Knight Notes

Yarbrough Elementary - September Newsletter 2020

Quick Glance at Important Dates

September 3rd - Summer Math Card Celebration

September 4th - Summer Reading Card Celebration

September 7th - Labor Day Holiday

September 8th - Progress Reports Sent Home

September 11th - Club Day

September 17th - School Picture Day (Tentative)

October 16th - Parent Conference Day (No School for Students)

From Dr. Forster

YES Parents,

Thank you so much for helping us get our school year off to a great start. By checking to ensure your child is healthy, providing your child with a clean mask and reminding your child about the importance of maintaining social distance and keeping their hands clean, you have helped us keep our exposure very low.

Here at YES, our classrooms look a lot different than they did last year, but the teaching is still of the highest quality. Wearing masks and organizing desks into rows has not slowed our teachers down – they are working hard each day to ensure they are providing a quality education to their students. Remote Learning Teachers are learning new skills in order to serve our students who are working from home. Their daily Web Ex instruction and supportive material on Schoology has proven to be an effective way to provide instruction to our students who work remotely.

We are doing our best to continue many of our long standing traditions at YES, while maintaining social distance. Two of our favorites attractions, our monthly Positivity Pep Rally and YES Club Day, will be organized differently this year but our students will still be inspired to be their best and participate in a club we know they will enjoy.

We look forward to the days ahead and will continue to do our very best to keep our students safe and engaged in their education.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at

Thank you,

Pete Forster

Principal, YES

Knightly News

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The Positivity Project

The Positivity Project is a program that was developed to help our students learn how to build positive relationships with others. Our students will spend time each day learning the 24 character strengths and the "Other People Matter Mindset." We are so excited to get started with the Positivity Project on September 13th. Be on the look out for a parent letter to come home explaining more about the Positivity Project and how you can get involved. Click the link below to visit the Positivity Project's website or watch a video about the Positivity Project.

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Nurse Notes from Nurse Julia

Dear Yarbrough families,

We ask for your full support this year helping us keep our students and staff safe.

Please keep your student home if they do not feel well, even if they have only mild symptoms of illness.

ACS is following a symptoms-based strategy and students with symptoms of illness are sent home for further consultation or evaluation by their medical provider.

Quarantine guidelines for positive Covid-19 cases, and for those at risk of a contact exposure, are based on CDC guidelines.

If your student is exposed at school, you will be notified by ADPH and the YES administration or school nurse.

Contact exposures are based on several factors, including the distance between the student and the contact and the length of the exposure.

Please call me if you have any questions or concerns, or to report Covid-19 information.

We are Better Together and Together we can help keep each other safe this year.

Nurse Julia


Art Adventures with Mr. Daniel

We're off to a great start in art this year! Here is a description of what we're currently working on:

Our Fourth Grade artists are using their creative ability, line, shape, space, form, color, balance and proportion, to develop "Peek-a-Boo Avatars." We're doing our own variation of Pablo Picasso's cubist style to develop super-powered versions of ourselves.

Our Fifth Grade artists are using their imagination, line, shape, space, form, color, proportion, rhythm and linear perspective, to develop still-life art that reflects their "Favorite Things that are Better Together." We will review the use of overlapping to create the appearance of depth within a composition. We are also exploring the works of Pablo Picasso.

Computer Communication with Miss Ball

To begin the year, students learned how to navigate the site Clever, which allows students to have a single login for many different applications. During their computer class each week, students will utilize the EduTyping program to improve their typing skills. This self-paced typing curriculum helps students use the correct fingers and increase their typing speed. Soon students will use different features in Microsoft Word to type paragraphs, stories, and other assignments related to their classes.

Fitness Fun with Coach Smith

In September students will participate in recreation games, lifetime sports, and fun instant games.

We would like to welcome our Fall Intern Annie Boone from the Auburn University Physical Education Program. She will be with us for 8 weeks, and we are excited to have her in our program.

Media Center Memo with Mrs. McGilberry

I am so excited to see the books circulating! I have missed your kids so much. I love hearing about what they are reading because they bring excitement and life into my world. This month in library we will be studying different genres. I’ve always seen this as a way to get your children out of their same old stuff and open their worlds to something new and different.

Music Moments with Mrs. Oprandy

The “Newspaper Dance” was a big hit as students started off the year in music class listening and moving to different genres of music, while dancing on an ever-shrinking newspaper dance floor. Students reviewed different levels of body percussion and music terms like dynamics, crescendo, and form when performing the chant, “Welcome Back, Class!”

Students this past month also focused on the two different kinds of movement, locomotor and non-locomotor. They performed locomotor movements to the song, “What Would I Do?” and performed non-locomotor movements to the text of the picture book, Nighttime Symphony.

Venture Visit with Mr. Jackson

Hello Yarbrough Family,

I’m Marcus Jackson, the new Venture teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. I am excited to be at Yarbrough Elementary and have enjoyed meeting all of the great students these first few weeks. Venture is a weekly class where students participate in activities that introduce critical thinking skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In my class students will use their imagination and problem solving skills to solve challenges, learn games, and grow in the areas of STEM. Check out Irene's great story and illustration from this week's lesson based on the book The Dot.

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 as needed. Counselors act as a liaison providing information and resources with school-based support systems and outside agencies.

Our first lesson this year is: “Who is our school counselor? What do counselors do?” Students will learn the procedure to follow if they need to see me. As parents you may always email me with any concerns or may call the school to speak with me personally.

I would like to introduce you to Ms. Aliyah Prater, an Auburn University practicum student. She will be working under my supervision this semester as she prepares for her future counseling career. We are excited to welcome her to Yarbrough!

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:

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” DESMOND TUTU