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York Elementary School January Newsletter

Welcome Back!

We hope that everyone had a relaxing break and had many opportunities to spend time together during the break from school!


As we move into 2023, we are going to start sending a digital monthly newsletter. The Breakfast/Lunch Menu and ENCORE calendars will still be sent home. However, all other information will be sent in this digital format.


We are looking forward to welcoming students back and having a fantastic second semester!

January 2023-- Important Dates

Wednesday, January 4: School Resumes (Orange Day)


Wednesday, January 11: Slushy Day


Monday, January 16: No School


Wednesday, January 25: Slushy Day

Duke Branch open on Thursdays!

The Duke Branch of Cornerstone Bank is open every Thursday from 7:45-8:15. If students wish to deposit money, they may head into the library to deposit money and earn a reward for saving!


So far, YES students have SAVED $4,179.69 with Cornerstone Bank matching $501.42 of that total. We have had 219 students participate since opening in October. This has been a great start to our In-School Savings Bank! Students are excited to learn about the process of depositing money, begin saving money and watching their account balance grow, and they love the incentives for saving.


Any student is able to deposit money into their account as long as the parent permission slip has been returned. There are additional parent permission slips in the front office, and a slip can be turned in at any time. It is not too late for your student to start saving!

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Front Doors

The interior front doors have been moved back so everyone needs to come through the office when entering or leaving the building. While we have always required all visitors to check in with the office, moving this set of doors now allows us to lock those doors and direct all traffic through the front office. We are excited about this additional school security!
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Report Cards

Report Cards for 1st semester will be sent home with students on Friday, January 6th.

Science Expo

The Science Expo is coming in March 2023. Be looking for more registration information in January. The Science Expo will be held on March 21. If anyone is interested in being an Expert or helping with the Expo, please contact Shawna Culotta via email. shawna.culotta@yorkdukes.org Thank You!

News from the Nurse

New Year’s resolutions can be for kids too! Resolutions can be a fun way to bring about a positive healthy change in your child’s life. Visit with your child about resolutions. Brainstorm different ideas with them. Help your child pick out a healthy, reasonable resolution. Set them up for success by offering encouragement, guidance, and reminders along the way. A couple resolution ideas are listed below:

  • ·Get at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night.

· Establish a bedtime routine. Keep their sleep schedule consistent throughout the week. Turn off electronics at least 60 minutes before bed. Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks the second half of the day.

  • Eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily.

· Make fruit and vegetables more appealing and accessible for your child. Offer fruit and vegetables at every meal and as a snack. Look up new recipes on how to incorporate them into your main dish. Visit myplate.gov for more information.

  • Brush teeth twice a day.

· Set at time so the child brushes for at least 2 minutes. Monitor brushing habits now and then to make sure the child is effectively brushing by covering all tooth surfaces and brushing long enough.

  • Drink enough water.

· Amount of water your child should drink depends on age, gender, and amount of physical activity. Offer water first instead of sports drinks, sugary options or caffeinated beverages.

  • Get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

· The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends, “children and adolescents (6–17 years of age) engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous-intensity as well as muscle- and bone-strengthening activities, at least 3 days per week.”