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Smiling into Spring!

Smiling into Spring!
Rebecca Potash

Please Participate in the Panorama Survey for Families

Please consider completing the Panorama Survey to provide feedback about school climate, family support, school safety, and communication. Use the link below to access the survey on our website. Then click on Family Panorama Survey. Thank you!


Rowayton's One School, One Book Reveal!

We are thrilled to announce our 2024 celebration of One School, One Book! We cannot wait to begin the journey of reading with our entire school community.

One School, One Book is an event that takes place at schools across the country. Schools choose a book to read all together. For the next month, students get to read with their teachers, family, and friends – they can even read to pets!

Each family will receive a copy of the book to keep at home. Students will be getting the book to bring home today so that we can start reading together on Monday, March 18. If your family has more than one child at the school, the oldest sibling receives the copy of the book to take home.

On Monday, students will receive a calendar with assigned days for reading certain chapters. We will be sharing a link to recordings of our staff reading the chapters of the book for families to follow along at home. As we read, students will have the opportunity to participate in many activities and lessons. We will have some art displays, decorated bulletin boards, celebrations, and special announcements! There will also be raffles and contests, so be sure to keep up on your reading.


Thanks to Miss Curri and the PTA One School, One Book Committee for building this special experience!


Rowayton's 2024 One School, One Book is...

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.



Cell Phone and Communication Device Policy

Students are not to use their cell phones or communication devices while at school. This includes smart watches, wireless earbuds, wearable tech, or any device that allows messaging and/or calls. These devices are not allowed in any learning spaces within the school including but not limited to the gym, library, cafeteria, bathrooms, recess areas, and classrooms.

If a student is found to be carrying or using a device during school hours, the device will be confiscated for parent or guardian pick up in the main office. Office hours are 8:00am -4:oopm Monday through Friday when school is in session.


If your student needs to have a device for communication outside of school please follow the following procedure.

1. Turn the device completely off before entering school

2. Secure the device in a backpack before entering school

*The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen devices.


Wear Crazy Socks on March 21 for World Down Syndrome Day

Wearing mismatched crazy socks reminds us to celebrate the things that make us unique. Join us in wearing crazy or mismatched socks on March 21 for World Down Syndrome Day.


Save the Date for the 2024 Rowayton School Carnival

Save the Date: Rowayton School Carnival 2024

Friday, May 3rd + Saturday May 4th (raindate Sunday May 5th)

Mark your calendars, prepare your special no-rain ceremonies, and get ready for a weekend to remember1

Want to join the committee? We are looking for two more Rowayton School parents to join the lean and mean carnival committee. Email co-chairs Amy Esparza and Liz Slutzky at and with interest.

Interested in volunteering at carnival? We will be sending a Sign Up Genius around to all families with plenty of opportunities to help out. Thanks in advance!

When can I buy my bracelets? Ticket sales will open online in early April and in person the week leading up to carnival.

Get pumped. It’s all for the kids.

Pizza and Kahoot is Back!

Kahoot! is an online trivia game the entire family can enjoy from your own home. This year's game will center around our One Book One School event. Dr. Cummings will send out links and instructions on how to join just before game time. You can use any device to play!
Date: March 28th
Time: 6pm, K-2 and 7pm, 3-5
Pizzas kits will go home from school with kids. Last day or order is Friday, March 23rd.
Please contact Kimmi Deklyn with any questions.

Order at

Adventures with Elvis

Elvis has left the building! Well...he left the pet store and moved to Rowayton School! Please join us in welcoming Elvis, a very special long haired Guinea Pig. Mrs. Saunders helped bring Elvis to our school and her class is doing an amazing job of welcoming him to our community. They are learning to care for him and including him in daily activities. Mrs. Saunders's class will be bringing him to classes so we can all meet him. Exposure to animals for the purpose of learning is a wonderful experience for our students. Thanks, Mrs. Saunders! Elvis ROCKS! Check out some photos from Elvis's first week at school.


Meeting Before the Bell Students


Joining Community Builder Meeting with Mrs. Kaminski's Class


Enjoying Snack with Students


Working on Computer Editing Skills


Listening to Personal Narratives


Making Friends

Yankee Stadium Spring Fundraiser

Don't miss our Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays professional baseball event at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 7th at 1:35pm. Get your tickets now for your family and friends, this event is open to anyone outside of Rowayton Elementary!
Each ticket includes a NY Yankees back pack and a $15 meal voucher.
Tickets will be delivered to your child’s classroom prior to the event.


Help Us Promote Safety at School

We will be adding some new signs to our main entry and side doors. We know it is always courteous to hold the door for a person behind you, but we are asking that you support our safety protocols and not hold the door for other visitors to enter when you are entering or exiting the building. All visitors should report to the Security Desk or Main Office to check in. If the Security Officer is away from her desk, please report to the Main Office. Thank you for your continued support.

Save the Date

March: Color of the Month is Purple

March 18 - 28: Conferences

March 18:One School One Book begins

March 19: Grades 3-5 Assembly with Mat Heagarty / Rowayton Night at Greer Southern Table

March 21: 90 minute early dismissal /conference night 6-8

March 25: Two hour early dismissal

March 28: Pizza and Kahoot

March 29: No School for Good Friday