Anna Yates Elementary Newsletter

May Mid Month Newsletter

With Just Four Weeks Left...

Dear Anna Yates Families,

With just four weeks of school left, we are wrapping up the school year and are looking forward to all of the end of year events and celebrations!

For those of you that have registered for summer school programming, we should be sharing finalized information with families shortly.

I look forward to ending this year with continued collaboration.


Mrs. Burke

Gr 5 Overnight Camp Was Amazing!

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Grades 4 and 5 Swim Lessons: Weeks of 5/15 and 5/22

Students in grades 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to participate in week long swim lessons. Only students with signed permission slips will be able to participate.

Ms. Johnson and Mr. Smith’s fifth grade students will begin swim lessons Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday the week of May 15-19 at 2:00 p.m.

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Fenimore’s fourth grade students will begin swim lessons Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday the week of May 22-26 at 2:00 p.m.

Students will be given access to the locker rooms located at the pool for changing. Students will come to school in uniform with swimsuits packed so they can change prior to the lesson; packing an additional change of clothes for after the lesson is recommended. They will also need a towel and a plastic bag to put wet suits and towels in after each swim lesson. Other items to consider would be swim caps and goggles.

Students will be dismissed from the pool. If your child is picked up after school, please expect them to run a few minutes behind; you are welcome to pick them up from the pool.

After School Program Registration Mandatory Meetings: May 17-19

The City of Emeryville's Expanded Learning Program (aka "The Rec" afterschool program) will begin the registration process for the 2023-2024 school year by hosting a MANDATORY parent/guardian orientation. Please plan to attend one of the following orientation dates in order to be eligible to register for program. Registration for program will open on May 31st online!

Mandatory Parent/Guardian Orientation Dates (choose one):

Wednesday May 17th at 6:00pm-6:45 pm in Building A

Thursday May 18th at 3:15 pm in the Teen Center (Building B)

Friday May 19th at 8:30 am in the Teen Center (Building B)

Parents/guardians will need to check in at the check in station to ensure their name and child's name are recorded on the attendance sheet. Only those names will be entered into Civic Rec as eligible to register their child for program. You will not be able to register online on May 31st if you did not attend one of the orientations. Please call the Rec. office if you need any special accommodations, 510-596-4395.

Lion King Performance: May 19

Please join us Friday, May 19th for our student performance of the Lion King!

Click Here for all the details including, tickets and seating, parking, refreshments, and more!

Location: Emeryville Senior Center

4321 Salem St, Emeryville, CA
Doors open at 6:00 pm, show starts at 6:30pm.

Gr TK/K New Student Orientation: May 24

We will have an in person orientation and tour on May 24 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. starting in the AYE lobby for any potential or incoming families so we hope to please spread the word with anyone that may be considering TK/Kindergarten programs for the upcoming school year.

Movie Night: May 26

We will have a Family Movie Night (Indoors) on May 26th from 6-8 p.m. as we watch Bad Guys!

Please bring your blankets, pillow, pajamas and snacks and we hope to see you there in Building A!

No School: May 29

There will be NO SCHOOL May 29, 2023 in observance of Memorial Day. School will resume Tuesday, May 30th.

Grade K and 5 Promotions

With more information to follow, here are the dates and times for the following promotions:

Kindergarten: Thursday, June 6 at 9:00 a.m. in Building A

Fifth Grade: Thursday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. in Building A

Guests Per Student: this is an indoor space so please be mindful of space and keep guests to no more than 3-4 for every student.

Gr TK/K Students: Forms Needed

Kindergartners need to have the Physical Exam form (CDHP form) and the Oral Health form completed by their doctor/dentist and on file in the school office before the start of first grade. Please submit electronically to or submit a paper copy to the front office. The Life Long School-Based Health Center on campus is available for appointments! (510) 833-7050.

CAASPP Testing Continues

As all students in Grades 3-5 work to complete the State Testing (CAASPP) for English Language Arts and Math (Gr.5 will also participate in Science and Physical Fitness Tests next week), please help ensure their success by supporting and reinforcing the below.

Before the test, please support them in:

  • Getting enough sleep the night before
  • Eating Breakfast
  • Attending school daily and be on time (8:30 a.m.)

During the test, please remind them to:

  • Not rush; it is not a timed test
  • Read and reread the directions carefully
  • Draft and show their work before entering responses
  • Review your answers before moving on; they are unable to go back once an answer is submitted
  • Use their test taking strategies they have been practicing

April Attendance Updates: Students Need To Be At School

In the month of April, our current average attendance per class continues to be very low.

The following classes had the lowest classroom attendance: Ms. Miles (90%), Mr. Pippen (90%), Ms. Goldberg (89%), Ms. Fenimore (90%), and Mr. Smith (89%).

This is concerning and will impact student learning. We can only improve with your support so please be on time and present daily and if you have any questions, please check in with the office!