informed, send us an email at and connect with us via Facebook on the YES Parents page. We look forward to a wonderful year at Yarbrough Elementary School!


April Baker & Meg Podemski


Curriculum Nights

YES is excited to host our yearly Curriculum Night. On August 19th fourth grade parents will meet from 5:00 to 6:00, and fifth grade parents will meet from 6:00-7:00. Both groups will begin in the Media Center, then parents will split up to hear from their child's teachers. Childcare will be provided for children ages 3 and up so parents can have uninterrupted time with the teachers.

STAR Assessment

In the next couple of weeks, every student will take an online "STAR Assessment" in math and reading. These assessments help teachers know what skills have been mastered and aid teachers in designing curriculum that meets the needs of each student. Please encourage your student to do his/her best!

Family Book Club

If your family read Hatchet this summer, please join us for Family Book Club on Thursday, August 15th for breakfast (7:00-7:30) or lunch (11:30-12:00). Donuts and orange juice will be served for breakfast. Bring your lunch (cookies and lemonade will be provided). We will meet in the Media Center. Look for the Fall Family Book to be announced soon!

Summer Reading and Math Card Celebrations

Students who completed their summer reading and/or math cards will get to celebrate with two fun parties. The math celebration will be held during the student's lunch time on Wednesday, August 21st. Students will bring/buy their lunches, but a fun dessert will be provided. On Friday, August 23rd, a firetruck will come ready to spray their fire hose for the students who completed the entire reading card . Each participant should receive a flyer with all of the details and a permission slip for parents/guardians to sign.

Yarbrough Night at the AHS Football Game

All Yarbrough students are invited to join with Richland and Creekside students on the field before Auburn High School's football game on Friday, August 23rd. This is always a fun night to show our school spirit! The AHS Football Booster Club will offer the Future Tiger Football T-shirt again this year. Look for more information soon about our game night and the Future Tiger t-shirts.

Box Tops for Education and Publix Partners

Please help us earn money for special projects and activities by collecting/scanning Box Tops and becoming a Publix Partner! The Box Tops for Education Program has a new app where receipts can be scanned and the money will be directly deposited to our school's account. We will continue to collect the old Box Tops, so please drop them in the box in the office anytime. You may create or link your Publix account to our school and help us earn money each time you shop at Publix, too.

Nurse Notes with Nurse Julia

ACS Wellness Policy Guidelines / Medication Forms are found on the ACS website > SERVICES > HEALTH SERVICES.
You may also find information and links on our YES website > FOR PARENTS > SCHOOL NURSE

All medications kept at school must have a Prescriber Parent Authorization form (PPA) updated annually by a Prescriber and be delivered to school by an adult.
Medications must be in their original containers and all prescription medications must have a prescription label on the medication or include the box they came in.

4th grade parents/guardians:
Vision Research Corporation will conduct an eye screening for all 4th graders on August 29th.
Forms will be sent home with your student at a future date and you may opt out of the screening when you return the form.

We have many students with food allergies and we strive to keep them all safe at school.
Please be aware of the allergies in your child's classroom when packing lunches and snacks.
And always check with the teacher before bringing in food to share with the class.

Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions,
Nurse Julia

Lunch News

Please be sure to keep your child's lunch account up to date. Payments may be sent in with your child or placed online at My School Bucks.

Music Moments with Mrs. Oprandy

It’s going to be a great year in music class! Students will be singing, listening, playing, composing, improvising, reading and writing music this year, as well as moving to and responding to music.

Our school music program performances will be December 13. The music for this year’s school program will highlight aspects of Alabama’s history as told through song. Students will wear their school shirt with jeans, so I strongly encourage all students to purchase a school shirt now.

Fifth grade students received a letter at Meet Your Teacher Night about the opportunity to order a recorder through the school. If you would like to order a recorder for your child, please read this letter and follow all of the instructions. Fourth graders will play the recorder in the second semester and will have the opportunity to purchase a recorder through the school at that time.

Please check out my webpage for lots of music-related information. You can find songs for ukulele and recorder karate, information specific to each grade level (recorder letter for 5th grade), upcoming performances, Music Makers, and photos. Also, feel free to email me any time.

Art Adventures with Mr. Daniel

Welcome to Art with Mr. Daniel! I am Stuart L. Daniel, the Art Teacher here at YES. This program is designed to encourage students' artistic imaginations by fostering an environment of creativity, confidence, and problem-solving skills that are connected to every area of learning.

I plan on showing them foundational drawing, rendering, painting and sculpting techniques that will help them to have continuous success as a developing artist. We're looking forward to having a great year in Art!

I also serve as the Yearbook Coordinator for YES. Order your 2019-2020 Yarbrough Elementary School Yearbook today.

Customer Service: 1-877-767-5217


Stuart L Daniel

YES Art Dept.

Computer Lab Latest with Miss Ball

Dear Students and Parents,

I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer! I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back for another exciting school year. For those who are new to our school community, I extend a special welcome and thank you for choosing to join the Yarbrough family. In my classroom, I am committed to providing a high-quality education in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment designed to inspire and enrich life-long learning. Technology is everywhere and entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most importantly learn. I am looking forward to going on this journey with these amazing students.

Fitness Fun with Coach Smith

We look forward to a fit, healthy, and fun year in PE. There is link to our PE program's expectations, procedures and much more located on our PE website:

Also the "Fit Knights Homework Challenge" will start in September and will run throughout the year. Students can complete 3 activities per week and return the calendar to school to become a “Fit Knight” and pick something out of the treasure box.

For extra cool prizes students/parents can complete 2 physical activities per month and post on Instagram @coachsmithyespe to become eligible for an end of the month drawing. Parents and families are invited to participate as well! The monthly activities can be found on the YES PE website under

Media Messages from Mrs. McGilberry

This month in the library the students will be reviewing our library skills on how to successfully find books in the library. After all skills are mastered the students will be “breaking out” of the library. In addition to skills, the students will begin searching out and enjoying new worlds through books.

Venture Visit with Mrs. Price

My name is Julie Price, and I am so excited to be the new Venture teacher at YES!! What is Venture? Venture is a resource class where students participate in a variety of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to reinforce problem solving strategies and higher order thinking. Later in the year I will coordinate our Science Olympiad and Robotics Teams, as well as organize school events such as the spelling bee.

We kicked off the year making bouncing rubber balls. I would love to post photos of your students with their bouncy balls on my bulletin board. If you have a photo, please send it to During the next few weeks we will discuss different ways to cooperate and collaborate when working on various challenges. I have lots of fun and exciting projects planned for the year! We are going to “Have a Ball” in Venture!!

The Counseling Connection with Mrs. Walsh

What is the role of the school counselor?

Elementary school counselors foster the educational, career and social/emotional development of students throughout their academic careers. Our goal is to support students in reaching their full academic potential and enjoy a positive school experience. We work with students, parents, teachers, and staff members to help students receive the support needed to be successful. As counselors, we meet with students individually, in small groups, and in a whole class format (Guidance Class). We teach students various coping strategies, skills, and methods to handle various challenges. Students, parents, and teachers may request counseling services. All counseling services are brief and solution focused. We also provide referrals as necessary for more intense services at parents’ request. Counselors act as a liaison providing information and resources with school based support systems and outside agencies.

Guidance Lessons to be taught this year:

*What is a School Counselor?

*The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

Study Skills

Bullying/Prevention Strategies

Erin’s Law/ Healthy Choices



Communication Skills

Goal Setting


Career Exploration

Critical Thinking

Focus on Test Success

Safety/School Transitioning

*Denotes the first month’s lessons.

I am excited about getting to know all of our new students and look forward to serving as your student’s school counselor. I hope your student has a happy, healthy, and productive school year!

Kelly Walsh

Quote of the Month:

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”

Mother Teresa