Hathaway Happenings - Home

March 25, 2022

The mission of Hathaway Elementary School community is to provide a safe and caring environment in which every child develops character, self-confidence, responsibility, compassion, positive values and a true love of learning AND receives a strong academic foundation through diverse and challenging instruction in order to meet or exceed grade level expectations.

Abound Parenting Newsletter (Kindergarten)

Abound Parenting- Hathaway News

Using Abound to build reading skills in small moments each day

This week’s academic vocabulary word is JUSTIFY.

Here are 2 ways to give your child extra opportunities to hear and use the word JUSTIFY!

- If your brother or sister took money from you to buy themselves

something, would you think they were JUSTIFIED in taking the money?

- What if they used your money to buy groceries for someone who was

hungry and didn’t have any money? Then are they JUSTIFIED?

- If you get money for doing your chores, do you think you are JUSTIFIED

in spending it any way you want to?

Remind your child that the word JUSTIFY means to have a good

reason for something.

How else can you build your child’s reading skills through TALK?

Try these questions taken from different TalkOn age groups this week!

- If you lend money, the person should pay you back. What word do you

get when you add a B to the beginning of the word lend? (blend) What

word is left when you take the L out of that new word? (bend)

- Some people make a point of giving a percentage of the money they earn

to charity, organizations that help those in need. How do you know when

you have enough money and can give some to charity?

- If you go to the movies with a friend and you treat, that means you pay

for the friend's ticket. Who would you treat if you had the money? Has

anyone ever treated you?

If you haven’t yet signed up, go to https:// partners.aboundparenting.com/

Use the code given to you by your Hathaway teacher or staff member,

& follow instructions to download the app.

Local Advisory Committee Awards

Please consider nominating someone who has made a difference in the life of a child and their family!

We are writing to you regarding the annual Portsmouth Special Education Local Advisory Committee Recognition Awards. The purpose of these awards is for families of children with special education needs to nominate someone from our school community who has helped their child to succeed this school year. You can nominate staff such as teachers/support professionals, bus staff, food service workers, RBT's/Paraprofessionals, coaches, other students and administrators.

In order to nominate someone please complete the :

Portsmouth Local Advisory Recognition Awards Nomination Form

A few notes about nominations:

  • You may nominate more than one person but please use one form per nominee
  • Please submit all nominations by Monday May 2, 2022

The Awards Recognition night is scheduled for May 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM @ Portsmouth Middle School Library. More information will follow at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact Don Labbe or Sheli Silveria at lacportsmouth@gmail.com

We look forward to making this a special evening to honor those who have made a difference.


Sheli Silveria and Don Labbe

LAC Co-Chairs

Arts for Life Day

Take a peek at what is on the agenda for our Arts for Life Day! We are so excited!

Arts for Life Day

Teaching and Learning Update

The following link will lead you to our district's middle of the year Teaching and Learning Update.

RICAS Assessment

RICAS Assessment for grades 3 and 4 will take place in April and May.

Scheduled dates are as follows -

April 6th - Grade 3 ELA RICAS

April 7th - Grade 3 ELA RICAS

April 13th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

April 14th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

May 10th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 12th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 18th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

May 19th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

"Why do we have statewide standardized assessments?
Rhode Island has statewide standardized assessments in mathematics, English language arts, and science in order to meet a federal requirement and provide valuable information about how well our students, schools, districts, and state are doing. Results measure the knowledge and skills addressed in the Rhode Island Core Standards (RICS) for English Language Arts/Literacy and for Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and are used in the following ways:

  • The results can help you track your child’s progress over time.
  • Results give you the ability to compare your child’s school to schools across the state.
  • Districts and schools analyze their results to inform decisions they make to support teaching and learning."

You can find more information on the RIDE website.

From Mr. Feinstein

Reminder: Jr. Scholars are allowed three complimentary visits for them and their adult guest to Mystic Aquarium per year with their Jr. Scholar Card! Due to Covid-19 and for everyone's safety, timed ticket reservations must be made online in advance.

Please share the following link with your families for timed ticket reservations: https://www.mysticaquarium.org/visit/current-promotions/feinstein-tickets/

From Dr. Kenworthy - School Committee

The Portsmouth School Committee met on Tuesday, March 22nd. Highlights from the meeting can be found in the links below:

Linked Agenda

Meeting Recording

District Updates

2022-23 Approved Calendar

Equity Institute Executive Summary (The full report will be released in the next few weeks once final edits are completed)

Are you able to help?

We are looking for gently used pants for boys and girls size 6-8 and sneakers for students, particularly in K-2 to keep in the nurse's office for emergencies.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!


Hello Hathaway Community,

Ticket sales for the Springabaloo have started. You should have received an invitation in your child’s folder. We are offering an early bird price of $35 for tickets purchased by March 17th. So get your tickets today to save! After that the price will go back to the original $40. Purchase tickets here.

We look forward to seeing you there! We could still use some help to make the event a success!

  1. Sign up to volunteer at the Springabaloo.
  2. AUCTIONEER NEEDED!!! The Springabaloo Committee is looking for an auctioneer for the live auction portion of our fundraiser. If anyone in the hathway community has experience or a lead for us please email springabaloo@gmail.com.
  3. SOUND SYSTEM NEEDED!!! The Springabaloo Committee is also looking to borrow a sound system for the auction.
  4. Consider making a donation to the auction. You can print and complete the donation form to submit a donation by March 18th.


  • Ride to School in a Portsmouth Fire Truck
  • Ride to School in a Portsmouth Police Car
  • 4 Tickets to an April Providence Bruins Game with an autographed hockey stick and hat
  • 2 Tickets to Ain’t Too Proud at PPAC on April 13th
  • 2 Tickets to Peppa Pig’s Adventure at VETS in Providence on April 21st
  • Ultimate Tuition Package to AMP Academy
  • Family 4-pack with Gear to Rockspot Climbing
  • 1 Month Membership and 2 Training Session at BullFrog FIt
  • 1 Month Martial Arts Classes at East Bay Martial Arts

Any questions please email springabaloo@gmail.com.

Thank you,

HPTA Board and Springabaloo Committee



Current COVID Mitigations

Please note that this was the last week for asymptomatic testing. We will continue to implement symptomatic testing if you have given permission.

Social Distancing (when able)

Air Purifiers or Windows Open

Symptomatic Testing (for those with permission)

Strongly recommend mask wearing for those returning after having COVID on day 6

Informational letters to be sent when there is a positive case in a classroom

Use of individual water bottles

Hand sanitizing

Vaccination Rates

For information about Pre K-12 School Cases and Vaccination rates please visit this site.


We want to hear from you! As a member of an ever-improving education community here at Hathaway, your feedback is very important to us. Here is an opportunity for your voice to be heard!

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey you can help our school leadership and our parent-teacher organization to make improvements to our school.

This survey should take less than 20 minutes to complete. To take the survey, please click this link and enter the code "27104family". Thank you!

The window closes on 3/31.


HPTA Meeting

Our next HPTA meeting will be Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30pm in the library.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit the district volunteer page for information if you would like to become VIS approved to volunteer in school. The school department no longer requires proof of vaccination to be a volunteer. This process can take a month so please plan ahead. Check out our future volunteer opportunities including Field Day and the 4th Grade Picnic.

Hathaway’s 9th Annual Springabaloo

Tickets for the Springabaloo Auction Saturday, April 2nd are on sale and cost $40. You need to complete both the google form and payment to reserve a ticket. Please do not select that it is a purchase when using Venmo because the HTPA is charged a fee. Click here to purchase tickets.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to make the event a success!

  1. Donate a bottle of wine to the Wine Raffle, see letter for detail on drop off locations.

  2. Sign up to volunteer setting up on 4/1 or at the event on 4/2.


HPTA Board



Choose Love March Calendar

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Blankets of Hope Kindness Challenge - Starting March 2nd

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Pre K Registration

The Portsmouth School Department is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Integrated Preschool Program at Melville School, afternoon availability only. For information, visit the Preschool/ Early Childhood webpage at https://www.portsmouthschoolsri.org/page/preschool-early-childhood or contact Lauren Buress (buressl@portsmouthschoolsri.org).

Kindergarten Registration

The Portsmouth School Department is excited to begin registering and welcoming the Kindergarten class of 2035! The registration process for Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year will open on February 1. During February, a parent/guardian for an eligible student should begin this process by visiting the Registration tab at the top of our district webpage: http://www.portsmouthschoolsri.org/. Important information including instructions on how to register (please be sure to register for the 2022-2023 school year), registration requirements, and other pertinent information can be found by accessing the link.

Securly Home

Securly Home is an app that allows parents to monitor their child’s Chromebook activity at home and add rules for home use. Please take some time to review the slideshow and recording of the parent meeting that took place on 9/16.

We encourage you to sign up now for Securly Home!

Google Slideshow


Hathaway Notification Form

Absent today? Going to be absent in the future? Early pick up? Need to communicate a change in pick up in the main office?

Please complete the Hathaway Notification Form.

Thank you in advance for helping us to keep things organized and safe in our Hathaway community.

Asynchronous Learning

Students who need to quarantine will be provided with asynchronous distance learning. All teachers are prepared to have daily assignments and accompanying materials available for students on a regular basis. If an entire class is asked to quarantine, synchronous learning will be available to the entire class. Materials pick up may be scheduled.

Teachers will be sharing login procedures with students and families. It is important that your child is familiar with Google Classroom and how to access the necessary lessons. This will make for an easy transition if your child is asked to quarantine.

Accessing Aspen

If you are having issues accessing Aspen, you will have to email familyportal@portsmouthschoolsri.org with your child's name, date of birth, grade level, and your name. The system administrators will be able to restore access to your account and make sure that you can login.

Where Can I Find Past Parent Newsletters?

All of the past Hathaway Happenings can be found on our webpage.

Important Dates

Important Dates


April 4th - Arts for Life Day

April 6th - Grade 3 ELA RICAS

April 7th - Grade 3 ELA RICAS

April 13th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

April 13th - Early Release, 2:30-4:30

April 13th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

April 14th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

April 15th - 24th - Spring Break

April 25th - 29th - Reading Week

April 26th, 28th, 29th - ELA RICAS Makeups

April 27th - Community Meeting, 2:15 PM

May 2nd - May 6th - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 11th - Staff PD/DL Day

May 12th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 18th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

May 18th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

May 19th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

May 25th, 26th, 27th - Math RICAS Makeups

June 1st - Field Day, K-3

June 1st - Early Release, 2:15 PM

June 2nd - Grade 4 Field Trip

June 3rd - Grade 1 Casey Farm Field Trip

June 6th - Rain Date K-3 Field Day

June 6th - Bill Harley Presentation, 9:15

June 6th - June 10th - Week of the Young Child

June 7th - Grade 3 Field Trip

June 8th - Grade 3 Field Trip

June 8th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

June 9th - Grade 4 Field Trip

June 9th - Bill Harley Presentation (Rain Date), 915

June 10th - Community Meeting, 9:30 AM

June 16th - Grade 4 Field Day

June 17th - Rain Date Grade 4 Field Day

June 17th - Report Cards visible in Aspen

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