Knight Notes

Yarbrough Elementary Newsletter - January 2020

Quick Glance at Important Dates

January 20th - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

January 21st - Deadline to Order Recorder for Home (4th Grade)

January 21st - Science Olympiad Applications Due

January 29th - Author Visit

January 31st - 4th Grade Field Trip to Gouge Performing Arts Center

February 5th - World Read Aloud Day

February 7th - Club Day

School News

Last year, Yarbrough Elementary went through a Strategic Planning Process which helped us reevaluate our mission, vision, values and goals. From that process, it was determined that we would shift from the Leader in Me character education program to the Positivity Project character education program. Our new program focuses on character strengths and has been a wonderful addition to our school culture. As we move away from Leader in Me, we will no longer recognize classroom Leaders of the Month, but rather recognize multiple students for the wonderful character they demonstrate each day.

Leaders of the Month

Congratulations to these students who were chosen to represent their classes as Leaders of the Month for the month of December.

Battle of the Books Teams Selected

We were very proud that almost 60 students competed in the Battle of the Books school competition. Eight students earned spots to compete in the district competition in March. These students will read an additional 8 books as part of their preparation. Congratulations to Davis Alexander, Sam Meredith, Lizzy Lovell, and Holden Rapp (5th graders) and Noah Thomaston, Madison Dimick, Cassidy Cox, and Juyeong Ro (4th graders).

Author, Cassie Beasley, Visiting Soon

We are thrilled to welcome Cassie Beasley to Yarbrough on Wednesday, January 29th. Ms. Beasley is the author of Tumble and Blue, Circus Mirandus, and the recently released, The Bootlace Magician. Students who have purchased Ms. Beasley's books are reminded to bring them on the day of her visit in order to have the books autographed. We can't wait to hear about the process she uses to write her books, and, of course, we have many questions we want to ask her! Parents are welcome to join us for her presentations. Be on the lookout for a flyer with times for each grade level.

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is quickly approaching. The annual competition will be at Auburn University on April 25th this year. Mrs. Price will be sending information and application forms home in Tuesday folders on January 14th. The applications are due January 21st. Teams will hopefully be selected by the end of January, and practices will begin in February.

It's Not Too Late to Order your Yearbook Online

Order your 2019-2020 Yarbrough Elementary School Yearbook today. Our yearbook is only sold online and can be purchased at the following link:

Customer Service: 1-877-767-5217

Box Tops

Keep sending in the Box Tops that you clip off boxes and packages, but please also take the time to download the new Box Tops for Education app. The app makes it very easy to scan your receipt and gives the Box Top credit to our school. You can also see our school's earnings grow on the app. Currently we have earned $382.20 this school year!

From the Lunch Line

Please remember to put money in your lunch account.

Nurse Notes with Nurse Julia

Please help us stop the spread of flu at Yarbrough by keeping students home when they are ill.

Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when someone coughs, sneezes or talks.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.

You can also get it by touching something that has flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.

People with flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to up to 5 to 7 days after.

Your child should stay home to rest and avoid spreading flu to others.

Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

You can take everyday actions to reduce the chance of getting the flu:

Stay away from people who are sick.

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Flu illness can vary from mild to severe.

Always consult your doctor if your child has symptoms of the flu.

Symptoms of the flu:

Onset Sudden, often within hours

Fever Common

Headache Common

Nasal Congestion Common

Dry Cough Common

Chest Pain Common

Muscle Pain Common

Fatigue Common

Duration 3-7 days

Art Action with Mr. Daniel

Happy New Year! We have an exciting time planned for the month of January in the YES Art Dept!

Our fourth grade art students will use their creative ability, proportion, radial balance, symmetry, and space to develop "Radial Balance Designs." We will explore and discuss circumference, diameter, and radius as it pertains to the development of their designs. We will explore the use of contour lines in their composition. We will also explore and discuss the works of famous artist Paul Klee.

Our fifth grade art students will use their imagination, visual texture, space, rhythm, movement, proportion, color schemes, and space to produce "Visual Texture Collages." We will explore how artists use color schemes and texture to convey mood as well as communicate ideas within their composition. We will also explore how famous artist Romare Bearden expressed himself in a creative manner, utilizing a variety of collage techniques.

The Computer Lab Latest with Miss Ball

Students will take the district-wide STAR assessment in the computer lab during the month of January. The computer adaptive test will show student progress when compared to the scores students made on the STAR in August. Teachers will use the data to help plan instruction for their class and individual students. In addition to this assessment, students will spend time in the computer lab improving their keyboarding skills with our typing program.

Fitness Fun with Coach Smith

In January students will participate in skill stations, cooperative games and many fun and easy instant games. Students will learn basic skills of math problems, reading comprehension, and writing skills related to PE. We would also like to welcome our Spring Interns, Jeramiya and Brenna. Both are students from the Auburn University Physical Education program. They will be with us for 8 weeks, and we are excited to have them in our program.

News/Notes in PE:

-January 31: Fit Knight Homework calendars are due

-February Unit: Jump Rope for Heart

-Reminder for students to wear tennis shoes for PE daily

Media Memos with Mrs. McGilberry

I am excited about the new project in the library this month. The students are going to start learning to research. They are going to begin with books and then move to websites. Once on websites, they are going to be learning how to determine if a site is valid and true. Once all their research is done, they are going to be putting it all together into a clips presentation.

Music Messages from Mrs. Oprandy

All students were very focused preparing for their music performance celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday! They worked on singing, movement, following conducting gestures, and having their best singing posture while standing on risers. Fourth graders completed their unit on learning to play the ukulele, and fifth graders completed their unit on learning to play the recorder.


This semester, fourth grade students will be learning to play the recorder. All students will have a recorder assigned to them to play while at school. A letter giving more information about our recorder unit and how you can order a recorder for your child to play at home and/or bring to school will be in your child’s Tuesday folder the first week back. There is also a copy of this letter on my website under “Fourth Grade." Remember that you may only order using, and look for the dropdown box that gives you the opportunity to choose a recorder color. The deadline to order is January 21st.

Venture Visit with Mrs. Price

Happy New Year from Venture! We are going to start the year exploring with our new Merge Cubes. Merge Cubes are holographic toys that allow users to physically hold and interact with 3D objects using augmented reality (AR) technologies. These were purchased with money provided by a PTO grant. Thank you PTO!!!! We will begin our chess unit during the latter part of January. The kids are getting very excited about this upcoming unit. Parents, get ready. You may be challenged to a chess game in the near future!

The Counseling Connection with Mrs. Walsh

Welcome to 2020! I hope you have spent time with your children reflecting on the previous year. It is fun to remember the good times and to decide how to change the things we may not have liked so much. Some ideas for goal setting may include: bed times, study time, exercise, eating healthier, having a more positive attitude, and even having a time to relax. This is not only a new year, but a new semester as well. Students need to focus on setting new goals. Help your children set realistic goals for both their academic and personal lives. Setting goals help children raise their self-esteem. Building strong children today invests in our future.

In Guidance we will be focusing on goal setting during the month of January. We will also focus on “hope and optimism”: expecting a better future and working to accomplish it. Take time to ask your children about the goals they have set at school.

Quote of the month:

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear any hardship today.”

By Thich Nhat Hanh