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November Newsletter
November Newsletter
Susan Lobel
Sunday, November 03, 2019

November 4, 2019

Dear Rowe Families,

The first six weeks of school have passed swiftly by and it has been nice seeing many of you here to volunteer and to attend parent-teacher conferences. Many teachers are still meeting with parents or will be doing so in the next week or two. It is always exciting to get an update on your child’s progress. Please contact your child’s teacher to set up a conference if you haven't already. NOTE: Please be sure to check the Lost and Found table and rack in the atrium for any missing items when you are here for conferences or to volunteer.

Chewonki Foundation visits

Rowe students were treated to two special presentations by the Chewonki Foundation this past week. For several years, they have been coming annually to present Owls of Maine to first grade students at Rowe. Our first graders once again enjoyed this on November 1 and met some amazing live owls. On October 31st, kindergarten children were also treated to a presentation about bats by Chewonki for the second year in a row. Please be sure to ask your children about these engaging programs and welcome them to share with you at least one fact they learned from them. A big thank you goes out to our amazing PTO group who funded the Owls of Maine visits.

Teacher Appreciation Meal

The staff at Rowe would like to thank all who contributed to the Teacher Appreciation luncheon in mid-October. Everything was delicious, as always.We know that life is busy and really appreciate your efforts! This is also organized by the Yarmouth PTO. 


When picking your child up at dismissal time, please be sure to sign him or her out in the vestibule. Even if the children are lined up outside when you arrive, you must sign out before departing. This is the only way for us to make sure that all children are accounted for. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Cold weather gear

We have officially entered the period of the year when we are having some cold, raw days. If the temperature is below 50 degrees, we require children to wear a coat outside. Many children do a lot of running on the playground, so we recognize they may feel warm and allow them to unzip their coats if they are overheated. Hats, mittens, and gloves are welcome additions on cold days. Once the snow flies, we require boots and snow pants in order for them to play in the snow. If they come without them, they must stay on the plowed, paved area of the playground.

On rainy days, a number of students have been coming to school with umbrellas. Due to the young age of our children, this poses a bit of a safety concern, both on the bus and once they arrive at school. We prefer you send your child with a coat and hat or hood on inclement weather days to avoid any umbrella mishaps. Thanks in advance for the help!

Candy Drive!!

Donate your leftover Halloween candy!

The candy received will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.  

If you wish to donate, please bring your candy to the Rowe School Office by November 8th. Thank you!

New from the art room:

Please check out Mrs. Landry’s art room blog at this link:

Project Holiday is a program coordinated by Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN). The goal of this program is to enhance the holiday spirit of giving in the Yarmouth community by connecting anonymous donors with Yarmouth families who confidentially request assistance. Food baskets are also available on the form. Please contact the Rowe office if you would like a form sent home.

K-8 PTO News

  • Hannaford Gift Card - Next load is 11/20, 12 pm. Forms are sent home with K-4 students or can be accessed here. To reload an existing card, just write the card’s last 6 digits on your check’s memo line; no need to send in the card or the form. Thank you!

  • Make-It Take-It Craft Fair – This favorite tradition is Sunday, November 17, 11am-2pm, YES gym. We’ll have several craft stations for children to create a holiday gift for someone or keep for themselves. Lunch and baked goods are available for purchase. This event is popular with K-4 students, but children younger and older are welcome! (Not a drop-off event.) **Are you a parent, grandparent or high schooler who could assist kiddos at the craft tables?** We would love your help! No need to be crafty – we prep the crafts and provide directions! Craft Help Signup (includes high school community service hours)

  • Silver Graphics – We’re offering SG in time for the holidays this year! Choose from dozens of different keepsakes featuring your child’s artwork. Sale runs Nov 13-27 with delivery the third week of Dec. You can order online or on paper order forms. Ordering instructions and forms coming home soon!

  • Rowe Family Movie Night – Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec 13 at 5:30 pm at Harrison Middle School! The movie (TBD) is no charge, and pizza and popcorn will be available for purchase. Donations of gently used baby/children’s items, diapers, wipes are accepted but not required. Although the movie is shown at HMS, it is for our Rowe students and their families. (Not a drop-off event.)

  • Digital Box Tops – Box Tops is going digital! Just download the free app below and scan your store receipt within two weeks of purchase. Traditional Box Tops will be honored until they expire. For the rest of 2019, you can earn double through traditional clipping and scanning your receipt.

  • PTO MeetingNov 21, Thursday at 7 pm in YES library. Please join us if you’re able!

  • Questions/Comments? – Please contact Christy Hayashida & Jessica Raimy at


 News and Events from Merrill Memorial Library

· Voting Event - For the month of November, come to the library and vote in our voting booth for the Mayor of Merrill: Fancy Nancy or Pete the Cat. 

· Cozy Crafting, Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, & 11, 3:45-4:30. Grades K-2.  Registration required. Call 846-4763 or email to sign up.   

· Let's Learn Sign Language, Saturday, November 16, 10:30 AM. Ages 4-7. No registration required.

· Board Game Saturdays: November 23 and 30. Have family in town that you need to entertain? Get away from? Come to the library on Saturday November 23 or November 30, or both, to play new board games from Island Treasure Toys. No pre-registration required. All ages, 10AM-3PM.  

· Reminder that we also have our MML Kids Facebook page: Like us to get our posts and event notifications. Or sign up for our newsletter at scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Subscribe to our Email Newsletter.

Important Dates:

Monday, November 11th-Veteran’s Day holiday – No School

Thursday, November 21st- PTO meeting in the YES library, 7-8 pm

Wednesday, November 27th-Friday, November 29th – Thanksgiving holiday, No School

Students return to school on Monday, December 2nd

Thursday, December 12th- PTO meeting in the YES library, 4-5 pm

Friday, December 13th - Rowe Family Movie Night,  5:30 pm at Harrison Middle School 

Monday, December 23rd-Wednesday, January 1st- Holiday break, No School

Students return to school on Thursday, January 2, 2020!

Thursday, January 16th- PTO meeting in the YES library, 7-8 pm

Monday, January 20th – Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday – No School


Susan Lobel, Principal