North Scituate Elementary School

February Newsletter 2020

A note from Mrs.Soccio

Where did January go? Students have been working hard and getting back into their routines. All students recently completed benchmark assessments. Our teaching staff has spent the past two weeks reviewing student data during Common Planning Time. During these meetings, grade level teams analyzed student achievement data in order to effectively plan for instruction. Teachers worked together to identify strengths and areas of improvement for their students.


Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play. We are making every effort to get students outside for recess and must ensure they are properly dressed for the conditions. Thank you for your support.


During morning drop off, please do not turn around in the school's driveway or neighboring driveways. Go up to the top of the hill and use the roundabout to come back down safely. If your child cannot get out of the vehicle INDEPENDENTLY, you must park your car in the lower lot and walk your child up. This is a SERIOUS safety concern for all students and their families.


REMINDER: Yearbooks can be ordered here using ID code 1980520.


Check out this month's Library Newsletter here.

Looking forward to a successful and healthy February!


Warm Regards,

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

Kaitlin.Soccio@ScituateSchoolsRI.net

Attendance Matters!

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North Scituate Attendance Initiative

Congratulations to our January individual student winners:


  • Kindergarten: Melanie Bernier
  • Grade 1: Jam Pateo Adams
  • Grade 2: Hunter Chen
  • Grade 3: Mason Pontarelli
  • Grade 4: Grant Redmond
  • Grade 5: Jessica Hanson


All students get a fresh start for February! Keep shining, North Scituate Stars!

SurveyWorks!

  • You can take the short survey online between January 21st and March 31st. To take the survey, visit: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter 30106family.
  • SurveyWorks is a statewide survey sent out annually to students, families, and teachers to hear from Rhode Islanders directly about their experiences in our state's public schools.
  • SurveyWorks will be given to all students in grades 3-12, parents, teachers, support professionals and building administrators.
  • The Rhode Island Family Survey is for all parents to complete. For the third year in a row, parents of students receiving special education services will receive a single survey that combines the Rhode Island Family Survey and the Special Education Survey.

Spelling Bee

Scituate elementary schools and middle school are once again participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee sponsored by the Valley Breeze!


Our school winners and alternates are:

  • Grade 5 Winner: Fabiola Beene
  • Grade 5 Alternate: Michael Angelotti
  • Grade 4 Winner: Fallon Green
  • Grade 4 Alternate: Makayla Ross


The District Bee will be held on February 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Scituate High School Auditorium (snow date: February 10th).

Positive Office Referrals

Principal's Book of the Month

As a North Scituate STAR, the "T" stands for "try your best" and is one of our core values. Mrs. Soccio will be reading Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan (gr. 3-5) and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (gr. K-2). These books address determination, always giving your best, and a positive mindset. Mrs. Soccio is looking forward to having a discussion around this topic with all students. The pictures below are from our January community meeting in the gymnasium.
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Scituate VEX IQ Tournament

Our Robotics Club competed in the district VEX IQ Tournament on Saturday, February 1st at Scituate High School. Our Robotics Club included 26 students that competed in 7 teams. Students worked in teams to build and code their robot for the event. Huge thank you our club leader, Mrs. Serdechny, and parent/family volunteers: Mrs. Crovisier, Mrs. Jackson, Ms. Johnson, Mr. Lotter, Ms. Piecyk, Julia Lotter, and Max Jackson. This would not have been possible without your support.
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High Five Friday with Scituate Spartans

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Friday Lego Club with Mrs. Schiappa

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Fire Safety Presentations

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American Reading Company Professional Development

American Reading Company coach, Mariah, gives an introduction of Unit 3 with grade 2 and 3 teachers. Teachers previewed materials, looked at structures and pacing, and provided feedback from previous implementations. I am grateful for our teachers' dedication and pedagogical expertise.
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Informational Unit Gr. 2 & 3

Enjoy pictures below from students wrapping up unit 2 and our Literacy & Science Showcase on Friday, January 31st.


Grades 2 and 3 launched a literature genre unit last week. Students in grade 2 are exploring Sports Fiction & Sports and grade 3 is exploring Traditional Tales & World Culture.

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Third grade students partner up to complete 45 minutes of sustained reading. So proud of the stamina they have built up over the past few months.
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Above, students in Miss Miguel's class are working on citing their sources for their final research project on weather. Students used many different text resources to gather information about their weather phenomenon.
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Students were eager to share their final projects with family. They have worked hard researching this insect or weather phenomenon for the past 9 weeks. I was amazed by their writing skills, depth of research, knowledge of their topic, and their ability to answer questions.
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Grade 3: Investigating Area

Students in Mrs. DiLuglio's class are investigating area in module 4 of Eureka math. Together, students cut out specific units then measured square inches and square centimeters. Math is fun!
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Grade 4: Goal Setting & Long Division

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Grade 5: American Revolution

Fifth grade students engaged in a collaborative reading activity to prepare for an upcoming social studies assignment. They will be writing newspaper articles about the Boston Massacre as part of their American Revolution unit. Looking forward to seeing their finished products.
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Art with Miss Tourgee

Third grade students explore self portrait and the meaning behind each one. Students will study different self portraits and eventually make their own self portraits. During this lesson students looked at four different self portraits in small groups. Then students toured the classroom as if it was a gallery of art work. Miss Tourgee guided students through a discussion at each self portrait.
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Reading Newsletter from Mrs. Gould

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A Note from Mrs. McCann

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. On February 10, 2020, Dr. Raffi Merjik, DMD, our district dentist, will be here at North Scituate School to perform dental screenings on students who do not have their own family dentist or have not been examined by their own dentist within the past year. A waiver form has been sent home with all students for parents to complete if they do not need their child to be screened by the dentist on February 10th.


Along with Valentine’s Day, the month of February brings us many contagious illnesses which spread among children in the school setting. The week leading up the President’s Day weekend seems to be the busiest week in the health room with many children sick with colds, the flu, strep throat, and GI viruses. So, please keep in mind the following recommendations:


  • Students should be fever-free and have no vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school following illness.

  • Please notify the school if your child will be absent and please let us know what symptoms your child is experiencing.

  • Please review the importance of handwashing with your child. The importance of handwashing in preventing the spread of contagious illness cannot be overstated.


If you have been watching or reading the news during the past two weeks you’ve likely been hearing about the new human coronavirus, discovered in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.

H. Cody Meissner, MD, FAAP, from healthychildren.org, has described Human Coronoviruses as a family of viruses that commonly cause mild to moderate illnesses like the common cold. He states that public health officials are actively investigating this new virus to learn about how easily it spreads from person to person. It has been reported that people with confirmed cases of this Novel Coronavirus reported symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, ranging from mild to severe.


At this point there is no vaccine available to prevent infection with this new virus, so, to protect your family from this virus and other viruses, you can do the following:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Keep your kids away from others who are sick or keep them home if they are ill.

  • Teach kids to cough into their arm or elbow, not their hands.

  • Clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home.

  • Teach kids to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth.


Health officials are encouraging families to stay up to date about this situation, as new information becomes available about how to prevent this new coronavirus from spreading in homes and communities. For the most up to date and accurate information, visit: https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/.


Please call or contact me anytime with questions or concerns!

Colleen McCann, RN, CSNT

PTO News

SPIRIT WEAR SHOP IS OPEN!! Click here. Shop will close on 2/17.


Join us this Friday, February 7th at Panera for our restaurant night fundraiser from 4-8PM. Bring flyer (on the right) or show this electronically when you check out.


Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program- click here for more information. The school is still collecting empty ink cartridges and box tops.


Our next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30pm in the school library.


Please email NorthScituatePTO@gmail.com with any questions.

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SCITUATE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION


  • Children who will be five years old by September 1, 2020 are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2020. The Scituate School Department requires registration for Kindergarten in Scituate.


  • The registration date for all three Scituate elementary schools is Wednesday, April 8, 2020.


  • Parents of children scheduled to attend kindergarten this fall should contact the school of attendance so that a registration packet can be sent to you prior to the registration date.


  • Parents/guardians of students whose last name begins with the letters A-L are asked to register between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM.


  • Parents/guardians of students whose last name begins with the letters M-Z are asked to register between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM.



Clayville School:

3 George Washington Highway, Clayville

Phone: 647-4115


Hope School:

391 North Road, Hope

Phone: 821-3651


North Scituate School:

46 Institute Lane, North Scituate

Phone: 647-4110


If you have a question regarding which school your child will attend based on your address, please contact the Scituate School Department at 401-647-4100. Be advised that the Scituate School Department reserves the right to selectively redistrict your child to another Scituate elementary school based on class size issues. In most years this involves a relatively small number of students.


Further, if your child will not be five years old by September 1, 2020, but will turn five by October 1, 2020 and you desire to be considered for a waiver, you must do so by May 17, 2020.

Scituate School Committee Update

The Scituate School Committee's next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 4th at Scituate High School Media Center! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. and can also be streamed at http://www.clerkbase.com/ScituateSDStreamPage.htm.

Important Dates

02/04: School Committee Meeting 7pm

02/05: District Spelling Bee 6:30pm at Scituate High School Auditorium

02/06: Gr. 3 Beach Party 1pm

02/06: Student Council Meeting

02/07: "NS Goes Blue"- wear blue to school!

02/07: Panera Night Out Fundraiser 4-8pm

02/10: Dentist Visit & 100th Day of School

02/13: Fall in Love with Books- Book Exchange

02/13: Wear Red for American Heart Month (donations to benefit American Heart Assoc.)

02/14: No School- District Professional Development

02/17-18: No School- February Recess

02/19: School Resumes

02/21: "NS Goes Blue"- wear blue to school!

02/28: Superintendent's Open Office Hour 10-11AM

02/28: "NS Goes Blue"- wear blue to school!

03/02-06: Dr. Seuss Week (more details to come)

03/03: School Committee Meeting 7pm

03/06: Trimester 2 Closes

03/13: Audubon Society Visits our Kindergaren Classrooms

03/17: Report Cards sent home

03/18: PTO Meeting 6:30PM

03/20: Girls' Choice Event- Alpine Country Club

04/03: Superintendent's Open Office Hour 1-2PM