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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Summer Reading Results Coming Soon!

By: Andrea Taylor, Library Media Specialist

It is 6 AM on Saturday morning and I just had to get up and tally summer reading logs while enjoying my morning coffee. I have had many anxious readers ask when I would be announcing the results of Summer Reading. Today I will give away some of the suspense!!!!!!!!!!! Students from R.L. Young recorded 335 hours and 28 minutes of reading over summer break. WOW! I am blown away. This added up to 26 students that participated. I can already envision that number will double and even maybe triple next summer.  Further break down of the data and I have concluded that 6 first graders, 3 second graders, 9 third graders, 5 fourth graders, 1 fifth grader, and 1 sixth grader accepted the reading challenge. The top three students will be named at the AR Kick Off on September 3rd. I will also give certificates to the 26 students that participated. Our goal was for each student to read 10 hours over the summer, which breaks down to only one hour a week over the break. The top three participants will have McDonald's lunch in the library with Mrs. Taylor and the other 23 participants will be enjoying a popsicle party very soon. I am very proud of the "Leader" Readers at RLY!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

eBooks now available

Our eBook display outside the Library Media Center. 
QR App in google play or apple store. 

ebook with QR code
 Have you been by the Library Media Center lately? We are excited to announce our new edition of eBooks added to our circulation. Parents and students bring in a device to scan the QR code on the front of each title. You can go to the google play store or apple store on your phone or tablet and download the QR Reader app.  When you stop by just open the app and hold the camera over the QR code on the book cover. It will automatically open the book on your device. It will stay there until you decide to delete it. This is an extra way for students to have access to books they like at home and on the go!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Promoting R. L. Young in a Cool Way

Want to promote our school wherever you go? R. L.Young has vehicle decals for only $5.  You can purchase a decal for your vehicle which says, "Proud R. L. Young Parent OR Grandparent". These stick right onto your window! They will be available at the MEET AND GREET and every PTO meeting. If you are by the school and want to pick one up, just check with Mrs. Hodnett, the secretary. The next PTO meeting is September 29 with 3rd grade performing. Make plans now to attend.

If you would like to help advertise our school and show your pride, but can't make come by to purchase, just send the money by your child and the decal will be sent home. Just be sure to indicate which decal you are purchasing.

** If only we had one which said "Proud R. L. Young Principal!"

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOXTOPS Welcome at R. L. Young!

Each boxtop equals 10 cents and it adds up quick. Since you have already purchased the product, those purchases can help the school. Just locate and cut the small boxtop off of products. (Not the actual top of the box) Thanks to all who helped us earn the amount below last year. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer Reading Program Ends August 10, 2015

Who participated in the summer reading program?

 The Parent Instructions from Mrs. Taylor, R. L. Young Librarian:
Students need to log their reading (books, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, signs, etc.). Each student who logs 10 hours or more of reading will be rewarded with a Popsicle party in August. I will also recognize my top three readers with a goody bag and provide a McDonald's lunch in the library. If you need a log stop by the school office this summer. 
 One of my favorite principal quotes is : Children learn to read by reading.  Kudos to all parents who helped their child become a stronger reader over the summer. 
Turn this log into your classroom teacher.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

No Tax...Big Savings!

Don't forget that the tax free weekend starts August 7-9th
School supply lists were mailed with report cards and can also be found on the blog by following the link .   Several grade levels (K, 1, 2, 3) accept a supply donation and they do all of the shopping for YOU! Supplies or $ may be brought to the Meet and Greet on 
Aug. 6! If you wait to purchase, bring supplies on Monday, August 10. 

***All parents are invited to a Title I Meeting in the auditorium from 2:30 to 3 p.m. before the grade level meetings begin. Several door prizes and good information that parents need to know! I will also be sharing secrets to how your child can have a wonderful school year! 


2:30 to 3 p.m.   Title 1 Parent Meeting!  
Come learn what Title I monies do for our school and meet the principal.  Door prizes will be available during the meeting!  She will be sharing secrets to a successful year for your child(ren).

3:00 to 3:30-------1st grade (meet in classrooms)

3:00 – 3:30 ------ 3rd grade (meet in classrooms)

3:30 to 4:00-------2nd grade (meet in classrooms)

4:00 – 4:30------ UGA (Upper Grade Academy 5th and 6th grade in auditorium)

4:30 – 5:00------ 4th grade (Main Building in auditorium)

5:00 – 6:00------ Kindergarten in library

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Reflecting on Last Year's Meet and Greet 2014

Make plans now to attend this year's Meet and Greet on August 6. Schedule can be viewed with this link

Thanks to all who came. Showing support at the beginning of school helps your child have a smooth start!
 **A BIG thanks to my awesome staff for their efforts to make everything perfect for their new class. 

Great Video for Kids and Teachers

Saturday, August 1, 2015

How Do County Students Get into R. L. Young? Quick Process...

If you know someone who lives in Talladega County who wants a SUPER elementary school for their is the quick process:
*Fill out an out of city form to be approved by the Superintendent. This form can be obtained at the school.
*Once she approves, complete paperwork for R. L. Young.
        #Must have proof of residency in the county (power bill,     
          water bill, gas bill).
        #If you are a renter, your lease agreement will be accepted. 
        #If you live with someone, a form obtained from the school     
          may be presented after it has been notarized.

We would be HAPPY to have your child! 

A Few Changes at R. L. Young this YEAR!

(Warning- Long Post)
Many folks outside of the school arena don't really understand about teaching units earned at schools. The first day after Labor Day begins what we call the TWENTY DAY COUNT. This year it falls on September 8 through October 5. During this time the State takes a close look at the number of students each school has enrolled. This window of 20 days is a BIG DEAL! It determines the number of teachers you will earn for NEXT year.

Due to a smaller than usual number of students in the fifth grade, our school lost a teaching unit. Ms. Cook served so well by finishing up for retiring first grade teacher, Mrs. Joy Bittle.  I am happy that she will still be serving in the District as an asset to Houston Elementary. They are so lucky!

What does this mean for you? I have had to make the following changes:
Mrs. Roxanne Lamberth will be teaching first grade. Her students will be those on Ms.Cook's roll (posted on the doors). 

Mrs. Nelson will be a 6th grade homeroom teacher. She now has Mrs. Lamberth's roll.
Mrs. Harris will have the pleasure of 23 awesome 5th graders. 
The UGA (Upper Grade Academy is still firmly in place). Student will rotate to 3 classes, instead of the original 4. 
* the rolls have been fixed and posted for you to see. 
Without the help and cooperation of my SUPER staff, fixing this problem would not have been so easy. But there is nothing R. L. Young can't handle. And I love every staff member here! 

Some things to know:
Be sure to have your child present during the 20 day count 
Please don't plan a Labor Day Trip and miss during this time.

We have so much to offer and will happily serve every child to be best of our abilities. Happy School Year to all!