Knight Notes

Yarbrough Elementary - April Newsletter 2021

Quick Glance at Important Dates

April 2nd - Club Day

April 6th - 15th - ACAP Testing for In-Person Learners

April 16th - No School

April 19th - Book Club Before the Bell Begins

End of April - Expressive Arts Virtual Program

May 3rd - 14th - Book Fair

From Dr. Forster

YES Parents,


The Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) has begun at Yarbrough! This week our remote students came in and did an excellent job of staying focused and working hard on every single test – Excellent Work!!! The assessments will be administered on-line in several parts (see schedule below). Because it is challenging to reschedule our tests, we ask that, if possible, you avoid scheduling any doctor’s appointments and avoid checking your child out during their testing session. If a student checks out during an assessment and can’t complete the assessment during that session the student’s test opportunity will be forfeited. It is better for us to know in advance and for the student to not even attempt the test if a check-out cannot be avoided during the testing window.


Thank you to all of our parents who have sent in individually wrapped snacks for our students. It is fun to get a little treat when you are finished working hard, so your contributions will be fun for our students to receive when they finish their tests.


Your students are ready. We have been preparing for each section of the assessment this school year – no nightly study is needed, but we do have a few tips that may help your student for their assessment. See the Counseling Connection with Mrs. Walsh section at the bottom of this newsletter for some tips.


ACAP Schedule:

March 30th-April 1st - Remote Student Testing

April 6th, 7th, and 8th - English Language Arts for 4th and 5th Graders

April 13th - Science for 4th Graders

April 14th and 15th - Math for 4th and 5th Graders

Book Club Before the Bell

For students who enjoy reading and discussing books with friends, we are hosting a "Book Club Before the Bell" for the book The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya.

We will meet each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning beginning Monday, April 19th and ending Friday, May 14th.


The book club will start at 7:15 am. Both car riders and bus riders will need to check in and unpack in their homerooms before coming to the book club. The only assignment will be to read the book, and while we hope students will be able to attend each time, we understand there might be days missed. This book club is just for fun!


We will meet in the library or the multipurpose room (depending on the number of participants) and will follow Covid protocols. Students should see Mrs. Brandt if they would like to participate.

Nurse Notes from Nurse Julia

Safe@Home for Grades 4-6


Safe@Home by Safe Sitter® is a program designed for an adult to facilitate students in grades 4-6, to prepare them to be safe when they are home alone.


It teaches students how to practice safe habits, how to prevent unsafe situations, and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.

Students are also introduced to the Safe Sitter® First Aid Chart and learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.


Parents can also order Intro to Safe Babysitting, program to prepare students who may be babysitting younger siblings. Each program includes a student booklet and a facilitators guide that helps parents understand and reinforce the skills taught in the student booklet.



For more information visit https://safesitter.org/safe-at-home/

Art Adventures with Mr. Daniel

We're having an awesome time in art as we progress towards the month of April!


Our fourth and fifth grade artists are using their imagination, line, shape, form, color, value, space, and design principles to develop "Line of Symmetry/Overlapping Shapes." We will explore the dynamics of symmetry, and how it helps to promote equal visual weight within a composition. We will also explore the works of famous artist-Paul Klee.


"A drawing is simply a line going for a walk."

-Paul Klee

Computer Communication with Miss Ball

In computer lab the students will collaborate to create a story in PowerPoint through Office 365. The students will also be typing and working through a variety of writing prompts to help with increasing and strengthening their typing skills.

Fitness Fun with Coach Smith

The 2021 YES Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser was a great success. This year's donations totaled $2,650. Top class winners were First Place: Henson with $655.20; Second Place: Ramey with $332.28; Third Place: McMurray with $304.16; and Fourth Place: Nettles $287.86. Awesome job students! Final prizes should arrive sometime in April or May. Parents, thanks for supporting the American Heart Association.


April PE Unit: Students will take the Physical Fitness Test and will participate in the 4th Annual YES Top Golf Challenge and Outside Games.

Media Center Memo with Mrs. McGilberry

This month in library, the students will be exploring many different types of poems. They will also be creating a poetry anthology.


Book fair is coming next month! We changed up things to try something new. Book fair will be here May 3-14th. I hope you will plan to grab books to read for the summer.

Music Moments with Mrs. Oprandy

Yarbrough Elementary School is abuzz with excitement as we prepare for our spring Expressive Arts virtual program. Students are preparing several different music numbers that they will perform in front of the camera, as well as creating several visual arts masterpieces!


Fifth graders will be performing a “dance," playing the KidStix, and playing glockenspiels and rhythm instruments to three different music pieces. Fourth graders will be performing a scarf-waving routine, playing ukulele, and performing a routine that combines movement, rhythmic speech, and rhythm instruments.


We hope you’ll be able to watch your child’s classes’ Expressive Arts virtual program coming to the YES website and as a link in an email from your child’s teacher at the end of April.

Venture Visit with Mr. Jackson

In Venture last month, we learned about engineering and the history of St. Patrick’s Day. Students were excited to become engineers and build a Leprechaun Trap. The Leprechaun Traps were made out of everyday household items and items from the Dollar Tree.

Counseling Connection with Mrs. Walsh

We got excited about careers this year and extended our studies into March utilizing the www.cacareerzone.org. website. Students discovered their Holland Career Codes and researched a career they were interested in. Please take time to ask you student about their findings.


In April we will learn about Diversity (understanding and accepting differences in people, seeing each person as a special and unique individual). One of our lessons is “Embracing Our Differences: EQUALITY FOR ALL. We will discuss respect and equality. Each student will design a cube that reflects who they are as an individual. Then each class will form a cube mural to show they embrace each other’s differences.


State testing will be given in April. The dates are the 6th – 15th for traditional learners. Parents, please make sure your children get adequate sleep before the test dates as well as eat a healthy breakfast; avoid foods high in sugar. Research shows students perform better if they eat before a test. Keep a positive atmosphere and help resolve any conflicts that may arise so your children are focused on the test. Encourage your children to do their best and let them know you are interested in the tests. Remind students they “get to” take the test, not “have to” take the test to show their teacher how much they know.


Students should BE ON TIME and wear comfortable clothing; this might mean getting up a little earlier to avoid rushing. Talk to your children about their feelings concerning the test and reassure them their performance on the test is not a condition for your love. Stress to your children that you love them for who they are and just want them to do their best!

Thanks for your support!


Quote of the Month:

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common…Celebrate it every day.”

Winston Churchill