Thursday, November 12, 2015

Canned Food Kindness!

It is the holiday season! It is just days away from my very favorite holiday! Thanksgiving! The food, friends and/or family, parties, and music, you can't go wrong! Another great part of the season is the giving. Those you have had much are able to share with those who have less.  In doing so hopefully start a circle of kindness and looking out for each other. This is why we should take pride in our community. We give and look after each other as if we are all family.

Our canned food drive is coming up soon (December 1st-18th). Please bring in any shelf-stable foods you are able to share and we will pass on what you do to our local food bank. Thank you again in advance for any support you can give!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

I know, it seems early to be talking next year's Kindergarten, but honestly we are already in November making our way through the holiday season.  We have some great news! Yamhill-Carlton School District has gotten an amazing grant that offers a great start for our up and coming Kindergarteners! 

We will now be offering FREE READY! for Kindergartenclasses to families/caregivers of 3 or 4 year olds in our district. These will be provided at no cost at Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School in Carlton, OR.

This will greatly benefit the future students because it helps not only the students ready to learn in school but also gives the parents tools to help the children at home.  All the while it is presented to the children as play and fun!  Please make sure to pass this along to those who it would apply! Thank you in advance!

When:    Wednesday, December 9th
Where:   Yamhill Carlton Elementary School
Who:      Parents and Child Caregivers
What:     FREE Dinner for the Family at 5:15pm
               Classes for parents at 6:00pm
                     6:00-6:30 Orientation
                     6:30-7:30 Age-Level Classes
(Childcare will be provided so parents can attend classes.)
Goal:      To teach you how to “play with a purpose” at home.
Bonus! Door prizes for additional toys and games for your child. Each family that attends dinner will receive a ticket for the door prize raffle.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Walkathon is a Success!!!

Thank you parents and staff for all of your hard work and dedication! We are currently planning the reveal ceremony for walkathon prizes and awards. If you are able come, it will be taking place on Friday, November 13th starting at 1:30 pm. As for any event at the school please make sure you are approved by the office with a background check. We are so proud of the kids and you should be too! Please be sure to give them a superhero high five!

YCES Parent/Teacher Conferences

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P.S. Don’t forget!

This is mostly a reminder for myself. I have been so extraordinarily busy in the last few months that the conferences snuck up on me! Yup, they are here again, but don’t worry, it is not too late to sign up! Conferences are next week though November 9th and 10th. Contact the ladies in the office to set up your conference appointment. Call them at 503-852-7161!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October Fun and Education!

Important Dates at YCES

October 20             YCAP Food Drive @ YCES
November 3            Picture Retakes
November 9-10       Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 9-11       No School - Conferences & Veterans Day
November 25-27    No School - Thanksgiving Break

In the meantime… Try out some of these fun Halloween experiments!

If you have any fun ideas for Halloween fun please share them below! We love all of your ideas!

Friday, October 2, 2015

No School for our Superheroes?

Encourage your superheroes in getting their pledges for the walkathon on Tuesday (10/6). The laps are starting in only 6 more days!
If you noticed we don't have school next Friday! What now?
There are some great options fairly locally! Check them out!

No School Friday Movie - hosted by the McMinnville Library
Outdoors Fridays - hosted by the A.C. Gilbert House
Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show - Washington County Fairgrounds
Big Fall Harvest Festival - hosted by French Prairie Farm (all activities will be running)
No School Days - Trackers Earth

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Lunch Menu for September 21-25, 2015

Changes will be coming to the lunch menu as of October 1st, 2015 

To be compliant with Nation School Lunch Regulations,  Yamhill Carlton School District will be raising lunch prices by $0.05. 

Grades K-4 will now be $2.55

Grades 5-12 will now be $2.80

This will be effective October 1, 2015

USDA and Yamhill Carlton School District are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Open House

Have you heard of our annual Open House? It is fast approaching! On Thursday, September 24th, starting at 5:30, there will be a barbecue and open classrooms (they will open @ 6pm) to give you information about what your child is learning about this year. There is always great information given by staff and plenty of volunteer opportunities, like holiday parties and classroom reading!
Look for the PTO table we will be there to answer any of your questions, set you up to donate (credit cards are now accepted), and to sign you up for the day of walkathon volunteer positions.

We are looking forward to your Superkids helping fund the next great addition to our school. Have any great ideas? Be sure to come to our PTO Board Meeting on Thursday October 1st at 6pm. We love to have all of your precious feedback!

Friday, September 18, 2015

We’re all Superheroes now!

Walkathon Kickoff was today! The kids learned that they too will be superheroes for this walkathon. For all the students that can bring in $10 dollars they will go home on walkathon day with superhero capes and awesome water bottles! And again, like last year, a total of $50 in donations gives them a ticket for the prize raffles!
YCES has only one fundraiser a year and this money goes towards the budget for the Yamhill Carlton Parent Teacher Organization (YCPTO). YCPTO supports our students and school in many ways through your generous contributions. Some of the money goes toward annual expenses including field trips and assemblies, teachers purchases, library books, the Spring Carnival, and the Mad Science Fair. Our monies are also used for larger purchases like the new water fountain/filling station, for classroom technology (iPads), playground equipment and upkeep, and more!
We look forward to what our superheroes can do for our school. Thanks in advance for your support!! Check out the walkathon tab above for an easy way to donate!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nana nana nana nana… Batman!

If you’ve turned in your background checks please feel free to come kick off the walkathon tomorrow at 2pm. We have some awesome plans in the kid's future!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Homework got you down?

We’ve all been there. We look at our child’s homework and cannot figure it out. We want to be that help to them but all of a sudden we feel that there is no way that we can be that person for them. What to do?
Step 1: Breath! All of you!
A method of relaxation breathing can be found on
Teddy Bear Breathing- Lie on your back, place one hand on your chest and place your favorite teddy bear on your belly button. Close your eyes and relax your whole body. Breath in slowly through your nose. Your teddy bear should slowly rise, but your chest should not. When you have taken a full deep breath, hold it, count to three then slowly breathe out. Repeat a few times, until your feel relaxed.
Step 2: Get a snack!
Often the hardest time to think is when we are at our “hangriest”. I know that if my mind is working hard it needs a nutritious, brain pumping treat! Try a great snack of greek yogurt with Muesli! I have it on great authority (my sons) that there is a great place to find this delicious snack right in town!
Step 3: Cheer them on!
You are not responsible for making sure the homework is done correctly but rather giving the kids the confidence to try it on their own and ask questions (and “I don’t know… Let’s find out” is perfectly acceptable.). Cheer them on! Give them high-fives! Don’t assume that they have to be right all the time. They need to be wrong to know what is right.
Step 4: Give yourself a pat on the back!
You did it! Now if you are still asking questions and needing help our teachers can always answer these and will be more than willing to assist you. Or feel free to check out our homework help tab. We will be adding more sites and solutions as the year moves along to help guide you to the answers your child needs.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

School Pictures!

We have reached that time of year again! That time of year to forget all about picture day! Hopefully you have it more together than I ever do - but if not here’s the skinny:
We are having pictures taken Thursday, September 17th, 2015.

On Lifetouch’s website I found these great tips (maybe there is hope for me yet!):

Use these tips to help your child get ready for a great-looking school portrait that you’ll treasure forever.
  • Help your child pick out clothes and colors that look good on them. After all, your child is the star of the photo—not their shirt, so avoid slogans, logos, and big patterns. Small jewelry and accessories are fine but nothing too big or distracting.
    Make sure to check your flyer to see sample poses for your Picture Day. Some poses may show pants or skirts, so plan the complete outfit.
  • Glasses are okay! Lifetouch photographers know all the tricks to reduce glare.
  • Any hairstyle works for Picture Day. Schedule haircuts a few weeks ahead of time to allow hair to grow back a little, or you can go for a fresh-cut look.
  • Keep kids relaxed and ready to be themselves. Smiles can look fake if they’re practiced ahead of time. Remember, smiles are like french fries—they’re better when they’re fresh.
  • Don’t worry about “perfect”! That hair that always sticks up or a missing tooth shows your child just as they are right now—and you’ll enjoy looking back on that for years to come. On Picture Day, teachers and volunteers will help straighten collars and check posture. And, if you like, we have retouching options for scrapes and blemishes.

Make sure to order your school pictures.  There is a promotion for a free shareable image on the envelopes in the take home folders. Our school's Picture Day ID is FO745439Q0

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome Back!

So glad we could see you all back! It was so good to see you. Did you happen to make it down the hall today? If so, did you see this?
A great welcome to our new water bottle filler! Filtered water is now easily available for the students to fill their water bottles. Feel free to send a refillable water bottle to school for your child!
Also we have great checkers available outside for the kids to play with outside on the asphalt. I know my kids were excited about them.
We had a great day and now on to the morrow!

Monday, September 7, 2015

First Days of School

Do you have a favorite "Back to School" tradition? I see some with their cameras taking awesome photos.  I hear of special breakfasts (pancakes with ears?). I see myself running like a mad hen trying to find that shoe, you know the one that belongs on my son's left foot, it always seems to be missing? Anyways... 

We, the YCPTO, have a new tradition! We love to be there to welcome you all back. We pull out the coffee maker, grab some tasty treats, and man our post in the gym to help you through the transition. This year we will be there Sept 8-10, 7:30a - 10:00a to answer any questions you may have, or to just chat with you about how adorable your child's matching shoes are (you are a lucky one aren't you)! 

School's back tomorrow September 8th! See you all there!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Menu for the First Week of School


Are you ready?!

Can you believe it? This the last weekend before school?! The last 4 days! I am so excited for the kids to go and meet their new teachers, reunite with friends, and restart the routine of the school year. So are you ready? For those last minute purchases school supply lists are available here and free/reduced school lunch forms can be found here!
First day of school is September 8th, 2015!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Teacher Lunch

A big THANKS to all of you who so kindly helped with the teacher luncheon today! All the food looked and smelled so delicious!

Look forward to all of the other ways to help out this year. Check your emails for information from Tessa ( our new volunteer coordinator!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Popsicles and Class Lists

popsicle-155205_1280Interested in what’s coming up for the school year? Have some questions for your child’s new teacher? Want to meet and great the new principal? This is your chance!
Come to meet and greet on September 1st at 3pm!
Also - We are looking for those of you who can contribute for the teacher’s lunch on September 3rd.
If you think you can lend a hand (or a side) sign up here at SignUpGenius! Our staff works so hard to make our school ready for our kids. Let’s let them know how appreciated they are!

Monday, August 24, 2015

STEM at the State Fair!

Are you going to the Oregon State Fair? For those of you headed out that direction make sure you check out the Columbia Hall! Throughout the fair there will be 7 different STEM exhibits for you to check out.
STEM at the Oregon State Fair!
Also check out the Author’s Table in the Jackman-Long Building there will be 25 authors to talk to during the fair. Bring your little author to ask about what it’s like to be an author.
Author's Table
Most of all have a blast and enjoy your last vestiges of summer!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Do you have a mini maker?

One of the most awesome movements in the United States (and really the world) is the Maker Movement. Maker’s come together from across the world to create and share their ideas and creations.
Why is this important to you and your child? Studies have shown that STEM students are able to innovate and think critically. Beyond that, they are able to make connections between school, community, work, and the world. Though we often think this is a movement towards just the sciences, it’s more than that, STEM includes all facets of life. SCIENCE; TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATHS are found in everything, from engine rebuilds to farming to arts to robotics. It is everywhere!

Maker's Faire 2015 from OMSI on Vimeo.
Check it out!September 12th & 13th @ 10 AM – 5 PM
OMSI’s Portland Mini Maker Faire

Monday, August 10, 2015

Popsicles and Supplies!

We are closing in on the end of our summer break - can you believe it!? As it nears, we begin to think about all the new and exciting things our children are about to learn and experience. Who are their teachers going to be? What are they going to wear? Is the new principal nice? How many pencils again? Take a big breath! You'll be alright!

This year we have the honor of joining our new principal, Lauren Berg, and the staff for popsicles and classroom lists! It is going to be a great year!

Also, if you have the chance, grab another pack of pencils or some spiral notebooks! An extra backpack would go a long way for someone as well. All of these are handed out during the school year at the discretion of our great staff!

So we hope to see you all there!
September 1st @ 3:00 - 3:45p

But wait there's more! What more could there be you ask?

Its just our first major PTO meeting of the new school year! We will be covering it all!
  • Walkathon (get your volunteerin' shoes on we've got a record to beat!)
  • Open House
  • Student Store
  • Spirit wear (another place we could use help!)
  • George Fox University's work day needs parent volunteers
  • and much more!

So if you have an hour of time to spend with us!
September 1st @ 6:00 - 7:30p

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

National Night Out - August 4th

Come join us and the City of Carlton!!!!

This year we're celebrating the 32nd Annual National Night Out at the Upper Park on Tuesday, August 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

Bring the kids and enjoy live music, free burgers and hot dogs as well as various activities for the entire family!  Click on this link for more information:

City of Carlton - National Night Out

YCPTO will also be there with information about the upcoming school year.
Come say hello!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Meals at the School

Remember that kids can eat breakfast and lunch at YCES this summer!

All children ages 1 - 18 are welcome to eat at the elementary school in Carlton this summer.
  • Breakfast is served between 9 and 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Stay in between meals and play in the gym!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Carlton Municipal Pool Opens!

The local pool in Carlton opened Tuesday, June 16th.
Check out the City of Carlton website for more information.

Let's get outside and play!!!

Student Report Cards

Did your student receive their report card from YCES this year?  If not, please contact the office.  Please see the note below sent by Ms. Bieghler:

I wanted to remind those of you who have not yet received your child’s report card that it is most likely here in the office as your child still owes dues (probably a lost library book).  Please stop by & see us to pick up your child’s report card before July 1st as the office will be closed from July 1 thru July 31. 
Hope you are all enjoying your summer, the weather has been beautiful!
Ms. Bieghler

Friday, June 19, 2015

YCES Library Hours

The library at Yamhill Carlton Elementary will be open this summer!
Make sure you stop by to check out books, participate in crafts and listen to stories.

See the flier below:

The library will be open June 29th through August 5th on Mondays and Wednesdays.
The hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at YCES.

Come make reading YOUR superpower!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

School is out!!!

School is out for the summer!
Do you have plans for your children?
Check out what's going on at Carlton's Upper Park right here in town!

Here is more information on the YC Together Cares website:

A FREE day camp for K-5th graders with crafts, snacks and recreation held Monday thru Thursday afternoons from 3-5pm in Carlton’s Upper Park under the tent. We’re excited to welcome Ms. Tiffany back as our camp supervisor! Come join her in lots of new crafts and activities.  This program runs June 22rd thru August 13th. See you in the park!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Next YCPTO Meeting Postponed

Hello YCES families.

Please note that our monthly PTO meeting for May has been postponed until next week.

We will meet again at YCES Tuesday, May 12th at 3:30 p.m.

Please come join us!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015 Spring Carnival

Our Annual Carnival is coming up on May 14th and we need your help!

The theme this year is Game Night
We are going to have a variety of games from jumbo size fun, to bingo and even a video game truck!

We need the help of volunteers to make this happen.
Please sign up to help with the Candyland Candy Walk, the Bouncy House, Lawn Games, Giant Soccer and Bingo Room. We will also need help with ticket booths, face painting, setup and takedown.

Set up will happen from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and the carnival runs from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Volunteer sign-ups will be for 30 minute increments.

Please sign up by the office or contact Tessa Zasta at 541-961-9562 or

Friday, April 24, 2015

Next YCPTO Meeting

Hello everyone,

Did you see a bit of hail coming from the sky today?
Mother Nature isn't quite sure of the season. :-)
Happy Spring!!!

With spring comes the time to elect new officers for YCPTO. 

Join us at our next meeting to vote for new officers!

Please note that our next YCPTO meeting has a date a time change. 
We will meet Tuesday, May 12th at 3:30 p.m. at YCES.

Please join us and learn more about what's going on at YCES!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Scrap Metal & Recyclable Material Drive

The following was sent out via e-mail to YCES parents ... 

The Yamhill-Carlton Disaster Preparedness Group is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Yamhill Fire Station.  Y-CDPG is helping the communities of Yamhill and Carlton to become more disaster resilient.  

The task we have taken on is to help the communities respond to shortages of potable water during an event that disrupts the normal flow of clean drinking water.  We are raising funds to help offset the costs of expensive potable water filtration systems for the Fire District, Public Works Deptartment and the School District.
Please see below for a list of items that will be accepted at the drop off location.  If you have any questions, please contact


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

YCPTO Officer Nominations for Next School Year

Happy Spring Everyone!!

This is the time of year we elect new officers for YCPTO.

We are currently taking nominations! 

Would you like to be an officer on the YCPTO Board?
Do you know someone interested in participating more in YCPTO?
Have you heard any great ideas that would benefit our school?

There are a number of ways for you to help out no matter your skills or your availability.  Everyone is welcome!  If you are a parent or guardian with a student attending YCES, or if you are a staff member at the school then you are a member of our PTO.

If you know someone that would be a great addition to YCPTO or if you are interested in participating more yourself, please let us know!  Come to our next meeting!  If you just want to learn more or are unable to attend the meeting, please contact the current YCPTO officers by leaving a message at school or sending an e-mail to:
(You can even comment on this blog post!)

Here is the YCPTO Officers Slate as of today for the 2015-16 school year:
  • President - Andrea Ausmus
  • Vice President - Jodi Pellegrino
  • Treasurer - Dalon Gage
  • Secretary - Megan Ujakovich-Gometz
Our next meeting date and time has been adjusted one week in order to appropriately announce our proposed slate for the 2015-16 school year.

Please join us for elections at our next YCPTO meeting:
  • Tuesday
  • May 12, 2015
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • YCES Teacher Lounge (this location may change due to space)
Thank you all for your involvement and your time!
We appreciate all that you do for YCES!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

YCES Tie-Dye Party This Week!!!

ALL YCES students will be involved in a tie-dye party Thursday or Friday of this week in celebration of the hard work from our Walk-a-Thon this past fall.  (Please contact your student's teacher if you would like to participate OR are unsure of their tie-dye schedule.)
Please send your child’s white Cougar Color Vibe T-Shirt from the Walk-a-Thon to school with them NO LATER than this Thursday morning.  If you are unable to find the Cougar T-shirt or are new to the school since the Walk-a Thon, a plain white t-shirt will work just fine!  
(t-shirts only, no pants, socks, sweatshirts etc …)
We want ALL kids to participate - no kids left out - so please help us accomplish 100% participation!  

Monday, March 2, 2015

YCPTO Meeting Tuesday Night

Please join us for our monthly PTO meeting!
Remember that all teachers, staff, and parents/guardians of YCES students are members of our PTO.

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015
  • 6:00 p.m. in the Teacher Lounge
  • Yamhill Carlton Elementary School
Tomorrow we'll get updates on planning the Art and Science Fair as well as the Carnival.  Come join us even if you're only able to stay for a portion of the meeting.

Thanks so much for your participation!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Parent's Night 01/29/2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Yamhill Carlton Intermediate School - YCIS

5pm  Free Hot Dog Dinner

6pm Opening presentation by YCES and YCIS PTO’s and Principals in the gym.  Parents will then break into smaller groups by grade level for sessions led by teachers.
7:30pm Questions and Answers with principals in the library.
Childcare will be provided for younger children - please have older children stay home.
Please RSVP if you have not done so with your child’s school office ASAP. 

Let us know how many will be attending, which grade level and how many will be eating the FREE hot dog meal. 

YCES: 503.852.7161
YCIS:  503.852.7660

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Forensic Science at YCES!

A crime has been committed in the library …
do you know who did it???


This week in place of library time, students get to experience the exciting world of Forensic Science!  Students have been given the opportunity to collect evidence and try to determine the culprit.  Someone destroyed library books … and left a mess - not to mention a lot of damage!


We are experimenting with finger print collection, footprint collection, chromatography, interrogation and fiber analysis.

Ask your children if they can tell you how they figured out who committed this horrible crime!  They have been asking some terrific questions!!!

This is all part of science month at YCES in preparation for the:
2015 Mad Science Fair

Check out the YCES Science Blog for more information!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Calendar Update

Our calendar was updated at the YCPTO meeting this past Tuesday evening.  Please navigate to the "PTO Info" tab to see the most recent version.

 (Photo courtesy Yahoo Image search)

As always, if you have any questions at all, please comment here, contact one of your YCPTO representatives, or send e-mail to:

Happy New Year everyone!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Mad Science Assembly THIS Monday!

Come back to school next week from break prepared for a fun-filled assembly from Mad Science Portland!!  

Click on this link for more information:

It's time for the 2015 Science Fair kick-off, and we're starting off this year with a bang!  Okay ... maybe not a bang, but a great demonstration where we'll all learn about Fire and Ice.

The Mad Scientists will be there at 10:15 a.m. to share with our entire student body.  We look forward to learning more about how much fun with can have with science.

Come join us!!