The Clayville Chronicle

October 2020 Edition

From the Desk of Mrs. Francis

Fall is here and we are settling into a nice routine at Clayville! Thank you for all of your support during the first month of school. You are an essential partner in your child's education and we want to keep you informed of all happenings at Clayville School. During the month of September, we practiced many safety drills, including a fire evacuation drill and a modified lock down drill, all while following social distancing protocols. Students did a great job showing how responsible they are during these drills!


Clayville staff focused on establishing clear routines and expectations with students to set the foundation for a successful year. Teachers are also in the process of assessing students' academic levels to determine each child's strengths and instructional needs. Our grade level teams, including our talented specialists, will participate in Data Days to analyze current student achievement data in order to effectively plan for instruction that meets the needs of all learners.


As always, I encourage you to reach out with any suggestions, questions, or concerns.


Warm Regards,

Courtney Francis

Superintendent Update

A message from the Scituate Superintendent, Sept 30, 2020

Covid-19 Protocol Reminders

  • Complete a daily parent/guardian attestation form (see below).
  • Please send your child to school with a clean mask every day. We have extra masks at school, when needed.
  • We have a new water bottle filler for student use. Please send your child to school with a water bottle.
  • Please do not send students to school with toys or personal belongings.


*Thank you for your attentiveness and cooperation in following the important safety protocols during the first few weeks of school!*

Reminders & Announcements

  • Students may arrive between 8:35-8:45 AM. There is no morning recess this year. Students will report directly to their classrooms.
  • Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45am and must be signed in by a parent/guardian.
  • Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than their own.
  • *Please note, Free and Reduced Forms were sent home with students! If you are in need of another copy, please call our main office 401-647-4115. All other questions should be directed to the Superintendent's Office, 647-4100.
  • Please date notes that are sent to school with students. 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.
  • There is no parking on George Washington Highway or in the bus circle.
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Facilities Update from Mr. Corrente

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


We have also been working directly with RIDE and DOH to make sure we are ready for the heating season and closing the windows. New information comes out daily for this and we are working to formulate a plan with the Superintendent.


Lastly, have on hand plenty of hand sanitizer, wipes, and PPE for staff, as needed. We are using two different types of sanitizing systems to maintain a safe environment. The daytime sanitizing takes three minutes to kill all viruses. Our nighttime sanitization system stays on all surfaces and works in ten minutes. The building custodial staff are staying on top of the cleaning schedule without any shortfalls!

Weather Changes

As we enter fall and winter, it is crucial that your child is dressed appropriately for school. Students will be going outside for mask breaks and recess with temperatures at 28 degrees or above. The RI Department of Health and CDC guidelines strongly encourage leaving windows open and fans running for as long as possible. Please ensure your children are dressed for these conditions, and have a sweatshirt or jacket in their backpacks.

School Lunch

Students are welcome to order school lunch. Typically the cost is $2.60 and reduced is $0.40. However, Chartwells is currently offering FREE meals for breakfast and lunch through December 31st for all students.


Students should notify their teacher if they need breakfast when they enter their classroom and will eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Breakfast can also be saved for snack time.


Click here to view the October menu

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

During the month of October students will participate in activities to educate all children and raise awareness about bullying. Clayville School will participate in Unity Day on October 21st by wearing orange, together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students will also have the opportunity to take a pledge against bullying and will be given a certificate for doing so.


**Parents are encouraged to contact Clayville teachers or Mrs. Francis directly with any concerns related to bullying. Your child's safety and well being is a top priority for all Clayville staff members. Educating students, parents, and staff members, open communication, and solution-focused intent are key to combating bullying! Please see the link below for more resources.

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PAWsitive Office Referrals!

Pawsitive Office Referrals can be earned by any student who has gone above and beyond in areas including respect, responsibility, effort, caring, inclusion, or honesty (our six core values!). The goal of the program is to validate the positive behavior going on throughout the school while building an even stronger partnership with our families. We look forward to the continued success of this initiative. Take a look at our first recipients of the year! Special thanks to Mrs. Theroux for the hand made masks!
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PBIS Core Value of the Month: Inclusion

The October core value of the month is INCLUSION. Teachers and students will discuss what it looks like and sounds like to show this core value. We will kick off this important discussion by reading Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev. We encourage families to continue this valuable conversation with your child at home.

Fall Benchmarking Assessments

As you may know, students are assessed periodically throughout the year using a variety of assessments. These assessments are designed to assist us in better understanding our students' strengths and making instructional decisions to meet the needs of our students.


Clayville Elementary School teachers will complete fall benchmark assessments between 9/29 and 10/9. Staff members will then meet to analyze the data and create instructional groupings designed to provide targeted skill instruction to students with similar strengths and needs. The results of these assessments will be communicated to parents. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Speech Therapy: Response to Intervention

Speech Therapists in our district, like their teacher counterparts, did some beginning of year assessments. In the coming days some parents will be contacted by the Speech Therapist to offer supports to students for varied areas of need. Please call to discuss your child’s performance if you have any questions. Some terminology to know follows:


  • Articulation: This is the pronunciation of sounds.

  • Receptive Language: This refers to the understanding of what is said/read to you.

  • Expressive Language: This is how one formulates ideas verbally or in writing.

  • Pragmatics: This refers to social language.

  • Fluency: This is another word for Stuttering.


At Clayville, the speech therapist team is Michele Hamill MS CCC-SLP and Kevin Wasilewski MS CCC-SLP. We can be reached Tuesdays and Thursdays at 647-4115.

Welcoming Back Our Wildcats!

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Chalk Talk Courtesy of Our PTO

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Grade Level Highlights

PreK Apple Themed Unit

Prek students have been participating in many apple-related activities during the month of September. Students explored the parts of an apple and completed many special projects! ~Ms. Joslyn
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Grades K/1 Distance Learners: Bridges Math

Kindergarten and first grade distance learners are doing a great job participating in Bridges Math Number Corner to build up a strong number sense! ~Mrs. Fraser
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Kindergarten Bridges Math Work Stations

Ms. Radtke's kindergarten students are loving their modified math work stations! Who knew math could be so fun?!
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Grade 1 Mathematicians

First grade is having a great start to the school year! Students have been working very hard in their math workplaces, as part of their Bridge Math curriculum! ~Ms. Addessi
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Grade 2: Kicking Off Literacy Lab!

Second graders are excited to dig into the American Reading Company bins! This week we were able to choose books from each color bin and begin building stamina with independent reading! ~Mrs. Brady
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Grade 2 and 3 Distance Learners!

What a busy few weeks it has been for Scituate's DL grade 2/3 class! We've made new friends, sharpened our technology skills, explored new programs and learned how to use our Google Classroom, all while diving into reading, writing and math work! We even found time for a "Team Spirit" Friday and a very special furry guest. ~Mrs. La Rose
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Grade 3 Readers & Writers

Third graders have been working on their reading stamina and keeping their focus on their book! We are also working on sharing our writing. Our speaker and audience have specific roles. We are also practicing giving specific, positive feedback to the speaker. ~Ms. Colvin
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Grade 4: Off and Running!

Here in fourth grade we are busy learning all new things! We are working with different place values, comparing numbers, and most recently estimating and rounding to work through word problems. We are also working on a class goal of 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading time- we are almost there! Students have also been building up their writing stamina! ~Ms. Grissom
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Grade 4 Distance Learners

Mrs. Redmond's students have had a strong start! The class loves playing Kahoot, are becoming experts at place values and rounding, and are enjoying our "Alvin Ho" read aloud. Take a glimpse into our Eureka math sessions! ~Mrs. Redmond
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Grade 5 Wildcats!

Fifth grade students are so happy to be back at school! They’re working hard academically and finding safe ways to have fun! This is one creative bunch! ~Mrs. Boutiette
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Physical Education Update

Dear Parents/Guardians,


I wish to extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning students here at Clayville Elementary School! You are receiving this letter as a reminder that sneakers should be worn on the days your child has physical education class. Sandals, crocs, boots, and any shoe with heels on them are not safe for physical activity and could potentially result in your child being injured. Due to this fact, your child may be held out of class for the day if a safety concern is a possibility. If there is a medical reason, or any other factor that may cause your child to not wear sneakers please contact me. It is very important that your child is dressed appropriately for class in order to maintain a safe learning environment for everyone!


Through the months of September, October, AND November (weather permitting), your child will be having their physical education classes outside, so please plan accordingly! I also plan on taking them outside through the winter months too...more details to follow. This school year has thrown many curve balls our way, and it is my plan to continue to maximize movement within every student's day. Due to space constraints in the pods, I believe outdoor PE is our best option for as long as deemed fit. Finally, if your child has seen a doctor due to an illness/injury, please have them write the date when your child is eligible to return to physical activity. I appreciate your cooperation through these unpredictable times. Please feel free to contact me any time!


Thank you,

Peter Ceprano

Physical Education Teacher

peter.ceprano@scituateschoolsri.net

Art Update from Ms. Davis

Hello Clayville Families,


Clayville students have done excellent work so far in art!


5th graders are currently creating radial designs based on Turkish tiles. 4th graders are creating their own abstract names, 3rd and 2nd grade are learning about why they like art and they are creating a picture of themselves painting a picture! 1st grade and Kindergarten read the book "Foods with Moods" and are working on drawing facial expressions which they will create on their own foods with moods!


Everyone keep up the great work in art!

Miss Davis

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Chartwells Reminder: Free Breakfast & Lunch Through December 31st

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Flu Clinic

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 9pm

3 George Washington Highway

Scituate, RI

Clayville School will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic sponsored by The Wellness Company on Monday October 28th, 2020 from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. Covid-19 safety restrictions and social distancing will be in place during the clinic. Registration is required this year, prior to attending the clinic. Please register here: https://www.thewellcomp.com/chooseschool.aspx


No walk in patients will be allowed. More details to follow.

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Halloween Costume & Parade Day!

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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.

News from the Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold it's first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, October 6th! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. The meetings begin at 7 p.m.

PTO October Update

By now you may have heard that we have a new Executive Board Member: Carol MacFarlane is our new Recording Secretary! Welcome, Carol!


We had our first board meeting with Mrs. Francis and have set two virtual meeting dates for October and November! Thursday, October 8th and Thursday, November 12th at 7pm will be our first two meeting dates of the year. After that, we will schedule meetings as necessary. We hope you will join us- Zoom details to come!


Keep a lookout in your student’s folders for a PTO email group sign-up sheet. If you already receive our emails, there is no need to complete the form. If you’re new to Clayville or would like to be added to our email list, please complete the short form and return with your student. And don’t forget about our private Clayville PTO Group on Facebook!


We have some ideas on how to make this year as special as we can for our students, and we hope you’ll bring your ideas as well! We’re looking forward to “seeing” everyone on October 8th!


~Clayville PTO

Dates to Remember:

  • 9/29-10/9: Fall Benchmarking Window
  • 10/5: STEAM Enrichment Begins
  • 10/6: School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • 10/8: PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • 10/12: No School (Columbus Day)
  • 10/19: Professional Development Day & Distance Learning Day for all students
  • 10/21: Unity Day: Wear Orange!
  • 10/27: Fall Picture Day
  • 10/28: Flu Clinic 4:00-6:30 @ Clayville School
  • 10/30: Halloween Costume & Parade Day!
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