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YR Visual Delights

January 13th, 2015

Yankee Ridge students, staff, teachers and parents have worked hard in a number of different areas this semester and some of that work in different medias can be seen on the walls of the building.  Class projects on geography, art, history, climate and culture are illustrated throughout the school. School-wide programs like CATCH and PBIS involve all the students working to improve healthy habits and promote positive student role models.  Some of that work involves illustrating concepts such as types of food and behavior words.   Classroom teachers, ASCCP staff and the PTA work to create interesting bulletin boards to
support learning and engagement.

Please enjoy some of Yankee Ridge School’s visual delights below.

UI Repertory Company dances for YR students

January 12th, 2015

Prior to winter break, Yankee Ridge students enjoyed a presentation by the UI Repertory Company. Endalyn M. Taylor, Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Illinois, directs this group of students through a semester of rehearsal. The group then performs as part of school lecture demonstrations throughout Urbana/Champaign. Ms. Taylor and her students demonstrated different types of dance movement and then performed pieces in the various styles. Our Yankee Ridge students had a chance to practice some basic dance move and also asked a lot of great questions to the dancers and director at the end of the performance.

The pictures below are from the UI Repertory Company performances at Yankee Ridge, December 2014.

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.

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