North Scituate Elementary School

December 2021 Newsletter

A Note from Mrs.Soccio

Trimester 2 begins on December 8th! Soon, teachers will be preparing report cards for distribution and parent/teacher conferences. Please note, report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, December 21st. Parent/teacher conferences will be held on January 11th and 13th. If you have not signed up for a conference, contact Mrs. Pagliarini in the office at 647-4110.

As always, the purpose of our newsletter is not only to keep you informed and provide information that is pertinent to your child's success, but also serves to highlight our school's accomplishments. We recently received our RICAS scores (state assessment) and have much to celebrate and build off of in the future. Please continue reading to learn more.

Happy Holidays!

Kaitlin Soccio

Reading Newsletter

Check out this update from Mrs.Gould, reading specialist.

School-Wide Results of RICAS Testing

The 2020-2021 school year marked the second administration of the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) for students in grades 3-8. Although we know test scores are only one measure of student performance, the results give teachers, students, and families information about student progress, school performance and how to improve teaching and learning.

Overall, the RI state averages:

  • ELA- percentage of students meeting/exceeding expectations: 33.2%
  • Math- percentage of students meeting/exceeding expectations: 27.3%

North Scituate School's Results:

  • ELA- percentage of students meeting/exceeding expectations: 50.5%
  • Math - percentage of students meeting/exceeding expectations: 43.9%

North Scituate School scored above the state average in both ELA and mathematics. We saw a 6.5% decrease in ELA and 1.9% decrease in mathematics proficiency rates as compared to our results in 2018-2019. Given the state of schools the past two years, we have much to be proud of and areas to further improve. As a district, we will continue to focus on improving curriculum in all areas, especially math and literacy. *Individual student reports will be sent home with report cards on December 21st.

*Click on the link below to access the RI Department Of Education's Assessment Data Portal to view results by district or school. I suggest using the Interactive Reports tab to view results*


Our food drive was a HUGE success. Together, with everyone's participation, we collected over $2,000 food items to donate. All items collected will be donated to our school's Feinstein Food Pantry, Scituate Senior Center, and Trinity Food Pantry. Flyers will be sent home with your child.

The top 4 classes (two 1st place winners):

1. Mrs. Clyde's- 5th grade

2. Ms. Augustine- 4th grade

3. Mrs. DiLuglio- 3rd grade

4. Mrs. O'Grady- 2nd grade

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

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Turkey Trot Challenge

All students were challenged to read 20 or more reading steps over our Thanksgiving break. I am so proud of all the students who read over vacation to support their reading growth. The following students have COMPLETED the challenge:
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Choose Love Movement for Schools- SEL Curriculum

Students in Prek-5 are fully immersed in the Choose Love curriculum! Students participate in a weekly lesson rooted in one of the four units: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Compassion in Action; all part of the Choose Love Formula. This month students are continuing to learn all about gratitude.

The Choose Love calendar is below and was sent home with all students. It is our hope that this learning and small steps you can take daily is helpful for our North Scituate families to complete at home.


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Positive Office Referrals

Students will receive these awards for EXEMPLARY behavior in the following categories: self-control, citizenship, hard work, attitude, responsibility, courage, teamwork, and honesty.
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Grade Level Classroom Happenings


Students in Ms. Murphy's class completed a graphic organizer as part of a "Show and Tell" project about mammals. Students learned about mammals and their characteristics. Each student was asked to choose a mammal to bring into school (animal or toy). They were asked to tell the class about where they lived, what they looked like (using words and a picture), what they ate, and one fact about them. Great job, Kindergarteners!
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Below, Rhode Island author, Lauren Cardoso, visited both Kindergarten classrooms. She read "Kind Katie" which taught students about being kind to others. Ms. Cardoso discussed with students that being kind should always be your plan, and kindness can change the world. In the story, Katie spreads her kindness all around her classroom. Looking forward to seeing acts of kindness continue in Kindergarten.
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Grade 1

After reading Balloons Over Broadway, students in Mrs. Anthony's class worked together to design and build their own Macy's Parade balloon! Their creativity was in full gear and had so much fun.
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Students in Mrs. Fraser's class have begun their second unit about Wild and Endangered Animals. Their class has been learning about bears with a focus this past week on the food web of bears. Students and Mrs. Fraser created a chart together to record the information they learned while researching.
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Grade 2

Students, Aria and Ryleigh, from Mrs. O'Grady's class have recently reached the 200 step mark in reading practice. They have been working hard at school and at home to read 4 steps per day (60 minutes in total).
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Grade 3

Students in Mrs.DiLuglio's class enjoying a read aloud and discussion on their new rug purchased by our PTO using our Scholastic Dollars. This is a great addition to this classroom!
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Grade 4

In preparation for Thanksgiving, students in Mrs. Scucces' class were tasked with planning a Thanksgiving Dinner using a budget of $100 and local supermarket flyers. Students used graphic organizers to plan their meal.
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Multiplication facts are crucial for our 4th grade math curriculum. Below students practice multiplication facts with a BINGO game.
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Box Tops: Please download the Box Tops app onto your phones and take pictures of your receipts. This helps our school earn money from your shopping! The referral code is E8XN33OF. Check out for more information and videos.

Below, Mrs. Scucces' class uses their new dividers while working on a mid unit ecosystem assessment. Thank you PTO for this new addition to our learning.
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PTO's Holiday Shop

Our PTO sponsored Kid’s Holiday Shop will be open 12/17. A “gift list planner” envelope will be sent home with your child(ren). Please complete the list together, along with the amount you’d like your child to spend per loved one. Students will be able to spend up to $10 in total, not per family member. Volunteers can use this as a guide when helping, and the kids really depend on it to help guide them with their shopping. This ends up being one of the highlights of your child's holiday season!
Scholastic Book Fair Information 12/6-9

Use the live links for more information.

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A Note from the school nurse

Check out our school nurse's page for updates, information, and more. Please call 647-4110 or email with any questions or concerns.

News from the Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, December 7th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Scituate High School auditorium. For more information about meetings, click here.
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Our Feinstein Kindness Tree

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Important Dates

December 6th-10th: Scholastic Book Fair

December 7th: Trimester 1 Ends

December 7th: School Committee Meeting

December 10th: Village Stroll Event 6-8pm

December 15th: Panera Restaurant Fundraiser Night

December 17th: Holiday Shop (in school)

December 21st: Report Cards Sent Home

December 22nd: Bwana Iguana Reptile Show

December 22nd: Chorus Concert for Gr. 4 & 5

December 22nd: BOOM (Books Open Our Minds) Gifting

December 23-January 2nd: Winter Recess- No School

January 11th & 13th: Parent Teacher Conferences

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