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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 2011 GOOD CITIZENS

Representing grades K- Second:
Lauren F., LeighAnna McC., Payton McD., 
Mason T., Grayson F., and Landry L.
          Representing grades third - Sixth:
                  Tripp A., Shawn H., Riley L., Haylee W.,
           Morgan L., Zarria C., and Amber T.

XBOX 360...a BIG hit at YOUNG!

Thanks to the generosity of our PTO, our students didn't mind the cold and rain last week. Classes enjoyed dancing with the XBOX program by way of the big screen in the auditorium during P.E. Always having fun at R. L. Young!
Thanks, make everything nicer.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2011 R. L. Young Archery Team

Mary Wilson
Sierra Adams
Alayna Pody
Ja'Karle Porter-Keith
Casey Humphrey
Diamond Ogletree
Charisma McKinney
Gracie Hudgins
Jessica Tyson
Victoria Farris

Timothy Johnson
Cohen Davidson
Jay Patterson
Matthew Martin
Coy Carpenter
Logan Latta
Keshawn Lawler
Tripp Allen
Luke Wheeler
Jaylin Peters

Congratulations to all of the team members.
 You will represent the school wonderfully!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop Coming to R. L. Young

For the first time ever, students will have an opportunity to shop on campus for their family and friends before the holiday season. The Penguin Patch Holiday Shop will open beginning December 5th and remain open until December 9th. A shopping list envelope and letter will be coming home after the Thanksgiving Holidays. All items in the shop are inexpensive (25 cents to $5) and children will be assisted in picking out just the right gifts for their loved ones. Now if they can just keep it a secret..!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful and Blessed

Ran across this in the archives and wanted to repost. Nothing has changed. 
I am still SO BLESSED!!!!
When recently asked why I am thankful during this Thanksgiving season, I quickly paused for fear that I would knock them down with my huge response. I am a blessed person in all aspects of my life. Although my days are not trouble free, they are so filled with opportunity and blessings, that I choose not to focus on those things that annoy, disturb, or cause me to fret instead of sleep at night. 

I preach to the students, faculty, and staff that the best tool one has to grow is to be reflective, so please allow me to share the reasons I feel so thankful this holiday.

First, I am thankful that I have a family that understands that to have passion for my job keeps me fulfilled, creative, and happy. 

I am thankful that we live in a country where all children can go to school and learn.

I am thankful that our school is supported by our parents, the community, and a wonderful faculty and staff.
I am thankful that although the folks at the school are different, we are all alike in our beliefs and goals for the students.

I am thankful for an awesome student body. Our children are kind, thoughtful, and considerate of others. Outside visitors frequently share how our students are polite and helpful. The pride they show in the school and in themselves is amazing.

I am thankful to have the opportunity to be on a first name basis with each child that enters our school doors. For Haim Ginott said, "To reach a child's mind, you must first reach his heart. Only when a child feels right, can he think right." 

I am thankful that R. L. Young is truly a good place to learn and grow, for we are all evolving even as adults. Every year gets better and better.
I am thankful for my position as principal. For it is with this job that I can witness growth, effort, and changes in children. They may walk out of our doors eventually, but they are forever in our hearts. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Frankie the Monster's Last Dance for the Year

R. L. Young has certainly enjoyed Frankie the Monster during the month of October. Before he returned to his place in Young's attic, he enjoyed a quick dance with the last trophy winner for the month, Mrs. Armstrong's class.

**Special thanks to Mrs. Kelly Hallmark who donated Frankie to the school and a new surprise which will be revealed NEXT week!

AEW Thursday, November 17, 2011

On Thursday, Nov. 17 during American Education Week, the students took time to thank school employees who do not have a homeroom but add SO MUCH to the quality of education we provide on a daily basis.
Thanks for what you do each day for our children.
Mrs. Beard-computer lab
 Mrs. Belcher-student enrichment
 Mrs. Diane-Building and Grounds
 Mr. Jemison-Building and Grounds
 Ms. Lane- Librarian
 Mrs. Nunn- Reading Coach
 Ms. Porter- Instructional Assistant
 Coach Stephens- Physical Education

Not pictured: Ms. Winn-Speech, Ms. Kearley- Gifted Program, and Ms. Deese-school counselor.

11-18-11 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student has shown everyone around them how to be a true friend. He is a great listener and follows directions. He is an awesome leader because he is fair at everything he does. He does a great job of seeing that each person has someone to play with. He has what it take to push others around him to be their best. I would like to say thank you to this week’s star student because he is truly a bright shining star. Keep up the great work Tyler W.!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

WINDOWS LOOK GREAT, Thanks, Representative Steve Hurst!

We certainly love the main building of our school which was built in 1929. But things with age must be maintained and kept looking good. Thanks to State Representative Steve Hurst, the school was able to have the windows painted. No more rust! Johnny Gallahair's crew did a great job and we are so proud. Next step...attack the back windows. 
Finished Product!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

AR Trophy Winner-Mrs. Armstrong's 2nd Graders

TROPHY Winner for the week, Mrs. Armstrong's 2nd Graders! Way to go.....

AEW Tuesday, Nov. 15

Retired Employees Luncheon was full of food, fun, and fellowship. Thanks for coming, we enjoyed your visit so much! The employees present included Mrs. Calhoun, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Hobbs, Mrs. Braswell, Mrs. Patterson, Mrs. Ray, Mrs. Shirley, Mrs. Vincent, and Mrs. Allen.
              **Thanks, Hope B. Allen for the beautiful table decorations!                 

Friday, November 18, 2011

AEW Friday, November 18, 2011



Iron Bowl Reading Winner...ALABAMA     258
                                           AUBURN        164

Great effort from both teams! Just remember, when children read, EVERYONE wins!

Special thanks to Carrie Nabors and her committee members for an awesome week of fun and celebration of Education.

4th Grade Program...Awesome Singers!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

11-11-11 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student is an honest and caring student. She is very determined and she is a hard worker. She is very trustworthy and respectful. She is the type of student ever teacher dreams of having in their classroom. She tries her best to be the best at everything she does. She is respected by all of her classmates and teachers because of her wonderful attitude. She does a great job being a positive influence to everyone. Keep up the great work Kylee B.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Guess what I thought about when I saw this.........

On a recent trip to Tennessee, I couldn't help but snap a shot of this cool sign. Of course, you can guess what it reminded me of......R. L. Young. Oh, what a happy place to be! How blessed we are to have such a great school. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Alert, news flash! Your child has a report card coming home TODAY. Find something positive to say AND help your child find something that needs improvement. PRAISE makes a big difference. The new six weeks has already begun! 

p.s. If your child's report is not satisfactory, consider the following items:
*Is your child frequently tardy?
*Does your child complete homework?
*Does your child and you study for tests?
*Does your child know school is important to you, too?
*Does your child bring the necessary supplies to class?
*Do you visit the school for an occasional lunch date or to speak to the teacher?
*Is your child frequently absent from school, but could have probably attended? 

The problem may not be his/her ability to learn, but obstacles that can be easily removed. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"All American Tea Party"

The fourth graders welcomed Mrs. Millie Chastain today.  Mrs. Chastain was trained and certified by The Protocol School of Washington, the leader in etiquette and protocol services.  She spoke to us on the importance of Veteran's Day, Flag etiquette, and manners.  She also provided snacks and an American flag pin for us all. We salute Mrs. Chastain for her service and dedication to today's young Americans.    

Monday, November 7, 2011

11-4-11 PE Star Student of the Week

This week's star student is a wonderful example of how students should act. She does a terrific job of leading her classmates by always listening and following directions. She is always very honest and trustworthy. You can count on her to do the right thing and do her best at everything she does. Great job Gracie H. for being this week's brightest star.

Retired Employee Luncheon, November 15, 2011

All Former R. L. Young Employees:

You are cordially invited to an

American Education Week Luncheon

In honor of Retired Employees

of Raymond L. Young Elementary

On November 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm.

Please RSVP no later than Thursday, Nov. 10th

by calling 256-315-5888 or email

We can’t wait to visit with you!

Faculty and Staff

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Helping R. L. Young Runs in the Family

First grade at R. L. Young has a bright new face joining them each Friday, Ms. Brenda Joiner. Ms. Joiner is the school's neighbor and is now serving as a reading buddy volunteer. I was curious what the children thought about this nice lady who was willing to volunteer an extra pair of ears to listen to them read.
This is what they had to say:

"She is real nice."

"She has come 3 times. We get to read books."

"She lets everybody read."

"She likes listening to me read."

"She reads to me. I read to her. she helps me with the words."

"She helps me read."

"One time I saw her. We went by her house."

Kind words from first graders. They really like this sweet lady who gives freely of her time to make a difference in the lives of our students, just like her Daddy did. Mr. Joiner served as the crossing guard for many years. The children loved him, too. 
Thanks, Ms. Joiner for helping kids become better readers. We appreciate you and your efforts!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Trophy Winners for R. L. Young

Last week's winner of the AR Trophy and Monster visitor was Mrs. Armstrong's 2nd grade class.

This week's winner with an astonishing 97.7 comprehension % was Mrs. French's sixth graders.

Our school's overall comprehension is 90.7%. This speaks highly of our teachers and students who work so hard to improve their reading. "The MORE you read, the BETTER you read."  

R. L. Young 2011 Pumpkin Queen Announced!

Yes, folks she did it again. Mrs. Lamberth, a fourth grade teacher, will be our reigning Pumpkin Queen this year. Thanks to all who voted for their favorite teacher.
They are all winners in my book.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

NEW Library Books are HERE!

Thanks to our wonderful PTO, the library has more new books. I couldn't help but snap this picture of all the cool titles. Thanks, Mrs.Lane for ordering, dotting the books, and labeling them in the back.

Happy Reading, R. L. Youngsters!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Urgent message about the 4th Grade Field Trip!

Parents of all 4th Graders:
All fourth graders and chaperones must be at school by 7:30 a.m. The bus will pull out at 7:40 a.m. to allow for extra time needed due to much road construction. Students are to wear their orange shirts and bring a drink. 

If you did not receive a school cast call from the office for some reason, you either did not answer or the number provided is not correct. Please send the number you wish our system to call for important messages. 

Africa Cards Have Arrived!

This litter of cheetahs caused quite a stir this week as they announced (along with their orangutan friend) the arrival of the second set of collectable animal cards.

Each week, students that have no tardies, checkouts, or absences will receive a card featuring a different animal. The students were also given a plastic sleeve to place their collection. As an added bonus, 9 baby cheetahs will be given away as well as 3 other surprise animals throughout the nine week program.

A BIG thank you to our supportive PTO who chose to purchase these for each student. You continue to help make our school EXTRA special.
Keep up the good attendance and join the animal card collection club this week. It's COOL to be in SCHOOL!