Whelan's Fall Newsletter

November 2019

A message from Mrs. Donovan...

We have had a wonderful start to the year! I want to recognize the dedication from the faculty and staff, parents, community members and students to make our school great! November is a month filled with exciting learning opportunities for students! I hope this newsletter provides you with some great information about our school happenings and goals for the year. Thank you for your continued support. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with suggestions, concerns, or questions. Go Sharks!


Mrs. Donovan

Upcoming Events-Check out the Calendar Below!

Schoolwide Results of 2018-2019 RICAS Testing

RICAS results are in! 2018-2019 was our second year of the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS). Whelan students in grades 3-5 participated in the test last year and results will be sent home on November 15th. Thank you to all of the teachers, families, and students who helped prepare for this assessment. Although it is one measure, it provides us with great information about our school's performance and how we can improve.

Whelan's Results

ELA: 40% of students met or exceeded expectations

Math: 33% of students met or exceeded expectations

RI Results

ELA: 38% of students met or exceeded expectations

Math: 30% of students met or exceeded expectations

Important Reminders and Announcements

Cold Weather

As the cold weather approaches, please make sure students have warm clothing such as a jacket, gloves, hat, etc. Students will be going out for recess unless it is 32 degrees or below. If you need assistance with warm clothing, please contact Mrs. Donovan.

Health and Wellness Policy

If you plan to send in anything for a classroom event/celebration, please refrain from sending in food. Based on our health and wellness policy, only non food items are permitted.


Illnesses are upon us! Please remember if your child has the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever, they must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.


Our school does not provide supervision on the playground before and after school hours. No dogs are allowed on the school property.

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Food Drives at Whelan

During this season, we will be collecting food items for needy families in our community.

  • We have two boxes for food items in the front foyer. One is for our town. The other is for our Feinstein collection. If you would like your donations to go in specific boxes, please note it on the bag you send in. Thank you all!


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original Bringing Attendance Home_ Parent Video





Families want only the best for their children. The faculty and staff at Whelan feel the exact same way. Since we all share the same goal, we are on the same team! At Whelan we are motivated to support families in getting every child to school every day! We want to thank families and acknowledge you for all of the work that it takes to get your children to school. We understand that there can be many barriers to maintaining daily attendance and we would like to offer our support because we know that daily attendance matters!

The Facts:

When a kindergarten student misses 2 days of school per month (excused or unexcused) they are much more likely than their peers to not read proficiently in the 3rd grade. That gap begins in kindergarten and continues to grow.

By the 5th grade, even if attendance has improved, they will likely be severely underperforming in both reading and math.

Statistics show the gap is even greater for individuals coming from low-income families, minority groups, english language learners...and the list goes on.

It can take 2 to 3 days of consistent attendance to make up for 1 (excused or unexcused) absence. The time is greater for those who regularly miss school.

By 9th grade, consistent attendance is a stronger predictor for graduation then test scores.

Whelan staff are urgently aware of the big picture. The long term consequences for our students that are missing school or arriving late on a regular basis are real. We are here to support you and your family in any way we can with getting our students here every day. Please reach out to Cathryn Vasconcelos, School Social Worker (233-1180 ext 36106) with any questions. We will work together and do whatever it takes to support the future of our students!

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success!- Henry Ford

Thank You To Our Wonderful PTO

Our PTO has worked diligently to plan many events this fall. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Our students, staff, and parents appreciate all you do! Some pictures of our events are below.

PTO Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 6-7pm

1440 Mineral Spring Avenue

North Providence, RI

Please join us at our next meeting and help plan upcoming events!

PTO Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 3:30pm

1440 Mineral Spring Avenue

North Providence, RI

Please join us at our next meeting!

The Happenings in our Classrooms