Our school is proud of the traditions, high expectations, and inviting atmosphere that make it a good place to learn and grow.

Monday, July 28, 2008

BRIEF PTO Meeting AUG. 5 at 4:30 pm.

Raymond L. Young will not only host a "Meet and Greet" for our students and parents, but will also be conducting a short PTO meeting at 4:30 pm. to discuss an item of business concerning our wonderful teachers. The meeting will take place in the auditorium and you will be out in time to attend the sessions in your child's classroom.

Dues for PTO membership, R. L. Young T-shirts, and lunch money can all be taken care of at our Meet and Greet.

Hope to see all of you there!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Corrected Supply List Available

Attention First Grade Parents!

The corrected first grade supply list can now be viewed and printed by clicking here:

Everybody loves RAYMOND....L. Young

Raymond L. Young faculty, staff, and supporters have worked hard this summer to spruce up our buildings and grounds in preparation for a new school year. Teachers have been busy throughout the summer attending workshops/training, working in their classrooms, and preparing for a brand new class.

Mr. Jemison and guest workers quickly got carpets cleaned, floors waxed, the main building hardwood floors shiny, and clutter cleaned out. Teachers now have an improved workroom complete with helpful machines like the large laminator purchased by the PTO. Last year Mrs. Hope B. Allen began the process of creating a userfriendly workroom and we appreciate her getting the ball rolling.

Supporters have played an important part as well. Luke Thomas (my son) assembled the new outside benches and Mr. Guy Knight secured them to the ground. Mrs. Grogan helped touch up paint in the main hall, Mrs. Hodnett's granddaughters (Alayna and Kaleigh Pody) assisted with various tasks, and Mrs. Diane Gay delivered 50+ irises for planting. Another friend of R L Young, Mrs. Jana Hadley is working on a wonderful display for the revised AR program. Exciting things are happening!

Talladega City Schools Maintenance Department is to be commended for their tireless efforts to get the school ready. Mr. Ken Shirley and his crew got the trailors moved across the street to create adequate parking. Old textbooks were carried off and the parking lot was cleaned of debris. Mrs. Baker (CNP Director) ordered a new lunchroom serving line which the children will love. The district picked up the tab for a new lunchroom floor.

PTO showed their support by purchasing 4 additional benches and helped feed our guest workers this summer. Several officers met this summer to plan PTO meeting dates and events.

Other school needs at this point would include additional flowering plants for the front beds, someone willing to pull weeds from the front, planters to grace the outside doors of the old and new annex, and an electric blower to quickly clean our many walks. The 4 additional benches have not been assembled and we would love a handyman or woman to take care of this task (only 4 screws for each bench). Since our school is open to the street on all sides it is important to have everything looking good!

If you have suggestions or concerns about the school grounds, please email me (, call the school, or post a comment.
If I left anyone out...just know you are appreciated!

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Helen Keller

The Rolls Are Up!

Class rolls have been posted early. Please feel free to go by the school and take a peek. Please note no changes will be made before school. I appreciate your cooperation.


First Grade Parents,
There is an error on the supply list for first graders. The wrong list was posted for this grade (SORRY!!) The teachers are requesting a $50 supply donation, if possible. Teachers do not pay sales tax and can buy in bulk which saves $. It also helps with storage since space is limited.

Please check later today and I will have the corrected supply list posted to the blog in case you wish to purchase.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

I appreciate the posted comment alerting me to this error.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Supply Lists for R. L. Young Students

To access K-6th supply lists click here. (If you are asked for a password, simply click "cancel." You do not need a password to see this information.)

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


The faculty and staff of R L Young cordially invite all parents and students to a MEET AND GREET on August 5th from 5 to 7 pm. Teachers may choose to do two separate information sessions or have parents casually stop by. Please plan to take a tour of the school to see all of the facility improvements.
Save this date and stay tuned for more information.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Celebrating Mothers Everyday

Although Mother's Day has long passed, mothers should be celebrated everyday by sharing how we feel and why they are so special to us.

Raymond L. Young's fifth graders from R. L. Young did just that in an essay assigned by Mrs. Nelson. The three winners are pictured above and their essays can be read below.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is my Super Mom!

by Sam T.
I know some people wish they could make their mom vanish, but not me! I love my mom! She is the best mom I know. She would do anything if I needed it. Here are some examples.

When I have a problem she always listens and makes me feel better. Personally, I think she's the best listener in the world. She also keeps my secrets well. Because you know how dads can be. That's one example why she's the best mom ever.

Another reason is how she cares for me when I'm as sick as a dog. She would do anything to make me better. When she's done, I'm as healthy as a horse. That's what makes her superior.

Lastly, the colossal amount of love she gives me. She loves me so much. She works hours so I can have the latest game. Also, she gives me loads and loads of kisses a minute! That's the best thing. My mom is the best, funniest, most loving mom ever. She is the best thing that ever happened to me! Would you want to vanish your mom if she was like mine?
The Giver
by Khason L.

I'm about to tell you why I think my mother is the best mom in the world. She's not a normal mom believe me, but that's what makes her so special.

My mom will go out of the ordinary for me. Like one time we were on our way to church and my mom took a route that took 15 extra minutes just because I wanted to look in Wal-Mart. She goes far away just so I can have stuff.

My mom is also a mom for other children. She fosters children. That's when children come to our house to stay until their parents start acting better. Every child we have loves my mom and I think that is very special.

My mom is always there for me when I need her. She is there when I laugh, cry, play, and grow. There is nothing my mom wouldn't do for me and I love her for it.

My mom always tells me that she loves me more than I know. She has done so much for me just to get me this far. There is no telling how far she'll go for me. I think my mom is the best mom in the world and I wouldn't trade her for anything. There isn't enough words in the world to describe my mom.

The Best Mom Ever!
By Peyton D.

Mom, you have always been so loyal to me. You've encouraged me to be who I am today. I heard you were so excited when I was born.

You took care of me and I am as healthy as could be. You raised me. No matter how stubbborn I got, you still took care of me. You were kind to me all my life and that is why I wrote all of this. You let us get pets, you wash our clothes, and you buy us all of our food and water. (Although I don't drink much water).

You barely fuss at us. You only fuss at us when you are stressed from work. I am so lucky to have you as our mother.

I know you spend all your time working, but it is only because you need to have money to buy us our food and water. You spent like $50 on my Easter present.

I don't know if I am going to be as good a parent as you are, but you are the best mom I could ever hope for! I am so glad I have you. I can't wait to see that Mother's Day smile on your face.

Thanks from a Student

Students who met their Accelerated Reader goal each six weeks were treated to a Playstation field trip. This trip was funded by R. L. Young's very supportive PTO and organized by Mrs. Nunn, reading coach. We appreciate her efforts to make sure students had fun and were rewarded for a job WELL DONE!

I received this letter (below) from Sawyer W.

Dear PTO,
Thank you for the wonderful surprise and treat of the AR field trip. It was very nice for you to do this for us. I know we will have a great time.

Thank you,
Sawyer W.
4th Grade
Mrs. V. Harris' class

The students and teachers did have a good time and we thank our PTO members for the support to make this financially possible for all goal reachers!

Forever Field Day 08

Dodge Drive for Kids

Bill Stanford Automotive, R. L. Young's PTO, teachers, staff, and parents gathered on a very rainy May 15th to help raise money for the school.

Joe Doyle from the Chrysler Corp supplied everything to advertise before the drive. It was the easiest fundraiser ever! For each test drive and completed questionnaire Chrysler donated $5 for the first 100 test drives and $10 for each drive over 100. The drivers paid nothing and our school raised 475 dollars!
The Drive for the Kids national program was created in 1993 to help parents raise money for educational and student enrichment programs. It has been held at more than 5,000 school events, raised more than $2.8 million and conducted more than a half million test drives. Drive for the Kids combines a fundraiser for the school with an opportunity for parents to try out Dodge's newest crossover, the Dodge Journey. The program is a fun and easy way for schools to earn money to benefit students .
The door prize was a giant wolf donated by Connie Roberson, one of our favorite substitutes. The winner was Mrs. Tammy Liner, Kindergarten teacher at R. L. Young.

THANK YOU, All participants, DODGE Chrysler Corporation, Joe Doyle, and BILL STANFORD AUTOMOTIVE in Talladega!