The fall fundraiser was a great success. We want to thank all of the Young School families for their continued support of our annual fundraiser and let you know that we now have smart boards in ALL of our classrooms. It is so exciting to know that our students are being taught with the most up to date technology.
Our first annual Kindergarten Parent Academy is up and running as our kindergarten teachers meet quarterly with the parents to communicate the current skills that are needed to be successful in kindergarten. Parents are given strategies to use with their children to ensure that they are equipped to be a strong influence in their child’s early reading journey. This school/family connection will support our kindergarten students as they become new readers. These academy nights include presentations by our students, tips and guidance to assist our young readers and make ‘n’ take activities to play at home. Our next Parent Academy is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 at 6:30 at Young Elementary School.
Young School is very excited to have Mrs. Brown, the district librarian, visit Young School monthly in order to deliver library enrichment activities. She always comes with a lesson filled with information, strategies, creativity and laughter.
All-County Teaching Team
Congratulations to our one and only Mrs. Becky Burtoft who was named to the Summit County All-County Teaching Team. Mrs. Burtoft is an amazing educator who has blessed so many Springfield children with her caring, dedicated teaching style and her unquestionable devotion towards her students.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Over 20 Young Elementary teachers are currently participating in a book talk on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This is our first step in a three step process to eventually incorporate The Leader in Me framework into our culture at Young School. We see so much leadership potential in our students and we want, more than ever, to help them develop the leadership skills to reach their full capacity as independent learners and leaders in school and in our community.
It was an honor to see our student body, from kindergarten through third grade, come together on Veteran’s Day to fill the gym and sing/perform patriotic songs they had learned in elementary music class led by Mr. Mike Green. I hope that many of you were able to watch the celebration on the local TV channel since we were unable to invite our families due to lack of space.
We would like to thank our wonderful Springfield Township Fire Dept. who spent an entire day here at Young Elementary teaching our kindergarten through second graders about fire safety. The students were able to interact with the fire fighters and explore an actual fire truck.
Our annual food/clothing/toy drive was a great success once again during the holiday season. It always amazes me to see the generosity that we have in Springfield and how we work together to ensure that our local families who are struggling are taken care of during difficult times. I thank all the families who donated items during the months of November & December. You touched many lives in a positive way.
Thank you to our lovely Spartanaires who entertained us with their annual holiday carols before the holiday break. The Spartanaires always do an amazing job and our students at Young love to get a glimpse of what high school life has in store for them.
Our annual Santa Shop was the biggest in the history of Young School. Hundreds of students were able to secretly & independently shop for their loved ones with the help of our many volunteers. Thank you to the parents who made this event happen and to our many elves. The holidays were brighter for our students as they were able to experience “giving.”