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The Lowdown with Dr. Lowe

Hello York Academy Families:

This year, we've been working hard to develop an even better climate at the York Academy. Around this time last year, you may recall taking the Climate Survey. It was administered to parents, students in grades 3 - 12, our employees and community members. In the video below, I will provide an update on some of the data points from the student survey.

We are also getting ready for the second administration of the survey. It will take place for students, staff and parents the week of February 6.

Thank you for all you do to support your children, along with our teachers and staff.

Enjoy the evening,

Dr. Michael Lowe

Dr. Michael Lowe (CEO) shares information about the York Academy Climate Survey

Knight Staff Superstar: Shannon Lander

Congrats to sixth grade Instructional Assistant, Shannon Lander for being our Knight Staff Superstar! She was nominated by sixth grade teacher, Olivia Kratzer for exemplifying the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile attribute of being caring.

When we are caring, we show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Mrs. Lander joined the sixth grade team a few weeks into the school year and hit the ground running. "She has built fantastic relationships with all of our students, and many of them look to her for academic support and personal advice," Ms. Kratzer said. "Mrs. Lander always assists her team members and is willing to try new things. She is a great addition to the sixth grade team."


Thank you for caring so deeply for your students and colleagues, Mrs. Lander. You are appreciated!

PTO Fundraisers

  • If you placed an order from the Brown's Bakery Fundraiser, you may pick it up on Tuesday, January 31 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Lower School Playground.
  • In addition, the PTO is holding a popup fundraiser with Moe's Southwest Grill! If you didn't hop on the popup last time, here's your chance. Make sure to place your order by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24. You can pick it up on Wednesday, January 25 from 5:30 - 6 p.m. at the Lower School playground.

  • The Family Taco Kit costs $43 and feeds 4 - 6 people. It includes 12 soft taco shells, a choice of one or two proteins, cheese, pico, lettuce, sour cream, rice, black beans, chips, salsa and a bowl of Moe's Famous Queso! Plus, the PTO receives 25% of the sales!

Lastly, Valentine's Day Candy Grams are back! You can purchase one for your child or for the whole class. Details are below and information will be coming home with your student by Friday.

Basketball Teams Make Home Game Debuts

Congrats to the YARCS basketball teams on a great showing last Friday! Our 7th/8th, 9th/10th and 11/12th Grade Boys Teams won, and two of the games were buzzer beaters! Upper School students celebrated the first game with a White Out, and they packed the student section! Click here to view some pictures.

You can catch the Knights at home again on Friday (1/20)! This week, our student section will be sporting neon colors, big hair and leg warmers. They're encouraged to dress in their 80s best to the game (but NOT to school).

The teams below will play at the Lower School on Friday night. Please enter through the gym. Look for the glass doors to the left of the main office entrance on W. North Street.

• 5th/6th Grade Boys: 6 p.m.

• 5th/6th Grade Girls: 7 p.m.

• 7th/8th Grade Girls: 8 p.m.

The teams below will play at the Upper School. Enter through Door 12 (not the main entrance). Door 12 is further down, closer to the stoplight that intersects with Beaver Street.

• 7th/8th Grade Boys: 6 p.m.

• 11th/12th Grade Boys: 7 p.m.

• 9th/10th Grade Boys: 8 p.m.

Check out the schedules and come support our outstanding athletes. GO KNIGHTS!

2023-24 Applications to be Accepted from 2/1 - 3/31

It's soon time for new families to apply to be part of our York Academy family!

Please tell your friends and family we'll be accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year from February 1 – March 31 for students entering kindergarten through ninth grade. Students must be five years old by August 31 to start kindergarten.

Families are encouraged to apply by March 31 so their children are included in the Lottery (4/3).

We will post the link to apply online (www.yorkacademy.com) February 1.


  • Would you like your student's sibling(s) to start school at York Academy in August?
  • You must apply online between February 1 and March 31 so they are included in the Lottery.

  • Is your child on the current waiting list? You will need to reapply for the 2023-24 school year because we are not legally permitted to carry over applications from year to year.
  • Make sure to apply from February 1- March 31 so your child is included in the Lottery.

Click below for more details about our upcoming Admissions Information Sessions and the application process. We look forward to welcoming many more Knights to the Academy in August!

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Notes from the Kitchen

Hello Friends,

Please check your student’s cafeteria balance frequently. It is easy to do by setting up an account through www.myschoolbucks.com. After registering, you can set low balance notifications and view your student’s purchases. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure payment for meals purchased.

If you did not apply for free/reduced meals and you believe you may benefit, click here for details on how to apply.

The quickest and most accurate way to apply is at www.schoolcafe.com. You would have received verification from York Academy if your student receives free/reduced meal benefits. Do not assume if your student was receiving free/reduced benefits in a previous school year that they will receive it every year. Families must apply yearly for this benefit. If your student has a negative balance, please send in payment.

Make sure to visit the food service page at www.yorkacademy.com. You will find it under the parents tab. There is so much useful information there and I encourage everyone to read it.

In addition, York Academy is hiring a full time position in our kitchen! This is a great opportunity with great benefits. Click here to learn more and apply. You may also contact me at (717) 801-3900 ext. 4313 or rarnold@yorkarcs.org.

Eat Well and Be Healthy,

Gina Arnold, Food Services Manager

Updates and Reminders

  • Since we're halfway through the year, it's a good time to revisit the Student Code of Conduct and review the expectations with your children. For example, it's important to make sure they are on time each and every day, dressed in the appropriate uniform, and making choices to support their learning and the learning of other students.

Celebrate Your Student with a Yearbook Ad

Our 2022-23 student-created yearbook for grades 7-12 is in the works! We are so excited to share meaningful memories and experiences with you. It will be a hard-bound, 150-page book and there are options to personalize it for additional fees.

Order your yearbook!

You can order the yearbook here and check out all the options.

Celebrate your student!

Parents and families may also purchase personal ads to celebrate their student! Ads are available for any Upper School student and can be created directly online.

Promote your business!

If you know any businesses big or small that would benefit from added exposure, please tell them we're selling ads for the yearbook. For more information, email Mrs. Rebecca Chester, Yearbook Advisor.

York Tech to Offer Summer Career Camp

Students in sixth and seventh grade are invited to attend a two-day Career Camp at York Tech in June. There is no cost for the program, and all supplies and materials will be provided (including breakfast and lunch). Click below to learn more. Registration is now open and applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Upper School Tissue Drive Starts Monday (1/23)

The Upper School is in need of tissues for the classrooms, so they're holding a Tissue Drive from January 23 - 27. If you're able to help, please send a box with your student (see below). House Points are up for grabs!

Class of 2023 Website

If you are a senior or the parent of a senior, make sure to check this website often to stay in the know. Information will be added throughout the year regarding IB Exams, senior events, graduation details and more.

Questions? Email DP Coordinator, Mrs. Riggs. 


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Upper School Tissue Drive Starts

Board of Trustees Committee Meetings 5:30 p.m.

Lower School Media Center (in person)


Moe's Southwest Grill Orders Due by 1 p.m.

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