Tiogue Faculty and Staff Bulletin

September 21, 2019 - No.4

97% of our Faculty & Staff have joined PTA this year :)

Alicia Delsanto will begin the 7:45am Tuesday workout program this week. Please bring your exercise bands to her class in the gym. She will be holding "classes" Tues-Fri this week. Thanks, Alicia!

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District Trimester Grading Calendar is here!

Click this link to access the calendar.

Important Information at Tiogue

Tiogue is proud to again be a Title One, Feinstein Leadership School!

Hours: 8:40am - 3:10pm

Students may come to school when supervisory coverage begins at 8:20am

Dates to Remember:

September 2019

-September 23 through 27: Second annual, START WITH HELLO WEEK - see link for more information! - Monday ({Gr. K-2} Assembly begins by 9:15am & {Gr. 3-5} Assembly begins by 10:15am)

-September 24 - Tiogue's Open House, 6:30pm

-September 26 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-September 27 - Perfect Attendance for the month closes - students will be given their first raffle ticket of the school year

October 2019

-October 1 - LifeTouch School Picture Day has been changed to NOVEMBER 5th*

-October 3 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-October 10 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-October 11 - District IXL Training Date (Central Office - Tara, Jackie, Andrea and Wendy to attend)

-October 14 - NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day

-October 17 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-October 21 - PTA Mtg. (5:30pm in the Tiogue library or cafeteria)

-October 24 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-October 31 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

November 2019

-November 5 - LifeTouch Picture Day*

PTA INFORMATION and Meeting Schedule:

10/21/19 at 5:30pm

11/18/19 at 5:30pm

12/16/19 at 5:30pm

1/13/20 at 5:30pm

2/10/20 at 5:30pm

3/16/20 at 5:30pm

4/13/20 at 5:30pm

5/18/20 at 5:30pm

6/8/20 at 5:30pm (Last Mtg. of the year)

School Store information:

PTA School Store will begin shortly. Last year, school store was open every other Wednesday during student lunch/recess times. More information to follow.

Our Mission and Motto:

At Tiogue School, we believe that students can achieve their personal best and become responsible and productive citizens by embracing all learning opportunities each day.

"Everybody is somebody at Tiogue"

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Potential Activities for you to consider:

Here is a parent brochure that explains about our week of activities and philosophy of the Start with HELLO program. All schools in the district will be taking part in this initiative.

See our Faculty Mtg. agenda for other Start with Hello links including the resource guide.

Overview of activities and potential activities for the week:

Monday: 2 Brief School Assemblies for (K-2 and 3-5): Start With Hello video presentation & Overview for the week- "Hello, my name is" stickers for everyone to wear in the building.

Our Summer Readers will be recognized at each assembly as well. Sue Toohey Kaye and Lisa Lukowicz will join me in presenting reading certificates of recognition for their summer reading efforts. We also have about a dozen awards from our local Coventry Public Library to hand out.

Sue and Lisa will need to move around services for students on Monday AM.

First Assembly will begin by 9:15am and the second assembly will begin by 10:15am

Tuesday: Make 'Start With Hello' Poster to put outside classrooms

Wednesday: 'Start with Hello' creative writing with cross-grade level buddies. Presentations to each other; peer to peer. (Essay, poem, songs, raps, letters or skits - whatever students choose to do)

Thursday: 'Start with Hello' Compliment Day. Make a compliment paper-chain for all the compliments given to others to hang around the school and classrooms.

Friday: 'Start with Hello' & Tiogue Spirit Day: wear green and wear Tiogue gear & Get Caught Saying Hello Day. Give stickers and/or Brave Bucks to students who get caught saying Hello to one another, especially people who you may not know too well.

Our teachers have autonomy to go beyond the above ideas.

More info as found in the Faculty Mtg. Agenda

Start With Hello information (basically the same as last year):

Don’t Worry If You Haven’t Planned Every Activity

You can implement many of our activities in less than 30 minutes, and we designed some to take place before or after school or during lunch breaks and other free periods. Here are a few examples:

  • Place the Start With Hello logo or message on your school’s marquee, website, social media accounts or message board. (You can download the logo on the Start With Hello resources page.)

  • Assign a Start With Hello essay as homework or give students time to complete one in class. Encourage students to submit their essays (500 words or less) to the Student Voices Contest and invite them to share their essays with one another.

The Planning Guide and Toolkit are your go-to documents for tips, examples, best practices and templates to make your Start With Hello Week a success!

Field Trip Information and District Policy

A Message from Don Cowart and Dom:

Nothing will change with fields trips this year but there is added focus and scrutiny on the following:

  • No child can be denied and it needs to be stated so on the filed trip notice to parents
  • You must have a way to pay for students who cannot afford the cost
  • Make sure all field trips meet rigorous standards alignment (the connection must be strong)

**Also, our PTA is coming up with creative ways to help to off set the cost of the field trips. They are planning on earmarking some of their fundraising efforts to help to support potential trips.

Please take a look at the School Dept. Policy with regard to field trips.

Please View:

Using Logical Consequences - Conscious Discipline Skills

Our Nurse's Corner:

Flu Clinic Info:

Thursday 10/10/19

4:00-6:30 p.m.

AT ASFMS, 15 Foster Dr.

Mon. 11/4/19

4:00-6:30 p.m.

AT Coventry High School, 40 Reservoir Rd.

Register online at


Registration recommended but not required.

EEE Update:

Second Round of Targeted Aerial Spraying to Control EEE Risk
Parts of 12 communities are expected to be aerially treated with mosquito pesticide

As a part of continued work to protect public health by minimizing Rhode Islanders' exposure to mosquitoes that could be carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced Thursday that they will be coordinating a second round of aerial mosquito spraying in two areas next week. Weather permitting, state officials are estimating that the next round of spraying could occur on the night of Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24. The areas to be sprayed have been identified using several factors, including information about new human cases of EEE, cases of EEE in non-human mammals, positive mosquito samples in Rhode Island and in neighboring states, and information about the habitats in which mosquitoes most readily breed.

The two areas to be sprayed (map of aerial spraying areas) include one surrounding West Warwick and one in the southwest part of Rhode Island. A map of the two areas to be sprayed is attached. All four of the areas that already were sprayed September 8-10, however, are considered "critical risk" areas for EEE.

The area surrounding West Warwick includes all West Warwick and parts of Cranston, Warwick, East Greenwich, West Greenwich, Coventry, and Scituate. Some of this area was previously sprayed on September 9, but officials have expanded this zone westward to Route 102 in Coventry and both westward and southward in West Greenwich.

-Gina D'Aguano MS, MEd, RN, CSNT

IXL Information - updated

District Training, using a train the trainer model, will take place on Friday, OCT 11th.

Dom will be working it out so 3 or 4 of us can go to that training. With that said, we will pull together a combination of Math Ts/ELA Ts/Coordinators/Coaches/Teachers that will have the smallest impact on the school if subs become an issue.

Here are some great introductory videos in the Inspiration section: https://www.ixl.com/inspiration/videos . For a more in-depth look, there are archived webinars to help you explore and implement IXL in your classroom: https://www.ixl.com/inspiration/archived-webinars

Our link: https://www.ixl.com/signin/coventry Which is also located on our district homepage for each access.

Achieve the Core: Journey's Adaptation site:

EVERFI information from Don Cowart:


Coventry Public Schools has no-cost access to an online learning platform called EVERFI. Through this platform, you have access to co-curricular digital lessons on various 21st Century Skills which are designed to complement existing units, fill curriculum gaps or serve as a resource for you to support whole child education. EVERFI can support your advisory or content area in STEM, financial education/career readiness, social emotional learning and health & wellness. Here is access to a break down of their K-12 learning resources. Lesson lengths vary from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.

Have an account? - login by going to www.everfi.com/login

NEW EVERFI teachers - create your account by going to www.everfi.com/newteacher

Once you have logged in and have added the programs to your dashboard, create a class to generate a class code. When you are ready to get started with students:

  • Direct students to www.everfi.com/register

  • Provide them with your class code

  • Students will create a student dashboard with username and password and have access to the program. Students can add programs to their dashboard in the top right corner with a class code.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how these programs can support your classroom please contact our EVERFI representative Dan Weidmann at dweidmann@everfi.com.

Articles and other news:

Behavioral Specialist and Math Intervention Schedule:

*Kim Sturdahl will be at Tiogue Monday through Friday*

MATHEMATICS: Mary V. will be at Tiogue this upcoming week

**Article of the week**

September 21: Can "bite-sized" Lessons Make SEL Easier to Teach? - from EdWeek

September 14th: Employ Active Learning Strategies.

September 9th:

What is Executive Functioning? From, EduTopia

September 2nd:

8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips - From, EduTopia

July, 2019: Fantastic Ways of Finding Anything in Google Drive, found on Twitter.

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Copy of our Newest Elementary Handbook for Tiogue