YSES Newsletter

February 21, 2020

Calendar of Events


Thursday, February 27 - PTA Spirit Night at Shadowland

Friday, February 28 - Magnet application deadline

Monday, March 2 - PTA Meeting, 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 4 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal

Monday, March 9 - Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A

Tuesday, March 10 - Elementary Honors Band/Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, March 25 - Science Fair/STEM Night

Thursday, March 26 - Frederick County History Bee

March 26 and 27 - Spring Picture Days

News from our School Counselor

It with sadness that we let you know that Mrs. Johansen, school counselor, will be taking a leave of absence starting March 1st. Mrs. Johansen’s husband has taken a work assignment in Sydney, Australia and she will be joining him. While we are sad to see Mrs. Johansen go, we are happy to know that Mrs. Laura Hanlon will be returning to Yellow Springs as the long term substitute counselor for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Hanlon was with us in the beginning of this school year during Mrs. Johansen’s absence. We wish Mrs. Johansen well as she enjoys life down under!

Car Rider Drop Off and Pick Up

We ask that all vehicles coming on to the Yellow Springs campus use the circle, turning right into the circle and going around the the circle, to park in the lower parking lot or utilize the car rider drop-off or pick up lane. This ensures a safe traffic flow on and off the campus. Thank you!

Elementary Magnet Program

The Elementary Magnet Program Application season is now upon us! This program is designed for academically gifted students in grades 3 - 5 with superior performance in both language arts and mathematics.


Application information is now available online at www.fcps.org/academics/elemmagnetprg. The 2020-2021 Elementary Magnet Program application is for students currently in Grades 2,3, and 4. Applications must be submitted by February 28th! If you need assistance accessing the online application, please contact the Yellow Springs office (240)236-1700.

Science Fair/STEM Night

Yellow Springs Elementary will hold the Science Fair/STEM Night on March 25, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm. Please consider encouraging your child to do a Science Fair Project. Directions and Information can be found with this link: Science Fair Guidelines


If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Kastner at sheree.kastner@fcps.org


More information will be coming home soon!

March is Youth Art Month!

Every school in Frederick County will have student artwork on display from March 7th - March 30th in honor of Youth Art Month. Yellow Springs ES will be represented at the FCPS Student Exhibit at the Delaplaine Art Center in downtown Frederick with 3 student artworks. Congratulations to Max Frankel (1st Grade), Kayla James (2nd Grade), and Rylan Roberts (3rd Grade) and thank you for allowing us to use your artwork for this wonderful event. Visit the Delaplaine Art Center's website for gallery hours or more information at www.delaplaine.org

Save the Date! - Evening of the Arts

Save the Date for Evening of the Arts on Thursday, April 23rd from 6-8pm. More details about this exciting event celebrating art, music and P.E. will be coming soon!

4th and 5th Grade Summer Camp Opportunity

GEMS - Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science Summer STEM Program at Fort Detrick. GEMS at Fort Detrick brings local students into the cutting-edge world of U.S.Army Research and Development. Designed for 4th through 11th grade students of all academic abilities, GEMS promises a hands-on experience that will excite. Students will choose from a variety of classes in which they can build robots, dissect squids, learn how to suture, code computer games, solve a murder mystery, and even analyze their own DNA. Courses are 4 days long and all programs are completely free of charge to students and families. A stipend of $125 will be awarded to those who participate to offset the cost of transportation. Apply at https://www.usaeop.com/program/frederick.

Camp Invention returns to YSES

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Yellow Springs Elem School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering grades K through 6th. This exciting, weeklong summer adventure provides lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children rotate through several hands-on activities each day while using teamwork, creative thinking and problem-solving skills to invent unique solutions to real-world challenges. The week begins on July 27, 2020 with Sheree Kastner serving as Director of the all-new 2020 program, Elevate!


Camp Invention’s activities give participants the opportunity to explore, create and build confidence as they bring their biggest ideas to life.

Local educators facilitate the program and enthusiastic high school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code SUM25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or SUM15 to save $15 (expires 5/12) off the $235 registration fee. Availability is limited. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

After School Clubs Update

The final round of after school clubs kicks off soon. Upcoming:


Young Rembrandt Art Club

Mondays 3:45 to 4:45pm

April 20 - June 15

Cost: $100, To register visit www.youngrembrandts.com/md


American Sign Language Club

Grades 3-5 Mondays 3:45 to 4:45pm

March 23 - May 4

Grades K-2 Fridays 3:45 to 4:45pm

March 27-May 15 (no class April 10,13,17)

Cost $110, To register email funASLsigns@gmail.com


Advanced Sewing Club

All grades, but must have taken Intro to Sewing already

Wednesdays 3:45 to 5:00pm

March 18 - April 15

Cost $100, To register email SewGeniusNow@gmail.com


STEM club by METAS

Chemical Reactions

Wednesdays, 3:45 to 5:00pm

March 25 - April 15

Cost $110, To register email SpanishMETAS@gmail.com


More information coming soon for HERO Boys Running Club and Girls on the Run

Notes from the PTA

Our next PTA Meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 2nd at 6:30pm.


Shadowland Fundraiser – Suit up and join us for the adventure of a lifetime! The YSES PTA is hosting a fundraiser at Shadowland, in the FSK Mall (5500 Buckeystown Pike). Grab some friends and head to Shadowland on February 27th anytime after school till 9pm. Mention the fundraiser and we’ll receive $2/player. Hope to see you there!


Spirit Night at Chick Fil A - Monday March 9th from 5pm-8pm at the Chick-Fil-A on Monocacy Blvd.


The fifth grade will be participating in a Joe Corbi’s fundraiser in the month of March. Details coming soon!