Yarbrough Elementary - October Newsletter 2020
Quick Glance at Important Dates
October 9th - Club Day for In-Person Learners
October 9th - Book Fair Ends
October 15th - Club Day for Remote Learners
October 15th - Flu Vaccine Clinic (PEEHIP Coverage)
October 16th - Parent Conference Day (No School for Students)
October 20th - Report Cards Sent Home
October 20th - Picture Make Up Day/Pictures for Remote Learners
October 21st - Cheeburger, Cheeburger Spirit Night
October 23rd - Box Tops for Education Fall Deadline
October 29th - Flu Vaccine Clinic (Excluding PEEHIP Coverage)
From Dr. Forster
We are almost to the end of the first nine weeks of school, and I want our parents to know how proud I am of our students, both traditional and remote. Our traditional students came into school with mask requirements and new spacing methods. We have worked to limit exposure to other students, teachers and even library books, but the students have adapted to all of the changes well. They have far exceeded our expectations on how we could be safe in our building and still learn and have fun. Our remote students have taken the method of teaching remotely, which did not exist a few months ago, and embraced the change by learning new software platforms and methods of communicating with teachers and other students. Both traditional and remote students are to be commended and celebrated. Thank you for sharing your children with us each day. We take the responsibility of educating each child very seriously and will always give our very best effort to ensure they are connected to YES.
You can stay caught up on what’s happening at Y.E.S. by watching the Knightly News! Go to the school website. Look under “Our School,” then click on “Knightly News." Then click on the video next to the day of the week of the broadcast you want to watch. Broadcasts are available for viewing for one week.
Yarbrough Winter T-shirt Order
Veteran's Day Announcement
This year, the students at Y.E.S. will show their appreciation for veterans through a virtual video presentation. A video featuring your child’s class will be available on our school website for you to view on November 11th. More information will be available soon through class newsletters.
Order Your Yearbook Online!
Order your 2020-2021 Yarbrough Elementary School Yearbook today. Our yearbook is only sold online and can be purchased at the following link:
Customer Service: 1-877-767-5217
Nurse Notes from Nurse Julia
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to do everything possible to reduce the chance of illness. The Center for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot for everyone 6 months of age and older. Students at Yarbrough will have the chance to receive a flu vaccine at school during one of the clinics listed below.
Yarbrough’s Teach Flu a Lesson vaccine clinic will be October 29th.
The flu vaccine will be offered to students with private insurance (excluding PEEHIP), Medicaid and qualifying uninsured students.
There are no out of pocket expenses or deductibles, and participation is voluntary.
Forms will be sent home with students at a future date.
Yarbrough’s Flu Vaccine Clinic for students covered by PEEHIP insurance will be October 15th.
Art Adventures with Mr. Daniel
FOURTH GRADE ART PROJECT: "Re-write Your Favorite Children's Story"
Our fourth graders will use their vivid imaginations, line, shape, form, color, texture, space, and balance to write and illustrate their own version of their favorite children's story. For example, "Q-Bert and the Three Space Cadets" (based on "The Three Little Pigs"). We will explore character development, settings, and potential storylines as we develop our stories. Next, we will draw and illustrate our favorite scene from the story. We will also explore the works of Charles M Schultz.
FIFTH GRADE ART PROJECT: "A WORLD INSIDE OF A WORLD"
Our fifth graders will use their creative ability, line, shape, space, form, value, color, texture, rhythm, and balance to write and illustrate their own story. These stories will be based on the concept "A World Inside of A World." For example, "The world inside of your refrigerator;" "under your bed;" "inside of your toy box;" etc.... We're going to explore ways to bring these potential characters, settings, and storylines to life. Next, we will draw and illustrate our favorite scene from our story. We will also explore the works of Charles M Schultz.
Fitness Fun with Coach Smith
In October students will participate in a Handball Unit and fun instant games. Virtual students can find PE activities on schoology and our PE website: https://www.auburnschools.org/Domain/1296
We would like to wish our Fall Intern Annie Boone good luck as she prepares for the second part of her internship at Auburn Junior High School. She did an expectational job with our students here, and we are going to miss her.
Media Center Memo with Mrs. McGilberry
Music Moments with Mrs. Oprandy
In music class for the month of September, all students explored four different music genres: classical, jazz, country, and pop. They read about each genre, watched a musical performance for each, then responded to what they saw and heard. This exploration of music genres went hand-and-hand with our study of the instruments of the orchestra. While listening to the different performances, students looked and listened for different musical instruments.
Since we aren’t able to sing and play instruments just yet, students increased their understanding of musical concepts through movement and dance. Students were introduced to rondo form when dancing the Danish folk dance, “Seven Jumps.” Students learned about the music terms staccato, legato, and coda when dancing with scarves to the song, “The Syncopated Clock.” The dance “Stand Up” challenged everyone to perform the correct locomotor and non-locomotor movements at the correct time.
Fourth graders used Clap-Back rhythm patterns to review the rhythm syllables for quarter and eighth notes and to create their own rhythmic composition to perform for others.
Fifth grade students reviewed half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests by playing the game “Extra Beat, Take a Seat” and completing the activity, “Write the Rhythm.”
Venture Visit with Mr. Jackson
Counseling Connection with Mrs. Walsh
October Guidance lessons will focus on safety issues. Parents, please make sure your children know their full address and contact number for at least one parent. We will talk about anti-bullying strategies to enable our students to shut down inappropriate behaviors. Our classes will also have prevention lessons based on Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law (legislative law HB 197) was signed into effect on June 4, 2015. This law requires all public-school systems to provide age appropriate child sexual abuse prevention education in Pre-K through 12th grades.
Safe communities, internet safety, and personal boundaries lessons will be delivered through Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. Please visit the website for more information: www.safersmarterkids.org
We will also be celebrating Red Ribbon Week during the last week of October. This is a national campaign focusing on drug and violence prevention awareness. Red Ribbons have been worn since 1985 to help educate and encourage children to participate in drug prevention activities. Be on the lookout for our “Dress up” flyer. Let’s have fun dressing up and celebrating good choices.
Quote of the month:
“The choices that we make in our life, indeed determine the kind of results that we experience and the quality of the life that we live.” – Sumeet Jain