Knight Notes

Yarbrough Elementary - November Newsletter 2020

Quick Glance at Important Dates

November 6th - Club Day for In-Person Students

November 11th - Veterans Day (No School)

November 13th - Club Day for Remote Students

November 16th - Chipotle Restaurant Spirit Night

November 16th-20th - Multiplication Week

November 18th - Scoliosis Screening for 5th Grade In-Person Students

November 25th-27th - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 19th-January 4th - Winter Break

From Dr. Forster

Last week, we presented the YES Teacher of the Year Award to Tracey Oprandy at the end of her music lesson in Mrs. Ramey’s homeroom. Mrs. Oprandy is an incredible example of hard work. She goes above and beyond not only for the students in her music class, but for the entire school. She always makes sure that she covers the content and prepares engaging lessons. Whether she is coordinating the news crew before the bell rings, coming to classrooms at lunch to video individuals, or planning epic lessons for our in-person and virtual students, Mrs. Oprandy gives 100%. Since coming back to education after raising her two children, Mrs. Oprandy has taught 2nd grade at RES and 4th grade at YES prior to serving in her perfect position as Music Teacher at YES. Having worked with Mrs. Oprandy for several years I can tell you she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Congratulations, Mrs. Oprandy – you represent our school well.

Celebrating Our Veterans

While we will not be able to host veterans for our annual Veterans Day Program, we still want to honor and thank them for their service. Each class will be featured in a video that you may share with friends, family, and especially the veterans you love. Be on the lookout for the link from your child's homeroom teacher the week of Veterans Day.

Chipotle Restaurant Spirit Night

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Yarbrough Elementary School. Come in to the Chipotle at 346 W Magnolia Ave in Auburn on Monday, November 16th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.

Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Yarbrough Elementary School.


Use code F469J4M in ‘promo’ field before checkout. Orders placed online or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted. Remember, delivery orders or orders placed at a different time/location than the scheduled fundraiser will not count.

Multiplication Week

During the week of November 16th-20th we will play games, sing songs, have competitions, and participate in school-wide activities to help us learn and practice our multiplication facts. Be on the lookout for details soon!

Knightly News

Want to stay caught up on what’s happening at Y.E.S.? Watch the Knightly News! You can find our daily news broadcast linked below or on 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.

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

Scoliosis Screening for 5th graders who attend school traditionally will take place on November 18th

The purpose of the screening is to recognize any deviation from normal so the need for treatment can be determined. If scoliosis is suspected, you will be notified to receive further evaluation from your private physician.

If you would like your student screened, you must OPT IN by completing the permission form and returning it to school with your student.

Forms will be sent home with your student at a later date and are also found on the YES website > For Parents > School Nurse > Scoliosis Opt In Form

Scoliosis screening is offered annually in grades 5 through 9.

If your student is a remote learner, you may have them screened by their private provider at their next wellness visit.

Art Adventures with Mr. Daniel

Our YES art students are having an exciting time using their creative ability to develop Veterans Day art projects!

FOURTH GRADE ART PROJECT: Veterans Day (Zoom in Cupcake)

These art students will utilize the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to develop patriotic cupcakes in perspective. We will study the basic geometric form and structure of the cupcake, in order to render it in a realistic manner. For example, the basic form of the base of the cupcake is a cylinder. Students will also create their own color wheels during the course of this project. We will explore the use of chiaroscuro to give our structure a three-dimensional appearance on a two-dimensional surface. Our cupcakes will be rendered using a red, white and blue color scheme. We will also have fun exploring the works of Wayne Thiebaud.


These art students will use the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to develop expressive optical illusions that honor our veterans. Rhythm, movement, as well as, creative use of positive and negative space, are key components in creating these designs. We will also use rendering techniques to give our Op Art a bold and expressive appearance. We will explore the works of M.C. Escher.

Computer Communication with Miss Ball

In Computer Lab students will finish up their spooky or October stories. As we transition into the month of November some of our new assignments will include “What We are Thankful For” lists and Thanksgiving Break stories. Both pieces of writing will allow students to practice their typing with speed and accuracy which is improving as they progress through the Edutyping program.

Fitness Fun with Coach Smith

In November students will begin a Punt, Pass, and Kick unit. They will also participate in Mini-soccer and recreation games. Students will discover the math skills related to fitness and sports during PE.

Virtual and traditional students can find PE activities on Schoology and on our PE website:

Media Center Memo with Mrs. McGilberry

Thank you so much to all the families that supported the book fair! It provided YES with $1500.00 for the library budget. I appreciate the ability to purchase that many more books to place into your student’s hands. In library this month, we will finish our genre study. We are rounding up this study with a realistic fiction chapter book. Each class voted on one of four books about friendship and learning consequences in a safe environment.

Music Moments with Mrs. Oprandy

October has been an exciting month filled with lots and lots of patriotic music! All students sang along (quietly and with their masks on) to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America, the Beautiful,” and “America – My Country Tis of Thee.” They also learned fun facts and the history of these popular patriotic favorites.

Fifth graders used this time of listening and quiet singing to learn more about harmony and how soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices can join together to create harmony.

Fourth graders continued their exploration of rhythm and rhythmic composition.

Venture Visit with Mr. Jackson

During Venture this month we will continue to discuss the words logical, illogical, and logic. The students are having a lot of fun learning about chess. Many of our students already have a lot of knowledge when it comes to chess, and they are doing a good job helping their classmates learn the game. We started off learning about the chess board, pawn, and the knight. Then we took on the roles of the rook, bishop, king, and queen. The students are very excited about the in-class chess tournament!

Counseling Connection with Mrs. Walsh

In November we fill focus on Healthy Choices as we finish lessons on Erin’s Law. Fourth graders will learn about respecting body boundaries and how to use their voice and personal power to get help when needed. Fifth graders will focus on privacy concerning one’s body, thoughts, property, and feelings. Students are reminded to use their safety network when they feel threatened or uncomfortable. Please take a few minutes to discuss the people your students have chosen to be in their safety network. Students will also learn about positive and negative peer pressure, as well as making wise and healthy choices. The choices your students make today will affect their futures. Encourage your students to be their best every day.

Quote of the month:

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”– Malcolm X