Knight News
March 2, 2020
CEO Corner
With the COIV-19 virus now on the rise in the United States, I want to reassure you that we are working closely with relevant health and education officials to be prepared in the event an outbreak occurs in our area. We are making a concerted effort to highlight the importance of good hygiene, including washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, keeping surfaces clean, and encouraging staff and students to stay home if they are sick.

During the week of March 9-13, all York Academy students will participate in activities to learn the best practices for effective handwashing. To reinforce proper handwashing, we are hosting a poster contest for all York Academy students in grades 3-10. Here are the rules of the contest :

  1. Posters must have a positive visual and verbal message and illustrate the theme: Wash those germs away! 
  2. Any medium may be used (crayon, paint, pencil, marker, photographs, etc.).
  3. Minimum poster size is 8.5” x 11” but suggested size is 11” x 17”
  4. Poster must include the student’s name, grade and homeroom teacher on the back.
  5. No professional or copyrighted material or images may be included.
  6. All York Academy students in grade 3-10 are invited to submit one poster.
  7. Entries must be turned in to the front desk of the Upper or Lower School by 3:30 p.m. on March 27, 2020.
  8. Posters will be judged based on creativity, content and communication of theme.

Judges will select one winner from each grade. All of the winners will receive a pass to dress down the entire week of April 6-10.

The Department of Education will continue to coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) and others to ensure that Pennsylvania is prepared should there be an outbreak of COVID-19 here. I encourage you to check the DOH’s website regularly for the most current information and to work with your local officials to ensure your community has a plan suited to meet your needs.

You can access the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Coronavirus website . We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide you with updates as new information becomes available. 

Warm regards,
Angela Sugarek
Student Spotlight
Congratulations to Amiya, a ninth-grader who is our Student Spotlight! Amiya was nominated for embodying the  IB attribute  of being reflective . When being reflective, we thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experiences. We must work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development, as well.

Amiya always tries her best and puts forth great effort in her studies. She is kind to her peers and is a responsible student. Way to go, Amiya. Keep it up!
Black History Month Celebration
Our Upper School students hosted an inspiring and exciting Black History Month Celebration last Friday night. They honored the men and women who paved the way and made a difference through spoken word, song and dance. The program was written by 10th-grader Joy Agummadu in partnership with her mother, Paris Agummadu.

Guests enjoyed soul food before watching thrilling performances from Kat Choreography, God's Anointed, a student gospel choir, Queen Monteca and Art by Kayode Malomo. We'd like to thank Mrs. Daniels for her time and assistance in coordinating the event. It was a packed house!
Staff Shoutout
Lower School Instructional Assistant, Ms. Kilee Chambers , was nominated for displaying the IB attribute of being balanced . It's important to understand the value of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We must recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Ms. Chambers demonstrates the attribute of being balanced and naturally models this behavior for her students to learn from each and every day. She is always willing to help out by covering her class or other kindergarten classes when needed. She is flexible, competent, caring and reliable. Thank you, Ms. Chambers. You are appreciated!
National School Breakfast Week & Dr. Seuss's Birthday
It's Dr. Seuss's birthday today! Students at the Lower School enjoyed green eggs and ham and a cupcake, and students at the Upper School got a birthday treat.

This week is also National Breakfast Week. Have you ever wondered how a healthy breakfast could impact your child's performance at school? The Food Reference and Action Center's Scorecard confirms that breakfast makes a difference! It helps improve memory, boosts standardized test scores and establishes better concentration.
Mrs. Jeannie Linnemans, Food Services Manager, and her team have some fun things planned for our students including FREE breakfast for everyone on Friday, March 6!
Monday: At breakfast this morning, students at both schools received snack packs of colorful goldfish (one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish).
All Week (Lower School): We're partnering with Rutter's Dairy to name their next baby calf! Each day a student purchases milk at breakfast, they can vote by suggesting a name for the calf. We'll pick the top three names and vote on them the following week to select the official York Academy baby calf's name.
Friday: FREE Breakfast Day at BOTH Schools!
School Calendar Reminders
Friday, March 6 is an Early Dismissal and School Spirit Day. Lower School students will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. and Upper School students will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Students may wear York Academy or college-themed tops and school appropriate jeans/bottoms at no cost. Please help make sure your student exercises good judgment. Learn about the expectations regarding school appropriate attire.  
School pictures are scheduled for both buildings on Wednesday, March 11. Students will wear their uniforms and a class picture will be taken. Details will be sent home with students this week.
The last days for Clubs at the Lower School are:

  • Mondays: March 9
  • Tuesdays: March 3
  • Wednesdays: March 4
  • Thursdays: March 5
  • WIN: March 5

Please note that the Envirothon Club will continue meeting weekly. Also, WIN at the Upper School will be held through May.

Trimester 3 Clubs will start on March 23 and information will be shared with you soon.
Knight Basketball Teams to Compete in Championships
Congrats to all of our YARCS Basketball Teams on an outstanding season! Our Grades 5/6 Girls and 9/10 Boys Teams are headed to the championships! Come support your Knights on Saturday, March 7!

5/6 Girls: 4:45 p.m. at the Manchester Township Building

9/10 Boys: 4:45 p.m. at Central York Middle School
PTO Updates
Isaac's York Academy PTO Community Day Fundraiser

Monday, March 9 is York Academy Community Day at the West York Isaac's from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. When you dine at this location (only), 25% of your food and beverage purchase will be donated to the York Academy PTO! Please make sure to show this flyer on your phone at the restaurant. This promotion can be used for dine-in, takeout and online ordering (use coupon code FUND). We hope to see you there!
York City Pretzel Company Fundraiser

The  York Academy PTO will be kicking off a fundraiser with the York City Pretzel Company the week of March 9. Stay tuned for details. Proceeds will support upcoming field trips!
Dress Down Day

Students may dress casually in the school-appropriate clothing of their choice on Friday, March 20 with a $1 donation towards the efforts of the York Academy PTO.   Please review the guidelines for school-appropriate attire.
PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Lower School (3rd Floor Media Center). Come learn about the ways our PTO is making a difference and find out how you can get involved! Free childcare will be provided in the multipurpose room.
Box Tops for Education

We'd like to thank everyone who sent in their Box Tops in February!

Please note that eventually, this program will become digital only. Learn more and download the mobile app . Plus, if you shop for groceries online, you can submit your email receipts from select retailers (ex. Instacart, Target, Walmart) to earn Box Tops for our school. Get the details.
Student-Led Conferences: March 12 & 13
Student-Led Conferences are scheduled for   Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 . Conferences are requested for every student, and parents and students should plan to attend them together. Please sign up for a time by Monday, March 9.

2020-21 Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is open! To be included in the lottery, families must apply online  by Friday, March 13. Please tell your friends and family members about our outstanding school!
Kids Heart Challenge
The Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) is wrapping up! So far, we've raised $4,383! Our goal is to raise $7,125 and beat last year's total of $7,124.

Remember, if we surpass the goal, the students will get to vote on the way they'd like to celebrate. This includes having a reward during physical education class, having Miss Kinard wear a dress to school, or even turning her into a human sundae!

We have one week to go, so please get your donations in by Friday, March 6. Let's do this, Knights!
Please Join Us: Fifth Grade Exhibition
Blanket Drive: Exhibition Project
The fifth grade Homelessness Exhibition Group is planning a blanket drive! New or gently used blankets will be collected until Friday, March 6 to help the homeless. Please drop them off in front of Mrs. Cunningham's office. Thank you!
Parents' Night Out: Friday, March 6
The next "Parents' Night Out" is scheduled for  Friday, March 6 from 6 - 9 p.m.  at the Upper School! Mrs. Chester and the Upper School students of York Academy's National Art Honor Society would love to spend the evening with your children while you go to dinner, catch a movie or just chill peacefully (and quietly) on your sofa.

Students and their friends in grades K-7 are invited to join us for this fundraiser, which supports the NAHS spring field trip.  Click here to register your student(s).

Students will:
- Play group games in the gym
- Have a cooldown snack before movie time
- Watch HOP  (PG)
- Enjoy movie snack cups and juice boxes

The cost is $20 for one child and $10 for each additional sibling/child. Thank you in advance for supporting the visual arts at York Academy. We hope to see you there!
All Pro Dad Meeting: March 24
Students from both schools and their male role models are invited to the next All Pro Dad meeting on Tuesday, Mach 24 from 7 - 7:45 a.m. in the Upper School cafeteria. A light breakfast will be provided, along with coffee from The D.E.W. Good Academy Cafe.

We'd like to thank everyone who came to this week's meeting! The group enjoyed a valuable presentation on cyber safety from the Byrnes Health Education Center.

What's All Pro Dad? It's a group of dads/father figures dedicated to strengthening the relationships with the children in their lives.

Why come? You'll connect with your student(s) and explore ways to positively impact your community and family.

Start Preparing for the PSAT Test
York Academy students in grades 8, 9 and 10 will take the PSAT test on Wednesday, March 25 . It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until lunchtime. The PSAT test is offered only once, and if a student is absent, there will be no opportunity to make it up. The exam provides insight and information on student learning and progress in the high school years, and is similar in format to the SAT tests students take in grade 11 for application to colleges and universities.

Families can help students prepare for this test by ensuring they get enough rest the night before and eating a good breakfast at home or at school on the morning of the test.

Students are encouraged to visit the links below to learn more about the format of the test and to try sample questions:

If you have any questions about the PSAT test, please reach out to our school counselor, Ms. Reid, at
MYP Musings
By Mrs. Carol Alvarnaz, MYP Coordinator & Instructional Coach
As we quickly head into March, I wanted to share some details about the Middle Years Programme Personal Project with all of you. This year, with our first 10th grade class, students have completed their Personal Project - the capstone of their MYP experience. They chose a topic that was interesting to them, explored and researched the topic in depth, and determined what kind of project would best reflect that knowledge. At the end of the project, the students wrote a report to summarize their learning. The Personal Projects were very challenging, and the students have put significant time and attention into them.

On Wednesday, March 25 from 6 - 8 p.m. we will host our very first Personal Project Exhibition at the Upper School. Each 10th grade student will share the culmination of all of their hard work. There will be performances by musicians who composed their own music, artwork created by students, displays of researched materials, live experiments, and so much more! Our students have worked diligently and it will be amazing to see this incredible evening come together!
Title 1 Math Madness Night
Save the date for our Title 1 Math Madness Night for PYP families on Thursday, March 26 from 5:45 - 7:30 p.m. Students can wear their favorite basketball shirt and come have fun doing math activities! Pizza will be served, as well. Information was sent home with students on Friday.
Join Our Team
York Academy is seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about education for the following positions:

  • Spanish Teacher
  • Girls Volleyball Coach
  • Part-time Cafeteria Assistants
Questions? Email HR Manager Oneida Berrios or call (717) 801-3900.
Visit The D.E.W. Good Academy Cafe
Please stop by The D.E.W. Good Academy Cafe and support our school! It's open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Make sure to check out the winter menu and delicious baked goods from K's Confectionary.
Through the IB Lens

Watch an educator share his view on international mindedness, a process he sees as being based in the development of empathy.
5th Grade Exhibition
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Come enjoy our fifth graders share their Exhibition projects and musical works!

Free Breakfast for ALL

It's National Breakfast Week and every student is invited to enjoy a FREE breakfast on Friday, March 6!

Early Dismissal & School Spirit Day

Lower School: 12:15 p.m.
Upper School: 12:30 p.m.

Click here   to review the guidelines for school-appropriate attire.

York Academy Regional Charter School
Lower School: (717) 801-3900 | Upper School: (717) 900-5001