Monday, September 29, 2014

When Parents Get Involved

There are countless studies that show how getting involved in your children’s education can make a huge difference in their ability to learn and grow.  It might just be that one ingredient that’s needed for your child!

Here is an interesting article (that was written a few years back) that might give you some ideas of how to be involved even if your time is extremely limited:

38 Ways to Get Involved in the Classroom

When your kids know that you care about their education, they will too!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Helpful Information

This was originally posted on The Mother List last May.  See the original post here: 

8 Things Teachers Want You To Know

By Vicki Little
On the first day of Kindergarten, our school has a little tissue tea for new parents where they can eat refreshments, cry a bit, write a letter to their child and meet other parents. The principal tells parents the same thing every year: “We promise to believe only half of what your student tells us happens at home, if you promise to believe only half of what they tell you happens at school.” Here are 8 other things that your child’s teacher would like you to know:

1) Learning is a process, not a letter. The teachers I’ve talked to say they wish parents would realize that one bad grade doesn’t mean that their student is failing. Sometimes the particular assignment is challenging, or maybe they just had a bad day. Your child’s teacher isn’t ignoring the grade; they will address it as needed. But a child’s low score on a pop quiz isn’t a reason to call your local tutoring center, either.

2) Grades are not a negotiation. If you are concerned about a grade, set up a meeting and talk with the teacher, but don’t expect to “negotiate” a new grade. Be proactive in getting ideas on how to help your child and be willing to schedule time for tutoring or working with them.

3) Accountability is a valuable lesson. Don’t save your kid at every turn! If they continue to forget their homework and you keep bringing it to them, they aren’t learning anything. Teachers need parents’ help in teaching the kids responsibility and accountability.

4) Homework is not a test. It is practice. Let your child make some mistakes! Teachers said they do want parents to participate in homework and know what their child is doing, but don’t help too much. If they don’t look over their work or write complete sentences, let them learn through consequences.

5) Procrastination on your part does not constitute an emergency for the teachers. Stay on top of things. Don’t wait until the end of the year, when it is too late, to do anything to show concern over your child’s grades, reading level, or social issues at school.

6) Communication is a two-way street. Teachers really aren’t out to get your child. It is possible that they simply have no idea your student is being bullied or sad during lunch. Go to the teacher first with an open mind. Ask for suggestions and let them know what is going on. Going over their head to the principal first will only result in the principal asking if you have talked to the teacher.

7) Keep a routine (and an early bedtime). Kids definitely have a harder time learning when they are tired, and their grades will reflect this. Plus, they are less likely to follow directions and get along with their peers.

8) Be involved. This was something all teachers mentioned. Know what is happening in the classroom, in the school, with homework and with your child. No one is saying that you need to serve as PTO president, but talking with your child and coming to community nights — or even just volunteering 20 minutes a month in the classroom — can go a long way.

Are you a teacher? What do you want parents to know? Or if you are a parent, what would you like to say to teachers?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Thanks to everyone who showed up at the YCES Open House last week!  We had a great turnout and our kids were so happy to share their school with everyone.  The teachers are doing an amazing job with our children, and it's great that we all get to be involved and see the learning happening every day.

Did you remember to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences???
These are being held on Monday, November 24th this year.
Please make sure to contact the school office to schedule your child's conference if you haven't already done so.

Were you able to get all of your questions answered?
Do you have new questions now?
Are there things you still want to learn more about?

Please let us know if you need to know where to get answers.
We'll do our best to help you!!

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

YCES Walk-a-Thon is coming!!!

Are you ready???  Mark your calendars … our annual Walk a Thon is coming!  This year we’re shaking things up a bit … join us for the

2014 Cougar Color Vibe

Our entire student body will walk or run laps around the school track to raise funds for YCES!  This year there will be a little color involved.
(Ask your kids about the assembly we had on Friday!)


Before that, they’ll ask their families and friends for sponsorship or donations for the one and only fundraiser we have each year.

Please help our students obtain donations to earn a shirt as well as various prizes – even lunch or ice cream with the Principal!

The Walk-a-Thon this year is being held on:

Thursday - October 9th

Donations of at least $10 turned in by Tuesday, October 7th earns a student a T-shirt to wear on the day of the event.


Donations of at least $50 turned in by the final collection date (October 30th) earns a student a ticket to win one of many gifts donated by our amazing supporters!

Our children brought home envelopes from school on Friday to begin fundraising.  Keep on the lookout for notes with more information coming home the next few weeks.

And did you hear?  We can now accept debit and credit donations through Paypal! See the link in the left column on this blog or go to and donate to

Thanks so much for supporting YCES!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

School Open House–Thursday!

Come join us this Thursday evening …

open house

Bring the family for dinner, then stop in the classrooms.  Find out what our amazing teachers have been up to so far this year with our children!!

Dinner Available from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
(dinner is optional)

Cost $4.00 per person

Family of 5 or more $18.00

Classrooms Open from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you all there!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reminder - School Pictures Tomorrow!

Just a reminder....


Order forms are available in the office in the morning or you can go online to and order online.

Bring your best smiles!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Picture Day - Thursday, September 11th

This Thursday, September 11th is picture day at school!

Please make sure to complete and return the form that was sent home with students this past week, or go to to order.  Here is a link with more information:

Life Touch School Portraits

Get your smiles ready everyone!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

4th Grade Swimming

We need parent volunteers to walk the 4th grade students to and from the Carlton Pool this week. All 4th graders will be participating in swimming lessons.

The times will be 9:30-11:00, 10:00-11:30, and 10:30-12:00 Monday- Friday. Once the kids are split into their groups, we will let you know what time your child is swimming so we can match you to that group.

If you are available to help please contact Shanna Kerr at 503-550-0939 or

Thanks so much!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Welcome to School Everyone!

We hope you've all had a great first few days of school!  There's activity in the hallways and a buzz in the air - school is back in session!!

Please make sure to check with your children each evening to find out if there is any paperwork that needs to be signed and returned to school.  Many teachers will send home things just once per week, but occasionally there is random information sent home that we need to review and return.

You should have already seen a yellow piece of paper from Yamhill Carlton School District called a "Student Information Form".  Please make sure to complete and return this so that we can comply with federal regulations.

Welcome back everyone!!!!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sign Up - Carlton Crush Event

The YCPTO is helping with a game at Carlton Crush this year.

Come join in the fun!

Click on the link below to sign up for a 30 minute slot and help our kids enjoy our great little town:

Carlton Crush - Sign Up Genius 

We will send out an e-mail with this link in the next few days to invite everyone on our YCPTO list.

Thank you everyone for participating in YCPTO!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Join Us Tonight!!

We're having a meeting this evening! Come join the YCPTO at 6:00 in the library and find out the happenings this school year. 

We invite you to join us at ANY time - if you can't stay long or even show up until late, we don't mind. You're always welcome!!

Please know that we appreciate any time you can provide. If you're interested in participating, but are unable to volunteer time, please let us know. We have a variety of opportunities for you to participate in.

Have a great first day of school and we'll see you tonight!