The Clayville Chronicle

August 2021 Update

From the Desk of Mrs. Francis

Dear Clayville Families,


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope you are having an enjoyable summer and finding fun ways to beat the heat! I look forward to beginning my fifth year serving as Clayville School's principal. Every year I am reminded of how special our Clayville community is and how lucky I am to be part of the Scituate family. I appreciate all of your support and patience as we once again navigate the details of this upcoming school year.


To date, we've had a few staff changes. Mr. Rapp, our school psychologist retired at the end of last school year. Mrs. Leveillee, one of paraprofessionals also retired last school year. We wish them both all the best in their next chapter of life!


Mr. Ceprano, our former physical education teacher, is now the new dean of students at Scituate Middle/High School. In addition, Ms. Johnson (paraprofessional) resigned to pursue her graduate degree, Mrs. Bonin (paraprofessional) joined Scituate Middle School staff and Mrs. Stevens (paraprofessional) joined the North Scituate Elementary School staff.


Please continue reading to meet our new staff members!


Finally, the contents of this newsletter contains the most up to date announcements and information about school reopening. Another newsletter will be sent out the first week of September. As always, please reach out with any questions, suggestions, or concerns. I look forward to a new and exciting school year!


Best,

Courtney Francis

Courtney.Francis@ScituateSchoolsRI.net

Meet Our New Staff Members

Physical Education & Health: Mr. Matthew Labossiere

Born and raised in Glocester, Matt is a Yankee fan living in Scituate with his wife, and son.(With a baby girl on the way!) Matt has more than 5 years teaching experience in public schools, emotional growth schools, and trauma informed schools.

When Matt isn’t teaching, he can be found on the town athletic fields coaching his son's teams. Matt enjoys being outdoors, on the beach, and playing in various adult recreation leagues.

School Psychologist: Dr. Sally Mitchell

I began my college career in elementary education. I quickly realized that I was equally passionate about psychology and discovered the field of school psych; the perfect combination! I briefly taught in preschool, grades one and two before practicing for 24 years as a school psychologist at all grade levels, mostly secondary. In addition to my role as a school psychologist I created and administered what became a U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) nationally recognized, school-based mental health program for 15 of the 24 years. Inspired by the USDOE researchers, my doctoral dissertation focused on program evaluation. I have been honored twice as School Psychologist of the Year, consulted nationally and at the state level, and held adjunct professor positions. Yearning to make more of a difference as a child advocate, I became Director of Special Services for eight years before retiring to spend more time with my family. I have three children and five grandchildren. Our family spent a lot of time at the beach this summer, my happy place! When I’m not exercising or running I love to read and travel.


I’m excited to return to my roots as a school psychologist and look forward to working with the children, parents and staff at Clayville Elementary!

Covid Protocols

Scituate's Health & Safety Subcommittee met and finalized many Covid protocols for our district. Decisions were made based off of the RI Department of Education Playbook (see link below). The following is an overview of the answers to many frequently asked questions:


  • As you know, our Governor has mandated masks. The first reading of Scituate's Mask Policy is being presented to our School Committee for the first reading on 8/24 and the second reading is scheduled for 8/30.
  • A daily attestation form will NOT be used this year. Instead, parents will complete a one time Home Base Self Screener agreement, which will be sent out prior to the start of the school year.
  • There is no physical distancing requirements for stable pods. We will maintain 3 feet of physical distancing between pods.
  • Students will be eating lunch in the cafeteria.
  • We will use the music, art, library, and gymnasium rooms for itinerants.
  • Transportation (bussing) is back to 100% capacity.

Arrival Procedures

  • Students may arrive between 8:35-8:45 AM. Students will report directly to their classrooms.


  • Parent drop off will take place in Field Hill Road lot. Students will then walk to designated point of entry (see below). Staff supervision will be provided with a crossing guard.


  • Grades PreK, Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2: enter through bus door entrance (semi-circle)

  • Grades 3, 4, and 5: enter through main entrance door facing George Washington Hwy

  • Students will be marked tardy after 8:45am.

  • Students arriving after 8:45am must be escorted to the front door by an adult to be buzzed in by the office. For safety, please do not have your child walk in alone when they are tardy.

  • For the safety of all of our students, please adhere to the parking restrictions. George Washington Highway is a no parking zone.

Thank you so much for your cooperation and support in following this arrival procedure.

Dismissal Procedures

  • Please send in a note to the classroom teacher if you choose to pick-up your child from school on any given day. If you are picking your child up on a regular basis, only one note is needed and we will place your child’s name on the list for the year. *Form will be sent home*

  • Record the name of who will be picking up if it is someone other than a parent. Any person picking up students from school should be listed on your student information form.

  • Please remember to date all notes.

  • Park in the large lot on Field Hill Road and walk to the designated exit (see below). Children will be dismissed at 2:55 and will come out to the designated door. A staff member will be identifying adults picking up students and will your child will then be dismissed to you.

  • Grades PreK, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2: Exit through bus door entrance (semi-circle)

  • Grades 3, 4, and 5: Exit through main entrance door facing George Washington Hwy

  • Please understand that safety is our first priority when asked to present an I.D.


Thank you so much for your cooperation and support in following this dismissal procedure.

Chartwells: Nutrition Services

Breakfast and lunch are free for all students again this year. Typically the cost is $2.60 and reduced is $0.40. Milk is also available for purchase.


Families are still encouraged to complete the 2021-2022 meals application. Meal status provides assistance with federal programming and funding. Free and reduced lunch application forms are located on the school website (linked below) and will be sent home with students on the first day of school. We strongly encourage all families to fill out a form. All forms are confidential. Please direct any questions to the Superintendent's Office, 647-4100.

Free & Reduced Lunch Forms

*Clink the link and scroll all the way to the bottom of the web page*

Bus Information

Bus routes have not be posted yet. Stay tuned for more information from First Student. In the meantime, anyone with bus questions should contact First Student at 401-275-0256 or Wendy.lacombe@firstgroup.com.

Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, Sep. 1st, 4pm

3 George Washington Highway

Scituate, RI

Weather dependent, we will meet in the recess yard behind the school building. If it rains, orientation will be held in the gymnasium.

Back to School Bash & Open House!

Save the date! Clayville School's annual Open House & PTO Back to School Bash will be held on September 23rd. It is our hope that this will be an in person event for the whole family! Stay tuned for more information.

FREE Youth Mental Health Training

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