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Yankee Ridge Honors Veterans

December 8th, 2014

Yankee Ridge honored Veterans on November 11th with an all school
assembly which featured presentations from all the classes.  Students
displayed artwork they had completed in recognition of the day as well
as singing songs and giving presentations. Private Brandon Matteson
was the guest visitor.  Classrooms also had individual activities and
visitors.  During the all school assembly the classes presented the

•       Video and Flag Ceremony of “A Grand Old Flag” — 1st Grade Students
•       Veteran’s Day Play: Ms. Wingler’s class
•       “Star Spangled Banner” — 5th Grade Students
•       Pledge of Allegiance — Kindergarten Students
•       Meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance — 2nd Grade Students
•       Veteran’s Day Facts  — 3rd Grade Students
•       Thank You Letters to Veteran’s — 4th Grade Students
•       Flag Folding Ceremony to “America the Beautiful” Video — Mr.
Franklin and 3rd Grade Students

Compost Q Performing for Yankee Ridge Students

December 8th, 2014

Yankee Ridge welcomed Compost Q, a music & dance collective, to the
school on 14 November 2014.  Compost Q presented an exciting, live
performance featuring 4 musicians and 2 dancers who improvise and
communicate with each other through their music and movement.  Compost
Q is Dorothy Martirano (violin), Erik Lund (trombone), Armand Beaudoin
(bass), Ricardo Flores (percussion), Kirstie Simson (dance), and Momar
Ndiaye (dance).

Here is some more information about Compost Q:
Compost Q: Improvisation-Composition-Dance
A music & dance collective of considerable depth and experience,
presenting active, rich, organic, and finished collaborations.
Together and independently, group members have spent their lives
committed to innovation and excellence in the areas of sound and
motion.  Our concerts unite improvisation and composition in a blend
that insures exciting, one-of-a-kind performances that have received
strong, positive responses from our audiences.  You can check out this
video of the group, made at our November 2011 concert at Roulette
Intermedium in New York City.     http://vimeo.com/19489025


Welcome Back!

September 10th, 2014

Welcome Back Yankee Ridge Families!

Story and photos by Patti Pattison

Family Night at Yankee Ridge on August 28th was a wonderful evening with mild weather and a great turnout of families and their students. Families had a chance to visit classrooms, talk to teachers, meet other parents and students as well as visit the resource fair in the gym.  The resource fair offered information about the Yankee Ridge

Afterschool program, PTA, PBIS, Character Traits, Social Emotional Learning, and information on how families can be involved in the school through volunteer opportunities.  Also present were the Urbana Park District and Free Library, Aramark and other community representatives.

The information portion of the evening was followed by a dinner on the school south playground.   ESS, After School recreation leaders, PTA members and other staff helped serve the food and drinks for families.  Families were able to mix and mingle with old and new friends and relax on the grass while the students enjoyed the playground.

Did you miss Kindergarten Connection?

May 6th, 2014

Kindergarten Connection at the Urbana Civic Center on April 8th was a success!  We had 184 families attend this first step into kindergarten!

If you missed the Kindergarten Connection and your child will be entering Kindergarten at Yankee Ridge Elementary school this fall, you are encouraged to go to the school to begin the sign-up process.

At the school, you, the parent or legal guardian, will complete the registration forms, sign-up your student for an August kindergarten screening, and receive a handbook with information about Urbana’s kindergarten classes and how to ensure success for your child.

Each neighborhood elementary school has set aside time between now and the end of the school year (June 4th) for parents who missed Kindergarten Connection but still need to start the registration process.  Dates and times for Yankee Ridge Elementary is listed below.  Starting the process now will help you to avoid the long “New Student” lines at Centralized Registration on July 29th – July 31st.

Kindergarten Connection/registration times for Yankee Ridge Elementary school is:

Yankee Ridge Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3607

Thank You Yankee Ridge Volunteers!

April 9th, 2014

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