North Scituate Elementary School

December Newsletter 2019

A note from Mrs.Soccio

December is just around the corner and we have been working hard at North Scituate School. Teachers are finishing up assessments and units as they prepare report cards which will be sent home on December 3rd. A friendly reminder, parent teacher conferences are on January 8th and 9th. Please call the office to sign up for a conference if you haven't already done so.

The Village Stroll will take place on Friday, December 6th at our school. There will be crafts, raffles, a bake sale, and a visit from Santa at the school. All of the shops in town will be open. We hope to see you there! A flyer will be sent home next week. Please see below under PTO section- BAKERS ARE NEEDED!

Check out our Library Newsletter here.

Check out our Reading Specialist's Newsletter here.

Warm Regards,

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

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School-Wide Results of RICAS Testing (2018-2019)

The 2018-2019 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: 38%
  • Math- percentage of students meeting/exceeding expectations: 30%

North Scituate School's Results:

  • ELA- percentage of students meeting/exceeding expectations: 57%
  • Math - percentage of students meeting/exceeding expectations: 45%

North Scituate School saw a 3% increase in ELA and 11% increase in mathematics proficiency rates as compared to last year's results! 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 were sent home on November 8th!

*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*

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Monthly Reminders

  • Morning Drop Off- please do not pull up to the walkway unless your child is able to get out of the car INDEPENDENTLY. When a person stops to get out to help his/her child, it slows down the flow of drop off and clogs buses. Please park in the lower lot and walk your children up to school if they cannot get out on their own. Go up to the top of the hill and turn around there. It is dangerous to try to turn around anywhere else and causes traffic problems. I will be monitoring this closely in the coming weeks.
  • Pick Up- If you are picking up your child, DO NOT park your car near the tennis courts (on either side). This area is for Child Care Company Vans and handicapped individuals. There are signs prohibiting parking during certain hours. You must park in the lower lot and walk up to get your child at dismissal time.
  • Student lunch money can be put onto their accounts using The four digit school ID will be needed.
  • Please make sure all notes that are sent to school with students are dated. If you are writing a note about dismissal, please write the full name of the person picking up your child.
  • Please call to notify the office if/when your child is absent.
  • Be sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play in 30 degrees or higher temperatures. As a building, we are making every effort to the get the children outside each morning and afternoon. If you are in need of warmer clothing items, please contact Mrs. Soccio.

Attendance Matters!

As we enter the holiday season, here are a few things to consider:

  • This holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get that education is in school. Every day. On time.

  • Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after winter break. It’s time to break that cycle.

  • We know it’s tempting to extend your vacation by a few days on either side of the holiday.

  • We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away and exposing your children to your home and language, whether you grew up in another part of the United States or a different country. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school.

  • Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • So make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. But it’s harder to teach and it’s harder to learn when too many students are absent.

  • If missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

So give your child the gift of attendance and help build a habit of attendance.

~Information gathered from

North Scituate Attendance Initiative

Congratulations to our November classroom and individual winners:

  • Classrooms: Mrs. DiLuglio's class. Enjoy your special reward!

  • Kindergarten: Connor Lyons
  • Grade 1: Raffaele Santilli
  • Grade 2: Elin Dutra
  • Grade 3: Edward Stein
  • Grade 4: Gabriella DeFusco
  • Grade 5: Luis Flores

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

Positive Office Referrals

Principal's Book of the Month

As a North Scituate STAR, the "S" stands for "safety first" and is one of our core values. Mrs. Soccio will be reading The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill and Laura Huliska-Beith to all students. This book addresses bullying and making safe choices on the playground. Mrs. Soccio is looking forward to having a discussion around this topic with all students.

Food/Canned Good Drive

We collected a total of 463 food items! Mr. Feinstein will donate $1 per can up to 1,000 cans--- that's $463. Great job!

1st Place: Mrs. Pontarelli's Class (Pizza Party)

2nd Place: Miss Augustine's Class (Movie)

3rd Place: Mrs. Fraser's Class(15 minutes extra recess)

Thank you to our Student Council who organized this fundraiser.

High Five Friday with Scituate Spartans

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Kindergarten: Thankful Turkeys

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Grade 1- Pumpkin Seed Experiment

Students in first grade workedwuth partners to determine what makes pumpkin seeds germinate. Students had to predict whether light, dark, wet, dry, cold, or warm would affect the germination. Every few days, students would make observations and record their findings. Guess what they discovered! Pumpkin seeds need water to germinate!
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Informational Unit Gr. 2 & 3

Reading Specialist, Mrs. Gould, hosted two informational sessions for parents about the American Reading Company curriculum. She discussed the process involved in choosing and the implementation of a new curriculum, why ARC, the specifics of the IRLA (Independent Reading Level Assessment), Parent Progress Report, and answered questions. Click here for the padlet link from the informational session. In the second picture students in grade three are researching a weather phenomenon and learning how to use text evidence to gather information. In the third picture, second graders are getting lost in a good book and earning steps to meet their reading goals. In the last picture, third graders are reading independently while focusing on their power goals.
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Grade 2: Building Milkweed Bug Habitats

Second graders are working in their science kits to build habitats for their milkweed bugs. Students have been observing and recording the changes from eggs to nymphs.
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Grade 3: Measurement Unit

Students exploring Eureka Math module 2 and estimating measurements. Miss Miguel organized Jeopardy to review for end-of-module assessment.
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Grade 4: Multiplication Time

Students work on their multiplication in differentiated groups that focus on personalized learning.
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Students learning about the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the use of various texts both print and digital. They were also able to look at the primary video account of a former parade from 1927. Teams of three worked on a STEM challenge creating their own balloon float.
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Grade 5: Liquid Layers in Science

Students in fifth grade were testing the relationship between salt-solution concentration and density. They had to layer the solutions without the colors mixing and order the solutions from more to least dense.
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Robotics Club with Mrs. Serdechny

All teams have been working diligently to complete their robots. Some teams have completed theirs and have begun using them. Students have been working collaboratively and showing patience during this building phase.

Art Club with Miss Tourgee

Fourth and fifth grade Art Club has been working hard creating beautiful works of art that showcase their talent and creativity! From fall trees and leaves, to finishing projects from class, and even creating some early holiday gifts...these artists are so talented!
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A Note from the School Psychologist

Holiday Stress!

Tips for helping your child cope with holiday stress

For most children, the holiday season is filled with excitement, fun and happiness! There is a break from school and a chance to spend time with family and friends. There may also be special food, music and family traditions. However, the holidays can be a stressful time for both adults and children. Family plans may be complicated by divorce or the loss of a parent or close relative. Children may be separated from parents due to ongoing military service.

There are a number of things parents can do to help children cope with holiday stress.

  • Discuss holiday plans well in advance, and let kids participate in decisions when possible. Children benefit from some degree of predictability. Children can become stressed when plans change last minute.

  • If you are traveling, leave extra time and bring kid friendly activities and snacks.

  • Don’t overschedule. You may not be able to do everything or see everyone. Kids can easily get overtired and cranky during the holidays.

  • Give kids some down time. Let them have some quiet time, read a book, listen to music or go for a walk together.

  • Make sure they get plenty of rest. While it may be exciting to stay up late, lack of sleep can lead to increased irritability.

  • Don’t make promises you can't keep. For example, don’t promise that a parent will be home in time for the holidays if the decision is out of your control.

  • Uphold and maintain family traditions even if a parent is absent. Kids count on certain traditions, which can have an important grounding effect by letting kids know that even though some things have changed, other things have remained the same.

  • Don’t try to compensate for an absent parent with extra gifts. What most kids really want most is your time, attention and reassurance.

  • Take care of yourself. Try to avoid getting overloaded with obligations. If you feel stressed, your children will sense your stress and increase their tension.

Wishing everyone a happy and relaxing holiday season!

Mrs. Schiappa

School Psychologist

PTO News

Join us at our Village Stroll on Friday, December 6th from 6-8pm. There will be crafts, snacks, a bake sale, raffles, and more. We hope to see you there! Toy donations are welcome as we help to "Stuff a Cruiser".

Thank you to everyone who came out to Chelos Smithfield to support our school. We raised $256.00!

Please see pictures below about our Holiday Shop for students on 12/19. More details will be coming home the week before. There will be a limit of $10 per student to spend on their entire family.

Our next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, January 15th at 6:30pm in the school library.

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

Please email with any questions.

Scituate School Committee Update

The Scituate School Committee's next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd at North Scituate Elementary School! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. and can also be streamed at

Important Dates

12/3: Report Cards Sent Home

12/3: School Committee Meeting at NSES 7pm

12/4: Robotics Club

12/5: Student Council Meeting

12/6: Village Stroll at NSES 6-8pm

12/9-12/13: Book Fair

12/11: Robotics Club

12/13: Parents Night Out 5:30-8:00PM

12/18: Robotics Club

12/18: Chorus to sing at State House

12/19: Holiday Shop at NSES for students

12/19: Student Council Meeting

12/20: 5th Grade to Stadium Theater Christmas Carol

12/20: PTO Treat for students

12/23-1/1: Holiday Recess

01/07: School Committee Meeting

01/08-09: Parent Teacher Conferences