Dear Parents, Guardians, and Members of the Yarmouth Community,
I would like to begin by expressing how proud I am of Yarmouth. We faced a difficult scenario this weekend, but in true Clipper fashion, found a way to overcome any obstacles set in our way.
There is an incredible diversity of excellence in Yarmouth. Our students excel not just in the classroom, but in every aspect of their lives. This weekend was no exception. As a first time ticket holder to a YPAC performance, my family was blown away to see a Broadway-esque performance by our Playmakers. It was breath-taking to see our students shine on the stage in what could only be described as a simply outstanding performance of Shrek.
Our community is fortunate to have such an incredible venue that fosters the arts, and I would like to thank Betsy Puelle and the Friends of Playmakers for their tremendous efforts to put together yet another exceptional performance, but also for their assistance to work through the additional hurdles of this weekend.
What makes this weekend even more noteworthy is that we were also hosting a regional football championship at the same time. Very few communities are able to so successfully and amazingly support education, the arts, athletics, and a host of other co-curricular activities. After yet another successful weekend, our football team hopes to follow the footsteps of our girls’ cross country program and boys’ soccer with another state championship this Saturday.
Anyone in theater can attest to the monumental amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. Susan Robbins, Bruce Bickford, Friends of Playmakers, the Yarmouth Police Department, Yarmouth Community Services, Yarmouth Football Boosters, and Yarmouth Public Works need to be recognized for their work and efforts to put together and safely coordinate the events of this weekend.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who went the extra mile (hopefully not literally) to support our students on Saturday. This doesn’t just happen on a busy weekend in November, this happens every day in our classrooms and in our community. As I spend more and more time with the students and staff at YHS, I am amazed to learn more and more about our incredible students.
As I conclude this note, there are - as always - some important notes regarding upcoming events. First, school picture retakes are scheduled for this Thursday, November 19th. Next, for the third year in a row, parent Brenda Whitney has volunteered to organize a staff appreciation event entitled "Saying Thanks with Pies." On Tuesday, November 24th, we would like to be able to give every YHS staff member a pie to take home for the Thanksgiving vacation. Parents and students may sign up at this link (http://vols.pt/KdnD7W) called "Volunteer Spot" to help reach the goal of 70+ pies which translates into one pie for each person working at YHS to take home for Thanksgiving.
This also provides students with an opportunity to earn community service for up to 2 pies for a maximum of 2 hours/per pie. Students must take the initiative to sign up themselves, make and deliver the pie, as well as have a note on their pie(s) and personally sign in as they deliver it to get credit. Parents should feel free to either purchase or make a pie. If you are busy, but would still like to help, you may donate money and Brenda will do the shopping for you. Thank you for helping make this a successful staff appreciation event. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-4120.
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