Knight Notes

Yarbrough Elementary September Newsletter

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From the Principal's Pen

I can’t believe it is already September, and we are entering our second month of the school year. The start of this school year was as smooth as I can ever remember in my ten years at Yarbrough Elementary, and it is because of the hard work of a lot of people. Our faculty and staff pulled together and welcomed one of our largest classes in years. We added three additional units and many new faces to our staff. We hope that you will find our building a warm and welcoming environment for you and your children.

I want to extend a huge thank you to our Yarbrough Elementary PTO. Our PTO has gone over and above in making sure we are ready to receive students on the first day of school. From organizing memberships, to selling t-shirts to distributing boxes of paper to our teachers, they did it all. Our luncheon was a great way to thank our staff for their hard work in preparing for the school year. However, their work is not done. The PTO is currently planning for our Royal Run fundraiser. If you are interested in helping in any way please visit our YES Parents Facebook Page to find an area where you can help.

This is an extra special year for me because my own son is returning to Yarbrough Elementary. We are counting down the days until we leave for 4H Camp and can experience the event together. I hope you are able to find some meaningful ways to make connections with your children. I strongly believe the bonds that we build when our children are young will make the challenging teenage years ahead a little easier.

Thank you as always for your support of Yarbrough Elementary,

Pete Forster

Quick Glance at Important Dates

September 6th - Skate Night from 5:15-7:00 pm

September 7th - Labor Day, No School

Week of September 7th - Progress Reports Sent Home

September 9th - 5th Grade Field Trip to Adventures in Art

September 15th - Picture Day

September 23-25th - 4H Camp for Oprandy, Ramey, and Turner Homerooms

September 25th - Royal Run Business Sponsorship Due

September 25th - Yarbrough and Richland Spirit Night at AHS Football Game

October 5th - PTO Meeting (Chorus Performs) @ 5:30

October 5th-9th - Book Fair

October 7th-9th - 4H Camp for Anderson, Day, Lindsey, and Zutter Homerooms

October 14th - Royal Run and Behavior Party

October 15th - Parent Conference Day (No School for Students)

October 16th - Fall Break (No School)

From the PTO President...

We hope your family is enjoying a wonderful school year! It’s time for our PTO to begin our major fundraising project, The 2015 Royal Run. This year, Richland and Yarbrough are combining efforts in soliciting support from our business community!

Would your business benefit from attaching its name to one of the largest and fastest growing neighborhoods in our district? This is a win/win for students and business!

Sponsors will be showcased in the following areas:

RES/YES Parent Facebook pages.

Signage in front of both schools.

Your business name or logo will be displayed on more than 1,200 Fun(d)/ Royal Run t-shirts! (*advertising that lasts all year long)

Forms should be coming home with students. If you have questions or need a form, please contact Kathy Powell at or 334-501-8245.

Thank you so much!

FORMS, MONEY AND LOGO (if applicable) are due by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th!!

P.T.O. Partners

*Skate Night is on September 6 from 5:15-7:00 at Lambert Skate Center. The skate center will only be open to YES students, family and friends! Skate rental will be $5 for adults and children. Please join us for a night filled with music, skating and fun!!

*Auburn High School Football is hosting Yarbrough and Richland Elementary Schools for their game on Friday, September 25th. Look for details coming soon and make plans to support our AHS Tigers!

*Our Fall Book Fair is scheduled for October 5-9! If you have not already signed up and you would like to work a shift or two, please contact our Book Fair Chair, Amie Britton at!

*Our first PTO meeting and YES choral performance is scheduled for Monday, October 5th at 5:30. Our book fair will will also be open that night so you can stop in and shop with your child!

*Mark your calendars for our Royal Run! It is scheduled for October 14th up on Magic Mountain. Be on the lookout for more information!

Checking Your Students Grades with Parent Portal

You can access your child’s grades at any time from the Parent Portal link at the bottom of the YES website. Please contact Charlene Thomas at 887-1919 to request a login and password.

Fun + Learning = Moby Max

Title 1 students are using the Moby Max program to enhance reading skills. This is an educational program that covers many academic subjects and can be used at home, too. Students can work to improve or enrich academic skills. One of the most exciting features of this program is that students can earn game time to reward them for their hard work! All students at Yarbrough Elementary have access to this site. If you need your child’s user name and log in, please email Heather Taylor at

Help a fourth grader, eat a donut!

The 4th graders are selling doughnuts for a 4H Camp fundraiser. Order forms are due on September 4th and doughnut pick up is scheduled for September 18th. If you have a 4th grader, be sure to sell as many doughnuts as you can! Doughnuts will be for sale in the car line on September 18th. Please make plans to help support our fourth graders!

4H Camp, Here We Come!

4th Grade is gearing up for 4H camp! Woo Hoo!! Please turn in all forms and money by September 11, 2015 to reserve your child’s spot at camp. The fourth grade teachers are so excited to spend this time of fellowship and learning with your precious kiddos! Feel free to email Katie Lindsey with any questions or concerns that you may have at

Media Memos with Mrs. McGilberry

We are working on mastering how to find books in the library. We are finding oldies but goodies, as well as, looking for new loves.

Art Action with Mr. Daniel

In Art Class, students are shifting gears from the Georgia O'Keefe inspired oil pastel landscapes and watercolor flowers to a unit on Perspective Drawing. In this unit, students will tie many areas of the curriculum together from math to writing to problem solving. Third graders are designing their own cityscapes, fourth graders are creating their dream malls, and fifth graders are designing interiors for their ultimate spaces.

Nurse Notes with Nurse Julia

Head lice cases are increasing, with an estimated 6-12 million infestations every year in the US, most commonly among children ages 3-11. According to the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, lice are unlikely to be spread in the school setting or by indirect contact with personal items such as helmets, headphones and pillows, but rather during activities like sleepovers and campouts, when direct or prolonged head-to-head contact occurs.

Prevention begins at home.

  • Learn how to identify lice, the steps to take if lice are found, and how to decrease the chance of spreading it.
  • Teach your child to avoid head-to-head contact with others during activities and sleepovers.
  • Check your child’s head weekly for signs of lice infestation.
  • Talk to your health care provider about the best treatment for your child if lice are found. Resistance to over the counter treatments exists and repeated use of these products may be harmful.
  • Information on our school district guidelines regarding lice can be found in our Pupil Progression Plan on pages 59-60.

The Counseling Connection with Mrs. Walsh

Every class has now had at least one Guidance Counseling lesson. I am enjoying getting acquainted with your children. We have learned our new “counseling cheer” for the year. Please have your child perform it for you. We are all excited to belong to our Y.E.S. family.

We are stressing how we need to show respect and use manners with all of our friends at school as well as at home. Thanks for your support in this area as well.

I also would like to encourage all of our students to learn their address and phone number. I have found out through a student assessment that many of our students do not know this information. This information empowers a child and may be beneficial to them in many different situations.

Tip of the Day: A positive attitude covers many disappointments.

A positive attitude focuses on the good things ahead.

A positive attitude realizes there will be some “bumps” to fall over on the path to success.

A positive attitude keeps trying and moving forward. ( Donna B. Forrest)

Venture Visit with Mrs. Roberts

Science Olympiad will be starting soon! We need as many adults as possible to help. You do not need a science background to help a team! If you are interested in helping or just want to learn more, please contact Kimberly Roberts at

Music Message with Mrs. Chenier

First chorus rehearsal was wonderful! Looking forward to more incredible practices!

Chorus reminders:

September Rehearsals—1, 8, 15, 22, 29—2:30-3:30

The Computer Lab Latest with Miss Ball

In the computer lab, we are learning our keyboards to help improve the much needed skill of typing. We are practicing every letter and improving with each computer lab visit. Everyone will get a keyboard to color and take home to review. Eventually, there will be a keyboard quiz for the students to show what they know.

Fitness Fun with Coach Smith

Students have amazed us with their design and fitness skills! During PE, student groups developed fitness games complete with rules, directions, strategy, and fitness. We had a blast testing the games out and many of us have new favorites!

Leader Lessons

During the month of September, we will focus on Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind. Students will be setting academic and behavior goals in their classrooms. Please ask your child what goals they have set and help them monitor their progress towards reaching those goals.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Key Phrase: I have a plan!

What this habit looks like in action: I set goals for myself. I have a plan for how I will accomplish my goals. I think about what I want to be when I grow up and how I will get there.