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!
Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal
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!
- 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.
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
Scituate VEX IQ Tournament
High Five Friday with Scituate Spartans
Friday Lego Club with Mrs. Schiappa
Fire Safety Presentations
American Reading Company Professional Development
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.
Grade 3: Investigating Area
Grade 4: Goal Setting & Long Division
Grade 5: American Revolution
Art with Miss Tourgee
Reading Newsletter from Mrs. Gould
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
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.
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.
3 George Washington Highway, Clayville
391 North Road, Hope
North Scituate School:
46 Institute Lane, North Scituate
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
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