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Saturday, August 30, 2014


There’s no better time than the beginning of the school year to encourage students to be in school on time, every day. Last September, there were 604,312 recorded absences in our state. For the entire 2013-14 school year, there were 7,024,152 absences, equal to more than 49 million hours of missed instruction and learning.

Poor attendance can start as early as kindergarten and continue to affect achievement through high school. Chronic absenteeism is missing 10% (18 to 20 days) or more of school for any reason. Research indicates that attendance is a major indicator for students eventually dropping out of school. 

Therefore, September has been proclaimed “Alabama Attendance Awareness Month” in support of a national campaign to increase the understanding for educators, parents, students, and community partners of the major impact school attendance has on the successful rates, both academically and behaviorally, of our students.

Please do what you can to make sure your child is in school EVERY DAY! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

R L Young AUGUST Good Citizens

  Congrats to all of our August Good Citizens
 Kindergarten: Adelaide C. , Aubrey M.
First Grade: Takalyn R. , Cate T.
Second Grade: Emma W., Payton H.
Third Grade: Pryor B., Kennedy C.
Fourth Grade: Addison S., Lauren F.
Fifth Grade: J'Kaylen S., Emily G.
Sixth Grade: Malorie B., Bailee R.

Monday, August 18, 2014

8-15-14 PE Star Student of the Week

This week’s star student has done a great job at starting off the new school year.  She demonstrates to her classmates how to listen and follow directions.  She has a very kind heart and is willing to make new friends by treating everyone equally.  I am proud to have her at our school.  Great job Emma H. and keep up the great work!

Thanks, Dr. Buck for the Student Workshop!

 Fifth and sixth graders attended a workshop hosted by author and national presenter, Dr. Frank Buck. He shared many tips and tricks to staying organized. Managing your time, even as an elementary student can be difficult. Dr. Buck shared ways that students could handle big projects, be prepared for school each day, and feel more confident. R. L. Young is very appreciative that he took time to stop by and share such helpful information with our students. 

 The Upper Grade Academy posted about Buck's visit here:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8-12-14 American Red Cross Scrubby Bear's Handwashing

I would like to thank the American Red Cross for coming to our school today to talk to our students.  Mrs. Wagner and Mr. Brown shared some great tips with the students.  They shared tips on ways to avoid germs by washing our hands and cleaning cuts.  The students also were able to meet Scrubby Bear and learn his hand washing techniques.
Step 1.  Wet hands with water.
Step 2.  Use 1 squirt of liquid soap.
Step 3.  Scrub 10 seconds.
Step 4.  Rinse well.
Step 5.  Dry hands with paper towel and turn off water with paper towel.
Step 6.  Throw paper towel in trash.
Scrubby Bear introduces students to the importance of washing their hands to prevent the spread of diseases.  Once again thank you for your hard work and volunteering your time to help our students.

Doors at R. L. Young

Each morning at 7:15 a.m. the glassed in breezeway door in the front of the school is unlocked for car riders to enter the lunchroom. Students will find a teacher on duty to supervise. At 7:35 a.m. the first bell rings and students are released to class. At this time, the buildings are open to allow students to enter.

If your child arrives BEFORE 7:35 a.m., they must go into the lunchroom. Doors to the outside are unlocked at 7:35 a.m. to allow students to enter. Students are late after 7:45 a.m. All exterior doors (other than the two that allow classes to enter the main building and annex 1) are locked after the tardy bell rings to ensure safety for our staff and students.

The main building entrance is open to receive guests throughout the day. All visitors should report to the office to sign in and receive a pass to go through the school.

August Lunch Menu Now Posted

To access the August lunch menu:
Go to PAGES on left side of blog.
Click on Lunch Menus 2014-15.

Getting To Know Your Child's School

How will I know how my child is progressing?   
Graded work and a conduct grade will be sent home each FRIDAY. It is very important that you sign the folder and return on promptly on Monday. This lets the teacher know that you are informed. You may also check the INOW PARENT PORTAL to see all grades and attendance.
Progress reports will be sent after 4 ½ weeks and report cards will come each 9 weeks.

What are the grading procedures?
Students that have an excused absence may make up missed work. They have 5 days to complete and turn in assignments. It is the responsibility of the child/parent to see that work is completed and returned. Children who are suspended may not make up any missed work.

What do I do if my child has a low conduct grade?
Your child may receive a RED NOTE if their grade falls below a C during the week. This is important because you can make adjustments at home before the week ends. Some teachers do a daily report to inform parents of any situations. Communication with the teacher is vital to your child’s success.

What if my child is referred to the principal’s office?
If your child is sent to the office, 50 points will be deducted from the weekly conduct grade. If they are suspended, your child will make a 0 for the week, and all missed work and tests cannot be made up.

Teachers try several methods before referring a child to the office, such as talking to them privately, involving the counselor, and talking with the parent. When parents and the school work closely together, the child is much more successful.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Getting to Know Your Child's School

What snacks are allowed?

*crackers (no peanut butter)
*fruit snacks, roll ups, chews
*cereal bars
*dry cereal
*fruit that is easy to eat (such as cut/bagged items)

No messy fruits, such as oranges or tangerines

What drinks are allowed?
*Clear, unflavored water in a plastic container

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Are You a Planner and Need Dates?

Get the scoop early and set up your calendars for a new school year by clicking on this link:

You will be able to view a calendar of events for 2014-15. Be aware that throughout the year, dates may have to change due to weather or other situations. To confirm throughout the year, visit this blog and SCROLL to the bottom. You will find an electronic calendar that is linked directly with the school's master calendar.

Happy planning...

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Birthdays!


August 4      Mrs. Joyce Gurley - Lunchroom staff

August 22   Mrs. Teresa Whitten- Lunchroom staff

August 26 Bridget Belcher-resource teacher

Hope your day is full of FUN!