Hope Happenings

October 2020

From the desk of Ms. Morel...

Despite all the changes and the "new normal", we're off to a great start! Our routines and schedules are smoothing out and students seem to be getting used to things. I will be shifting to monthly newsletters beginning this month. I may send emails out to all families, in-person families, or our distance learning families if necessary, but for the most part I plan on putting all important information in a monthly newsletter for our entire school community. Your support, patience, and feedback has been invaluable during our reopening. Thank you! Please continue to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

A Message from Superintendent Andries

A message from the superintendent of Scituate Public Schools, thanking students, parents, and staff for their roles in responding to the power outage at the middle and high schools, and also talking about updates to distance learning options.

Please contact your building principal if you would like your child to return to in-person learning before the first marking period ends.

A message from the Scituate Superintendent, Sept 30, 2020

The ABCs of School Success

The ABCs of school success School success begins at home! While your child is learning her ABCs, 123s, and much more, she can get the year off to a great start with these other ABCs.

Attend every day More time in class = more learning. Help your youngster attend school regularly by scheduling doctor appointments and family vacations outside of school hours. Also, she can cut down on sick days by eating her fruits and vegetables, washing her hands often, and getting plenty of physical activity.

Be organized. Forgotten homework? A backpack that doubles as a black hole? Good organizational skills prevent those problems. Together, brainstorm ways for your child to get—and stay—organized. For instance, she could choose a special folder for bringing home and returning homework and use a zipper bag to store pencils and other supplies.

Check in daily Designate a time each day to sit down with your youngster, talk about what she did in school, and review papers she brought home. You might read a story she wrote or look over her math test, for example. This simple routine shows her that you care about what she’s learning. Plus, you’ll notice where she’s doing well or if she’s struggling with anything so you can follow up with her teacher.

Reprinted with permission from Resources for Educators

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News From Our PTA

· MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: Our membership drive is happening now! Our goals this year are to have 100% staff participation as well as a total membership goal of 125 people. We are currently at 27 members! Help us get there! Membership is now digital through MemberHub. Flyers and forms will be coming home this week should you choose not to join digitally!

· JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST VIRTUAL PTA MEETING: our first PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14th via Zoom. Agenda and meeting link to follow. You can also see the event details on our Facebook page and in MemberHub.

· AMAZON SMILE: Amazon Smile is an amazing way to earn money for Hope school by just doing your regular shopping. The best part is you can tell family and friends to do it too and it costs nothing! Click here to get started. On the mobile app click the 3 lines at the bottom right, visit settings, then AmazonSmile to set up HOPE PTA as your designated charity!

· BOX TOPS: Box Tops can still earn money for our school! Click here for more information on how to submit digital box tops!

· RECESS BUCKET CHALLENGE: Ms. Morel has asked us to help create "recess buckets" for each class to avoid having to sanitize each and every item after each recess. We are looking for a parent or parents to take this on and help purchase items for the totes. Please email hopeschoolpta@gmail.com if you can help us out!

· EMAIL DATABASE: Just a reminder there are only two ways we can add you to our communication database and keep you updated on PTA news and events.

1. Become a member or submit a small donation through MemberHub or

2. Email hopeschoolpta@gmail.com and ask to be added.

Lots to digest! As always email hopeschoolpta@gmail.com with any questions!

Update from Scituate's Director of Facilities

The facilities department has been continuously working to ensure all ventilation systems are working properly. The staff is continuing to maintain what is working and replacing ventilation fans as they break.

The facilities department has also been working directly with RIDE and DOH to make sure we are ready for the cold months ahead. New information comes out daily for this and we are working to formulate a plan with the Superintendent.

The facilities department has ordered and has on-hand plenty of hand sanitizer and wipes. We also have all PPE for staff on-hand, as well. We are using 2 different types of sanitizing systems to maintain a safe environment. The daytime sanitizing takes 3 minutes to kill all viruses. Our nighttime sanitization system stays on all surfaces and works in 10 minutes. The building custodial staff are staying on top of the cleaning schedule without any shortfalls.

Update from Scituate's Technology Director

It has been a very busy time for the Technology Department preparing to welcome back the students and staff here at the Scituate School Department. Thanks to all the parents, guardians and staff that helped to make the Chromebook rollout for all students grades 6 thought 12 run a smoothly as possible.

Chromebook Insurance: Anyone wishing to insure their students Chromebook please follow the link below.


Additionally, all students that have opted for Distance Learning and needed a device in the lower grades have been issued one. Grades 3 through 5 classrooms have been supplied with a Chromebook per student.

For families that do not have Internet access at home Mobile Hotspots have been provided. Any student still needing a Chromebook or Mobile Hotspot please contact your building principal. Families that may qualify for discounted Internet services please see these links for more information.

Cox Communications connect2compete

Verizon Lifeline Internet

Help for your Distance Learners: Please see click on the link below

Scituate School Department Distance learner Guide and resources

If you have additional Distance Learning questions that you need help with please email DLHelp@scituateschoolsri.net

If your student is having a problem with their school provided device, please email Technology@scituateschoolsri.net

Student Safety and Security with Technology: All Scituate students receive a school email for the purposes of communicating with the teachers and receiving assignments. Students in grades K though 8 cannot receive emails from outside of the school department’s domain for their safety and security. All school department issued devices are filtered from inappropriate websites and content both in school as well as away from school per the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Click on this link to read more about CIPA .

Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards

This year’s A+ Program runs from August 7, 2020 through March 13, 2021. Hope Elementary School ID#07670 has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop!

Former Supporters: You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.

New Supporters or Existing Supporters Wishing to Make Changes:

• Beginning July 1, 2020, visit stopandshop.com and select “SIGN IN” at the top right to log into your online account. Once logged in, you may select or modify your school choice.

• If you do not have an online account, visit stopandshop.com and click “REGISTER”. Follow the prompts to create your online account. Once logged in, follow the same instructions as noted above.

• You’ll need your 13-digit STOP & SHOP CARD number and the School ID number. If you need assistance, call 1-877-366-2668 option 1.

To earn points:

• Use your registered STOP & SHOP CARD each time you shop at any Stop & Shop, and you will earn CASH for our school. You can confirm your school selection by logging into your account.

• Earn points when shopping on line (delivery or pick up).

• At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.

• Our school will receive one CASH rewards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for any of our educational needs.

Also, please encourage your family members and friends to support our school. This could result in more cash rewards for our school! Thank you for supporting our school.

Mrs. Fraser's K & 1 Distance Learning Students

Mrs. Fraser is the teacher for the district's kindergarteners and first graders who opted for distance learning. This is what her Bridges' Number Corner looks like.
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Ms. Barlow's Kindergarteners

Our youngest Hope Huskies are enjoying kindergarten so far! They certainly love all the hands-on activities. Students spent time painting pictures of their family, practicing letter formation using shaving cream, and learned to build words using their Fundations boards.
#HopeSchoolRI kindergarteners are loving Ms. Barlow’s class!

Mrs. Mikkelsen's 4th Graders

Students read the book The Dot and talked about having a growth mindset. They were given the challenge of using 12 index cards and 20 dot stickers to create the tallest tower they could. Next, they reflected on their structures and created a plan on how to improve their first build to make it taller. Some students increased their tower height by more than 10 cm!
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A Note From Our School Nurse

As we begin this new school year, I wanted to share with you some important facts on helping your child live a healthy lifestyle to help their bodies work properly and have a strong immune system to fight infections, such as Covid, strep, flu, and other infections.The best way to do this is to ensure your children are eating healthy, staying hydrated, being active, and getting enough sleep.

Eating a healthy well balanced diet is always recommended for optimal wellness. Choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, lean proteins and healthy oils will help children grow and develop properly.

Children should reduce their intake of foods high in fat, sugar and sodium. Children should have something to eat every 3- 4 hours, and avoid skipping meals or going long periods without eating. Oftentimes, going too long without eating can cause headaches and stomach pains.

Studies also show that eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function (especially memory), reduced absenteeism, and improved mood.

Staying hydrated with water is very important. Choosing water over sugary drinks is beneficial to your child’s health. Water helps to regulate your body’s temperature, digesting food and excrete waste. When a person is dehydrated they may experience one or more of the following symptoms: headaches, poor concentration, thirst, cracked/chapped lips, dry mouth, constipation, lethargy, and/or dark urine.

Most children under 8 years of age should drink at least 4-6 glasses of water, and for children older than 8 years of age should drink a minimum of 6-8 glasses. Be sure to pack a water bottle for school. Students may use the new “touchless” water bottle filling station located on the main floor.

Being physically active for at least 60 mins per day can help children and adolescents improve heart and lungs health, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and also reduces the risk of developing unfavorable health conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

Lastly, Children need adequate sleep. Studies show that children who get adequate sleep duration for their age on a regular basis will lead to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Lack of sleep can weaken the immune system which may lead to illness, cause headaches, irritability, difficulty concentrating and poor balance which could lead to injury. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends, based on the child's age, that he or she get a certain amount of sleep per day. Below is a chart with ages and amount of sleep an elementary student should get daily.

  • Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

  • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

Stay healthy and well,

Mrs. Domenico

Breakfast/Lunch Information

Students are welcome to order school lunch. Typically, the cost is $2.60 or $0.40 for those who qualify for reduced. However, Chartwells offering FREE meals through December or until USDA funds are depleted. Milk is provided with breakfast and lunch.

Students should notify their teacher of they need breakfast when they enter their classroom. Teachers will determine the best time to eat the breakfast depending on snack/mask break schedules.

News From the Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, October 6th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
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News from Northwest Special Education

Northwest Special Education Local Advisory Committee meetings for the 2020-21 school year:

October 20, 2020

December 8, 2020

February 9, 2021

April 13, 2021

At this time, these meetings will be held virtually. Links to virtual meetings can be found on the Rhode Island Secretary of State's Open Meetings website at least 48 hours before the meeting date: https://opengov.sos.ri.gov/OpenMeetings.

Flu Clinic

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 4-6:30pm

391 North Road

Scituate, RI

Hope School will be hosting a Flu Clinic sponsored by The Wellness Company of Tuesday, October 20th from 4:00-6:30 p.m. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place. Preregistration is required this year. No walk-ins permitted. More details to follow.

COVID Reminders for In-Person Leaning

  • Complete Parent/Guardian Attestation Form on the day of school BEFORE 8:45 a.m.
  • Masks must be worn at all times (except during lunch and mask breaks)
  • Whole class bathroom and mask breaks are scheduled throughout the day
  • Students eat lunch in their classrooms or outside (weather permitting)
  • Drinking fountains are closed. A water bottle filling station is available
  • Please do not send your child to school with toys or stuffed animals

Important Dates

  • 10/6 Scituate School Committee Meeting
  • 10/12 No School - Columbus Day
  • 10/19 Distance Learning Day for ALL students - Professional Development Day
  • 10/20 Hope Community Flu Clinic