Charlestown School Updates

For members of our learning community - April 1st, 2016

Filling sails with knowledge and character for a successful life voyage

Artessy - Saturday 10-2

Tomorrow, Artessy is open from 10-2 at Chariho Middle School. Our 4th grade chorus will be performing at 11:25 am in the Auditorium (please note that this is a different time than the original). There is so much to do and see at Artessy. All of our students will have at least one piece of their art work on display in the Gym. There is face painting, cupcake decorating, concerts, games, and many other activities for all ages. I have even heard that there is a LIVE CHICKEN!!! How often do you get to see a live chicken???

Please also come to support your PTO as they sell refreshments and ducks for the upcoming Pawcatuck River Duck Race. You can also complete Kindergarten Registration in the middle school office (near the gym).

To see a schedule of all events, click this link:

Kindergarten Registation

Registration for incoming Kindergartners was held this past week. We had a lot of incoming students and parents here for tours. Thank you to all of the Kindergarten teachers and students for allowing us to visit your rooms and see you learning!!!

If you still need to register your child, please call Norma or Carrie at 364-7716.

You can also register your child at the Preschool Fair which will be held tomorrow at Chariho Middle School as part of Artessy .

Saturday, April 2nd - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Chariho Middle School Main office.

Please forward this to friends who have an incoming K student.

If your child had PE today, ask them about this...

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Chariho Budget Vote - Tuesday April 5th

The annual district budget vote will be held on Tuesday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm at Town Hall.

PTO Outdoor Classroom Space Project

The PTO was recently granted permission by the school committee to proceed with their plans for outdoor teaching spaces. Thank you to Karen Bellnier for chairing this committee and for sharing a thoughtful presentation with the School Committee.

The first phase of the plans, light yard work of the back former playground space, is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th from 10-2. We are in need of adult volunteers. Please click this link if you are interested in assisting on April 9th:

To read more about the project, please click the link to the recent Westerly Sun article:

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A Way to honor a great teacher!

Recommendations sought for teachers to honor during Teacher Appreciation Week

During this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6), the U.S. Department of Education wants to extend a personal thank you to some great teachers. Help us by recommending a colleague, a friend, your child’s teacher, or the teacher who inspired you. While we cannot guarantee reaching every teacher during the week, we may use submitted information for other highlighting purposes throughout the year.

Eat the Rainbow - Month of April

In an effort to get students to eat the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, the cafeteria and the school nurse are teaming up to have students “Eat the Rainbow” for the month of April. The cafeteria offers a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. Our staff will be distributing stickers to students who are eating their colorful fruits and vegetables at lunch (either what they purchase for lunch or bring from home)

Here is the schedule for the month of April.

Week of April 4-8: Mon:Red, Tues:Green, Wed:Orange, Thurs: Yellow, Fri: Rainbow

Week of April 11-15: Mon:Orange, Tues:Yellow, Wed: Red, Thurs: Green, Fri: Rainbow

Week of April 25-29 : Mon:Yellow, Tues:Red, Wed.:Green, Thurs:Orange, Fri.:Rainbow

Gr. 3 and 4 Interactive Field Trip to the RI Philharmonic

Permission slips have been sent home with all students in grades 3 and 4 for an upcoming field trip to the RI Philharmonic. Students will be traveling by bus to Providence on Tuesday, April 12th. They will play their recorders with members of the RI Philharmonic and other students from all over the state. We hope that your child is practicing their recorder at home in advance of this event. Please send back signed permission slips and remember to follow the instructions regarding snacks and lunch.

Spring Testing - Grades 3 and 4

Students in grades 3 and 4 will be participating in the PARCC Testing in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics during the timeframe of April 11-May 27th.

Session Dates will be:

Gr. 4 Math: 4/11, 4/13, 4/14 and 4/26

Gr. 4 ELA: 5/3, 5/4 and 5/5

Gr. 3 Math: 4/27, 4/28, 4/29, 5/2

Gr. 3 ELA: 5/6, 5/9, 5/13

Students can bring and use their own earbuds or headphones as these will be needed by all students during the ELA portion of the assessment. We will be providing a mid-morning snack to all students either before or after they complete their testing. Students who miss sessions will be scheduled for make-up sessions.

All 4th graders will be participating in the New England Common Assessment Program Science Assessment on May 10-12.

Lost and Found - Please have your child look for missing items

Stop and Shop Rewards

If you haven't done so already, please consider signing up for a free way to support our school. Please click the link below to sign up fro A+ Rewards at Stop and Shop.

Our school code is listed: #05917

Yearbook photos needed

If you have have taken photos this year while attending a school or PTO sponsored event, please consider sending them to this designated email address. We are also in need of photos of current 4th graders since they started here in Kindergarten.

Thank you to Erin Manni for donating her time and energy to create our school yearbook.

PTO Events

The PTO is actively planning two upcoming events for students.

A Girls Night Out is being planned tentatively for Friday, April 29th. Several activities will be offered including dancing to music provided by a d.j. Female students can attend with the adult of their choice. This event is lieu of the former Father Daughter Dance.

A Boys Night Out is being tentatively planned for Friday, May 13th. Outdoor carnival games will likely be offered to male students and an adult of their choice.

Please email the PTO if you are interested in assisting with either of these events.

School Calendar for 2016-2017

The School Committee recently approved the school calendar for the next school year. School will begin on Monday, August 29th so we will have a full week of school before Labor Day. There will be traditional school vacation weeks in February and April.

Our school is LATEX and MINT FREE due to allergies!

Please do not bring the following items into our school due to serious allergies:

Latex balloons, rubber balls, any products containing natural rubber, mint gum/candy

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Upcoming Events:

Sat. April 2nd - Artessy at CMS - 4th grade chorus to perform at 11:25 and Kindergarten Registration

Tues. April 5th - Budget Referendum Vote - all day (8am-8pm)

Tues. April 12th - Grade 3 and 4 Field Trip to R.I. Philharmonic

Due to the March snow day, Our last day of school is now Friday, June 17th.

To view the school calendar: