Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome to Kindergarten 2017-2018

Class of 2030
Marvelous Monkeys



Kindergarten Families ~


Welcome to Rowe School!  My name is Laura Elder and I am so pleased to be your child's Kindergarten teacher.  I hope you enjoy being part of the Rowe community as much as I do!


Kindergarten is such a unique and exciting year! Here starts their journey to 2030! I will do everything I can to make your child's transition to Kindergarten as smooth as possible.  Below are some important details for you to take note of.  


Important dates for your calendar:
September 5-6:  Kindergarten Welcome Days (be sure to schedule your appointment)
September 7:  First official day of Kindergarten!
September 25: Rowe School Open House (6:00pm)  Adults only.

Over the course of the year, I will be communicating with you via weekly emails, do not look to this blog for important information or updates. I will send photos of your child to you personally.

On my blog, you can find information about me and some general information about the Kindergarten year.


If you would like a sneak peak into what Kindergarten looks like in the Marvelous Monkey classroom, below are some photographs of Kindergarteners in action from the 2016-2017 school year.


Cheers! It is going to be a great year.









Friday, September 23, 2016

Open House Slideshow 2016

Thank you for coming to Parent Information Night!  What an amazing turn out.  Here is an edited edition of the slideshow including photos of children who are allowed to be on our class blog.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dear Families

Welcome to Rowe School!  My name is Laura Elder and I am so pleased to be your child's Kindergarten teacher.  I hope you enjoy being part of the Rowe community as much as I do!

Kindergarten is such a unique and exciting year!  I will do everything I can to make your child's transition to Kindergarten as smooth as possible.  Below are some important details.

Important dates for your calendar:
September 1:  Rowe School student and parent “Orientation Day” (8:30am-9:30am)
September 6/7:  Kindergarten Welcome Days (be sure to schedule your appointment)
September 8:  First full day of Kindergarten
September 22:  Rowe School Open House/Parent Information Night (6:00pm)

What to expect on Orientation Day:
This is an informal opportunity for your child to meet me, some of his/her classmates, and become familiar with the school and classroom.  You may “drop in” any time during the hour.  Please bring the enclosed “About Your Child” paper or bring it to your Kindergarten Welcome appointment.

What to expect at your child’s Kindergarten Welcome appointment:
I will check in with you regarding any pressing questions you may have about the first days of school and confirm your child’s dismissal plan with you.  After this quick check-in, I will do some activities with your child that will help us get to know one another.   During this time, you will have the opportunity to get a head start on some beginning of school paperwork.

Name tags:
  • I will provide your child with a name tag to wear on the first day of school.  I will be wearing the same tag (it has a monkey on it)  and I’ll also be holding a “monkey” sign with my name on it. This will make it easy for your child to connect with me on the playground when he/she arrives on September 8.
  • Your child will have a dismissal tag attached to his/her backpack when he/she arrives home on the first day.  Please keep this on your child's backpack for at least two weeks. This will help the bus drivers and teachers as well as provide a sense of security for your child.
What does my child have to bring to school?
  • Two healthy snacks.
  • A school-size backpack without wheels, large enough for a folder (which I will provide) and a lunchbox. Also buy a backpack to allow space for snow gear and gym shoes during the winter months.
  • A lunch (unless he/she will purchase lunch at school).
  • A water bottle (check that it doesn’t leak if it’s laying on its side or upside down).
  • Your child does not need to bring any individual supplies at this time. Our classroom is well equipped with everything we need for now.
  • Please put your name on everything that is not attached to your child!


If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me at laura_elder@yarmouthschools.org.